Arnold Schoenberg

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Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) was arguably the central musical personality of the twentieth century, whose innovative, uncompromising musical language opened up new possibilities for composers and influenced generations of musicians and listeners. This book presents a clear narrative history of Schoenberg's life, work and cultural context along with essential reference material and striking illustrations, making it a vital purchase for anyone interested in the composer.


This book presents a clear narrative history of Schoenberg’s life, work and cultural context along with essential reference material and striking illustrations, making it a vital purchase for anyone interested in the composer. Brought up in the rich and cosmopolitan cultural life of Vienna, Schoenberg started to play the violin at the age of nine and began experimenting with composition almost immediately, but had no formal training in music until his late teens. Schoenberg first composed in the late Romantic tradition, and his earliest acknowledged works, including the string sextet 'Verklärte Nacht', date from the turn of the century. Over the next decade in Vienna, he developed his musical style, in due course causing a sensation with the dissonance of his 'serial' technique and the harmonic strangeness and complexity of his material.

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Bojan Bujic (b. 1937) studied English literature and musicology in his native city of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, before completing his doctorate in fourteenth-century music at Oxford. He has taught at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo, was a lecturer in music at the University of Reading and a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University. Since 1978, he has been a lecturer in music at Oxford University, and a Reader in musicology since 1997. He is a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford.

Pub Date: 2011
Format: Hardback with bw illus.
Pages: 240
Size: 6.50 x 9.00 inches


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