When Gershwin recorded Schoenbergmain
Here’s the extraordinary 1937 home movie that George Gershwin shot at the Schoenbergs, in Beverley Hills. It shows Arnold with his wife Gertrud, Gertrud’s brother Rudi Kolisch (of the Kolisch string quartet) and Doris Vidor. Gershwin is seen behind the camera.
The music is the opening of Schoenberg’s 4th string quartet, written in 1936, in a 1937 recording that was paid for by George Gershwin, who died suddenly in July that year at the age of 38.