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Dr Roth

When writing HWE, I was unable to discover anything much about Ernst’s friend Dr Roth – the dedicatee of the Pensées fugitives, his co-conspirator in a practical joke against Anton Schindler, and the librettist of one of Ernst’s songs – beyond the fact he was a homeopathic doctor. I’ve now discovered that he was David-Didier… Read more »

Ernst’s context: two important new books

Two books have recently appeared from the same enterprising publisher which will be of interest to all Ernstians. The first is Hugh Macdonald’s Music in 1853: The Biography of a Year (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2012) where Ernst, almost for the first time, takes his proper place amongst his contemporaries. The second is Mai Kawabata’s… Read more »

Ernst’s violin case

Paganini had a red leather violin case with his name in gold letters on the lid. Ernst had a similar case – although this time in green leather – made for his Stradivarius. Madam Ernst refers to this case in her poem ‘Ernst’s Violin’ – ‘You who were his living lyre, / Now you are… Read more »

Madam Beaumarié’s autograph album

The Heine Institute in Dusseldorf recently acquired an amazingly rich C19th autograph book. This belonged to a ‘Madam C.Beaumarié’ and contains sometimes lengthy m/s’s by Paganini, Berlioz, Liszt, Ernst and many others. Ernst’s contribution is a complete copy of the Elegy in his own hand – it may well be the original manuscript. There has… Read more »

Did Ernst perform Harold in August 1853?

The Dutch musicologist Pepijn van Doesburg has found some public announcements of Berlioz’s two concerts in Frankfurt on 24 and 29  August 1853 which reveal that the soloist in Berlioz’s Harold in Italy was not  Ernst, as all the records have previously suggested, but a fellow named Posch, possibly a local viola player of surpassing… Read more »