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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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Prussian Academy of the Arts: Berlin, 1926–1933

Prussian Academy of the Arts: Berlin, 1926–1933

(p.191) 5 Prussian Academy of the Arts: Berlin, 1926–1933
A Schoenberg Reader

Joseph Auner

Yale University Press

In the spring of 1925, Arnold Schoenberg was approached by Leo Kestenberg (1882–1962), who was in charge of musical affairs for the Ministry of Science, Culture, and Education in Germany, to head the Prussian Academy of the Arts in Berlin. On August 28, he was assigned as director of one of three master classes in composition. This chapter focuses on Schoenberg's tenure as a professor at the Prussian Academy of the Arts and concludes with the collapse of the Weimar Republic. The rest of the chapter includes his thoughts on opera and film, his polemics against Ernst Krenek (1900–1991) regarding the latter's use of elements of jazz in his opera Der sprung über den Schatten, a draft for a speech on film and art, and statements on the Third String Quartet, Op. 30 (1927). It also looks at his views on nationalism, racism, politics and human nature, and twelve-tone composition.

Keywords:   opera, Germany, Prussian Academy of the Arts, film, Ernst Krenek, art, Third String Quartet, nationalism, twelve-tone composition

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