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Arnold Schönberg

Join us in celebrating Schönberg's 150th birthday in 2024! We are excited to present a diverse selection of chamber music pieces, ranging from the late-romantic and expressive "Verklärte Nacht" (Transfigured Night), to the free atonal Piano Pieces op. 11 and 19, the strictly twelve-tone Suite for Piano op. 25, as well as the "Phantasy" for Violin and Piano. Our extensive and growing collection of "blue" Schönberg editions is the perfect resource for studying the pioneering works of the Second Viennese School.

As of 2022, the works of Arnold Schönberg have entered the public domain in the majority of territories – a significant milestone for us as a music publisher, as we could finally edit these highly influential and groundbreaking compositions and include them in the Henle Urtext catalogue.

Our editions are created in collaboration with the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna. With their support, we have consulted all available sources to accurately present these iconic compositions. Our editors, internationally recognized Schönberg experts, have meticulously examined and corrected the musical texts. Accompanied by renowned musicians with deep insight into Schönberg's music, our editions are both scholarly and practical.

Urtext Editions

Arnold Schönberg Complete Piano Works
Editor: Marte Auer
Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 1178

€45.00 available

€45.00 available
Further editions of this title
Arnold Schönberg Six Little Piano Pieces op. 19
Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 1547

€15.00 available

€15.00 available
Further editions of this title
Arnold Schönberg Phantasy for Violin with Accompaniment of the Piano op. 47
Editor: Eike Feß
Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 1171

€18.00 available

€18.00 available
Further editions of this title
Arnold Schönberg Five Piano Pieces op. 23
Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 1614

€18.00 available

€18.00 available
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Arnold Schönberg Three Piano Pieces op. 11
Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 1546

€16.00 available

€16.00 available
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Arnold Schönberg Piano Pieces op. 33a & 33b
Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 1165

€14.00 available

€14.00 available
Further editions of this title
Arnold Schönberg String Quartet no. 2 op. 10 with Soprano part
Parts, Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 1542

Variants from €9.00
€39.00 available

Variants from €9.00
€39.00 available
Arnold Schönberg Suite op. 25
Editor: Marte Auer
Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 1548

€23.00 available

€23.00 available
Further editions of this title
Arnold Schönberg Transfigured Night String Sextet op. 4
Parts, Urtext Edition, paperbound
HN 1565

Variants from €18.00
€32.00 available

Variants from €18.00
€32.00 available
Further editions of this title

Facsimile: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra op. 42

Schönberg’s Piano Concerto op. 42 was written in 1942 during his exile on the Pacific coast of California. A first sketch dates from June of that year; the fair copy of the short score was already finished at the end of December. In addition to the piano part it contains the orchestral setting in reduced form, condensed onto a few staves. However, it already displays all specifications concerning the instrumentation and is also completely marked-up in terms of dynamics and phrasing. 

This easily readable fair-copy autograph is a central document of the work’s transmission and is now published here for the first time in a facsimile edition, made in cooperation with the Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna. In their scholarly introduction, the two Schönberg experts Therese Muxeneder and Katharina Bleier present the history of the work and its formal conception in exemplary fashion, and at the same time explain the special features of the manuscript. Additionally, and in a separate chapter, Verena Graf describes how the autograph was painstakingly restored shortly before being reproduced in this facsimile.

Arnold Schönberg Concerto for Piano and Orchestra op. 42
Facsimile of the autograph, clothbound
HN 3231

€139.00 available

€139.00 available

Produced in high-quality four-colour printing, wrapped in Pacific blue and bound in fine linen, the edition offers a fascinating insight into Schönberg’s notation and compositional thinking. A worthy contribution by G. Henle Publishers and the Arnold Schönberg Center to Arnold Schönberg’s 150th birthday in 2024!

