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  • Otto Klemperer archive,


  • The archive consists of Otto Klemperer's papers which document his life and career. It contains manuscript and printed music, including holograph scores and sketches, copyists' printed scores and parts, and musical arrangements; correspondence; family papers; writings by and about Klemperer; interviews with Klemperer and others; legal and financial documents; clippings; programs, including many from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; photographic materials; materials related to the Kroll Opera; and books annotated by Klemperer and his daughter Lotte. The archive also contains production and resource materials, including scripts, interviews, background materials, and photographs, that Philo Bregstein used in making a documentary film about Klemperer's life and work.


  • Klemperer, Otto, 1885-1973
  • Bregstein, Philo, 1932-
  • Klemperer, Lotte


  • -  Klemperer, Otto,--1885-1973
  • -  Klemperer, Otto,--1885-1973--Archives
  • -  Klemperer, Otto,--1885-1973--Manuscripts
  • -  Music--Manuscripts
  • -  Klemperer, Otto,--1885-1973--Interviews
  • -  Klemperer, Otto,--1885-1973--Photographs
  • -  Conductors (Music)--Interviews
  • -  Krolloper
  • -  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
  • -  Klemperer, Otto,--1885-1973--Correspondence


  • Business correspondence
  • Interviews
  • Photographs
  • Programs (Publications)
  • Scores
  • Parts (Music)
  • Arrangements (Music)
  • Art music
  • Musical sketches
  • Autographs (Manuscripts)
  • Clippings (Information artifacts)
  • Financial records
  • Writings (Documents)


  • -  Organized into the following series: I. Music, 1915-1971, II. Family Papers, 1792-1983, III. Correspondence, 1915-1974, IV. Writings, 1914-1981, V. Legal and Financial Papers, 1934-1984, VI. Kroll Opera, 1918-1965, VII. Clippings, 1926-1972, VIII. Programs, 1901-1967, IX. Iconography, 1924-1971, X. Miscellaneous Printed Matter, 1930-1977, XI. Klemperer Film Materials, 1885-1972, XII. Books, 1901-1988.
  • -  Otto Klemperer (b. May 14, 1885 in Breslau, Germany - d. July 6, 1973 in Zurich) was a German-born orchestral conductor and composer. He is known particularly for conducting orchestral music by Beethoven, Bruckner, Mozart, and Mahler, and contemporary music and operas, during the 1920s and 1930s. Klemperer composed symphonies, string quartets, songs, piano solos, choral works, and an opera; and also arranged works by Bach, Mendelssohn, and Mozart.
  • -  Materials are mostly in English and German with a small amount in Dutch.
  • -  Gift; Lotte Klemperer; 1980-1989, 2003.
  • -  A portion of the music-related printed books were cataloged separately and shelved in the general collections of the Library of Congress, Music Division.
  • -  Sound recordings, video recordings, and films; Otto Klemperer Archive Collection (MAVIS no. 1493); Transferred to the; Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress.
  • -  A portion of the non-music printed books; Transferred to the; Anglo-American Acquisition Division, Exchange Program, Library of Congress.
  • -  Otto Klemperer Collection of Musical Scores; Also located at; California State University, Los Angeles; 5151 State University Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90032 USA.
  • -  Correspondence with O. Klemperer; Also located at; Deutsches Literaturarchiv, Schiller-Nationalmuseum, Marbach am Neckar; Schillerhöhe 8-10, 71672 Marbach am Neckar Germany.
  • -  Otto Klemperer Collection; Also located at; Royal Academy of Music, London; Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT UK.
  • -  Additional materials pertaining to Otto Klemperer may be available at the following institutions: Juilliard School, Lila Acheson Wallace Library, Lonny Epstein Collection, New York; Leo Baeck Institute, New York; Hebrew University, Jerusalem; Gustav Mahler Archiv, Archiv Eleonore Vondenhoff, Frankfurt; Zentralbibliothek, Zurich; Santa Monica College, Music Dept., Santa Monica, California.
  • -  Additional materials pertaining to Otto Klemperer may be found in the Moldenhauer Archive, Music Division, Library of Congress.
  • -  The Library of Congress Music Division holds the Otto Klemperer correspondence collection which is shelved under ML94.K55.
  • -  Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Performing Arts Reading Room and at
  • -  Otto Klemperer Archive, Music Division, Library of Congress.


  • approximately 20,000 items (111 boxes, 29 linear feet )

Call Number/Physical Location

  • ML31 .K59


Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2006560666

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Chicago citation style:

Klemperer, Otto, Philo Bregstein, and Lotte Klemperer. Otto Klemperer archive. 1792.

APA citation style:

Klemperer, O., Bregstein, P. & Klemperer, L. (1792) Otto Klemperer archive.

MLA citation style:

Klemperer, Otto, Philo Bregstein, and Lotte Klemperer. Otto Klemperer archive. 1792.