Baker & Taylor A composer delves into the life and times of Arnold Schoenberg through a series of linked essays that retrace the steps of his career and unlock his radical approach to music.
Book News Shawn (composer, performer, and teacher) explores Arnold Schoenberg's place in musical history. The introduction discusses some of his compositions and overviews his involvements in music and painting, and the historical context of his life and work. The 30 essays emphasize music as an expressive art of rhythms and tones; and they approach Schoenberg primarily from the listener's point of view, revealing both the seeds of radicalism in his early music and the traditional basis of his later work. The book contains many musical examples, as well as b&w drawings and photographs of the composer. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Holtzbrinck A composer's study and celebration of a difficult but influential artist, his work, and his time Proposing that Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) has been more discussed than heard, more tolerated than loved, composer Allen Shawn puts aside ultimate judgments about Schoenberg's place in musical history to explore the composer's fascinating world in a series of "linked essays--soundings" that are more searching than analytical, more suggestive than definitive. In an approach that is unusual for a book of an avowedly introductory character, the text plunges into the details of some of Schoenberg works, while at the same time providing a broad overview of his involvements in music, painting and the history through which he lived. Emphasizing music as an expressive art of rhythms and tones, Shawn approaches Schoenberg primarily from the listener's point of view, uncovering both the seeds of his radicalism in his early music and the traditional bases of his later work. Although liberally sprinkled with musical examples, the text can be read without them. By turns witty, personal, opinionated and instructive, " Arnold Schoenberg's Journey " is above all an appreciation of a great musical and artistic imagination in a time unlike any other.
Baker & Taylor A composer delves into the life and times of Arnold Shoenberg through a series of linked essays that retrace the steps of his career and unlock his radical approach to music. 10,000 first printing.