Frenetic rhythms set against gloomy percussion reflect the almost playful darkness of Ball’s wordless texts, written in response to the spread of conflict in World War I.
Phillippe Manoury’s monodrama Blackout is a modern counterpart to Erwartung, written 80 years after Schoenberg’s masterpiece.
The music tells the story of a woman stuck in an elevator, who descends into a waking dream as she gets lost in thought. Like those of Schoenberg, Manoury’s brooding sonorities distort time and expectations – Ella Fitzgerald’s ‘You’re My Thrill’ suddenly emerges at the climax, before breaking apart and fading into the ensemble.
Hear Schoenberg’s original in the Philharmonia’s evening performance at 7.30pm, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen.
PerformersPlayers from the Philharmonia Orchestra
RepertoireHans Zender: Cabaret Voltaire for voice & ensemble (UK premiere)