Interesting exhibition Documents and Articles from the Hans Adler Memorial Music Collection at the The University

of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa

Nobel Laureate.Dr Albert Schweitzer. where he opened a noted Hospital and Clinic. . Physician and Philanthropist. Received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1952. Spent most of his life as a Medical Missionary in French Equatorial Africa. Musician. Gained prominence in his early life as a music scholar and organist.



Ravel‟s only surviving pupil. As Durand & Fils owned sole publishing rights. . in terms of the Court Order. The copies already printed had to be destroyed. who needed money. Even Vlado Perlemuter. was surprised to hear that such a rare piece of music existed.Maurice Ravel. they took legal action and stopped distribution of the magazine. engaged this Paris Fashion Magazine in 1919 to publish “Frontispice”.

acknowledging receipt of the gift of the Magazine and Ravel‟s “Frontispice”. .The British Museum. copy of which they had been unable to obtain.

The Ravel Composition Ex „Feuillets d‟art‟ .

Nov. left and below. .Two compositions in honour of Hans Adler: March by Julian Dawson-Lyell on right. By John Ogdon. 1978. Two preludes for Piano Duet.


Serenada.Original Josef Suk Serenada Signed original Josef Suk Manuscript .Serenada . Signed Josef Suk Original Manuscript .

perhaps by an orchestra member.Signed copy of the limited edition of 1000 printings of Karlheinz Stockhausen‟s “Skizzen und Manususkripte” with some annotations and editing in French. . Dedicated to HA during the composer‟s invitation to perform on a promotional tour of South Africa in 1971.


1882 composition of “Jane” conveyed to HA on behalf of Paul Hollanders de Ouderaen (who helped in the biography of Anna Magdalena Bach.Facsimile of Debussy‟s approx. including this original manuscript. Madam Paul Hollanders owned a number of manuscripts and facsimiles of Debussy works. and “Jane” seems to have been first published in the 1960s . Of special interest is the fact that this was donated in 1956. JS‟s second wife).

possibly from his own publishing of the composition. A few Articles on some of the Unusual “finds” visiting musicians made in the H. Mr Kieffer toured Southern Africa in 1971 with „Les Percussions des Strasbourg‟.A. home library .- Facsimile of the score of “3 Pieces Breves pour vibraphone et piano” dedicated to HA by Detleff Kieffer. dated December 1963.

A Special section in the library. 1 by Brahms & 1 by Albert Dietrich in honour of Joachim…. A piano duet Maurice Ravel called Frontispice… A copy of Debussy‟s “Symphony en Si” a movement of a symphony in B minor composed when he stayed with Madame von Meck (Tchaikovsky‟s patroness) in Russia. In 1933 the MS was found in a Moscow market and published in a 4 hands edition…..…. It disappeared and remained untraced. giving misguided opinions of eminent critics on composers from Beethoven‟s time on. Sokolow & Glazonov …. Newman‟s views on one of Bartok‟s works are scarcely more complimentary. Beethoven‟s symphony #2 was described by Kotzebue as crass monster. Meyerbeer. …. Finally a thematic catalogue of Beethoven compositions.g. Rimsky-Korsakoff. written by Artciboucheff.. which had eluded him for years…. Johannesburg) . (Rand Daily Mail. Liadov. An American Lexicon of Musical Invective.incoherent shrill chaotic and earsplitting. Oddities like “Variations on a Russian Theme for large Orchestra”.a violin piano sonata with 2 movements composed by Schumann. The whole thing is systematically worked out: born Jews are marked with an asterisk. Rarities: like his copies of a Schumann quartet for 4 horns and piano…... Mendelsohn. like Piano music for various number of hands. A Lexicon of Jews in Music. Bloch etc. published in Berlin (1940) to avoid contaminating Aryan ears with Semitic creations. Smetana Sonata for 8 hands on 2 pianos and Stravinsky March for 3 hands. e. Wihtol.

Everyone knows Beethoven wrote 5 piano concertos. that he‟d owned for about 6 years. It is the composer‟s own arrangement for piano and orchestra of his violin concerto. H A took down a manuscript with Beethoven‟s 6th piano concerto. written when he was a teenager. nor contained his signature. A well-known American Orchestra could not find a copy anywhere. Two other piano concertos may also be regarded as Beethoven‟s. some musicologists doubt its authenticity. H A also has a rondo for piano originally intended to be the last movement for Concerto #2. He also has the piano part and orchestral score of another D major piano concerto published in the late 18 th century as a concerto by Beethoven. Breitkopf & Haertel published it as a Beethoven concerto. so they were able to borrow his copy. and some doubt it was an original work. One in E flat major. Because the original manuscript was not in his handwriting. (The Star. Johannesburg) . But H A has the orchestral score too – constructed from orchestral notes Beethoven included in the piano part. After the war. Grove‟s Dictionary of Musicians lists the work as “Un Concert pour le clavecin ou fortepiano. Piano part only extant”.

