I'm watching this right now (as I type)
Oh boy. This twelve-tone system needs some getting used to.
I can't say I like it.
Does this make of me some sort of musical moron?
So far, to be frank, I find this to be a good play with ugly music in the background.
I have enjoyed other 20th century atonal works.
But I can't really wrap my mind around this music.
In what way can this be considered beautiful music? It's a bunch of disconnected shrieks.
Poooommmm piiiiiiiii paaaaaahhhhh eeeeeehhhhhhh uuuuuuuuuuu
I don't get it.
Maybe by the end of the third hour (3 hours 3 minutes of runtime) I'll get used to it. I hope.
Addendum - OK, I think it's getting better for me. My poor ears are starting to settle.
The intermezzo between scenes 2 and 3 is actually interesting and the odd music does add some weird but intriguing atmosphere to this somber drama. Maybe I'll end up liking this thing. I'm still reserving judgment, though.
Certainly Christine Schäfer is doing a fine job as Lulu.