• Manuscripts Collection



    Descriptive Summary

    Title
    Manuscripts Collection
    Repository
    Carnegie Hall Archives
    881 Seventh Avenue
    New York, NY 10019
    Phone: (212) 903-9629
    E-mail: archives@carnegiehall.org
    Creators
    Bass, John, 1891-
    Ewen, David, 1907-1985
    Geiger, Robert
    Lobbenberg, Gertrude, 1904-2001
    Lobbenberg, Otto, 1894-1980
    Sylvester, George
    Date [inclusive]
    1802-2009
    Extent
    32.0 Linear feet
    Language
    English
    Introduction
    The Manuscript Collection currently contains more than 250 musical quotations, letters autographs, and calling cards of composers whose music has been performed at Carnegie Hall and is important to the musical community.

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    Historical / Biographical Note

    The Bass, Sylvester, Weigl, and Becker manuscripts were matted and framed and hung in the corridors of Carnegie Hall for several years. The John Bass collection, which has been in the hall the longest, was mentioned in a New York Times article October 12, 1941 in reference to redecoration of the corridor:

    The rest of the corridor has been painted a rosy buff and a long trough of fluorescent light has been hung from the ceiling the length of the corridor. As a result of these improvements the framed musical manuscripts presented by John Bass now show up much better on the walls.

     

    In 1950 John Bass appeared in Who's Who in America with the following entry:

    President The Fajardo Sugar Company of P.R.; b. Vienna, Austria December 25, 1891 s. Leopold and Clementine (Graf) B.; student high sch and cumml. accd., Vienna, graduating with highest honors; m Johanna Redlich, Feb. 21, 1921. With Gottlieb Taussig, Vienna, 1901-1910, Schenker and Co., Paris, France, 1913-14. New York, 1914; pres. Fajardo Sugar Co. of P.R. since 1915; pres. L.W. and P. Armstrong C.,Inc. , NY City. The Fajardo Development Company; v.p. and director Loiza Sugar Co., P.R. Trustee The Fajardo Sugar Growers Assn. Mem. NYC of C. Writer of newspaper articles. Composer of published music. Home: 700 W. 47th St., Miami Beach, Fla.

     

    No other documentation is available at this time about the donors of the manuscripts.

    The Bass, Sylvester, and Becker manuscripts were appraised by Wurlitzer-Bruck on October 15, 1970 for insurance purposes. The value of fifty-four documents was estimated to be $11,000. The manuscripts remained in the hall until 1986 when Carnegie Hall closed for restoration, at which time the manuscripts were taken down and placed in the care of the Archives. In 1987 the same collection of manuscripts were appraised again by Wurlitzer­Bruck; the estimated value of the collection was increased to $40,000. On April 10, 1987 the manuscripts were taken to Sky Meadow Bindery for conservation work. The manuscripts were removed from frames and mats, restored and placed in Mylar sleeves. When the hall reopened on December 15, 1986, facsimiles of the original manuscripts were matted and framed to hang in Carnegie Hall while the originals remain in storage in the Carnegie Hall Archives.

    In January of 1988 Otto and Gertrude Lobbenberg donated eighteen manuscripts to Carnegie Hall bringing the total to seventy two. The Lobbenberg Collection was appraised by Wurlitzer-Bruck on March 28, 1988 at a value of $12,000. Facsimiles of the originals have been matted, framed and hung on the Parquet level of Carnegie Hall.

    On May 19, 1988 Aaron Copland donated one page of a manuscript in his hand signed "to Carnegie Hall" and an inscribed autograph card. The manuscript is from Symphony No. 3, third movement, alternate orchestral sketch, page 114, bars 1—29, including movement number at top of page.

    On June 26, 1988, during the intermission of a concert by the American Composers Orchestra, Carnegie Hall Corporation board member Betty Allen accepted a manuscript in Duke Ellington's hand from Ruth Ellington Boatwright. The manuscript is seven bars from New World A-Comin', which was premiered at Carnegie Hall December 12, 1943.

    The Geiger Collection of Modern Composers was presented to the Carnegie Hall Archives in 1994 as a gift from the family of Robert Geiger, an editor of Baker’s Biographical Dictionary.

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    Scope and Content Note

    The Manuscript Collection contains more than 250 documents including letters, musical quotes, and calling cards dating from 1802 to 2009, predominantly 1901-2009.

    The Manuscript Collection has been arranged by donor. Throughout the years the collection has been in Carnegie Hall each manuscript has been identified by the donor; therefore, Series 1 is the John Bass Collection, Series 2 is the George Sylvester Collection, Series 3 is the Otto & Gertrude Lobbenberg Collection, and Series 4 is a compilation of single manuscripts titled Additional Gifts & Acquisitions, which includes the Becker, Weigl, Copland and Ellington manuscripts, as well as assorted other manuscripts donated individually since 1989. Series 5, Scores, is comprised of works commissioned by Carnegie Hall (excluding Centennial Commissions), including Carnegie Hall’s first two commissioned works, Leonard Bernstein’s Opening Prayer, premiered by the New York Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta in December 1986, and Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (commissioned jointly by Carnegie Hall, the Detroit Symphony, and the American Symphony Orchestra League) by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, which was premiered at Carnegie Hall in January 1987. Also in this series are works created since 1991, including scores by Elliott Carter, David Del Tredici, Bill Frisell, Osvaldo Golijov, Michael Gordon, Brad Mehldau, Meredith Monk, André Previn, Kaija Saariaho, and Charles Wuorinen, among others.

