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|A. Cathariou: Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire: concert piece or music theatre work?|
Pierrot Lunaire by Arnold Schoenberg constitutes an emblematic work for the music of the 20th century. The innovation introduced by Schoenberg through the elimination of tonality, and the consequences this had for the later developments of New Music (from the fifties to the present day); the way in which the composer elaborated the newly rediscovered genre of melodrama, transforming it in an entirely original way; the new paths opened by Sprechgesang for the utilization of the voice, as well as the decisive influence of Pierrot on the works of other important composers, such as Ravel (Trois poèmes de Mallarmè, 1913) and Stravinsky (Poésies de la lyrique japonaise, 1915) (Philippot Michel, 1974) are only a few of the issues that have been dealt with in the extended literature with reference to this work.
The subject of the present study is an examination from a performer’s perspective, of whether Pierrot Lunaire should be viewed as a concert piece or a music theatre work.