(WINDSOR, ON) – This coming Sunday afternoon, the Windsor Symphony Orchestra will present Transfigured Night, featuring Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklarte Nacht along with two other compositions. Schoenberg’s work oozes with the tension of a romantic moonlight walk in which one lover tells the other paramour she has borne another man’s child.
The emotional string sextet, reflective of Germany’s late Romanticism, was composed by Schoenberg in a matter of three weeks in 1899, after he was somewhat smitten. He was taken by his attraction to Mathilde von Zemlinsky, the sister of his teacher.
Through her, a person he later married, he brings to life Richard Dehmel’s poem of the same name. In the poem, a woman’s secret is shared between the lovers ending with positive affirmation of their love emerging from the dark.
Musically, Schoenberg is a much heralded revolutionary, crafting the twelve tone technique, an extension of the tonal works which dominated his earliest compositions.
The evening will also include Mozart’s Serenata Notturno and Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G, featuring three soloists and the WSO Chorus.
Robert Franz will conduct all three compositions.
The Sunday performance will start with a pre-concert talk at 1:30pm followed by the three pieces at 2:30pm in the Heritage Auditorium of Assumption Hall, on the campus of the University of Windsor.