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 5: Correspondence and papersAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: General correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Barcode 5000362283.
Folder 1: General correspondence, 1912-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 2: General correspondence, 1930-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 3: General correspondence, 1943-1955 November 18Add to your cart.
Correspondence up to the point of Bucharoff's death on November 24, 1955.
Folder 4: General correspondence, undatedAdd to your cart.
Includes letter from Charles Wakefield Cadman (ca. 1930s), and endorsement of Bucharoff's piano method book by Erich Korngold.
Folder 5: General correspondence, 1955 November 25 - 1977 July 18Add to your cart.
Correspondence continued by Bucharoff's estate, primarily by his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Buchhalter.
Sub-Series 2: Dispute with publishers in GermanyAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Barcode 5000362284.
Folder 1: Dispute with publishers, 1924-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Dispute with publishers, 1930-1938Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Dispute with publishers, 1943-1949Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Dispute with publishers / War Claims Act, 1950-1955 November 16Add to your cart.
Continuation of dispute and attempts to receive restitution under the War Claims Act of 1948 until Bucharoff's death.
Folder 5: War Claims / Bucharoff estate, 1955-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 6: War Claims / Bucharoff estate, 1964-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 7: War Claims / Bucharoff estate, undatedAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Correspondence with specific partiesAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Barcode 5000362286.
Folder 1: 20th Century FoxAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Allegro Musical Art LeagueAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Associated Music PublishersAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Metropolitan OperaAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Padovano, JohnAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: G. Schirmer, Inc.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Professional organizations, 1929 - 1955 FebruaryAdd to your cart.
ASCAP, Songwriters Protective Association, American Federation of Musicians, and others.
Folder 8: Professional organizations cont'd., 1955 December - undatedAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Personal documentsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Barcode 5000362285.
Folder 1: Vital statistics and recordsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Will and estate-related documentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Pay stubs and receiptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Copyright and related documentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Chemistry / pharmacology textbook from Bucharoff's youth, 1893Add to your cart.
Surawicz, S. Asymmetrische Amylverbindungen und ihre Beziehungen zum Fuselalkohol. Stamped "Simon Buchhalter, New York City."
Sub-Series 5: Miscellaneous and uncategorizedAdd to your cart.
Assorted envelopes, Chicago Symphony schedule, small slips of paper, and other items.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Barcode 5000865314.

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