On 26 September 1933 -–five weeks before Arnold Schönberg's arrival in the USA – the New York Times published a statement by one of the most popular American composers.

»›America may well consider herself fortunate,‹ Gershwin said yesterday, ›to have so distinguished a composer and teacher to choose this country for his home. It is my sincere hope that Schönberg will stay a long, long time. [….] Furthermore, it will once more prove to Germany our intense disapproval of its tyranny and bigotry. Germany’s loss will be this country’s great musical gain. I consider it an honor and credit to America that Schönberg prefers to continue his life work here.‹
Gerswhin, who has never met Schönberg, said that he looks forward to making his acquaintance. While staying in Berlin some time ago, Gershwin received from Schönberg an autographed photograph.«

After a year on the East Coast of the USA, Schönberg moved to California with his wife Gertrud and his daughter Nuria in the fall of 1934. The personal acquaintance with Gershwin, initiated by the pianist Oscar Levant, soon deepened. In August 1936 George Gershwin, his brother Ira and his sister-in-law Lee moved into a luxurious estate with a tennis court and a swimming pool. Address: 1019 North Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills. Schönberg was henceforth a frequent guest on and off the tennis court. He had no driver's license and was often driven to the Gershwins by his wife Gertrud. His address since May 1936: 116 North Rockingham Avenue, Brentwood Park

The composer and conductor Albert Sendrey analyzed the different playing styles of the famous tennis players : "He, Gershwin, expresses linear counterpoint in his strokes, whereas Schoenberg concentrates on mere harmony, the safe return of the ball, the more than physical aspect of reaching a well-placed drive in the far corner of his side; he no longer places his returns, while George is more careful than ever to achieve clarity of his intentions.” (George Gershwin, 1938)

The members of the Kolisch Quartet arrived in Los Angeles in December 1936 to record Schönberg's four string quartets at United Artists Studios and to perform the works in concerts at UCLA. A joint visit by the composer with his wife and the Kolisch Quartet on Roxbury Drive was also on the program. This meeting was captured for posterity by two cameras. One camera was operated by George Gershwin, another was probably operated by his brother Ira. The Library of Congress, which houses the George and Ira Gershwin estates, digitized this 1936 home movie and published it on Youtube.

We took this opportunity to make a digitaly manipulate the material. This concerns both the playback speed, which was adapted to the natural motion sequences, and the perspective: the home movie was reversed according to the logical view of the persons.