    Series 6, Centennial Commissions, contains scores of works created for Carnegie Hall’s centennial celebration during the 1990-1991 season, ranging from Malcolm Arnold’s Fantasy for Recorder and String Quartet and William Bolcom’s I Will Breathe a Mountain to Tōru Takemitsu’s From me flows what you call Time and Maury Yeston’s December Songs.

    Series 7 is the Geiger Collection of Modern Composers. In 1934, author David Ewen, working on a new edition of Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, sent questionnaires to 60 modern composers, including Alban Berg, Jean Sibelius, Anton Webern, and Edgard Varèse. The questionnaires, along with many letters from the composers, comprise the materials in this series.

    In the future single manuscript donations will be added to Series 4, Additional Gifts & Acquisitions, while entire collections of manuscripts will be assigned new series according to the donor's name.

    Within each series documents have been arranged alphabetically. Document have been placed in Mylar sleeves and stored in acid-free folders. Each folder also contains a translation, description, and/or copy of the original document. Some folders also contain photographs. When possible negatives have been produced and put in a separate Negatives Collection.

    Each document is unique in size and content, from the 2" x 3.5" calling card of Joseph Haydn (John Bass) to the 19.5" x 14.25" Faust poster of Charles Gounod (George Sylvester). Letters vary from a two page note written by Jules Massenet asking the director to allow a Mr. David to participate at the Chopin Festival Monday June 6 at Salle Pleyel (George Sylvester) to a letter by Richard Wagner describing the "Ride of the Valkyries" (Otto & Gertrude Lobbenberg). Some manuscripts are particularly important to the history of Carnegie Hall such as Duke Ellington's New World A-Comin', which was premiered in Carnegie Hall December 11, 1943 (Ruth Ellington). One of the most interesting items is the manuscript of Franz Schubert, Daphne and Bach, written by a copyist and signed in the upper right hand corner by J. Brahms.

    The entire Manuscript Collection is a valuable part of Carnegie Hall and its musical past, not only as music performed in Carnegie Hall but also as music displayed in the corridors of Carnegie Hall.

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    Administrative Information

    Publication Information

    Carnegie Hall Archives Spring 1988

    Revision Description

    Finding aid revised and updated by Rob Hudson May 2, 2013

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research without restrictions.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    The Manuscript Collection began by donations from John Bass, George Sylvester, Mrs. John Becker, and Mrs. Karl Weigl. At various times these collectors donated manuscripts to Carnegie Hall. The dates of acquisition or agreement of gift have been mostly lost, but the understanding in Carnegie Hall is that John Bass donated thirty-four manuscripts in the late 1930s, George Sylvester donated thirteen manuscripts in the 1960s, and Mrs. Becker donated a single manuscript to Carnegie Hall. A letter from Mrs. Weigl to Stewart L. Warkow, Executive Director of the Carnegie Hall Corporation, dated October 3, 1979 acknowledges her manuscript donation. An undated photograph shows Mr. and Mrs. George Sylvester presenting their manuscript collection to Carnegie Hall, with Executive Director Julius Bloom and conductor Zubin Mehta accepting the donation.

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    Controlled Access Headings

    Personal Name(s)

    • Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827
    • Berg, Alban, 1885-1935
    • Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990
    • Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974
    • Gounod, Charles, 1818-1893
    • Haydn, Joseph, 1732-1809
    • Ives, Charles, 1874-1954
    • Massenet, Jules, 1842-1912
    • Schubert, Franz, 1797-1828
    • Sibelius, Jean, 1865-1957
    • Varèse, Edgard, 1883-1965
    • Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883
    • Webern, Anton, 1883-1945
    • Weigl, Karl, 1881-1949

    Subject(s)

    • Music--Bio-bibliography
    • Music--Manuscripts

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    Collection Inventory

    Series 1: John Bass Collection 1802-1927 

     
      Box Folder

    Albert, Eugen d': Letter; ALS, 5 5/8 x 9 undated 

    1 1

    Berlioz, Hector: Note, addressee not known: "We are not playing William Tell on Sunday, consequently Duprez and the woman will be free and we have agreed to leave my house at 3 p.m. So, would Mr. (Curtis?) have the goodness to have us sent for by carriage. The carriage can come at 2 p.m. at my house and we will be ready."; ANS, 5 1/2 x 7 3/16 undated 

    1 3

    Berlioz, Hector: Letter to Botta (?). Berlioz has sent him the beginning of the Funeral Procession from his Romeo and Juliette, which he has just completed. He tells Botta to be careful as to whom he shows it since the work will not be made public for some time.; ALS, 4 13/16 x 7 3/8 1839 

    1 2

    Brahms, Johannes: Letter, addressee not known: "Dear Sir, I would like very much to visit once again your beautiful city and have a discussion about art with you but on one of the next few days I will be returning to Vienna and since my not-visible secretary plans my trips in a practical way I will have to dispense with such a trip for now…"; ALS, 8 5/8 x 5 1/4 undated 

    1 4

    Bruch, Max: Quote from The Loreley (transcription for voice & piano); AMusQS, 14 x 11 1868 

    3 1

    Catalani, Angelica: Concert bill for a recital by the soprano Angelica Catalani.; CB, 7 1/8 x 9 5/8 1818 

    1 5

    Cherubini, Luigi: Letter addressed to Gilbert des Pixerecourt, Director of the Royal Theater of the Opera Comique in Paris. Cherubini is writing that unless he is given a collaborator he will not be able to finish the work (unidentified) by winter.; ALS, 4 11/12 x 7 15/16 undated 

