Universal Edition - Arnold Schönberg


Arnold Schönberg

The Composer

1874 – Arnold Schönberg is born on 13 September, the son of Samuel and Pauline Schönberg (née Nachod) in Vienna.

1882–85 – Violin lessons. Composes marches, polkas.

1889 – Death of his father from pneumonia.

1891 – Leaves school at 22 January and begins an apprenticeship with the private bank of Werner & Co.

1894 – As a member of the dilettante orchestra Polyhymnia he makes the acquaintance of his artistic mentor and later brother-in-law Alexander Zemlinsky.

1895 – Quits his job at Werner & Co. He takes over as conductor of the Mödling Choral Society

1896 – At the suggestion of Richard Heuberger, composes the Six pieces for piano for four hands.

1898 – Converts ...


About the Music

Arnold Schönberg was – is – one of the giants in music history. He was well aware of the unique significance of his oeuvre, otherwise he might not have been able to persevere in creating compositions which for many years met with no success, which were indeed received with animosity. He was a prophet initially admired and supported (even financially) by a relatively small group of disciples. Schönberg and his school may have been seen by contemporaries as a kind of religious sect headed by a guru who expected - and received - total dedication from his followers.

Of course, Schönberg’s isolation was not quite as bad as this representation. In 1909, two years after taking over ...


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