Coming full circle – a new ‘Moses’ document

Coming full circle - a new 'Moses' document

Visiting this archive felt a lot like coming full circle from my visits to Los Angeles and briefly to Vienna in the early 1980’s. I had my second archival scholarly thrill at the Schoenberg Center (my first was at the Freud Museum – see earlier post), when the archivists pulled out a newly discovered draft to Act III of ‘Moses und Aron’ for me to see (the act that was never completed). The draft came into the hands of an autograph dealer, and thankfully the Schoenberg archive was able to purchase it. I will study it more carefully in its scanned facsimile form (it doesn’t appear to show any drastic changes from the previously known version), but as always, there is a kind of electric charge handling a document written by a person one has studied for so long. I look forward to the possibility of further research at both the Schoenberg Center and the Freud Museum – a wonderful reason to come back to Wien!

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Christiane Brooks Johnson Professor of Psychology and Religion, Union Theological Seminary, New York NY
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