Schoenberg’s Memory Wheel


Schoenberg’s Memory Wheel is a combinatory machine that generates sequences of intertextual events related to Arnold Schoenberg’s musical ideas. The centre of this machine contains two major musical works by Schoenberg: the Kammersymphonie op. 9 (Circle 1) and the Variations for orchestra op.31 (Circle 2), which are divided into twelve fragments. These fragments are interrupted each time by one of Schoenberg’s Sechs kleine Klavierstücke op. 19 (diametral lines). The specific number of the played Klavierstück determines the access to one of the dynamic outer circles (Circles 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11). From this intersection, elements from that circle are presented. The circles 4, 7, and 12 are fixed and independent from the Sechs kleine Klavierstücke.