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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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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.
Barnaby Thieme
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
“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
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Classical pianist, polymath, author of books on musical styles and musicology.
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