Item #39502 Autograph musical quotation from the composer's melodrama Pierrot Lunaire, op. 21. Signed in full. Arnold SCHOENBERG.

Autograph musical quotation from the composer's melodrama Pierrot Lunaire, op. 21. Signed in full

The opening 5 measures of the violoncello part of the 16th number, Gemeinheit, of Schoenberg's revolutionary work. Notated in black ink. Signed and dated July 21, 1950, and with "an autograph for Mr. Dante Pilaro from Pierrot Lunaire" in the composer's hand below the quotation. On an album leaf 126 x 200 mm., watermarked "J. Romani."

The violoncello accompanies, along with piano and violin, the recited text "In den blanken Kopf Cassanders, dessen Schreindie Luft durchzetert, bohrt Pierrot."

Slightly worn, browned, and foxed; faint vertical crease; two small file holes to left margin, not affecting quotation; small reproduction portrait and identification label to verso.

Pierrot Lunaire, 21 poems from Belgian poet Albert Giraud's eponymous cycle (translated into German by Otto Erich Hartleben) set in Schoenberg's innovative Sprechstimme style for speaker and chamber ensemble, was first performed in Berlin at the Choralion-Saal on 16 October 1912.

"Pierrot Lunaire is one of the most representative works of the twentieth century, as much as Pablo Picasso's Man with the Guitar or James Joyce's Ulysses. As a creative effort in a single consistent style, as an artistic phenomenon, it stands alone among Schoenberg's compositions. The era of 1912, the sunset of a long epoch of peaceful construction in Central Europe, found an unmistakable expression interest in it." Stuckenschmidt: Schoenberg, pp. 71-2.

"This melodrama is numbered among the unique, unrepeatable creative works which, both positively and negatively, point the way for, and mark the destiny of, the art of music. Seen in this lofty historical perspective, it takes its place in the line of works such as Mozart's Don Giovanni, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis or late quartets, Wagner's Tristan, Mahler's Song of the Earth, and Richard Strauss's Elektra. This is not a matter of drawing comparisons; when I place Pierrot Lunaire alongside the works just mentioned, it is only to point out that, like them, it was, in a sense, created at as crucial moment for music." Reich: Schoenberg. A Critical Biography, p. 79.

Item #39502

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