Stanford University
Interviews with avant-garde composers by musicologist Olivia Mattis, conducted while Mattis was a doctoral student at Stanford University studying Edgard Varèse. Thus, many of the subjects are family and associates of Varèse (many of whom are from the art world rather than music), and his name tends to come up in many of the interviews. Mattis was also the first person to interview Léon Thérémin after he emerged from over fifty years of Soviet seclusion in 1989. While the transcript for this interview has been published, less commonly found is the recording from the same tape of a theremin demonstration played by his daughter Natalia. The collection also contains a rare interview with rock musician Frank Zappa, a known Varèse acolyte. Musicians, conductors, and artists are also among the interviewed. Sessions were in English and other languages (French, Russian) with an interpreter, and took place for the most part in Paris and New York City. These first generation copies ... Read More
New York Public Library
Alvin Lucier (born 1931) is an American composer who is best known for exploring the nature of sound and sonic environments. His papers, dating from 1939 to 2015, strongly represent his career as a composer and pedagogue over five decades. Most of the collection consists of scores, sound recordings, moving images, subject files, photographs, correspondence, and programs. Also present are datebooks, diaries, posters, notebooks, and clippings
Library of Congress - Research and Reference Services
The League of Composers was founded in New York in 1923 to promote American composers and introduce audiences to the best in new music through high quality performances. Its quarterly journal, Modern Music, was published from 1924 to 1946, and edited by Minna Lederman Daniel. It is one of the most distinguished collections of criticism and scholarship concerning early twentieth-century musical arts. The archives contains materials documenting the cessation of the journal, correspondence, financial and budget documents, fundraising materials, clippings, committee meeting minutes, photographs and artwork, stage and costume designs, contemporary concert and festival programs, scrapbooks containing promotional materials, publications of the League, and writings by Lederman Daniel.
Getty Research Institute
Twenty-four personal, intimate letters from John Cage to Pauline Schindler, wife of American architect Rudolf Schindler, dated from 1934 to 1959, mostly written while Cage lived in Los Angeles. The letters brim with youthful exuberance and verge on the poetic. Interspersed, Cage describes his music studies with Wendell Hoss (French horn) and Arnold Schönberg (counterpoint), his relationship with Richard Buhlig and his own early compositional work. His accounts of concerts illustrate Cage's active involvement and interest in the Los Angeles music scene and his musical tastes. Additionally, Cage mentions his relationship with and impending marriage to Xenia. The collection also includes three drafts of letters from Schindler to Cage, ca. 1935, and a copy of a letter from her to Rockwell Kent, dated 1964, in which she quotes Cage, who relates his work to chaos
Getty Research Institute
Audio tracks produced by the Getty Research Institute for the listening station in the exhibit "SEA TAILS: a Video Collaboration.". -- The sources of the recordings are in the Getty's collections as follows: example 1 is from track 3, Side A from David Tudor, Sea Tails, 1983 (David Tudor papers, accession no. 980039, C19); example 2 is a mix from the 3 DVDs of Mollie Davies, Sea Tails [videorecording], 1983 (accession no. 2003.M.24); and example 3 is from Documentation of Sea tails video installation, Theater am Turm, Frankfurt, Germany [videorecording], 1983 October (accession no. 2004.M.5)
Library of Congress - Research and Reference Services
Minna Lederman Daniel was an American writer and editor who specialized in music and dance. A major influence on 20th century music, she was a founding member of the League of Composers, a group of musicians and proponents of modern music. She helped launch the League’s magazine, The League of Composers’ Review (later called Modern Music), which was the first American journal to manifest an interest in contemporary composers. The collection contains her correspondence, financial and legal papers, writings, clippings, and photographs.
New York University Libraries
Magie Dominic (1944- ) is a Canadian writer and artist. She studied at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and was an influencial member of the Off-Off-Broadway movement, performing in and directing numerous productions at Joe Cino's Caffe Cino. Her 2002 memoir The Queen of Peace Room , an exploration of memory and violence against women, was shortlisted for the Canadian Women’s Studies Award, ForeWord magazine’s Book of the Year Award, and the Judy Grahn Award. This collection consists of an Acker Award presented to Dominic in 2017. The award honors members of the avant garde arts community for outstanding contributions "in their discipline in defiance of convention, or served their fellow writers and artists in outstanding ways." The award itself is a small collection of artifacts contributed by the other New York City award recipients as well as a copy of the annual Ackers "chapbook" which contains photographs and biographies of all of the year's honorees
Library of Congress - Research and Reference Services
The collection consists of Minna Lederman Daniel's papers, including correspondence, financial and legal papers, writings, clippings, programs, periodicals, and photographs. Included in this collection is correspondence with major figures in the fields of music, dance, and poetry, including John Cage, Elliott Carter, Aaron Copland, Merce Cunningham, Edwin Denby, H. Wiley Hitchcock, Vivian Perlis, Igor Stravinsky, Tazewell Thompson, and Virgil Thomson. Several of these composers, choreographers, and poets were contributors to the magazine Modern music. Other notable contributors include Marc Blitzstein, Leonard Bernstein, Paul Bowles, and Roger Sessions
Library of Congress - Research and Reference Services
This collection contains materials related to the professional and personal activities of composer George Antheil and his wife, Elizabeth (Böske) Antheil. Holograph and copyist manuscripts and printed scores in the collection span Antheil's career as a composer. Some manuscript reproductions contain annotations in Antheil's hand. Notable works include Ballet mécanique, Capital of the world, The happy journey, The wish, and Helen retires. The writings series includes books, articles, essays, dissertations, interviews, and literary musings by or about George Antheil, as well as short stories and a draft of her autobiography by Böske. A typed manuscript of George Antheil's book The shape of the war to come, with annotations and holograph maps, is also included. The correspondence largely contains business and personal letters sent and received by George and Böske Antheil. Notable correspondents include Sylvia Beach, Jean Cocteau, Luigi Dallapiccola, Vladimir Golschmann, James ... Read More
New York Public Library
Collection consists of objects, text scores, correspondence art, gallery announcements, concert programs, posters and other items produced by and/or relating to the Fluxus group of artists, ca. 1958-1987 -- Highlights include: multiple edition Fluxus objects, e.g. George Brecht's Water yam, 1963, Robert Watts' Events, 1964, Joseph Beuys' Zwei Fräulein mit leuchtendem Brot, 1966, and Yoko Ono's A box of smile, signed in 1984; complete set of the Fluxus in-house newspaper, V TRE, 1963-1978; posters from Charlotte Moorman's Annual New York Avant-Garde Festivals, 1964-1980; signed performance poems and "text-sound texts" by Jackson Mac Low; performance programs from La Monte Young and Yoko Ono's Chamber Street Loft Series, ca. 1961-1962. Many items are inscribed to the collector, Ellsworth Snyder

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