‘’Freitag, der Dreizehnte‘’ celebrates its premiere at Reaktor

He painted playing cards, developed a chess game for four players, invented fairy tales, helped shape the ‘Blue Rider’ as a painter, witnessed Europe's darkest moments, almost had a career in Hollywood, was a passionate tennis player - and is known to be one of the most influential composers in music history: Arnold Schoenberg. However, his music is still polarising today.




Last Friday, an unusual project celebrated its premiere at the Reaktor to mark the 150th anniversary of the composer's birth: Freitag, der Dreizehnte. Johannes Erath and the recently deceased Michael Boder created a sensually crazy evening that delves deep into Schönberg's workshop and soul. The Klangforum Wien was conducted by Anna Sushon. They were supported by Christine Schäfer, Magdalena Anna Hofmann and the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, all proven Schönberg experts who have also helped shape the MusikTheater an der Wien in recent decades.




Together, they embarked on a journey into the world of Arnold Schoenberg and also explored the question of whether twelve-tone music is really about the equality of the twelve semitones or whether the composer, who was plagued by severe triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13), simply had to stop after twelve!




Huge applause for all involved for this extraordinary evening, which can still be experienced on 28 and 30 April and on 3, 5 and 7 May.