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Arnold Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder ()

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composed by Arnold Schoenberg

Schoenberg's Gurrelieder grew as he composed it. First conceived as a song cycle with piano accompaniment, it was premiered a decade later as a cantata for soloists, chorus, and enormous orchestra. It was also a passionately romantic young man's work finished by a fanatically modernist mature man and as the composer grew older, the composition got better in some ways and worse in others. Whether Gurrelieder ought to have grown into a cantata is arguable. The pointillistic orchestrations of the mature man are an improvement ...

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