    1 6

    Gounod, Charles: Letter to an unidentified woman. "Dear Madame, Much to my regret that I see myself obliged to tell you no. I am swamped in work, correspondence, promises and fatigue. Excuse me therefore with the same great heart which dictated the letter that you wrote to me…"; ALS, 6 7/8 x 4 1/4 1888 

    1 7

    Gounod, Charles: Concert bill for a subscription concert of Margareth (Faust) at the hof-Operntheatre of Vienna; CB, 19 x 15 1870 

    3 3

    Grieg, Edvard: Letter to the King of Denmark. Grieg is apologizing for being too busy to get involved in a one-act opera .; ALS, 4 1/2 x 7 1893 

    1 8

    Halévy, Fromental: Note to "My illustrious master (teacher)" possibly Cherubini. In this note Halevy is accepting "…with great pleasure your friendly invitation…" for the following Tuesday. Specifics are not known. Date is unclear.; ANS, 5 1/4 x 7 undated 

    1 9

    Henselt, Adolf von: Four page letter in poor condition. Not translated.; ALS, 8 5/8 x 10 7/8 date unclear 

    1 10

    Lind, Jenny: Concert bill with no date; CB, 9 3/4 x 16 undated 

    3 2

    Liszt, Franz: Letter of introduction and recommendation, to an unidentified countess, for one of Liszt's students (name illegible).; ALS, 5 1/4 x 8 1/16 1853 

    1 11

    Mahler, Gustav: Letter written by secretary, signed by Mahler, in response to a request that he conduct 3 operas.; ALS, 8 1/2 x 10 3/4 1897 

    1 12

    Mascagni, Pietro: Letter on Grand Hotel (Vienna) stationery to Mr. Francois Fraundorfer. He is grateful to Mr. Fraundorfer for reminding him of past memories and of earlier day. He also thanks him for reminding him of the happiest moments of his musical life.; ALS, 5 3/8 x 7 1/8 1927 

    1 13

    Mendelssohn, Felix: Letter to a Berlin bookstore asking for a book by Andersen (?). He has received the letter but not the book and asks if more copies can be sent to him.; ALS, 8 7/8 x 10 11/18 1844 

    1 14

    Meyerbeer, Giacomo: Letter to Joseph Staudigl (Austrian bass). Meyerbeer has apparently engaged Mr. Straudigl to sing for a future date that is not included in the letter.; ALS, 8 7/16 x 10 1/2 1844 

    1 15

    Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus: Concert bill of The Magic Flute. Emanuel Schikaneder, the librettist, was Director of this production. At the bottom of the bill, he writes that he was so lucky to have had the friendship of Mozart and to have his words set to such beautiful tones. He has added or revised some of the libretto and hopes the public enjoys this new production.; CB, 8 13/16 x 12 3/4 1802 

    1 16

    Puccini, Giacomo: La Boheme 3 bar musical quote written on the back of a postcard of Viareggio, Italy.; AMusQS, 3 1/2 x 5 3/8 circa 1924 

    2 1

    Rachmaninoff, Sergei: 5 double bars from Piano Concerto No. 2 in C min., Op. 18.; AMusQS, 4 5/8 x 7 1/2 1902 

    2 2

    Rossini, Gioachino: 2-bar musical quote for piano and voice from Il rimprovero (Mi Lagnero tacendo).; AMusQS, 7 1/4 x 5 5/8 1856 

    2 3

    Rubinstein, Anton: 2 bar musical quote from a song; AMusQS, 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 1883 

    2 4

    Saint-Saëns, Camille: Letter to an unidentified man, probably a librettist. The man has apparently asked Saint-Saens to collaborate with him and the composer responds "…but it is too late. I am going off on little steps towards my 74th year and now I am like a La Fontaine." (Jean de LaFontaine, the French poet, died in his 74th year). He mentions that he would have liked to do a comic opera but the time is passing and he is afraid to take on any new work.; ALS, 4 5/16 x 7 1909 

    2 5

    Schubert, Franz: Schubert's song Daphne am Bache reproduced by a copyist. Date of this copy is not known but could have been prepared for Johannes Brahms since his autograph is in the upper right hand margin.; MusMS, 9 7/16 x 13 undated 

    2 6

    Schumann, Clara: Letter to Mr. Schwartzschild asking him to withdraw 1500 marks from her account. Dated October 13, 1894. Concert Bill of a piano recital, as Clara Wieck, dated 1838. Unidentified critic's notes of the concert.; ALS, 4 1/2 x 7; CB, 7 x 9 1/3 1838 

    2 7

    Schumann, Robert: Letter to an unidentified man. Schumann writes he has sent a collection of songs with this letter and has just returned from Schevemingen still tired and worn.; ALS, 5 7/16 x 8 1/2 1852 

    2 8

    Sibelius, Jan: Finlandia 3 bar musical quote; AMusQS, 5 3/8 x 7 undated 

    2 9

    Strauss, Johann, Jr.: 4 bar waltz motif; AMusQS, 2 1/4 x 3 1/8 undated 

    2 10

    Suppé, Franz von: Concert bill for a benefit by the comedian Leopold Feichtinger with members of the Kunstler Gymnasium of London titled "A Morning, An Afternoon, An Evening in Vienna a play in two acts…music by kapellmeister von Suppe…"; CB, 14 x 9 1844 

    2 11

    Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il′yich: Eugene Onegin 3 bar musical quote; AMusQS, 3 1/8 x 3 3/8 1893 

    2 12

    Thomas, Ambroise: First two lines of Ophelia's aria Vows Have Wings from Hamlet, transcribed for piano and voice by the composer.; AMusQS, 10 1/2 x 13 1/16 1879 

