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  • Arthur Schopenhauer

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  • OJ 10/1, [6] Handwritten letter from Dahms to Schenker, dated July 15, 1914

    Dahms communicates from the Black Forest, commiserating over Schenker's experiences with the Vienna Konzerthausgesellschaft.

  • OJ 10/1, [37] Handwritten letter from Dahms to Schenker, dated June 11, 1919

    Dahms sends greetings on Schenker's birthday, finds solace in Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, and is studying counterpoint with Vrieslander.

  • OJ 10/1, [45] Handwritten letter from Dahms to Schenker, dated September 26, 1919

    Dahms responds to Schenker's letter (non-extant). He reflects on Prussian militarism. He declares that there is no such things as "military genius"; Germany was as guilty as the Entente Powers for the war; soldiers were treated as slaves by their officers, with Wilhelm II bearing the ultimate guilt. He rejects all political parties. England does not treat its people as Germany does. He believes only in the German spirit, which he regards as the spirit of the world. He cannot wait to leave Germany, and wants only to immerse himself in Schenker's work.

  • OJ 10/1, [69] Typed letter from Dahms to Schenker, dated March 11, 1922

    Dahms's book, which has earned an award, is delayed at the bindery. He blames this on the prevailing undisciplined conditions in Germany, criticizes the current government, and predicts war.

  • DLA 69.930/10 Handwritten letter from Schenker to Halm, dated September 25, 1922

    Acknowledges OJ 11/35, 20 and composition; expects to be able to comment on Halm's Klavierübung in Tonwille 4; reports Leipzig University's decision not to appoint him; speculates on the impact of Kontrapunkt 2 and Der freie Satz; public difficulty in accepting Urgesetze. — Aristide Briand: The importance of being well-read on a topic before commenting in public: Schoenberg and Reger; newspapers. — Maximilian Harden: although faithful to Schenker, Harden had not mastered the topics on which he wrote. — National Govenment: Schenker's publishing plans, including "The Future of Humanity": man's anthropomorphic thinking is a delusion, he needs to adapt to nature, to return to a primitive state, to abandon "development" and "progress" and return to primordial laws; inferior man wants to "govern" (bowel wants to become brain); Schenker deplores "artifice" (French) as against nature (German). — Things French: praises German superiority over French in its joy of work. — Higher Plane: the German should not abase himself before the Frenchman.

  • OJ 10/1, [83] Handwritten letter from Dahms to Schenker, dated January 4, 1924

    Money has arrived. Dahms hopes for better conditions in 1924.

  • OJ 10/1, [100] Typewritten letter from Dahms to Schenker, dated April 13, 1927

    His Almanach has been a success but produced no financial return in a hostile environment. — They are leaving Berlin for the south; he has lost faith in German spirit, intellect, and morality.

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