Piano Music - Arnold Schönberg

Arnold Schönberg


1874 - 1951
Arnold Schönberg was an Austrian-born composer, music theorist, teacher, writer, and painter.


📖 "An artistic impression is substantially the resultant of two components. One what the work of art gives the onlooker — the other, what he is capable of giving to the work of art."
"An Artistic Impression" (1909) in Style and Idea (1985), p. 189


📖 "Market value is irrelevant to intrinsic value. … Unqualified judgment can at most claim to decide the market-value — a value that can be in inverse proportion to the intrinsic value."
"An Artistic Impression" (1909) in Style and Idea (1985), p. 190


📖 "I have just read your book [On the Spiritual in Art] from cover to cover, and I will read it once more. I find it pleasing to an extraordinary degree, because we agree on nearly all of the main issues.."
In a letter to Wassily Kandinsky, 18 Dec. 1911; as quoted in Schönberg and Kandinsky: An Historic Encounter, by Klaus Kropfinger; edited by Konrad Boehmer; published by Routledge (imprint of Taylor & Francis, an Informa Group company), 2003, p. 15-16 note 49


📖 "I see the work as a whole first. Then I compose the details. In working out, I always lose something. This cannot be avoided. There is always some loss when we materialize. But there is compensating gain in vitality."
As quoted in an interview with José Rodriguez (c. 1936) in Schoenberg‎ (1971) by Merle Armitage, p. 149


📖 "…if it is art, it is not for all, and if it is for all, it is not art."
From New Music, Outmoded Music, Style and Idea (1946); as quoted in Style and Idea (1985), p. 124


📖 "I have never seen faces, but because I have looked people in the eye, only their gazes."
As quoted in "The Red Gaze"' in Expressionism (2004) by Norbert Wolf, p. 92


📖 “I never was very capable of expressing my feelings or emotions in words. I don't know whether this is the cause why I did it in music and also why I did it in painting. Or vice versa: That I had this way as an outlet. I could renounce expressing something in words.”


📖 “Music is only understood when one goes away singing it and only loved when one falls asleep with it in one's head, and finds it still there on waking up the next morning.”


📖 “I am the slave of an internal power more powerful than my education.”


📖 “Rests always sound well.”


📖 “Great art presupposes the alert mind of the educated listener.”


📖 “There are no more geniuses, only critics.”


📖 “Market value is irrelevant to intrinsic value. ... Unqualified judgment can at most claim to decide the market-value - a value that can be in inverse proportion to the intrinsic value.”


📖 “I owe very, very much to Mozart; and if one studies, for instance, the way in which I write for string quartet, then one cannot deny that I have learned this directly from Mozart. And I am proud of it!”


📖 “There is still plenty of good music to be written in C major.”

Quotes by Arnold Schönberg







Piano Music by Arnold Schönberg


— Three Ländler, pf, early

— Lied ohne Wörte (Nocturne), pf, early; arr. small orch, lost

— Drei Klavierstücke, Oct 1894; S A/4

— Sechs Stücke, pf duet, ?1896; S A/5

Op. 9 Kammersymphonie no.1, arr. pf duet before 1912; S A/5

Op. 11 Drei Klavierstücke, nos.1–2 Feb 1909, no.3 Aug 1909; S A/4

Op. 19 Sechs kleine Klavierstücke, nos.1–5 Feb 1911, no.6 June 1911; S A/4

Op. 23 Fünf Klavierstücke, nos.1–2 and beginning of 4, July 1920, rest Feb 1923; S A/4

Op. 25 Suite, pf, Prelude and beginning of Intermezzo July 1921, rest Feb–March 1923; S A/4

Op. 33a Klavierstück, Dec 1928–April 1929; S A/4

Op. 33b Klavierstück, Oct 1931; S A/4

Op. 38b Kammersymphonie no.2, arr. 2 pf Dec 1941–Jan 1942; S A/5

Op. 40 Variations on a Recitative, org, Aug–Oct 1941; S A/5





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