The Arnold Schoenberg Companion

The Arnold Schoenberg Companion

The Arnold Schoenberg Companion

The Arnold Schoenberg Companion

Synopsis

With language unencumbered by technical jargon, these scholarly writings bring to life the various facets of Schoenberg's creative process and its influence. Topics include biographical essays, surveys of the music from different periods in Schoenberg's career, and essays on the development of Schoenberg's style, on Schoenberg's attitudes toward music, composition and analysis, and the effect of and interpretation of Schoenberg's music. The contributors provide different points of view based on their unique specialties. The resulting breadth of information illuminates distinct aspects of Schoenberg's musical career.

Excerpt

Scholarly writings on musical topics are often highly specialized and can be difficult to comprehend for readers without substantial background in the subject at hand. This situation is especially true for writings on Schoenberg, which tend to be not only specialized but also technical in nature. This is an understandable consequence given the complexity of Schoenberg's music, but it only serves to further isolate his music from a potential audience; in fact, it may even be fair to assert that the understanding of Schoenberg's music has been hindered by the density of most of the writings about it.

This volume seeks to address these issues by providing nonspecialist readers with complete but general introductions to many of the key features of Schoenberg, his creative process, his music, and its influence. The intent has been to provide a thorough discussion of these issues without extensive technical terminology, a breadth of coverage instead of complete immersion into one specific aspect. Topics range from a biography and broad surveys of musical works within certain periods of Schoenberg's career to discussions of specific developments in Schoenberg's style and reports not only on Schoenberg's attitudes toward music, composition, and analysis but on others' attitudes toward Schoenberg . Changing Views of Schoenberg and Schoenberg's Influence place Schoenberg and his achievements in the context of the past and the present. The other essays provide differing points of view as each author presents his or her specialty in general terms. The authors' approaches vary, as does the technical language that each one employs to illuminate the topic at hand. But each essay presents a succinct, informed picture of an element important for the understanding of Schoenberg. For further study, there is a chronological list of works (with references to publishers), an annotated bibliography geared toward the non- specialist, and a discography. It is hoped that this volume will provide a valuable introduction to, review of, and resource concerning Schoenberg and his music.

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