Michael Mann's library
Michael Mann sheet music
Air D'Attilio Atiosti Waefelghem
Prelude in d, arr Braun Bach Guenther
Suite in d de Boer manuscript, ink, fingerings in pencil
Konzert fuer Viola d'Amore de Boer score, manuscript in ink
Konzert fuer Viola d'Amore reduct. de Boer score, manuscript in ink
Partita VII Biber Guenther
24 Preludes Casadesus Salabert
Trois Fantaisies Couperin Eschig
Sonate Couperin Eschig
Trio Gassmann Guenther
Schule fuer Viole D'Amour Goldis Weinberger, 1916
Suite Graupner Guenther
Parthia da Camera Guzinger Guenther
Tambourin Gossec Guenther
Trio, flute v. d'A Graupner Guenther
Partita Grobe Guenther
Divertimento Hoffmeister Guenther
Kleine Sonate Hindemith Scott (1929)
Suite in old Style Kint Guenther
Sonata fl. D'A Keiser Guenther
Sonate in d Konink Broekmans 1948
Partita Krumloffski Guenther
Concerto Kontzvindt Guenther
Sarabande Marais Waefelghem
Suite in D Milandre Costallat
Trio Viol. V. d'A u. cembalo Milandre manuscript in Guenther's hand?
Suite in D Marc Editions Maurice Senart
Partita II Petzold/Kint Guenther
Largo en Allegro in d Pepusch Broekmans
Partita in A Petzold/Kint Guenther
Sonata 1 Rust Guenther
Aria con var Rust Guenther
Sonatine Rust Guenther
Adagio Stamitz Guenther
Aria Die Rose Scarlatti Guenther
Sonata, Marlbruch, Stamitz Guenther
Concerto I Stamitz Guenther
Concerto Stamitz Guenther
Sonata, D Stamitz Guenther
Concerto, Triple Telemann Litolff's
Concerti, RV 393, 395 and 396 Vivaldi Ricordi (1954)
Concerto, RV 397 Vivaldi Guenther
Concerto, RV 397 Vivaldi Guenther
Concerto, RV 540, arr Fl. D'A Vivaldi Guenther
Concerto, RV 392 Vivaldi Guenther
Partie amabiles Woita Guenther
Konzert Viola Zelter Grahl
Quite an extensive collection of viola d'amore music Michael had; he must have been a serious musician. The de Boer Suite, the Vivaldi a minor concerto, and the Milandre show signs of having been practiced. For the most part, however, there are few markings in the music. The Guenther editions were printed on poor quality paper; many are disintegrating despite not having been used. The De Boer scores intrigue me, as someone took quite some trouble to copy them out.
I was astonished at these ads; early music interest before W.W. II!
I must say I was delighted to have the opportunity to discover this literary connection in the past of my fine Thomas Eberle viola d'amore. As Michael Mann said, it is not in original condition: the bass bar and neck and peg box have been replaced. The modern repairman, who in the 1920's or 30's created the 7/7 version of my instrument, made a VSL of 385 mm, so while the instrument sounds well, it is a trial to play. It is a pity so many felt during the 20th century felt the urge to change these old instruments; in hindsight their efforts to make them louder seem so destructive and so futile, in that they did not succeed in creating a loud viola d'amore with a place along side the modern violin. I feel for Michael in his efforts to play the Vivaldi a minor concerto, which would have been much easier to play on the original 6-string version of the instrument.
Not just Viola d'Amore, but also Viola da Gamba!
However, I am thrilled to have this collection of music, which is a valuable witness to the history of the viola d'amore and early music in the 20th Century. How surprised my colleagues were to see the ads dating from the 1930's on the Guenther editions for gamba strings, and original bows! And that so much early music was available then, even though the editorial work is out of style and basic information is lacking. Every generation seems to want to come upon the viola d'amore as if it was their own unique discovery, but history says otherwise.
Another ad for old stuff...sort of.
Perhaps I have not proved that Mann learned what he needed to create Zeitblom from hearing his boy practice in garage, as the evidence is circumstantial. However, it is certainly seems possible to me, even likely, that for the Mann family, the viola d'amore was a family affair.