Style and Idea Selected Writings

ISBN-10: 0520266072
ISBN-13: 9780520266070
Edition: 2nd
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Description: One of the most influential collections of music ever published,Style and Ideaincludes Schoenberg's writings about himself and his music as well as studies of many other composers and reflections on art and society. An interpretive essay by Joseph  More...

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List price: $33.95
Edition: 2nd
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 10/13/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 570
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

One of the most influential collections of music ever published,Style and Ideaincludes Schoenberg's writings about himself and his music as well as studies of many other composers and reflections on art and society. An interpretive essay by Joseph Auner, Chair and Professor of Music at Tufts University, augments this anniversary edition.

An American of Austrian birth, Arnold Schoenberg composed initially in a highly developed romantic style but eventually turned to painting and expressionism. At first he was influenced by Richard Wagner and tried to write in a Wagnerian style. He attracted the attention of Alban Berg and Anton von Webern, with whom he created a new compositional method based on using all 12 half-steps in each octave as an organizing principle, the so-called 12-tone technique. His importance to the development of twentieth-century music is incredible, but the music he composed using this new method is not easily accessible to most concertgoers.

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