Best Schoenberg Books

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1. Theory of Harmony: 100TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Author: by Arnold Schoenberg
Published at: University of California Press; Second Edition, 100th Anniversary (October 13, 2010)
ISBN: 978-0520266087

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A new critical foreword by Walter Frisch, H. Harold Gumm/Harry and Albert von Tilzer Professor of Music at Columbia University, expands this centennial edition. Frisch puts Schoenberg’s masterpiece into historical and ideological context, delineating the connections between music, theory, art, science, and architecture in turn-of-the century Austro-German culture.


2. Structural Functions of Harmony (Revised Edition)

Author: by Arnold Schoenberg
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company; Revised edition (June 17, 1969)
ISBN: 978-1934854150

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This book is Schoenberg’s last completed theoretical work and represents his final thoughts on the subject of classical and romantic harmony. The earlier chapters recapitulate in condensed form the principles laid down in his Theory of Harmony; the later chapters break entirely new ground, for they analyze the system of key relationships within the structure of whole movements and affirm the principle of “monotonality,” showing how all modulations within a movement are merely deviations from, and not negations of, its main tonality.

Schoenberg’s argument is supported by music examples, which range from entire development sections of classical symphonies to analyses of the experimental harmonic progressions of Strauss, Debussy, Reger, and Schoenberg’s own early music. The final chapter, “Apollonian Evaluation of a Dionysian Epoch,” discusses the music of our time, with particular reference to the possibility of new methods of harmonic analysis.

Structural Functions of Harmony is a standard work on its subject and provides an invaluable key to the development of musical structure during the last two hundred and fifty years. This new edition, with corrections, a new preface, and an index of subject headings, has been prepared under the editorial supervision of Leonard Stein.


3. Verklarte Nacht and Pierrot Lunaire (Dover Chamber Music Scores)

Author: by Arnold Schoenberg
Published at: Dover Publications (April 26, 1994)
ISBN: 978-1593073633

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In a number of his early compositions, Arnold Schoenberg (18741951) expressed the strong emotions stirred in him by the poetry of Richard Dehmel. Among these seminal works, Verklrte Nacht (1988) stands out for the beauty and strength of its chromatic language, drawing on Wagner’s advances in Tristan und Isolde for its emotional impact.

The program of Verklrte Nacht is a love story. Yet, in both its content and psychology, the work clearly anticipates the innovative twentieth-century music Schoenberg himself helped to forge. Pierrot Lunaire, one of Schoenberg’s best-known and most striking works, was composed in 1912.

It is a music setting for solo voice and chamber ensemble of 21 poems by Albert Giraud, translated into German by the Expressionist poet Otto Erich Hartleben. In this satiric work, evoking moods that are by turns ironic, melodramatic, and sinister, Schoenberg incorporates a highly specialized use of the speaking voice, the singing-speech delivery call Sprechstimme, within an instrumental framework of jolting atonality.


4. The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Jazz

Author: by Loren Schoenberg
Published at: TarcherPerigee; 1st edition (August 6, 2002)
ISBN: 978-0399527944

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A concise history of jazzThe noteworthy composers and musicians, from Jelly Roll Morton and Thelonious Monk to Miles Davis and Charles MingusMajor performers from Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald to Nat King Cole and Duke EllingtonClassic songs and compositionsThe most influential recordings of all timeA complete guide to jazz terminology and lingoValuable resources for the Curious Listener


5. The Musical Idea and the Logic, Technique, and Art of Its Presentation, New Paperback English Edition

Author: by Arnold Schoenberg
Published at: Indiana University Press (July 18, 2006)
ISBN: 978-0253218353

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The Gedanke manuscripts, from which The Musical Idea is compiled, are legendary writings of Arnold Schoenberg. Central to his concern was his concept of the “musical idea,” which represents the wholeness of the musical work and embraces Schoenberg’s notions of motive, gestalt, phrase, theme, rhythm, harmony, and form.

Ultimately, the musical idea is the vision of the composer by which a musical work achieves unity in relation to the means by which the work is comprehended in its unity by the listener.


6. Arnold Schoenberg

Author: by Charles Rosen
Published at: University of Chicago Press; 1st edition (September 1, 1996)
ISBN: 978-0226726434

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Perhaps more than any other composer of his time, Arnold Schoenberg (18741951) influenced the course of twentieth-century music. His compositional style moved progressively from lush, late Wagnerian chromaticism to a complete break with traditional tonality, later organized theoretically as “composition with twelve tones.” This systematic control of all pitches evolved into a similar serialization of all of music’s elements a revolutionary advance that dominated international composition through most of this century.

This edition of two of Schoenberg’s most important orchestral works invites music lovers into the first steps of the revolution he helped bring about. The symphonic poem Pelleas und Melisande (1902), based on Maurice Maeterlinck’s play, reveals Schoenberg’s expanding chromatic language.

The Five Orchestral Pieces (1909) demonstrates the composer’s daring exploration of a music that renounces motivic connections as well as tonality. Both of these groundbreaking works are presented here in authoritative editions.


8. Six Little Pieces for Piano op. 19: Sechs kleine Klavierst├╝cke

Author: by Arnold Schoenberg
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 12, 2016)

ISBN: 978-1530021116

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Arnold Schoenberg’s Six Little Pieces for Piano op. 19 (Sechs kleine Klavierstuecke) in a new edition with a clear, easy-to-read layout and complete with full translation of the German text, fingering and critical notes. These 6 short pieces are a fundamental part of 20th century piano repertoire.

