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Frimmel, Theodor

Theodor Frimmel (born Amstetten, Dec 15, 1853; died Vienna, Dec 25, 1928), Austrian Beethoven scholar and curator.

Trained in medicine, he was assistant curator at the Vienna Hofmuseum 1884-93, later taught art history at the Vienna Athenäum and was director of a gallery. His works include Beethoven und Goethe: eine Studie (1883), Neue Beethoveniana (1888) and Ludwig van Beethoven (1901), two volumes of Beethoven letters (1910-11), and his Beethoven-Handbuch (1926). His article "Beethoven und Wölfl," first published in the Alt-Wiener-Kalendar (1918) was published separately.

Frimmel and Schenker

In 1907, Frimmel approached Schenker about contributing to his new Beethoven-Jahrbuch, which however lasted only two issues (1908, 1909) without Schenker having supplied anything.

Substantial correspondence from Frimmel to Schenker exists as OJ 11/10 (1902-1927: 28 items), and OC 24/20, August 1, 1921.

A copy of his Beethoven-Forschung, vol. 9 (1923) exists in Schenker's library, OJ 34/2, with an inscription from the author, and Schenker clipped an article of his from the Wiener Zeitung, February 13, 1921 in his scrapbook, OC 2/p. 59.

There were copies of Beethoven-Forschung for 1911-18 and Ludwig van Beethoven, 4th edition, in the sale of Schenker's personal library (Musik und Theater. Enthaltend die Bibliothek des Herrn Dr. Heinrich Schenker, Wien, Antiquariat Heinrich Hinterberger).

Source: NGDM2


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