Friederike Wildschütz

The Voice of the Piano: Performing early 20th century Lieder with Arnold Schönberg?s «Das Buch der hängenden Gärten» as central work

Universitetet i Stavanger, Fakultet for utøvende kunstfag

University of Stavanger, Faculty of Performing Arts


Disputas: 19.03.2018


Veileder: professor Erling R. Eriksen, pianist og Darla Crispin



Einar Røttingen
Catherine Laws
Tuija Kakkila

Arnold Schönberg’s “Das Buch der hängenden Gärten”, Op. 15 (1908/09) could be considered the most important song cycle of the 20th century, yet in comparison to German Lieder from the 19th century, it is rarely performed, and existing research does not focus on the pianist’s perspective. The artistic research project “The Voice of the Piano” centred on exploring the work from a pianist’s viewpoint and articulating performer’s knowledge related to it. Key concerns were if it is possible and appropriate to approach Opus 15 through the poetry and “play the words”, if there is a particular “performative feel” to this repertoire related to either the poet or the composer and if Schönberg’s musical language in this cycle that is often considered the starting point of his so-called atonal period requires new skills and competencies from the pianist.


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