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By Robert Barto
'Weiss (Sylvio Leopold), a great lutenist, … He was first taught by his own father, who brought his splendid natural talent so far, that by his seventh year he had already played before Emperor Leopold I. His compositions stand out above all that are known [today]. To be sure, some say they are difficult, but only those who are too careless or too old, or otherwise prefer another instrument. But they are very hard to find, since he was very reluctant to let them out of his hands. Therefore whoever has a good collection must regard it as a treasure and cherish it. His touch was very gentle; one could hear it, but did not know where the notes were coming from. In improvising he was incomparable; the piano and forte were completely in his grasp. In short, he was master of his instrument and could do whatever he wanted with it. His surviving works consist of solos, trios, concertos, tombeaux, among which the one for Count Losy is incomparable, and a few short Galanterie pieces. When he died in 1750 the world lost the greatest lutenist that Europe has ever heard and admired.' (Luise Gottsched, 1760)
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