Concert: Idyll for the modern age

The first twelve-tone piece

01/09/24Sunday, 17:30Duration 3hKlostersaalKlosterplatz 1, 4801 Traunkirchen
Arnold Schönberg in Traunkirchen (1922)
© Arnold Schönberg Center, Wien


"Das erste Zwölftonstück" by Arnold Schönberg and Michael Maertens reads from Schönberg's letters and texts from the Salzkammergut.

A cooperation with the Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna and the KIRCH'KLANG Festival Salzkammergut.

The composer, painter and writer Arnold Schönberg spent his summer holidays at Lake Traunsee six times between 1905 and 1923. For some summers he stayed at the Gasthof Hois’n. At the Traunsee Schönberg created chamber music, songs, piano pieces, paintings and drawings. The first twelve-tone composition in the history of music was written in Traunkirchen in July 1921.

The exhibition traces Schönberg’s creative years at Lake Traunsee, sketches a panorama of significant modernist artistic encounters and, away from the idyll, addresses the summer resort anti-Semitism of the early 1920s in the Salzkammergut.


Ulrike Anton (Arnold Schönberg Centre, Director)
Therese Muxeneder (Arnold Schönberg Centre, Curator)
Martin Haselböck (Conductor)
Michael Maertens (reading)
Sarah Maria Sun (soprano)
Michael Schöch (piano)
A co-operation with the Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna, and the KIRCH’KLANG Festival Salzkammergut

Martina Rothschädl (Head of Programme remembrance culture)
Christian Haselmayr (Head of Programme Music, Youth, Community Building)

Macht und Tradition

Event info

Klosterplatz 1, 4801 Traunkirchen