Simon Bucharoff Collection | Music Library

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Collection Overview

Title: Simon Bucharoff CollectionAdd to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1916-1967
ID: 06/014
Primary Creator: Bucharoff, Simon (1881-1955)
Extent: 50.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Organized into ten series: (1) Scores; (2) Oversized scores; (3) Published works by Simon Bucharoff; (4) Libretti and other writings; (5) Correspondence and papers; (6) Photographs, clippings, and publicity; (7) Works by other authors and composers; (8) Isadore Buchhalter; (9) Realia; and (10) Documentation from the University of Houston.
Date Acquired: 00/00/2010
Subjects: Bucharoff, Simon, 1881-1955
Languages: English, German

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Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of fifty boxes, mainly of the compositions and papers of Simon Bucharoff (1881-1955), along with materials related to Bucharoff's brother, Isadore Buchhalter, papers related to activities of Bucharoff's estate, one piece of realia, and the documentation that accompanied the collection from the University of Houston. Bucharoff's papers consist mainly of correspondence, but also include clippings, photographs, concert programs, promotional materials, and writings on non-musical subjects. The materials are predominantly from 1916 through 1967, with a smaller number of materials from before and after that period.

The scores comprise the most complete collection of Bucharoff's works that has yet been assembled and organized. His papers chronicle the his rise to prominence as a pianist, and then as a composer, the struggles of the 1920s and onward, his attempts to promote and publish his works, and reflect the personality, worldview, and spirituality that informed his works.

Biographical Note

Pianist, educator, composer, and writer. Born Simon Buchhalter in Berdychiv (in present-day Ukraine) in 1881, Bucharoff initially rose to prominence as a pianist in Wichita before moving to Chicago, and achieving a measure of success as a composer in Europe in the 1920s. Amid a protracted legal battle over compositions of his which were held by German publishers, Bucharoff returned to the United States and worked as an orchestrator for Warner Bros. with composers such as Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Dmitri Tiomkin from 1937 until his death in 1955.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Music Library
Access Restrictions: Access to this collection is provided only by special arrangement. Please contact the Music Library for more information.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Music Library. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: Collection is housed in remote storage. Advance notice for use is required. Please contact the Music Library for further information.
Acquisition Source: University of Houston

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 4: Libretti and other writingsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 1Add to your cart.
 
