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Robert, Richard

Richard Robert (born Vienna, March 25, 1861; died Kaltenleutgeben, Feb 1, 1924), one of Vienna's leading piano teachers around the turn of the century, also music critic and composer.

Robert's pupils including Clara Haskill, Rudolf Serkin, George Szell, Theo Buchwald, Vally Weigl (Pick), Hans Gál, Alfred Rosé, Wilhelm Groß, Rudolf Schwarz, and Victor Zuckerkandl.

Robert knew Brahms personally, and became President of the Vienna Tonkünstler-Verein. He had studied at the Vienna Conservatory, but did not teach there; he gave courses at the New Vienna Conservatory (Neues Konservatorium der Stadt Wien, founded 1909), of which he was briefly director. He edited the journal Musikalische Rundschau from 1885 to 1891, and was later music critic for the Wiener Sonn- u. Montags-Zeitung and the Illustriertes Wiener Extrablatt.

Robert and Schenker

A review by Robert is quoted in Schenker's diary on December 17, 1906; and on July 27, 1907, the diary records a meeting in which Robert showed his "misunderstanding of the [Schenker's Harmonielehre] in all its principal points" (OJ 1/5, p. 30; 1/6, p. 45).

Correspondence

Correspondence survives from Robert to Schenker as OJ 13/26 (1902, 1910, 1914: 3 postcards), and the diary records a letter dated May 25, 1909.

Sources:
NGDM2; oeML Online
Federhofer, Heinrich Schenker nach Tagebüchern und Briefen ... (Hildesheim: Georg Olms, 1985)
La Grange, Mahler, vol.III

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