    2 13

    Verdi, Giuseppe: Letter and envelope to Professor Daladini. Verdi thanks Professor Daladini for sending him a can of oil (olive) from Lucca.; ALS, 4 1/4 x 7 Year unknown 

    2 14

    Wagner, Richard: Note to an unidentified furniture dealer. Wagner, having bought some furniture, confirms that he still owes 400 gulden which he promises to pay by Michaelis (Easter).; ANS, 5 3/8 x 8 1/4 1864 

    2 16

    Wagner, Richard: Contract between Wagner and his Italian publisher for Tannhauser. The text was written by a clerk but the foot lines are in Wagner's hand.; DS, 10 3/4 x 13 3/4 1868 

    2 15

    Waldteufel, Emile: Dans un Song quote; AMusQS, 6 3/4 x 9 3/4 1906 

    2 17
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    Series 2: George Sylvester Collection circa 1803-1921, undated 

     
      Box Folder

    Auber, Daniel-François-Esprit: Musical quote for chorus for an autograph album; AMusQS, 9 1/2 x 12 1858 

    1 1

    Berlioz, Hector: Note to the publisher Schlesinger; ANS, 4 x 5 undated 

    1 2

    Brahms, Johannes: Note to an unidentified music teacher; ANS, 2 1/2 x 4 1/3 undated 

    1 3

    Haydn, Joseph: Calling card used by Joseph Haydn with printed musical quotation "Gone is all my strength, and weak am I." The card, printed after his last String Quartet in D minor in 1803 (unfinished), is a phrase from one of his songs.; CC, 2 x 3 1/2 circa 1803 

    1 4

    Herbert, Victor: Fifi's aria from Mlle. Modiste quote; AMusQS, 4 1/8 x 5 1/4 1906 

    1 5

    Liszt, Franz: Letter in response to a request for a musical autograph; includes an unidentified musical quote; ALS, 5 x 7 1/2 1861 

    1 6

    Massenet, Jules: Note to an unidentifed music director. Massenet asks the director to allow a Mr. David to participate at the Chopin Festival in the Salle Pleyel.; ANS, 4 1/2 x 7 1898 

    1 7

    Mendelssohn, Felix: Receipt for 8 gold pieces as payment for two of the songs in the Opus 8 which Mendelssohn has sent to the publisher Schlesinger; ANS, 3 x 8 1/16 1827 

    1 8

    Moszkowski, Moritz: Opening 4 bars from prelude to Boabdil, Moszkowski's only opera; AMusQS, 3 1/4 x 3 5/8 undated 

    1 9

    Puccini, Giacomo: 5 bar musical quote from Act I of the opera Edgar on the back of a calling card; AMusQS, 2 3/4 x 4 1/4 undated 

    1 10

    Rubinstein, Anton: Letter to Mr. Zeller (possibly Austrian composer Karl Zeller). Rubinstein writes this letter from Leipzig saying that business in Berlin prevented him from going directly to Vienna from St. Petersburg. He asks about the typhoid epidemic in Vienna and if it is safe to come. He also writes of opera texts he has purchased and that he is going to begin working on Sacred Song in the summer.; ALS, 5 1/4 x 8 1/4 1861 

    1 11

    Saint-Saëns, Camille: Symphony No. 3 in C minor quote (dated the year of Saint-Saens' death, 1921); AMusQS, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 1921 

    1 12

    Saint-Saëns, Camille: Letter written from Algiers discussing his opera Samson and Dalila; ALS, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 1892 

    1 12

    Wagner, Richard: Note to Charles Gounod: "To Charles Gounod. I had come to pay you a visit and regret not to have found you. Wednesday afternoon. Richard Wagner 16 Rue Newton."; ANS, 8 1/3 x 5 undated 

    1 13
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    Series 3: Otto & Gertrude Lobbenberg Collection 1831-1968, undated 

     
      Box Folder

    Berlioz, Hector: Letter to German publisher Heinrich Schlesinger; ALS, 5 5/8 x 8 1/4 February 13, no year 

    1 1

    Gounod, Charles: Letter to composer Ambroise Thomas recommending to Thomas a young pianist, Mlle. Danvin, whom Gounod feels should be a competitor for the piano prize at the Conservatoire; ALS, 10 1/2 x 8 1/4 undated 

    1 2

    Halévy Fromental: Letter to Monsieur Alphonse Roger and "my dear collaborators". Halevy has to reschedule a meeting due to an unexpected rehearsal.; ALS, 7 3/16 x 9 1/4 September 11, no year 

    1 3

    Hiller, Ferdinand: Letter to Maurice Schlesinger; ALS, 9 1/2 x 7 3/16 1831 

    1 4

    Humperdink, Engelbert: Koenigskinder quote written on the back of a postcard with Humperdinck's picture on the front.; AMusQS, 3 9/16 x 5 1/16 1897 

    1 5

    Lehár, Franz: Letter to "Highly esteemed, dear Mr. conductor" thanking him for rehearsing Lehar's Fuerstenkind.; ALS, 5 3/16 x 6 7/8 1910 

    1 6

    Leoncavallo, Ruggero: Letter; ALS, 4 3/8 x 6 7/8 1897 

    1 7

    Liszt, Franz: Letter, no preliminary mode of address; "In the name of utility I am sending you a few lines to keep you posted about my artistic life in London…"; Liszt goes on to write about his upcoming travel schedule and other things.; ALS, 5 3/16 x 10 9/16 undated 

