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by Topic : Musicians (12)

Edward Aldwell collection

Creator : Aldwell, Edward

1938-2000, 2.2 linear feet
The Edward Aldwell collection consists of Edward Aldwell’s personal documents. Included in the collection are curricula, Schenkerian analyses, notes on his textbook, and notes on administrative matters at Mannes College.

Leopold Godowsky-David Saperton collection

Creator : Godowsky, Leopold

1900-2000, 2.2 linear feet
This collection consists of music manuscripts of compositions by Leopold Godowsky and David Saperton including proofs. Also found herein are letters and photographs pertaining to these composers. This collection contains scores and ephemera of both David Saperton and Leopold Godowsky. Also included are letters to and from Saperton and his wife detailing his public successes, his work as a recording artist, and the successes of his students. The collection also contains oddities such as a pencil-written, unsigned, unannotated manuscript of Chinese Lullaby from the musical “East is West” by Robert Hood Bowers.

Galimir Quartet collection

Creator : Mannes College of Music

1927-2000, 6.6 linear feet
The Galamir Quartet was founded Felix Galamir and his three sisters in 1927. In 1936, he was admitted into the Vienna Philharmonic, but later expelled as a result of his Jewish background. Felix Galamir began teaching at Mannes College in 1976, and the Galamir Quartet began a residency at Mannes around that time. The Galamir Quartet collections consists of scores with annotations and markings made by the Galamir Quartet.
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Mannes Camerata collection

Creator : Mannes College of Music

1981-2001, 2.2 linear feet
The Mannes Camerata, founded in 1981 by Paul Echols, is the college's early-music ensemble. It is comprised of students and faculty of the combined undergraduate and graduate early music programs at the Mannes School of Music. The collection contains scores, schedules and program notes, photographic materials, librettos, press releases, correspondence, and audiovisual recordings.

Mannes College of Music Concert Office collection

Creator : Mannes College of Music

1944-2011, 3.7 linear feet
Collection consists of concert programs for Mannes School of Music student and faculty recitals as well as promotional materials for other school performances. Also includes press releases and event calendars. Mannes was established in 1916 by David and Clara Mannes and became a division of The New School in 1989. As of 2018, Mannes is part of The New School's College of Performing Arts.

Leopold Mannes manuscripts

Creator : Mannes, Leopold

before 1965, 1.1 linear ft
Leopold Mannes (1899-1964) was son of the founders of Mannes School of Music, David and Clara (Damrosch) Mannes. Leopold became director of the school in 1940. Mannes and his friend Leopold Godowsky, Jr., also a musician, invented a process of color photography that became known as Kodachrome. Mannes was also a musician. This collection contains music manuscripts of Leopold Mannes' compositions including arrangements of pieces by other composers such as Bach and Faure.
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Sylvia Marlowe collection

Creator : Marlowe, Sylvia

1908-1981, 2.8 linear feet
This collection consists of music manuscripts collected by Sylvia Marlowe, including various composers’ donations; music written for, commissioned, or arranged by Sylvia Marlowe; as well as correspondence, negatives, and other miscellanea. American harpsichordist Sylvia Marlowe, was born Sapira Marlowe, on September 26, 1908, in New York. She later died in New York on December 10, 1981. After learning the piano and organ at school and university, Marlowe continued her musical education at the Ecole Normale in Paris, studying the piano and organ, and composition with Nadia Boulanger. It was there that she first heard Landowska, whose harpsichord playing impressed her deeply, although she did not study with her until years later. On returning to the USA, Marlowe received a national music award to perform Bach’s Das wohltemperirte Clavier on the piano in a series of radio broadcasts. Gradually she gave up the piano in favour of the harpsichord. For some years she specialized in radio broadcasting, presenting Renaissance and Baroque solo and chamber works as well as a wide range of contemporary music, including jazz. Although she never lost her interest in popular American music, and even performed in nightclubs, she became increasingly concerned with concert recitals, performances with orchestra, and recordings. She made concert tours in North and South America, Europe and East Asia. In 1948 Marlowe was appointed to the faculty of the Mannes College of Music in New York and in 1957 she organized the Harpsichord Music Society, which aimed at fostering the creation of a contemporary repertory of solos and chamber works. She commissioned works by Carter, Haieff, Hovhaness, Reiti, Rorem and Sauguet. Her repertory was extensive and her sensitive playing was distinguished by a highly developed sense of style. She made many recordings and edited harpsichord works of Couperin.

