8. November 1926 13°.

— Von Hasenörl (K.): das neue Dissertationsthema lautet: Czernys Solo-Klavierstücke – Na! ich gratuliere den Historikern. — Von Reigersberg (Br. mit Bild): bedauert, im Jahrbuch nicht mehr über Politik gefunden zu haben; fühle sich unglücklich über den Verlust des früheren Staates u. der Gesellschaftsform. — Nach der Jause Spaziergang u. Einkauf. — Abends: Konzert Buxbaum; Verdi: Streichquartett. Gemessen an der heutigen Produktion ein Werk gesunden Empfindens u. künstlerischer Höhe, an deutscher meisterlicher Kammermusik gemessen hat das Stück fast keinen Kunstwert – man kann aber rechte Freude haben an dem, was der Komponist ausbreitet. Direktor Stransky am Klavier in Brahms’ Gm-Klavierkonzert! 1 Wohl das Empörendste, was je auf dem Podium sich begab! Sollte Reichtum an Geld zu so etwas berechtigen?! Mozarts Solo-Quartett Ddur 2 bildete den Abschluß des Abends, von van Berg entzückend gespielt.

© Transcription Marko Deisinger.

November 8, 1926, 13°.

— From Hasenörl (postcard): the new thesis topic is called: Czerny's solo piano pieces – Well, then! I congratulate the historians. — From Reigersberg (letter with picture): is sorry not to have found more about politics in the Yearbook ; feels unhappy about the loss of the former state, and the order of society. — After teatime, a walk and shopping. — In the evening, Buxbaum's concert; Verdi's String Quartet. Measured against current production, a work of healthy sensibility and artistic height; compared to German masterpieces of chamber music, the piece has almost no artistic worth; but one can genuinely rejoice in that which the composer unfolded. Director Stransky at the piano in Bra[h]ms's G-minor Piano Concerto! 1 Probably the most outrageous thing that yet appeared on the podium! Should material wealth justify something of this sort?! Mozart's Solo Quartet in D major 2 made up the conclusion of the evening, played exquisitely by van [den] Berg.

© Translation William Drabkin.

8. November 1926 13°.

— Von Hasenörl (K.): das neue Dissertationsthema lautet: Czernys Solo-Klavierstücke – Na! ich gratuliere den Historikern. — Von Reigersberg (Br. mit Bild): bedauert, im Jahrbuch nicht mehr über Politik gefunden zu haben; fühle sich unglücklich über den Verlust des früheren Staates u. der Gesellschaftsform. — Nach der Jause Spaziergang u. Einkauf. — Abends: Konzert Buxbaum; Verdi: Streichquartett. Gemessen an der heutigen Produktion ein Werk gesunden Empfindens u. künstlerischer Höhe, an deutscher meisterlicher Kammermusik gemessen hat das Stück fast keinen Kunstwert – man kann aber rechte Freude haben an dem, was der Komponist ausbreitet. Direktor Stransky am Klavier in Brahms’ Gm-Klavierkonzert! 1 Wohl das Empörendste, was je auf dem Podium sich begab! Sollte Reichtum an Geld zu so etwas berechtigen?! Mozarts Solo-Quartett Ddur 2 bildete den Abschluß des Abends, von van Berg entzückend gespielt.

© Transcription Marko Deisinger.

November 8, 1926, 13°.

— From Hasenörl (postcard): the new thesis topic is called: Czerny's solo piano pieces – Well, then! I congratulate the historians. — From Reigersberg (letter with picture): is sorry not to have found more about politics in the Yearbook ; feels unhappy about the loss of the former state, and the order of society. — After teatime, a walk and shopping. — In the evening, Buxbaum's concert; Verdi's String Quartet. Measured against current production, a work of healthy sensibility and artistic height; compared to German masterpieces of chamber music, the piece has almost no artistic worth; but one can genuinely rejoice in that which the composer unfolded. Director Stransky at the piano in Bra[h]ms's G-minor Piano Concerto! 1 Probably the most outrageous thing that yet appeared on the podium! Should material wealth justify something of this sort?! Mozart's Solo Quartet in D major 2 made up the conclusion of the evening, played exquisitely by van [den] Berg.

© Translation William Drabkin.

Footnotes

1 This sentence is problematic in three respects: the second work on the programme is mis-identified, the composer's name is misspelled, and the pianist is identified as a "conductor." Assuming that the composer was Brahms, then it was almost certainly his Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25. The pianist may possibly have been the Czech conductor Josef Stransky (1872–1936), who had recently relinquished the directorship of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra; if so, his participation in Buxbaum's ensemble would have been more as a celebrity musician than as a professional pianist.

2 Mozart's last three string quartets (K. 575 in D, 589 in Bę, and 590 in F), dedicated to the King Friedrich Wilhelm II of Prussia (a fine cellist), are sometimes referred to as "solo quartets" because of the prominent use of the cello as a melodic instrument.