Music (excluding jazz)
The carillon is considered to be the world's largest musical instrument, made up of at least 23 bronze bells and the particular keyboard that plays them. The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Carillon donated to the University of Chicago and installed in 1932 has 72 bells and is the second largest carillon in the world. Wylie Crawford has been the University carillonneur since 1984, and this collection of carilloniana was compiled by him. The collection contains concert programs, publicity, news clippings, correspondence, pamphlets and brochures on carillons all over the world, books and serial publications dedicated to the carillon and bells, carillonneur association bulletins and newsletters, conference materials, and audio-visual materials, all dating from 1898 to 2012, with the bulk of the material dating from the 1970s to the 2010s. The collection primarily documents the history of the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Carillon and carillonneurs' activities in North America and Europe.
The Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company is a Hyde Park-based theatre company devoted exclusively to performing the works of Gilbert and Sullivan. They have been in operation since 1960, generally producing one operetta annually. The collection contains a small amount of administrative material, but the bulk of the collection is comprised of set and costume designs, flyers, programs, posters, and other material pertaining to specific productions. Of particular interest are 11 set models. The collection spans the years 1960-2010, with the bulk of the material from 1980-2008.
This is a collection of the administrative records of the Hyde Park Youth Symphony. The records of the Symphony include administrative, budget, and fund raising material arranged by year, dating back to 1983. Also included are recordings of concerts, newspaper clippings and a scrapbook of photographs and programs.
Hugo Kauder, composer, musician. The Hugo Kauder Papers and Addenda includes records, holograph manuscript scores, reproduced manuscript scores, and published scores. Many of the scores reproduced by blueprint process bear holograph revisions or dynamic markings in pen or pencil, and a number of scores are inscribed to Edward E. Lowinsky and his family. This collection has been assigned Codex Manuscript #1399.
Ernst Levy (1895-1981), composer and professor of music at the University of Chicago (1951-54). Papers include musical scores and many significant written academic works, including a French manuscript of his book A Theory of Harmony. Public and biographical items include an extensive radio broadcast interview, late interest and news articles mentioning Levy and significant correspondence, biographical information, catalogs of released recordings and copies of catalogued records from European libraries.
The Lincoln Collection, Sheet Music contains sheet music relating to Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War, and the American nation in general during the nineteenth century. It forms a part of the William E. Barton Collection of Lincolniana.
Edward Elias Lowinsky (January 12, 1908 – October 11, 1985), musicologist, served on the faculty of University of Chicago's Department of Music from 1961 until his retirement in 1976. An innovative scholar of sixteenth-century music, Lowinsky set academic and editorial standards in the field of musicology, and provoked debate and discussion that elevated the field. The collection documents Lowinsky's education and early career in Germany and Holland; his work at Black Mountain College, Queens College, University of California, and the University of Chicago; his activities with the American Musicological Society; and his family and personal life. The collection contains personal and professional correspondence, administrative records, manuscripts, scores, teaching materials, audio recordings, and photographs.
Leonard B. Meyer (1918-2007), composer, author and professor of music at the University of Chicago (1946-1974). Papers include correspondence, notes and drafts for published and unpublished works, notebooks, photographs, and recordings.
James H. Moore taught music at the University of Chicago from 1976 to 1984. The Papers contains Moore's correspondence, lectures and articles, publications and musical editions related to scholarly research into Venetian music and culture, research notes, teaching materials, photocopies of sacred and secular sources for the study of seventeenth-century Venetian music, audio tapes, and musical scores.
This collection consists of sheet music and band scores for several songs featured at band events, mainly, at the University of Chicago.
Robert Pollak, composer, music and theatre critic. The Robert Pollak Papers consist of materials relating to the faculty revels at the Quadrangle Club of the University of Chicago, including: scores, scripts, photographs, clippings, and press releases. The collection also includes clippings from Pollak's column "The Lively Arts," published in the Hyde Park Herald between 1961 and 1970.
The collection consists of approximately 4,300 printed songs, folksongs, ballads, and piano music from the late 18th to the mid-20th century. The materials are predominately English and American, but the collection includes songs of other countries, some of which are in French or German. Includes the Starshack Collection of American Sheet Music and music of the Midway Minstrel, a male singing group named after the Midway in Hyde Park, Chicago.
Harrington Shortall (1895-1984) was a music composer and educator. Shortall studied under Nadia Boulanger, and went on to compose a diverse body of musical work. As an educator, Shortall taught at the Chicago Theological Seminary, and Rosary College. Shortall's papers contain a collection of material related to Nadia Boulanger, including correspondence; also included are teaching materials, compositions, journals and publicity material.
The Song Plugger Cards collection contains 55 advertising cards from Chicago and other locations in Illinois, and one from Indiana. These advertising cards were used to promote a dance, celebration or other event and included new songs lyrics on the back of the card.
Contains song sheets, poems in broadside format, and lyric books. Predominantly British, but also includes a limited number of Scottish, Irish, Italian, and American items. Subjects range from the evils and benefits of drink, romance and marriage, to satirical commentary on political and social events. Many items are illustrated with vignettes or small panels representation a variety of printing techniques, such as woodcut, engraving, and lithography.
Virgil Thomson, composer, journalist, author. The Virgil Thomson papers consist of correspondence regarding a piece of choral music commissioned from Thomson for the seventy-fifth anniversary of the University of Chicago, an invitation and a press release (photocopies) for the event, as well as a letter to Bernard Weinberg from Virgil Thomson.
The University of Chicago band performed for university athletic functions and in indoor concerts. The records contain correspondence, drill charts and routines, clippings, and administrative records dating from 1898 to 1969, with the bulk of the material from 1927 to 1942.
The Contemporary Chamber Players, a music collective based at University of Chicago, was founded in 1964 by Ralph Shapey (1921-2002), a composer and member of the university’s Department of Music. The Contemporary Chamber Players performed new works by 20th century composers, and under Shapey’s guidance became one of the nation’s premier ensembles for contemporary art music. This collection includes the ensemble's correspondence, financial records, touring information, publicity material, performance information, and audio recordings of performances.
Margit Varro (1892-1978), music teacher and author. The Papers document Varro's career as an educator and music historian, and her association with Hungarian composers Bela Bartok and Leo Weiner.