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Piano pupil of Schenker's between 1906 and 1916, and wife of newspaper proprietor Carl Colbert.

Toni Colbert first asked Schenker for lessons on December 5, 1906 (OJ 1/5, p. 28), and may have studied with him first in the 1906/07 season (OJ 1/6, p. 44). She may well have taken further lessons in the 1907/08, 1908/09, 1909/10, and 1910/11 seasons (though there are no lessonbooks to substantiate this surmise), for on May 30, 1911 Schenker declined to give her further lessons, recording in his diary that he had intended to prepare a special program for her in view of her "advancing age," but that although her letters spoke glowingly of her love of music she was obsessed with money. In September 1912 he turned her down again, but after further correspondence he accepted her on strict stated conditions, and she recommenced lessons on October 4, 1912, continuing through to mid-June 1916 (lessonbooks 1912/13, 1913/14, 1914/15, 1915/16), taking only one lesson per week--an arrangement of which Schenker sharply disapproved and which was probably the primary cause of the previous difficulties. She appears to have been somewhat unreliable in attendance and dilatory in payment of fees.

There are nine letters from Toni and Carl Colbert to Schenker (OJ 9/30: 1912-20)

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