The Correspondence between Roberto Gerhard and Arnold Schoenberg


  • Paloma Ortiz-de-Urbina



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On 18 October 1923 Roberto Gerhard wrote a long letter to Arnold Schoenberg asking to be accepted as his pupil. Two weeks later he received a positive answer and left for Vienna at once. There he met Schoenberg and began a master-pupil relationship that would gradually turn into deep friendship, as attested by fifty-three extant letters written between 1923 and Schoenberg’s death in 1951. Existing in archives in several countries and, for the most part, as yet unpublished, these letters provide a wealth of information about Gerhard’s personal life and professional career, with interesting insights into Gerhard’s compositional process.

Author Biography

Paloma Ortiz-de-Urbina

Paloma Ortiz-de-Urbina is Professor of German Philology at the University of Alcalá. Her main area of research is on musical reception between Spain and German-speaking countries. Recent publications include the book chapters ‘1913: Das Wagner-Fieber in Madrid’, in Berta Raposa (ed.), Richard Wagner: ein einmaliger Rezeptionsfall (Heidelberg: Winter, 2014), and ‘Primera recepción de Richard Wagner en Madrid’, in Luca Sala (ed.), The Legacy of Wagner (Turnhout: Brepols, 2010). She is currently editing the hitherto unpublished correspondence between Roberto Gerhard and Arnold Schoenberg.




How to Cite

Ortiz-de-Urbina, P. (2014). The Correspondence between Roberto Gerhard and Arnold Schoenberg. Journal of the Society for Musicology in Ireland, 9, 41–57.