Sabine Feisst

Arizona State University
Professor of Music, School of Music
Tempe, Arizona

Sabine Feisst is professor of Music (School of Music), Senior Sustainability Scholar (Global Institute of Sustainability), and Faculty Honors adviser (Barrett Honors College). She holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from the Free University of Berlin, a master’s degree in French Literature from the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University (Frankfurt/Main) and a master’s degree in Music Education from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst (Frankfurt am Main). She served on the faculty at Bard College and the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests focus on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries, including the music of Arnold Schoenberg, exile studies, improvisation, experimental music, film music and eco-criticism.

Feisst’s publications include the books Schoenberg’s New World: The American Years(Oxford University Press 2011) and Der Begriff “Improvisation” in der neuen Musik (The Idea of Improvisation in New Music, Studio Verlag 1997). Her Schoenberg monograph won the prestigious Irving Lowens Book Award of the Society for American Music and was called “a pioneering work of revisionist scholarship.” Her volume on improvisation was praised as “an invaluable addition to the music history literature on experimental music.” Feisst authored nearly 40 book chapters and articles in such journals as Archiv für MusikwissenschaftThe Musical QuarterlyJournal of the Arnold Schönberg Center. She contributed 35 encyclopedia entries to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians IIThe New Grove Dictionary of American Music II, and Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, among other reference works. She wrote book reviews forNotesAmerican MusicJournal of the Society for American Music, and The Journal of Musicological Research; CD and DVD liner notes for Mode, New World, Stradivarius, and Music and Arts as well as program notes for concerts in Europe and the United States. She translated hundreds of texts on music into English, German, and French for publication in books, journals and CD booklets.
Feisst is currently preparing a monograph on music and ecology, editing the Oxford Handbook of Ecomusicology; and, with Denise Von Glahn, she is co-editing the book series “Music, Nature, Place” for Indiana University Press. She is also working on a volume of Schoenberg’s correspondence with American composers and, in collaboration with Ethan Haimo, she just finalized a volume with early Schoenberg correspondence for the nine-volume set Schoenberg in Words that she is co-editing with Severine Neff for Oxford University Press.