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German critic and writer on music.

Heuss studied at the Stuttgart Conservatory (1896-98), then at the Munich Akademie der Tonkunst and University, becoming a student of Kretzschmar at Leipzig University (1899-1902), taking the PhD for a dissertation on 17th-century instrumental music (1903). He was critic for the Signale für die musikalische Welt (1902-05), the Leipziger Volkszeitung (1905-12), and the Leipziger Zeitung (1912-18), serving also as editor of the Zeitschrift der Internationalen Musigesellschaft (1904-14) and the Zeitschrift für Musik (1921-29). His many articles and books include much analytical work. He was an opponent of modern trends in music.

No correspondence or contact is known to have existed between Schenker and Heuss; but Felix Hupka praises Heuss and fellow Leipzig musician Walter Niemann in a letter to Schenker of 1921 (OJ 14/1, [H1]) as "purer characters than Viennese musicians."

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Correspondence

  • OJ 10/1, [78] Handwritten letter from Dahms to Schenker, dated August 23, 1923

    Dahms has received Tonwille 4 but not yet examined it. — Has deferred work on his Haydn book because of financial problems over Musik des Südens and poor take-up of subscriptions. — Debates whether to attend the Leipzig musicology conference. — Comments on German politics as the occupation of the Ruhr unfolds, and compares German attitudes with Italian.

  • OJ 11/54, [15] Handwritten letter from van Hoboken to Schenker, dated August 28, 1927

    Hoboken reports on meeting with Furtwängler regarding the Photogrammarchiv, and expresses the hope that it will be possible to interest Furtwängler in performance according to the sources in the Archive; he encloses the final version of the "Aufruf" for the Archive, and discusses negotiations with the Austrian National Library and Ministry of Education. — Comments on Oppel's plan to teach in Leipzig. — Agrees to Schenker's lesson plan and fee for 1927/28. — Describes his travel plans, which include meetings with Louis Koch in Frankurt, Ludwig Schiedermair in Bonn, contact with John Petrie Dunn in England, C. S. Terry in Scotland, and Maurice Cauchie in Paris, and photographing [of sources] at the [Paris] Conservatory.

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