Transfigured Night.

Arnold Schoenberg:

  • Verklärte Nacht

Antonin Dvorak:

  • Sextet for Strings

Arnold Schoenberg’s work ‘Transfigured Night’ is a musical setting for a relationship struggle between two people. It is a dark, brooding piece that deals with transgression and ultimate forgiveness. (Composer’s photo at the left side)

Dvorak’s work is less programmatic; yet it is also scored for string sextet. As such, this is a creative pairing with the work by Schoenberg.

Selection specifics are as follows:


  • String Sextet in A major, Op. 48


  • Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4

Performed by Vaclav Bernasek (cello), Jiri Najnar (viola), with the Talich Quartet


Here is an arrangement for chamber orchestra of Arnold Schoenberg “Verklarte Nacht” (Transfigured Night) Op. 4:



And next here is a recording of Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), with Sir Simon Rattle, conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker:


And now, here is the original version of Schoenberg’s work, as scored for string sextet; see which version you prefer:


Finally, here is the Dvorak sextet in A-Major:



Tags: Arnold Schoenberg, Verklärte Nacht, Dvorak, Sextet, Talich Quartet