Music: Destiny & Digestion

To most concertgoers, who don't get to hear much of his music, Arnold Schoenberg has a reputation as a musical wild man with some sort of grudge against melody. He has none of the look of a wild man about him, and wild is no word for the sobersided way he goes about plotting his revolution in music.

At 74, he is a bald, wizened little man whose greatest fear is that he won't live long enough to complete works he has started. Sixteen years ago he completed two acts of an opera, Moses and...

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