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Small Instrumental Works: Opp. 11, 16, and 19 and Three Pieces for Chamber Orchestra

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/9780195128260.003.0004
                   Small Instrumental Works: Opp. 11, 16, and 19 and Three Pieces for Chamber Orchestra

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Schoenberg's new instrumental works that he called pieces, preserved the brief dimensions and heightened expressivity of song. In February 1909, he quickly composed two atonal works for piano for Op. 11, and at almost the same time, he began several other compositions that were left as undated fragments. The third piece of Op. 11 was added in August, about the same time that he finished his Five Orchestra Pieces, Op. 16, before he composed the one-act opera Erwatung. Early in the next year, he composed three untitled pieces for chamber orchestra, the last of which was left unfinished. In 1911, he concluded this phase of atonal period by writing Six Little Piano Pieces, Op. 19.

Keywords: Op. 11; Op. 16; Op. 19; piano pieces; Busoni Manifesto; orchestra pieces

Chapter.  13373 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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