Arnold Schoenberg wishes you a very happy Christmas

Arnold Schoenberg wishes you a very happy Christmas


norman lebrecht

December 25, 2014

schoenberg piano

An arrangement of “Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen” for chamber ensemble, courtesy of Dr Stephen Roe, one of several new friends I made during the course of this lovely year.


  • John Borstlap says:

    These are all the notes that Schoenberg avoided in his other works.

  • Hilary says:

    Ingenious,the way Schoenberg assimilated so many Xmas carols into this single span. The kind of trick Gerald Barry or Michael Finnissy might do these days.

  • 18mebrumaire says:

    Now, now, John, remember the spirit of goodwill to all men, and that includes AS!

  • Eric Koenig says:

    About half a century later Samuel Barber would do something quite similar for full orchestra with his Die Natali. Almost a who’s who of carols and also in a fairly short span of time and, like Schoenberg’s Weihnachtsmusik, unjustly overlooked.

  • David Edwards says:

    Thank you for this rarity and the wonderful montage of photos. A Christmas treat!

  • Anne Wirth says:

    Mr Borstlap –
    Just listen to it and enjoy. No need to make stupid comments!