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German musicologist, organist, and conductor. Trained in Leipzig, Stein taught musicology at Kiel University from 1920, becoming a professor there in 1928, and succeeded Georg Schünemann as Director of the Berlin Hochschule für Musik in 1933. He wa supported by the Nazi authorities, and was a member of the Kampfbund für deutsche Kultur. He was an advocate of Reger, on whom he published a monograph (1939) and thematic catalog (1953), and as a conductor he promoted Sibelius, Nielsen, Hindemith and others.


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  • OJ 8/4, [55] Handwritten picture postcard from Schenker to Moriz Violin, dated July 3, 1928

    Schenker asks Violin to write to Fritz Stein, to ask him to return one of his arrangements of a musical work.

  • OJ 14/45, [71] Handwritten letter from Moriz Violin to Schenker, dated July 18, 1928

    Owing to a "complete breakdown," Violin is recovering at a sanatorium in Schierke, from where he writes. In response to Schenker's previous postcard, Violin had written more than once to Prof. [Fritz?] Stein for the return of the manuscript of a Handel arrangement by Schenker, and he will chase him up in August. A pupil of his, Harry Hahn, has taken upon himself to lecture on Schenker's theories at the local society of composers; for this he has prepared classroom-size enlargements of voice-leading graphs of a Bach prelude and a Schubert waltz, and has proved a surprisingly competent and persuasive speaker.

  • OC 18/37-38 Handwritten letter from Furtwängler to Schenker, dated December 10, 1932

    Furtwängler shares Schenker's assessment of Ludwig Karpath, and has not written a letter for publication. — He has been exploring possibilities for Schenker in Berlin, particularly taking over a masterclass at the Akademie der Künste, with additional lectures at the Stern'sches Conservatory. — He has heard from Hans Weisse. — He encloses a review by Herman Roth, and comments on the latter's character.

  • OJ 12/6, [25] Handwritten letter from Jonas to Schenker, dated December 3, 1933

    The majority of Jonas's Das Wesen des musikalischen Kunstwerks has gone to the printer; — Furtwängler has promised to recommend it to the Berlin Hochschule für Musik; — no word from van Hoboken. Jonas inquires after Free Composition.

  • OJ 12/6, [30] Handwritten letter from Jonas to Schenker, dated March 16, 1934

    Jonas has mailed off the book [to his publisher]; he hopes that Schenker will approve of it [when eventually he sees it]. It comprises four chapters and two appendices. — He thanks Schenker for the gift of his Syrian Dances. — The Director of the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, Fritz Stein, has written that he cannot arrange a position for Jonas, whereas Jonas (with support from Furtwängler) had sought only students to whom to give [private] lessons. — Jonas alludes to difficult conditions under which he is working, and describes his conflict with piano teacher Georg Bertram. — Relations with van Hoboken are strained, despite Jonas's having included an appendix about the Photogrammarchiv in his book.