Solomon Pimsleur Papers, 1918-1970  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Pimsleur, Solomon
Title
Solomon Pimsleur Papers
Dates
1918-1970 (inclusive)
Quantity
7 containers., (8 linear feet of shelf space.), (4100 items.)
Collection Number
Cage 478
Summary
Correspondence and other papers, musical sketches and scores, recordings and microfilms, also paintings and drawings.
Repository
Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman WA
99164-5610
Telephone: 509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Solomon Pimsleur was born in Paris, France, in 1900 and emigrated to the United States with his parents at an early age. Completing both his undergraduate and graduate studies at Columbia University he was the recipient of a Julliard Fellowship in 1926 and studied at the Summer Institute of the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria, in 1929. An honorary D. Mus. was awarded to him by the Boguslawski College of Music in Chicago in 1940. He died in New York City in 1962. With over 120 compositions to his credit, Pimsleur can be considered a prolific composer. His work aroused some early attention, but he gained little recognition later in his life. Nor did he ever succeed in securing an academic position. A performance of his Symphonic Ballade by the Philharmonic Society of New York at Lewisohn Stadium in 1933 marked the sole performance of any of his works by an established professional ensemble. Subsequent performances of his compositions were in large part due to his own persistent efforts. While his compositions drew praise for the craftsmanship they exhibited, Pimsleur's self-declared conservative style put his music outside the mainstream of contemporary development. A posthumous concert of his music was arranged by his wife Meira in 1965 and was presented in Carnegie Recital Hall, New York City.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Most of the correspondence is of a personal nature, primarily family material. Pimsleur's widow continued to add to it after her husband's death in 1962. The Press Book, included in the papers, contains clippings pertaining to Pimsleur's career as well as a few letters of interest, notably from Vincent d'Indy, Rubin Goldmark, Dmitri Mitropoulos and Willem Mengelberg. The musical sketches provide a mass of fragments and scraps of paper, with little apparent order or identification. There are virtually no complete scores in the second series, but a number of scores are included on microfilm in series III. Series IV encompasses a set of paintings and drawings by an unknown hand.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. Cage 478, Solomon Pimsleur Papers . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series 1: Correspondence and Papers, 1918-1970Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Correspondence:
Box Folder
1 1-2
150
1918-1939
1 3-4
150
1940-1949
1 5-6
150
1950-1959
1 7
70
1960-1970
1 8-9
150
undated
Papers:
Box Folder
1 10
30
1918-1939
1 11
40
1940-1949
1 12-14
200
1950-1959
2 15
50
1960-1970
2 16
College papers
50
undated
2 17
Papers
100
undated
2 18
Press Book
1
1920-1962
2 19
Programs and Reviews
70
1914-1962
2 20
Posthumous concert
10
1965
2 21
Catalogue of original compositions
2
1974
2 22
Catalogue of works at Columbia University
1
1974-1975
2 23
Poetry
30
1918-1928
2 24
Poetry sketches
50
1960-1961
2 25-26
Poetry sketches
150
undated
2 27
Photographs
30
1924; undated

Series 2: Sketches and ScoresReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Sketches:
Box Folder
3 28
Op. 2, op. 8
2
3 29
Op. 3
10
3 30
Op. 4, 28, 41, 53-56, 58
10
3 31
Op. 4#3, 14#5, 36#1, 7 and 10
10
3 32
Op. 5, 8, 9, 50
50
3 33
Op. 6
20
3 34
Op. 12, op. 13
5
3 35
Op. 14, op. 36
30
3 36
Op. 16
50
3 37
Op. 19
50
3 38
Op. 21
30
3 39
Op. 22
50
3 40
Op. 23
20
3 41
Op. 24
30
3 42
Op. 25 (earlier op. 22)
50
3 43-44
Op. 30
40
3 45
Op. 30 and 35
30
3 46
Op. 31
30
3 47
Op. 33
50
3 48
Op. 35
50
3 49-50
Op. 40
50
3 51
Op. 42
50
4 52
Op. 44
50
4 53-54
Op. 45
100
4 55-56
Op. 46
100
4 57-58
Op. 48 and op. 52
100
4 59
Op. 49 and op. 52
30
4 60-61
Op. 50
150
4 62
Op. 51
50
4 63
Op. 59
30
4 64-65
Op. 60
100
4 66-67
Op. 61, #1 and #2
60
4 68
Op. 62
30
4 69
Op. 63, 66 and 71
10
4 70
Op. 64
50
4 71
Op. 66
50
4 72
Op. 67
50
4 73
Op. 68
50
4 74
Op. 69
50
4 75-77
Op. 70
100
5 78-79
Op. 74 and 75
35
5 80
Op. 77, 81-83, 86 and 88
5
5 81
Op. 90, 95, 102, 106
5
5 82-88
Anne Frank (opera)
250
5 89
Revisions of early piano sonatas
30
5 90
Songs: Sonnets of Shakespeare
10
5 91-93
Unidentified Sketches
200
6 94-99
Unidentified Sketches
200
Scores:
Box Folder
6 100
Op. 24, Neo-classic Overture (parts)
20
6 101
Op. 32, Tone-poem (parts)
20
6 102
Photocopies and fragments
10
6 103
Meditative Nocturne, photocopy
1
6 104
Op. 75, transparencies
1
6 105
Piano Duet, MS fragment
1
6 106
Printed scores
6

Series 3: Tapes and Microfilms, 1956-1965Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Tapes (reel-to-reel):
Box Folder
6 107
Op. 1 and op. 7
6 108
Op. 2
6 109
Op. 5
6 110
Op. 7
6 111
Op. 15
6 112-113
Op. 19
6 114
Op. 20 and op. 29
6 115
Op. 28
6 116-117
Op. 29
Concerts:
Box Folder
6 118
January 1, 1956; June 13, 1956
6 119
January 23, 1957
6 120
March 23, 1959
6 121
February 21, 1965
6 122
undated
Box Folder
6 123-124
Unidentified
Microfilms:
Box Folder
7 125
Op. 2, 34, 49, 76, 81-86
7 126
Op. 12 and op. 28
7 127
Op. 23
7 128
Op. 26, 31, 37, 38, 39, 51-53, 57
7 129
Op. 29, 32, 36, 48, 92, 96
7 130
Op. 60 and op. 62
7 131
Op. 70, 76, 77
7 132
Op. 87, 89
7 133
Op. 90 and op. 91
7 134
Op. 90 and 100
7 135
Opera, piano score
7 136-137
Opera, orchestral score, parts I and II
7 138
Works without opus number
7 139
Mournful Prelude

Series 4: OversizeReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
7 140
Paintings and drawings, artist unknown
12

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Composers--United States--Correspondence
  • Personal Names :
  • Moldenhauer, Hans (donor)
  • Pimsleur, Solomon, 1900-1962--Archives (creator)