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
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
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comprising unpublished works, preparatory materials, and personal documents,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.