Larry Sitsky, Head of the Composition Department of the Canberra School
of Music, under the aegis of the Australian National University is a
gifted educator, performer, author and specialist about the music of
Anton Rubinstein and Ferruccio Busoni.
He is anxious to locate the DUCA rolls recorded by Busoni with his
favorite pupil (4-hands) as follows:
1153 SCHUMANN - Bilder aus Osten (Pictures from the East) Op. 66, No.1
1154 SCHUMANN - Bilder aus Osten (Pictures from the East) Op. 66, No.4
1155 SCHUMANN - Bilder aus Osten (Pictures from the East) Op. 66, No.5
1156 JENSEN - Wedding Music, Op. 45, Nos. 1 and 2
1157 JENSEN - Wedding Music, Op. 45, No. 3: Dance
1158 JENSEN - Evening Music, Op. 59, Nos. 2, 3 and 6
1159 SCHUBERT - Divertissement a la Hongroise, g, D. 818
1160 SCHUBERT - Marche caracteristique, Op. 121
This is part of a project to locate and record all the rolls made
for this company by Busoni, some of which have been found in Europe.
However, none of the above have surfaced, and information is sought
by this organization (Reproducing Piano Roll Foundation) as to any
connection to this artist, which may have been established in the form
of a Society or Museum to preserve his artistry as reflected in his
many recordings. We would also like to know of any collector who has
any of the Busoni solo or these 4-hands rolls.
Charles Davis Smith's Duo-Art rollography gives fragmentary detail
Michael von Zadora was born in New York City, in 1882, of Italian
and German forebears. He studied the pianoforte with his father
at the Paris Conservatoire, with Leschetizky, and later with Busoni
in Berlin, where he elected to make his home and where he won
considerable reputation both as a concert pianist and as a teacher.
He spent a season in New York a few years ago as head of the piano
department of the Institute of Musical Art (now the Juilliard
School). His Duo-Art rolls were published in the earliest years of
the company, probably derived from hand-played issues, as was the
case with the first couple of hundred rolls released by Aeolian in
1914/15. He is listed elsewhere as having been born in Brooklyn.
Any information about him would be welcomed by the RPRF. Please
Albert M. Petrak, Founder
The Reproducing Piano Roll Foundation