February 4, 2008

Regarding Arnold Schoenberg:

His inflexibility was adamantine, reducing would-be interpreters to nervous wrecks. "I am delighted to add another unplayable work to the repertoire," he said of the 1940 Violin Concerto. "I want the concerto to be difficult, and I want the little finger to become longer. I can wait." Many in the audience at the Philadelphia premiere walked out.

http://www.scena.org/columns/lebrecht/010708-NL-Schoenberg.html


1 Comments:

Blogger Tony Gonzalez said...

adamantine:

1. utterly unyielding or firm in attitude or opinion.
2. too hard to cut, break, or pierce.
3. like a diamond in luster.

February 4, 2008 at 4:43 PM 

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