Arnold Schoenberg

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

The composer Arnold Schoenberg, father of the twelve tone system, scandalized the music world in 1913 Vienna -- and became the go-to music teacher for innumerable American composers after he moved to the US in 1934.  How can we understand his music?  WNYC’s Sara Fishko gives it a try in this Fishko Files.  

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Associate Producer: Laura Mayer

Mix Engineer: Wayne Shulmister

WNYC Newsroom Editor: Karen Frillmann

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Sara Fishko

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Les from Miami, Florida

The new biography sounds like it indeed offers a "kindler, gentler" Schoenberg. Oscar Levant, himself a Schoenberg student, reminisces in his book "A Smattering of Ignorance" about a party at which Fanny Brice, himself, Harpo Marx and Schoenberg attended. Fanny Brice asked him, "What are some of your hits, professor?" Kidding aside, I think a graduated way to become acquainted with Schoenberg's 12-tone works --- after having haerd "Verkla"rte Nacht" and "Gurre Lieder", would be to listen to Quartet No. 1 then No. 2 whose final movement is 12-tone with a soprano solo. I'd follow that with "The Book of the Hanging Gardens", referenced in "The Fishko Files", the Piano Pieces, then the Violin Concerto, Piano Concerto, Five Orchestral Works and "Moses und Aron".

Mar. 14 2014 12:37 PM

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