Saturday, September 13, 2014


Arnold Schoenberg
(13 September 1874 – 13 July 1951)

This German painter, poet, and composer bridged romanticism with atonal expressionism and invented a whole new way of composing.  Born in the Leopoldstadt district of Vienna, at "Obere Donaustraße 5", he taught himself to play and compose.  Early in his career, he embraced the unpopular Romantic styles of Strauss and Wagner.  In 1901, he married Mathilde Zemlinsky, sister of conductor and composer Alexander von Zemlinsky, with whom Schoenberg had been studying for years. He became involved with a circle of Viennese artists and intellectuals and began experimenting with atonal methods of composition, abandoning any sense of key and blurring distinctions between consonance and dissonance.  He wrote his 'Theory of Harmony' ('Harmonielehre') in 1922, which remains influential to this day.  Between the wars, his new  twelve-tone technique was called degenerate music by the Nazis and he fled to the United States to escape persecution.  He became a professor of composition at the Malkin Conservatory in Boston. After moving to Los Angeles, he taught at the University of Southern California and the University of California.  

Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured night).

Serenade Op. 24

Violin Concerto.

Piano Concerto.

A Survivor from Warsaw

Kammersymphonie (Chamber Symphony) Nos. 1 and 2.
Chamber Symphony No.1(version for full orchestra).

Chamber Symphony No.2
part 1

part 2

Gurrelieder (Songs of Gurre)—for singers and orchestra.

Pelleas und Melisande (Pelleas and Melisande).

String Quartet No. 2.  Op. 10, with soprano

Erwartung (Expectation)—a short opera for only one singer.

Pierrot Lunaire

Moses und Aron (Moses and Aron)—an opera.

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