Gustav Mahler conducted Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on ten occasions: in Prague, Hamburg, Vienna, Strassburg and New York. For the last seven of these performances he prepared and used his own score and orchestral parts. I have transcribed and edited these materials...
A Major (22-year or 5,000,000 note) Service of my Flemish Double Harpsichord
I have now migrated most of the pages from my old site and in the process have updated and improved them. There are also new pages (see sidebar) and more will follow.
In the past year or so, I have been servicing my harpsichords: restringing with the more authentic wire now being produced by Steven Birkett at the University of Waterloo, Canada, and cleaning 22 years of grime from David Higgins’ unique soundboard painting. The last stage is replacing worn quill plectra. I have discovered that the banks of the Danube are a good source of swan feathers. These sound good and are long-lasting, though many of those that I find are too large and strong to use.
My edition of Mahler's score of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is now printed and available from music shops worldwide. I am currently preparing the study score of Mahler’s edition of Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony (No. 3).
I am also making an improved version of my pantophonic microphone and will post photos and soundfiles when it is finished.
External links are offered in good faith, while taking no responsibility for their permanence or for changes of content. Please let me know if any are broken or irrelevant.
For those interested in obscure technical details, the font used for these words is Baskerville. Oswald is used for headings and Roboto Slab is used for the Menu and elsewhere.
Playing Sound Files
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last revised 16 June 2020