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Correspondenz-Karte.

An: Herrn Dr. Heinrich Schenker
Tonkünstler
in Wien III
Reisnerstr. 38

[postmark:] || 10. 1. 02 | 1/1 WIEN | 11-12 N | f ||
[postmark:] || WIEN 3/3 | 49 | BESTELLT | 11.1.02 | 8-10V ||

{verso}

10/1 1902 Saal Bösendorfer (Böhm[ischer] Streichqu[artett])

In Eile! 1



Schätzbarstes Über-Meisterlein!

Weil wir gerade von Bach sprechen: ich habe (sogar, nicht „nur“, wie Sie geringschätzend schreiben!) die 1. Auflage vom Ph. Emanuelchen . 2 Mit dieser ist Ihnen aber geliebter Bruder in Johann Sebastian , der Sie immer blos nach dem Neuesten gehen, nicht gedient? Somit bleibt Ihnen nur die Hofbibliothek. (Ist die III. Aufl., die von und durch Schilling corumpirte 3 ?). — B.’s Cantaten [cued from lower margin:] ungefähr ein Dutzend[end cue] besitze ich blos in Clavierauszügen. Die stehen Ihnen natürlich zur Verfügung. Dafür kann ich Ihnen die Partitur einer Symphonie von Bach (Otto!) 4 und der „schönen Helena“ von O. F. N. Bach 5 borgen. — Doch nur nichts mehr von – verzeihen Sie das feste Wort – [music notation: BACH]


Herzlichen Gruss von Ihrem musikalischen
Glaubensgenossen
[signed:] Robt.

© Transcription Martin Eybl, 2007

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Postcard

To: Dr. Heinrich Schenker
Musician
in Vienna III
Reisnerstraße 38

[postmark:] || 10. 1. 02 | 1/1 VIENNA | 11-12 p.m. | f ||
[postmark:] || VIENNA 3/3 | 49 | DELIVERED | 11.1.02 | 8-10 a.m. ||

{verso}

January 10, 1902 Bösendorfer-Saal (Bohemian String Quartet)

In haste! 1



Most highly estimable supreme little master,

While we are on the subject of Bach: I (even, not "only," as you disparagingly write!) have the first edition of the little C. P. E. Bach work. 2 Is this, however, of no use to you, beloved brother in Johann Sebastian, who goes always only for the very latest things? In that case, the Court Library is your only recourse. (Is the third edition the one that is corrupted by and through Schilling 3 ?). — I possess Bach cantatas [cued from lower margin:] around a dozen[end cue] only in keyboard reductions. They are, of course, at your disposal. Alternatively, I can lend you the score of a symphony by Bach (Otto!) 4 and the Belle Hélène of O. F. N. Bach. 5 — That is all from ‒ forgive the enduring word ‒ [music notation: BACH].


Cordial greetings from your musical
co-religionist,
[signed:] Robert

© Translation Ian Bent, 2008

{recto}

Correspondenz-Karte.

An: Herrn Dr. Heinrich Schenker
Tonkünstler
in Wien III
Reisnerstr. 38

[postmark:] || 10. 1. 02 | 1/1 WIEN | 11-12 N | f ||
[postmark:] || WIEN 3/3 | 49 | BESTELLT | 11.1.02 | 8-10V ||

{verso}

10/1 1902 Saal Bösendorfer (Böhm[ischer] Streichqu[artett])

In Eile! 1



Schätzbarstes Über-Meisterlein!

Weil wir gerade von Bach sprechen: ich habe (sogar, nicht „nur“, wie Sie geringschätzend schreiben!) die 1. Auflage vom Ph. Emanuelchen . 2 Mit dieser ist Ihnen aber geliebter Bruder in Johann Sebastian , der Sie immer blos nach dem Neuesten gehen, nicht gedient? Somit bleibt Ihnen nur die Hofbibliothek. (Ist die III. Aufl., die von und durch Schilling corumpirte 3 ?). — B.’s Cantaten [cued from lower margin:] ungefähr ein Dutzend[end cue] besitze ich blos in Clavierauszügen. Die stehen Ihnen natürlich zur Verfügung. Dafür kann ich Ihnen die Partitur einer Symphonie von Bach (Otto!) 4 und der „schönen Helena“ von O. F. N. Bach 5 borgen. — Doch nur nichts mehr von – verzeihen Sie das feste Wort – [music notation: BACH]


Herzlichen Gruss von Ihrem musikalischen
Glaubensgenossen
[signed:] Robt.

