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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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Final Years: Los Angeles, 1944–1951

Final Years: Los Angeles, 1944–1951

(p.299) 7 Final Years: Los Angeles, 1944–1951
A Schoenberg Reader

Joseph Auner

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Arnold Schoenberg's final years spanning 1944 to 1951, starting with his retirement from teaching at the University of California at Los Angeles to his death. It begins with his canon for Richard Rodzinski, the son of Artur Rodzinski, who had conducted several of Schoenberg's works, two of which were Ode to Napoleon and Violin Concerto. It then presents his views on contemporary composers and conducting, his proposal for a Record-of-the-Month Club, his String Trio, Op. 45 (1946), the performance of new music, the Holocaust, art and science, abstract art and politics, Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno's philosophy of modern music, twelve-tone composition, the founding of the state of Israel, and prayer and superstition. It also looks at Schoenberg's conflict with Thomas Mann concerning the latter's 1947 novel Doctor Faustus and his appointment as honorary president of the Israel Academy of Music.

Keywords:   music, composers, String Trio, Holocaust, Theodor Wiesengrund Adorno, twelve-tone composition, Thomas Mann, Doctor Faustus, Israel Academy of Music

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