Schoenberg, Munch & Expressionism

Sun, Dec 3, 2017, 2 PM
Part of the series Sight & Sound

at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
in NYC

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  • Conductor and music historian Leon Botstein explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts
  • On-screen artworks discussed alongside musical excerpts, then a full performance and audience Q&A
  • Schoenberg’s Erwartung (“Expectation”) and the artwork of Munch & others
  • With soprano Kirsten Chambers
  • Ticket includes museum admission

What’s on the Program

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 & others; Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed, on view at The Met Breuer Nov 14, 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.

Program subject to change.

What to Expect

2:00 Event begins
Conductor and music historian Leon Botstein discusses the parallels between Schoenberg’s Erwartung (“Expectation”) and the artwork of Munch & others, with on-screen artworks and musical excerpts performed by The Orchestra Now.
3:00 Intermission
20 min
Full performance

Arnold Schoenberg Erwartung (“Expectation”)
Sung in German with English supertitles
Kirsten Chambers, soprano
30 min

Audience Q&A

4:00 Event ends

All timings are approximate. Program subject to change.

The Peformers

LEON BOTSTEIN, conductor
KIRSTEN CHAMBERS, soprano

Artists subject to change.

Sample the Music

Schoenberg Erwartung (“Expectation”)

Edvard Munch (Norwegian, 1863–1944). The Scream (detail), 1895. Lithograph, 14 1/16 x 9 5/16 in. (35.7 x 23.6 cm) Sheet: 20 1/4 x 15 5/8 in. (51.4 x 39.7 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982 (1984.1203.1)

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