MARC Record For Collection: Alfred Wallenstein / WOR Radio Library Music Manuscripts, 1936-1953
LDR 00000npcaa a 4500
099 9 _a06/060
100 3 _aWallenstein, Alfred
245 00 _aAlfred Wallenstein / WOR Radio Library Music Manuscripts
351 _aThis finding aid presents the manuscript titles in alphabetical order for ease of browsing. Barcodes and folder numbers indicate the physical location of each title. Each series contains 1000 items. Titles by major composers begin with the last name of the composer: for example, "Mozart: Symphony No. 41."
506 _aAccess to this collection is provided only by special arrangement. Please contact the Music Library for more information.
520 2 _aThe collection consists of approximately 100 boxes of music manuscripts out of a larger collection of over 700 boxes of sheet music used by the orchestra at radio station WOR. The manuscripts contain the work of numerous arrangers, including Sy Oliver, Joe Glover, Charles Maehl, Bill Challis, Ralph Barnhart, Agustin Borguno, and Lew Davies, along with the work of numerous copyists identifiable by their union stamps. The union stamps also correlate to approximate dates. Specific dates are noted where available. The collection contains both popular music and classical selections, including much of the series of J.S. Bach cantatas that the station broadcast, and other lesser known works.
541 _aUniversity of Maryland, College Park, McKeldin Library
545 0 _aAlfred Franz Wallenstein was born in Chicago on October 7, 1898. Raised in Los Angeles, he studied music with composer Ferde Grofé's mother, Elsa Johanna Bierlich von Grofé, who was a professional cellist, and with Julius Klengel. Wallenstein joined the San Francisco Symphony as a cellist at age 17, and went on to play cello for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic under Arturo Toscanini. Toscanini encouraged him to pursue conducting, and his first conducting engagement came as a last-minute substitution at New York radio station WOR, bringing him to the attention of station management. In 1933, WOR began broadcasting the Wallenstein Sinfonietta, and when Toscanini left the New York Philharmonic in 1936, Wallenstein also left, and became the full-time music director at WOR from 1936 until 1943.
As music director, Wallenstein capitalized on the platform to bring a wide range of music to an unprecedented number of radio listeners, both in the New York metropolitan area, on the Mutual radio network, and wherever WOR's clear-channel signal propagated. His coverage was comprehensive, presenting J.S. Bach's cantatas on the Sundays for which they were composed, along with all twenty-six of Mozart's piano concertos, as well as a diverse array of lesser known American composers.
Wallenstein returned to Los Angeles as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1943 until 1956, and in 1968 joined the faculty of the Juilliard School of Music, where he became head of the orchestral department in 1971. Alfred Wallenstein died in New York on February 8, 1983.
650 0 _aRadio broadcasting
650 0 _aSheet music.
856 42 _3Control Card
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