Music: Schoenberg Revisited

"We admit to an occasional musical ray of light," said the Wiener Zeitung. "But essentially the work is dominated by that barrenness which has become a sign of progress but which is in reality a going-astray." Almost as if its critic had been in a different concert hall, the Kronen Zeitung reported that "seldom have the beauties of a score of this century been so visible, seldom has the genius of a master been so worthy of admiration as in the present case."

Wondrous Ladder. The fierce critical dispute last week concerned the work of the late Arnold Schoenberg, a Viennese composer...

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