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I am now doing some research on Brahm's essay, Octaven u. Quinten. I cannot read German, so I cannot do anything with the original manuscript. I have read some secondary sources about this essay, but they only summarise the main topics without going into details.

Is there an English translation to this essay, Octaven u. Quinten? It does not have to be an exact translation. I am just looking for an article that includes Brahms's main ideas, including exactly what types of consecutive fifths are considered appropriate or inappropriate by Brahms.

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    There isn't even the German original text to find (as Pdf or downloadable book) I found a lot of secondary literature and especially this here: schenkerdocumentsonline.org/profiles/work/entity-003331.html Schenkers handwritten letters copied and translated in English. Could this help? Do you have an digital copy of the original you could share? – Albrecht Hügli Oct 7 at 9:54
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The English wikipedia has a reference to a printed book:

Oktaven und Quinten translated by Paul Mast 1971

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    The most convenient location of this translation is likely Volume 5 (1980) of The Music Forum. – Richard Oct 7 at 9:24
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There isn't even the German original text to find (as Pdf or downloadable book)

I found a lot of secondary literature and especially this here:

http://www.schenkerdocumentsonline.org/profiles/work/entity-003331.html

Schenkers handwritten letters copied and translated in English.

Maybe you have access to this site:

https://academic.oup.com/ml/article-abstract/73/1/48/1220490/?redirectedFrom=PDF

  • I fail to see, how this answers the question, given that the OP already mentioned studying secondary sources. – guidot Oct 7 at 13:43
  • secondary sources very often contain translated quotations of whole passages. Well, I have overseen that OP has already found some secondary sources as I was looking - in my own interests - for the original and a translation. I have found Paul Mast too, but if OP can't afford to buy it? May be one of the sources above OP didn't find as OP also didn't find Paul Mast. :) – Albrecht Hügli Oct 7 at 14:02

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