Viennese musician and teacher Heinrich Schenker (1868-1935), the twentieth
century's leading theorist of tonal music, produced a series of innovative
studies and editions between 1903 and 1935, while exerting a powerful and
sustained influence, directly and through his pupils, on the teaching of music
from the 1930s onward in the USA, and since the 1970s in Europe and elsewhere.
Schenker maintained a vigorous correspondence over nearly half a century, kept a
meticulously detailed diary over 40 years, and recorded precise notes on lessons
that he gave over a period of twenty years. It is these three collections of
personal documents that constitute the core of Schenker Documents
Schenker Documents and this Edition
Schenker left behind approximately 130,000 manuscript and typescript leaves
comprising unpublished works, preparatory materials, and personal documents,
preserved in two dedicated archives, numerous libraries, and private possession.
(See "Major Collections.") The archived papers of several other
scholars, among them Guido Adler, Oswald Jonas, Moriz Violin, and Arnold
Schoenberg, also preserve correspondence and other documents relating to Schenker and
Schenker Documents Online offers a scholarly edition of this material based not on facsimiles but on
near-diplomatic transcriptions of the original texts, together with English
translations, explanatory footnotes, summaries, and contextual material relating the texts to Schenker's personal
development and that of his correspondents.