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Austrian Beethoven scholar and curator.

Career Summary

Trained in medicine, he was assistant curator at the Vienna Hofmuseum 1884-93, later taught art history at the Vienna Athenäum and was director of a gallery. His works include:

  • Beethoven und Goethe: eine Studie (1883)
  • Neue Beethoveniana (1888)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1901)
  • Two volumes of Beethoven letters (1910-11)
  • Beethoven-Handbuch (1926)
  • "Beethoven und Wölfl," Alt-Wiener-Kalendar (1918) also published separately.

Frimmel was editor of the journal Beethoven-Forschung for its entire existence, 1911-25, ten issues.

Frimmel and Schenker

In 1907, Frimmel approached Schenker about contributing to his new Beethoven-Jahrbuch, which however lasted only two issues (1908, 1909) without Schenker having supplied anything.

Correspondence and Other Materials

Substantial correspondence from Frimmel to Schenker exists as OJ 11/10 (1902-1927: 28 items), and OC 24/20, August 1, 1921.

A copy of Frimmel's Beethoven-Forschung, vol. 9 (1923) is preserved as OJ 34/2, with an inscription from the author, and Schenker clipped an article of his from the Wiener Zeitung, February 13, 1921 in his scrapbook, OC 2/p. 59. There were copies of Beethoven-Forschung for 1911-18 and Ludwig van Beethoven, 4th edition, in Schenker's personal library at his death.


  • NGDM2 (2001 and online)
  • Musik und Theater. Enthaltend die Bibliothek des Herrn Dr. Heinrich Schenker, Wien (Vienna: Antiquariat Heinrich Hinterberger, [1935])

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