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Background and Recordings from the Arnold Schönberg Center
The following pages contain background information and recordings of Schoenberg's string quartets from the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna, Austria. The Schönberg Center maintains the composer's archive, making it accessible to scholars, musicians, and the general public, while providing outreach and education about the composer and his works.
Other Online Sources
"Air from Another Planet"
Published in The Guardian on January 16, 2009. This article by Christopher Fox discusses the second string quartet, its short-term reception, and the long-term influence Schoenberg's innovations have had on the musical world. The title of this article is taken from a line in the poem sung in the fourth movement of the second quartet. (Yes, this quartet includes a singer!)
Wikipedia's entry on Schoenberg's string quartets.
Scores in the AUM Library
These and other scores are located in the AUM Library's circulating collection (on the 4th floor of the Library). They can be checked out just like books.
Streichquartett II, für zwei Violinen, Viola, Violoncello und eine Sopranstimme : (im 3. und 4. Satz: Litanei und Entrückung) Op. 10 by
Call Number: M452 .S36 op.10 1960
Publication Date: 1960s?
Miniature score with brief introduction to the quartet's form in German, English, and French.
The second string quartet in F-sharp minor, op. 10 : authoritative score, background and analysis, commentary by
Call Number: M452 .S36 op. 10 2006
Publication Date: 2006
Critical edition of Schoenberg's second string quartet, edited by Severine Neff.
String quartets nos. 1 and 2 by
Call Number: M452 .S365 op.7 D6 1997
Publication Date: 1997
Dover reprint of Schoenberg's first and second string quartets.