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Arnold Schoenberg

Arnold SchoenbergAKA Arnold Franz Walter Schoenberg

Born: 13-Sep-1874
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 13-Jul-1951
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Zentralfriedhof, Vienna, Austria

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Composer

Nationality: Austria
Executive summary: Emancipated dissonance

Military service: Austrian Army (1916-17, medical discharge)

Inventor of 12-tone musical composition, as well as the first atonal work. His students included Anton Webern, Alban Berg, and Hanns Eisler.

Father: Samuel Schoenberg (shoe vendor, d. 1890)
Mother: Pauline Nachod
Brother: Heinrich Schoenberg (singer)
Wife: Mathilde (d. 1923, 2 children)
Wife: Gertrud Kolisch (sister of violinist Rudolf Kolisch, m. 1924, 3 children)
Daughter: Nuria (m. Luigi Nono)

    Professor: Malkin Conservatory, Boston
    Professor: University of Southern California (1935-36)
    Professor: University of California at Los Angeles (1936-44)

    Converted to Lutheranism 1898
    Converted to Judaism 1933
    Naturalized US Citizen 1941

Author of books:
Models for Beginners in Composition (1942, music theory)
Structural Functions of Harmony (1954, music theory)
Preliminary Exercises in Counterpoint (1963, music theory)
Fundamentals of Musical Composition (1967, music theory)

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