approximately 38,000 items (160 boxes, 81.5 linear feet).
Organized into the following series: I. Music, 1875-1996, II. Harmony and Teaching Materials, 1922-1981, III. Correspondence, 1871-1998, IV. Files, 1902-1996, V. Photographs, 1861-1990s, VI. Biographical and Family History Materials, 1869-1996, VII. Miscellany, 1912-1991.
The collection consists of materials related to Talma's life and career and her family's history. The music materials chiefly consist of holograph manuscript scores, sketches, tone rows, and photo-reproduced manuscripts bearing annotations in the composer's hand. Many works are accompanied by errata, correspondence, programs, notes, and other items of interest. The collection also contains scores by other composers, most notably Lukas Foss, with whom Talma had a particularly close relationship. Her harmony and teaching materials contain notebooks, exercises, lecture notes, and other course materials, including drafts of her co-authored monograph, Functional Harmony (1971). There are significant materials reflecting her studies with Nadia Boulanger. Talma's notebook subjects include composition, counterpoint, pedagogy, history of music, harmony, keyboard harmony, and fugue. Correspondence is divided into two subseries: general and family. The general category includes correspondence from a wide range of people: composers, performers, colleagues, publishers, organizational representatives, friends, and students. Among musical and literary personalities, substantial quantities of letters are present for Nadia Boulanger, Lukas Foss, Claudio Spies, and Thornton and Isabel Wilder. Other notable correspondents include Leonard Bernstein, Elliott Carter, Theodore Chanler, Arthur Cohn, Doda Conrad, Aaron Copland, Walter Damrosch, Norman Dello Joio, David Diamond, Irving Fine, Nikolai Lopatnikoff, Marian MacDowell, Isidor Philipp, Daniel Pinkham, Walter Piston, Guiomar Novaes Pinto, Ned Rorem, William Schumann, Charles Seeger, Leo Smit, Isaac Stern, Igor Stravinsky, Ernst Toch, Rosalyn Tureck, and Virgil Thomson. Talma's files contain mostly assorted materials grouped together under subject headings. These may include business papers, institutional records, correspondence, financial documents, clippings, publicity materials, and other items of general interest. Folders for specific personalities consist mostly of clippings and programs related to that individual's performances or media headlines. Files for Fontainebleau, The MacDowell Colony, and Hunter College are significantly larger than others and contain papers detailing Talma's administrative activities with those institutions. Photographs in the collection are divided into four subseries: Louise Talma and Nadia Boulanger; composers, performers, and other people; miscellaneous subjects; and family. Family photographs and a significant portion of the correspondence document the history and activities of the Garrigues family. The Biographical and Family History Materials series contains personal effects, writings, programs, awards, and other items pertaining to the lives of Talma and her various family members. The final series rounds up materials owned or possibly used by Talma, including artwork, inscribed items, and a box of periodicals and miscellaneous clippings of interest. In addition, there are several photographs and materials that chronicle the life of Thomas G. Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia and a relative of Talma.
Louise Talma (b. Oct. 31, 1906, in Arcachon, France; d. Aug. 13, 1996 at Yaddo Artist Colony, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was an American composer, pianist, and teacher.
Open to research.
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Louise Talma Papers, Music Division, Library of Congress.
Certain restrictions to use or copying of materials may apply.
Library of Congress Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.
The Edward and Marian MacDowell Collection and the Charles Seeger Collection contain correspondence to and from Talma.
Materials principally in English and French.
Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Performing Arts Reading Room and at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.music/eadmus.mu011004.