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ARNOLD SCHOENBERG

Arnold Schoenberg exercised very considerable influence over the course of music in the 20th century. This was particularly through his development and promulgation of compositional theories in which unity in a work is provided by the use of a determined series, usually consisting of the 12 possible different semitones, their order also inverted or taken in retrograde form and in transposed versions. Schoenberg’s earlier compositions are post-Romantic in character, written before the period in which he developed his theories of atonality (music without a key or tonal centre). Born in Vienna in 1874, he spent his early career in Berlin, until the rise to power of Hitler made it necessary to leave Germany and find safety in America, where he died in 1951. With his pupils Anton Webern and Alban Berg, both of whom he outlived, he represents a group of composers known as the Second Viennese School.

Stage Works

Schoenberg’s most important opera is Moses und Aron, of which he completed only two of the three acts. Other stage works include Erwartung (‘Expectation’), a one-act melodrama, the drama with music Die glückliche Hand (‘The Fortunate Hand’) and the one-act Von heute auf morgen (‘From Today to Tomorrow’).

Choral and Vocal Music

Gurre-Lieder, written between 1901 and 1903, is a work of Wagnerian proportions and mood for solo voices, large chorus and orchestra. Other, later vocal music includes A Survivor from Warsaw (1947) for narrator, male voices and orchestra. Solo songs range from the 1909 settings of Stefan George in Das Buch der hängenden Gärten (‘The Book of the Hanging Gardens’) to the cabaret songs he wrote for the Berlin Überbrettl in his earlier years. Pierrot lunaire, a study of madness based on German translations of seven poems by Albert Giraud and using Sprechgesang (words half spoken, half sung), was completed in 1912.

Orchestral Music

Schoenberg’s music for orchestra includes a violin concerto, Pelleas und Melisande (a symphonic poem based on Maurice Maeterlinck’s medieval drama) and Five Orchestral Pieces. He transcribed for cello a harpsichord concerto by the 18th-century composer Monn.

Chamber Music

In addition to four string quartets and a late string trio, Schoenberg’s post-Romantic Verklärte Nacht (‘Transfigured Night’) of 1899 is particularly noteworthy.

Keyboard Music

Schoenberg wrote Variations on a Recitative for organ, but most of his keyboard music is for piano, principally in a series of pieces that demonstrate the development of his theories of composition.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
The Works of Arnold Schoenberg Vol 1 Naxos 8.505223
The Works of Arnold Schoenberg Vol 2 Naxos 8.506023

