On one occasion, Schoenberg asked a girl in his class to go to the piano and play the first movement of a Beethoven sonata, which was afterwards to be analyzed. She said, “It is too difficult. I can’t play it.” Schoenberg said, “You’re a pianist, aren’t you?” She said, “Yes.” He said, Then go to [...]
From Jim Bloom
Rule No. 7, ain’t that some Church.
This composition is a legend that is often quoted but hardly ever presented in its entirety. For the point is not merely that we now hear the noises of the concert hall as opposed to those of the instrument, as so often simple-mindedly explained – most recently by Douglas Kahn in his book Noise, water, [...]