Simon Bucharoff Collection, 1887-1992 | Music Library

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Collection Overview

Title: Simon Bucharoff Collection, 1887-1992Add 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 7: Works by other authors and composersAdd to your cart.
Dates suggest some materials may have belonged to Isadore and Elisabeth Buchhalter or their heirs.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Barcode 85022.
Folder 1: Prominent Women of Illinois : 1885-1932, 1932Add to your cart.
Published by the Illinois Women's Press Association; features Elizabeth Buchhalter on page 73. Small poem booklet "To My Wife Elizabeth" [from Isadore] enclosed in front cover. Three photos found in book: Medill High School, "Dean of Chicago College of Music" [presumably Isadore at far right], and a family photo.
Folder 2: Neunzig Jahre in Glaube, Kampf und Sieg : ein Menschen- und Heldenbild unseres deutschen Kaisers., 1887Add to your cart.

By Oskar Meding, edited by Carl Hallberger. Stuttgart und Leipzig: Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt.

In exceptionally good condition.

Note enclosed in Bucharoff's hand: "as background for picture suggested by Simon Bucharoff. Title of picture: Blood and Tears vs. Years of Wars -- which? Other ideas which will make it a picture of outstanding value as if may stop a third world war."

Folder 3: Galston Studienbuch, 1910Add to your cart.
In German; "Detailed commentary on the performance of selected piano works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt and Brahms" available in its entirety through and the University of Toronto.
Folder 4: ASCAP Biographical Dictionary, 1952Add to your cart.
Hardcover, 636 pages. Edited by Daniel I. McNamara. Entry on Bucharoff on p. 63.
Folder 5: Encore - by A.D. Weinthrop, 1937Add to your cart.
"Christmas of Nineteen Hundred Thirty-Seven." Dedicated to Weinthrop's daughter, Florence.
Folder 6: George Gershwin, 1938Add to your cart.
"Edited and designed by Merle Armitage." New York: Longmans Green & Co.
Folder 7: G.F. Handel: MessiahAdd to your cart.
Vocal score, edited by J.M. Coopersmith. New York: Carl Fischer, Inc., 1947. N1057.
Folder 8: Bach: Inventions in 2 & 3 PartsAdd to your cart.
Herausgegeben von Czerny, Gripenkerl und Roitzsch. Leipzig: C.F. Peters. 8275.
Folder 9: R. Strauss: Burleske D-moll für Pianoforte und OrchesterAdd to your cart.
Cover only. Ochesterstimmen. Edition Steingräber. 404c.
Folder 10: Sun-Kissed Roses, 1912Add to your cart.
By Nat Johnson, arr. Harry L. Alvord. For piano. 2 copies. Chicago: F.J.A. Forster Music Pub.
Folder 11: J.N. Hummel: Sonaten und Stücke für PianoforteAdd to your cart.
Herausgegeben von Louis Köhler und F.A. Roitzsch. Leipzig: C.F. Peters. 6332.
Folder 12: Single page from Bote & Bock publicationAdd to your cart.
Advertisement for collections of Mozart's works, likely separated from a larger work.
Folder 13: Fugue (A moll) de J. Seb. BachAdd to your cart.
Exécutée aux Concerts par F. Liszt. Berlin: Ad. Mt. Schlesinger. S. 2662 (A 5).
Folder 14: A. Loeschhorn: Discours D'Amour. Nocturne, Op. 27Add to your cart.
Brittle. Berlin: Ed. Bote et. G. Bock. B. & B. 3560.
Folder 15: Haydn: Trio No. 4 en Mi.Add to your cart.
[Mainz]: B. Schott's Söhne. 20213.
Folder 16: Raff: Suite pour Piano, D moll, Op. 91Add to your cart.
Cover only. Edition peters, No. 1161.
Folder 17: F. Chopin: Scherzo in B-flat minor, Op. 31Add to your cart.
Edited by Robert Waterman Stevens. The University Society, Inc. 893-23-CB.
Folder 18: Blank "practice record" gridAdd to your cart.
"Copyright 1919, National Academy of Music."
Folder 19: R. Casadesus: Cadenzas to Haydn Concerto in D Major; Cadenza to Beethoven Concerto in C Minor (Op. 37), 1945Add to your cart.
Philadelphia: Elkan-Vogel Co. Haydn work enclosed in Beethoven work.
Folder 20: J.S. Bach: Ouverture aus der 29sten Kirchen-CantateAdd to your cart.
Übertragen von Camille Saint-Saëns. Leipzig: J. Rieter-Biedermann. 269a.
Folder 21: Paul Miners Piano Accordion Scales, 1956Add to your cart.
"For 120 bass accordion." Chicago: M.M. Cole Publishing Company.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Barcode 85024.
Folder 1: Creation and Conservation: a Guide for Parents and Instructors by A.B. de SousaAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: G. C. Schürmann: Claudius' aria from Ludovicus PiusAdd to your cart.
Stapled photocopy of printed version; photocopy of manuscript arranged for soprano, oboe, and piano by R. Richards.
Folder 3: C.W. Gluck: Meleagro's Aria from La CoronaAdd to your cart.
Stapled photocopy of manuscript arrangement for soprano, oboe, and piano by R. Richards.
Folder 4: Clarinda Harriss and Elaine Erickson: 1. Debate: Mortar and Pestle, for mezzo-soprano and tapeAdd to your cart.
4 pages of music. Transcribed in Bucharoff's hand [?]
Folder 5: Ballet No. 3 by Ray Heindorf, recording July 16 '39Add to your cart.
Single manuscript page of excerpts.
Folder 6: Barry Schrader / Ted Hughes: Moon-Whales and Other Moon-Songs : for Soprano and TapeAdd to your cart.
Spiral-bound copy of manuscript.
Folder 7: Reza Vali: Eight Persian Folk Songs (Set No. 4) for voice and pianoAdd to your cart.
Spiral-bound copy of manuscript.
Folder 8: Reza Vali: Folk Songs (set Nr. 8 A) for voice and chamber ensembleAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Reza Vali: Folk Songs (set Nr. 10) for voice and chamber orchestraAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Judith Shatin: Songs of Anna AkhmatovaAdd to your cart.
Translation by Sharon Leiter. For mezzo-soprano, flute, B-flat clarinet, violin, violoncello, and piano. New York: American Composers Alliance.
Folder 11: Judith Shatin: Wedding SongAdd to your cart.
Text by Christopher Marlowe. For soprano and B-flat clarinet.
Folder 12: Van Appledorn: Freedom of Youth, 1986Add to your cart.
For voice and Yamaha DX7 Synth. Spiral-bound copy of manuscript.
Folder 13: Ruth Crawford [Seeger]: 3 Songs on Poems by Carl SandburgAdd to your cart.
Rat Riddles, Prayers of Steel, In Tall Grass. Photocopies of scores, some parts, and performance instructions.
Folder 14: Jan Swafford: Shore Lines : songs on poems of Denise Levertov for soprano and fluteAdd to your cart.
Spiral-bound copy of manuscript.
Folder 15: Binder: Songs by Beth AndersonAdd to your cart.
Post-It note in binder dated 1992: "Betty said to send you songs." Refers to résumé sent with songs.
Folder 16: Ayers: Sand ChildAdd to your cart.
"Text adapted from Tahar ben Jelloun." Photocopy in binder.
Folder 17: Lydia Ayers and Isabelle GanzAdd to your cart.
Cover letter from Ayers to Ganz, concert proposal, Sand Child and workshop program by Ayers, photo of unidentified woman (likely either Ganz or Ayers).
Folder 18: Résumé from composer, ca. 1987Add to your cart.

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