Launch event for Middlesex University senior lecturer in music Christopher Dromey’s book The Pierrot Ensembles: Chronicle and Catalogue, 1912-2012.
The book is an account of how composers have received Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire by focussing on a selection of different, and mainly British, historical and institutional contexts. By gearing the text to the illustrations, it gives readers an understanding of why one relatively small-scale early twentieth-century composition has had such a lasting impact.
2012 was the centenary of the first performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire, Op. 21. Dromey’s book is the first of its kind to chronicle the ensemble’s evolution from Pierrot’s earliest performances, monitoring its influence on the Continent as well as upon Walton, Britten, Lutyens and Searle in Britain. In particular, it watches the growth of The Pierrot Players (later The Fires of London), one of the most galvanizing groups in post-war British music, and looks carefully at the social dynamics among its players and composers, notably Peter Maxwell Davies and Harrison Birtwistle.
The book is edited by senior research fellow in music at King’s College London and director of The Hans Keller Archive Christopher Wintle.
This is an event of part of Middlesex University's "Music Concerts and Colloquia", a free series held on Thursday evenings and open to the public.