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Settings of the Poetry of Stefan George: Opp. 10, 14, and 15

Bryan R. Simms

in The Atonal Music of Arnold Schoenberg 1908–1923

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780195128260
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848843 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195128260.003.0003
                   Settings of the Poetry of Stefan George: Opp. 10, 14, and 15

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Schoenberg began to write atonal music in a series of songs and songlike works composed from 1907 to 1909 to the poetry of Stefan George. His discovery in 1907 of the musical stimulation inherent in George brought an end to the period of silence in terms of songwriting. The cycle of George songs, Op. 15, is Schoenberg's first atonal masterpiece, his first monumental work to renounce tonal center and to handle dissonant harmonies as structurally equivalent to consonant ones. He acquired an expressive resource and led to a musical style that made his own. George's poetry and Schoenberg's music won expressive achievements in Op. 15 and this catapulted Schoenberg into a new phase of his atonal experiment.

Keywords: Stefan George; Am Strande; Op. 14; Op. 15; Hanging Gardens; poetry

Chapter.  13586 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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