Skandalkonzert – Music with Punch

March 31, 2019 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | HISTORY, MUSIC | 0 Comments |

March 31, 1931: A concert at the Vienna Concert Society by the ‘atonalists,’ Schoenberg, Berg, inter alios, ended part-way through when fights broke out. It was a bit like the scene in No Surrender when a punk band comes out to entertain old age pensioners at a New Years Eve dance hall. Concert organizer Erhard Buschbeck punched a man out: a witness described it as “the most harmonious sound at the entire concert.” The show closed during Alban Berg’s “Five Orchestral Songs on Picture-Postcard Texts by Peter Altenberg.”  Mahler’s contribution to the programme, the best of the bunch by far, was not reached.

Listen to Berg, and you might feel your own fist (and teeth) clenching:

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