{recto}

Postkarte
Goethekarte v. K. Franke, Eisenach
[printed vertically: ]Druck: Laue, Eisenach

[oval stamp, top LH corner:]
Prof. Dr. Wilh. Altmann
* Berlin-Friedenau *
Lauterstr. 38II

[An] Herrn Professor Dr.H. Schenker
Wien III
Keilgasse 8

[postmark:] || BERLIN-FRIEDENAU 1 | 29. 4. 33 16–17 | 2 ||
Benutzt die Luftpost

{verso}
[half-portrait of Goethe, facing L, ‘1832 + 1932’ underneath in ornamental banner]
[Gothic type, enlarged blue initial:] Wem die Natur ihr offenbares Geheimnis zu enthüllen anfängt, der empfindet eine unwiderstehliche Sehnsucht nach ihrer würdigsten Auslegerin der Kunst. 1

29. 4. 33

Hochverehrter Herr Professor. 2

Verbindlichsten Dank für die Zusendung Ihrer hochinteressanten Brahms-Veröffentlichung 3 und herzlichste Grüsse auch an Ihre Frau Gemahlin.


Ihr sehr ergebener
[signed:] Wilh Altmann

© Transcription Nicholas Marston, 2016

{recto}

Postcard
Goethe card by K. Franke, Eisenach
[printed vertically: ]printed by: Laue, Eisenach

[oval stamp, top LH corner:]
Prof. Wilhelm Altmann
* Berlin-Friedenau *
Lauterstrasse 38II

[To: ] Professor H. Schenker
Vienna III
Keilgasse 8

[postmark:] || BERLIN-FRIEDENAU 1 | 29. 4. 33 16–17 | 2 ||
Use airmail

{verso}
[half-portrait of Goethe, facing L, ‘1832 + 1932’ underneath in ornamental banner]
[Gothic type, enlarged blue initial:] The person to whom Nature begins to divulge her manifest secret conceives an irrepressible longing for her most worthy interpreter, Art. 1

April 29, 1933

Highly revered Professor, 2

My warmest thanks for sending your highly interesting Brahms publication, 3 and my most cordial greetings, to your wife also


Your very devoted
[signed:] Wilhelm Altmann

© Translation Nicholas Marston, 2016

{recto}

Postkarte
Goethekarte v. K. Franke, Eisenach
[printed vertically: ]Druck: Laue, Eisenach

[oval stamp, top LH corner:]
Prof. Dr. Wilh. Altmann
* Berlin-Friedenau *
Lauterstr. 38II

[An] Herrn Professor Dr.H. Schenker
Wien III
Keilgasse 8

[postmark:] || BERLIN-FRIEDENAU 1 | 29. 4. 33 16–17 | 2 ||
Benutzt die Luftpost

{verso}
[half-portrait of Goethe, facing L, ‘1832 + 1932’ underneath in ornamental banner]
[Gothic type, enlarged blue initial:] Wem die Natur ihr offenbares Geheimnis zu enthüllen anfängt, der empfindet eine unwiderstehliche Sehnsucht nach ihrer würdigsten Auslegerin der Kunst. 1

29. 4. 33

Hochverehrter Herr Professor. 2

Verbindlichsten Dank für die Zusendung Ihrer hochinteressanten Brahms-Veröffentlichung 3 und herzlichste Grüsse auch an Ihre Frau Gemahlin.


Ihr sehr ergebener
[signed:] Wilh Altmann

© Transcription Nicholas Marston, 2016

{recto}

Postcard
Goethe card by K. Franke, Eisenach
[printed vertically: ]printed by: Laue, Eisenach

[oval stamp, top LH corner:]
Prof. Wilhelm Altmann
* Berlin-Friedenau *
Lauterstrasse 38II

[To: ] Professor H. Schenker
Vienna III
Keilgasse 8

[postmark:] || BERLIN-FRIEDENAU 1 | 29. 4. 33 16–17 | 2 ||
Use airmail

{verso}
[half-portrait of Goethe, facing L, ‘1832 + 1932’ underneath in ornamental banner]
[Gothic type, enlarged blue initial:] The person to whom Nature begins to divulge her manifest secret conceives an irrepressible longing for her most worthy interpreter, Art. 1

April 29, 1933

Highly revered Professor, 2

My warmest thanks for sending your highly interesting Brahms publication, 3 and my most cordial greetings, to your wife also


Your very devoted
[signed:] Wilhelm Altmann

© Translation Nicholas Marston, 2016

Footnotes

1 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Ueber Kunst und Alterthum (Stuttgart: Cottaische Buchhandlung, 1823), vol. 4, Heft 1, p. 43. Translation original.

2 Receipt of this postcard is recorded in Schenker's diary at OJ 4/6, p. 3830, May 2, 1933: "Von Altmann (Ansichtsk.) Dank für Brahms." ("From Altmann (picture postcard): thanks for Brahms.").

3 Schenker’s diary appears not to record his sending Altmann a copy of this publication.

Commentary

Format
printed and illustrated postcard, stamped sender address, stamped instruction, postmark, holograph recipient’s address, recto; printed image of Goethe and quotation, holograph date, salutation, message, valediction, and signature, verso
Provenance
Schenker, Heinrich (document date-1935)--Schenker, Jeanette (1935-1938)--Oster, Ernst (1938-c.1939)—New York Public Library (c.1939-)
Rights Holder
Heirs of Wilhelm Altmann, permission being sought
License
Permission being sought from heirs of Wilhelm Altmann. Any claim to intellectual rights 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: 2016-06-15
Last updated: 2013-08-29