Ateneum Theme: Pierrot lunaire

Arnold Schönberg’s melodrama Pierrot lunaire has claimed its place as a cult piece among the works of modern music.

  • 7.10.2023 at 15–16:15
  • 14.10.2023 at 15–16:15
Ateneum Hall
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A cult work of modern music

The piece, composed in 1912, was commissioned by the Berlin actress Albertine Zehme, and it combines the modern musical idiom of its time, cabaret, and commedia dell’arte. The unreal atmosphere of the work is produced by the soprano’s Sprechstimme style, in which the singer’s use of voice is constantly somewhere between singing and speaking. 

The concert programme also features works by Alessandro Scarlatti and Maurice Ravel, which complete and soften the profound but often twisted world of Pierrot lunaire

At the beginning of the concert on October 14, the senior researcher at Ateneum, Anu Utriainen, talks about the interdisciplinarity of modernism. 


Alessandro Scarlatti (1660–1725): Cara Tomba (arranged by Artturi Rönkä) 

Maurice Ravel (1875–1937): Le Tombeau de Couperin (arranged by Artturi Rönkä)  

Arnold Schönberg (1874–1951): Pierrot lunaire op. 21 


Tuuli Lindeberg, soprano 

Henriikka Teerikangas, conductor 

Johanna Kärkkäinen, flute 

Tal Gottdiner, clarinet 

Valerie Lassfolk, violin 

Valerie Lassfolk, viola 

Jarkko Launonen, cello 

Minttu Siitonen, piano 

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