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Health of 19th-century orchestral wind musicians

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    Ferling’s petition for a pension, dated Nov. 1, 1858, provides valuable information about his life and times. “I am 63 years old (recte 62); since 1814 I have been in local service; from 1814-1816 I took part in the military campaigns and since then I have been employed at 1st oboist in the Ducal court orchestra. I believe to have given full satisfaction throughout the time of my ser­vice, but feel no longer able to do so. Owing to my 44-year service as oboe player, my lungs are so seriously affected that I am no longer capable of blowing sustained tones, and in addition I fre­quently suffer from severe bouts of rheumatism which I caught in the performance of my duty at the theatre; this is one more reason for my inability to faithfully meet my obligations … ” At the beginning of the following year, Ferling was awarded a pension on full salary providing he would fill in as necessary.

    Franz Wilhelm Ferling’s Life and Work. The Double Reed –Journal Issue, 24(2), 137-38. https://www.academia.edu/5836861/Franz_Wilhelm_Ferlings_Life_and_Work._The_Double_Reed_Journal_Issue_24_2_137-38

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