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Von heute auf morgen (‘From One Day to the Next’)locked

  • O.W. Neighbour

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Opera, op.32, in one act by Arnold Schoenberg , to a libretto by Max Blonda (pseudonym of Gertrud Schoenberg); Frankfurt, Opernhaus, 1 February 1930.

Schoenberg described this opera as light, cheerful and at least partly comic, but also serious in seeking to expose the danger to abiding values in life and art posed by fashion, which changes ‘between today and tomorrow’. He had originally begun a libretto of his own about marital discord under the same title. Thus, although when his wife took over she devised her own quite different story, she was clearly guided by his original conception. Moreover she must have known of his reluctant partial admiration for Strauss’s ...

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