Classical Music Collection

conductorsThe Classical Music Collection includes rare European and American music books and scores in both published and manuscript forms, as well as other items related to classical music. Collection ranges from 16th to 20th centuries. Appalachian folk music is not included in this collection. The collection supplements the Ernston Music Library.

Manuscript collections include:

Hans Schwieger Papers German conductor Hans Schwieger was the first music director for the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held from 1948 to 1971. His papers contain photographs, scrapbooks, recordings, annotated scores, correspondence, concert programs and awards relating primarily to his career as a conductor.

George J. Trinkaus Collection George J. Trinkaus (1878-1960) was an American composer, violinist, and a cousin of composer John Philip Sousa. In 1914 Trinkaus, along with his good friend Victor Herbert, helped to found the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). The George J. Trinkaus Collection consists predominately of music scores written or arranged by Trinkaus. In addition to Trinkaus’ works, it also contains several scores written by other composers such as Victor Herbert and John Philip Sousa.

Music Manuscripts and Images Collection, 1652-1985, undated. This collection contains a myriad of items relating to music, from correspondence to photographs to programs. Subjects represented include: American composer and pianist Amy (Mrs. H.H.A.) Beach (1867-1944); American composer John Cage (1912-1992); Venezuelan pianist Teresa Carreno (1853-1917); American composer Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000); Soviet-Armenian composer Aram Khatchaturian (1903-1978); 'The Swedish Nightingale' Jenny Lind (1820-1887); singer Ethel Merman (1908-1984); Mexican composer Manuel Ponce (1882-1948); and Italian tragedienne Adelaide Ristori (1822-1906). The funding for this unique collection is provided by the Max Smith Endowment Fund.


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How to Use the Collections

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