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"Directly or indirectly, Arnold Schoenberg had a greater impact on the music of the twentieth century than any other composer. He was a vigorous polemicist whose theories were driven by his compositional practice, and although his music was for many decades more talked about than listened to, Schoenberg's influence has been incalculable" In this completely rewritten and much enlarged updating of his long-indispensable study, Malcolm MacDonald takes advantage of thirty years of recent scholarship, new biographical information, and deeper
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Schoenberg

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Overview

"Directly or indirectly, Arnold Schoenberg had a greater impact on the music of the twentieth century than any other composer. He was a vigorous polemicist whose theories were driven by his compositional practice, and although his music was for many decades more talked about than listened to, Schoenberg's influence has been incalculable" In this completely rewritten and much enlarged updating of his long-indispensable study, Malcolm MacDonald takes advantage of thirty years of recent scholarship, new biographical information, and deeper understanding of the composer's aims and significance to produce a richly argued and thought-provoking guide to Schoenberg's life and work. He demonstrates how Schoenberg's musical language (including the much misunderstood twelve-note method), his personal character, and his creative ideas are indissolubly linked, as is his genius as a teacher and as an original composer. He also examines virtually every work in the oeuvre to demonstrate its vitality and many-sidedness. A chronology of Schoenberg's life, a work-list, an updated bibliography, and a much-expanded personalia enhance the usefulness of this new edition.
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"The Master Musicians are the classics of the repertoire."--Nicholas Kenyon, The Sunday Times

"Malcolm MacDonald, an eloquent advocate for Arnold Schoenberg, has done away with the dry and cerebral bogeyman of modernism. In his place is a complex, multi-faceted, and often contradictory personality whose music pulses with wit, passion, and spiritual depth. MacDonald ably guides us past the 'how' of technical procedures to the 'what' of expressive substance, toward a vast universe of human thought and emotion, at once challenging and entrancing, terrifying and breathtakingly beautiful. This is a Schoenberg of vital relevance to our own fractured world."--Christopher Hailey

"No general survey of Schoenberg is more alert than this one to the paradoxical yet productive tensions between tradition and innovation, secular and spiritual in the composer's life and work. Returning to his original text after three decades, Malcolm MacDonald has not only updated the narrative but also intensified his interpretation in ways which fit the book's governing qualities of enthusiasm and admiration for Schoenberg's special capacity to transcend the negative. The result is an absorbing and accessible tribute to one of musical modernism's greatest masters."--Arnold Whittall, author of Musical Composition in the Twentieth Century and Exploring Twentieth-Century Music

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198038405
  • Publisher: Netlibrary Inc
  • Publication date: 9/26/2008
  • Series: The Master Musicians Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

A frequent lecturer and broadcaster, Malcolm MacDonald is the Editor of Tempo, the independent quarterly review of modern music, and the author, most recently, of Varèse, Astronomer in Sound.

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Table of Contents

1 Peripeteia (1908-13) 1

2 The Past (1874-1907) 24

3 Consolidation (1914-33) 54

4 In the Wilderness (1933-51) 73

5 Heart and Brain 88

6 Style 106

7 Choral Music 158

8 Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra 175

9 Chamber Music 201

10 Solo Keyboard Music 226

11 The Songs 235

12 Three Stage Works 253

13 Miscellany 265

14 Unfinished Torsos 274

15 ...and Idea 289

Epilogue 297

App. A Calendar 301

App. B List of Works 327

App. C Personalia 336

App. D Bibliography 352

Index 359

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