Expressionism in Music, Part 1



This 2-part video explores the history of Expressionism, an artistic movement of the early twentieth century that attempted to capture raw (and often disturbing) emotions through art.

Expressionism began in Germany and Austria in the very late 19th and early 20th centuries, and it tried to capture psychological and social anxieties and fears during a time of massive change. It was a time when the life experience of humans was changing, and it changed faster than it had ever changed before (and faster than has ever since). In just a few decades, we learned to fly, to communicate through telephone and radio, to mechanize warfare and engage in global conflicts, to build and drive automobiles, etc.

Part 1: https://youtu.be/FN_omCc-JRs
Part 2: [link will be added soon!]

Soprano Eva Peng is the owner of the Bellus Music Studio (https://www.bellusmusicstudio.com/), and pianist Anthony Olson is Professor of Music at Northwest Missouri State University (https://www.nwmissouri.edu/).

Recorded at our home in the spring of 2021.

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RECOMMENDED READING
https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/search/expressionism-books
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Expressionism&ref=nb_sb_noss_2

MUSICAL EXAMPLES
Gentle Giant, The House, The Street, The Room: https://youtu.be/XFyDkRa6dSc
Schoenberg, Pierrot Lunaire: https://youtu.be/y6jpxRrDkCA
Schoenberg, A Survivor from Warsaw: https://youtu.be/DFXkc9AGoeU
Berg, Wozzeck: https://youtu.be/8q7fl4sl2R0
Webern, 5 Pieces for Orchestra: https://youtu.be/reqqQ-kBJQ0

SCORES
https://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Berg,_Alban
https://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Schoenberg,_Arnold
https://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Webern,_Anton

SOURCES
Expressionism, in Oxford Music Online (Grove Music): https://doi-org.ezproxy.nwmissouri.edu/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.09141
Arnold Schoenberg, in Oxford Music Online (Grove Music): https://doi-org.ezproxy.nwmissouri.edu/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.25024
Arnold Schoenberg Center: https://www.schoenberg.at/index.php/en/
Alban Berg, in Oxford Music Online (Grove Music): https://doi-org.ezproxy.nwmissouri.edu/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.02767
Anton Webern, in Oxford Music Online (Grove Music): https://doi-org.ezproxy.nwmissouri.edu/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.29993
The Second Viennese School, in Oxford Music Online (Grove Music), https://doi-org.ezproxy.nwmissouri.edu/10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.53872
Sara M. Paar, Between Speech & Song: Clarifying the Sprechstimme of Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire (doctoral dissertation): https://academicworks.cuny.edu/gc_etds/2046/
Metropolitan Opera: https://www.metopera.org/
Caroline Crampton, Shell-shock symphony: Berg’s Wozzeck – opera’s take on post-traumatic stress disorder: https://www.newstatesman.com/culture/music-theatre/2015/10/shell-shock-symphony-berg-s-wozzeck-opera-s-take-post-traumatic-stress

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