Why Schoenberg Matters

26 June 2024 | 59 mins

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Why Schoenberg Matters

26 June 2024 | 59 mins

Austrian American composer Arnold Schoenberg was an international icon in his own time, with his 12-tone system considered the future of music itself. Today, leading orchestras rarely play his works and his name is met with apathy, if not antipathy. A New Yorker Book of the Year, Harvey Sachs’ lyrical Schoenberg: Why He Matters rescues him from notoriety and restores his rightful place in the pantheon of 20th-century composers. In this online event the Beethoven and Toscanini biographer reveals his legacy, his battles with antisemitism that eventually precipitated his flight from Europe to Los Angeles and his defiance of critics, including the Nazis labelling his music degenerate.

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