Sabine Feisst, professor of musicology in the School of Music, has received continued accolades for her book "Schoenberg's New World: The American Years," which was published by Oxford University Press in 2011. In April of this year, Feisst was awarded one of the university's Defining Edge Research in Humanities and Literary Work Faculty Achievement Awards from President Michael Crow for her work on the Schoenberg biography.
Prior to that, the volume earned Feisst the prestigious Irving Lowens Book Award from the Society for American Music, along with a PAYS publication subsidy from the American Musicological Society in 2011.Since then, "Schoenberg's New World" has received more than 20 favorable reviews from numerous prestigious publications, including the American Musicological Society, Arts Journal, Classical Music Magazine, The Jewish Daily Forward and Forbidden Music.
The book was also featured on the BBC radio program Music Matters. "The thoroughness and insight that she brings to this [work] makes "Schoenberg's New World" an invaluable and engaging source of information for Schoenberg specialists, Americanists, film music scholars, and anyone with an interest in the history and development of Southern California's rich musical community during the second quarter of the twentieth century," said Gordon Root in American Music (Vol. 31).