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Arnold Schoenberg

September 13, 1874 - July 13, 1951
born in Austria, composed during the Modern period
Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) was an Austrian composer who began his career at the height of late Romanticism yet became one of the most dominant and controversial figures of modern music. Schoenberg's early style was lush and highly chromatic, but still recognizably tonal, and Verklärte Nacht represents this youthful phase. By 1909, Schoenberg had begun composing angular, atonal works, among which the Five Pieces for orchestra and Pierrot Lunaire are expressionistic landmarks. By the 1920s, Schoenberg had settled on the twelve-tone method or dodecaphony that systematized atonal music and influenced many composers, especially Berg, Webern, and their followers. ~ Blair Sanderson, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Arnold Schoenberg: Chamber Music for Strings

Disc 1
Title: String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 7
Title: String Quartet No. 3, Op. 30
Disc 2
Title: String Quartet No. 2 for soprano & string quartet in F sharp minor, Op. 10
Title: String Quartet No. 4, Op. 37
Disc 3
Title: Verklärte Nacht, For String Sextet, Op. 4
Title: Fantasy for violin & piano, Op. 47
Title: Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte, for narrator, piano & strings, Op. 41
Disc 4
Title: String Trio, Op. 45
Title: Little Pieces (6) For Piano, Op. 19
Title: Quintet for winds, Op. 26
Disc 5
Title: String Quartet in D major
Title: Chamber Symphony No. 1, for piano, 4 hands (Arr. from Chamber Symphony Op.9)
Title: Concerto for string quartet & orchestra (after Handel's Concerto Grosso, Op.6/7)
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Track List: Schoenberg - Pierrot lunaire ~ Herzgewächse ~ Ode to Napoleon / Schäfer, Pittman-Jennings, Ensemble InterContempolain, Boulez

Title: Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21

1. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: I. Mondestrucken

2. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: II. Colombine

3. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: III. Der Dandy

4. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: IV. Eine Blasse Wäscherin

5. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: V. Valse De Chopin

6. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: VI. Madonna

7. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: VII. Der Kranke Mond

8. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: VIII. Nacht

9. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: IX. Gebet an Pierrot

10. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: X. Raub

11. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XI. Rote Messe

12. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XII. Galgenlied

13. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XIII. Enthauptung

14. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XIV. Die Kreuze

15. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XV. Heimweh

16. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XVI. Gemeinheit!

17. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XVII. Parodie

18. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XVIII. Der Mondfleck

19. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XIX. Serenade

20. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XX. Heimfahrt

21. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: XXI. O Alter Duft

Title: Herzgewächse, song for soprano, celesta, harp & harmonium, Op. 20

22. Herzgewächse, song for soprano, celesta, harp & harmonium, Op. 20: Herzgewasche

Title: Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte, for narrator, piano & strings, Op. 41

23. Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte, for narrator, piano & strings, Op. 41: Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte

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Track List: Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder

Disc 1
Title: Gurrelieder, Oratorio For 5 Soloists, Reciter, Chorus & Orchestra
Disc 2
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Track List: Schoenberg: Gurrelieder; Sir Simon Rattle; Berlin Philharmonic & soloists

Disc 1
Disc 2
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Track List: Schoenberg: Piano Works

