Schoenberg

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Oxford University Press, Sep 26, 2008 - Music - 400 pages
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In this completely rewritten and updated edition of his long-indispensable study, Malcolm MacDonald takes advantage of 30 years of recent scholarship, new biographical information, and deeper understanding of Schoenberg's aims and significance to produce a superb guide to Schoenberg's life and work. MacDonald demonstrates the indissoluble links among Schoenberg's musical language (particularly the enigmatic and influential twelve-tone method), his personal character, and his creative ideas, as well as the deep connection between his genius as a teacher and as a revolutionary composer. Exploring newly considered influences on the composer's early life, MacDonald offers a fresh perspective on Schoenberg's creative process and the emotional content of his music. For example, as a previously unsuspected source of childhood trauma, the author points to the Vienna Ringtheater disaster of 1881, in which hundreds of people were burned to death, including Schoenberg's uncle and aunt-whose orphaned children were then adopted by Schoenberg's parents. MacDonald brings such experiences to bear on the music itself, examining virtually every work in the oeuvre to demonstrate its vitality and many-sidedness. A chronology of Schoenberg's life, a work-list, an updated bibliography, and a greatly expanded list of personal allusions and references round out the study, and enhance this new edition.
 

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Contents

1 Peripeteia 190813
1
2 The Past 18741907
24
3 Consolidation 191433
54
4 In the Wilderness 193351
73
5 Heart and Brain
88
6 Style
106
7 Choral Music
158
8 Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra
175
11 The Songs
235
12 Three Stage Works
253
13 Miscellany
265
14 Unfinished Torsos
274
15 and Idea
289
Epilogue
297
Appendices
301
Index
359

9 Chamber Music
201
10 Solo Keyboard Music
226

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About the author (2008)

A frequent lecturer and broadcaster, Malcolm MacDonald is the Editor of Tempo, the independent quarterly review of modern music, and the author, most recently, of Var?se, Astronomer in Sound.

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