    1 8

    Mahler, Gustav: Note (and envelope) to Clara Weil; ANS, 4 3/8 x 7 1/8 undated 

    1 9

    Massenet, Jules: Musical quotes from Manon, Werther, and Marie-Magdeleina; AMusQS, 3 1/8 x 4 13/16 1903-1904 

    1 10

    Meyerbeer, Giacomo: Letter to unidentified man inviting him to a luncheon where he can meet Hector Berlioz; ALS, 4 13/16 x 8 1/4 undated 

    1 11

    Milhaud, Darius: 3 note musical quote on a photo postcard of Milhaud; AMusQS, 3 1/2 x 8 1968 

    1 12

    Offenbach, Jules: 10-bar musical quote with holograph lyrics; AMusQ, 6 1/8 x 9 undated 

    1 13

    Rossini, Gioachino: Letter; ALS, 7 5/8 x 10 1844 

    1 14

    Saint-Saëns, Camille: Letter to Mr. Meyer in which Saint-Saëns corrects the details of a story that was published in the Gaulois; ALS, 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 1921 

    1 15

    Strauss, Johann: Letter asking if a singer named Miss Kaschnitzva could audition; AL, 6 1/2 x 9 October 12, no year 

    1 16

    Strauss, Richard: Letter to Mr. Eulenberg suggesting a program of Strauss' works that could be performed; ALS, 4 1/2 x 7 undated 

    1 17

    Wagner, Richard: Scenario for The Ride of The Valkyries in the composer's hand; AL, 9 x 11 1/2 undated 

    1 18
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    Series 4: Additional Gifts & Acquisitions 1802-2009 

     
      Box Folder

    Adams, John: American Berserk quote; AMusQS, 11 x 14 2001 

    3 17

    Babbitt, Milton: Piano Concerto quote; AMusQS, 5 1/3 x 6 1989 

    3 1

    Beethoven, Ludwig van: Wellington's Victory Op. 91 "The Battle Symphony"; AMusMs, 12 x 9 1/2 1813 

    1 12

    Bernstein, Leonard: Quote from Candide; AMusQS, 4 x 7 1956 

    1 11

    Bernstein, Leonard: Signed on music paper "Happy Noel & Merry Nineteen-Hundred Eighty Two Love, Lenny Xmas '81"; ANS, 11 x 9 1981 

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Donated by Harry J. Kraut, business manager for Leonard Bernstein

    2 4

    Bernstein, Leonard: Musical sketch inscribed "A might have been String 4tet for Harry with Love on his 44th birthday, LB"; AMusQS, 8 1/2 x 11 

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Donated by Harry J. Kraut, business manager for Leonard Bernstein

    2 5

    Bernstein, Leonard: Signed small windowcard for Harvard Norton Lectures; inscribed "For HJK, Master of the Troons and Fourth Earl of Maspolomas with love & commiseration Lenny B Nov '73"; DS, 10 x 12 1973 

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Donated by Harry J. Kraut, business manager for Leonard Bernstein

    2 8

    Bernstein, Leonard: Music manuscript paper inscribed "Happy Harry, '81 An old sonnet for a new birthday" on front; inside an acrostic on Harry John Kraut; ANS, 22 x 14 1981 

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Donated by Harry J. Kraut, business manager for Leonard Bernstein

    2 9

    Bernstein, Leonard: Music manuscript paper inscribed on cover"For Harry 'Raw Material 10' from which to fashion A Blues for a Celebration for speaker and piano on a Ten-Tone Row of Pregnant Promise and Prodigious Power. Written this 29th day of September 1981 in honor of our Tenth Anniversary. Leonard Bernstein, Acting Rabbi"; inside pages 2 and 3 contain autographed musical quotes; AMusQS, 22 x 13 1981 

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Donated by Harry J. Kraut, business manager for Leonard Bernstein

    2 10

    Bernstein, Leonard: Music manuscript titled Agnus I; inscribed "For Harry, with infinite thanks for good deeds in Washington and looking forward to many more Xmases Fondly, Lenny B. Xmas '71"; AMusQS, 10 1/2 x 13 1971 

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Donated by Harry J. Kraut, business manager for Leonard Bernstein

    2 11

    Bernstein, Leonard: Music manuscript for Kraut Chili Sauce "52"; inscribed on cover "For HJK Happy Birthday from LB 11 April '85"; inside page 2 has the "Kraut" Chili Sauce logo; page 3 is the manuscript for "52"; AMusMsS, 10 1/2 x 12 1985 

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Donated by Harry J. Kraut, business manager for Leonard Bernstein

    2 12

    Bernstein, Leonard: Opening bars of "Take Care of This House"; inscribed "For Harry, Xmas '74…This plus 35cents can get you to Brooklyn. But Charles Hamilton and Schuyler Chapin might parlay it into a taxi-ride. Love, Lenny"; AMusQS, 10 3/8 x 13 1/2 1979 

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Donated by Harry J. Kraut, business manager for Leonard Bernstein

    2 13

    Bernstein, Leonard: Music manuscript II:IV:78 acrostic on Harry John Kraut; ANS, 10 1/2 x 14 1978 

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Donated by Harry J. Kraut, business manager for Leonard Bernstein

    2 14

    Boulez, Pierre: Quote form Explosante/Fixe; AMusQS, 8 x 11 1993 

    2 6

    Carter, Elliott: Cello Concerto quote; AMusQS, 8 1/2 x 6 2000 

    2 16

    Carter, Elliott: Sketch from Enchanted Preludes; AMusQS, 3 1/3 x 11 1988 

    3 2

    Copland, Aaron: Thrid Movement from Symphony No. 3; AMusQS, 11 x 14 1988 

    3 3

    Corigliano, John: Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra quote; AMusQS, 14 1/2 x 11 1975 

