in Los Angeles - October, 1944

from Arnold Schoenberg Letters, page 221:

You are perfectly right in your criticism about Kussevitski’s performance of my Variations, op. 43B. Some of the shortcomings of this performance derive directly from his disregard of my metronomical indications. Why he did this is unimaginable to me. At least so far he need not have failed. (…)/Yesterday I received a record of it and today I got the Boston reviews. The record is bad enough. One hears almost no strings, but an astonishing amount of brass and tuba.

cite as

Arnold Schoenberg, and Erwin Stein (ed.), Arnold Schoenberg Letters (1964), p. 221. accessed: 21 July, 2024

location of experience: Los Angeles

Listening to

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Variations op. 43B
written by Arnold Schoenberg
performed by Kussevitski

Experience Information

Date/Time October, 1944
Medium playback
Listening Environment in private, indoors


Letter from Arnold Schoenberg to Fritz Reiner, Los Angeles, 29 October 1944. Variations op. 43 B is a Schoenberg's version of Variations for Wind Band, op. 43, for symphony orchestra.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Tue, 01 Dec 2015 16:33:21 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 13:28:35 +0100