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 6: Photographs, clippings, and publicityAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographical and promotional materialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Sakahra materialsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Sakahra photo printsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Carnegie Hall materials, 1928Add to your cart.
From the performance of Bucharoff's works under Willem Mengelberg at Carnegie Hall.
Folder 5: Brochure: "Simon Bucharoff: Master Musician"Add to your cart.
Promotes Bucharoff's work as a teacher, lecturer, and composer. Los Angeles address written on one copy.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Barcode 5000865313.
Folder 1: Other promotional materials and programsAdd to your cart.
Includes the program from the performance at the Hollywood Bowl of Bucharoff's Scene de Ballet from Sakahra.
Folder 2: Clippings - GeneralAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Clippings for "Wisdomites"Add to your cart.
Clippings of significant and illustrative episodes in Bucharoff's life and world events, apparently compiled while preparing The Wisdomites (See Series 4, Box 2, Folders 40-41.)
Folder 4: Clippings for "Wisdomites" continuedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: PhotographsAdd to your cart.

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