Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) was arguably the central musical personality of the twentieth century, whose innovative, uncompromising musical language opened up new possibilities for composers and influenced generations of musicians and listeners. This book presents a clear narrative history of Schoenberg's life, work and cultural context along with essential reference material and striking illustrations, making it a vital purchase for anyone interested in the composer.
Bojan Bujic (b.1937) studied English literature and Musicology in his native city of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, before completing his doctorate in fourteenth century music at Oxford. He has taught at the Academy of Music in Sarajevo, was a Lecturer in Music at the University of Reading and a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University. Since 1978, he has been a Lecturer in Music at Oxford University, and a Reader in Musicology since 1997. He is a Fellow of Magdalen College.
Preface / Chapter 1: Prelude - An Austrian Setting/ Chapter 2: Musical Apprenticeship/ Chapter 3: "The air from another planet" / Chapter 4: Heroes, Clowns and Beasts/ Chapter 5: Interlude - The Last Days of Kakania / Chapter 6: Searching for Truth in Vienna / Chapter 7: Berlin - An Uneasy Calm before the Storm / Chapter 8: Into Exile / Chapter 9: A Survivor from Europe/ Chapter 10: Epilogue - Schoenberg is Dead/Classified List of Works / Further Reading / Selective Discography / Index