Rosa Ponselle collection

Creator : Ponselle, Rosa

1922-1927, .4 linear feet
Rosa Ponselle (January 22, 1897-May 25, 1981) was an American soprano. She spent the majority of her 21-year career at the Metropolitian Opera. The Rosa Ponselle Collection contains her personal scores from ca. 1922-1927. They are signed, dated, and annotated by Ponselle and others who were using them around that time.

Carlos Salzedo collection

Creator : Salzedo, Carlos

1885-1961, 15 items
This is the personal collection of Carlos Salzedo. It contains his own published compositions including studies. Annotated scores and arrangements of pieces from different composers and all issues from the Eolian Review, 1921-1932, are also included.
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Felix Salzer collection

Creator : Salzer, Felix

1904-1986, .4 linear feet
Felix Salzer (June 13, 1904-August 12, 1986) was an Austrian-American music theorist, musicologist and pedagogue. He was one of the principal followers of Heinrich Schenker, and did much to refine and explain Schenkerian analysis after Schenker's death. He was born in Vienna, and studied musicology with Guido Adler at the University of Vienna, finishing his Ph.D. in 1926 with a dissertation on sonata form in the works of Franz Schubert. At the same time he studied music theory and analysis with Heinrich Schenker and Hans Weisse. In 1939 Salzer immigrated to the United States, and became a citizen in 1945. While in the US he taught at several schools, including the Mannes College of Music, and Queens College of the City University of New York. His contributions to Schenkerian theory were twofold: first, he brought Schenker's ideas to the attention of American music theorists and musicologists, and second, he applied the analytical technique to music outside of the common-practice era music in which Schenker had exclusively worked, particularly to the music of the Renaissance, the Middle Ages, and to some music of the 20th century. Later theorists applied Schenkerian techniques to popular music as well. Some of the specific refinements Salzer made to Schenkerian theory involve aspects of voice leading, and the differentiation of chords into structural versus contrapuntal categories. Salzer's works include Structural Hearing (1952 and 1962), Counterpoint in Composition: The Study of Voice Leading (with Carl Schachter, 1969), and the periodical The Music Forum (initiated 1967).

Peter Pindar Stearns music manuscripts

Creator : Stearns, Peter Pindar

1948-2013, 6 linear feet
This collection consists primarily of manuscripts of Stearns's scores from the length of his career from the 1950s to the 2000s. These scores reflect his musical development from his early career in New York City up to his residence in Vermont at the end of his life. Stearns wrote music in a wide variety of genres, including string quartets, sonatas, sonatinas, symphonies, cantatas, and song cycles. These works are both secular and, in his later life, religious and Christian. The material herein includes early notes on and drafts of scores; manuscript versions with holograph corrections; and the published versions. Finally, this collection contains a small amount of correspondence related to publishing as well as a scrapbook of press clippings and ephemera, including programs of performances.

Arthur Waldeck papers related to Heinrich Schenker

Creator : Waldeck, Arthur

circa 1925-1965, 2.2 linear feet
Arthur Waldeck (1899-1965) was an important voice teacher in New York City in the 1940s and 1950s. He maintained a studio at Carnegie Hall, and was notoriously systematic in his pedagogical approach. The collection consists of Waldeck's letters to and from renowned music theorist Heinrich Schenker (1868-1935), as well as Waldeck's translations into English and heavily annotated versions of Schenker's work.
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