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Arnold Schoenberg

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In this lucid, revealing book, award-winning pianist and scholar Charles Rosen sheds light on the elusive music of Arnold Schoenberg and his challenge to conventional musical forms. Rosen argues that Schoenberg's music, with its atonality and dissonance, possesses a rare balance of form and emotion, making it, according to Rosen, "the most expressive music ever written." C ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1st 1996 by University Of Chicago Press (first published April 15th 1976)
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Tom Brannigan
Oct 01, 2009 Tom Brannigan rated it it was amazing
This 105 page book on Schoenberg is a gem. I don't know how Charles Rosen pulls it off, but every page illuminates some aspect of the man. If you're looking for a book to introduce yourself to this complex and visionary artist....grab this one! You can't lose.

This is another book that I reread continuously.
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“Schoenberg” de Charles Rosen. La polémica de una figura única en la música del siglo XX

Si hay una figura clave para entender el devenir y la evolución de la música del siglo XX esa es sin duda el alemán Arnold Schoenberg. Figura en la cual se aunaban polémica y genio a partes iguales. Para desgranar dicha importancia Acantilado acaba de publicar la obra “Schoenberg” del pianista profesional, profesor de música y autor de diversos ensayos Char
Barnaby Thieme
Jul 04, 2010 Barnaby Thieme rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: music
Rosen offers a brief and invaluable presentation of formal and critical factors for appraising dodecaphonic music of Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern through an analysis of representative major works from Schoenberg!s oeuvre. His primary argument is that the "emancipation of dissonance" brought to flower by the Second Viennese School consists not in the ubiquitous deployment of discordant harmonic and melodic intervals, but in a deeper move to abandon cadence as the dominant organizational principle ...more
Nick Ottley
Jul 01, 2015 Nick Ottley rated it really liked it
“To write specifically for sale what does not come from the heart is a swindle. Writing music that is deliberately accessible, more easily understood, is therefore the ultimate cheat: it is packaging a fake.”

“The tyranny of the octave is the tyranny of nature, but it is a tyranny all the same, and there have always been attempts at revolt; the attempts to give displacements of register new musical significance…”

“In this work Schoenberg did away with all the traditional means in which music was s
David Buhler
Feb 09, 2016 David Buhler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting to learn that although Schoenberg moved to serialism in his music that he was always in love with tonality and harmony. He said of Grieg's piano concerto that he would have loved to write music like that; also, I read somewhere that he said that there was still much good music to be written in the key of C. However, he found that he had to move on from tonality to express himself more fully. In his later work he still often pushed his serial compositions in to classical form. ...more
Oct 11, 2014 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Que nadie busque una monografía de Schoenberg, no la va a encontrar. El ensayo se centra en los años de disolución de la tonalidad, primero en una nada sin reglas y después en el sistema dodecafónico. Rosen habla de lo que mejor conoce y más le interesa -y lo hace muy bien-, pero precisamente por eso se queda en Erwartung y Pierrot, nada del Trío de cuerdas o Jakob. Muy interesante, pero el título debería ser otro. Rosen habla de una desintegración musical.
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Very interesting but requires much concentration to follow the music theory. It goes quite deep into the theory and biographical detail is thin. Worth the effort if the theory interests you.
Sep 23, 2007 David rated it it was amazing
Odd as it may sound, this is the place to start if you're interested in Rosen: short, brilliant, and written with a wide audience in mind.
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