{recto}
[All in a decorated rule-frame]

[Absender:] H Schenker
III., Reisnerstr. 38

[An:] H. Prof. M. Violin
XIV. Sechshauserstr 126

[postmark:] || 1/1 WIEN 49 | 5. XI. 09‒4 | R ||

{verso}

Fl! 1

Ich wollte es vor G. 2 nicht sagen: Es würde dir Alles nur weisgemacht. Denn in Wahrheit handelt es sich noch immer um den Wahn, in „moderner Richtung“ Fortschritte zu erzielen: die Esel sind noch immer vom Epigonentum eines Brahms u. [von] der Fortschritt[s]kunst eines Zeml. überzeugt. Das allein ist des Pudels Kern! Nur zu! Sie werden auch diese Sache einmal verstehen, es wird aber zu spät sein für die kommenden Talente. Morgen mehr.


Dein
[signed:] H.

5. 11. 09

© Transcription Ian Bent, 2018

{recto}
[All in a decorated rule-frame]

[From:] H. Schenker
[Vienna] III, Reisnerstraße 38

[To:] Prof. M. Violin
[Vienna] XIV, Sechshauserstraße 126

[postmark:] || 1/1 VIENNA 49 | 5. XI. 09‒4 | R ||

{verso}

Floriz, 1

I didn't want to say it in front of G.: 2 it would only have made you believe everything. For in truth it remains a question of the delusion of making progress "in the direction of modernity." The fools are for ever convinced by the epigonism of a Brahms and the progress-art of a Zemlinsky. That alone is the crux of the matter! More power to you! They will one day understand even this, but [by then] it will be too late for the talented ones of the future. More tomorrow.


Your
[signed:] H.

November 5, 1909

© Translation Ian Bent, 2018

{recto}
[All in a decorated rule-frame]

[Absender:] H Schenker
III., Reisnerstr. 38

[An:] H. Prof. M. Violin
XIV. Sechshauserstr 126

[postmark:] || 1/1 WIEN 49 | 5. XI. 09‒4 | R ||

{verso}

Fl! 1

Ich wollte es vor G. 2 nicht sagen: Es würde dir Alles nur weisgemacht. Denn in Wahrheit handelt es sich noch immer um den Wahn, in „moderner Richtung“ Fortschritte zu erzielen: die Esel sind noch immer vom Epigonentum eines Brahms u. [von] der Fortschritt[s]kunst eines Zeml. überzeugt. Das allein ist des Pudels Kern! Nur zu! Sie werden auch diese Sache einmal verstehen, es wird aber zu spät sein für die kommenden Talente. Morgen mehr.


Dein
[signed:] H.

5. 11. 09

© Transcription Ian Bent, 2018

{recto}
[All in a decorated rule-frame]

[From:] H. Schenker
[Vienna] III, Reisnerstraße 38

[To:] Prof. M. Violin
[Vienna] XIV, Sechshauserstraße 126

[postmark:] || 1/1 VIENNA 49 | 5. XI. 09‒4 | R ||

{verso}

Floriz, 1

I didn't want to say it in front of G.: 2 it would only have made you believe everything. For in truth it remains a question of the delusion of making progress "in the direction of modernity." The fools are for ever convinced by the epigonism of a Brahms and the progress-art of a Zemlinsky. That alone is the crux of the matter! More power to you! They will one day understand even this, but [by then] it will be too late for the talented ones of the future. More tomorrow.


Your
[signed:] H.

November 5, 1909

© Translation Ian Bent, 2018

Footnotes

1 Writing of this postcard is not recorded in Schenker's diary. No letters or postcards from Moriz Violin to Schenker from 1909 survive.

2 G.: identity unknown, but one possibility is the bass singer Eduard Gärtner, who was active in performance with Schenker between 1900 and 1911.

Commentary

Format
printed postcard, holograph sender and recipient addresses recto; holograph salutation, message, valediction, and signature verso
Provenance
Violin, Moriz (document date-1956)--Heirs of Moriz Violin (1956-195?)--University of California, Riverside (195?--)
Rights Holder
Heirs of Henrich 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 Correspondence Project, Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge, at schenkercorrespondence[at]mus[dot]cam[dot]ac[dot]uk

Digital version created: 2018-05-23
Last updated: 2010-02-10