>i had a very similar experience with schoenberg.
i have been greatly influenced by his methodology,
but i almost never listen to his compositions...
i think in this case it was the fact that i found the abolition of
tonal center to be somewhat tedious. <
** does it depend on which era of schoenberg you listen to? some of his early stuff is very much in the late romantic tradition (wagner, mahler, r. strauss) - - not a hint of free atonality or 12-tone music.