For the investigation part of my Eportfolio, I have to chosen to investigate to music pieces.
The first piece I chose “suite für Klavier Trio” by schoneburg. The second piece I picked “…
…::” I chose both these pieces because I wanted to get a wider understanding of music that I didn’t specifically know and what the purpose was of these two different songs. They also use different techniques. “suite für Klavier Trio” “Suite Für Klavier Op 25” was written by Arnold Schoenberg. Schoenberg was a composer, teacher writer, and even a painter.
Schoenberg was born in 1874, 13th of September in Vienna. He was born to a poor Orthodox Jewish family in Vienna, he was the oldest of 4. Adele his younger sister died when she was 2 years old. He began to learn to play the violin at 8 years old and continued to take lessons after, he self-taught himself.
He began to take piano lessons with Alexander zemlinsky for two years. Alexander Zemlinsky thought Schoenberg was so good that the roles reversed, Zemlinsky began taking lessons from Schoenberg. At the age of 42, he served in the Austrian army during WWI.
Schoenberg was superstitious and had a fear of number 13 when he turned 76 someone told him that it would be a bad year (7+6=13) he died on Friday 13th at 11:45 pm. “His music became increasingly dissonant and chromatic in the style ofexpressionism”(http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/music/music_20th_century/schoenberg2.
shtml) link to soi This piece was composed on july 1921.His pieces are classical and rock music. There is a variety of the permutation he doesn’t use all of them only a handful. This piece is a very distinguished piece not heard on an everyday basis. This piece can be easy not to like, but the way it is structured is what is interesting. There is a lot of Inversion, Retrograde tone, the original and the retrograde inversion. The piece is a mix of these and there is some extra notes added in the mix to help and make it more confusing.
What he did for this piece was he used the same notes but he uses the original, retrograde tone(R), retrograde inversion (RI) and inversion (I) he plays around with them and shifts around. He also changes the notes making it hard to read it, it might be easier for him because he taught himself to play. This piece is in distort in my opinion but maybe Schoenberg thought it blended. Bars 34 to the end of 35 on the bass clef is the original lines same notes 1,2,3,4,5, extra note, 6 extra note, 7,8,910,11,12 in this bar it is the same as the original but he added two extra notes one before the original 6 and one after the original 6. Notes 6,7,8,9,10,11 & 12 links to bar 38. lines 35-36 on the treble clef is an inversion (I6) of the original notes moving up the semitones by 6 it goes 1,2,3,4 extra note,5,extra note,6,extra note, extra note,7,8,9,10,11,12. Line 36 on the bass clef is an inversion(Io)he renames the notes 1,2 &3 and then it’s 4 & 5.
He renames names these because instead of being sharps they are flats here. Bar 37-38 on the treble clef is the original but the tone is moved six semitones up. The notes are 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12. On bar 37 bass clef he moves from the left to the right and this continues bar 36 on the bass clef continuing 6,7,8,9,10,11,12. On bar 38 on the bass clef it the (Oo) with b35 going notes 1,2,3,4 and 5. What is interesting is that sometimes he jumbled up the order and broke it up for example bar 39-41 on the bass the notes are the original(Oo) but it is broken and jumbled up. From bars 40-41 the on the treble line it is inversion (Io) but it is broken and jumbled up. What happens in bar 40-41 is related to what is happening on the left side bars 39-40.
On the bar 42 treble clef it is a retrograde inversion 6 moving the semitones up by 6 (RI6) going 1,2,3,4 and then he repeated the 2. Then bat 41-44 on the treble clef continues 6,misses the 8, adds an extra note,9, 10, 11, 12 then it repeats the 6th note adds two extra and then 9 and 10. Bar 42 in the bass clef continues the (R6) going 6,7,8,9,10,11,12. Finally bar 44 on the bass clef is the inversion moving up by 2 semitones (I2) notes 11,12. This piece relates quite well to the SOI: Art distorts, abstracts and blends space and time.
Because schoenberg blends his pieces using different permutation and mixes it up changing it and most of his bars are a mix of them. He uses traditional ways of how Bach(1685-1750) and Mozart(1756-1791) from two different time periods composed and mixed them to make his own way of composing. Breaking the rules allow other musicians to explore new ways knowing that it is okay. Throughout his composition he uses (Oo) the mostThis piece/composer is known by the musicians and any music specialist. But for most people who do not explore music or composer they wouldn’t have heard of Schoenberg, for many people who do music in the diploma programs or decide to explore the composers they will come across him and his pieces. Also his music is distinguish and if people hear it then they will know this is his style. His music is not for all “If it is art,it is not for all,and if it is for all, it is not art-Arnold Schoenberg”Style: Schoenberg uses a modern serialism style throughout his piece.
Schoenberg experiments with serialization, he uses a pattern and repeated it over and over throughout the composition. Schoenberg did this but he added extra notes sometimes or renamed notes. For example in bars 36 on the bass he did (Io) but he renamed the notes. The notes he used where: E, F, G, D flat, G flat, E flat, A flat, D, B, C, A, B flat forms for the entire composition. He then did inversions, used the original retrogrades and retrograde inversions.
Structure: This piece “Suite Für Klavier Op 25” is in structure of a baroque dance suite, but with some changments. Suite means a collection of small pieces, grouped together in one piece. The structure consists of Schoenberg using the individuals of OP25 and repeating it in different forms, this pushed him to develop habits to build a structure that making sense when repeated.