Arnold Schönberg und Roberto Gerhard : Briefwechsel

Gerhard’s correspondence with his composition teacher, Arnold Schoenberg, is one of the most extensive and significant of the former’s life. It is essential in understanding Gerhard’s changing engagement with twelve-tone technique, his thoughts on musical modernism, and his changing place within the broader environment of the Second Viennese School. 

Gerhard’s initial exchanges with Schoenberg in 1923-4, when the former was in search of a new composition teacher after Felip Pedrell’s death, reflect the concerns of a young composer who, unlike most of his contemporaries in Catalonia and Spain, did not feel drawn to the French and Russian avant-garde, but rather to the Austro-Germanic world. Gerhard’s correspondence with Schoenberg continued during the early-to-mid 1930s, and show that, even though Gerhard was not practising twelve-tone technique during these years, he had certainly been profoundly influenced by his experiences studying in Berlin and Vienna, and strived to make Schoenberg’s music and thinking better known in Barcelona. Gerhard achieved this in part by inviting his former teacher to stay briefly in the city in 1932 and 1933.

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editorPeter Lang
place of publicationBern
years of publication2019
edited byPaloma Ortiz-de-Urbina