what it is: happy birthday pierrot l.
where i found it: music school
Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire turns 100 this week. An odd series of pieces based on poetry and altered speech sequences that are carefully notated, this dates from my favorite period of classical music, when things had not gotten completely free, but were making traditional form and tonality real stretchy. Berg, Webern and Schoenberg are my heroes (at least in one pocket of the musical universe) and are always worth revisiting. Even with the addition of computers, electric guitars, psychedelics and multi-tracking I'm not sure that music has gotten any weirder, complex or more inventive in the last 100 years.
Here's the first part of Pierrot Lunaire with score following along. Happy Birthday.