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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000045.txt from 2004/10

From: "dnleeson" <dnleeson@-----.net>
Subj: RE: [kl] Mozart holograph --- I've seen the real thing now --- John Newsome
Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2004 21:23:49 -0400

Re your comment on Jon Newsom, I saw him last in the Library of
Congress. He was putting out a facsimile of K. 361 and I ahd
been asked by the Journal of the American Library Association to
review it. The LC did a brilliant job on the photography and I
told him so. Has to be 25 or more years ago.

Dan Leeson
DNLeeson@-----.net

-----Original Message-----
From: Ormondtoby Montoya [mailto:ormondtoby@-----.net]
Sent: Sunday, October 03, 2004 5:33 PM
To: klarinet@-----.org
Subject: [kl] Mozart holograph --- I've seen the real thing
now --- John
Newsome

What a surprise! I went to a Juiliard String Quartet
performance this
afternoon, and it turned out that some people from the Library of
Congress were travelling with the quartet.

They displayed holographs by Bach, Beethoven, Schoenberg,
Stravinsky
(national anthem arrangement which apparently was rejected in
favor of
someone else's arrangement), Gershwin (if I remember
correctly).... to
mention a few..... and K.219 and K.515. The library staff
turned the
pages for us, and I was able to look at the Mozart manuscripts
from
beginning to end. I saw the smudges that Dan describes in his
"Mozart
Forgeries", rag paper that was nearly unaffected after so many
years,
the inks, the titles, and all the rest of it. I suppose it's no
big
deal to see these things in the flesh; but to be truthful, it
was!

One of the staff was explaining about rag paper and how it was
made, and
when she explained about quill pens, I was momentarily tempted to
enhance her explanation with a comment about the feathers from
different
birds. But that would've been upstaging her, of course. So I
didn't.

----- To Dan Leeson: one of the librarians was John Newsome. He
said
"Hello" to you, and he commented that it's been a long time since
he
last met you. He asked where you lived, and when I mentioned
that
you're sellng your instruments, he seemed a bit crestfallen. He
was
quick to compliment you on the important Mozart work that you've
done
over the years.

And there was a final incongruity as I walked to my car
afterwards. It
was a bit of a wrench for me:

A man dressed in tennis clothes and carrying a racket came up to
me.
As he banged the strings of his racket against the heel of his
palm, he
asked me: "What's going on?"

"A string quartet - Juliard String Quartet - and some
manuscripts", I
replied.

"Really?" he asked. "I didn't know we had tennis teams here."

It took me a moment.......

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