Arnold Schoenberg

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Arnold Franz Walter Schoenberg (the anglicized form of Schönberg — Schoenberg changed the spelling officially when he left Germany and re-converted to Judaism in 1933), (September 13, 1874 – July 13, 1951) was an Austrian and later American composer. Many of Schoenberg's works are associated with the expressionist movements in early 20th-century German poetry and art, and he was among the first composers to embrace atonal motivic development.


  • I find above all that the expression, 'atonal music,' is most unfortunate--it is on a par with calling flying 'the art of not falling,' or swimming 'the art of not drowning.'
    • Arnold Schoenberg, Style and Idea, p.210.
  • I am the slave of an internal power more powerful than my education.
  • If music is frozen architecture, then the potpourri is frozen coffee-table gossip... Potpourri is the art of adding apples to pears…
    • Arnold Schoenberg: "Glosses on the Theories of Others" (1929), See "Style and Idea", Faber and Faber 1985, p.313-314
  • My music is not difficult, my music is played badly.

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  • I have never seen faces, but because I have looked people in the eye, only their gazes.
  • There is still much good music that can be written in C major.

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