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A Schoenberg ReaderDocuments of a Life$
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Joseph Auner

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300095401

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300095401.001.0001

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“War Clouds”: Berlin and Vienna, 1911–1918

“War Clouds”: Berlin and Vienna, 1911–1918

(p.98) 3 “War Clouds”: Berlin and Vienna, 1911–1918
A Schoenberg Reader

Joseph Auner

Yale University Press

Due to mounting financial troubles, the possibility of professional advancement, and an unpleasant episode with a neighbor that could have turned into violence, Arnold Schoenberg decided to leave Vienna and move with his family back to Berlin. On August 4, 1911, they traveled first to Munich before arriving in Berlin in October. This chapter focuses on significant transformations in Schoenberg's thought in the years leading up to and including World War I and 1911 to 1918. It includes a letter written by Schoenberg to C. F. Peters Publishing House on October 19, 1911, in response to an inquiry about publishing some of his works, as well as a letter to Wassily Kandinsky dated March 8, 1912, in response to an invitation to have his paintings included in a Blaue Reiter show in Berlin. The rest of the chapter looks at Schoenberg's views on theory and painting, religion, World War I, text and music, brevity and expressionism, art and repetition, and progress.

Keywords:   music, Berlin, World War I, Wassily Kandinsky, painting, religion, expressionism, art, repetition

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