Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Schoenberg's Klavierstück, op. 33a

Keith Salley
2021 Music Theory Online  
This essay considers the sound of Arnold Schoenberg's Klavierstück, op. 33a, discussing aesthetic effects of combinatoriality and pitch repetition. In taking John Rahn's general advice regarding listening to Schoenberg "late at night with the lights off," two compelling parallels with psycholinguistic phenomena emerge—one dealing with semantic satiation, and the other with a related experience called the verbal transformation effect.
doi:10.30535/mto.27.1.8 fatcat:me4tpcfp3je6thd4jb7gmser2m