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

of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg South Africa

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



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

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

The Ravel Composition Ex „Feuillets d‟art‟ .

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


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

. Dedicated to HA during the composer‟s invitation to perform on a promotional tour of South Africa in 1971. 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.


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

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

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

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

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

A. 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. Because of the difficulty of getting such players together. two cellos and a French horn. (S. Rand Daily Mail) . A long lost Schumann Andante & Variations in its original arrangement for two pianos. Schumann rearranged the work for two pianos alone.

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

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

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

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

The music has long been out of print. great composer and medical innovator. Johannesburg) . Jewish Herald. and Walter Klien . (Rand Daily Mail. one of a number of artists interested in the music. was presented with a copy. A piano quintet score was discovered in the HA library. A well known Pharmaceutical Company sponsored „Linking Medicine and Music‟. and touring South Africa at the time. a professor of medicine and chemistry. 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.Alexander Borodin.

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

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

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