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Hans Adler displays His Wanda Landowska Gothic Piano with famous painting in the lid.
Hans Adler doing research in his beloved Music Museum library.
Official opening of the Hans Adler Memorial Music Museum, 1980.
. to whom the collection and library was donated on his passing.Two photos inside the newly opened (1980) Witwatersrand University Hans Adler Memorial Music Museum.
Welcome to the Hans Adler Music Collection .
and assembled the finest collection of this type in the Republic of South Africa. eg. Rand Daily Mail (RDM) Johannesburg. Personally dedicated photos from well over 125 renowned classical artists and groups that performed through him in South Africa between 1950 and 1978. Various references contained in the text of the following instruments refer to: Donald Boalch. 1440-1840.respected performers throughout Europe and America. The Museum he assembled over the years comprised 3 parts: A collection of 20 mostly rare early keyboard instruments An enormous Library of books. The keyboard collection shows the development of the keyboard instrument and includes many rare works.Hans Adler always had a particular passion for chamber music. The music scores and periodicals (with just a dedication decal) were absorbed by/incorporated into their main university library. especially keyboard work. Die Transvaler (Afrikaans language Johannesburg newspapers) . and one of the most noted in the World. Makers of the Harpsichord and Clavichord. displaying many of his keyboard instruments. sheet music and periodicals. Most of the Collection was willed to the Wits University of Johannesburg on his death in 1979. Panorama. manuscripts. Also 3 personal autograph books with over 180 dedications. most of whom became or still are renowned and highly. comments and memories from the performers.OUP 1956 Various South African Newspapers. mainly focused on his chamber music and multi-hand keyboard passion. where a Hans Adler Music Collection Museum was established. and a glass case containing a few rare manuscripts and letters. dictionaries and encyclopedias.
Beyer Glasschord or Glass Harmonica.1786 .
a variant of which was played in his time by a blind musician. 1786 and bought from Alain Vian. France.an Adagio in C and an Adagio and Rondo for a glasschord. Marianne Kirchgessner.65) . viola and cello . flute. Their fragility accounts for their rarity.3.1.66).11. Made in France for the aristocracy and as a decoration (Transvaler.Glasschord or Glass Harmonica made by Beyer. 28. Mozart composed music in 1791 for such an instrument. played like a piano. (RDM 6.59) Hans Adler has only seen two others. Very rare. oboe.are in the Adler music library. but the tune comes from slivers of glass instead of wires. one in a private collection in France and one in the musical instrument museum in Vienna. The sheet music . Bought in France in a very old music antique shop (Star. 12.
became interested and mechanised it by using self-tuned glass bowls. TV Times.59) It was unwieldy to carry around glasses of water in a piano. Glasschords originally consisted of glasses filled with water to varying levels to produce the notes of the scale. Thus Beyer changed these to strips of glass. It belonged to the Comte de Briqueville. Permission for export had to be granted by the Musée du Louvre. June 1. new in 1947 .Two-and-a half by one-foot instrument. These strike a glass xylophone and produce sounds more limpid and sweet than those of a celesta. three octaves of notes which act on hammers with heads of green leather as large as olives. when he came to England in 1757. whose collection was dispersed in the 1930s (RDM. Benjamin Franklin. 17.12. 1975) Pleyel Harpsichord. He called it "Harmonica". (Sunday Times. The instrument was later replaced by the celesta. Sound was produced either by hammers or the wetted fingers. which checked if there was one left in France. mahogany case.
1. 1947) Replica: Of a new concert performance instrument modelled on the one made for Landowska (Transvaler.Pleyel Harpsichord (Nov. February.65) Utilised for Public Concert Performances with Isabel Nef (Noted International Harpsichordist) in Johannesburg Musical Society 2 Harpsichord Recital. 1956 Wanda Landowska Harpsichord . 28.
