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Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of Anton Webern's Death on 15 Sep 2015

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Anton Webern, Foto: Ludwig Zenk

Anton Webern © 1940 by Ludwig Zenk
Original photo, property of Karlheinz Essl



On September 15th, 1945 the Austrian composer Anton Webern was accidentially shot dead by an American GI in Mittersill, Salzburg where Webern had escaped from the Russian invasion.

In order to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Webern's tragic death, people around the world are invited to take part in a global performance of my sound installation WebernUhrWerk (translated: Webern's Clockwork). Every quarter of an hour, a short musical phrase with Carillon sounds will be heard which is based on Webern's last but unfinished composition.

Everybody is cordially invited to join in! For up-to-date information about this project please visit my Facebook event page.


In order to participate, just download the free music software (for MacOS and Windows) on your computer. Start the software on September 15th and transmit the computer-generated Carillon music into your environment. You can place a loudspeaker in an open window to fill the air, or run it through a PA system in a public location. At least, you can just use the loudspeakers of your home or office computer.

User interface of WebernUhrWerk
© 2005-2015 by Karlheinz Essl


For those having troubles running the software, I am providing a recordingthat you can use on any computer or mobile device. Just start it at the beginning of a full hour and let it run. When finished, you can repeat the piece as long as you like. Be aware that the piece consists mostly of silence! You will hear a short Carillon phrase exactly every 15 minutes - just like a church bell. If you wish, you can also download the file and install it on your mobile phone, tablet or audio player. Or use this player here:

5 hour recording of WebernUhrWerk
© 2015 by Karlheinz Essl

And finally, a little teaser created with my WebernUhrWerk software:

Demo recording of WebernUhrWerk
© 2015 by Karlheinz Essl

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Updated: 24 Sep 2015