Photos: © Arnold Schönberg Center

A closer look

"Transfigured Night" String Sextet op. 4
Annette Oppermann (Editor)  

A true "modern classic"

  • Based on a poem by Richard Dehmel, the Sextet incorporates the ideas of the symphonic poem in its programmatic character and its one-movement form, and also displays late Romantic traits in its opulent tone.
  • Already at its premiere in 1902 in Vienna, the special quality of the work was recognised, characterised by “peculiar sound combinations and groundbreaking figures”.
  • The new Henle edition is the first Urtext edition with verbatim texts, dealing with the difficult source situation and the evaluation of different versions.
  • The musical text includes tempo markings from the later orchestral version as a practical study aid. 
  • As an additional feature of the Henle Library app, a score based on the orchestral version can be displayed, annotated by Schönberg specialist Henk Guittart. 

Phantasy for Violin with Accompaniment of the Piano op. 47
Eike Feß (Editor)  

Schönberg's last instrumental work, composed in 1949

  • The composition was inspired by violinist Adolph Koldofsky whom Schönberg had met the year before admiring his interpretation of the String Trio op. 45.
  • Schönberg aimed "to write a piece whose unimpeded flow cannot be traced back to any formal theory"
  • A perfect example of the twelve-tone technique: the entire row is created in the interplay of violin and piano
  • The new Henle edition is the only practical Urtext edition on the market!
  • Violinist Ulf Wallin and pianist Shai Wosner, both specialists in Schönberg's twelve-tone works, provided their fingerings for this edition.

Three Piano Pieces op. 11
Ullrich Scheideler (Editor)  

A classic of new music

  • "… my piano writing is not the result of any lack of ability, but the expression of a firm will, of specific inclinations, of clearly graspable feelings. What it does not do, is not what it cannot, but what it does not want to do.“ Schönberg defended his op. 11 in a letter to Busoni, in response to his criticism of the work.
  • Opus 11 is the first purely instrumental compositions in so-called "free atonality".
  • For all its revolutionary explosive power, the cycle is classically structured, with a sonata-like first movement, a slow middle piece and a stormy finale.
  • Pianist and Schönberg expert Emanuel Ax provided his fingerings.
  • The music setting is generously laid out and is based on the first edition, edited by Schönberg scholar Ullrich Scheideler.

Six Little Piano Pieces op. 19
Norbert Müllemann (Editor)  

Miniatures, with hidden depths behind fleeting gestures

  • A classic of new music: With these pieces, the concentration on the essential is legendary.
  • The pause after each of the short pieces was so important to Schönberg that he had this annotation printed as a footnote on the first page of the first edition in 1913: “ A long pause after each piece!“
  • The last piece presumably refers to Gustav Mahler's funeral on 21 May 1911 – it  was composed almost exactly one month to the day after Mahler's death.
  • With carefully considered fingerings by Emanuel Ax, who writes in the preface:  “I have loved playing these touching and meaningful pieces most of my life.”

Five Piano Pieces op. 23
Ulrich Krämer (Editor)  

A transitional work

  • With this cycle, Schönberg made the decisive step from free atonal music to composition based on tone rows, which however did not yet necessarily have to contain all twelve chromatic tones.
  • The composer had already begun his Five Piano Pieces op. 23 in 1920 as a contribution to a Debussy memorial album, but only completed them in 1923 – as an independent work commissioned by the Copenhagen music publisher Wilhelm Hansen. 
  • The best-known piece is No. 5, the "Waltz" – an ironic play with genre traditions and at the same time a swift-moving piece of music.
  • The editor is one of the most distinguished Schönberg scholars, Ulrich Krämer, and the fingering was provided by Schönberg specialist Shai Wosner.

Suite op. 25
Marte Auer (Editor)  

The first work to be based entirely on a twelve-tone row

  • Schönberg’s Suite op. 25 of 1923 refers to pre-classical forms in its movement titles Präludium, Gavotte–Musette, Intermezzo, Menuett–Trio and Gigue, yet at the same time it was the first work to be based entirely on a twelve-tone row. 
  • The pianist’s full commitment is required: the composer has added a whole range of new articulation marks to ensure a nuanced and expressive performance.
  • With fingerings by Shai Wosner, a true connoisseur of the Suite.

