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Arnold Schoenberg

Giants in America
February 7, 2002

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[Featured Performances.]
Salute to the New Land
January 31, 2002

Dohnányi, Dvorák, Bloch
Mostly Passing Through
February 1, 2002
Bartók, Slonimsky, Prokofiev, Delius
The New Virtuosi
February 2, 2002
Damrosch, Barber, Koussevitzky,
Giants in America
February 7, 2002
Schoenberg, Rachmaninoff, Weill, Stravinsky
Émigrés in Hollywood
February 8, 2002

Toch, Korngold, Waxman, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Rózsa
The New Americans
February 9, 2002
Sheng, D'Rivera, Varèse, Camilo


Arnold Schoenberg

Arnold Schoenberg was predominately self-taught and didn't begin violin lessons until the age of eight. He began writing music as soon as he began playing, even without formal training in composition. Brahms and Wagner heavily influenced his early works, which appeared around 1900.

Schoenberg began teaching violin and became a very prominent instructor working with students Alban Berg and Anton Webern. Schoenberg, along with his students, began composing music that explored the historically accepted boundaries of tonality. Schoenberg's approach became know as the atonal style.

Delving even further into his new method, he developed a twelve-tone chromatic scale upon which to base his compositions. As a Jew in Berlin during the Nazi rise to power, Schoenberg was forced to flee to France and then eventually to the United States in the 1930s. Once he settled in California, Schoenberg spent his time composing and teaching at the University of Southern California and UCLA.

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