    2 15

    Crumb, George: Sketches from Zeitgeist (for two amplified pianos); AMusQS, 16 x 11 3/4 1988 

    3 4

    Damrosch, Leopold: Ruth and Naomi quote; AMusQS, 5 x 7 1876 

    1 10

    Damrosch, Walter: Cyrano; vocal score, 11x14 1939 

    1 9

    Damrosch, Walter: Cyrano quote; AMusQS, 4 x 6 1930 

    1 9

    Davies, Peter Maxwell: Symphony No. 2 quote; AMusQS, 8 x 10 1980 

    3 5

    Del Tredici, David: Scenes and Arias from Alice in Wonderland: Final Alice; AMusQS, 9 x 5 1/2 1990 

    3 6

    Diamond, David: Symphony No. 1 quote (mounted on paper below a photo of David Diamond); AMusQS, 8 1/2 x 3; photo 5x7 1940-1941 

    3 7

    Dvořák, Antonín: Symphony No. 9 "From the New World" viola part; Manuscript, 11 x 14 (viola part); 18 pp. 1940-1941 

    1 17

    Ellington, Duke: New World A' Comin' quote; AMusQ, 9 1/2 x 12 1/2 1943 

    1 1

    Foss, Lukas: Concert for Cello and Orchestra quote; AMusQS, 8 x 10 1989 

    3 8

    Glass, Philip: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra quote; AMusQS, 11 x 17 1990 

    3 9

    Golijov, Osvaldo: Ayre for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble-Autograph quote signed "Yah, annah emtza'cha (O God, where shall I find you?)"; inscribed "To Carnegie Hall, with Gratitude" by composer Osvaldo Golijov; AMusQS, 8 x 10 2004 

    4 4

    Gould, Morton: Jekyll and Hyde Variations quote; AMusQS, 8 x 10 1990 

    3 10

    Halévy, Fromental: Letter; ALS, 5 1/4 x 8 undated 

    1 4

    Harbison, John: Agnus Dei from Requiem; AMusQS, 11 x 14 2001 

    2 18

    Ives, Charles: Letter to John Joseph Becker in which Ives speaks of Becker's Third Symphony and his Fine Arts and the Soul of America.; ALS, 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 1931 

    1 2

    Kirchner, Leon: Music for Flute and Orchestra quote; AMusQS, 10 x 11 1/2 1978 

    1 14

    Kirchner, Leon: Sonata Concertante quote; AMusQS, 5 x 7 3/4 1952 

    1 13

    Lang, David: Little Match Girl Passion, The; AMusQS, 9 x 12 2009 

    4 2

    Mahler, Gustav: Letter to Karl Weigl. In this letter, Mahler invites Weigl for a friendly chat and congratulates him on winning the Beethoven Prize from the Vienna Friends of Music for his Third String Quartet.; ALS, 5 1/2 x 3 5/8 with envelope 1910 

    1 3

    Mannes, David & Clara: Unknown musical quote; AMusQS, 2 1/2 x 6 1899 

    1 8

    Menotti, Gian Carlo: Concerto for Violin quote; AMusQS, 9 1/3 x 9 1/3 1990 

    3 11

    Messiaen, Olivier: Fauvette a tete noire; AMusQS, 10 1/2 x 11 1/2 1990 

    3 12

    Milhaud, Darius: Photo postcard of Darius Milhaud; PCS, 3 1/2 x 5 1/3 

    2 1

    Previn, Andre: Honey and Rue quote; AMusQS, 10 1/2 x 11 1/2 1991 

    1 15

    Reich, Steve: Double Sextet-quote & page from score; AMusQS, 8 x 10; Score page autographed 2007 

    4 3

    Reich, Steve: Music for 18 Musicians - Section II quote; AMusQS, 11 x 14 2006 

    4 1

    Rieti, Vittorio: Unknown musical quote signed on a Recital Hall program of works by Vittorio Rieti, January 15, 1992.; AMusQS 1992 

    1 7

    Riley, Terry: In C; AMusQS, 8.5x11 2009 

    2 19

    Rochberg, George: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra quote; AMusQS, 15 x 11 1974 

    3 13

    Schuller, Gunther: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra quote; AMusQS, 11 x 13 1985 

    3 14

    Seeger, Pete: Turn, Turn, Turn quote; AMusQS, 9 1/2 x 6 

    3 15

    Stenhammar, Wilhelm: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat min. quote and note written and signed by Franz Rummel; "This you probably do not know, if so I am sorry for you, for beautiful it is. Who knows, perhaps you will hear it one day from me. Better late than never. Yours Truly, Franz Rummel" dated January 29, 1897; AMusQS, 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 1897 

    2 17

    Still, William Grant: Ebon Chronicle quote; AMusQ, 11 x 14 1934 

    2 7

    Strauss, Richard: Symphonia Domestica, Op. 53; Musical Score Signed, 11 x 13, 123 pp.; Berlin: Bote & Bock, 1904 1904 

    1 16

    Tan, Dun: The Map: Concerto for cello, video and orchestra quote; AMusQS, 11 x 17 2003 

    3 18

    Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Il′yich: Suite No. 3 in G Major, Op. 55 quote; AMusQS, 2 x 4 1891 

    1 6

    Toscanini, Arturo: Unknown quote & signed photograph; AMusQ, 1 1/2 x 7 1/2 in Toscanini's hand; SP 

