Preliminary remark to Volume 7,1 A
The editor wishes to acknowledge the invaluable work undertaken by Tadeusz Okuljar. Specifically, his contribution to the systematic cardfile-indexing of deviations among sources, his painstaking attention to optic details in the score and his efforts at liaison between editor, publisher and engraver. Special thanks are due also to Gösta Neuwirth, for his critical appraisal of solutions involving ambiguities and for taking charge of the final phase in the reading and collation of proofs; to Josef Rufer, for his many suggestions concerning editorial policy and for his generous sharing of cherished memories from the period during which “Von heute auf morgen” was written and during which he was so intimately associated with Schonberg; to Margot Hinnenberg-Lefebre, for ascertaining the exact location of the melodic fragment in Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut”, which is quoted sporadically throughout “Von heute auf morgen” and which also forms an integral part of the row: overtly, as the second form of the consequent; covertly, as the sole source of the pitch material of the work. (See the complementary volume, Series B, part 3.) A Research Status Grant from Oberlin College, Oberlin/Ohio for the academic year 1962/63 enabled the editorial work to be done entirely in autopsy. Similarly, an invitation to Germany, from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, June – August 1969, greatly facilitated the work on the final stages of the project. Lastly, I wish to acknowledge my indebtedness and gratitude to Gertrud Schoenberg, for her very immediate contributions to this volume and for her indefatigable efforts on behalf of the Gesamtausgabe as a whole. Her indomitable spirit initiated and guided this edition from 1961 to 1967. Her death, on February 14, 1967, was a deep personal lose for those originally associated and entrusted with the work on this edition.
Richard Hoffmann Berlin, August 1969