Peter Reavy

Schoenbergian role models

Posted in music by Peter Reavy on June 26, 2008

I was just rereading an old Norman Lebrecht post entitled Why We’re Still Afraid of Schoenberg. It contains much useful info, but also the following statement:

His role models were Moses and Napoleon; he wrote an opera on one, an ode to the other.

Leaving Moses aside, Lebrecht must never have heard Schoenberg’s Ode To Napoleon. It is a setting of a poem by Byron which satirically attacks the Corsican.

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