München: R. Piper & Co, 1912.
Octavo. Original publisher's dark yellow wrappers. 1f. (half title), 1f. (title, with printed notes to verso), 1f. (dedication: "Arnold Schönberg in höchster Verehrung"), [vii] (table of contents), [viii] (blank), [ix] (short biography of Schoenberg), [x] (blank), [xi] (work list), [xii] (blank), 13-90 (text), [i] (advertisement for Der blaue Reiter), [i] (advertisement for books on Max Reger, Anton Bruckner, and Gustav Mahler) pp. With musical examples in text.
Printed notes to verso of title: "Mit einem Porträt Schönbergs, fünf Reproduktionen nach seinen Bildern und vielen Notenbeispielen"; "Die Hälfte des Reinertrags dieses Buches wird der Gustav-Mahler-Stiftung überwiesen."
With frontispiece portrait of Schoenberg mounted on black laid paper and four additional plates containing reproductions of his paintings, also mounted on black laid paper.
Wrappers worn and browned; small blue ink stain to outer edge of upper and several leaves. Slightly worn, creased and dampstained; some leaves partially detached.
First Edition. Rare.
A collection of essays by students and friends of Schoenberg devoted to all aspects of Schoenberg's work: his music, harmony textbook, paintings, and teaching.
Schoenberg expected unconditional discipleship from his students and friends, but the degree of devotion displayed in this book, summed up in its dedication, uncharacteristically embarrassed him, at the time only 38 years old: "I feel I am being talked about in really much to effusive a way. I am too young for this kind of praise, have accomplished too little and too little that is perfect... Were I not spoiling the joy of my students by doing so, I might possibly have rejected the book. On the other hand, however, I was so overwhelmed by the great love which shows in all this... And I was proud as well." Schoenberg's diary, February 25, 1912.
Price: $200.00 other currencies