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Waiting for Today

Arnold Schönberg 1874-1951
Frank Martin 1890–1974

WAITING FOR TODAY

Von heute auf morgen (From Today till Tomorrow)    
Arnold Schönberg 1874–1951
One act opera. Libretto: Max Blonda (pseudonym for Gertrud Schönberg)
World premiere 1930, Opernhaus, Frankfurt am Main

Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene (film music) op. 34   
Arnold Schönberg 1874–1951
First performed 1930, Krolloper, Berlin

6 Monologues from Jedermann (Everyman)  
Frank Martin 1890–1974
Lieder cycle for baritone & orchestra
Libretto: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
First performed 1949, Venice

Erwartung (Expectation)     
Arnold Schönberg 1874–1951
Monodrama in one act. Text by Marie Pappenheim
First performed June 6 1924, Neues Deutsches Theater, Prague


 

A man, a woman. Marriage, routine, life. David Hermann focusses on the passing of time and the changes two individuals, bound by marriage, undergo, in four works by Arnold Schönberg and Frank Martin.

Schönberg's 1930, in Frankfurt world premiered,Von heute auf morgen analyses, in an humorous way, a married couple and their thoughts about their relationship. Typical for opera of the time (Zeitoper), elements such as American dance music and jazz are combined with Schönberg's twelve-tone technique – his personal device on the journey to modern music.

Hardly any other medium highlights this modernity as clearly as film. In 1929 Schönberg was commissioned by Heinrichshofen’s publishers to compose Accompanying music for a short film titled »Threatening danger, fear, catastrophe« -  or the breaking up of the life they once shared for the couple in David Hermann's production.

Frank Martin makes audible the multi-coloured kaleidoscope of a man's soul at the end of his life in Six Monologues from »Jedermann« (1943/49). A cycle, committed to tonality, with text based on Hugo von Hofmannsthal's famous tragedy, in which Martin also heard »the simple language of ancient human fears« and »the language in which the Gospel teaches us of redemption through love«.

The woman in Schönberg's monodrama Erwartung (1909), wandering through the forest at night in search of her lover, experiences various levels of traumatic anxiety and emotions. The libretto for this almost psychoanalytical one-act play was written by the budding doctor Marie Pappenheim. The freedom of expression in text and music conveys the uneasy psychological state of mind loneliness can cause - a characteristic of an old and new today?