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Schenker's Letters in New Edition

Published: 16 October 2014

Southampton's Professor Emeritus, William Drabkin, and Lecturer in Music David Bretherton, are among the co-editors of a newly published volume of the correspondence of Heinrich Schenker (1868–1935), widely regarded as the greatest music theorist of the twentieth century. Co-edited with Ian Bent, the book is a product of the AHRC-supported "Schenker Documents Online" project (University of Southampton, 2011–2014).

Heinrich Schenker: Selected Correspondence, published by Boydell Press, comprises an extensively annotated selection of letters written by or to Schenker, with linking passages from his diaries. The correspondents include publishers, performers (e.g. Eugen d'Albert, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Paul von Klenau), composers (Ferrucio Busoni, Arnold Schoenberg, Paul Hindemith), musicologists (Guido Adler, Otto Erich Deutsch, Alfred Einstein, Anthony van Hoboken), educators (J. P. Dunn), pupils (Hans Weisse, F.-E. von Cube), and friends. They reveal numerous aspects of Schenker's multi-faceted career, his place in the Viennese musical world, and the influence he exerted in his lifetime in Austria, Germany, and further afield.

The 450 letters offered here have been translated and annotated by a team of twelve internationally renowned scholars based in the UK, the USA, Austria, and Germany. The letters are presented by topic and theme, and the 544 pages of text are supplemented by 16 pages of plates, which give sample images of handwriting, drawings and photographs of correspondents, cartoons, and a title-page from one of Schenker¹s published compositions.

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