Sep 26, 2020

Upcoming Posts

  • The Chess Master Karl Hamppe: a short Biography
  • About Arthur Kaufmann 
  • At the Grave of Adolf Schwarz
  • A Concert Report in the Diary of Carl Ludwig Costenoble
  • The Death of Chess Master Julius Perlis
  • The Will of Carl Ferdinand Pohl 
  • The Original Will of Natalie Bauer-Lechner
  • The Marriage Documents of George Szell
  • A Donizetti Discovery
  • The Rediscovery of Carl Czerny's original Will
  • The Cellist Wenzel Himmelbauer and his Genealogical Background
  • Two Seals of Joseph Haydn
  • An unknown Letter by Aloisia Lange 
  • The Seal of Emanuel Schikaneder

This list is not complete. For obvious reasons some topics of research cannot be revealed in advance.

Updated: 2 September 2020

Some readers have expressed concern regarding the decrease of the frequency of my posts during the last two years. As I explained in June 2015, my research is very time-consuming and I'm not getting paid for my writing on this blog. If readers are not willing to support my work with donations, this blog will have to be discontinued. I would also like to state that questions and inquiries submitted via e-mail cost time to be answered. And since time is not free, requests can only be answered if they come with a donation.

Owing to several copyright infringements, I call attention to the fact that all digital copies of historical documents on this blog  (unless otherwise indicated) are first publications. The unauthorized use of these files, whose creation is based on a great amount of personal work, represents a violation of copyright. While most archival documents are in public domain, their digital copies are not.


  1. I will suggest that when people donate, you could send an email thanking the donor. Typing the following sentence took me....20 seconds at most....and could be considered the answer to a question, paid for by the donation:

    Thank you for supporting my work.

    I note this because I made a donation, did not ask any questions, and did not receive any acknowledgement except from PayPal.

  2. A thank-you note has already been written at the end of the next blog post, but the necessary amount of work got out of hand again and the publication is being delayed. You are of course right and I apologize.