An Essay by Schoenberg

  • Peter Franklin


Arnold Schoenberg was a strange man. A mass of odd contradictions and queer promptings lurk in the shadow of his heroic image as Scott-of-the-Antarctic of modern music. His importance and even greatness are on a certain level indisputable, but their precise extent relates far more clearly than is often understood to the dimensions of this shadow, which falls nowhere more strikingly than across his writings.


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Chapter Five

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    1. Arnold Schoenberg, Style and Idea, ed. Leonard Stein, with translations by Leo Black (London: Faber and Faber, 1975), p. 400.Google Scholar
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    12. Arnold Schoenberg, Letters, ed. Erwin Stein (London: Faber and Faber, 1964), p. 243.Google Scholar

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