{recto}
[printed:] Postkarte
[top-left, picture captioned: Wien-Karlskirche]
[Absender:] Schenker
Galtür, Tirol

[An:] H
Prof Felix v. Cube
Duisburg (Rhld)
Pulverweg
41
[postmark:] || GALTÜR | -7.VII.[illeg] | [illeg] ||
[for continuation of message from verso, see below]
{verso}


Lieber Herr Prof v. Cube ! 1

H. Voß 2 schrieb mir, ich gab ihm meine Hausordnung bekannt u. erbat einer Verständig[ung] bis letzter Juniwoche. Mit einer kleinen Verspätung langte seine Antwort ein, worin er noch einmal auf seine idée fixe: „Kurse“ zurückkam, er wolle aber zuguterletzt bei mir die Studien vervollkommnen. Ich riet ihm ab – er erbat von mir „Vorschläge“ u. „umgehende Antwort“ – u. meinte, er solle doch nicht, da er nun einmal sich an mich gewandt hat, nicht erst auf Umwegen[?] kommen, schade wäre es um seine Zeit, u. nun[?] bat ich um eine umgehende Antwort. Diese ist nun H. Voss sonderbarerweise überhaupt schuldig geblieben, nicht einmal dankte er für den erbetenen Brief. Sie sollen davon wissen, damit Sie etwaige anderslaufende[?] {recto} Aussagen beurteilen können. 3

Fertiggestellt ist für 1930 eine mittelgroße Monographie über die „ Eroica “ – endlich türmt sich der „ freie Satz “ auf. 4


Mit besten Wünschen für den Sommer (wo?) von uns Beiden
Ihr
[signed:] H Schenker
6.7.29

© Transcription William Drabkin, 2006

{recto}
[printed:] Postcard
[top-left, picture captioned: Wien-Karlskirche]
[Sender:] Schenker
Galtür, Tirol

[To:] Mr.
Prof. Felix v. Cube
Duisburg (Rhineland)
Pulverweg
41
[postmark:] || GALTÜR | -7.VII.[illeg] | [illeg] ||
[for continuation of message from verso, see below]
{verso}


Dear Professor von Cube, 1

Mr. Voß 2 wrote to me; I made him acquainted with my ground rules and asked him to make a decision by the last week of June. After a short delay his reply arrived, in which he returned once more to his idéee fixe of "courses"; but said that he wanted, after all, to perfect his studies with me. I advised against it – he requested of me "suggestions" and "immediate reply" – and thought that he should not after all, as he did in fact turn to me, not come first indirectly, it would be a waste of his time, and now it was I who asked for an immediate reply. This is something that Mr. Voss, strangely enough, is still owing; he did not even thank me for the letter he asked of me. You ought to know about this, so that you can be in a position {recto} to judge statements that run in a different direction[?]. 3

For 1930 I have completed a medium-size monograph on the " Eroica "; finally Der freie Satz looms up before me. 4


With best wishes for the summer (where?) from the two of us,
Yours,
[signed:] H. Schenker
July 6, 1929

© Translation William Drabkin, 2006

{recto}
[printed:] Postkarte
[top-left, picture captioned: Wien-Karlskirche]
[Absender:] Schenker
Galtür, Tirol

[An:] H
Prof Felix v. Cube
Duisburg (Rhld)
Pulverweg
41
[postmark:] || GALTÜR | -7.VII.[illeg] | [illeg] ||
[for continuation of message from verso, see below]
{verso}


Lieber Herr Prof v. Cube ! 1

H. Voß 2 schrieb mir, ich gab ihm meine Hausordnung bekannt u. erbat einer Verständig[ung] bis letzter Juniwoche. Mit einer kleinen Verspätung langte seine Antwort ein, worin er noch einmal auf seine idée fixe: „Kurse“ zurückkam, er wolle aber zuguterletzt bei mir die Studien vervollkommnen. Ich riet ihm ab – er erbat von mir „Vorschläge“ u. „umgehende Antwort“ – u. meinte, er solle doch nicht, da er nun einmal sich an mich gewandt hat, nicht erst auf Umwegen[?] kommen, schade wäre es um seine Zeit, u. nun[?] bat ich um eine umgehende Antwort. Diese ist nun H. Voss sonderbarerweise überhaupt schuldig geblieben, nicht einmal dankte er für den erbetenen Brief. Sie sollen davon wissen, damit Sie etwaige anderslaufende[?] {recto} Aussagen beurteilen können. 3

