Category Archives: Music

A.W. Faber’s Graphite de Sibérie de la Mine Alibert

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Some Rachs

Variations on a meme.

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Violinist Michael Rabin, Mongol Enthusiast

A screen grab from a documentary about violinist Michael Rabin; he’s using an Eberhard Faber Mongol to edit his score. Thanks to Elaine!

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Making a Lyra (Fan) Out Of Me in Milan

A rainy day in Milan meant there’d be no visiting the Duomo.  Instead the afternoon was put to good use attending to instruments, which were taking a bit of beating passing through many less-than-sensitive hands. I know next to nothing about … Continue reading

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Par Ys

The toponym “Paris”, like many place-names, is derived from the name of a region’s ancient inhabitants: in this case it was the Parisii. But there is another explanation I’ve always liked despite being apocryphal. It has to do with the imaginary city of … Continue reading

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Frankfurt (1)

It was a little rainy and dreary in Frankfurt but with a day off and the Faber-Castell store only a half-mile’s walk from the hotel, some inclement weather wasn’t going to stop me. Apparently this is one of the flagship stores … Continue reading

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A Species of Waiting

I only wish I had counterpoint books for everyone who was waiting at the airport, but I only brought one with me. Perhaps a cantus firmus group-sing is in order. I came across this very nice shop near the hotel. It … Continue reading

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Einige Steinways

Photograph © Don Hunstein 1957 Just riffing on Gunther and Michael…

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Echoing both Lexikaliker and Bleistift there is a new pencil-related blog called “pencilsandotherthings“, and the most recent post—featuring a photograph of conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin with a pencil in his mouth—has me feeling right at home. Best wishes for your new blog, … Continue reading

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Pianos and Polygrades (and Softs Loud)

An advertisement from 1852: Pianos and pencils getting nearly identical billing (let’s hope they weren’t nearly the same price). It’s interesting though that a reseller would count pencils among its high-quality items; in this instance the pencils in question are A.W. Faber’s Polygrades (more on … Continue reading

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