In HA‟s library they discovered a first edition of flute music by Clementi. and have found some in obscure little libraries all over the world. an 18th Century composer. Johannesburg) . (The Star.Jean-Pierre Rampal and accompanist Robert Veyron-Lacroix are always searching for flute music whenever they tour.

This went out of print a century ago.A first edition discovered quite by chance by the Kontarsky Brothers in H A‟s Music Library. Digest. (S. two cellos and a French horn. Because of the difficulty of getting such players together. A long lost Schumann Andante & Variations in its original arrangement for two pianos.A. Rand Daily Mail) . Schumann rearranged the work for two pianos alone.

played by the blind musician. Mozart composed a piece for the Glasschord. was found in HA's library. stock and barrel.. (two pianos two celli and horn) for which the the renowned piano duo. Lubochutz and Nemenoff had been looking out for. for about 20 years. Marianne Kirschgessner. and tried to buy it lock.In 1791. oboe. The Harpsichord maker Sperrhake was amazed to see the harpsichord collection during a visit to South Africa at this time. flute. …And the Schumann composition. .…. This sheet music (for glasschord. viola and cello) are in the HA library.

Johannesburg) . His Library has an original manuscript of Joseph Suk‟s (Dvorak‟s son-in-law) String Orchestra Serenade. (Sunday Times. published a half century after Bach‟s death but many think there must be an earlier issue. and keeps turning down good offers…… Remarks on Ravel‟s Frontispice. He has the 1802 biography by JR Forkel. was unaware that this piece had been written. who thought he had close knowledge of his teacher‟s work. and how all copies were to be destroyed due to copyright infringements. probably the only one to slip through the Iron Curtain from Czechoslovakia. Even Vlado Perlemuter. Ravel‟s Concert pupil.Musicologist Eva Badura-Shoda‟s remarks……… and HA‟s continues searching for an 18th Century biography of JS Bach.

Musurgia Universalis by Athanasius (1650). richly illustrated with many diagrams for holding the bow (1756). History of Music by Hawkins (1776). Violin Tutorial . (South African Panorama) . Arithmetica Geometria et Musica Boetii (1492) by Boethius. perhaps General the first by Leopold Mozart. Institutione Harmonishe (1573) by Zarlino. Opus Marianus Capella (1499). 4 volumes of the first English History of Music by Burney (1776). Traite de L‟Harmonie by Rameau (1722). Dictionaire du Musique by the famous JJ Rousseau (1732).Volumes include Bach‟s biography (1802) by JR Forkel. Le Parnasse Francois by du Tillet (1732).

the noted Viennese musicologist writes:…. Occasionally some of the rare music is played on equally rare keyboard instruments. A musical dictionary from 1650 is one of the few of its type still extant. and possibly equally rare is probably the first violin tutor published (Leopold Mozart – Violin Schule). shortly after the invention of printing is a scientific treatise on acoustics. “It was a great surprise to find here one of the finest libraries of musical instruments in the world. .Professor Eva Badura-Skoda. Institution Harmoniche by Gioseffo Zarlini (1573) deals with harmony. one of the most remarkable being the elaborately carved harpsichord of the world famous harpsichordist. Wanda Landowska.” De Institutione Musica printed in 1492.

Jewish Herald. A recording of an almost forgotten Borodin Piano Quintet created worldwide interest in this lesser known works. who founded the world‟s first school of medicine for women. Johannesburg) . great composer and medical innovator. A well known Pharmaceutical Company sponsored „Linking Medicine and Music‟. one of a number of artists interested in the music. and touring South Africa at the time. The music has long been out of print. (Rand Daily Mail. and Walter Klien .Alexander Borodin. a professor of medicine and chemistry. A piano quintet score was discovered in the HA library. was presented with a copy.

Of piano concertos alone there are 300. published the year Wolfgang was born. the Bach Biography of 1802. One of the finest privately owned sheet music collections in the world. some by famous composers and others by forgotten ones. Leopold Mozart‟s Violin tutor. attracting global attention. the Ravel “Frontispice” and the gift to the British Museum. (Rand Daily Mail. works previously unknown to them. Visiting artists frequently find among this music.Books on Boethius‟ treatise. Johannesburg) .

Rare numbered collectible copy #382 of only 900 produced.Erik Satie's well known 20 Compositions on Sports & Divertissements of 1914. .