Schoenberg Discussed and Played

by Matthew Raley

I have written elsewhere about the entertaining contrasts between Glenn Gould and Yehudi Menuhin. In the first video, the contrasts are amplified as the pair converses about Arnold Schoenberg’s Fantasie, Op 47. In the second, we see another example of the duo’s partnership.

In one sense, I don’t know why I post these. People usually hate Schoenberg. Added to this is the fact that the discussion between Gould and Mehunin is at a high technical level.

But, dog-GON-it!, they’re saying some important things about real musical problems, especially after Gould says, “All cards on the table, you really don’t like the Schoenberg.” And the playing is quite good, demonstrating that Menuhin retained even post-war a powerful tone and intonation when he was “on.”

So, if you’ve never heard anything by Schoenberg, take this in.

By the way, my 3-year-old Malcolm sat silently on my lap through the entire 10-minute performance, transfixed. (No jokes there in back!)

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