Dr. Elizabeth Keathley, Associate Professor, Historical Musicology and Women’s & Gender Studies and Director of Graduate Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, has a new book. Schoenberg’s Correspondence with Alma Mahler documents a modern music friendship beginning in fin-de-siécle Vienna and ending in 1950s Los Angeles. The correspondence is edited and translated by Keathley and Marilyn L. McCoy, with commentaries by Keathley.
This volume is the first English-language edition of the complete extant correspondence in new English translations from the original German, many from new transcriptions of handwritten originals, and it is the first English-language book of Schoenberg’s correspondence with a female associate. These often quite candid letters afford readers a fascinating glimpse into the personalities, ideologies, institutions, protocols, and aesthetics of early twentieth-century European music culture.
The book was made possible by a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, with support from UNCG, including a one-semester research assignment from the College of Visual and Performing Arts, a Faculty First summer excellence grant, and a publication subvention from the Office of Research and Engagement.