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Austrian musicologist and archivist.

Career Summary

Geiringer studied musicology and art history under Guido Adler and Wilhelm Fischer in Vienna and Curt Sachs and Johannes Wolf in Berlin, and composition under Hans Gál and Richard Stöhr in Vienna (1919-23), and took the PhD at the University of Vienna with a dissertation on musical instruments in Renaissance painting (1922).

He worked with the Wiener Philharmonischer Verlag, was appointed editor of the Denkmäler in Österreich in 1929, and succeeded Eusebius Mandyczewski as archivist of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in 1930. He wrote extensively not only on early instruments, but also on the Bach family (1954), Haydn (including two biographies, 1932 and 1946, and a catalogue of his folksong settings, 1953), Mozart, and especially on Brahms (including a biography, 1935). He emigrated first to London after the Anschluss in 1938, then to the USA, where he was a professor at Boston University for 21 years, continuing his research and publication.

Correspondence with Schenker and Other Materials

No correspondence is known to survive between Geiringer and Schenker. Schenker possessed copies of three of his articles:

  • "Johannes Brahms in Briefwechsel mit Eusebius Mandyczewski," Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft XV (1933, 337-70) (OJ 48/9)
  • Brahms als Musikhistoriker, in Johannes Brahms Festschrift (May 1933) (OC B/448)
  • "Haydn - der Schüler, Haydn - der Lehrer," Neue Freie Presse April 8[?], 1932 (OC C/249)


  • MGG
  • NGDM2 (2001 and online)

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