BEETHOVEN-ZENTENARFEIER
UNTER DEM EHRENSCHUTZ DES
HERRN BUNDESPRÄSIDENTEN DR. MICHAEL HAINISCH
26. BIS 30. MÄRZ 1927

ADRESSE: BÜNDESMINISTERIUM FÜR UNTERRICHT
(BEETHOVEN-ZENTENARFEIER)
WIEN I., MINORITENPLATZ 5

Wien, am 28.1.1927.


Sehr geehrter Herr Doktor! 1

Ich erlaube mir, Sie zu fragen und einzuladen, ob Sie nicht ein Referat in der Beethovensektion des Kongresses erstatten wollen. Ich würde nur ungern Ihren Namen und Ihre Persönlichkeit in der Reihe der Vortragenden missen. 2 Anbei Programm und Mitteilung. 3


Hochachtungsvoll:
[signed:] Guido Adler

© Transcription Kevin Karnes, 2008


BEETHOVEN CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
UNDER THE HONORARY DIRECTION OF
FEDERAL PRESIDENT DR. MICHAEL HAINISCH
MARCH 26–30, 1927

ADDRESS: FEDERAL MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
(BEETHOVEN CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION)
VIENNA I, MINORITENPLATZ 5

Vienna, January 28, 1927


Dear Dr. [Schenker], 1

Permit me to inquire whether you would like to give a lecture in the Beethoven section of the conference and to invite you to do so if wish. I would not want to see your name and person missing from the list of lecturers. 2 Enclosed is the program and announcement. 3


With kind regards,
[signed:] Guido Adler

© Translation Kevin Karnes, 2008


BEETHOVEN-ZENTENARFEIER
UNTER DEM EHRENSCHUTZ DES
HERRN BUNDESPRÄSIDENTEN DR. MICHAEL HAINISCH
26. BIS 30. MÄRZ 1927

ADRESSE: BÜNDESMINISTERIUM FÜR UNTERRICHT
(BEETHOVEN-ZENTENARFEIER)
WIEN I., MINORITENPLATZ 5

Wien, am 28.1.1927.


Sehr geehrter Herr Doktor! 1

Ich erlaube mir, Sie zu fragen und einzuladen, ob Sie nicht ein Referat in der Beethovensektion des Kongresses erstatten wollen. Ich würde nur ungern Ihren Namen und Ihre Persönlichkeit in der Reihe der Vortragenden missen. 2 Anbei Programm und Mitteilung. 3


Hochachtungsvoll:
[signed:] Guido Adler

© Transcription Kevin Karnes, 2008


BEETHOVEN CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
UNDER THE HONORARY DIRECTION OF
FEDERAL PRESIDENT DR. MICHAEL HAINISCH
MARCH 26–30, 1927

ADDRESS: FEDERAL MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
(BEETHOVEN CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION)
VIENNA I, MINORITENPLATZ 5

Vienna, January 28, 1927


Dear Dr. [Schenker], 1

Permit me to inquire whether you would like to give a lecture in the Beethoven section of the conference and to invite you to do so if wish. I would not want to see your name and person missing from the list of lecturers. 2 Enclosed is the program and announcement. 3


With kind regards,
[signed:] Guido Adler

© Translation Kevin Karnes, 2008

Footnotes

1 Receipt of this letter is recorded in Schenker's diary at OJ 3/9, p. 3030, February 2 1927: "Guido Adler (Br.): Einladung zu einem Referat!" ("From Guido Adler (letter): "Invitation to give a lecture").

2 Schenker's reply, which is not known to survive, but of which a heavily corrected draft survives as OJ 5/3, [1], is recorded in his diary at OJ 3/9, p. 3034, February 7, 1927: "An Prof. Adler (Br.): danke für die Einladung, lehne aber ab, weil ich unter dem inneren Zwange stehe, mich in der bisher geübten Weise zu Beethoven zu äußern, die aber zu einem Kongreß nicht passe." ("To Prof. Adler (letter): I thank him for the invitation, but turn it down because I feel compelled to express myself in the manner [that I have] practiced hitherto concerning Beethoven, which is, however, not suited a conference."). On February 9 (OJ 3/9, p. 3034), Schenker reported an encounter with Otto Erich Deutsch: "Nach der Jause, im Augenblick, da wir hinaustreten wollen, kommt Herr Deutsch; er bittet mich, Adler nicht abzusagen. In aller Eile führe ich die Gründe an, die mich zur Ablehnung gezwungen haben." ("After teatime, just as we were about to go out, Mr. Deutsch appears: he begs me not to turn Adler down. In great haste, I state the reasons that have compelled my non-acceptance.").

A fuller account of his reasons given to Anthony van Hoboken is recorded in Schenker's diary at OJ 3/9, pp. 3035–3036, February 11, 1927, claiming that the conference "hängt nicht organisch mit ihr zusammen, nur plüstert sich unser lieber Hofrat Adler bei dieser Gelegenheit auf, u. lasse die Horde von Bubiköpfen mit ihrer historischen Weisheit aufmarschieren." ("is not an organic part of it [the Beethoven Centennial] but just an occasion for Adler to give himself airs, and to allow the hordes of dunderheads to parade with their historical wisdom."), and describing the conference's activities as "odiousnesses" (Abscheulichkeiten).

3 These two printed items are filed with the letter in the folder OJ 9/3.

Commentary

Format
1p letter, printed letterhead, typewritten date, salutations and message, holograph signature
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 Guido Adler; deemed to be in the public domain
License
All possible efforts have been made, unsuccessfully, to identify and locate direct descendants of Guido Adler. Deemed to be in the public domain. Any claim to intellectual rights on this document should be addressed to the Schenker Documents Online, at schenkercorrespondence (at) mus (dot) cam (dot) uk

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