Disc 1
Title: Pieces (3) for piano, Op. 11

1. Pieces (3) for piano, Op. 11: I. Massige Quarter Note

2. Pieces (3) for piano, Op. 11: II. Massige Eighth Note

3. Pieces (3) for piano, Op. 11: III. Bewegte Eighth Note

Title: Pieces (5) for piano, Op. 23

4. Pieces (5) for piano, Op. 23: I. Sehr Langsam

5. Pieces (5) for piano, Op. 23: II. Sehr Rasch

6. Pieces (5) for piano, Op. 23: III. Langsam

7. Pieces (5) for piano, Op. 23: IV. Schwungvoll, Massige Quarter Note

8. Pieces (5) for piano, Op. 23: V. Walzer

Title: Little Pieces (6) For Piano, Op. 19

9. Little Pieces (6) For Piano, Op. 19: I. Leicht, Zart

10. Little Pieces (6) For Piano, Op. 19: II. Langsam

11. Little Pieces (6) For Piano, Op. 19: III. Sehr Langsame

12. Little Pieces (6) For Piano, Op. 19: IV. Rasch, Aber Leict

13. Little Pieces (6) For Piano, Op. 19: V. Etwas Rasch

14. Little Pieces (6) For Piano, Op. 19: VI. Sehr Langsam

Title: Suite for Piano, Op. 25

15. Suite for Piano, Op. 25: I. Praludium, Rasch

16. Suite for Piano, Op. 25: II. Gavotte, Etwas Langsam / Nicht Hastig - Musette / Rascher - Gavotte Da Capo

17. Suite for Piano, Op. 25: III. Intermezzo

18. Suite for Piano, Op. 25: IV. Menuett, Moderato / Trio / Menuette Da Capo

19. Suite for Piano, Op. 25: V. Gigue, Rasch

Title: Pieces (2) for piano, Op. 33

20. Pieces (2) for piano, Op. 33: I. Massige Quarter Note

21. Pieces (2) for piano, Op. 33: II. Massig Langsam

Disc 2
Title: Piano Concerto, Op. 42

1. Piano Concerto, Op. 42: I. Andante

2. Piano Concerto, Op. 42: II. Molto Allegro

3. Piano Concerto, Op. 42: III. Adagio

4. Piano Concerto, Op. 42: IV. Giocoso

Title: Fantasy for violin & piano, Op. 47

5. Fantasy for violin & piano, Op. 47: I. Grave / Piu Mosso / Meno Mosso / Lento / Grazioso / Tempo I / Piu Mosso

6. Fantasy for violin & piano, Op. 47: II. Scherzando / Poco Tranquillo / Scherzando / Meno Mosso / Tempo I

Title: Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte, for narrator, piano & strings, Op. 41

7. Ode to Napoleon Buonaparte, for narrator, piano & strings, Op. 41: Ode To Napoleon Buonaparte, Op. 41

Title: Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21

8. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: I. Mondestrucken

9. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: II. Colombine

10. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: III. Der Dandy

11. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: IV. Eine Blasse Wäscherin

12. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: V. Valse De Chopin

13. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: VI. Madonna

14. Pierrot lunaire, melodrama for voice & chamber ensemble, Op. 21: VII. Der Kranke Mond

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Track List: Schoenberg: Serenade; Variations, Op. 31; Bach Orchestrations

Title: Serenade For Baritone & Septet, Op. 24
Title: Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31
Title: Transcription for orchestra of Bach's Prelude & Fugue in E flat major
Title: Transcription for orchestra of Bach's "Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele"
Title: Transcription for orchestra of Bach's "Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist"
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Track List: Schoenberg: String Quartets 2 & 4

Title: String Quartet No. 2 for soprano & string quartet in F sharp minor, Op. 10

1. String Quartet No. 2 for soprano & string quartet in F sharp minor, Op. 10: I. Mäßig

2. String Quartet No. 2 for soprano & string quartet in F sharp minor, Op. 10: II. Sehr Rasch

3. String Quartet No. 2 for soprano & string quartet in F sharp minor, Op. 10: III. Litanei

4. String Quartet No. 2 for soprano & string quartet in F sharp minor, Op. 10: IV. Enstrückung

Title: String Quartet No. 4, Op. 37

5. String Quartet No. 4, Op. 37: I. Allegro Molto; Energico

6. String Quartet No. 4, Op. 37: II. Comodo

7. String Quartet No. 4, Op. 37: III. Largo

8. String Quartet No. 4, Op. 37: IV. Allegro

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Track List: Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Pelleas und Melisande / Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra

Title: Verklärte Nacht, For String Orchestra (arr. From String Sextet, Op.4)

1. Verklärte Nacht, For String Orchestra (arr. From String Sextet, Op.4): I. Sehr Langsam

2. Verklärte Nacht, For String Orchestra (arr. From String Sextet, Op.4): II. Breiter

3. Verklärte Nacht, For String Orchestra (arr. From String Sextet, Op.4): III. Schwer Betont

4. Verklärte Nacht, For String Orchestra (arr. From String Sextet, Op.4): IV. Sehr Breit Und Langsam

5. Verklärte Nacht, For String Orchestra (arr. From String Sextet, Op.4): V. Sehr Ruhig

Title: Pelleas Und Melisande, Symphonic Poem, Op. 5

6. Pelleas Und Melisande, Symphonic Poem, Op. 5: I. Die Ein Wenig Bewegt

7. Pelleas Und Melisande, Symphonic Poem, Op. 5: II. Heftig

8. Pelleas Und Melisande, Symphonic Poem, Op. 5: III. Lebhaft

9. Pelleas Und Melisande, Symphonic Poem, Op. 5: IV. Sehr Rasch

10. Pelleas Und Melisande, Symphonic Poem, Op. 5: V. Ein Wenig Bewegt

11. Pelleas Und Melisande, Symphonic Poem, Op. 5: VI. Langsam

12. Pelleas Und Melisande, Symphonic Poem, Op. 5: VII. Ein Wenig Bewegter

13. Pelleas Und Melisande, Symphonic Poem, Op. 5: VIII. Sehr Langsam

14. Pelleas Und Melisande, Symphonic Poem, Op. 5: IX. Etwas Bewegt

15. Pelleas Und Melisande, Symphonic Poem, Op. 5: X. In Gehender Bewegung

16. Pelleas Und Melisande, Symphonic Poem, Op. 5: XI. Breit

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Track List: Schonberg: String Quartet D Major / String Quartet Op 7

