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Chamber Music

Malcolm MacDonald

in Schoenberg

Second edition

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195172010
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852000 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172010.003.0009

Series: Master Musicians Series

                   Chamber Music

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Schoenberg began learning the violin at the age of eight, and throughout his youth his most important experience of practical music making was in playing chamber music with friends such as Oskar Adler. It was hardly surprising that some of his earliest compositional efforts were in this field; and he continued to devote a major part of his creative energies to the medium throughout his life. His choice of key, which is that of the even earlier Romance for two violins and viola, has some significance: throughout all the vast developments of his musical language, Schoenberg would be a “D-minorish” composer to the end of his days. This chapter describes several of his string quartets.

Keywords: violin; Schoenberg; chamber music; D-minor; string quartets; Phantasy

Chapter.  8023 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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