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Arnold Schönberg (13 September 1874 – 13 July 1951) was an Austrian composer and painter, associated with the expressionist movement in German poetry and art, and leader of the Second Viennese School. After his move to the United States in 1934, he altered the spelling of his surname from Schönberg to Schoenberg.

Schönberg’s approach, both in terms of harmony and development, has been one of the most influential of 20th-century musical thought. Many European and American composers from at least three generations have consciously extended his thinking, whereas others have passionately reacted against it. During the rise of the Nazi Party in Austria, Schönberg’s works were labelled as degenerate music.

Schönberg was known early in his career for simultaneously extending the traditionally opposed German Romantic styles of Brahms and Wagner. Later, his name would come to personify innovations in atonality (although Schönberg himself detested that term) that would become the most polemical feature of 20th-century art music. In the 1920s, Schönberg developed the twelve-tone technique, an influential compositional method of manipulating an ordered series of all twelve notes in the chromatic scale. He also coined the term developing variation, and was the first modern composer to embrace ways of developing motifs without resorting to the dominance of a centralized melodic idea.

Schönberg was also a painter, an important music theorist, and an influential teacher of composition; his students included Alban Berg, Anton Webern, Hanns Eisler, Egon Wellesz, and later John Cage, Lou Harrison, Earl Kim, Leon Kirchner, and other prominent musicians.


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  • OG-Gurda

    Best Jewish composer I've ever heard.

    20 Jan 5:00pm Reply
  • Arriquitraus

    Come to Brazil

    3 Jan 7:10pm Reply
  • Nakkinak

    my favorite composer

    2 Nov 2014 Reply
  • PetitSagittaire

    Nö. [2]

    20 Sep 2014 Reply
  • iamholgerczukay


    29 Aug 2014 Reply
  • CrippleHorse

    Schoenberg himself chose to spell his name "Schoenberg" at some point of his life, quit your obnoxious "corrections"

    28 Aug 2014 Reply
  • iamholgerczukay

    Contemporary classical music can be understood as belonging to the period that started in the mid-1970s to early 1990s with the retreat of modernism.[1] However, the term may also be employed in a broader sense to refer to all post-1945 modern musical forms.[2] Now that's from Wikipedia, not the most reliable source, but I'm pretty sure that's the accepted definition/period. Also, if you look deeper into that, the genre that "Contemporary Classical" replaced was "Modern Classical." So essentially, genres were stupid LONG before rock and roll came along.

    22 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Selenaru_Negrea

    "contemporary classical" tag is such a joke, 1951 is more than 60 years ago

    1 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Xhi

    v wahre worte. "verklärte nacht" macht seinem titel alle ehre - verflucht ekstatische melodieführung.

    31 Jul 2014 Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    V I completely agree.

    2 Jul 2014 Reply
  • KeIemvor

    English speaking people can be so ignorant of other countries/cultures, they think the whole world spins around them and everyone has to conform to their standards and values. Just because English is considered the global language, doesn't make other languages in any way "archaic" at all nor does it make English "modern" and it's an insult to other cultures to even think so.

    28 Jun 2014 Reply
  • OG-Gurda


    14 May 2014 Reply
  • innercities

    schönberg und die schrammelbrüder

    15 Apr 2014 Reply
  • CosmicPi


    9 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Wandadocet


    24 Mar 2014 Reply
  • colinrice

    mein Liebslingkomponist. andere als wagner und mahler.

    1 Mar 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    Шенберг - это прежде всего философ (как и любой большой композитор), именно в этом ключе и следует его работы понимать

    15 Feb 2014 Reply
  • npcza

    yuro? oh boy! german still uses the umlaut to this day. however, schoenberg himself anglicised his name

    12 Feb 2014 Reply
  • TotenFaschist

    by modern i just meant that yuro/continental letters are archaic to me (because i don't want to learn them) :)

    9 Nov 2013 Reply
  • bulletaurbulle

    did lou reed liked arnold schonberg? if so what are some good atonal artists?

    30 Oct 2013 Reply
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