Fin de Siècle#
Fritz Heinrich Klein: The Machine#
Aside from Hauer's rows,
there were other precursors of Dodecaphony (1914/15) which
Schoenberg only grudgingly recognized. Berg
confronted his teacher with the composition Maschine (1914) by his
student, Fritz Heinrich Klein (1892 Budapest/Hungary -1977 Linz/Upper
Austria), a work that combines twelve-tone themes and chords as an
impressive tonal experience without shocking the listener. Klein's
foremost principle was the acceptance by listeners without any special
knowledge of the compositional techniques. Schoenberg was unimpressed
by the work, as he admitted himself. Klein worked together with Alban
Berg for years: he prepared piano reductions of various works by Berg.
(Fig.: titlepage to the manuscript of Berg's Kammerkonzert
Chamber Concerto) (M. Saary)
© Sound: ORF Linz.