06/044 Guide to the Silvio and Isabel Scionti Collection Scionti, Silvio and Isabel

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Guide to the Silvio and Isabel Scionti Collection 1926/1943 Music Library Overview of the Collection Silvio and Isabel Scionti Collection 1926-1943 06/044 Scionti, Silvio, 1882-1973 Scionti, Isabel, 1912-2002 1.00 Music Library Biographical Information:

Silvio Vittore Alberto Scionti was born on November 20, 1882, in Acireale, Sicily, in Italy. In his early years, he studied piano with his uncle, and later studied with Beniamino Cesi at the Palermo Conservatory, and with Florestano Rossomandi at the Royal Conservatory of Naples. Scionti moved to Chicago on the invitation of Rossomandi's friend Enrico Sansoni, a violinist who wanted to start a music school. Another mutual friend of Rossomandi, Eugen d'Albert, recommended Scionti to John James Hattstaedt of the American Conservatory, and Scionti joined their faculty in 1906. Scionti became a well known concert pianist and teacher, and recorded several piano rolls. He married Isabel Laughlin, a former student who graduated from Baylor University, and moved to Chicago to study with him, and they became a renowned piano duo, performing at Carnegie Hall in 1938 and 1939. The Sciontis relocated to Denton in the early 1940s, as Silvio Scionti joined the music faculty of what is now the University of North Texas. Silvio Scionti died in Rome on May 22, 1973.

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Corporate Name: University of North Texas. College of Music Topical Term: Piano.
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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one box of scores and manuscripts, both published and unpublished, programs, newspaper clippings, and photographs related to the careers of Silvio and Isabel Scionti.

Detailed List of Contents id32078 1 20510 id32079 1 1 Aborn, Laura: Capriccio for two pianos, manuscript id32080 1 2 Aborn, Laura: Fugue in Blue, manuscript id32081 1 3 Aborn, Laura: Fugue in Yellow, manuscript id32082 1 4 Aborn, Laura: Fugue in Yellow for Two Pianos, manuscript id32083 1 5 Aborn, Laura: Sonata for Strings Scope and Contents

With added section bound in, cover letter from composer

id32084 1 6 Bach, J.S.: Fantasia and fugue in G minor transcribed for two pianos by Silvio Scionti Scope and Contents

Second manuscript, smaller pages marked "III" enclosed.

id32085 1 7 Bach, J.S.: Passacaglia in C minor arranged for 2 pianos 4 hds by Louis Victor Saar Scope and Contents

Two looseleaf pages enclosed

id32086 1 8 Bach, J.S.: Spricht mich frei, transcribed by Mary Howe, copy of manuscript id32087 1 9 Becker [sp?], John: Scherzo in the Spirit of Comedy arranged for two pianos from Satirico [,] second piano concerto, manuscript Scope and Contents

composed 1937, arranged 1943

id32088 1 10 Collins, Edward: Manuscript (or copy): Passacaglia for two pianos (in the Mixolydian mode) (2 copies) id32089 1 11 Haubiel, Charles: Copy of manuscript: A mystery id32090 1 12 Howe, Mary: Sand, copy of manuscript id32091 1 13 Liszt, Franz: Copy of manuscript: Concerto path id32092 1 14 Longo, Frank T.: Copy of manuscript: Ausencia : bolero, arranged for two pianos by Federico Longas Scope and Contents


id32093 1 15 [Parcci?], Renato: Manuscript: Danza informa di [page torn] per due pianoforti a quattro mani Scope and Contents


id32094 1 16 Rameau, Jean-Philippe: Les fĂȘtes de Polymnie Scope and Contents

"Freely transcribed for two pianos by Erelyn Berckman."

id32095 1 17 Saar, Louis Victor: Manuscript: A second piano to the fifteen two-part inventions of Joh. Seb. Bach Scope and Contents

"Chicago, Dec. 1928 - Feb. 1929"

id32096 1 18 Saar, Louis Victor: Bound copy of manuscript, autographed by Louis Victor Saar. Piano duet, dated "Xmas 1926" Scope and Contents

Copies of pages from Mozart's K. 365 (E.E. 3830) found within.

id32097 1 19 Savino, Domenico: Copy of manuscript, Improviso in Fa minore id32126 1 20 Scionti: Fantaisie, Allegro moderato Scope and Contents

Unclear whether written by Silvio or Isabel Scionti.

id32127 1 21 Scionti: No title, "Allegro con fueco [sic]" id32098 1 22 Scionti (unclear which): No title, Cantabile Scope and Contents

1. 2 pianos, "Con fueco [sic]. 2 No title, two pianos. 3. Sketch, orchestra/piano (1 leaf) 4. Fantasie : Allegro moderato (1 leaf). 4. Prin. Theme (1 leaf) 5. No title, cantabile

id32103 1 23 Scionti: No title, "orchestra" Scope and Contents

Score for two pianos.

id32104 1 24 No title, "prin[cipal] theme" id32105 1 25 Scionti: No title Scope and Contents

Pages numbered with roman numerals.

id32106 1 26 Scionti: No title, for two pianos id32099 1 27 Vivaldi, Antonio: Concerto Grosso in Dm, arr. for string orchestra by Louis Victor Saar Scope and Contents

Score for two pianos and strings. Manuscript by Saar.

id32100 1 28 Vivaldi, Antonio: Concerto in Dm Scope and Contents

Score for string orchestra. Manuscript by Saar.

id32101 1 29 Vivaldi, Antonio: Concerto Grosso in Dm (different version, copy) Scope and Contents

Score for piano duo, prob. from a Saar manuscript.

id32102 1 30 Spiral music manuscript notebook with Silvio Scionti's name on front cover id32107 1 31 Photographs id32117 1 31 1 Glossy black-and-white photo print advertising Sciontis at Carnegie Hall. id32118 1 31 2 Photo: Sciontis facing each other at keyboards id32119 1 31 3 Photo: Silvio and Isabel Scionti id32120 1 31 4 Photo: Plaster busts of Silvio and Isabel Scionti by Houston sculptor Enrico Cerracchio 1938 id32121 1 31 5 Photo: Isabel Scionti Scope and Contents

Taken in a Chicago studio, labeled as work of "Maurice."

id32122 1 31 6 Photo: Isabel Scionti at the piano keyboard Scope and Contents

Order slip attached to back of photo indicates a Dallas photo studio.

id32123 1 31 7 Photo: Sciontis together at grand piano keyboard
id32108 1 32 Clippings, programs, promotional materials