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Object #55 / Arnold Schönberg: Foliage of the Heart, op. 20

for high soprano, celesta, harmonium, and harp based on a poem by Maurice Maeterlinck

Arnold Schönberg Center, Wien

The poems in this cycle that was completed in 1889 with the title “Serres chaudes” [Hothouses] – the word stands for hermetically sealing oneself off from the pressures of the outside world and retreating into the protective chamber of one’s soul – are typical mood poems from the Decadent movement: dominated by dark forebodings and uncertain sentiments that are interpreted using symbolism from the natural world.

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