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Handwritten letter from Schenker to Jonas, dated October 16, 1934

16.10.34

Geehrter, lieber Herr Dr Jonas!

Bei den letzten Begegnungen mit dem Ehepaar H.1 u. in der Stunde vernahm ich Äußerungen, die ich sogleich als Ankundigung eines Bruches empfand, sie standen plötzlich in vollem Gegensatz zu den früheren zustimmenden, sehr lobenden, ja entzückten. Kein Zweifel, das Geld hat die Hauptrolle gespielt: Sie sind nun das 8te Opfer dieser Geldtollwut binnen wenigen Jahren!

{2} Nun ist ein Neues im Züge, wohin es führt, ob Frau H., ob H[err] H. dirigiert, ich weiß es noch selbst nicht: es geht um eine Archiv-Ztsch, (einen Plan? oder nur ein Phantom?) Wissen Sie vielleicht, was H. mit den 200 Ex. Ihres Buches macht, die er bestellt hat?

Auch Prof. Haas|2 hat sich gestern nach Wolf3 erkundigt: 2 Reichsdeutsche sind schon zu uns gekommen, unserseits sind einige reichsdeutsche Studenten relegiert von uns abgelehnt worden, da dann nach D. zuruckgegangen sind. Meinen Sie, daß W. wieder {3} nach Wien findet?

Druck u. Stich des “fr. S”4 gehen fort.

Es wird Sie freuen zu hören, daß laut einer mir auf dem weiten Umwege über Chile zugekommenen Mitteilung mein Name auch in die spanische Encyclopedia universale (Madrid)5 aufgenommen wurde. Könnte so mit den Lexicons nur auch die Lehre mitgaloppieren!

Zuckerkandl6 scheint sich in der Sonn- u. Montagsztg einen Platz gemacht zu haben. Breisach|7 hat mich auch {4} besucht.

Von Cube|8 hatte ich einen sehr langen Bf (auch mit einer neuen Theorie, die er, wie ich glaube, geometrisch ausdrückt, die ich ebendaher gar nicht verstehe). Von Weisse|9 liegt ebenfalls ein sehr langer u. sehr erfreulicher Bf vor.

Herzlichste Grüße u. Wünsche von uns Beiden

Ihr
[ sign’d: ] H Schenker

© In the public domain
© Transcription John Rothgeb 2006.

Handwritten letter from Schenker to Jonas, dated October 16, 1934

October 16, 1934

Dear Dr. Jonas,

In the last encounters with the Hoboken1 couple and in the lesson I heard utterances that I immediately sensed as the indication of a break; they stood abruptly in complete contrast to the earlier remarks of approval, praise, even delight. Money no doubt played the chief rôle: you are now the eighth victim of this money-madness within a few years’ time.

{2} Now something new is afoot; where it will lead, whether Mrs. H. or Mr. H. is the leader, I still don’t know myself. It has to do with an Archive-journal (a plan? or only a delusion?). Do you by chance know what H. intends to do with the 200 copies of your book that he has ordered?

Prof. Haas2 as well asked yesterday after Wolf3: two Reich-Germans have already come to us, several Reich-German students have been turned away by us, who then returned to Germany. Do you think that W. will find his way {3} back to Vienna?

Printing and engraving of Free Composition|4 are proceeding.

You will be pleased to hear that, according to a message that reached me via the long detour through Chile, my name is also included in the Spanish Encyclopedia universale (Madrid).5 If only the theory could gallop along with the lexicons!

Zuckerkandl6 seems to have made himself a place in the Sunday and Monday papers. Breisach7 too has {4} visited me.

I had a very long letter from Cube8 (including a new theory, which he has, I believe, expressed geometrically, and which, for that reason, I do not understand at all). There is also a very long and very gratifying letter from Weisse.9

Warmest greetings and wishes from us both.

Yours,
[ sign’d: ] H. Schenker

© Translation John Rothgeb, 2006.

COMMENTARY:
Format: 4p letter, oblong format, holograph message and signature
Sender address: --
Recipient address: --

FOOTNOTES:

1 Click on Anthony van Hoboken. Re “Archiv-Zeitschrift”, click on Photogrammarchiv. The journal plan seems not to have materialized.

2 Robert Haas, Director of the Music Division of the Austrian National Library; also member of the curatorial board of the Photogrammarchiv from 1927, with Schenker and van Hoboken. Cf. OJ 5/18, 57, September 28, 1934.

3 Click on Hans Wolf.

4 Schenker, Neue musikalische Theorien und Phantasien III = Der freie Satz.

5 The Enciclopedia universale ilustrada europeo-americana, the largest of its kind in the world, was published in 70 numbered volumes between 1908 and 1930. The entry “Schenker (Enrique)” in vol. 54 (1927), p. 972, describes him as a “compositor y musicógrafo austriaco contemporáneo” and credits him as much for his compositions (“diversas obras para piano, estudios, fantasias, unas Danzas sirias y melodías vocales”) as for his writings, of which only some of the earlier volumes are listed: “Ensayo sobre la novena sinfonía, Kontrapunkt, Harmonielehre y[sic] Neue Musikalische Theorien und Phantasien.” (William Drabkin)

6 Viktor Zuckerkandl [create biogfile and link].

7 Click on Paul Breisach.

8 Click on Felix Eberhard von Cube. Reference is to Cube’s five-page letter, OJ 9/43, [42], October 4, 1934 [insert link].

9 Click on Hans Weisse.

SUMMARY:
S cautions J that he detects "something afoot" with Hoboken and his wife. —Mentions Hans Wolf's reentry problems and reports on German students coming to him. —S has been included in Spanish Enciclopedia universale. —Reports on Zuckerkandl, Breisach, von Cube, and Weisse.

© Commentary, Footnotes, Summary John Rothgeb 2006.

Rothgeb, John
Schenker, Heinrich
DE
Cambridge University Faculty of Music–Ian Bent
Schenker, Heinrich; Jonas, Oswald; Hoboken, Anthony van; wife; Photogramm-archiv; journal; Haas, Robert; Wolf, Hans; German students; Der freie Satz; Free Composition; Chile; Enciclopedia universale; Madrid; Zuckerkandl, Victor; Breisach, Paul; Cube Felix-Eberhard von; Weisse, Hans
Handwritten letter from Schenker to Jonas, dated October 16, 1934
OJ 5/18, 59
1934-10-16
2006-10-02
Jonas
This document is deemed to be in the public domain as of January 1, 2006. Any claim to intellectual rights should be addressed to the Schenker Correspondence Project, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, at [email protected].
Oswald Jonas (1934-1978)—Special Collections, University of California, Riverside (1978-)
IPR: In the public domain; Image: Special Collections, University of California, Riverside; Transcription, Translation, Commentary, Footnotes, and Summary: John Rothgeb.
Vienna
1934

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