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Role: Classical Composer 
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20TH CENTURY CHORAL MUSIC BIS
BIS-CD-1090
Choral - Sacred
20TH CENTURY COMPOSITIONS - ORFF, C. / RACHMANINOV, S. / RAVEL, M. / REGER, M. / STRAUSS, R. / STRAVINSKY, I. / RESPIGHI, O. / PROKOFIEV, S. Capriccio
C49007
Orchestral
A TO Z OF CLASSICAL MUSIC (The) (3rd Expanded Edition, 2009) Naxos Educational
8.558212-13
Instrumental
ABRAHAMSEN: Stratifications / Nacht und Trompeten / Piano Concerto Dacapo
8.226010
Chamber Music
Art and Music: Klimt - Music of His Time Naxos
8.558146
Instrumental
BERG / EISLER / SCHOENBERG / RAVEL: Early Piano Music BIS
BIS-CD-23
Instrumental
BERG / HINDEMITH / HARTMANN: Piano Sonatas / SCHOENBERG: 3 Piano Pieces Naxos
8.570401
Instrumental
BERG / SCHOENBERG: Violin Concertos (Krasner) (1954) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80226
Concertos
BRAHMS, J.: String Quintet No. 2 / SCHOENBERG A.: Verklarte Nacht (arr. for string orchestra) (Camerata Salzburg, Vegh) Capriccio
C71117
Orchestral
BUSONI, F.: Piano Transcriptions (Groschopp) Capriccio
C7015
Instrumental
Choral Concert: Eric Ericson Chamber Choir - NORMAN, L. / BACH, J.S. / BRAHMS, J. / POULENC, F. / SANDSTROM, S.-D. (Swedish Choral Society, Vol. 1) Naxos
8.572337
Choral - Sacred
CLASSIC ARCHIVE: Pierre Boulez (NTSC) EuroArts
3085238
Classical Concert
COLLAGE - A Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Peabody Institute, 1857-2007 Naxos
8.570403
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
DANCING ON THE EDGE OF A VOLCANO - Jewish Cabaret Music, Popular and Political Songs, 1900-1945 Cedille
CDR90000-065
Vocal
Discover Music of the Twentieth Century Naxos Educational
8.558168-69
Instrumental
FAMOUS AUSTRIAN COMPOSERS - STRAUSS / MOZART, W.A. / SCHUBERT, F. / BEETHOVEN, L. van / HAYDN, F.J. / HAYDN, M. / ALBRECHTSBERGER, J.G. Capriccio
C49370
Orchestral
GALA FROM BERLIN - Grand Finale (Abbado) (PAL) Arthaus Musik
107166
Classical Concert
GENESIS SUITE (1945) Naxos
8.559442
Orchestral
GIUSEPPE SINOPOLI AND THE DRESDEN STAATSKAPELLE (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100502
Classical Documentary
KORNGOLD, E.W. / MARTINU, B.: String Sextets / SCHOENBERG, A.: Verklarte Nacht (Czech Philharmonic Sextet) ArcoDiva
UP0019-2
Chamber Music
KORNGOLD, E.W.: Piano Trio / SCHOENBERG, A.: Verklärte Nacht (arr. for piano trio) (Fidelio Trio) Naxos
8.572758
Chamber Music
LANG, D.: Untitled All-Stars Cantaloupe Music
CA-21050
Vocal
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102073
Classical Documentary
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century, Vol. 1: Dancing On A Volcano (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102033
Classical Documentary
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century, Vol. 3: Colours (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102037
Classical Documentary
LEAVING HOME: Orchestral Music in the 20th Century, Vol. 6: After the Wake (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102043
Classical Documentary
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 10: I. Adagio / SCHOENBERG, A.: Transfigured Night (Tintner Edition 8) Naxos
9.70018
Orchestral
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 4 / SCHOENBERG, A.: Pelleas und Melisande (Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Abbado) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) EuroArts
2055484
Classical Documentary
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 4 / SCHOENBERG, A.: Pelleas und Melisande (Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Abbado) (NTSC) EuroArts
2055488
Classical Documentary
MIDNIGHT LOUNGE - Chill Out Classics and Meditation Capriccio
C49326
Orchestral
MOZART, W.A.: Adagio and Allegro / Andante / Fantasy / SCHOENBERG, A.: Wind Quintet, Op. 26 (Essential: 20 Years of Vienna Ensemble) Campanella Musica
C130137
Chamber Music
MOZART, W.A.: Divertimento, K. 563 / SCHOENBERG, A.: String Trio, Op. 45 (Schoenberg Trio) Campanella Musica
C130113
Chamber Music
NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERT 1999 - Gala from Berlin: Grand Finales (Abbado) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) EuroArts
2013324
Classical Concert
