Johannes Brahms’ Address Book

Bound with linen gutter with thread stitching, ruled, indexed with alternating black and red letters, purchased at the bookstore “Rollinger / Wien / Stadt Rothenthurmstrasse 25” (marked on the inside cover)

Brahms probably received the address book at the end of 1869 from Bertha Faber. Born in Vienna as Bertha Porubszky, she moved to her aunt Auguste Brandt in Hamburg at age 17. She was one of the founding members of the Hamburger Frauenchor, which Brahms conducted from 1859 to 1862, and remained lifelong friends with the composer. Brahms dedicated his lullaby “Guten Abend, gut Nacht” op. 49, no. 4 to Faber and her husband, Arthur.

For each letter in the address book, Bertha Faber entered the first or last name of a young woman who was friendly with Brahms. This was clearly intended as a well-intended prank, since the women who were especially close to the composer, such as Clara Schumann or Agathe Siebold, do not appear.

Brahms kept the book over several years. It reflects his extensive circle of acquaintances and contacts: just to mention just a few prominent examples, the doctor and friend Theodor Billroth, Max Bruch, who entered his Berlin address himself, Hans von Bülow, Antonín Dvo?ák, Anselm Feuerbach, Robert Fuchs, the couple Maria und Richard Fellinger, Eduard Hanslick, Richard Heuberger, Joseph Joachim, Max Kalbeck, Brahmsí teacher Eduard Marxsen, the painter Ludwig Michalek, Hans Richter, Johann Strauss, Jr., Clara Schumann, Julius Stockhausen, Fritz Simrock, Carl Maria von Weber’s son Max Maria von Weber, and the singer Gustav Walter.

Important addresses are not only ordered alphabetically under the name of the person, but also under their place of residence. Under the key word “Amsterdam”, we find the conductor and composer Johann Joseph Hermann Verhulst, who had already been friends with the Schumanns, and the pianist, conductor, and composer Julius Röntgen. Under “Berlin”, for example, we find the names of Ernst Rudorff, a pianist, composer, and teacher at the Königlichen Hochschule für Musik, cellist Robert Hausmann, who was a member of the Joachim-Quartett and also taught at Berlin’s school of music, Joseph Joachim, the painter Adolf Menzel, a personal acquaintance of Brahms, Heinrich von Herzogenberg, who was named professor in 1885 and taught composition at the music academy, and the conductor Felix von Weingartner, who began conducting in Berlin in 1891.

Under “Hamburg”, the following names can be found:  the director of the Cäcilienverein, Julius Spengel; violinist Carl Bargheer, who was friends with Brahms since his time in Detmold; the composer Theodor Kirchner, a key proponent of Brahms’ music in Switzerland and an intimate friend of the composer, who lived in Hamburg since 1890; Gustav Mahler, who was first conductor at Hamburg’s Stadttheater from 1891 to 1897. Brahms praised Mahler’s abilities as a conductor to friends, since meeting Mahler during his time in Budapest. The name of his cousin Christian Detmering is also listed under “Hamburg”.

Certain professionals, like the copyists employed by Brahms, can be found listed under their profession, not under their names. The professions include: copyist, cleaner, shoemaker, laundress, seamstress, and dentist.

Content:

U 1: »ADRESSEN-BUCH«
U 2: Geschäftsmarke »ROLLINGER / WIEN / Stadt Rothenthurmstrasse 25. / Formular / A / Nro. / 1/h / Blätter / 72 / xx. / 46«
Bl. 1 leer (Vorsatzblatt)

Bl. 2r [A]
Avé Lallemant [Theodor] / Jordanstr. 46
Jul.[ius] Allgeyer München 13 Rottmannstr

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Bl. 3r Amsterdam J.[erôme] A.[lexander] Sillem / Verhulst [Johannes], Röntgen [Julius]

Bl. 3v [Adressen]

Bl. 4r [B]
Brüll [Ignaz]

Bl. 4v Bruch [Max], Friedenau / bei Berlin / Albertstraße 3
Alice Barbi

Bl. 5r Basel Riggenbach-/Stehlin [Friedrich und Margaretha]
Berlin, Jul.[ius] Grosser Kanonierstr. 17
Rob.[ert] Keller Berlin W. Steglitzerstr. 1.
Herzogenberg [Heinrich und Elisabeth von] W. 62. Kurfürstendamm 263
Frau Mathilde Spitta Charlottenburg. Fasanenstr. 1.

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Bl. 7v Baronin [Marie von] Cornaro 6. Kantg. 3. III
Hugo Conrat Walfischg. 12.

Bl. 8r [C]
Hlavaczek [Franz] VIII Lammgasse 12, 3ter St. / sehr gut.

Bl. 8v leer

Bl. 9r Beckerath [Familie]
G.[ustav] Ophüls Hubertusstr.

Bl. 9v [Adressen]

Bl. 10r [D]
Denninghoff-Giesemann [Familie]
Wie.[n] Dumba [Nikolaus]
Anton[ín] Dvorák, Kornthorg.10.II Prag

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Bl. 12v [Adresse]

Bl. 13r [E]
? Ebner [Ottilie] Fichtestr. 5
Engelmann [Theodor Wilhelm] (Leipzig, Königsplatz 1. 3 St.