© Transcription Martin Eybl, 2007

{recto}

Postcard

To: Dr. Heinrich Schenker
Musician
in Vienna III
Reisnerstraße 38

[postmark:] || 10. 1. 02 | 1/1 VIENNA | 11-12 p.m. | f ||
[postmark:] || VIENNA 3/3 | 49 | DELIVERED | 11.1.02 | 8-10 a.m. ||

{verso}

January 10, 1902 Bösendorfer-Saal (Bohemian String Quartet)

In haste! 1



Most highly estimable supreme little master,

While we are on the subject of Bach: I (even, not "only," as you disparagingly write!) have the first edition of the little C. P. E. Bach work. 2 Is this, however, of no use to you, beloved brother in Johann Sebastian, who goes always only for the very latest things? In that case, the Court Library is your only recourse. (Is the third edition the one that is corrupted by and through Schilling 3 ?). — I possess Bach cantatas [cued from lower margin:] around a dozen[end cue] only in keyboard reductions. They are, of course, at your disposal. Alternatively, I can lend you the score of a symphony by Bach (Otto!) 4 and the Belle Hélène of O. F. N. Bach. 5 — That is all from ‒ forgive the enduring word ‒ [music notation: BACH].


Cordial greetings from your musical
co-religionist,
[signed:] Robert

© Translation Ian Bent, 2008

Footnotes

1 Richard Robert penned this postcard during a concert by the Bohemian String Quartet in the Bösendorfer-Saal in Vienna.

2 Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Versuch über die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen, 2 vols (Berlin: Christian Friedrich Henning, 1753; Berlin: George Ludewig Winter, 1762).

3 "corrupted": Robert is referring to the fourth or fifth edition: Versuch über die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen. Im Gewande und nach den Bedürfnissen unserer Zeit neu herausgegeben von Gustav Schilling. Zwei Theile in Einem Band. (Des Originals vierte Auflage) (Herzberg: Mohr, 1852). The fifth edition, likewise entrusted to Schilling, was in Schenker's personal library (see Musik und Theater enthaltend die Bibliothek des Herrn Dr. Heinrich Schenker, Wien (Vienna: Heinrich Hinterberger, [1936]), item 8. Schenker was trying to get hold of the third edition of Part I (Leipzig: Schwickert, 1787), apparently in connection with his critical edition of keyboard works by C. P. E. Bach (Vienna: UE, 1902). The manuscript of the musical text was complete by the end of 1901 (see OC 52/387, December 28, 1901), and Schenker evidently worked on the Introduction at the beginning of 1902, but this was published separately as Ein Beitrag zur Ornamentik in 1903 (regarding the change in form of publication, see OC 52/380, July 15, 1902).

4 The composer Otto Bach (1833–93), who had been Director of the Mozarteum and Kapellmeister at the cathedral in Salzburg since 1868, and from 1880 at the Votivkirche in Vienna, wrote, in addition to church music and opera, four symphonies (Oesterreichisches Musiklexikon vol. 1, Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 2002, 92–93).

5 Jacques Offenbach's operetta La belle Hélène (1864).

Commentary

Format
printed postcard, holograph recipient address recto, holograph sender address, salutations, message and signature, with musical notation, verso
Provenance
Schenker, Heinrich (document date-1935)--Schenker, Jeanette (1935-c.1942)--Ratz, Erwin (c.1942-c.1945)--Jonas, Oswald (c.1945-1978)--University of California, Riverside (1978--)
Rights Holder
Heirs of Richard Robert, deemed to be in the public domain
License
All reasonable steps have been taken to locate the heirs of Richard Robert. Any claim to intellectual rights on this document should be addressed to the Schenker Documents Online, at schenkercorrespondence (at) mus (dot) camc (dot) uk

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