Classical Music

The 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. The collection ranges in date from the 16th century through the 20th century. Appalachian folk music is not included in this collection. The collection supplements the Ernston Music Library. Click here for associated titles.

The collection also includes the following manuscript collections:

Hans Schwieger Papers

German conductor Hans Schwieger was the first music director for the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he held from 1948-1971. 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 and his good friend Victor Herbert founded the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). The collection consists predominately of music scores written or arranged by Trinkaus. In addition to his works, it also contains several scores written by other composers, such as Victor Herbert and Sousa.

Music Manuscripts and Images Collection

This collection includes correspondence, photographs, and 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 collection was provided by the Max Smith Endowment Fund.