The Music: Schoenberg’s Erwartung (“Expectation”)
“Written in 1909 (the same year he ‘emancipated dissonance’), this work is a masterpiece of early atonal writing in reaction to the Romantic period.” –Drew Youmans, violin
The Artwork: Works by Munch & Schoenberg
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed, on view at The Met Breuer Nov 15, 2017–Feb 4, 2018
At the climax of Schoenberg’s compact operatic monodrama, a woman screams upon finding the dead body of her lover. The close connections between Schoenberg’s score and Munch’s symbolism extend beyond the composer’s expressionist music. The composer was also a painter, heavily influenced by Munch.