Month: April 2016

Viennese Master: Schoenberg

Sonosphere will begin our Birth of Modern Music series with Arnold Schoenberg, an Austrian composer who mapped out the coming modernist era. Schoenberg created new methods of musical composition involving atonality, serialism, and the 12-tone row.

He was also one of the most-influential teachers of the 20th century – with Anton Webern and Alban Berg as two of his most famous pupils.

Look for this episode next week. In the meantime we have prepared a playlist for you of some of the great Schoenberg compositions. Enjoy!

image by of Schoenberg and members of Second Viennese School walking in Los Angeles

Preview to Birth of Modern Music Series

This episode is an introduction to our series on the Birth of Modern Music. It will highlight radical dissonance in Western classical compositions. We will individually describe the work and influence of Arnold Schoenberg, Erik Satie, Edgard Varese, Olivier Messiaen, Karlheinz Stockhausen and John Cage. They were powerhouses in the classical composition revolution at the turn of the 20th century and their influence permeated into mid-century beatnik, free improv and psychedelic culture.

Look for the first episode in this series next week. Until then, we have prepared for you a playlist highlighting the work of Arnold Schoenberg, the first modernist we’ll explore in our next episode. Check it out at and click on Press Play. Enjoy!

Featured track:
Pierre Boulez – Le Marteau sans Maitre VI Bourreaux de Solitude