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Old 2006-11-17, 15:27
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Cool Schoenberg was not alone...

"One of the great landmarks of this era was the invention of atonality by Arnold Schoenberg. He was the first to go mad and defy melody. Death metal must nod its head to him."

- Glad to see people paying homage to a great mind! Another pioneer (an American) who was composing and experimenting with atonality during the exact same time period as Schoenberg (both of them born in 1874) but in our own little state of Connecticut (also a pioneer of our mortgage system) was Charles Ives. For a birthday present, his father, a well known high school band leader told his son Charles to sit upon top of the school while he marched two different bands playing entirely different pieces of music from opposite ends of the town eventually to merge together. Imagine hearing that for the first time! Ives's piano rags are quite remarkable for the time in that not only are they tonally deviant like Schoenberg's, but they also indicate to the performer "play this section if you feel like it...or not..." a degree of performance freedom; a concept Schoenberg despised, being raised in the tradition of the symphonic/chamber music instrumentalist much the opposite of an improvisational environment with regard to performance. A good introduction to Ives is his infamous "Unanswered Question". Ives's music career was short lived, ending around 1918 (the time of Debussy's death) where he opted to make a living in a different field, but a tribute was done for him before his death; he made an appearence at one of the rehearsals, but never heard the performance - he was turned off to the industry at that point. Ives as well as Schoenberg opened doors to sounds never heard previously - Schoenberg eventually developed his 12 tone system, realized in 1923 at nearly 50 years old, certainly unmistakable in his expressionist works during the rise of Hitler. Schoenberg was also a distinguished author and master educator (UCLA); a man who was thorough, passionate about reaching the student and of the game tennis where he was consistently given a "schlacking" by an most notable opponent from Brooklyn, New York; George Gerswhin, which of course irritated Schoenberg to no end. Long live the music of these two great men...and to good schlackings in sports.
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