Title:
Schoenberg and the Radical Economies of Harmonielehre
Author:
Murray Dineen: Department of Music at the University of Ottawa, Canada
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.0918105
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Year:
2009
Volume:
1
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Pages:
105-135
No. of pages:
31
Publication type:
Article
Published:
2009-06-11


This article examines Schoenberg’s Harmonielehre as a text shaped by the influence of Central European science and politics. In accord with a severely economical approach to his subject, Schoenberg’s critique of figured bass and chorale harmonization is compared with Ernst Mach’s writings on scientific method. In support of this comparison, the article addresses the role played in Schoenberg’s political development by the Leftist editor and organizer, David J. Bach, one of Schoenberg’s closest childhood friends and a student of Mach. The comparison between Schoenberg and Mach, then, is drawn not only in terms of scientific method but also in light of the radical politics of the Austrian Left at the time, a politics for which both Mach and Schoenberg held sympathies. It should not be overlooked that later, however, they ceased to acknowledge these sympathies explicitly, and Schoenberg would appear to have abandoned them entirely.

Keywords: Musicology; Harmonielehre; Arnold Schoenberg; Ernst Mach

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Author:
Murray Dineen
Title:
Schoenberg and the Radical Economies of Harmonielehre:
DOI:
10.3384/cu.2000.1525.0918105
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  • Joshua Banks Mailman (2015). Schoenberg's Chordal Experimentalism Revealed through Representational Hierarchy Association (RHA), Contour Motives, and Binary State Switching. Music Theory Spectrum, 37(2): 224. DOI: 10.1093/mts/mtv015
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