Piano Pieces op. 33a & 33b
Norbert Müllemann (Editor)  

Schönberg’s unknown side

  • Schönberg’s two piano pieces op. 33a and 33b were composed during his time as head of a master class in composition at the Prussian Academy of Arts in Berlin. As this position gave Schönberg a lot of freedom, he often spent the months around the turn of the year in southern Europe, and so the second of these two pieces was written in Barcelona.
  • In both pieces, the composer refined the use of his twelve-tone technique and, regarding its formal structure, oriented himself around classical-romantic traditions. 
  • These two seldom-heard pieces in Schönberg’s mature style captivate by their colourful piano sound and organic dramatic arc. 
  • The only individual edition of these two pieces, with Henle’s tack-sharp music engraving and helpful fingering by repertoire expert Shai Wosner.

Complete Piano Works
Marte Auer (Editor), Ulrich Krämer (Editor), Norbert Müllemann (Editor), Ullrich Scheideler (Editor)

Schönberg's entire oeuvre for solo piano

  • This elegant compendium brings together Schönberg's entire oeuvre for solo piano and presents a wide span, from the free atonal pieces of op. 11 to the aphoristic op. 19, the fascinating tone-row experiments of op. 23, and the dodecaphonically conceived works of op. 25, 33a, and 33b.
  • The perfect gift for all Schönberg fans and pianists, shining with beautiful notation, word texts based on the latest scholarly standards and an elaborate design with a coloured frontispiece and illustrations in the music section.
  • Three pieces by the 20-year-old Arnold Schönberg in the appendix offer an astonishing insight into his late Romantic roots.
  • Also available as an attractive clothbound volume.

Photo and Video Gallery

Behind the scenes: Producing the Schönberg Facsimile at Memminger MedienCentrum

The interior pages of the Schönberg facsimile were produced during the press proof stage at the Memminger MedienCentrum. Therese Muxeneder and Katharina Bleier, as the editors, brought along Schönberg's manuscript of the piano concerto from the Arnold Schönberg Center in Vienna. The initial prints from the press were meticulously compared to the original in terms of contrast, tint, and color. Any discrepancies were digitally corrected, requiring the production of new printing plates. The final outcome was a faithful replication of the original document.

Photos © Memminger MedienCentrum

Who's afraid of Schönberg?

A talk with Therese Muxeneder from Arnold Schönberg Center Vienna and Norbert Müllemann, Head of Publishing at G. Henle Publishers about Arnold Schönberg, individual and personal approach to his music and preserving and editing his outstanding work.

Produced for Henle Open Day 2023

Interview with Emanuel Ax and Shai Wosner
– by Norbert Müllemann, Head of Publishing G. Henle Publishers –

on Schönberg's piano pieces op. 11 and 19 as well as on piano suite op. 25. The world-renowned pianists Emanuel Ax and Shai Wosner provided their fingerings for our new Schönberg editions! Norbert Müllemann talks with them on the complexity of Schönberg's music, a fresh view on those compositions and teaching such "difficult" works. 

Schönberg – String Quartet No. 2 Op. 10 – presented by Claire E. Craig

"I feel air from another planet" – two poems ("Litanei" and "Entrückung") by the German poet Stefan George are set in music by Arnold Schönberg within his 2nd string quartet, a work which for many reasons marks a true turning point in the history of music composition. Listen to soprano Claire E. Craig, the Habe Quartet (Wiener Symphoniker) and Therese Muxeneder from Arnold Schönberg Center Wien what they have to say in music and words about this extraordinary masterpiece!

The footage was filmed in Vienna and kindly provided by Wiener Symphoniker and Claire E. Craig. Special thanks go to Therese Muxeneder / Arnold Schönberg Center.