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Download e-book for iPad: A Schoenberg Reader: Documents of a Life by Joseph Auner

By Joseph Auner

ISBN-10: 0300095406

ISBN-13: 9780300095401

Arnold Schoenberg’s shut involvement with a few of the valuable advancements of twentieth-century track, 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 selection of Schoenberg’s essays, letters, literary writings, musical sketches, work, and drawings deals clean insights into the composer’s lifestyles, paintings, and thought.

The records, many formerly unpublished or untranslated, demonstrate the relationships among a variety of facets of Schoenberg’s actions in composition, tune idea, feedback, portray, functionality, and instructing. in addition they express the importance of occasions in his own and kinfolk lifestyles, his evolving Jewish identification, his political matters, and his shut interactions with such figures as Gustav and Alma Mahler, Alban Berg, Wassily Kandinsky, and Thomas Mann. vast statement through Joseph Auner areas the files and fabrics in context and strains vital issues all through Schoenberg’s profession from turn-of-century Vienna to Weimar Berlin to nineteen-fifties l. a..

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In one of the ‘‘Seven Fragments’’ from around 1900, Schoenberg relates the act of conversation to the issue of the listener’s role in the reception of music, a topic that would concern him throughout his life. Whoever speaks wishes to find attention, yes, even interest. Perhaps one would have to grant even to someone who only wants to ‘‘make conversation’’ that he wishes to have a listener in the person sitting opposite to him. But certainly for whoever speaks because he is moved, the polite listener is not enough.

But what does reality look like for our small, pitiable humans? So long as he does not own the woman, he dances around her, acts like her protector, saves her from all trouble, every pain. And why? So that she will give him the greatest thing that a child of mankind is able to give; so that she will give him her love. But how often merely so that she will give him her body. In other words, an exchange, a business; a business in which the man demands the purchase price in advance in the form of humility, subservience, readiness to be of service, etc.

Afterwards he always had a feeling of remose. But it depends on his mood. Tomorrow perhaps he would be just in the mood; in that case he would bring something. HEDWIG contents herself with this and wants to leave. FERDINAND, who during this conversation has not said a single word and has given KONRAD and MARIA suspicious glances, exits with HEDWIG. She urges MARIA to come at any rate. —Then she returns. Scene 4 KONRAD and MARIA alone. ’’ KONRAD asks her if she had had an incident with FERDINAND.

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