No Sounds Are Forbidden explores the exciting, and complex history of the avant-garde art music of the 20th and 21st centuries. In the first episode, “Moondrunk: Pierrot Lunaire at the Edge of Modernity,” host Matthew Friedman goes back to the beginning (or a beginning) of the avant-gardewhen Pierrot Lunaire shocked the music world, and ensured that nothing would ever sound the same again.

The European concert season of 1912-1913 signaled the end of the old cultural order, even before the anciens régîmes marched into a suicidal conflict in the trenches of the Great War. In May 1913, Paris had