Thursday, February 19, 2015

You Decide

On Tuesday we discussed the rivalry between two opposing music camps during the twentieth century headed by Schoenberg and Stravinsky. Today, let’s listen to a famous work by each composer. Do you have a preference or do you appreciate each opposing style?

Schoenberg, Fourth String Quartet, Op. 37:

Stravinsky, Symphony in C:

Did you know that, despite his great opposition to Schoenberg, Stravinsky ended up turning to the twelve-tone method later in life?


  1. Stravinsky, hands down. Schoenberg tried to make people forget the tonal system and ignore the normal human hunger for patterns, familiarity, and repetition in music. Not gonna happen. :)

  2. It just occurred to me that my tone-deaf friend would appreciate either composer equally. He only appreciates rhythm, and the Schoenberg does that nicely. What an odd thing to be--truly tone deaf.

    1. Thanks for your comment! To be tone deaf is an interesting concept and one that would certainly effect how someone perceives certain music/composers. I would have to agree with you though, Stravinsky has my vote!