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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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Chamber Music

Chamber Music

(p.201) Chapter Nine Chamber Music

Malcolm MacDonald

Oxford University Press

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

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