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A revolutionary making a home beneath the palms

Looking anew at Schoenberg’s journey into American life

Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) came to the United States in 1934 and lived in Los Angeles for the rest of his life. The composer, who was also an artist, made this self-portrait in 1910. Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) came to the United States in 1934 and lived in Los Angeles for the rest of his life. The composer, who was also an artist, made this self-portrait in 1910. (BOSTON GLOBE FILE PHOTO)
By Jeremy Eichler
Globe Staff / November 20, 2011

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A new book by Sabine Feisst focuses long overdue attention on Arnold Schoenberg’s life in the United States. Its perspective also helps bring into focus works from his American period, including “A Survivor From Warsaw,’’ to be performed by Boston University forces on Monday night in Symphony Hall.

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SCHOENBERG: “A SURVIVOR FROM WARSAW”” VERDI: REQUIEM Boston University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus. At: Symphony Hall. Nov. 21, 8 p.m. $25, $10 student rush. 617-266-1200, www.bostonsymphonyhall.org