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Profile of Anton Webern

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Profile of Anton Webern

Anton Webern

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Born:

December 3, 1883, his father was a mining engineer and his mother was a pianist.

Birthplace:

Vienna, Austria

Died:

September 15, 1945 in Mittersill, near Salzburg, Austria

Also Known As:

His full name was Anton von Webern, an Austrian composer, conductor and arranger belonging to the 12-tone Viennese school.

Type of Compositions:

He is famous for his lieders, chamber music, instrumental and vocal compositions and his passacaglia. Some of Webern's works are only a few seconds long.

Influence:

His mother was his first teacher; she taught Webern how to play the piano. Later on Edwin Komauer took over his piano instruction and taught him music theory as well. Webern also learned how to play the cello and later studied musicology at the University of Vienna. Arnold Schoenberg became his teacher between 1904 to 1908 and influenced him immensely.

Notable Works:

Some of his famous works are: "Passacaglia, op. 1,' "Symphony Op. 21," "Im Sommerwind," "Concerto for nine instruments, Op. 24," "Entflieht auf leichten Kähnen, Opus 2," "Cello Sonata," "String Quartet, Op. 28," "Kinderstück," "Klavierstück" and "Five Songs After Poems by Richard Dehmel."

Interesting Facts:

During Wolrd War 1, Webern enlisted in the army but was discharged a year later due to his poor eyesight. In 1945, a soldier in the U.S. forces accidentally shot and killed him while he was visiting his daughter.

Related Video:

Listen to Webern's "Entflieht auf leichten Kähnen, Opus 2" courtesy of YouTube.

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