By Allen Shawn
A composer's examine and party of a tough yet influential artist, his paintings, and his time
Proposing that Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) has been extra mentioned than heard, extra tolerated than enjoyed, composer Allen Shawn places apart final judgments approximately Schoenberg's position in musical historical past to discover the composer's attention-grabbing international in a sequence of "linked essays--soundings" which are extra looking out than analytical, extra suggestive than definitive. In an method that's strange for a ebook of an avowedly introductory personality, the textual content plunges into the main points of a few of Schoenberg works, whereas while offering a large assessment of his involvement in tune, portray and the heritage wherein he lived. Emphasizing tune as an expressive artwork of rhythms and tones, Shawn ways Schoenberg basically from the listener's standpoint, uncovering either the seeds of his radicalism in his early tune and the normal bases of his later paintings. even supposing liberally sprinkled with musical examples, the textual content may be learn with out them. by way of turns witty, own, opinionated and instructive, "Arnold Schoenberg's Journey" is certainly an appreciation of a good musical and inventive mind's eye in a time not like any other.
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