Landowska Harpsichord sculptured gothic harpsichord. Renaissance painting. the owner sold it to Mr Adler. 21.55p bought at auction. 16th century. TV Times. damaged on transport and restored by H. wood carving restored in Paris by 92-year-old. 1.72) Mainly because the owner wanted to see the instrument played on instead of remaining silent in the glass case of a museum.11. Schilling (Opus. inside the lid. 16th century Italian.75) mentioned in Musical America 15.2.6. July 72) featured in Landowska's autobiography (Star. mentioned in Wanda Landowska's biography as being her . probably cut out of its frame and mounted on harpsichord lid (Sunday Times. first performance of Landowska 1912 on this instrument.Painting attributed to Verroccchio.
4. new. 5. Modelled on an early 17thcentury. five octaves. detailed description of both repairs (RDM.71) Neupert Clavichord.11.favourite instrument. three special ivory buttons at the side of the keyboard to enable the registration and tone colour of the harpsichord to be changed. (Transvaler. 1954) A replica Instrument made for performing . instrument in a Munich Museum (Munich Museum of Science and Technology).11. made for performing Neupert Clavichord (Oct. only one in South Africa when imported in 1954.54) .
Menegoni Virginal or Ottavino Menegoni Virginal or Ottavino .
69) Royal crest on the case indicates that it once belonged to the Austrian Emperor (Panorama. "Springers" derart gesetzt. seitlich an der Saite vorbeistreicht. one in Smithsonian Institue and other inVictoria and Albert Museum (Pretoria News. the other two privately owned.oder Rabenfederkiel) angerissen.65) Only three are in existence. 1696.(RDM. Basel harpsichord. has a beautifully inlaid case. historisches museum.3. 1692. Smithsonian Institution . Later it was discovered to be the Austrian government. 1715. Venice 1689. There are only about four listed in the world. Auction took place in Belgium. Milan harpsichord. (Lantern. Paris polygonal virginal. Museo Civico. 10. 1690. 6.Information given by Hans Adler 1977: Das Instrument hat unregelmässig viereckige Form und steht in einem braun eingelegten Kasten neueren Datums.3. spurious a) b) c) d) Bought at public auction in competition with unknown buyer. dass es beim Anschlagen der Taste die Saite von unten her anzupft. One is in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington. dank der beweglichen Zunge. Dieses Plektrum ist an einer beweglichen Zunge im Oberteil eines Holzstäbchens des sogen. March 1966) . like the harpsichord. Die Saiten werden von Federkielen (einem Plektrum aus Leder. It is a smaller instrument and was therefore probably used mainly for vocal accompaniments. one in the Historical Museum in Basel. also works with plectra. July 58) Information from Boalch: 4 instruments listed: ottavino. beim Zurückfallen dagegen. Yannick Guillou.
or Mozart Piano .Georg Winckler Fortepiano. Hammerklavier.
65?) seven feet long. the action being of hammers on strings.3. Auf einer gestochenen Vignette auf dem Resonanzboden das Signum: Georg Winckler.und Instrumentenmacher München. but the damper pedals work at the knee. In all probability Mozart himself played on this piano . a true piano. von Neupert in Nürnberg gekauft. He described one like it in his letters (Rand Daily Mail. einen für Forte und einen für Piano. Case: Nussbaum.11. 40 inches wide at the keyboard. 13. Lauten. Die Mechanik ist eine Wiener Mechanik mit Kastendämpfung. five octaves.56) . HAMMERKLAVIER OR MOZART PIANO Hammerklavier or fortepiano of the late 18th century (1780?) made by Georg Winckler of Switzerland.FORTEPIANO. manufactured in Munich in 1785 (RDM. 5 octaves (Ff3) Er besitzt zwei Kniehebel.hence its name "Mozart" piano. 6.
experts estimate middle of 17thcentury.4. four octave keyboard. who had resisted all offers had died and his widow was willing to sell. flattened at the top where they make contact with the strings.61) . threeand-a-half foot oak case. little box at the side where it was customary for ladies to keep perfume or hairpins (RDM 5.3. elongated box. The earliest record goes back to 1404 when it was mentioned in "Rules of the Minnesingers" by Eberhard Cersne.65) Mr Adler secured this instrument because the owner. The oldest existing specimen is in the Metropolitan Museum. It is a keyboard of which the tones are produced by slender upright blades of brass called "tangents". rectangular. New York and is dated 1537 (RDM 6.German Clavichord Clavichord in inlaid case which is newer (1730?) from Germany.
