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 3: Published works by Simon BucharoffAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Barcode 5000361808.
Folder 1: The Four Freedoms, 1943Add to your cart.
For voice and piano. 6 pages of music, 7 copies. Publisher not named on this set of copies, but address given (1515 N. Vine St., Hollywood) matches that of Pacific Music Sales on adjacent item by same title.
Folder 2: The Four Freedoms, 1943Add to your cart.
6 pages of music, 58 copies. Hollywood: Pacific Music Sales. First copy inscribed from Bucharoff "To Elizabeth + Isadore with very best wishes."
Folder 3: Go Thy Way, Forgetting, 1920Add to your cart.
For high voice and piano. Words by Isabel Buckingham, music by Simon Bucharoff. New York: Carl Fischer. 7 pages. "To John O'Sullivan."
Folder 4: A Lovers' Knot : an opera in one act, 1916Add to your cart.
Vocal-piano score, 139 pages. 2 copies. Libretto by Cora Bennett-Stephenson. Music by Simon Buchhalter [crossed out with "Bucharoff" written below on both copies]. New York: G. Schirmer.

Biographical / Historical Note: From second page: First performance at the Auditorium Theater, Chicago, January 15, 1916.

Cast of Characters: Sylvia: Myrna Sharlow; Beatrice: Augusta Lenska; Walter: George Hamlin; Edward: Graham Marr.

Conductor: Marcel Charlier.

Staged by Désiré Defrère.

Folder 5: Sakahra, 1924Add to your cart.
Libretto in German. Music by Simon Bucharoff, text by Isabel Buckingham; German text by Rudolf Lothar. Leipzig: Steingräber-Verlag.
Folder 6: Sakahra, 1923Add to your cart.
Piano score with German and English text, 292 pages. Libretto by Isabel Buckingham, translated into German by Rudolf Lothar; music by Simon Bucharoff. Inscribed from Bucharoff "To brother Isadore and sister Elizabeth with my love + best wishes," dated December 12, 1923. Leipzig: Steingräber-Verlag. Dedicated to Mr. Max Klee.
Folder 7: Sechs Lieder = Six Songs, 1924Add to your cart.

1. Heart! Heart! (Herz! Herz!) - text by Elizabeth Reynolds, dedicated by Bucharoff "to my wife"

2. Lieb Seelchen, laß das Fragen (Prithe ask not, dearest)  - text by Hans Hopfen

3. Erinnerung (Remembrance) - text by Otto von Leixner

4. Winged Thoughts (Beflügelte Gedanken) - text by Elizabeth Reynolds

5. Star of Gold (Der goldne Sterne) - text by Elizabeth Reynolds

6. Mir träumte einst ein schöner Traum (One Night I Dreamed) - text by Friedrich Bodenstedt.

35 pages, 5 copies. Leipzig: Steingräber-Verlag.

Folder 8: Vier Tonstücke : für Klavier zweihändig, 1924Add to your cart.

1. Überlegung (Reflection)

2. Trunken (Drunk)

3. Zweifel (Doubt)

4. Freude (Joy)

31 pages, copies. Leipzig: Steingräber-Verlag.

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