"Ah, what these hands have done."

This version seems to be a variant of the erroneous "what these hands might have done" version.

After the specious MH article appeared, its seeds of misinformation found fertile soil in the popular press in Scandinavia, Germany, England, and ultimately, the United States. Innumerable publications printed stories about Bottesini based on the information found in the MH article, many of them distorting or disregarding even those tenuous "facts." One article even confused Bottesini with Dragonetti and made the preposterous claim that Umberto was his teacher!

Of course, it would have been appropriate for Bottesini to say this; his hands did more than any others in history. Merely penning his Complete Method was itself an epic achievement.

"We all must learn where to place our fingers."
© 1997, Jeff Brooks (mtic@aol.com)