[This letter is in English]


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
BERKELEY 4, CALIFORNIA

Mr. Moriz Violin
44 Potomac St.
San Francisco 17

Dear Mr. Violin: 1

Prof. Schoenberg wrote me several weeks ago regarding you and your work, and I am very anxious to meet you and talk with you. Unfortunately I put off writing you longer than I intended to do – I have been terribly busy with a rather uncongenial task which has had to be done. But I still would like to see you if I could possibly do so, before I leave on a trip to New York the day after Christmas.

I wonder if you could possibly phone me at your earliest convenience – my number is Thornwall 3-4089. I would be most grateful. 2

I understand that you knew Dr. Heinrich Schenker, whose ideas I have known for over twenty years. Perhaps you also knew Dr. Hans Weisse for whom I had a great respect and affection, in the years just before he died.

In any case I hope to hear from you and look forward with keen pleasure to making your acquaintance.


Most sincerely

[signed:] Roger Sessions
[signed:] Roger Sessions

Dec. 14, 1949

© Transcription Ian Bent, 2020

© Translation

[This letter is in English]


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC
BERKELEY 4, CALIFORNIA

Mr. Moriz Violin
44 Potomac St.
San Francisco 17

Dear Mr. Violin: 1

Prof. Schoenberg wrote me several weeks ago regarding you and your work, and I am very anxious to meet you and talk with you. Unfortunately I put off writing you longer than I intended to do – I have been terribly busy with a rather uncongenial task which has had to be done. But I still would like to see you if I could possibly do so, before I leave on a trip to New York the day after Christmas.

I wonder if you could possibly phone me at your earliest convenience – my number is Thornwall 3-4089. I would be most grateful. 2

I understand that you knew Dr. Heinrich Schenker, whose ideas I have known for over twenty years. Perhaps you also knew Dr. Hans Weisse for whom I had a great respect and affection, in the years just before he died.

In any case I hope to hear from you and look forward with keen pleasure to making your acquaintance.


Most sincerely

[signed:] Roger Sessions
[signed:] Roger Sessions

Dec. 14, 1949

© Transcription Ian Bent, 2020

© Translation

Footnotes

1 Roger Sessions was a professor of music at the University of California, Berkeley from 1944 to 1952.

2 In LC ASC 27/45, [35], December 22, 1949, Violin described to Schoenberg the resultant meeting on December 21 and subsequent invitation to dinner for December 25. Further, in LC ASC 27/45, [36], undated, Violin reported that Sessions wished to meet with him again on or after January 20, 1950.

Commentary

Format
1p letter, printed letterhead, typewritten salutation, message, and valediction, holograph signature
License
Heirs and representatives of Roger Sessions, permission given by Sessions's daughter, September 21, 1920. Any claim to intellectual rights on this document should be addressed to the Schenker Documents Online, schenkercorrespondence@mus[dot]cam[dot]ac[dot]uk.
Rights Holder
Heirs and representatives of Roger Sessions, published by kind permission
Provenance
Moriz Violin (document date-1956) -- Heirs of Moriz Violin (1956-1978) -- University of California, Riverside (1978-)

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Last updated: 2013-07-19