Webern - Langsamer Satz for String Quartet
Anton Webern’s Langsamer Satz was conceived as the composer hiked with Wilhelmine Mörtl, the woman who would later become his wife. Webern gushed about his experience in his diaries: “Our love rose to infinite heights and filled the Universe. Two souls were enraptured." The self-described love music he composed reflects this passionate inspiration, rising to wild heights at some times, and pulling back to quiet intimate moments at others. Translated literally as “slow movement,” Langsamer Satz is aptly titled. The music moves at a leisurely pace, and at about ten minutes in length, this early piece is one of Webern’s longest works. In contrast, his mature style is extremely economical in terms of musical ideas. Webern would become identified with short, tightly composed serial works, even when writing for large groups such as the symphony orchestra. But this brilliant student of Schoenberg wrote primarily tonal music in the early portion of his career. Langsamer Satz was composed just after Webern began his studies with Schoenberg, but before he fully embraced serialism. The exaggerated swells and chromatic harmony are typical of Romantic music around the turn of the century, reflecting the influence of composers such as Mahler and Wagner, and even evoking such early works of Schoenberg as Verklärte Nacht.
Composers Anton (Friedrich Wilhelm Von) Webern
Works Langsamer Satz
Instruments Cello, Viola, and Violin
Recorded Date 08-05-2015