    2 2

    Tower, Joan: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman quote; AMusQS, 8 1/2 x 11 1991 

    3 19

    Vaughan Williams, Ralph: Photo of Ralph Vaughn Williams (Karsh) and signed document "with compliments R Vaughan Williams" on Vaughan Williams stationary; DS, 4 3/4 x 7 1/2; Karsh photograph 

    2 3

    Walker, George: Lilacs for Voice and Orchestra; AMusQ 2009 

    2 20

    Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra quote; AMusQS, 11 3/4 x 9 1986 

    3 16
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    Series 5: Scores 1901-2004 

     
      Box Folder

    Andriessen, Louis: Image de Moreau; full score, 11.5 x 15.5 1999 

    7 13

    Babbitt, Milton: Old Order Changeth, The; autograph score (xerox), 11 x 14 1998 

    7 10

    Bernstein, Leonard: Opening Prayer; score, 12x17.5; copy of score with camera shot markings, 12x17.5 1987 

    2 2

    Bernstein, Leonard (arr. Joseph Turrin): West Side Story Suite; score & parts, 8.5x11 2000 

    5 4

    Bielawa, Lisa: Hurry; 2 scores, 8.5x11; parts for all instruments except clarinet, 8.5x11 2004 

    6 3

    Bolcom, William: Seventh Symphony: A Symphonic Concerto; full score, 11 x 16 2002 

    7 14

    Bolcom, William: Medusa; autograph score (bound xerox), 11 x 8.5 2002 

    7 6

    Carnegie Hall Millenium Piano Book: All ten scores bound in one volume plus a CD of each work performed by Ursula Oppens; score, 9 x 12 2000 

    7 15

    Chen, Yi: Ba Ban (Eight Beats); 2 scores (1 xerox, 1 bound), 8.5 x 11 1999 

    7 2

    Corigliano, John: Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan; 4 scores, 8.5x11 2000 

    3 1

    Corigliano, John: Mr. Tambourine Man: Seven Poems of Bob Dylan; manuscript score, 17x11 2000 

    2 3

    Das, Sandeep: Mohini-Summohini (arranged for the Silk Road Project by Ljova); 3 conductor scores, 8.5x11; parts for Shakuhachi 2004 

    6 6

    Eckardt, Jason: A Glimpse Retraced; study score, 11x17 1999 

    1 1

    Enescu, George: Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 (1901; arranged for the Silk Road Project by Ljova 2004-2005); 3 conductor scores, 8.5 x 11; parts for all instruments 1901 

    6 7

    Ferneyhough, Brian: The Doctrine of Similarity; 2 scores, 8.5x12 2000 

    3 4

    Frank, Gabriela Lena: Selections from Songs of Cifar and the Sweet Sea; score, 8.5x11 2004 

    6 5

    Goehr, Alexander: Piano Quintet; score, 8.5 x 12 2000 

    7 8

    Golijov, Osvaldo: Ayre for Soprano and Chamber Ensemble; score, 8.5 x 14 2004 

    5 5

    Hannibal: John Brown and Blue; score, 11 x 16 1999 

    7 11

    Harbison, John: On an Unwritten Letter; autograph score (xerox), 11 x 14 1999 

    7 12

    Hersch, Michael Nathaniel: Quartet; study score, 8.5x14 1999 

    4 4

    Lang, David (text: Life): Dope Beat; 2 scores, 12.5x16 1989 

    2 4

    Lieberson, Peter: Piano Quintet (The Highlands); 2 scores, 8.5 x 11 2002 

    7 7

    Makan, Keeril: Target; score, 11x8.5 2004 

    6 4

    Matheson, James: Songs of Desire, Love and Loss; miniature score, 9x12 2004 

    6 2

    McCartney, Paul: Liverpool Oratorio; vocal score, 8.5x12 1990 

    4 3

    Nash, Gary Powell: Brass Magnolia Suite; study score, 14x8.5 1999 

    4 5

    Nyshanov, Nurlanbek: "4x3=12"; score, 10x15.5 (includes an 8x11 xerox of different sections) circa 2004 

    6 1

    Perle, George: Adagio for Orchestra; score, 10x14 1993 

    4 6

    Previn, Andre: A Streetcar Named Desire (Opera in Three Acts); score, 8.5 x 11 1999 

    4 8

    Previn, Andre (text: Toni Morrison): Honey and Rue; 3 scores, 12x16.5 1991 

    1 4

    Rihm, Wolfgang: Zwiesprache [note: incomplete; missing movements 4 & 5]; autograph score (xerox), 8.5 x 11 1999 

    7 5

    Rzewski, Frederic: Days Fly By, The; score, 11.5 x 8 1998 

    7 3

    Sánchez-Gutiérrez, Carlos: Luciernagas; study score, 8.5x11 1999 

    4 2

    Scarim, Nick: A Simple Melody; 2 scores, 8.5x11 2000-2001 

    4 7

    Sheng, Bright: Spring Dreams; score, 11.5x17 1996 

    1 2

    Stucky, Steven: Sonate en forme des preludes; Horn in F part; Oboe part-8.5 x 11 2003 

    7 1

    Tan, Dun: Dew-Fall-Drops; autograph score (xerox), 11 x 13 1999 

    7 9

    Weir, Judith (text: Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Clarissa Pinkola Estes): women.life.song; 2 scores, 12x16.5; 8.5x12 2000 

    1 3

    Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra; score, 9x12 1986 

    3 2

    Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe: Triple Concerto (Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra); score, 11x14 1995 

