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Book Review: Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Book Review: Erich Wolfgang Korngold

“The genuine artist creates at a distance from his own time, even for a time beyond,” wrote the composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold in October, 1955, in the foreword to the book Faith in Music by protégé Ulric Devaré. It was, in fact, Korngold’s last published essay, written as a reflection on his life as a […]

Tug-of-war Over Schoenberg’s Mahler Photo

Tug-of-war Over Schoenberg’s Mahler Photo

After finding an autographed photo of composer Gustav Mahler in his boiler room, Cliff Fraser, a Los Angeles resident, has become mixed up in an ownership battle. The long-lost print was a gift to Arnold Schoenberg, and was found to be missing from its frame 25 years ago by his daughter Nuria Schoenberg Nono. Fraser […]

A Century of Schoenberg: The Emancipation Of Dissonance

A Century of Schoenberg: The Emancipation Of Dissonance

A century ago this month, a 40-minute event in Berlin – the first performance of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire – marked a decisive split in the European music scene. While the piece was received moderately graciously by its first audience, it was to become part of the schism between what people called “music”, and something […]

An American Composer in Vienna

When I first came to Vienna, I couldn’t speak German: For weeks the only person I could understand was Eugene Hartzell, the voice of Blue Danube Radio, the erstwhile English-language public radio station. His name represented home, a far-away place that I was too poor to call by expensive long-distance telephone, when Internet and Skype […]

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