Complementary Thoughts in the Writings and Spatial Designs of Arnold Schoenberg and Adolf Loos Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Eagen, Megan K.
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Music
  • In this essay I demonstrate the profound congruity of thought that is reflected in both the writings and artist works of Arnold Schoenberg and Adolf Loos. The viable relationship between the pantonal works of Schoenberg and the modern architecture and polemical thought of Loos has been established by a host of scholars--Benedetto Gravagnuolo, Richard Neutra, Yehuda Safran, Sherwin Simmons, and, most recently, Holly Watkins. I augment their research, first by detailing the connections present in Schoenberg and Loos's critical and pedagogical writings, and second by suggesting some ways in which Loos's novel Raumplan concept resonates with the unique textural and timbral organization of Schoenberg's Variationen für Orchester, op. 31. By extension, I show that Schoenberg's twelve-tone technique is as much a means of liberating orchestrational techniques as it is an expansion of the Western tonal system.
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  • Neff, Severine
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