31. Dezember 1929 Bedeckt, +3°.

— Von Dr. Landau (K.): macht mich auf eine Stelle in R. Rollands neuestem Beethoven-Buch aufmerksam, die meiner rühmend gedenkt. 1 — Von Frau Komorn (Visitenk.) Neujahrswünsche. — ½7h von Dr. Halberstam ein Epiphyllum 2 u. Visitenk. mit Wünschen. — Rf. ½7h: Lanes, Vcl.: Sonate von Valentini, sehr schön; Schumann „Abendlied“ . 3 — Unsere Silvesterfeier: alle Lampen brennen, Gelübde für 1930 einander abgelegt – um ½11h zu Bett.

© Transcription Marko Deisinger.

December 31, 1929, cloudy, +3°.

— From Dr. Landau (postcard): he calls my attention to a passage in Romain Rolland 's latest Beethoven book, which mentions me honorably. 1 — From Mrs. Komorn (visiting card): New Year's greetings. — 6:30 from Dr. Halberstam an Epiphyllum 2 and visiting card with greetings. — Radio, 6:30: Lanes, cellist: Sonata by Valentini, very beautiful; Schumann's "Abendlied". 3 — Our New Year's celebration: all the lamps are lit, resolutions made for 1930 – to bed at 10:30.

© Translation William Drabkin.

31. Dezember 1929 Bedeckt, +3°.

— Von Dr. Landau (K.): macht mich auf eine Stelle in R. Rollands neuestem Beethoven-Buch aufmerksam, die meiner rühmend gedenkt. 1 — Von Frau Komorn (Visitenk.) Neujahrswünsche. — ½7h von Dr. Halberstam ein Epiphyllum 2 u. Visitenk. mit Wünschen. — Rf. ½7h: Lanes, Vcl.: Sonate von Valentini, sehr schön; Schumann „Abendlied“ . 3 — Unsere Silvesterfeier: alle Lampen brennen, Gelübde für 1930 einander abgelegt – um ½11h zu Bett.

© Transcription Marko Deisinger.

December 31, 1929, cloudy, +3°.

— From Dr. Landau (postcard): he calls my attention to a passage in Romain Rolland 's latest Beethoven book, which mentions me honorably. 1 — From Mrs. Komorn (visiting card): New Year's greetings. — 6:30 from Dr. Halberstam an Epiphyllum 2 and visiting card with greetings. — Radio, 6:30: Lanes, cellist: Sonata by Valentini, very beautiful; Schumann's "Abendlied". 3 — Our New Year's celebration: all the lamps are lit, resolutions made for 1930 – to bed at 10:30.

© Translation William Drabkin.

Footnotes

1 The first volume of Romain Rolland's Beethoven: les grandes époques créatrices, subtitled "From the Eroica to the Appassionata" and first published in 1927, mentions only Schenker's facsimile edition of the "Moonlight" Sonata autograph, with the additional reproduction of the known sketch leaves for the sonata. By 1937, in the third volume of the series, Rolland is praising Schenker's Erläuterungsausgaben as "indispensable for scholars and interpreters" and his readings of the late sonatas are replete with references to these volumes.

2 Epiphyllum: a genus of nineteen species plants in the cactus family, native to Central America, which usually grow on other plants for support; also known as "orchid cactus."

3 The last of Schumann's Twelve Four-hand Piano Pieces, Op. 85. There are several arrangements of this piece for cello and piano.