Mittw. 22. 8°(8h) sehr düster Nebel ganz auf dem Boden.

Adresse an Mahler in überlegener Laune unterfertigt; 1 Situation nicht ohne Humor. 2

© Transcription Ian Bent, 2017

Wednesday, [May] 22. 8° (8 a.m.) very gloomy fog, right down to the ground.

Open letter to Mahler 1 signed in a deliberate frame of mind; situation not without humor. 2

© Translation Ian Bent, 2017

Mittw. 22. 8°(8h) sehr düster Nebel ganz auf dem Boden.

Adresse an Mahler in überlegener Laune unterfertigt; 1 Situation nicht ohne Humor. 2

© Transcription Ian Bent, 2017

Wednesday, [May] 22. 8° (8 a.m.) very gloomy fog, right down to the ground.

Open letter to Mahler 1 signed in a deliberate frame of mind; situation not without humor. 2

© Translation Ian Bent, 2017

Footnotes

1 This document was signed by 70 people, including Arnold Schoenberg, Julius Epstein, Anton Door, and prominent figures in literature, the theater, and the visual arts. A report appeared in the Neue Freie Presse, morning edition, No. 15357, Saturday May 25, 1907, p. 10, col. 2. An English translation of the document itself is given in Henry-Louis de La Grange, Gustav Mahler, vol. III (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999), pp. 646‒47.

2 Schenker wrote first "u. nicht ohne Humor." ("and not without humor."), then inserted "Situation"; "in überlegener Laune" contains a paradox, since "in einer Laune" means "on a whim," hence without deliberation, yet "überlegen" means "with deliberation". This perhaps expresses Schenker's own internal conflict as to whether he should have signed, and maybe hints that his arm was twisted to do so.