Arnold Schoenberg in Berlin - February, 1930

from Arnold Schoenberg Letters, page 136:

I have played through the records of my opera [Von heute auf morgen] several times and – for artistic reasons – prefer not to conceal from you the fact that these sounds depress me extremely. I cannot bring myself to believe that it is my fault, either as composer or as conductor; but, even while admitting that I do not know, I really must say: my music must not sound like this. Either I must change, or the performance or the reproduction must.

cite as

Arnold Schoenberg, and Erwin Stein (ed.), Arnold Schoenberg Letters (1964), p. 136. accessed: 16 July, 2024

location of experience: Berlin


Arnold Schoenberg

Listening to

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Von heute auf morgen
written by Arnold Schoenberg
performed by Arnold Schoenberg

Experience Information

Date/Time February, 1930
Medium broadcast, playback
Listening Environment indoors, in public


Letter from Arnold Schoenberg to Intendant Flesch, Berlin [Handwritten draft, no date (probably February or March 1930]. 'Von heute auf morgen' was broadcast by Radio Berlin in February 1930, with Schoenberg conducting. This draft letter refers to records made on this occasion.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Tue, 01 Dec 2015 15:02:45 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 13:19:43 +0100