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  • Jinny Boyce
    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.
    Message 1 of 4 , Sep 5, 2004
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      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.
      Jinny

      hamburgerbuntpapier_de <hamburgerbuntpapier@...> wrote:
      A terrible fire has destroyed a great part of The Duchess Anna Amalia's Library in Weimar,
      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 resp.
      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 valuable
      portraits and statues.
      Ironically, the whole library was to be moved in only five weeks time to a brand new, state-
      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 books
      and seen unearthed treasures of decorated paper, I could cry.

      Susanne Krause

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    • hamburgerbuntpapier_de
      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
      Message 2 of 4 , Sep 7, 2004
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        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,
        but nevertheless....

        Susanne Krause

        --- 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.
        > Jinny
        >
        > hamburgerbuntpapier_de <hamburgerbuntpapier@t...> wrote:
        > A terrible fire has destroyed a great part of The Duchess Anna Amalia's Library in
        Weimar,
        > 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
        resp.
        > 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
        valuable
        > portraits and statues.
        > Ironically, the whole library was to be moved in only five weeks time to a brand new,
        state-
        > 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
        books
        > and seen unearthed treasures of decorated paper, I could cry.
        >
        > Susanne Krause
        >
        > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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