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Malcolm MacDonald

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195172010

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172010.001.0001

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Choral Music

Choral Music

(p.158) Chapter Seven Choral Music

Malcolm MacDonald

Oxford University Press

Schoenberg’s output defies easy categorization. Throughout his career he sought to blend characteristics of various traditional forms into new ones. This chapter places all the music which employs a chorus, apart from the operas, Die Jakobsleiter, the Modern Psalm, and the Genesis Prelude. The human voice—whether solo or in chorus, in speech, song, or Sprechstimme—is vital to a large proportion of Schoenberg’s music, and viewed as a whole, the choral works form perhaps the most direct means of access to his central preoccupations. The choral music reviewed here also includes Gurrelieder, Friede auf Erden, Die chinesische Flöte, Das Lied von der Erde, Der Wunsch des Liebhabers, Satires, Kol Nidre, and A Survivor from Warsaw.

Keywords:   Gurrelieder, Schoeneberg, choral music, Glückliche Hand, Jakobsleiter, Satires, Kol Nidre

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