Folder 1: Addio: Opera in One ActAdd to your cart.
Script.  Music by Simon Bucharoff, libretto by Sadie A. Frank. Based on the drama "Addio" by Stark Young. Typescript, annotated in ink. In file labeled "compositions to be looked at and destroyed."
Folder 2: The Dictator's Downfall: Finale from the Opera Jewel: The Indestructible ManAdd to your cart.
Two copies of script "for concert, television, or musical short."
Folder 3: The Dictator's DownfallAdd to your cart.
"Concert version. Adaptable for screen musical short." Portfolio also includes two copies of synopsis of the opera Jewel.
Folder 4: Freedom on the MarchAdd to your cart.
Three copies of single-page synopsis. Six copies of 3-page synopsis (one heavily annotated).One copy of text to "Parable of Nothin' and Somethin'," mentioned in synopsis. Five unbound copies of script, extra title page. Two copies in portfolios. One sheet of handwritten notes.
Folder 5: The Great LoveAdd to your cart.
"Musical romance for stage and screen. Adapted from Simon Bucharoff's Opera Addio." Two bound copies of script. One complete looseleaf copy, second partial copy. Extra title and cast pages.
Folder 6: I Laugh and LaughAdd to your cart.
Two typescript copies. "Musical short for screen and television. For baritone and declamation with orchestra."
Folder 7: JewelAdd to your cart.
Typescript, heavily edited in ink. 72 pages, some possibly missing.
Folder 8: Jewel: The Indestructible ManAdd to your cart.
15-page script. "Drama with music adapted from the opera Jewel​ for screen production."
Folder 9: Jewel: The Indestructible ManAdd to your cart.
16-page script, 2 copies. "Drama with music adapted from the opera Jewel for screen production."
Folder 10: Jewel: The Indestructible ManAdd to your cart.
24-page script "for stage, screen, and television."
Folder 11: Jewel: The Indestructible Man, 1924Add to your cart.
64-page script. "Mystical and Miracle Opera in a Prologue and Three Acts. Text and music by Simon Bucharoff. Based on German material by Rudolf Lothar and translated into English by Charles Henry Meltzer."
Folder 12: Jewel: The Indestructible Man, 1924Add to your cart.
65-page script. "Mystical and Miracle Opera in a Prologue and Three Acts."
Folder 13: Jewel: The Indestructible ManAdd to your cart.
94-page script. "Music drama," "for stage, screen, and television." Three copies: two in folder (and one incomplete copy), one in adjacent three-ring binder. Two of three copies contain the note on title page: "This libretto was first conceived and sketched in 1924."
Folder 14: Jewel and related worksAdd to your cart.
Loose pages from Jewel and derivative works (The Dictator's Downfall, Freedom on the March, etc.).
Folder 15: The March of FreedomAdd to your cart.
See also: Freedom on the March for similar contents. File includes handwritten notes on major historical figures, events, and eras, five copies of  synopses entitled both "Freedom on the March" and "The March of Freedom," three copies of foreword to "The March of Freedom," three copies of "Parable of Nothin' and Somethin'" (title mentioned in file as enclosure) seven copies of lyrics to "The March of Freedom," "dedicated to the United Nations."
Folder 16: Parable of Nothin' and Somethin'Add to your cart.
Variously titled "The Modern Spiritual," "The 1947 Spiritual," and "Modern Version of the 'Sermon on the Mount'." 11 copies.
Folder 17: The Raising of SakahraAdd to your cart.
73 pages, 2 copies. "A complete revision of the original Opera score SAKAHRA, music by Simon Bucharoff and libretto by Isabel Buckingham."
Folder 18: The Raising of SakahraAdd to your cart.
78 pages.  "A complete revision of the original Opera score SAKAHRA, music by Simon Bucharoff and libretto by Isabel Buckingham."
Folder 19: The Raising of SakahraAdd to your cart.
Synopses and loose pages. 2-page synopsis (two copies), 6-page synopsis, loose papers.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Barcode 5000361807.
Folder 1: Rejoicing, I Laugh and Laugh and Laugh!Add to your cart.
Three 2-page copies of lyrics, two extra copies of second page, instrumentation.
Folder 2: SakahraAdd to your cart.
Nine copies of 2-page synopsis; "argument" synopsis in English with different ending (labeled "Sakahra," but may be for The Raising of Sakahra); synopsis in German, "Notizen für Sakahra" (four pages, missing page 3); three copies of instrumentation list.
Folder 3: Sakahra: Grand Opera in Three ActsAdd to your cart.
Libretto in English by Isabel Buckingham. Annotations, corrections in Bucharoff's hand. "Copyrighted March 31 1927 by Simon Bucharoff. Exclusive rights owned by Simon Bucharoff. Premiere, Nov. 8 1924. Frankfort [sic], Germany.