Viola D'Amore Viola D'Amore: The 7 stringed Viola. received from the Gaspar Cassado (Noted Spanish Cellist) collection .
Hans Rueckers Epinette. Virginal or Harpsichord .
.. p. An internal lid painting shows courtiers in a landscape with a castle. short octave Keyboard: White naturals. Width: 380 mm.. The date of c. Makers of the Harpsichord and Clavichord. The instrument is not part of a mother and child combination. Depth: 185 mm Remarks: The only surviving Ruckers 2. Because of its unique position in the range of Ruckers instruments. and is painted in the standard Ruckers green marbling. G. instrument authenticated by O'Brien . it is the subject of considerable investigation and comparison by O'Brien .551: Type: Rectangular virginal. one-of-a-kind octave quint virginal Date: 1610 Inscriptions: Ruckers number /51 Specification: 1x4 Compass: C/E-c³.5-voet virginal at pitch R+9 . the Stradivarius among harpsichord Information from Boalch. CUP 1990 .Hans Rueckers Epinette/Virginal or Harpsichord 17th century. Grant: Ruckers. but undated.his number (c. Reference: O'Brien. but stands in its own right. 1610)a AR. 1440-1840.a unique. black sharps Number of roses: 1 Style of rose: Seated harping figure Exterior of case: Painted Scale: 147 mm Length: 711 mm.. The outer case is shaped like a small writing desk. 1610 is ascribed on the basis of the rose and soundboard decoration. Cambridge. a harpsichord and virginal building tradition.
\Alexander Bertolotti Harpsichord .
The keyboard is completely renovated or altogether new. Two Manual . Italian Harpsichord. the soundboard and rose also.Painted Bertolotti Harpsichord: with trestles. Venetian (1600) The painted casing is antique.
on trestle. (1750). The strings in this instrument are plucked by a "quill" when the key is struck.3.6.65) . shaped like a modern grand piano but much narrower.Italian Harpsichord: decorated with garlands. bought in England. 17th century. (It is notable that there were also famous Flemish harpsichord makers in the 17th century. There is a double keyboard with several pedals or "stops" (RDM. It has a beautiful Flemish painting on the inside of the lid in the style of Tenier and a beautifully ornamented frame. bought at Sotheby's.
Clavicytherium or upright Clavichord .
doors are original. very few remaining.11. late 1500s. New York and a few in Germany. The doors which close on the strings are ornamented with painted floral borders and panels of holy figures .Clavicytherium or Upright Clavichord 1589. They are strung vertically over a sounding board which has two ivory ornamented rose-holes. keyboard partly restored Italian. At the sides of the keyboard are gilt figures of cherubs in high relief. It has about 3 octaves and its strings are about as long as those of a zither. Bought from Alain Vian. 21.73) from a monastery in the south of France. one in the Donaldson Museum of the Royal College of Music in London. had to obtain permit from Musée du Louvre as they had to check whether there was still one in France. probably used to lead prayer and hymns. another in the Metropolitan Museum. upright clavichord (Star.
probably made in Italy (RDM. rarissimo. Series A Claviciterio dipinto a soggetti sacri. alto 1. fregi ed ornati dorati fondo bleu con stemma del Papa Sisto V al quale credesi appartenuto.3. catalog 6.3.on the inside and a prayer in Latin on the outside.0.10. Salve sancte puer salve vir guncula mater ter venerande puer. Temater tu virgo paris sotera deum que tu puer es sotera tu puer ille deus.40. 1000 At Franciolini's trial. erroneously sold as spinet from Naples. 1. lungo m." (p. and throughout the instrument there were forged parts. this instrument was mentioned as being a fake: "A clavicytherium had been made from an old shrine. reconditioned in England and the date of which he gives as 1730.65) Took two years to restore in Paris. (RDM 6. early 17th century.197) Square Piano Square Piano 1725: from Gaspar Cassado's estate. L.0. Firmato: Petrus de Paulus Fecit 1587. . largo m. The sound produced when the keys are pressed down is small but tinkles clearly.65) Information from Franciolini catalogue.60.
