1 page. Quarto, 278 x 215 mm. Dated Los Angeles, March 2, 1947. Carbon copy, with original autograph signature in ink. With Schoenberg's name and address handstamped to upper left corner. In English.
Schoenberg responds to a letter from List with questions about music criticism. He discusses his current projects: the books Structural Functions of Harmony and [Fundamentals of] Musical Composition, and a volume of "texts" to be published in German. He accepts List's offer to have his Kol Nidre, op. 39, distributed by New Music, despite doubts that the publisher is capable of the necessary promotional work and gives some instructions involving Nathan Broder from Schirmer and Schoenberg's brother-in-law, Felix Greissle, then at Edward B. Marx Music Corporation, New York:
"Problems of music criticism have become so remote to me in the past 14 years that I could answer your questions only in the most superficial manner and totally in the negative... I am so busy with finishing my two books... I ought ... to mail the manuscripts for a volume of my 'Texts' to Germany, or rather to Vienna... I did not respond to your offer for my 'Kol Nidre' to be distributed on royalties by New Music... Frankly: I doubt that New Music can handle this successfully because it requires propagenda to get conductors to perform it like another cantata—which they also do not perform."
In a postscript, Schoenberg regrets List did not publish his letter about Wilhelm Furtwängler "at the crucial time; he was a friend of mine and would have enjoyed it."
Manuscript annotation in red crayon to lower left corner: "copy."
Creased at folds; some minor stains from carbon; small tears to lower edge.
The two books mentioned in the letter were both published posthumously: Structural Functions of Harmony in 1954, and Fundamentals of Musical Composition in 1967. The "other cantata" mentioned in the letter is possibly "Der neue Klassizismus" from Drei Satiren, op. 28. The reference to Furtwängler points to his denazification trial.
Nathan Broder (1905-1967) was involved editorially with New York publishers G. Schirmer and W. W. Norton, and taught at Columbia University (1946-62). Felix Greissle (1894-1982) was a student of Schoenberg in Vienna. His sister Gertrud became Schoenberg's second wife. Item #24397
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