July 14, 2014

Library Man



I snapped the photo above after leaving the Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts this past week, the same day that I celebrated my 56th birthday.

Strange to say: I never set out to be a library man. Rather, I simply found myself curious about what I had been taught, and, not finding any evidence for it in original sources, wanted to know why. Finding and publishing Hidden In Plain Sight: The Hermann Klein Phono-Vocal Method Based Upon The Famous School Of Manuel Garcia is a direct result of that curiositywhich leads me to a tale not yet told on these pages. 

My first foray into all things García took place at the Juillard School, where I went to look at their archives. What was the first thing I saw? A folder containing the memorial service program for Anna E. Schoen-René, who had been a student of Pauline Viardot-García and Manuel García. Madam Schoen-René's student Magaret Harshaw sang "Oh Rest in the Lord" from Mendelssohn's Elijah, and the program itself was dated exactly fifty years previously—to the day. The hair on the back of my head stood up, and I felt like someone leaned over and whispered in my ear: "This is your assignment buddy. Get busy!"

Not a bad beginning, huh? 

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