Monday, September 13, 2010

Happy Birthday Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)

One of the most important composers of the 20th century, who early in his career wrote some of the most beautiful music of the late-Romantic period before inventing the serial (a.k.a. 12-tone) technique of composition, which turned out to be something of a fad, but not before Schoenberg and his students (particularly Alban Berg and Anton von Webern) composed some extraordinary - and sometimes surprisingly beautiful - music using it (or variations on it). It is, for the most part, music designed to work the brain more than music designed to appeal to the heart.

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