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German concert pianist and teacher. Correspondent with Schenker.

Career summary

Schmid studied at the Stern Conservatory in Berlin. From 1912 to 1922 he taught a piano class at the Bernuth Conservatory in Hamburg, and from 1923 to 1926 undertook concert tours. After 1926, he taught an introductory piano class at the Vogt Conservatory, Hamburg and also in the piano and chamber music department of the Kiel Conservatory.

In 1929, Schmid was President of the Landesverband der Hansastädte (Regional Union of Hanseatic Cities) and of the Reichsverband deutscher Tonkünstler und Musiklehrer. He was evidently interested in the source materials of composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, and Schubert, and wrote the article "Betrachtungen zur heutigen Beethoven-'Pflege'," Zeitschrift für Musik 94/4 (April 1927), 197–200.


In 1927 Schmid wrote a letter to Schenker (OJ 14/12) raising a point in a Beethoven autograph manuscript. At the same time, he corresponded with Hans Weisse about the same matter (diary, OJ 3/9, p. 3070, May 25, 1927). Schenker clearly took offense at what he saw as an accusation, and the "affair" rumbled on through June of that year in Schenker's diary.

On July 24, 1929, Alfred Kalmus forwarded to Schenker (OC 52/851) some remarks that Schmid had written to Universal Edition regarding Schenker's editing of Beethoven ‒ remarks which are not preserved with the letter, but which while being broadly favorable implied some criticism. Schenker responded to UE on July 27 (WSLB 414) with comments. On August 5, Ernst Roth forwarded to Schenker (OC 52/853) some supplementary remarks about the latter's Beethoven editing that UE had received; the latter remarks survive (OJ 52/854-855). Schenker responded to UE with further comments on August 9 (WSLB 417). Toward UE Schenker made the best of the exchange by making Schmid's remarks out to be evidence that his work was now firmly established.


  • Müller, Erich H., ed., Deutsches Musiker-Lexikon (Dresden: Wilhelm Limpert, 1929), col. 1249


  • Marko Deisinger and Ian Bent

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