Arnold Schnberg, 6 Little Pieces for Piano opus 19.


9. Arnold Schoenberg

Author: by Bojan Bujic
Published at: Phaidon Press; 1st edition (March 16, 2011)
ISBN: 978-0714846149

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In this book, Bojan Bujic sets into an appropriate cultural context the immensely rich life of a composer who is, arguably, the key musical personality of the twentieth century. A major force in the development of modern music, Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) is famous for abandoning tonality and introducing the 12-tone ‘serial’ method of composition.

There can be no agreement as to whether Schoenberg is the greatest composer of his time, especially as his innovative musical language did not appeal to all who came after him, but directly or indirectly, he affected so many musicians and listeners of his own and of subsequent generations that his centrality cannot be disputed.

In addition to his work as a composer, Schoenberg was an important theorist of tonal music and an enormously influential teacher, with Anton Webern and Alban Berg among his most famous pupils. Brought up in the rich and cosmopolitan cultural life of Vienna, Schoenberg started to play the violin at the age of nine and began experimenting with composition almost immediately, but his education was cut short by the death of his father in 1889.

10. Twentieth-Century Piano Classics: Eight Works by Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Hindemith (Dover Music for Piano)

Author: by Igor Stravinsky
Published at: Dover Publications (July 17, 2012)
ISBN: 978-0486406237

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Pianists at intermediate and advanced levels will applaud this fine compilation of works by a trio of the century’s most significant composers. Contents include Stravinsky’s 3 Movements from Petrushka, Rag Time, Piano-Rag-Music, and The 5 Fingers: 8 Very Easy Melodies on 5 Notes; Schoenberg’s Symphony, Op.

9, 3 Piano Pieces, Op. 11, and 6 Little Piano Pieces, Op. 19; and Hindemith’s 1922: Suite for Piano, Op.26. Reprinted from authoritative editions.

11. Verklarte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4 (1943 Revision): Full Score

Author: by Arnold Schoenberg
Published at: AMP SCORE 5 (November 1, 1986)
ISBN: 978-0793514175

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12. The Listening Composer (Volume 7)

Author: by George Perle
Published at: University of California Press (December 4, 1996)
ISBN: 978-0520205185

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George Perle takes us into the composer’s workshop as he reevaluates what we call “twentieth-century music”a term used to refer to new or modern or contemporary music that represents a radical break from the tonal tradition, or “common practice,” of the preceding three centuries.

He proposes that this music, in the course of breaking with the tonal tradition, presents coherent and definable elements of a new tradition. In spite of the disparity in their styles, idioms, and compositional methods, he argues, what unites Scriabin, Stravinsky, Bartk, and the Viennese circle (Schoenberg, Berg, and Webern) is more important than what separates them.

If we are to understand the connections among these mainstream composers, we also have to understand their connections with the past. Through an extraordinarily comprehensive analysis of a single piece by Varse, Density 21. 5 for unaccompanied flute, Perle shows how these composers refer not only to their contemporaries but also to Wagner, Debussy, and Beethoven.

13. The Book of the Hanging Gardens and Other Songs for Voice and Piano

Author: by Arnold Schoenberg
Published at: Dover Publications (May 18, 2016)
ISBN: 978-0486285627

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Even in his earliest songs, Schoenberg had begun explorations of chromaticism that would lead him away from traditional harmony and, eventually, from tonality itself. Audiences and critics did not take to these new sounds without protest. As Schoenberg himself put it, “the scandal never stopped.” But despite listeners’ resistance, the composer persisted on a course that in time deeply influenced the musical language of the twentieth century.

Today, his songs have become an integral part of song recitals and recordings devoted to the roots of contemporary composition. This superb collection contains forty-three of the composer’s most important songs, all from the turn of the twentieth century. They include Four Songs, Op.

2 (1899), Six Songs, Op. 3 (18991903), and Eight Songs, Op. 6 (190305), all set to texts by Dehmel, Keller, Nietzsche, and others; Six Orchestral Songs, Op. 8 (190305), set to texts by Petrarch and others, and arranged for voice and piano by Anton Webern; The Book of the Hanging Gardens, Op.

14. Chamber Symphony No. 1 for 15 Solo Instruments, Op. 9 (Dover Music Scores)

Author: by Arnold Schoenberg
Published at: Dover Publications; Illustrated edition (February 8, 2002)
ISBN: 978-0486419008

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Arnold Schoenberg completed his Kammersymphonie, Op. 9, in July 1906, singling it out as a “true turning point” in his compositional style … “the last work of my first period that existed as a single through-composed movement.” To prepare himself for the creation of a one-movement work built on an internal, multi-movement structure, the composer studied the great examples from the classical literature: Beethoven’s Grosse Fuge, Liszt’s B-minor Sonata, and Schubert’s “Wanderer” Fantasy (itself the study-model for the epic Liszt work).

From these roots evolved the multidimensional concept of internal “movements” that dissolve effortlessly into one another (here built on no less than nineteen themes), the whole supported by an intricate harmonic language a major step in Schoenberg’s “emancipation of the dissonance.” As for its “symphonic” aspect, the composer regarded that term as a “panorama where one could indeed regard each image for itself, but in reality these images are securely connected and interwoven.”Little wonder that a work so harmonically and structurally provocative for its time and place was to cause an uproar at its 1907 Vienna premiere, stirring an unprecedented outpouring of controversial critiques.