Erlenbach bei Zürich: Eugen Rentsch, 1920. Octavo. Original publisher's decorative wrappers printed in olive green and black. 1f. (half title), 1f. (title, with colophon to verso), [v] (table of contents), v[i] (table of illustrations), 7-118 (text), 119-24 (notes), [iv] (publisher's advertisements) pp.
With a frontispiece portrait of Anton Bruckner and 7 additional portraits in text of Claude Debussy, Edvard Grieg, Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler, Max Reger, Arnold Schoenberg, and Hans Pfitzner.
Numerous annotations in pencil.
Wrappers slightly worn and soiled with slight loss to upper; portrait of Schoenberg detached.
Uncut copy, some leaves unopened.
A polemic assessment of the music of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Taking a German nationalist, Christian conservative, anti-Semitic point of view, the author advocates a return to the idea of absolute music; for him, J.S. Bach is the greatest composer of all time. The chapter on Schoenberg paraphrases the 1912 collective volume Arnold Schönberg, ironically commenting on its statements. Item #24321
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