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Arnold Schoenberg (Drawing by Egon Schiele)

Arnold Schoenberg

Arnold Schoenberg was born in Vienna on September 13th,1874 as son of the merchant Samuel Schoenberg and his wife Pauline. With eight years he learned to play the violin and began to compose. After having been an apprentice with a bank clerk after his father's death when he turned sixteen, he joined the orchestra "Polyhymnia" in 1891. Since that time, he kept up a lifelong friendship with Alexander von Zemlinsky, the conductor of the orchestra. He was himself conductor of the metalworker-choir in Stockerau.