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Arnold Schoenberg: A Guide to Primary and Secondary Resources at the Library of Congress

One of the most significant composers of the 20th century, Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) is well represented in the print, manuscript, and digital collections of the Library’s Music Division.


Arnold Schoenberg. Portrait. Undated. Library of Congress Music Division.

The Performing Arts Reading Room provides access to the Music Division's primary and secondary resources for the composer Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951).

These materials include music manuscripts, facsimiles, correspondence, first and early editions of music scores, critical editions, scholarly literature on Schoenberg, special collections, iconography, and access to subscription databases.

Navigate the different kinds of materials available by using the sections of this research guide. Find these materials by searching the Library of Congress Online Catalog, browsing the Library's Digital Collections, searching within Special Collections, using the Finding Aids Tool, searching within the many Databases and Electronic Resources to which the Library subscribes, or browsing the Music Division's on-site card catalog. Several of the Library's databases are available off-site, but many may only be accessed on-site at the Library or via your local public or academic library.

Read published content related to and highlighting Schoenberg materials and research in the Library's collections in the Music Division's blog In the Muse.

Contact the Recorded Sound Research Center or the Moving Image Research Center for information on recordings and film footage.

Related Research Guides

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