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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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“Driven into Paradise”: Boston, New York, and Los Angeles, 1933–1943

“Driven into Paradise”: Boston, New York, and Los Angeles, 1933–1943

(p.243) 6 “Driven into Paradise”: Boston, New York, and Los Angeles, 1933–1943
A Schoenberg Reader

Joseph Auner

Yale University Press

On October 16, 1933, Arnold Schoenberg wrote to Alban Berg in which he issued his most substantial statement on Jewish politics. He outlined a plan to organize assistance for the German Jews and talked about Zionism and democracy as part of his “A Four-Point Program for Jewry,” completed in 1938. This chapter looks at Schoenberg's emigration from Germany to the United States, where he spent time in Boston and New York before settling in Los Angeles, focusing on the period 1933–1943. It also looks at his views on program music, tonality and atonality, modernism, conservatism in the arts, the Fourth String Quartet, Op. 37, sacred music and tradition, World War II, and composers and music history. In addition, the chapter includes a letter to Hanns Eisler dated August 20, 1934, regarding a proposed music institute in Russia, and another letter to Bruno Walter dated December 23, 1943, in response to the former's request for permission to make a substantial cut in the string sextet Transfigured Night.

Keywords:   Jews, Zionism, Germany, United States, Los Angeles, program music, Bruno Walter, Transfigured Night

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