Evening Masterwork: Schoenberg’s “Transfigured Night”

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)

“Transfigured Night” by Arnold Schoenberg

Evening Masterwork for August 9, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

Arnold Schoenberg is perhaps best known for his revolutionary twelve-tone technique, a systematic approach to composition that utilized all 12 notes of the octave to create the music he wrote. But before devising the twelve-tone technique, Schoenberg was actually quite the Romantic composer. One such piece he composed during his earlier Romantic period was the tone poem Verklarte Nacht, or Transfigured Night. It’s still a unique piece, though, in that unlike the tone poems of Franz Liszt and Richard Strauss, Schoenberg composed his tone poem for a chamber group: the work was initially scored for six-string players. It’s our Evening Masterwork, tonight at 7 on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9.