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    • Contributor: Mendel, Edward - Weger, August - Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix - Moss, George H. - Lewis, Robert Hall - Macdowell, Edward - Luboff, Norman - Page, Ruth - Huber, William - Zemlinsky, Alexander
  • Leonard Bernstein Collection, 1900-1990

    The Leonard Bernstein Collection is as exceptional a collection as its namesake would suggest. Bernstein, arguably the most prominent figure in American music in the 20th century, made his impact as a conductor, composer of theater and classical music, and as an educator through his books, conducting students at Tanglewood, and, especially, his various televised lecture series that helped define the potentials of that ...

    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
  • William B. Bradbury collection, 1846-1928

    Bradbury's secular music is represented by published vocal scores, some in photocopy, and probable holograph of Song of the South. Contains an album compiled by Bradbury in Europe (1847-1849) of autograph musical sketches by Franz Abt, Niels Gade, Joseph Joachim, Jenny Lind, Albert Lortzing, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Ignaz Moscheles, Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, Louis Spohr, Richard Wagner, and others; sketches by Felix Mendelssohn, Walter Damrosch, ...

    • Contributor: Bradbury, William B. (William Batchelder) - Bradbury, William B. - Schumann, Robert
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material - Notated Music
  • Leopold Godowsky Collection

    Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938), was one of the great piano virtuosos at the turn of the century. He was also an excellent teacher and a prolific composer. The collection contains manuscripts of original compositions by Godowsky as well as his transcriptions of works by Bach, Schubert, and Weber. collection | 12 ft. | 49 boxes | Manuscripts of original music, transcriptions, arrangements, correspondence, business and ...

    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
  • Charles Martin Loeffler Collection

    Charles Martin Loeffler (1861-1935), the American composer who shared the position of concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra with Franz Kneisel for nearly twenty years, is best known for his songs, chamber works, and orchestral poems. Through the gift and bequest of his widow, Elsie Fay Loeffler, the Library received between 1935 and 1938 the composer's papers and the publication and performance rights for ...

    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
  • Rudolf Kolisch collection, 1921-1943

    Rudolf Kolisch was a Viennese-American violinist and string quartet player. The collection contains thirty-one items, principally holograph manuscript correspondence, that provide insight into the professional relationship between Kolisch and composers Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg, and Anton Webern. Included among these are two Berg manuscripts that present analysis and musical examples from his Lyric suite and String quartet, op. 3.

    • Contributor: Kolisch, Rudolf
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
  • Nikolai Lopatnikoff Collection, 1916-1979

    Russian-born composer Nikolai Lopatnikoff (1903-1976) studied in Germany and began his career there before fleeing Europe in 1939. He first settled in New York before joining the faculty of the Carnegie Institute of Technology (later Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh, where he taught for nearly twenty-five years. He maintained ties with many émigré artists in this country. The collection contains the composer's holograph and ...

    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
  • Helen Hopekirk Collection

    Pianist and composer Helen Hopekirk (1856-1945) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and received her musical training in Europe. She made her American debut in 1883 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, under the management of her husband, the music critic William A. Wilson. In 1897, she accepted a teaching position at the New England Conservatory and became a fixture in the musical life of Boston. ...

    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
  • David Diamond Collection

    This collection documents the creative life of the American composer David Diamond (1915-2006). It contains manuscripts for nearly all of Diamond's compositions, an enormous amount of correspondence to important musical and literary persons, and daybooks and other autobiographical materials. collection | 210 ft. | 170 boxes | Several thousand manuscript sketches, scores, parts and published versions of Diamond's compositions; 10 shipping boxes of correspondence ...

    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
  • Dayton C. Miller Collection

    The Miller Collection contains nearly 1,700 flutes and other wind instruments, statuary, iconography, books, music, trade catalogs, tutors, patents, and other materials mostly related to the flute. It includes both Western and nonwestern examples from around the world, with at least 460 European and American instrument makers represented. The collection is especially strong in 19th century keywork, acoustical innovations, and experimental designs. collection | ...

    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
  • Hugo Leichtentritt papers, 1888-1972

    Hugo Leichtentritt was a German musicologist, music critic, and composer. The collection contains his original music manuscripts, correspondence, clippings, programs, scrapbooks, articles and drafts of his writings on music history, criticism, and theory.

    • Contributor: Leichtentritt, Hugo
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
  • Harry Rosenthal Collection

    A significant collection of correspondence of composer and pianist Franz Liszt, including holograph music manuscripts and related biographical material. A detailed list of correspondence and holograph music manuscripts and first editions contained in this collection as well as other Liszt-related collections in the Music Division appears in the publication The Music Manuscripts, First Editions, and Correspondence of Franz Liszt (1811-1886) in the Collections of ...

    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
  • Otto Klemperer Archive, 1792-1988

    Conductor and composer Otto Klemperer (b. May 14, 1885 in Breslau, Germany; d. July 6, 1973 in Zurich) is known particularly for conducting orchestral music by Beethoven, Bruckner, Mozart, and Mahler, and contemporary music and operas, during the 1920s and 1930s. He composed symphonies, string quartets, songs, piano solos, choral works, and an opera; and also arranged works by Bach, Mendelssohn, and Mozart. The ...

    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
  • Gertrude Clarke Whittall Foundation Collection Mendelssohn Collection

    The Mendelssohn Collection is a subset of the Gertrude Clarke Whittall Foundation Collection, which includes not only the five Stradavari instruments given to the Library by Mrs. Whittall, but also a rich collection of autograph manuscripts by major European composers. The Mendelssohn Collection consists chiefly of music manuscripts and letters of Mendelssohn and other members of the Mendelssohn family, libretti, programs, iconography and other ...

    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
  • Ludwig Zenk music manuscripts, 1930-1947

    This collection principally consists of holograph music manuscripts, sketches, and printed scores by Austrian composer Ludwig Zenk.

    • Contributor: Zenk, Ludwig
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material
  • Artur Schnabel collection, 1899-1950

    Artur Schnabel was an Austrian-born American pianist, pedagogue, and composer. The collection chiefly consists of music manuscript scores of Schnabel's compositions. The manuscripts are all, with the exception of a single copyist's score, in Schnabel's hand, and represent his compositional essays in a variety of genres, from solo song (voice and piano) to symphonic works. The collection also contains an early published edition of ...

    • Contributor: Schnabel, Artur
    • Original Format: Manuscripts/Mixed Material