Title: String Quartet in D major

1. String Quartet in D major: I. Allegro Molto

2. String Quartet in D major: II. Intermezzo, Andantino Grazioso

3. String Quartet in D major: III. Andante Con Moto

4. String Quartet in D major: IV. Allegro, Presto

Title: String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 7

5. String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 7: I. Part

6. String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 7: II. Part (Scherzo)

7. String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 7: III. Part (Langsamer Satz)

8. String Quartet No. 1 in D minor, Op. 7: IV. Part (Rondofinale)

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Track List: The Music of Arnold Schoenberg, Vol. III: Four Orchestral Songs, Op. 22 / Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31 / Music by J.S. Bach arranged for orchestra by Arnold Schoenberg - Robert Craft

Title: Chamber Symphony No. 1 In E Major, Op. 9

1. Chamber Symphony No. 1 In E Major, Op. 9: Chamber Symphony No. 1 in E Major, Op. 9

Title: Orchestral Songs (4) Op. 22

2. Orchestral Songs (4) Op. 22: I. Seraphita

3. Orchestral Songs (4) Op. 22: II. Alle, Welche Dich Suchen

4. Orchestral Songs (4) Op. 22: III. Mach Mich Zum Wachter Deiner Weiten

5. Orchestral Songs (4) Op. 22: IV. Vorgefuhle

Title: Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31

6. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: I. Intoduktion: Massig, Ruhig

7. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: II. Thema: Molto Moderato

8. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: III. Variation I: Moderato

9. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: IV. Variation II: Langsam

10. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: V. Variation III: Massig

11. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: VI. Variation IV: Walzertempo

12. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: VII. Variation V: Bewegt

13. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: VIII. Variation VI: Andante

14. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: IX. Variation VII: Langsam

15. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: X. Variation VIII: Sehr Rasch

16. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: XI. Variation IX: L'Istesso Tempo; Aber Etwas Langsamer

17. Variations for Orchestra, Op. 31: XII. Finale: Massig Schnell

Title: Transcription for orchestra of Bach's "Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist"

18. Transcription for orchestra of Bach's "Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist": Komm, Gott Schöpfer, heiliger Geist

Title: Transcription for orchestra of Bach's "Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele"

19. Transcription for orchestra of Bach's "Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele": Schmücke Dich, O Liebe Seele

Title: Transcription for orchestra of Bach's Prelude & Fugue in E flat major

20. Transcription for orchestra of Bach's Prelude & Fugue in E flat major: Prelude & Fugue in E Flat Major

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Love atonal stuff. Not everyone does.
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kenliz
Who was this soloist?
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The Musette from Suite No. 25 is for everyone who thinks Schoenberg's twelve-tone music is arbitrary and unmusical. You can hear the form and the harmonic colors whether you understand the system or not.
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Harmonic language and feeling are utterly different things. A great composer can express profound emotion no matter what kinds of harmonies they choose, and Schoenberg's intelligence does not diminish his expressivene s s in any way. No accident that he's sometimes classified as expressionis t and even painted German expressionis t portraits of himself.
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Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht is the heir to Richard Strauss's Tod und Verklarung.
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japenn2
All too often Schoenberg is performed as well as the music requires, but when it is performed by perceptive musicians it becomes clear what an imaginative and talented composer he was. He may never be appreciated by the general classical audience or played with insight by many performers and ensembles, but that does not in any way diminish his creative genius!
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All music comes from the heart and spirit.
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I can hear rhe work of many 20th century composers in this work, it must have been played by quite a few other 20th century composers. I am very happy to have found it.
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This composer composed more with his mind than his heart, especially when writing outside of tonality. No one can doubt this. It may sound like an insult, but it isn't. It is just a fundamentall y different approach to composition (and to listening). Academic music is meant for the academic musical world, which is why most people aren't as familiar with it, along with the arrogance associated with SOME avant-garde composers and advocates at the beginning of the last century. There you go.
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hmmmm. was BORN on the 13th as weLL.
TOO freaKY!
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the triskaidekap h o b i c composer died on the 13th?
funky.
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paved the way for many: webern, antheil, bartok...
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Love Schoenberg, especially his Opera Moses und Aaron.
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Schoenberg was the greatest early and mid-twentiet h century composer.
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Eerie and storytelling sound. It is like the soundtrack of life...Him and Stravinski were genius

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