Schoenberg Remembered: Diaries and Recollections, (1938-76)

Schoenberg Remembered: Diaries and Recollections, (1938-76)

Schoenberg Remembered: Diaries and Recollections, (1938-76)

Schoenberg Remembered: Diaries and Recollections, (1938-76)

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One does not bear witness to the times because one has decided to do so. One may, perhaps, turn out to have been a witness, if posterity thinks one worthy of the title.

René Clair

During the period covered by these diaries, I wrote something in them every day, a practice I still follow. While the notebooks contain much material about Los Angeles of the '40s which might be of interest to the social historian or the nostalgia buff, including all of it would have made a book of unwieldy size. Therefore I have confined myself, in the main, to those daily entries or parts of entries which are directly or indirectly concerned with Schoenberg. The ellipses are of matter considered trivial, repetitive, or not relevant to the main topic of the entry.

A grave decision had to be made early in the editing: how to handle Schoenberg's talk. In the diaries, I had transcribed as accurately as possible the sounds of his rich Viennese accent. However, I felt that the many distortions of spelling caused by this practice . . .

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