Schenker Documents Online

Schenker Documents Online

  • Letter from Schenker to Otto Erich Deutsch, May 15, 1930 (OJ 5/9, [3])

  • Page of Schenker's diary, late January and early February 1907

  • Page of Schenker's lessonbook for 1923/24

Letter

This single-page letter - a note rather than a letter, perhaps - offers some opinions and analytical thoughts on materials that O.E. Deutsch had sent him six weeks earlier.

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Diary

This diary page, p. 33, includes a notorious passage: his outspoken reaction to Schoenberg's first string quartet.

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Lessonbook

This is p. 14 of the 1923/24 lessonbook. It records part of the series of lessons of Hans Weisse, covering April 1 to June 3, 1924.

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Heinrich Schenker

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 Online.

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Schenker left behind approximately 130,000 manuscript and typescript leaves comprising unpublished works, preparatory materials, and personal documents, preserved in two dedicated archives, numerous libraries, and private possession.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 his circle.

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.

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!! TENTH ANNIVERSARY !!

  • SDO just passed its tenth anniversary! The first letter went up on June 12, 2004
  • It was coded in a blogging software called MovableType on a site set up for the project by Maurice Matiz of Columbia University in New York. Over the next five years some 1,200 documents were encoded on the site.
  • It was on that platform that the familiar parallel German-English format was devised, the clever “sender~recipient” tagging system created, and the internal dictionary of profiles established.
  • Since then, external funding has enabled SDO to create its new, XML-encoded searchable website, and post many more correspondence items; and, with the collaboration of the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, to incorporate Schenker’s diaries from 1918 to 1930. — For more information, see our blog post.
  • To all our contributors and developers: Happy Tenth Anniversary!