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Arnold Schoenberg Musician of Contrasts

Michael H. Kater

in Composers of the Nazi Era: Eight Portraits

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195099249
eISBN:
9780199870004
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099249.003.0007
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter begins by discussing some of the inconsistencies in the biographies of Arnold Schoenberg. It mentions the ambiguities regarding his nationality. It talks about the problems that he faced ... More


Letters, Diaries, etc. (1948–1951)

Adrian Daub

E. Randol Schoenberg (ed.)

in The Doctor Faustus Dossier: Arnold Schoenberg, Thomas Mann, and Their Contemporaries, 1930-1951

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780520296824
eISBN:
9780520969155
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520296824.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This section presents the letters, excepts from diaries, and other materials exchanged and/or written after Thomas Mann's delivery of a copy of Doctor Faustus to Arnold Schoenberg in January of 1948.


The Politics of Assimilation

Nicholas Cook

in The Schenker Project: Culture, Race, and Music Theory in Fin-de-siècle Vienna

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195170566
eISBN:
9780199871216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195170566.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

A Galician Jew who came to Vienna on a government scholarship, Schenker arrived just as a fully racial anti-semitism was developing; the binary pattern of thought discussed in Chapter 3 became most ... More


Letters, Diaries, etc. (1930–1948)

Adrian Daub

E. Randol Schoenberg (ed.)

in The Doctor Faustus Dossier: Arnold Schoenberg, Thomas Mann, and Their Contemporaries, 1930-1951

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780520296824
eISBN:
9780520969155
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520296824.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This section presents the letters, excerpts from diaries, and other materials exchanged and/or written before Thomas Mann's delivery of a copy of Doctor Faustus to Arnold Schoenberg in January of ... More


Additional Reading

Richard Hoffmann

in The Doctor Faustus Dossier: Arnold Schoenberg, Thomas Mann, and Their Contemporaries, 1930-1951

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780520296824
eISBN:
9780520969155
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520296824.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter presents a firsthand account by Arnold Schoenberg's assistant Richard Hoffmann and an analytical essay by Bernhold Schmid. Among the anecdotes that Hoffmann shares is how he was ... More


A “True Modernist”: Arnold Schoenberg

Ehrhard Bahr

in Weimar on the Pacific: German Exile Culture in Los Angeles and the Crisis of Modernism

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520251281
eISBN:
9780520933804
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520251281.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter revisits the controversy between Thomas Mann and Arnold Schoenberg regarding the employment of twelve-tone composition in Doctor Faustus. It draws on the conflict to show that Mann had ... More


Jewish Identities: Nationalism, Racism, and Utopianism in Twentieth-Century Music

Klara Moricz

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520250888
eISBN:
9780520933682
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520250888.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This book mounts a challenge to prevailing essentialist assumptions about “Jewish music,” which maintain that ethnic groups, nations, or religious communities possess an essence which must manifest ... More


Introduction: California Haunting: Mann, Schoenberg, Faustus

Adrian Daub

in The Doctor Faustus Dossier: Arnold Schoenberg, Thomas Mann, and Their Contemporaries, 1930-1951

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780520296824
eISBN:
9780520969155
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520296824.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This introductory chapter provides the necessary context for the two protagonists (Arnold Schoenberg and Thomas Mann), as well as the leading supporting figure (Theodor Adorno). It aims to guide ... More


Composers of the Nazi Era: Eight Portraits

Michael H. Kater

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195099249
eISBN:
9780199870004
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195099249.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

How does creativity thrive in the face of fascism? How can a highly artistic individual function professionally in so threatening a climate? This is a detailed study of the often interrelated careers ... More


Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw in Postwar Europe

Joy H. Calico

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780520281868
eISBN:
9780520957701
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520281868.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw seemed designed to irritate every exposed nerve in postwar Europe. A twelve-tone piece in three languages about the Holocaust, it was written for an ... More


Austria: Homecoming via A Survivor from Warsaw

Joy H. Calico

in Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw in Postwar Europe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780520281868
eISBN:
9780520957701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520281868.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Hermann Scherchen conducted the Austrian premiere of A Survivor from Warsaw on April 10, 1951, at the Fourth International Music Fest in Vienna. The performance is situated in the context of ... More


The Poietic Fallacy

Richard Taruskin

in The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520249776
eISBN:
9780520942790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520249776.003.0036
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter focuses on the music career of the composer Arnold Schoenberg and the book Arnold Schoenberg's Journey by Allen Shawn. The music of Schoenberg has been influential and controversial out ... More


Early Years in Vienna and Berlin: 1874–1906

Joseph Auner

in A Schoenberg Reader: Documents of a Life

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300095401
eISBN:
9780300127126
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300095401.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter provides an overall chronology of Arnold Schoenberg's life and works, along with a recollection of his childhood and musical education. It also looks at his early years in Vienna and ... More


“Dance of Death”

Glenn Watkins

in Proof through the Night: Music and the Great War

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520231580
eISBN:
9780520927896
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520231580.003.0013
Subject:
Music, History, American

The German empire of 1914, an unequal federation of twenty-five constituent states of which Prussia was the strongest, had been forged in the Franco-Prussian War of 1871. For those who most ... More


Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951)

David Manning

in Vaughan Williams on Music

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195182392
eISBN:
9780199851485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.003.0035
Subject:
Music, History, Western

In terms of development and harmony, Arnold Schoenberg's method is among the major turning points of musical thought in the twentieth century. During the 1920s he created the 12-tone technique, a ... More


Beginnings: Eger and Vienna

Stephen Lehmann and Marion Faber

in Rudolf Serkin: A Life

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195130461
eISBN:
9780199849499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130461.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Serkin's father, Mordko Serkin was born of an orthodox Jewish family in Belarus. He was gifted with a talent for singing but quit the stage at the behest of his father-in-law, prior to his marriage ... More


Weimar on the Pacific: German Exile Culture in Los Angeles and the Crisis of Modernism

Ehrhard Bahr

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520251281
eISBN:
9780520933804
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520251281.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

In the 1930s and 1940s, Los Angeles became an unlikely cultural sanctuary for a distinguished group of German artists and intellectuals—including Thomas Mann, Theodore W. Adorno, Bertolt Brecht, ... More


Arnold Schoenberg: “George Gershwin” (1938)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0072
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents an excerpt from the book George Gershwin, edited by Merle Armitage focusing on Gershwin's relationship with fellow composer Arnold Schoenberg. The book highlights the little ... More


West Germany: Retrenchment versus A Survivor from Warsaw

Joy H. Calico

in Arnold Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw in Postwar Europe

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780520281868
eISBN:
9780520957701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520281868.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The Federal Republic of Germany (FRG, or West Germany) figures prominently in most American musicological narratives of Western Europe during the Cold War, both because of its distinctive ... More


A Schoenberg Reader: Documents of a Life

Joseph Auner

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300095401
eISBN:
9780300127126
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300095401.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Arnold Schoenberg's close involvement with many of the principal developments of twentieth-century music, most importantly the break with tonality and the creation of twelve-tone composition, ... More


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