Berlin-based orchestras / Carl Nielsen / Arnold Schönberg

Berliner Philharmoniker

Carl Nielsen in his Morris 1928

Carl Nielsen in his Morris 1928

© Det Kongelige Bibliotek, Copenhagen

  • Duration 1h 50, one interval

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Work introduction 1 hour prior to the concert

Even if it never did come to a collaboration between Schönberg and the dream factory of Hollywood, film music would look completely different without his influence: immediately tangible are the new sound and the courage to immerse oneself in the abyss of the human psyche, in the film scores that his pupil Bernhard Herrmann wrote for Alfred Hitchcock. Schönberg’s monodrama “Die glückliche Hand” (The Lucky Hand) does, however, come close to a film version, with the composer broaching gestures, colours and light as well as sounds and conceiving them as a game of sound, colours and forms.

In contrast, the symphonic poem “Pan and Syrinx” appears to be idyllic. And yet it was composed – as a commissioned work completed at the last minute – immediately after Nielsen’s Fourth Symphony: a work in which the composer uncompromisingly departs from the late-Romantic symphonic style. For him it was not about the musical portrayal of a programme but about expressing what connects and constitutes music and life at its fundamental core.

Bernard Herrmann [1911–1975]
PSYCHO: A Narrative for String Orchestra [1960]

Arnold Schönberg [1874–1951]
Die glückliche Hand
Monodrama for baritone, chamber choir and orchestra [1910–1913]

Carl Nielsen [1865-1931]
Pan and Syrinx [1917/18]

Carl Nielsen
Symphony No. 4 op. 29 The Inextinguishable [1914–1916]

A Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation event
in cooperation with Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin