Arnold Schönberg. The Restless Visionary

Author: Accentus Music

Accentus Music’s 90 min. documentary Arnold Schönberg. The Restless Visionary ready for delivery in July 2024.

  • Arnold Schönberg | Copyright: © Arnold Schönberg Center

    Arnold Schönberg © Arnold Schönberg Center

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  • Nuria Schoenberg-Nono | Copyright: © Accentus Music

    Nuria Schoenberg-Nono © Accentus Music

He was the founder of a new musical age and the overpowering father figure of musical modernism. With his departure from tonality and the invention of twelve-tone music, Arnold Schönberg left his mark on the music of the 20th century more momentously than any other composer. The founder of the Second Viennese School, whose concerts in the first decade of the 20th century provoked notorious scandals among audiences, did not see himself as a radical subversive but rather as a staunch upholder of the great German-Austrian musical tradition. On his way into new musical territory, he was guided by an uncompromising desire for the integrity of musical expression.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of his birth, the 90 min. film Arnold Schönberg. The Restless Visionary uses previously unpublished archival material to paint a long overdue, comprehensive portrait of one of the most important, yet also most original and versatile artistic personalities in history. The film also provides surprising insights into lesser-known aspects of his life and personality: his religious conflicts, his family environment, setbacks, his painful emigration to America, and his enigmatic fear of the number 13.

Nuria Schoenberg-Nono, Ronald und Lawrence Schönberg
Dominique Horwitz
Quatuor Tchalik
Stefan Litwin
Patricia Kopatchinskaja
Simon Rattle
Barrie Kosky
Alexander Liebreich
Simon Rattle
and many more

Arnold Schönberg. The Restless Visionary
A film by Andreas Morell

A production of Accentus Music in co-production with WDR/Arte and ORF, supported by Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung.



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