Aus Schönbergs Schallplattensammlung (Arnold Schönberg Center, Wien: REC388)

In July of this year, Österreichische Mediathek completed the digitization of Arnold Schönberg’s record collection, which consists of approximately 400 records. Among the holdings are some exceptional sound documents, which can now be made available to the public for the first time.

The American composer and bassoon player Adolph Weiss studied with Arnold Schönberg from 1924 to 1927 at the Berlin Academy of Arts. When Schönberg emigrated to the United States in 1933, Weiss was among his closest confidants. As early as 1931 he planned a performance of the Wind Quintet op. 26, which he was to play in many concerts in the years to come. In 1939 he gave his teacher a special gift for his 65th birthday: with his ensemble he recorded the first two movements of the composition and supplemented it with a spoken birthday greeting. In cooperation with Österreichische Mediathek, the recording was digitized  – it is the earliest acoustic testimony to Schönberg’s ambitious twelve-tone work. On the occasion of the composer's birthday on September 13, 7.30 pm CET, the first movement will be presented as a live stream on YouTube and facebook.