The Music Plays On — Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht

Gustav Klimt — The Kiss, 1907/08

Composed in 1899, Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) represents the hyper expressivity that was flourishing in the arts. While in polite society displaying one’s emotions was frowned upon, the most subtle and private feelings were being explored by artists in all media, from Paul Gaugin’s Two Tahitian Women,