This work eventually brought them to Budapest in , but the younger Franz did not accompany them there. Instead, in order to improve his German at home primarily Hungarian was spoken , he went to Sternberg where his uncle was the town music director and played the violin in an orchestra. At the conservatory he studied violin and music theory and took private composition lessons.
Not long after starting this position, he began his compulsory military service and, like his father, he served as a musician. His first assignment was as a member of the 50th Austrian infantry regiment band, of which his father was the bandmaster. You talk about dives. I made a girl get off it and took a picture of it. Took a picture of the girl sitting on it, too.
Few of us had heard of Bob Stoops coming from Florida. Sonny Cumbie, TCU. Couple of other guys in the league, mentored by Mike Leach. This Air Raid, especially in the Big 12 Conference, has made being a defensive coordinator the toughest damn job in the country.
Gets all kinds of coaches fired. You know why he caused it? The bar is large and shaped like a boat. Every table had fresh flowers and the art on the walls consisted of real paintings rather than prints.
Breakfast and lunch were being served so we decided to try a bit of both. The two flippers were light, sweet and amazing. Sign up here to see what happened On This Day , every day in your inbox! Email address. By signing up, you agree to our Privacy Notice. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Anna included the following note regarding her family's history: "As I understand, my grandfather tremendously enjoyed playing the zither and apparently was quite good.
In Germany, my grandfather met my grandmother, Anna Allmanshofer at the Wirtshaus in Gottfrieding which was owned by the Allmanshofer family. A mutual friendship developed through both of them playing the zither. This historic zither photo from comes to us courtesy of Pat Mohre, great-granddaughter of Henry Nowak, shown here with one of his early zithers.
After a long run in Vaudeville, Henry Nowak settled in Chicago where he and his ensemble performed regularly in the Bierstube of the Bismarck Hotel.
For more information on the life of Henry Nowak, see his story "What is a Symphonichord? Read more about Zither Newsletters. Read more about On the Zither. The player pressed the button with a finger right hand and with her thumb drew the board to the side plucking the string with a quill not unlike that of the harpsichord an early plucked predecessor to the piano. A sprint returned the board to its starting position. I have tried this device and found it much more awkward than simply plucking the strings directly, but then who am I?
While it tried to help the player with plucking the melody, you were on your own with plucking the chords. Another attempt to solve the melody problem was made by the Marx company who offered a zither called the " Marxophone " which featured a series of small spring-shafted hammers mounted across the base of the instrument that could be pressed down abruptly to strike single melody strings.
These played somewhatly like a tiny piano without any black keys. Again, each key was numbered and labeled on the cover over the hammers. For the record the Oscar Schmidt Company still in business today making autoharps also produced a similar instrument with a small round-button keyboard mounted above the bottom end of the melody strings.
On this zither sold under the name "The Mandolin Guitarophone " the chord string-groups were set diagonally across and above the melody strings so that the latter could be spread across the entire width of the instrument allowing for a more comfortable spacing of the keyboard buttons. For the terminally inept I have seen an example of one zither that had a sort of music box mechanism inside it which could be wound up and which would pluck the tune for you! Are we to believe that the "performer" was supposed to sit with it and pretend to be playing it?
Of course it could only play one tune at least on its own. The only example I could find has only eight strings which further limits its' capabilities. A much more unabashed attempt to help the musically inept was a very nice zither produced by the Triola Company.
The chords allowed for two major and two minor keys and the harp portion was fully chromatic for two octaves. But the selling feature of this instrument was a complete if small player mechanism with a miniature paper roll similar to the player pianos of the day. A variety of tunes were available and the player turned a hand crank to produce fairly elaborate melodies.
Musicly his only contribution was plucking the appropriate bass chords. The bar across the chord section was apparently a stabilizing rest for the heel of the player's left hand.
While there is humor in reviewing these designs, there was also a lot of happy creativity applied to zither designs that did require some skill and practice on the part of the performer.
Early on there was a popular pattern that used the same 31 strings four chords of four strings each, plus two octaves in the form of fifteen melody strings. The chord strings lay in a parallel group while the melody strings were brought to the edge of the box in such a way that they could be bowed like the ancient Psaltry.
The combination of sustained, bowed melody notes and plucked chords is very successful and pleasing to the ear. Another interesting zither employed the same sixteen strings of the chord group but used only a single melody string. Mounted on the frame of the instrument was a mechanical arm holding a steel roller and a plectrum. The player moved this combination up and down the melody string like the 'bar' of a slide guitar.
This produced music with plucked chords and a Hawaiian quality to the tunes.May 22, · Mike Leach and Barry Switzer pose at the Sooners Helping Sooners banquet Sunday night. (Photo by prinartetintiosab.fornahollharspirendvavantdetestmostthe.co) Mike Leach walked through the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum on Sunday night. Leach passed the statue of John Wayne. “May as well have been Coach Switzer,” Leach said. “I always thought of him as John Wayne.