NEW YEAR'S EVE CONCERT 1999 - Gala from Berlin: Grand Finales (Abbado) (NTSC) EuroArts
2013328
Classical Concert
Orchestral Concert - BRAHMS, J. / SCHOENBERG, A. / BEETHOVEN, L. van (Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Abbado) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Accentus Music
ACC-10282
Classical Concert
Orchestral Concert - BRAHMS, J. / SCHOENBERG, A. / BEETHOVEN, L. van (Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Abbado) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-20282
Classical Concert
Orchestral Concert - MOZART, W.A. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / SCHOENBERG, A. (West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Barenboim) (Salzburg Concerts) (Blu-ray, HD) C Major
706704
Classical Concert
Orchestral Concert - MOZART, W.A. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / SCHOENBERG, A. (West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Barenboim) (Salzburg Concerts) (NTSC) C Major
706608
Classical Concert
Orchestral Music - MONN, G.M. / SCHOENBERG, A. (BarockModern) (Leipzig MDR Symphony, Markl) MDR Klassik
MDR1205
Orchestral, Concertos
Piano Recital: Kessel, Susanne - RACHMANINOV, S. / BACH, J.S. / MILHAUD, D. / KRENEK, E. / HUPFELD, H. (Californian Concert) Oehms Classics
OC534
Instrumental
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: American Games Altissimo
75442260842
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The) Altissimo
75442261012
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The), Vol. 10 (Guest Conductors) Altissimo
75442262032
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
RAVEL: Introduction et Allegro / DEBUSSY: Danses sacree et profane / SCHOENBERG, A.: Verklarte Nacht (Hollywood String Quartet) (1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80178
Chamber Music
REVOLUTION DER KLANGE (DIE): Musik im 20. Jahrhundert (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
102072
Classical Documentary
SCHAFER, Christine: In Concert (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
100331
Vocal
SCHAFER, Christine: In Concert (PAL) Arthaus Musik
100330
Vocal
SCHOENBERG / BERG / WEBERN: Piano Music Naxos
8.553870
Instrumental
SCHOENBERG / FRESCOBALDI / LIGETI: Organ Music BIS
BIS-CD-509
Instrumental
SCHOENBERG, A.: 11 Waltzes for String Orchestra / Violin Concerto, WoO 5 / Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 (Kovacic) CD Accord
CDAccordACD145
Orchestral
SCHOENBERG, A.: 5 Orchestral Pieces / BRAHMS, J.: Piano Quartet No. 1 (orch. Schoenberg) (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 5) Naxos
8.557524
Orchestral, Concertos
SCHOENBERG, A.: Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9 (arr. A. Webern) / Suite, Op. 29 (Zahir Ensemble, Garcia Rodriguez) Naxos
8.572442
Chamber Music
SCHOENBERG, A.: Chamber Symphony No. 2 / Die gluckliche Hand / Wind Quintet (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 8) Naxos
8.557526
Chamber Music, Orchestral, Opera
SCHOENBERG, A.: Concerto for String Quartet / The Book of the Hanging Gardens (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 2) Naxos
8.557520
Vocal, Interview, Instrumental, Concertos
SCHOENBERG, A.: Gurre-Lieder (Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra, Jansons) (NTSC) BR-Klassik
900110
Classical Concert
SCHOENBERG, A.: Kol Nidre / BERNSTEIN, L.: Halil / BLOCH, E.: Baal Shem / ZEISL, E.: Requiem Ebraico (Remembrance) (Sao Paulo Symphony, Neschling) BIS
BIS-CD-1650
Choral - Sacred
SCHOENBERG, A.: Lieder - Opp. 2, 3, 6, 14 / Brettl-Lieder / 4 Folksong Arrangements (Shirai, Holl) Capriccio
C10514
Vocal
SCHOENBERG, A.: Moses und Aron (Ruhrtriennale, 2009) (NTSC) EuroArts
2058178
Opera DVD
SCHOENBERG, A.: Pelleas und Melisande / Erwartung (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 9) Naxos
8.557527
Orchestral, Opera
SCHOENBERG, A.: Serenade / Variations for Orchestra / Bach Orchestrations (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 4) Naxos
8.557522
Chamber Music, Orchestral
SCHOENBERG, A.: Songs (Complete) (Jarnot, Barainsky, Diener, Mayer, Schafer, Vondung) Capriccio
C7120
Vocal
SCHOENBERG, A.: String Quartet No. 1 / Verklarte Nacht (Fred Sherry String Quartet and Sextet) (Schoenberg, Vol. 13) Naxos
8.557534
Chamber Music
SCHOENBERG, A.: String Quartet No. 2 / WEBERN, A.: Langsamer Satz / BERG, A.: Lyrische Suite (excerpt) (C. Schafer, Petersen Quartet) Phoenix Edition
