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A look at the life of a composer

Following the opening of the 8th International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival with a rare performance of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire, the festival will continue on Thursday with a screening of Larry Weinstein’s documentary, My War Years – Arnold Schoenberg at 8.30pm in Nicosia.

Schoenberg and his friends and students (including Alban Berg, Anton Webern, Alexander von Zemlinsky, Alma Mahler, Erwin Stein, Roberto Gerhard, Wassily Kandinsky and Hanns Eisler) tell the story of the composer’s life in their own words.

The 90-minute film takes us on a journey from the beginning of the twentieth century, when Schoenberg composed his last post-Romantic pieces and first atonal works, through to the WWI years and the discovery of his Twelve-Tone method in the early 1920s. It features excerpts from live performances of Schoenberg’s works such as Verklarte Nacht, the Gurre-Lieder, the Second String Quartet, Erwartung and Pierrot Lunaire.

Featured artists include: Pierre Boulez and the Ensemble InterContemporain, Marianne Pousseur, the Schoenberg Quartet, London Symphony Orchestra, Oliver Knussen and Michael Tilson Thomas.

My War Years – Arnold Schoenberg
The Pharos Arts Foundation will host the screening of the documentary by Larry Weinstein. October 6. The Shoe Factory, Nicosia. 8.30pm. Free. Tel: 22-663871

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