"With his setting of Stefan George’s portentous poetic text "Ich fühle Luft von anderem Planeten"" (""I feel the air of another planet"") in the Second String Quartet Op. 10 (1908) Arnold Schoenberg proclaimed the arrival of a new kind of music for the twentieth century. Pendragon Press marks the centenary of this epochal masterpiece with the publication of a wide-ranging collection of essays on Schoenberg’s chamber works and the man behind the music.
James K. Wright: James Wright, a music theorist, composer, and pianist, is Associate Professor of music theory and composition, and Supervisor of Performance Studies, at Carleton University, Ottawa. His primary research areas encompass Schoenberg, Wittgenstein studies, music philosophy, aesthetics, music perception, post-tonal theory and analysis, and Glenn Gould. In 2002 he was awarded a Governor-General's Gold Medal by McGill University, the first time in the university’s history that this distinction was conferred upon a musicologist. In 2006 he received a Lewis Lockwood Award from the American Musicological Society for his first book, Schoenberg, Wittgenstein, and the Vienna Circle. Dr. Wright is also widely known as a composer of choral music whose works have been commissioned, performed, and recorded by choirs throughout North America.