The book explores in detail Arnold Schoenberg’s Opus 15,
Das Buch der hängenden Gärten, from the perspective of the singer. Schoenberg’s essay
Relationship to the Text is examined in light of the extant sketches and drafts of Opus 15 in the Schoenberg Center in Vienna,
fin de siècle performance practice, and psychologist Julius Bahle’s interview with Schoenberg regarding his compositional process. The author presents Schoenberg’s evolving view of the singer through existing correspondence and comparison to entries in his
Berliner Tagebuch and considers reviews of the first public performances in Germany, Vienna and the USA. An interpretive pedagogical survey of the work is conducted, Stefan George’s poetry analysed and five recordings by major artists are reviewed and critically compared.
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. XII, 210 pp., num. ill. and examples of notes
Contents: Schoenberg’s Opus 15 – Poems by Stefan George with translations – Analysis from the singer’s perspective – Pedagogical
survey – Schoenberg’s view of singers – Correspondence – Reviews of the first public performances – Changing performance practices
during 20th century – Interview with Schoenberg by psychologist Julius Bahle.