Schoenberg's New World: The American Years

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The first full-length study dedicated to Schoenberg's life and music in the United States, this book dispels many myths and fills significant gaps in the existing literature on Schoenberg. Drawing on much new information, the book traces early American Schoenberg champions, 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, developed an American identity 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages400
ISBN (Electronic)9780199896967
ISBN (Print)9780195372380
StatePublished - Mar 2 2011


  • American Schoenberg champions
  • American educational system
  • American identity
  • Composers
  • German identity
  • Jewish identity
  • Performance
  • Performers
  • Scholars

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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