1874-1951) Austrian-born composer, music theorist, teacher, writer, and painter. He is widely considered one of the most influential composers of the 20th century.
Typed letter signed, one page, 8 x 9,25 inch, Los Angeles (California), 8.06.1949, to American composer and conductor Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975) - concerning CBS`s June, 5, 1949 broadcast of Schoenberg`s `Chamber Symphony No. 2`, which Schoenberg completed in 1939, 33 years after he began its composition, signed in black ink "Arnold Schoenberg", attractively mounted (removable) for fine display with a photograph, shows Schoenberg in a half length portrait (altogether 16,5 x 11,75 inch), with intersecting letter folds and mild creasing - in fine condition.
"To tell you the truth I had a very bad reception with many disturbances: electrical and I think also acoustical. It seems to me that the engineers in the broadcasting station do not like my music and always disort by their mixtures of sound. Otherwise it is really difficult to understand why the sonority was so poor. Though one must not forget the electrical disturbances.
You will perhaps understand that such an annoyance is really severe and can deprive a composer entirely of the pleasure of hearing his work. But let me thank you for all the good you did to this music. I am sure that you spent much and serious work in rehearsing it and if I may say so, I found especially the second movement very good as regards technique and clarity. The first movement especially was very much disorted in sound so that I had not much pleasure in it.
Now, let me thank you very much for your kind words and for your great interest in my music and I hope we will meet on these opportunities again.
With cordial greetings I am, - Sincerely yours, - Arnold Schoenberg"
`Schoenberg`s Correspondence with American Composers`, edited by notes that the composer sent Herrmann a short telegram of thanks on June 5 or 6. Herrmann is "best remembered for scoring such classic films as Orson Welle`s `Citizen Kane` and Alfred Hitchcock`s `Vertigo` and `Psycho`" (`Schoenberg`s Correspondence with American Composers`, Feist). As music director at CBS from 1942-1959, he championed the works of Schoenberg and the modernist American composer Charles Ives, making him, "one of the most invigorating influences in the radio music", of this time (`Directors of the Baton`, Ewen).
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