Jinny - what has caused the fire is not yet determined. In the beginning they assumed a
short circuit, but now they have called in the federal arson specialists. If it is arson, it will
be even worse that some techical cause in an old, old building.
It is like a study in history: Why Mozart's work survived the centuries, and why others
didn't. Certainly something to cherish if we're sitting at our music stands.
My husband said, now stop fretting, it's only books, and in Beslan it's children! He's right,
--- In Marbling@yahoogroups.com, Jinny Boyce <silversaxs@y...> wrote:
> Oh my what a terrible loss. To lose music in any way is a tragedy. I was brought up
playing classical piano and my heart is heavy with sadness at the loss. Has the cause of
the fire been determined? Hopefully all is not lost.
> hamburgerbuntpapier_de <hamburgerbuntpapier@t...> wrote:
> A terrible fire has destroyed a great part of The Duchess Anna Amalia's Library in
> Thuringia, Germany. About 30'000 books from 15th to 18th century were eaten by the
> flames, among them the Duchess's unique collection of 2000 musical manuscripts. Two
> manuscripts by Mozart survived only because they were part of a special exhibition
> waiting for a reader in the readingroom.
> The library and its unbelievably beautiful rococo house was declared Heritage Of The
> World by UNESCO years ago. Now it is to be hoped that the roof will stay in its rightful
> place on top of the house instead of breaking down and destroying even more of the
> original building, and that it will be possible to get out the remaining 40'000 books that
> are drenched in water in order to have them deepfrosted as soon as possible to save the
> remains. The big, big painted ceiling is already lost forever, as well as dozens of
> portraits and statues.
> Ironically, the whole library was to be moved in only five weeks time to a brand new,
> of-the-art underground magazine and the house restored.
> Weimar was Goethe's (and later Nietzsche's) town. The whole place breathes culture and
> history. If I imagine how it looks like where I have been and marvelled at sensational
> and seen unearthed treasures of decorated paper, I could cry.
> Susanne Krause
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