Tonight we're back in our bohemian finery; James in his grandfather's dinner jacket, Viola in one of her many vintage gowns, Ramsey is in tweed, May's in a tuxedo herself. We meet in the lobby, smiling and joking, and head in for the performance.
One of tonight's specials is Anton Webern's Six Pieces for Orchestra, published in 1909.
Anton Webern (1883-1945) was a Viennese composer of the so-called "Second Viennese School." He was a student and follower of Schoenberg, that master of atonality, and himself was a master of twelve-tone technique. Webern's music was declared "degenerate" by the Third Reich (or what was called Entartete Musik at the time), and he had a hard time finding work or recognition during his lifetime. He moved to Salzburg after the war, but was shot and killed by an American soldier when, despite a curfew, he stepped outside to smoke a cigar as to not disturb his children. The soldier who shot him was overwhelmed by remorse and drank himself to death a decade later.
Feeling unsettled after the concert, we take our coats and head back into the night, not paying attention to the footsteps following us....