8. one of the first pianos . (Star 29.Recognized authorities have up to now considered that the earliest extant square piano in existence is one by Johan Socher dated 1742.70) Broadwood Piano.
Bolden Square. which address is on Mr. five-octave square piano built by John Broadwood (the oldest firm of piano-makers still in existence) in London in 1788. It is one of his earliest instruments. 27. repaired by Hermann Gertz.Broadwood Piano London. The date at which Broadwood began making pianos was 1781 in Great Pulteney Street.66) . 1788 Bought from Sotheby's.9. (RDM. Johannesburg. Adler's instrument.
On trestles. four and a half octave span.Johannes Player Spinet Johanness Player Spinet 1741. inset Johannes Player fecit. two of the bass notes halved to allow for . bought from Sotheby's.
already has in miniature the shape of grand pianos to come. another in Washington.69 Only four other of his instruments have so far been traced. 527 Type: Wing spinet signed on jackrail: Johannes Player fecit. The spinet here. beautifully inlaid with carnation and tulip design. exterior of case. Compass is lacking GG# and AA# but having split C# and D# in octave above. (RDM.3. Walnut case. 10. Arcaded naturals. plain wood. from Ireland .quarter-tones. 27. Sold at Sotheby's in 1966 Ferdinand Weber Harpsichord.66) Information from Boalch: 11 listed This instrument is probably the one on p. until quite recently when a quarter-tone piano was hailed as a "modern" discovery. Player was known to have experimented with quartertone keys. This discovery was lost for hundreds of years. One is in the Victoria and Albert Museum. length 1511 mm Nameboard inlaid with tulips and carnations issuing from foliate cornucopias.9. Pretoria News.
"The Messiah" was first performed there. privately owned in Ireland . Repaired by Michael Thomas Information from Boalch: 7 instruments listed: a) harpsichord. P. Watts. one in the Brussels Conservatoire. 6. National Museum of Ireland e) harpsichord. 1764.65?) 1752. Webers harpsichords are now rare. National Museum of Ireland g) clavicytherium. beautiful hinges (Panorama.J. bought at Christies. 1751. Brussels Museum c) clavicytherium. 1746. Royal College of Music f) wing spinet. 1775. (Rand Daily Mail. 18th Century Made in Dublin by Ferdinand Weber. July 1958). Maidenhead b) harpsichord. a friend of Handel's. Handel had close associations with Dublin.Weber harpsichord. 1775. 1768. National Museum of Ireland d) harpsichord. Two are in the National Museum in Dublin.3.
Was surprisingly simple to use. clear piano sound.6. Developed before railroads for use during stage coach travel. balanced on your knees. even in a bouncing stagecoach. (Sunday Times. Tympanum Dulcimer. TV Times. Hackbrett .Travelling or Practice Piano Travelling Piano 1825: has a large mirror for Madam to practice her attitude. 1.71) The keyboard slides into the frame.
exquisitely inlaid with ivory roses and which may be used with such beautiful effect in Brahms' Gypsy Songs (Pretoria News. Dulcimer.69) 8 Keyboard Action Models .Tympanum. 10.3. made in Belgium. Hackebrett with two new mallets earliest ancestor of the piano.
3.8 Piano Action models bought from Neupert 28.65).6. July 1958). Displays the development of how the sound was produced in keyboard Instruments over the Centuries Two modern Steinway Grands. this set specially made (Panorama.1957 Made by Neupert for an exhibition of musical instruments in New York before World War 11 (RDM 6. and the special music room .
set back to back. Of course. These can be seen in the centre left background. there were two modern Steinway Grand pianos. \ . for performing all the collected four hand and eight hand music Placed in the usual back to back position.
Music Collection Brochure . Rare & Notable Exhibits Album #1 and #2 H.A. the extensive sheet music scores.A. NW. SW corners of this specially build music room exhibiting the research library. More Hans Adler Information Sites Hans Adler on Wikipedia Hans Adler Classical Musicians Autograph Collection Witwatersrand University H. collection of touring International Musicians' dedicated and autographed Photos and their Concert Programs Witwatersrand University's H. instruments and.A.Views of Music Room and Research Library The views are SE. below the bookcases. NE.