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The atonal music of Arnold Schoenberg, 1908-1923

Author: Bryan R Simms
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.
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In the years from 1908 to 1923, Arnold Schoenberg developed a compositional strategy that moved beyond the accepted concepts and practices of Western tonality. Pieces from this period, such as Pierrot Lunaire and Erwartung, remain masterpieces of the modern repertoire. The lasting importance of Schoenberg's atonal music is reflected in the very large but fragmented critical and analytical literature that surrounds  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Simms, Bryan R.
Atonal music of Arnold Schoenberg, 1908-1923.
New York : Oxford University Press, 2000
(DLC) 99035938
Named Person: Arnold Schoenberg; Arnold Schoenberg; Arnold Schoenberg
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bryan R Simms
ISBN: 9780195351859 0195351851 1280530448 9781280530449 9786610530441 6610530440 1429403845 9781429403849
OCLC Number: 252600219
Language Note: English.
Awards: Winner of Named as Outstanding Academic Book by Choice.
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 265 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Abbreviations --
Chapter 1 Atonality and the Critical Imagination --
Chapter 2 Schoenberg's Evolution toward Atonality --
Chapter 3 Settings of the Poetry of Stefan George: Opp. 10, 14, and 15 --
Chapter 4 Small Instrumental Works: Opp. 11, 16, and 19 and Three Pieces for Chamber Orchestra --
Chapter 5 The Operas Erwartung and Die glückliche Hand --
Chapter 6 New Uses of the Voice: Herzgewächse, Pierrot lunaire, and Four Songs, Op. 22 --
Chapter 7 On the Road from Earth to Heaven: Symphony and Die Jakobsleiter --
Chapter 8 Composing with Tones: Five Piano Pieces, Op. 23, and Serenade, Op. 24 --
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Responsibility: Bryan R. Simms.
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Between 1908 and 1923, Schoenberg developed a compositional strategy that moved beyond the accepted concepts and practices of Western tonality. This study synthesizes and advances the state of  Read more...


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