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V065: Vienna: End of an Empire: The New Music

A Granada Production, color (1989), 55:00.

U-Matic (NTSC) (2 copies).
VHS (PAL), in Dutch (recording ends after about 47:00 of the program), see V057.Written and presented by Bamber Gascoigne

Production executive: Peter Stevens
Associate producer: Caroline Speed
Directed by Robin Lough
Produced by Tony Cash

Further credits below.

Time Description
0:00 "Man and Music. Vienna: End of an Empire: The New Music"
0:30 Footage of Franz Joseph's funeral (1916)
1:30 Viennese plundering the Vienna woods for firewood after WWI; footage of soup lines
2:20 Narrator gives brief introduction to Schoenberg and 12-tone composition
3:20 Schoenberg's Ode to Napoleon, op. 41, plays in background
3:45 AS self-portrait, photos of Berg and Webern, AS
4:25 Interview with pianist at AS's apartment in Mödling. Pianist explains system of tonality, atonality, and 12-tone composition.
5:50 Erwartung, scene 4
8:30 Exterior of Mödling house; pianist inside explains the row used in the Suite, op. 25 and performs the Gavotte and Musette.
13:40 Juxtaposition of nudes by Ingres, Cezanne, and Picasso (compared to radical changes in musical composition made over the same time period)
15:00 Narrator describes Schoenberg's founding of the Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen
15:45 Scenes from a performance of Berg's Wozzeck
18:15 Footage of Vienna in 1920s and the Karl-Mark-Hof, discussion of Webern's activities with the Workers' Orchestra
19:10 Performance of a Webern song
20:20 Photos of Berg, AS, and Webern; footage of Vienna in the 1930s; stand-off between Nazis and socialists; Schoenberg's decision to move to LA
22:20 Footage of celebration of 250th anniversary of repelling the Turks (1933)
23:50 Berg's death and first performance of his violin concerto; performance of the violin concerto
27:40 Narrator describes the concerto's premiere; Vienna Philharmonic's complicity in the Anschluss (1938); footage of Hitler arrival in Vienna
30:00 "End of Part One"
31:30 "Part Two": Footage of post-war Vienna
32:45 Narrator explains Vienna's changed political and cultural position after WWII, discusses Webern's death
33:55 Footage of 1940s Hollywood, photos of Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold
34:45 Interview with Charles Gerhardt, conductor, arranger and orchestrator of Hollywood film scores
35:30 Footage of Korngold playing piano
36:00 Gerhardt discusses Richard Strauss
37:00 Music to Robinson Crusoe 
37:30 Footage of Schoenberg playing tennis
37:50 Interview with Alexander Goehr, Schoenberg's student. He discusses American serialism.
39:30 Goehr coaches a quartet playing his First String Quartet (fourth movement)
42:00 Star Wars theme music, movie posters
42:45 Messiaen's pupils Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen
43:15 Stockhausen lectures on the influence Schoenberg and Webern had on his own work
44:30 Pianists perform Stockhausen's Mantra
46:30 Water fountains outside Centre Georges Pompideau; IRCAM studios
48:30 Composer Philippe Manoury works with a computer expert recording his Pluton
49:05 Manoury discusses his work, integration of instrument and computer
51:00 Narrator discusses the difficulty contemporary art has in finding acceptance with the broader public
51:30 Portraits of Schoenberg and Brahms, Viennese cityscape
52:10 Closing credits


ORF Symphony Orchestra conducted by Walter Weller
Karan Armstrong, Soprano
Paul Crossley, Piano
Nash Ensemble
Arditti String Quartet