    5 3

    Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe: Lament; autograph score (xerox), 8.5 x 11 1999 

    7 4

    Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe: Peanuts Galleryt; score, 11x14 1996 

    5 2

    Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe: Peanuts Gallery; 2 solo piano scores, 11x14 1996 

    5 1

    Zwilich, Ellen Taaffe: String Quartet No. 2; 3 study scores, 8.5x11 1998 

    3 3
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    Series 6: Centennial Commissions 1989-1991 

     
      Box Folder

    Arnold, Malcolm: Fantasy for Recorder and String Quartet; score, study score (signed by the composer) 1990 

    1 1

    Bolcom, William: I Will Breathe a Mountain (A Song Cycle from American Womem Poets); 2 scores 1989-1990 

    1 2

    Davis, Anthony: Violin Sonata; 2 scores 1991 

    1 3

    Riley, Terry: The Jade Palace Orchestral Dances Parts 1 & 2; 2 scores 1989 

    1 4

    Rochberg, George: Muse of Fire for Flute and Guitar; score 1990 

    2 1

    Rorem, Ned: Spring Music (Trio in Five Movements for Violin, Cello & Piano); score 1989-1990 

    2 2

    Stucky, Steven: Angelus; score & manuscript score (signed by the composer) 1990 

    3 2

    Takemitsu, Tōru: From me flows what you call Time (for five percussionists and orchestra); score 1990 

    3 1

    Tippett, Michael: Byzantium (for soprano and orchestra); vocal score 1990 

    2 3

    Yeston, Maury: December Songs; 2 scores 1990-1991 

    2 4
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    Series 7: Geiger Collection of Modern Composers 1932-1949  (Bulk, 1933-1934)

     
      Box Folder

    Berg, Alban 1934 December 4 

    1 1

    Boughton, Rutland 1934 April 16 

    1 2

    Braunfels, Walter 1936 April 25 

    1 3

    Cadman, Charles Wakefield circa 1935-1936 

    1 4

    Castro, Juan José 1934 March 1 

    1 5

    Charpentier, Gustave circa 1934 

    1 6

    Chasins, Abram 1933 October 27 

    1 7

    Cowell, Henry 1934 March 16 

    1 8

    Cowen, Frederic 1934 March 11 

    1 9

    Dupin, Paul 1934 March 29 

    1 10

    Ferroud, Pierre-Octave 1934 April 4 

    1 11

    Gagnebin, Henri 1934 April 7 

    1 12

    Goossens, Eugene 1934 March 8 

    1 13

    Hába, Alois 1934 April 22 

    1 14

    Hanson, Howard 1948 November 30 

    1 15

    Harmati, Sandor 1934 March 6 

    1 16

    Hausegger, Sigmund von 1934 

    1 17

    Hill, Edward Burlingame 1934 July 22 

    1 18

    Jordan, Sverre 1934 April 

    1 19

    Jacobi, Frederick 1934 May 3 

    1 20

    Josten, Werner 1934 May 16 

    1 21

    Kienzl, Wilhelm 1934 April 8 

    1 22

    Klose, Friedrich 1934 April 20 

    1 23

    Korngold, Erich Wolfgang 1927 

    1 24

    Lajtha, László 1934 April 23 

    1 25

    Lopatnikoff, Nikolai 1934 May 7 

    1 26

    Martin, Frank 1934 

    1 27

    Martinů, Bohuslav 1934 July 29 

    1 28

    Mason, Daniel Gregory 1934 February 15 

    1 29

    Medtner, Nicolas circa 1934 

    1 30

    Migot, Georges 1934 April 16 

    1 31

    Reuss, August 1934 April 10 

    1 32

    Reznicek, Emil Nikolaus von 1934 March 9 

    1 33

    Rhené-Baton (Baton, René (Emmanuel)) circa 1934 

    1 34

    Riegger, Wallingford circa 1934 

    1 35

    Rieti, Vittorio circa 1934 

    1 36

    Roger-Ducasse, Jean 1934 April 9 

    1 37

    Roussel, Albert 1934 March 30 

    1 38

    Rudhyar, Dane 1934 

    1 39

    Rytel, Piotr 1934 April 12 

    1 40

    Saminsky, Lazare 1933 

    1 41

    Schoenberg, Arnold 1933 November 10 

    1 42

    Scott, Cyril 1933 

    1 43

    Sekles, Bernhard 1934 April 14 

    1 44

    Sinigaglia, Leone 1934 May 13 

    1 45

    Sibelius, Jean 1934 September 1 

    1 46

    Smith, David Stanley 1934 April 11 

    1 47

    Sowerby, Leo 1934 February 17 

    1 48

    Stiedry, Fritz 1934 April 17 

    1 49

    Tansman, Alexandre 1934 April 28 

    1 50

    Tommasini, Vincenzo 1934 March 13 

    1 51

    Varèse, Edgard 1934 April 27 

    1 52

    Webern, Anton 1934 June 14 

    1 53

    Weingartner, Felix 1934 March 30 

    1 54

    Wellesz, Egon 1932 July 1 

    1 55

    Witkowski, Georges-Martin 1934 August 23 

    1 56

    Leinsdorf, Erich: correspondence with Robert Geiger regarding study scores 1946 June 7 

    1 57

    Stokowski, Leopold: correspondence with Robert Geiger regarding Vaugn-Williams' Symphony in E Minor 1949 

    1 58

    Walter, Bruno: correspondence with Robert Geiger regarding study scores of Dello Joio and Vaughan Williams 1948 June 15 

    1 59
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