Phoenix133
Orchestral
SCHOENBERG, A.: String Quartets Nos. 3 and 4 / Phantasy (Fred Sherry String Quartet, Schulte, Oldfather) (Schoenberg, Vol. 12) Naxos
8.557533
Chamber Music
SCHOENBERG, A.: String Trio / 4 Pieces for Mixed Chorus / 3 Satires / Suite (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 11) Naxos
8.557529
Choral - Secular, Chamber Music, Orchestral, Choral - Secular, Chamber Music
SCHOENBERG, A.: Verklarte Nacht / Chamber Symphony No. 1 (Smithsonian Chamber Players, Slowik) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-90909
Orchestral, Chamber Music
SCHOENBERG, A.: Verklarte Nacht / STEUERMANN: Piano Trio (Ravinia Trio) Divox
CDX-29107
Chamber Music
SCHOENBERG, A.: Violin Concerto / Ode to Napoleon / A Survivor from Warsaw (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 10) Naxos
8.557528
Concertos, Choral - Secular, Chamber Music, Choral - Sacred
SCHOENBERG, A: Verklarte Nacht / BARTOK, B: Divertimento / WEBERN, A: Langsamer Satz (Moscow Virtuosi, Spivakov) Capriccio
C67104
Orchestral
SCHOENBERG: 6 A Cappella Choruses / String Quartet No. 2 / Suite in G Major (Schoenberg, Vol. 3) Naxos
8.557521
Chamber Music, Choral - Secular, Orchestral
SCHOENBERG: 6 Orchestral Songs / Kol Nidre / Friede auf Erden (Schoenberg, Vol. 7) Naxos
8.557525
Opera, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Vocal, Choral - Sacred
SCHOENBERG: Complete Works for Violin and Piano BIS
BIS-CD-1407
Chamber Music
SCHOENBERG: Gurre-Lieder (Schoenberg, Vol. 1) Naxos
8.557518-19
Choral - Secular
SCHOENBERG: Moses und Aron Naxos
8.660158-59
Opera
SCHOENBERG: Moses und Aron (Vienna State Opera, 2006) (NTSC) Arthaus Musik
101259
Opera DVD
SCHOENBERG: Pierrot Lunaire / Chamber Symphony No. 1 / 4 Orchestral Songs (Schoenberg, Vol. 6) Naxos
8.557523
Vocal, Orchestral
SCHOENBERG: Verklarte Nacht / Chamber Symphony No. 2 Naxos
8.554371
Orchestral
SCHOENBERG: Verklarte Nacht / String Quartet No. 2 / Chamber Symphony No. 1 BIS
BIS-CD-703
Orchestral
SCHOENBERG: Verklarte Nacht / WEBERN: Selected Piano and Chamber Works BIS
BIS-CD-1467
Chamber Music
SCHOENBERG: Wind Quintet (Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet) (1957) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80263
Chamber Music
SCHUBERT / SCHUMANN / SCHOENBERG / COLEMAN: Violin Fantasies Cedille
CDR90000-073
Chamber Music
SINGING APES (THE) and Other Songs of Love and War BIS
BIS-CD-733
Choral - Secular
Story of Naxos (The) - The Soundtrack Naxos Digital Compilations
9.00124
Choral - Secular
STRAVINSKY, Igor: Final Chorale (The) / SCHOENBERG, Arnold: 5 Orchestral Pieces Ideale Audience
DVD9DS13
Classical Documentary
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND: Wild Blue Yonder Altissimo
75442261482
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE CONCERT BAND: Signatures Altissimo
75442260502
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Seawolf Altissimo
75442270202
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Violin Recital: Chalifour, Martin - POULENC, F. / RAVEL, M. / STRAVINSKY, I. / BACH, J.S. (Chalifour in Walt Disney Concert Hall - Hidden Treasures) Yarlung Records
YAR94004
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Doll, Barbara - ENESCU, G. / SCHUBERT, F. / SCHOENBERG, A. / HENZE, H.W. ArcoDiva
UP0083-2
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Frank Huang Naxos
8.557121
Chamber Music
Vocal Music (Ballads and Songs) - SCHUBERT, F. / WOLF, H. / LOEWE, C. / LOEFFLER, C.M. / MAHLER, G. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / REUTTER, H. / LISZT, F. Capriccio
C67103
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Kammer, Salome - HOLLAENDER, F. / NELSON, R. / SCHOENBERG, A. / WEILL, K. / MILHAUD, D. (I hate music - but I like to sing) Capriccio
C67195
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Pfister, Leila - SCHOENBERG, A. / BERG, A. / HONEGGER, A. / DEBUSSY, C. (Songs of a New Era) Oehms Classics
OC818
Vocal
Vocal Recital: Raisanen, Virpi - MAHLER, G. / BERG, A. / SCHOENBERG, A. / SHOSTAKOVICH, D. / BRITTEN, B. (The Legacy of Mahler) Ondine
ODE1208-2
Vocal
WEBERN, A.: 6 Pieces, Op. 6 / REGER, M.: Eine romantische Suite / SCHOENBERG, A.: 6 Orchester-Lieder (Nold, Linos Ensemble) Capriccio
C10865
Vocal

