Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Albrecht Gabriel Rosenthal: October 5, 1914-August 3, 2004

Academic journal article The Beethoven Journal

Albrecht Gabriel Rosenthal: October 5, 1914-August 3, 2004

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THE GREAT MUSIC ANTIQUARIAN DEALER ALBRECHT ROSENTHAL, KNOWN WITH GREAT AFFECTION AS "ALBI," died in Oxford, England, on August 3, 2004. Born on October 5, 1914, in Munich into a family distinguished in the arts, Albi requested and received a violin for his seventh birthday. Later in life, he called his violin "my best friend," and it was under his bed when he died. His mother gave him a Mozart letter for his twenty-first birthday. The family moved to London in 1933 after a chilling episode in which a German storm trooper barred the entrance to an exhibit of medieval manuscripts at the Rosenthal firm. In 1936 Albi started the firm of "A. Rosenthal" and in 1939 offered his first catalog of 100 manuscripts and printer books representing, according to the catalog's title, "Secular Thought in the Middle Ages and Renaissance." In November 1940 he was bombed out of his flat on Curzon Street and moved to Oxford. He picked up his business there with Maurice Ettinghausen and they developed an export business, selling many materials to the United States. …

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