Anton Webern

Anton Webern (1883-1945)

Nationality: Austrian
Born: December 3, 1883, Vienna Died: September 15, 1945, Mittersill (age 61)

Rondo (for string quartet), M. 115

(for 2 violins, viola and cello)
Duration: 8 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1906 (age 22-23)
Published: 1970
3 recordings, 3 videos
Silesian String Quartet
Arditti Quartet
Cuarteto Quiroga
From Edition Silvertrust

Anton WebernAnton Webern (1883-1945), of course, is well-known and needs little introduction as one of the founding fathers of the Second Vienna School and leading proponents of the 12 tone system. However, what is not well-known is that he did write at least two short tonal movements for string quartet.

The Rondo dates from 1906 and was intended to be part of a quartet that Webern never completed. Already, we can hear that Webern is pushing the traditional tonal boundaries to their limits while still staying within them. Much of his later style can already be heard in this work, with its original treatment and emphasis on the effects of pizzicato, ponticello, harmonics and combinations of these to create unusual tone color. The movement has, for its main theme, an elegant, lilting, Viennese waltz-like subject. Webern combines subtlety with episodes of adventurous experimentation throughout this engaging work.

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