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BRAHMS: Transcriptions for Orchestra BIS
BIS-CD-1140
Orchestral
EUROPA-KONZERT 2004 - BRAHMS, J.: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Piano Quartet No. 1 (Barenboim, Rattle) (NTSC) (with EuroArts/Ideale-Audience Catalogue 2010) EuroArts
2020108
Classical Concert
MAHLER, G.: Kindertotenlieder / BERG, A.: Violin Concerto / 5 Altenberglieder (arr. for chamber ensemble) (Eckstein, Rademacher, Linos Ensemble) Capriccio
C5135
Vocal, Concertos, Vocal
MAHLER, G.: Lied von der Erde (Das) (Slowik) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90322
Vocal
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 4 / Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (arr. E. Stein for chamber orchestra) (Browner, Bar, Linos Ensemble) Capriccio
C10863
Vocal
MAHLER, G.: Symphony No. 4 / Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (Brandes, Platts, Santa Fe Pro Musica, The Smithsonian Chamber Players, Slowik) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90315
Vocal
MAHLER: Lied von der Erde (Das) BIS
BIS-CD-681
Vocal
Orchestral Music - MONN, G.M. / SCHOENBERG, A. (BarockModern) (Leipzig MDR Symphony, Markl) MDR Klassik
MDR1205
Concertos
SCHOENBERG, A.: 5 Orchestral Pieces / BRAHMS, J.: Piano Quartet No. 1 (orch. Schoenberg) (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 5) Naxos
8.557524
Orchestral
SCHOENBERG, A.: Serenade / Variations for Orchestra / Bach Orchestrations (Craft) (Schoenberg, Vol. 4) Naxos
8.557522
Orchestral
SCHOENBERG: 6 A Cappella Choruses / String Quartet No. 2 / Suite in G Major (Schoenberg, Vol. 3) Naxos
8.557521
Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
STRAUSS II, J.: Waltzes (arr. Schoenberg, Berg and Webern) (The Philharmonics) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) Accentus Music
ACC-10228
Classical Concert
STRAUSS II, J.: Waltzes (arr. Schoenberg, Berg and Webern) (The Philharmonics) (NTSC) Accentus Music
ACC-20228
Classical Concert
Violin Recital: Chalifour, Martin - POULENC, F. / RAVEL, M. / STRAVINSKY, I. / BACH, J.S. (Chalifour in Walt Disney Concert Hall - Hidden Treasures) Yarlung Records
YAR94004
Chamber Music
WEBERN, A.: 6 Pieces, Op. 6 / REGER, M.: Eine romantische Suite / SCHOENBERG, A.: 6 Orchester-Lieder (Nold, Linos Ensemble) Capriccio
C10865
Vocal, Chamber Music
WOLF-FERRARI: Sinfonia da Camera / STRAUSS-SCHOENBERG: Kaiserwalzer / BLOCH: 4 Episodes Marco Polo
8.223868
Chamber Music





 
 
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