Style and Idea: Selected Writings of Arnold Schoenberg

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University of California Press, 1984 - Biography & Autobiography - 559 pages
One of the most influential collections of music ever published, Style and Idea includes Schoenberg’s writings about himself and his music as well as studies of many other composers and reflections on art and society.

 

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Contents

Editors Preface page
11
Translators Preface
17
On my Fiftieth Birthday 1924
23
Heart and Brain in Music 1946
44
New Music Outmoded Music Style and Idea 1946
113
Turn of Time 1948
139
Bach 1950
397
Brahms the Progressive 1947
433
Franz Liszts Work and Being 1911
442
298
526
I
535
TEACHING
548
THEORY AND COMPOSITION
550
Index
553
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About the author (1984)

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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