Program Notes and Episode Extras—Episode Two

Schoenberg—Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)

Saturday, May 15 at 7 pm

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Schoenberg—Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)

Donato Cabrera, Music Director

Inspired by Richard Dehmel’s poem, which explores a confession between two lovers.

Music Director Donato Cabrera says, “Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht attempts something rather unique and entirely different from what had gone before. He attempts to depict through musical phrases every stanza of Dehmel’s eponymous poem without one word being sung or narrated. That’s not to say that Schoenberg set to music each and every word in the poem and then at the last minute, erased the words so that just the rhythms and melodies remain. Rather, he wrote melodic and rhythmic content that reflected the meaning of each stanza. In this sense, Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht is purely an abstract representation of Dehmel’s poem. And in this act, Schoenberg created something wholly original and independent.”

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In Walnut Creek on Walnut Creek TV

    • Comcast Channel 28 (Channel 26 in Rossmoor)
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In Contra Costa County on CCTV

    • Comcast Channel 27
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    • WAVE Channel 32

Program Notes

It opens with a cliché: your basic dark and stormy night. A couple is walking through the forest. The woman has a secret to impart to her new lover: she is pregnant, and not by him. He is, not surprisingly, taken aback by this news; she wonders if she has just destroyed their relationship with an indiscretion that happened before they had met.

Read Scott’s program notes for Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night).

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