Fertiggestellt ist für 1930 eine mittelgroße Monographie über die „ Eroica “ – endlich türmt sich der „ freie Satz “ auf. 4


Mit besten Wünschen für den Sommer (wo?) von uns Beiden
Ihr
[signed:] H Schenker
6.7.29

© Transcription William Drabkin, 2006

{recto}
[printed:] Postcard
[top-left, picture captioned: Wien-Karlskirche]
[Sender:] Schenker
Galtür, Tirol

[To:] Mr.
Prof. Felix v. Cube
Duisburg (Rhineland)
Pulverweg
41
[postmark:] || GALTÜR | -7.VII.[illeg] | [illeg] ||
[for continuation of message from verso, see below]
{verso}


Dear Professor von Cube, 1

Mr. Voß 2 wrote to me; I made him acquainted with my ground rules and asked him to make a decision by the last week of June. After a short delay his reply arrived, in which he returned once more to his idéee fixe of "courses"; but said that he wanted, after all, to perfect his studies with me. I advised against it – he requested of me "suggestions" and "immediate reply" – and thought that he should not after all, as he did in fact turn to me, not come first indirectly, it would be a waste of his time, and now it was I who asked for an immediate reply. This is something that Mr. Voss, strangely enough, is still owing; he did not even thank me for the letter he asked of me. You ought to know about this, so that you can be in a position {recto} to judge statements that run in a different direction[?]. 3

For 1930 I have completed a medium-size monograph on the " Eroica "; finally Der freie Satz looms up before me. 4


With best wishes for the summer (where?) from the two of us,
Yours,
[signed:] H. Schenker
July 6, 1929

© Translation William Drabkin, 2006

Footnotes

1 Writing of this postcard is recorded in Schenker's diary at OJ 4/2, p. 3351, July 5, 1929: "An v. Cube (K.): Voß habe schließlich nicht geantwortet." (To von Cube (postcard): in the end, Voß did not reply.").

2 Erich Voss: see OJ 9/34, [18], May 14, 1929; OJ 5/7a, [23], May 15; OJ 5/7a, [25], July 14; OJ 9/34, [19], July 18, 1929. Voss does not appear in Schenker's Lesson Books.

3 anders laufende [läutende?]: The last sentence is difficult to read, and to interpret. Schenker is evidently annoyed that a recommendation by Cube has caused him so much vexation, but he tempers his feelings by alerting Cube to the possibility that he himself, may encounter similar difficulties with prospective pupils.

4 Schenker entertained hopes of placing his analysis of Beethoven's "Eroica" Symphony with a major music publishing house in Germany; in the end, it was published by Drei Masken-Verlag in Munich as the third and final volume of the series Das Meisterwerk in der Musik (1930). His last work, Der freie Satz, had been an ongoing project for some time; as his theories continued to develop in the 1920s, it became increasingly hard for him to set it down in a definitive form.

Commentary

Format
printed picture postcard, holograph addresses, message-continuation and signature recto, holograph message-beginning verso
Provenance
Felix-Eberhard von Cube (document date--????) -- photocopies: W.M.Drabkin (1985-2011) -- Oswald Jonas Memorial Collection (2011-)
Rights Holder
Heirs of Heinrich Schenker, deemed to be in the public domain
License
All reasonable steps have been taken to locate the heirs of Heinrich Schenker. Any claim to intellectual rights on this document should be addressed to the Schenker Documents Online, at schenkercorrespondence [at] mus (dot) cam (dot) ac (dot) uk

Digital version created: 2006-08-29
Last updated: 2011-08-09