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Schoenberg's New World

ISBN : 9780190632175

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¥4,301
Author: 
Sabine Feisst
Pages
400 Pages
Format
Paperback
Size
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Mar 2017
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The first full-length study dedicated to Schoenberg's life and music in the United States, Schoenberg's New World dispels many myths and fills significant gaps in the existing literature on Schoenberg. Drawing on much new information, the book traces early Schoenberg pioneers in America, who set the stage for Schoenberg's arrival in 1933. The volume addresses in detail how Schoenberg while coming to terms with his German and Jewish identities, thoroughly adapted to American society both privately and professionally. New light is cast on Schoenberg's relations with Americans, his interest in American culture, and changes in his religious and political thinking and lifestyle. As Schoenberg was committed to the advancement of American music and composed music inspired by and composed for American musicians, his American works are examined anew with regard to their contexts and the history of their performance and publication. Schoenberg's many interactions with performers and publishers in the United States are explored as well. Illustrating how Schoenberg adjusted to the American educational system, the book delves into Schoenberg's American teaching career, teaching methods and materials and features some of the many remarkable students he taught in Boston and Los Angeles. Finally the impact of Schoenberg's music and ideas on American performers, composers and scholars after World War II is gauged in the light of major political and cultural changes during the Cold War era. Schoenberg's New World contributes to a new understanding of one of the most important pioneers of musical modernism and most polarizing figures in twentieth-century music.

Index: 

Acknowledgements
Preface
Chapter I: Rethinking Myths of Schoenberg's American Years
Chapter II: Schoenberg and America: Early Rapprochements
Chapter III: Negotiating Three Identities: Schoenberg's Socialization and Creative Work in America
Chapter IV: Schoenberg Performance in America
Chapter V: Schoenberg's American Publishers
Chapter VI: Schoenberg's American Teaching Career
Chapter VII: The American Reception of Schoenberg's Music After 1945
Abbreviations
Bibliography
Index

About the author: 

Sabine Feisst is Associate Professor of Music History and Literature at Arizona State University. She published a book on concepts of improvisation in new music as well as numerous articles on Arnold Schoenberg and American music in essay collections, professional journals, and encyclopedias.

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