Skip to content

Your Cart


You have 0 items in your cart.

Register Sign in Wishlist
Schoenberg and the New Music

Schoenberg and the New Music
Essays by Carl Dahlhaus


  • Date Published: March 1989
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521337830

£ 25.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • This book is a collection of essays, by the leading German musicologist of our day, on one of the most controversial and influential composers of our century: Arnold Schoenberg. Schoenberg is considered here as a historical figure, as a thinker and theoretician and as a composer whose works may be subjected to technical analysis and/or examined in relation to the history of ideas. Above all, he is considered in the context of the 'New Music', the historical and cultural movement of the first two decades of this century which embrace musicians such as Webern, Schreker and Scriabin (all of whom are allotted individual essays), as well as Schoenberg himself. In addition to historical and analytical essays there are essays of a broader cultural-historical and even sociological import which should interest all those involved with twentieth-century music and ideas.

    Reviews & endorsements

    'The volume is among [Dahlhaus's] most thought-provoking … The translators deserve much gratitude for making this most rewarding book available in such clear and readable English.' Oliver Neighbour, Music & Letters

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: March 1989
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521337830
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.525kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Translators' introduction
    1. 'New Music' as historical category
    2. Progress and the avant garde
    3. Avant garde and popularity
    4. New Music and the problem of musical genre
    5. Problems of rhythm in the New Music
    6. Tonality: structure or process?
    7. Schoenberg's poetics of music
    8. Schoenberg's aesthetic theology
    9. Schoenberg and programme music
    10. Musical prose
    11. Emancipation of the dissonance
    12. What is 'developing variation'?
    13. Schoenberg and Schenker
    14. Schoenberg's Orchestral Piece Op. 16, No. 3 and the concept of Klangfarbenmelodie
    15. 'The Obbligato Recitative'
    16. Expressive principle and orchestral polyphony in Schoenberg's Erwartung
    17. Schoenberg's late works
    18. The fugue as prelude: Schoenberg's Genesis composition, Op. 44
    19. Rhythmic structures in Webern's Orchestral Pieces, Op. 6
    20. Analytical instrumentation: Bach's six-part ricercar as orchestrated by Anton Webern
    21. Schreker and modernism: on the dramaturgy of Der ferne Klang
    22. Structure and expression in the music of Scriabin
    23. Plea for a Romantic category: the concept of the work of art in the newest music
    24. On the decline of the concept of the musical work
    25. The musical work of art as a subject of sociology
    26. Form Translated by Stephen Hinton
    27. Composition and improvisation
    28. A rejection of material thinking?
    List of sources

  • Author

    Carl Dahlhaus


    Derrick Puffett

    Alfred Clayton

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.