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Object #59 / I am almost like a plant

Arnold Schönberg
Villa Lepcke, Zehlendorf bei Berlin
Berlin 1912

Arnold Schönberg Center, Wien

“March 12. Then the ‘Pierrot lunaire’ melodramas. I believe it turned out very well. This provides much stimulation. And I am, I sense it, definitely moving towards a new way of expression. The sounds here become an animalistically immediate expression of sensual and psychological emotions. Almost as if everything were transmitted directly. I am anxious to see how this is going to continue. But, by the way, I do know now what is causing it: Spring!!! Always my best time. I can already sense motion inside myself again. In this I am almost like a plant. Each year the same. In the spring I almost always have composed something.” (Arnold Schönberg, Berlin Diary, 1912)

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