Composer, Here From Berlin on Ile de France, Says He Is a ‘Self-Exile’

Arnold Schoenberg, Austrian composer, arrived here yesterday on the Ile de France, insisting that he had not been driven from Germany, as had been reported, but that he was a self-imposed exile and planned to live permanently in America. The composer, who formerly headed the class in composition in the Prussian Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin, declined to discuss any of the difficulties he had in Germany, saying that he had left numerous relatives in that country. Dr. Schoenberg is a Jew. He abandoned the faith in 1921 but last summer he was officially readmitted to Judaism in Paris.

Will Teach in Boston

Dr. Schoeneberg [sic] will teach harmony and musical composition at the Malkin Conservatory of Music in Boston. He said yesterday that he had completed the score for the first two acts of a new opera and hoped to complete the work when he becomes settled in Boston. The best known of his compositions in America is “Die Glueckliche Hand,” which Dr. Schoenberg calls “a drama with music.” It was presented at the Metropolitan in 1930 under the direction of Leopold Stokowski.

New York Herald Tribune (November 1, 1933)