Understanding Schoenberg as Christ

Julie Brown

in The Oxford Handbook of the New Cultural History of Music

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780195341867
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Understanding Schoenberg as Christ

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This article discusses Schoenberg's return to Christ in his late work. It constructs Schoenberg's priest-like leader role by his Vienna circle sometime in 1909. It notes that the Schoenberg correspondence from around 1909 to 1912 involved a language that is strongly inflected with Christian mysticality. Some communications even construct Schoenberg as a poet-priest who is performing a redemptive role. The article also examines three potential models of priestly discourse—through Otto Weininger, Stefan George, and Karl Dieter Wagner—and explains how these can contribute to the current understanding of Schoenberg's late activities.

Keywords: Schoenberg; poet-priest; Christian mysticality; priestly discourse; redemptive role; Otto Weininger; Stefan George; Karl Dieter Wagner

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Subjects: Music ; Musicology and Music History

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