1. In addition, there was one other matter that affected his relations with the university adversely. This had to do with the preservation of his musical manuscripts. I believe it was some time during 1942, that is, before he was informed about his retirement pension, I journeyed with him to the office of the university librarian Lawrence Clark Powell, to discuss the contribution of his manuscripts for safekeeping at the library.

  2. September 6, 1944

    Dear Mr. Powell:

    I am very pleased about your intention of preservation of my life’s materials. This means very much to me, because so many of my unfinished works might easily get lost, in spite of the great care Mrs. Schoenberg takes to keep everything in order…

    No date (1944/45)

    Dear Mr. Powell:

    I have to inform you that because of recently happened circumstances I must renounce the privilege of having my manuscripts, etc., incorporated in the university library…

    And finally: January 4, 1945

    Dear Mr. Powell:

    I think I have no reason not to tell you what forced me to renounce this opportunity: I feel that the Administration and the Authorities of the University treat me in a very unsatisfactory manner in the matter of my retirement. This is why I feel I cannot longer remain in friendly relations with this institution […] (Arnold Schönberg Lebensgeschichte in Begegnungen 391)

  3. MK An opportunity lost for the university, obviously. But whatever happened to the collection of Schoenberg’s works subsequently?

    LS Well, as you probably know, it finally ended up at the University of Southern California in 1975, a gift from Schoenberg’s heirs. Recently, in 1998, the archives from USC were removed to a new location in Vienna, still another loss for the Los Angeles community. However, I might add, UCLA tried to make its amends for the difficulty over the retirement pension, first, by asking Schoenberg to give a lecture around the time of his seventy-fifth birthday in 1949—the aforementioned lecture on "My Evolution"—and then to honor him in a special ceremony as an outstanding professor.

  4. However, the greatest honor bestowed by the university was the construction and naming of Schoenberg Hall, the music building on the UCLA campus. Unfortunately this recognition of Schoenberg’s importance to the university occurred five years after his death, that is, in 1956. It is commemorated by the sculpture of the composer by Anna Mahler, daughter of another famous composer who supported Schoenberg in the early days, which adorns the entrance to the Hall. The dedicatory ceremony took place on May 15, 1956. It included an acceptance speech by Schoenberg’s widow, Gertrud, and a musical program consisting of Schoenberg’s Band Variations, op. 43a, De Profundis for a cappella choir, Op. 50b, and the Orchestral Songs, Op. 8. Vern Knudsen also participated.

    UCLA further recognized its indebtedness to Arnold Schoenberg when it named its new music building Schoenberg Hall. I had the honor of presenting the incomium to Arnold on the occasion of the Hall’s dedication, an honor I greatly prize, not only because a warm friendship had developed between him and me, but also because it was requested by his widow, Gertrud. (Zam 225)

With many, many thanks to Lawrence Schoenberg, Betty Freeman, Garby Leon, and Robert Winter for the generous permission to reproduce many of the materials in this article.

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Alderman, Pauline. "Reminiscences: Arnold Schoenberg at USC." Journal of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute V/2 (November 1998): 203-10.

Nono-Schoenberg, Nuria, Catherine Lorenz, and Anita Luginbuehl. Arnold Schönberg Lebensgeschichte in Begegnungen. Klagenfurt: Ritter Klagenfurt, 1992.

Schoenberg, Arnold. Arnold Schoenberg Letters. Ed. Erwin Stein. London: Faber, 1964.

---. Fundamentals of Musical Composition. Ed. Gerald Strng and Leonard Stein. London and Boston: Faber and Faber, 1967.

---. Preliminary Exercises in Counterpoint. 2nd ed. London: Faber and Faber, 1969.

---. Style and Idea: Selected Writings of Arnold Schoenberg. Ed. Leonard Stein. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1975.

Zam, Maurice. "How Schoenberg Came to UCLA." Journal of the Arnold Schoenberg Institute III/2 (October 1979): 223-8.


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