Arnold Schoenberg Letters

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University of California Press, 1987 - Music - 309 pages
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Background notes about each stage of his life and career, accompany Schoenberg's letters to artists, intellectuals, and fellow composers
 

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This book was an excellent resource to learn about serial composition and Schoenberg's life between Kammersymphonien and his commitment to twelve tone, serial and dissonant compositions. This was a helpful contribution to source materials for a thesis, and I made sure to carry it during my visit to the Arnold Schoenberg center in Vienna, Austria. 

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About the author (1987)

An American of Austrian birth, Arnold Schoenberg composed initially in a highly developed romantic style but eventually turned to painting and expressionism. At first he was influenced by Richard Wagner and tried to write in a Wagnerian style. He attracted the attention of Alban Berg and Anton von Webern, with whom he created a new compositional method based on using all 12 half-steps in each octave as an organizing principle, the so-called 12-tone technique. His importance to the development of twentieth-century music is incredible, but the music he composed using this new method is not easily accessible to most concertgoers.

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