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Style and Idea: Selected Writings Paperback – November 9, 1984


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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Later Printing edition (November 9, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520052943
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520052949
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 5.8 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, German (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951), renowned Austrian and American composer, musical theorist, painter, and teacher of composition, pioneered compositional and critical approaches to atonality that were landmarks in twentieth century musical thought.
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Mr. L. Pati
Schoenberg's perspective on music is quite non-traditional.
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Most of his work is pedagogical in intention.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mr. L. Pati on January 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book is nothing short of an institution in attidude,insight and understanding toward art.

Shoenberg was an amazing teacher,artist and musician. That book is definitely a keeper,and I have bought A LOT of textbooks about harmony,counterpoint,you name it.

But that one is really unique. It's like he's there sitting in front of you and REALLY dwelling into the profoundest thoughts about music,art,life.

His thoughts,ideas,reasonings,are always very,very insightful. Like no-one else.

He is always talking very seriously,but ,like a real master,what he talks about is always full of content and meaning. Always personal yet impersonal,and very ,very intelligent (the word 'very intelligent' hardly does him justice,really .).

At times his focused sarcasm makes me laugh too,I love his clear and truly remarkable reasoning.

For the ones that would not buy this book ONLY because they do not like his music,it is a prejudice that will prevent them to discover the causes of ignorance and will also miss the opportunity to achieve clarity onto subjects that very few,if any,would confront in the way that Arnold Shoenberg does.

Amazing and beautiful.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By lexo1941 on December 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm afraid that I am totally in love with the work of Arnold Schoenberg, so don't expect this review to be objective. I know that people have problems with his music, but it's never been a problem for me: works like the String Trio, A Survivor from Warsaw, Verklarte Nacht, the Kol Nidre and Moses and Aron have been some of the most rewarding and intense musical experiences of my life. I know that later composers such as Philip Glass and Steve Reich, who grew up with the legacy of twelve-tone music hanging over them, decisively rejected Schoenberg's work and decided to do something completely different, and in my opinion they were just plain wrong; the extreme banality and repetition in most of their music bears me out, I think. (I make an exception for Glass because some of his earlier stuff such as "Einstein on the Beach" has a fiery, rockish energy, but I have never had any time for Reich's twittering.)

So, OK, I love Schoenberg. Not only was he a great composer but he was also a fine writer. His literary legacy is sizable, and not all of it is of interest to people who aren't either musicians or fans of his work. Most of his work is pedagogical in intention. The unfinished textbooks "Fundamentals of Musical Composition" and "Structural Functions of Harmony" consist mostly of carefully chosen musical examples. The earlier "Theory of Harmony" is one of the few books of musical theory that can be read with pleasure by people who can't read music.

"Style and Idea" contains a rich selection of the shorter articles, some of which aren't all that short. The musical tradition that Schoenberg inherited and grappled with all his life was the Austro-German one. You won't find anything here about those flighty Italians.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Chilla on March 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
Arnold Schoenberg is one of the most brilliant minds of the twentieth century, not just in the field of music. This is not only an excellent reference of some of his seminal writings, but it's also a great read for anyone who would like a better understanding of the musical landscape of the early 20th century through the eyes of a genius. His scholarship is just as beneficial to us as his compositions.
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By Christine Leimer Van Arsdale on January 31, 2014
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Whomever prepares the books for shipping really loves books! This was expertly wrapped in brown paper as though it were a prized Christmas gift, with other papers carefully folded to fill in any extra space in the box.

Thank you!
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