Arnold Schoenberg in Los Angeles - 1949

from Arnold Schoenberg Letters, pages 275-276:

I have with great pleasure received the recordings of your performance of my second chamber symphony. / Let me say at once: this is quite different from what I heard from the broadcast. It was really distorted in an extremely annoying manner. One heard for instance very seldom the basses (could this not also be the fault of the radio station???): there were many sections mixed with other sounds and there was often noise. This was no pleasure. / Let me tell you I find now that your performance was very good, …   more >>

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Arnold Schoenberg, and Erwin Stein (ed.), Arnold Schoenberg Letters (1964), p. 275-276. accessed: 26 May, 2022

location of experience: Los Angeles


Arnold Schoenberg

Listening to

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Chamber Symphony n. 2 op. 38
written by Arnold Schoenberg
performed by Bernard Herrmann

Experience Information

Date/Time 1949
Medium broadcast, playback
Listening Environment in private, indoors


Letter from Arnold Schoenberg to Bernard Herrmann, Los Angeles, 30 August 1949.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Tue, 01 Dec 2015 16:58:35 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 13:30:42 +0100