Manifestations of Arnold Schoenberg's abstract versus concrete dichotomy

Material Type: 
Articles in Journals
Author:
In: 
Modern Judaism ( Journal )
Year: 
2001
Volume: 
21
Issue: 
3
Pages: 
238-255
Languages: 
English
Description: 

Underlying Arnold Schoenberg's music, prose, philosophy, and life-story is a premise that any a given phenomenon may be represented as a dichotomy between two constituent aspects: the concrete and the abstract. Moreover, all of these constituent particles of Schoenberg as a phenomenon are interconnected. A close examination of four of his articles demonstrates how the detailed building blocks of this contention are reflected in his writings on a variety of topics. The same perception is examined within the context of his struggle with three works that share similar religious and philosophical exploration, all three utilize text written by the composer and all are unfinished.