Bl. 13v leer

Bl. 14r leer

Bl. 14v Franz Flatz IX...
Dr. Rich.[ard] Fellinger III / Fr. Maria 96 Hauptstr. III

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Frl. [Marie] Fillung[er]
A. [nselm] Feuerbach
Faber [Familie]
R.[ichard]Fellinger (Maria) III

Bl. 15v Dr. [Rudolf] Fröschl III ... 78

Bl. 16r [Adressen]

Bl. 16v leer

Bl. 17r leer

Bl. 17v [Adressen]
Gotthard [Johann Peter] IV...
Alfred Grünfeld
Grädener [Carl Georg Peter] III Seidelg. 34

Bl. 18r [G]
Carl Grammann IV Hauptstr. 6

Bl. 18v leer

Bl. 19r [Adressen]

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Bl. 21v Herzogenberg
Fr.[iedrich] Hilpert. IV Mühlg. 2 2ter St.
Henschel, Georg Boston. Mass. U. S. A. / 6 Otis Place
Hanslick [Eduard] IV Wohllebeng. 20
Georg Henschel London

Bl. 22r [H] [Adressen]
Georg Henschel

Bl. 22v Franz von Holbein / Schrankgasse 3.II

Bl. 23r Hamburg
Jul.[ius] u. Alice Spengel
Böie [John] Altona Marktstr. 52
Herzogenberg, München Saßstr. 30
R.[obert] Hausmann Lützow-Ufer 24
Carl Bargheer Hbg. 4 Morrweidenstr.
Chr.[istian] Detmering Weserstr. 2
Toni Petersen Alte Rabenstr. 28
G.[ustav] Mahler Parkallee 12

Bl. 23v leer

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Bl. 27r [J]
Joachim Bendlesstr. 17

Bl. 27v leer

Bl. 28r leer

Bl. 28v Dr. Kraus Felix Wallners. 3 links III
Klinger Max Plagwitz-Leipzig
Carl Kundmann
Robert Keller, Berlin W. Steglitzerstr. 1
Kalbeck, [Max] Porzellanga. 48 IX

Bl. 29r [K]
Iwan Knorr
Kupelwieser, Karl

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Bl. 30r Marie Janssen, geb. Cossel

Bl. 30v leer

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Bl. 33r [L]
W.[ilhelm Stephan] Lindeck. W. H. Ladenburg u. Söhne / Mannheim
Lewinsky [Josef] Lichtensteinstr. 53

Bl. 33v leer

Bl. 34r Rob.[ert] Lienau Berlin Französische Str. 23.
Klinger [Max] Plagwitz, Carl-Heinestr. 2.93.

Bl. 34v [Adressen]

Bl. 35r [M]
J. Maho Editeur de musique / Paris 25 Rue du Faub[our]g. St. Honoré
Mandyczewski [Eusebius]...
Miller [zu Aichholz] (Victor) Heumarkt 13 I.
Ludw.[ig] Michalek...

Bl. 35v leer

Bl. 36r München
Mainz
Mannheim Felix Hecht. / Helene Hecht.
Merseburg

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Bl. 40r [N]
C.[arl] Nawratil / XVIII. 5 ?str.

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Bl. 43r [O]
Fra. [ntišek] Ondrícek. Porzellang. 60 / Rossanerhof


Bl. 43v [Adressen]

Bl. 44r [P]
C.[arl] F.[erdinand] Pohl I Kleeblattg. 91. Kleeblattg.
von Perger [Richard]
Papier-Paumgartner [Rosa] IV. Frankenbergg. 7

Bl. 44v
Pesth. Volkmann [Robert] Erkel [Alexander]
Pressburg
Hans Koessler Maria Valeria ... 14.

Bl. 45-48 leer

Bl. 49r [R]
Hans Richter
Prinz Heinrich [XXIV] Reuss[-Köstritz] (Durchlaucht)
Rottenberg [Ludwig] III. Kegelg. 11.II.9
A.[nton] Rückauf. 17 Mariahilferstr.
M.[arie] Röger [-Soldat]. Mohsgasse 13.II.21.
Walter Rabl VIII. Auerspergg[asse]. 5.

Bl. 49v leer

Bl. 50-52r leer

Bl. 52v Simrock Berlin W. 171 Friedrichstr.
L.[udwig] Speidel

Bl. 53r [S]
Strauß. [Johann] Igelgasse 4 (IV)
Dr. Ad.[Alfred] Schrötter [von Kristelli]

Bl. 53v Dr. Heinrich Schenker III. Traung. (?) 1
Schulz-Beuthen [Heinrich] Oberdöbling Albrechtg. 3
Rich[ard] Specht
Fr. M Soldat 13 Mohsgas[s]e (Fasang)

Bl. 54r Salzburg,
D.[aniel] Spitzer
Standthartner [Joseph] Grünstr. 2/III / Schottenhof 13 Stiege 4
Jul.[ius] Spengel. Hbg. Mundsburgerdamm 2. III
Anton Scharff...

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Bl. 61r [T] [Adressen]


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Bl. 62 leer

Bl. 63r [U] [?]

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Bl. 64r [V]
Frl. Ludovika Vogl

Bl. 64v Gräfin [Stefanie] Wurmbrand-Vrabély
Gust.[av] Walter Oetzaltg. 3
Wallnöfer [Adolf] I Salvatorg. 19.
Wüllner [Franz] Dresden Christianstr. 6 II
Wittgenstein

Bl. 65r [W]
Weinwurm [Rudolf]

Bl. 65v Wittgenstein Allergasse 16. (Döbling)

Bl. 66r Wiesbaden
R. [udolf] v. Beckerath,
Louis Ehlert

Bl. 66v leer

Bl. 67-69 leer

Bl. 70r [X] [?]

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Bl. 71 leer

Bl. 72r [Z]
Zahnarzt Herman / Kärnthnerstr.

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