Folder 4: Notes for SakahraAdd to your cart.
One page, typed, in English. Impressions of local cultures, practices, and scenes in North Africa.
Folder 5: "Sakahra. (French Text.)"Add to your cart.
"Opera in quatre actes. Livret de Isabel Buckingham. Traduction française de A.G.H. Spiers. Musique de Simon Buchhalter [crossed out, "Bucharoff" written above]." "Copyrighted by Isabel Buckingham." 5-page "argument" (synopsis) in English enclosed.
Folder 6: Regie-Buch - SakahraAdd to your cart.
German text, apparently of "Argument" enclosed in Folder 23, and libretto.
Folder 7: Sakahra (Textliche Inhaltsangabe)Add to your cart.
"Grosse Oper in Vier Akten." Libretto in German. Translator not identified.
Folder 8: SakahraAdd to your cart.
Page 59, last page of libretto; Sakahra's character apparently named Tabara here. See also: Series 4, Box 2, Folder 27.
Folder 9: Salute to a Free World, 1945Add to your cart.
"Symphonic poem for orchestra and mixed chorus." "Dedicated to the memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt." 4 pages of text, 7 copies.
Folder 10: Sammy Lad, My Sammy!, 1943Add to your cart.
One page of lyrics, 2 copies.
Folder 11: Die Seele Israels, 1924 FebruaryAdd to your cart.
"Oper in Drei Aufzügen, mit Einem Vorspiel." "Deutscher Text von Rudolf Lothar." "Deutsch Vollentet und ins Englishen übertragen von Charles Henry Meltzer." "Musik von Simon Bucharoff."
Folder 12: The Soul of Israel, 1924 FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Two copies of English translation of libretto. Original German text by Rudolf Lothar, "completed and revised in German and adapted in English by Charles Henry Meltzer." Music by Simon Bucharoff.
Folder 13: The Southern NightingaleAdd to your cart.
"Musical romance for stage and screen." "This romance is based upon the opera A Lover's Knot by Simon Bucharoff, originally produced by the Chicago Opera Company under Cleofonte Campanini."
Folder 14: The Voice SpeaksAdd to your cart.
Two title pages on first copy. First title page: "Musical short in color for screen and television." "For baritone or declamation with orchestra." Second title page: "Television musical short, in color, or as cartoon." "For baritone and orchestra." See also: "O Ye Peoples and Nations." Second, partial (unfinished?) copy in blue portfolio.
Folder 15: "Brief description of The Wanderer's Song."Add to your cart.
One page, manuscript.
Folder 16: The Wastrel: Comic-Opera in Three ActsAdd to your cart.
Music by Simon Bucharoff, libretto by Sadie A. Frank. "Adapted for screen production." 10 typescript pages, synopsis.
Folder 17: The Wastrel: Opera in 3 ActsAdd to your cart.
Music by Simon Bucharoff, libretto by Sadie A. Frank. "This libretto is adapted from Philip Massinger's drama entitled A New Way to Pay Old Debts." 70 pages, 2 copies.
Folder 18: The Wastrel: Opera in 3 ActsAdd to your cart.
Music by Simon Bucharoff, libretto by Sadie A. Frank. "This libretto is adapted from Philip Massinger's drama entitled A New Way to Pay Old Debts." 73 pages.
Folder 19: You Are My SunriseAdd to your cart.
One page of lyrics. Lyrics by Elizabeth McCabe Gilmore.
Folder 20: Beyond the Border, 1949Add to your cart.
Non-musical work. "A practical application of ontology - The true state of man's being!" 37 pages, three typescript copies. Differing tables of contents between copies and description of "chapters to follow" indicate a work in progress.
Folder 21: The Miracle Piano BookAdd to your cart.
Cover page only, manuscript. Likely an early title of The Modern Pianist's Textbook.
Folder 22: The Modern Pianist's Text Book, 1931Add to your cart.

"A complete, concise, practical and indispensable manual for the modern pianist. Teacher and student."

Published by the Allegro Musical Art League of America, Inc.

Bound copy monogramed to L.L. Buchhalter.

Folder 23: Single page of manuscript, likely for Modern Pianist's TextbookAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 24: What Future Awaits the American Composer of Opera and Symphony?Add to your cart.
6-page article with accompanying cover letter to Mr. Richard Drake Saunders, editor-in-chief of the Bureau of Musical Research, Inc., dated May 19, 1947.
Folder 25: "The Wisdomites" - IntroductionAdd to your cart.
Single page from larger work.
Folder 26: The WisdomitesAdd to your cart.
366 pages. An allegorical play intended as moral and metaphysical instruction.
Folder 27: Various handwritten lyricsAdd to your cart.
One item on reverse of page 58 of a Sakahra libretto (see also: Series 4, Box 2, Folder 8), in which Sakahra's "rightful name" is Tabara.

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