Classical music is indeed sparsely represented on this year's conference
program, but I will do a centennial tribute to sopranos Astrid Várnay and
Birgit Nilsson that I hope you will be able to attend.
On Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 7:09 PM, Alex McGehee <[log in to unmask]>
> A very interesting thread. Would be nice if such material, sources, and
> demonstrations made it to an ARSC conference. I noticed only Bluegrass,
> Disco, Rap, and the discovery that Baltimore is referred to as “Charm City”
> in a quick scan of the program for our annual event. Despite many years
> spent in the DC area, Baltimore’s nickname was a discovery. Sort of an
> oxymoron from my experiences outside the tourist areas.
> “Wellington’s Victory” is a great reminder of the old Mercury recording
> with Antal Dorati and the LSO. I bought it for the “1812” on the other
> side. The one with the “authentic” cannons and bells. Being something of a
> Tchaikovsky nut in my youth, the recording allowed me a first experience of
> a thoroughly mediocre work by Beethoven. Of course there are others and had
> I not already placed all the “great composers” on such an exalted altar, I
> would have realized that LvB had subpar days just like everyone else.
> Haydn’s pieces for Flötenuhr—the word is best translated as mechanical
> organ—are a minor, but interesting group in the larger body of his work.
> The still on-going, first complete edition of Haydn’s work considers 17 of
> these pieces to be genuine. Fifteen others, included in the relevant JHW
> volume, are published in an appendix, but cannot be sourced to Haydn. The
> editorial work which resulted in these divisions was done by Sonja Gerlach
> and George Hill in the early 1980s. Gerlach is near irreproachable in her
> scholarly work on Haydn.
> The princes Esterházy—particularly Nicholas II—were huge fans of
> mechanical organs, and they most certainly featured their “personal”
> composer’s works. A few of these devices have survived and they have
> revealed some significant information to researchers regarding other Haydn
> works, which we would not have known except for these wound up mechanicals.
> Given their cost, they must have been the audiophile status equipment of
> their day. Haydn was intimately involved in the transcription of his music
> for them. He worked together with a very talented builder— Catholic priest,
> Father Primitivus Niemecz, also on the Esterházy payroll. Haydn’s autograph
> manuscript for the music in one of these organs requires 32 tones over a
> three octave range. Unfortunately, because mainsprings wear out and get
> replaced, we cannot rely on the devices for unquestioned authority in
> matters of tempo. Given the pre-metronome times, that would have been good
> information to have.
> If your eyes have not completely glazed over by this point, I would
> strongly recommend tracking down Arthur Ord-Hume’s, Joseph Haydn and the
> Mechanical Organ. The text is in English and the book features absolutely
> terrific photographs of three of the clocks—still in playable condition,
> inside and out diagrams of how they were constructed, and facsimiles of a
> few surviving Haydn manuscripts for the works. I checked Abebooks.com <
> http://abebooks.com/> (like half the bookselling world, now owned by
> Amazon) and found it still available for under $20.
> Incidentally, the first known public hearing of any of Haydn’s Flötenuhr
> music took place on June 14, 1926 as part of a Vienna radio broadcast.
> Alex McGehee
> > On Apr 25, 2018, at 7:40 PM, Paul Jackson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > The Stanford Piano Roll project may be able to help with this.
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> > On 4/25/2018 2:13 PM, Frank Forman wrote:
> >> Does anyone have a piano roll listing? Schnabel punched 051n2 (Rondo in
> >> on Ampico 60613, in 1922, making it the first, since Kempff's disc
> recording, P.66040 mx1721as, 1722� as, came in 1924.
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