A Schoenberg Reader: Documents of a Life by Joseph Auner

By Joseph Auner

Arnold Schoenberg’s shut involvement with some of the primary advancements of twentieth-century tune, most significantly the holiday with tonality and the production of twelve-tone composition, generated controversy from the time of his earliest works to the current day. This authoritative new choice of Schoenberg’s essays, letters, literary writings, musical sketches, work, and drawings deals clean insights into the composer’s existence, paintings, and thought.

The records, many formerly unpublished or untranslated, exhibit the relationships among quite a few features of Schoenberg’s actions in composition, song thought, feedback, portray, functionality, and instructing. in addition they express the importance of occasions in his own and family members lifestyles, his evolving Jewish id, his political issues, and his shut interactions with such figures as Gustav and Alma Mahler, Alban Berg, Wassily Kandinsky, and Thomas Mann. broad remark by way of Joseph Auner locations the records and fabrics in context and lines vital issues all through Schoenberg’s profession from turn-of-century Vienna to Weimar Berlin to nineteen-fifties l. a..

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I saw it immediately; where I dropped only a slight, gentle hint, you understood at once. I think I didn’t have to teach; I only had to rouse you and you yourself woke up; I only had to clear away the debris, and your soul lay there bright and radiant. I did not change you. I only helped you to become clear about yourself. ’’ Pause—both are lost in deep thought, after a while KONRAD walks over to the piano and plays a few quiet chords; MARIA listens dreamily—the doorbell rings; MARIA rises somewhat reluctantly from the sofa in order to open the door.

My sword is whole and unbroken! And my horn rings out! But only if I sound it;/And I shall sound it! (He blows the horn loudly. ) Scene 2 ADELRICH (lively): You are not calling to the hunt! So, does an enemy threaten us;/Or are you only making a jest? ODOAKAR (merry): I did indeed call you to the hunt,/And an enemy too threatens us, But I am also jesting! ADELRICH (adopting the same tone): Now I doubt no longer/That you are only jesting. It would be funny indeed,/If we wanted to hunt, Where we wait for the enemy to strike.

Ma chère cousine! Your letter did not satisfy me in any way. —Now that is a nice phrase, but badly used here. For, firstly, so far as I remember, I wrote that out of malice it would be nicer for me if you did not amuse yourself too much; secondly, I have not rejoiced at all. You go on to say that you have only disputed the amount of nonsense that is in the Bible; now I must oppose you, as an unbeliever myself, by saying that nowhere in the Bible is there any nonsense. For in it all the most difficult questions concerning Morals, Law-making, Industry and Medical Science are resolved in the most simple way, often treated from a contemporary point of view; in general the Bible really gives us the foundation of all our state institutions (except the telephone and the railway).

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