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Anton Webern

1883 - 1945

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Anton Friedrich Wilhelm von Webern (3 December 1883 – 15 September 1945), better known as Anton Webern (German: [ˈantoːn ˈveːbɐn] (listen)), was an Austrian composer and conductor whose music was among the most radical of its milieu in its sheer concision, even aphorism, and steadfast embrace of then novel atonal and twelve-tone techniques. With his mentor Arnold Schoenberg and his colleague Alban Berg, Webern was at the core of those within the broader circle of the Second Viennese School.Little known in the earlier part of his life, mostly as a student and follower of Schoenberg, but also as a peripatetic and often unhappy theater music director with a mixed reputation as an exacting conductor, Webern came to some prominence and increasingly high regard as a vocal coach, choirmaster, conductor, and teacher during Red Vienna. With Schoenberg away at the Prussian Academy of Arts (and with the benefit of a publication agreement secured through Universal Edition), Webern began writing music of increasing confidence, independence, and scale during the latter half of the 1920s—his mature chamber and orchestral works, music that, perhaps more than his earlier expressionist works, would later decisively influence a generation of composers. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Anton Webern has received more than 706,632 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Anton Webern is the 73rd most popular composer (down from 71st in 2019), the 62nd most popular biography from Austria (down from 60th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Austrian Composer.

Anton Webern is most famous for his use of twelve-tone serialism in his compositions.

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Among composers, Anton Webern ranks 73 out of 1,216Before him are Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Charles Gounod, Vangelis, Alessandro Scarlatti, Alexander Borodin, and Johann Pachelbel. After him are Josquin des Prez, Jules Massenet, Dieterich Buxtehude, Gabriel Fauré, Franz Lehár, and Carl Czerny.

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Among people born in 1883, Anton Webern ranks 9Before him are Coco Chanel, John Maynard Keynes, Karl Jaspers, Walter Gropius, Khalil Gibran, and Joseph Schumpeter. After him are Nikos Kazantzakis, Jaroslav Hašek, Lev Kamenev, José Ortega y Gasset, Clement Attlee, and Grigory Zinoviev. Among people deceased in 1945, Anton Webern ranks 14Before him are Martin Bormann, Béla Bartók, Thomas Hunt Morgan, Fedor von Bock, Walter Model, and Magda Goebbels. After him are Subhas Chandra Bose, Wilhelm Canaris, Paul Valéry, Heinrich Müller, Ernst Cassirer, and Irma Grese.

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In Austria

Among people born in Austria, Anton Webern ranks 62 out of 1,237Before him are Ernst Kaltenbrunner (1903), Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor (1527), Peter Handke (1942), Christian Doppler (1803), Archduchess Gisela of Austria (1856), and Maria Carolina of Austria (1752). After him are Peter Drucker (1909), Josef Bican (1913), Fritz Lang (1890), Billy Wilder (1906), Carl Czerny (1791), and Martin Buber (1878).

Among COMPOSERS In Austria

Among composers born in Austria, Anton Webern ranks 8Before him are Franz Schubert (1797), Joseph Haydn (1732), Johann Strauss II (1825), Johann Strauss I (1804), Anton Bruckner (1824), and Arnold Schoenberg (1874). After him are Carl Czerny (1791), Alban Berg (1885), Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart (1791), Alma Mahler (1879), Josef Strauss (1827), and Émile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865).