Reinhold Friedl

Schonberg Pierrot Lunaire Cheap Imitation

by Dan Raper

11 February 2009


This piece, conceived as a parody of Arnold Shonberg’s famous “Dreimal sieben Gedichte aus Albert Girauds ‘Pierrot lunaire’”, was written by Berlin composer Reinhold Friedl in 2005, and is lent heft and a perhaps disproportionate seriousness in a recording by Markus Weiser and the Zeitkratzer ensemble. The 21 poems of Schoneberg’s piece are condensed here into barely fifteen minutes; the “soprano” now remade in Weiser’s expressive (and at times effete) voice. Friedl’s piece is Shonberg-esque, though it’s much simpler, and one suspects the style’s a little affected for the sake of the parody. Friedl’s tricks seem drawn straight from his undergraduate students’ handbook—a favourite is the random deployment of atonalities in a flute or oboe, interjecting themselves out of the texture of the piece. Some of these brief, interlude-like compositions have a certain tongue-in-cheek brio. But as a high-art joke, I have to say, this one’s over my head.

Schonberg Pierrot Lunaire Cheap Imitation


//Mixed media

Marina and the Diamonds Wrap Up U.S. Tour at Terminal 5 (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Marina's star shines bright and her iridescent pop shines brighter. Froot is her most solid album yet. Her tour continues into the new year throughout Europe.

READ the article