Transfigured Nights

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Transfigured Nights

Transfigured Nights

Join us for our chamber series finale at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, with music of Schoenberg and Frank Bridge.
 Schoenberg, a pivotal figure in 20th-century music, composed “Transfigured Night” (Verklärte Nacht) in 1899. Originally written for a string sextet, he later arranged it for string orchestra and, more commonly, for string quartet. The work unfolds in a single movement and is deeply expressive. Inspired by a poem by Richard Dehmel, the music reflects the poem’s themes of love, forgiveness, and transformation. Schoenberg employs lush harmonies and chromaticism, breaking away from traditional tonality and foreshadowing his later atonal and twelve-tone compositions. The emotional intensity and rich textures in “Transfigured Night” make it a poignant exploration of human emotions and relationships.
Contrasting with Schoenberg’s avant-garde language, Frank Bridge’s “Three Idylls for String Quartet” offers a glimpse into early 20th-century English chamber music. Composed in 1906, Bridge’s idylls exude pastoral charm and folk-inspired melodies. Each idyll presents a distinctive character, ranging from the bucolic and serene to the lively and dance-like. Bridge, a notable teacher of Benjamin Britten, combines a lyrical and melodic approach with a keen sense of harmonic color. The folk elements in these idylls, though not directly quoting folk tunes, evoke a nostalgic and English countryside ambiance. Both works exemplify the diverse stylistic landscape of the early 20th century. Schoenberg’s “Transfigured Night” challenges tonal boundaries, paving the way for radical developments in music, while Bridge’s “Three Idylls” embraces a more traditional yet evocative language. Together, they showcase the rich tapestry of musical expression during a period of significant artistic exploration and innovation.

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Start Date

May 26, 2024 03:00 PM

End Date

May 26, 2024 05:00 PM
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