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date: 12 December 2019

Schenker, Heinrichlocked

  • Robert Snarrenberg

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(b Wisniowczyki, Galicia, June 19, 1868; d Vienna, Jan 13, 1935). Austrian theorist. While at the Gymnasium in Lemberg (now L’viv), he studied piano with Karol Mikuli, a pupil of Chopin. Following the wishes of his father, a Jewish physician, he went to Vienna to study law at the university (1884–8). While completing his law degree he enrolled in the conservatory (1887–9), where he studied the piano with Ernst Ludwig and harmony with Bruckner. After withdrawing from the conservatory to support his widowed mother and sister and brother, he met with modest success in Vienna as an accompanist, composer, critic and editor. He regularly accompanied the Dutch baritone Johannes Messchaert. After the turn of the century, however, he focussed on writing, editing and private piano teaching. This work attracted the attention of musicians and students: Wilhelm Furtwängler, impressed by Schenker’s treatise on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (...

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