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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

In all, there are 33 items of correspondence directly or indirectly between Frimmel and Schenker. From Frimmel to Schenker there exist 27 items, OJ 11/10, [1]‒[26] (1902–1927) and OC 24/20, August 1, 1921. From Schenker to Frimmel there exist 5 items at the Beethoven-Haus Archiv in Bonn, BNba Frimmel-Nachl. [1]‒[5] (1905‒12). Additionally one letter from Frimmel to Otto Erich Deutsch, forwarded by the latter to Schenker, exists as OC 12/1, February 22, 1922.

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 Frimmel's 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])


  • Ian Bent

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