Arnold Schoenberg Correspondence: A Collection of Translated and Annotated Letters Exchanged with Guido Adler, Pablo Casals, Emanuel Feuermann, and Olin Downes

Arnold Schoenberg Correspondence: A Collection of Translated and Annotated Letters Exchanged with Guido Adler, Pablo Casals, Emanuel Feuermann, and Olin Downes

by Egbert M. Ennulat
     
 

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century, was also talented in art and many other subjects, as his publications and correspondence show. This book of his selected unpublished correspondence written between 1903 and 1950 includes the responses of the addressees, giving a vivid picture of the historical controversies

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Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) was one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century, was also talented in art and many other subjects, as his publications and correspondence show. This book of his selected unpublished correspondence written between 1903 and 1950 includes the responses of the addressees, giving a vivid picture of the historical controversies between the composer and other major figures in the field. Each of the correspondences, with pioneering musicologist Guido Adler, eminent critic Olin Downes, and cello virtuosi Pablo Casals and Emanuel Feuermann, is presented in separate chapters with introductory comments. The letters are reprinted unaltered in the original languages and in English translation.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
...captures admirably the uncompromising, idealistic spirit of this most important and controversial 20th-century composer...recommended for all research libraries.
Notes: Quarterly Journal of Music Library Association
...an item of primary documentation that should be a part of every research collection.
CHOICE
...captures admirably the uncompromising, idealistic spirit of this most important and controversial 20th-century composer...recommended for all research libraries.
Notes: The Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association
...an item of primary documentation that should be a part of every research collection.
Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association
...an item of primary documentation that should be a part of every research collection.
Library Journal
This short, readable volume of previously unpublished letters is an important piece of music history. With the exception of the Downes correspondence, the focus is on projects for which Schoenberg supplied figured-bass realizations, cadenzas, and a transcription of music by the 18th-century composer, Georg Matthias Monn (1717-50). Radiating gentlemanly warmth and mutual respect, most of the letters deal with technical, musical matters and business concerns, but there are many interesting biographical and historical facts along the way that make for very absorbing reading. The arguments between Schoenberg and Downes are especially entertaining. Here, the composer's singlemindedness often seems curiously ``old world'' compared with Downes's inborn American sense of fair play. Letters from Aaron Copland, reviews, and an excellent introductory homage to the master by Josef Ruter round out the collection. A feast for cognoscenti and amateurs alike.--Daniel Fermon, Museum of Modern Art Lib., New York
Booknews
This book of selected unpublished Schoenberg correspondence written between 1903 and 1950 also includes the responses of the addressees. As a result, these exchanges give a vivid picture of the historical controversies between the composer and other major figures in the field. Each of the correspondences is presented in separate chapters with introductory comments. All letters are given unaltered in the original languages and in English translation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810824522
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
08/28/1991
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
5.68(w) x 8.72(h) x 0.95(d)

Meet the Author

Egbert Ennulat (Ph.D., musicology, Case Western Reserve) is a professor of music history, organ, and harpsichord at the University of Georgia. Born in Germany, he studied organ and harpsichord at the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Music in Frankfurt am Main with Helmut Walcha and continued his harpsichord studies with Ralph Kirkpatrick at Yale. He has previously taught at Oberlin and Wooster Colleges and has toured Europe, the US, South America, Korea, and Japan as a harpscidhordist and organist.

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