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Professor Hans-Günter Ottenberg – Holder of the chair in musicology at the Institute of Art Research and Musicology, Dresden University of Technology
Alexander Plötz oversaw my publication Five Bassoon Concertos According to Dresden Tradition every step of the way, from its initial rudimentary stages to its full readiness for print and internet publication. The extraordinarily painstaking labours involved, including a multitude of issues encompassing typography, editorial method, critical analysis of sources, historical tradition in general and musical tradition in particular, were carried out superbly and in constant correspondence with me by Mr. Plötz, whose endeavours bore fruit in a coherent musical text complying with high standards of scientific and musical practice. I should like to make especial mention of his meticulous work methods, which see importance placed even on what are seemingly the most inconsequential details, while maintaining a constant focus on the requirements of the edition as a whole. Over the course of extensive telephone conferences between me and Mr. Plötz, the two of us were able to settle on the best possible format for publication – optimal sizes for fonts and notes, the proper positioning of figured bass notation, rules for the notation of accidentals and much more – with the entire undertaking being characterized by a high degree of efficiency and an eminently pleasant atmosphere.