Arnold Schoenberg

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It is a familiar story: the revolutionary figures of early twentieth-century modernism, whose works aroused great fury at their first appearance, are now accepted as part of the standard repertory. This is especially true in the visual arts: it is difficult today to imagine that the works of Picasso or the Expressionists were once the focus of great turmoil. Though works of literary modernism such as Joyce’s Ulysses are arguably less accessible than those in the visual arts, they do not generally evoke any strong reactions from those who read them today. This familiarization process is perhaps least noticeable in the arena of classical music: it is common to see concertgoers slip out quietly if the program ends with a …

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Kovach, Thomas A.. "Arnold Schoenberg". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 July 2007
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