Maria Milstein (foto Marco Borggreve)

Schoenberg & Padding

New European Ensemble + Maria Milstein
Thu 10 Apr 2025 20:15 - 22:00
Thu 10 Apr 2025
20:15 - 22:00
  • Thu 10 Apr 2025
    20:15 - 22:00
    Grote Zaal


19.15 / Foyerdeck 1 / Pre-concert talk

20.15 / Grote Zaal / Main programme

Arnold Schoenberg Violin Concerto (arr. Henk Guittart)
Martijn Padding Ma vie en couleurs
Arnold Schoenberg Serenade Op. 24 



New European Ensemble 
Maria Milstein violin 

Tribute to 150-year-old innovator Schoenberg

2024 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great music innovator Arnold Schoenberg. The New European Ensemble celebrates this with two of Schoenberg’s own works as well as a new composition by Martijn Padding. The title Padding chose, Ma vie en couleurs, serves as a reminder that Schoenberg was also a talented expressionist painter. The NEuE will play Henk Guittart’s ensemble arrangement of the notoriously difficult Violin Concerto, with soloist Maria Milstein, who is a regular guest at the Muziekgebouw.

In 1933, following the Nazi regime’s rise to power, Schoenberg fled to America. There, in 1936, he composed his Violin Concerto. Like much of Schoenberg’s early American work, it sounds surprisingly tonal despite utilizing his well-known twelve-tone technique, which is characterized by the absence of a tonic. One of the first works that Schoenberg constructed entirely according to a twelve-tone row was the Serenade (1921-1923). Nice fact: the Serenade also happens to be the very first piece performed by the NEuE.