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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000215.txt from 2000/09

From: alevin@-----. Levin)
Subj: Re: [kl] An interesting story about Schoenberg
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2000 14:38:23 -0400

I hate to come out of my telephone booth at this stage; but, as a
practicing attorney, I must suggest that the Schoenberg story is third
level heresay and would be laughed out of any court.

1. Burghauser told Haggin
2. Haggin wrote it down
3. Leeson told us

In college (1968 or 69)I heard the same story - but it was supposed to have
happened in a rehearsal of Pierrot Lunaire!

Allen Levin
>On Sun, 03 Sep 2000 14:58:16 -0700, leeson0@-----.net said:
>
>> The story is not hearsay. Haggin is stating what Burghauser told him
>> and in Burhauser's words.
>
>[snip]
>
>Ah, I see! They were *interviews*. When you wrote previously:
>
>> In 1966 he gave a collection of his reminiscences to B.H. Haggin who
>> published them in an article entitled "Vienna's Great Conductors."
>> Here is a direct quote from that publication.
>
>....I thought you meant by 'gave' that Burghauser had written them down
>himself at the time, and then passed on the manuscript.
>
>So what Lelia says about hearsay is right, then; the point is that the
>story is told to Haggin by Burghauser, and then reported by Haggin, not
>in his own words at all in the Schoenberg bit, though partly in his own
>words in the Strauss bit you just quoted.
>
>It passed through another person, so we can't have a very good idea of
>Burghauser's intentions in the incident from what's written in Haggin's
>book.
>
>If Burghauser had written it down himself, we'd have surer ground for
>a judgement -- and incidentally, we might be inclined to take a rather
>dimmer view of Burghauser as a person, as I was saying to Karl.
>
>But it is, he might just have been having a gentle dig at Schoenberg in
>retrospect in 1966 ("and, you know, for such a great man, he really
>didn't have a very good ear as a conductor! Because,....", and as
>Lelia pointed out, he might have been mistaken in his interpretation
>of the incident); or alternatively he might have been a serious enemy of
>Schoenberg's in the 20's.
>
>We'll never know!
>
>But it was interesting to think about. Thanks, Dan.
>
>Tony
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