Music: Destiny Unknown

When he was 16, Vienna-born Arnold Schoenberg decided to become a professional musician. Nine years later, in 1899, he completed a string sextet, Transfigured Night, a melodic, romantic piece, which was to be one of his few works familiar to concertgoers. Critics applauded the newcomer.

From that time on, Schoenberg continued to attract attention, but it was increasingly of a different kind. He became the apostle of a musical-intellectual game which made him the most controversial innovator in 20th Century music.

New Harmonies. Where other composers were satisfied with the conventional scale of seven basic tones (do, re, mi, fa, sol, la,...

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