Eleven contributions by music theory academics address how the written word, particularly poetry, literature, and philosophy, stimulated Schoenberg's creativity. Chapters in the first section discuss Schoenberg's textual choices, focusing on his career before World War I, but with some discussion of post-war achievements. They offer a historical presentation of his musical development, changing literary preferences, and the influences of contemporary philosophical, social, and political debates. Contributions in the second section discuss theoretical, aesthetic, and ethical issues that Schoenberg addressed in his writings, and the ways these issues have been addressed in writings by others Schoenberg. The collection is not indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Charlotte M. Cross received a PhD. in Historical Musicology from Columbia University in 1992 and has published extensively on Schoenberg. Russell A. Berman is Chair of German Studies at Stanford University and author of Enlightenment of Empire: Colonial Discourse in GermanCulture (1998).