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The DNA Profile of Arnold Schönberg

Are you related to the famous music theorist?

Discover a possible family connection with the unique composer and also compare yourself with many other famous people!

The DNA of a musician, poet and thinker

Arnold Schoenberg, often referred to as the pioneer of modern music, left an undeniable mark on the musical landscape of the 20th century. His bold approach and unconventional thinking brought not only innovation, but often controversy. Yet behind this musical titan lies a story of heritage, family and culture deeply rooted in his work.

Schoenberg was born on September 13, 1874, in Vienna, Austria, into a Jewish family. The vibrant Vienna of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a melting pot of art and culture, shaped Schoenberg's young years. Despite a rather informal musical education - he had no traditional music lessons at a conservatory school - he developed a deep passion for composition early on and was largely self-taught.

Family played a significant role in Schoenberg's life. He married Mathilde Zemlinsky, the sister of his friend and mentor, the composer Alexander Zemlinsky. Mathilde's affair with a younger artist, Richard Gerstl, brought personal turmoil that influenced Schoenberg's work, especially his famous String Quartet No. 2.

Schoenberg converted to Protestantism in the 1920s, but returned to Judaism in the 1930s as the growing threat of Nazism in Europe became apparent. Nazi racist laws eventually forced him to leave Europe. He moved to the United States, where he spent most of his life in California, teaching and continuing to compose.

His revolutionary development of the twelve-tone technique, a radical departure from traditional harmonic structures, made him both famous and controversial. Yet despite his musical innovations, Schoenberg was deeply rooted in history, inspired by his Jewish heritage, his Viennese origins, and the complex intertwining of his personal relationships.

Arnold Schoenberg died in Los Angeles in 1951, but his legacy as one of the most innovative composers of the 20th century lives on. His influence, shaped by background and experience, reverberates in the works of many subsequent composers.

Arnold Schoenberg belonged to haplogroup R-M343 (subgroup R-BY16148) in the paternal line.

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Questions and answers about the DNA test

How long does a DNA origin analysis take?

After we have received the samples it normally takes 6-8 weeks for the fist results. Depending on the chosen test the result is thus already fully ready or further analysis are done.

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If you order and pay for a test set for somebody else online, the address of the other person under “Comments”. We will then send the collection kit to the address of this person. You can also place your order by phone or e-mail.

This is how the DNA origin analysis works

A Mucus Sample suffices to get a sample of your DNA. Taking the sample is simple and painless and can be done at home. Send the samples with the envelop included in the sampling kit.

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