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Arnold Schoenberg’s Journey

Arnold Schoenberg’s Journey

Allen Shawn

ISBN 9780674011014

Publication date: 05/30/2003

Winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award in Concert Music Books

Proposing that Arnold Schoenberg has been more discussed than heard, more tolerated than loved, Allen Shawn puts aside ultimate judgments about Schoenberg’s place in music history to explore the composer’s fascinating world in a series of linked essays—“soundings”—that are both searching and wonderfully suggestive. Approaching Schoenberg primarily from the listener’s point of view, Shawn plunges into the details of some of Schoenberg’s works while at the same time providing a broad overview of his involvements in music, painting, and the history through which he lived.


  • A collection of elegant and persuasive essays: analytic discussions of single works and vivid accounts of phases and facets of Schoenberg’s life...Shawn is an engaging writer.

    —Anthony Tommasini, New York Times


  • Allen Shawn, a composer, is on the faculty of Bennington College.

Book Details

  • 368 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press