Thursday, March 02, 2006

Great gifts to an amazing music school

The Juilliard School's received an extraordinary gift of music scores and manuscripts from its chairman, Bruce Kovner recently.

From the New York Times:

The gift consists of 139 items: autograph scores, sketches, composer-emended proofs and first editions of major works by Brahms, Schumann, Schubert, Beethoven, Chopin, Stravinsky, Bach, Liszt, Ravel, Copland, Mozart and other masters of the classical music canon. Many of the manuscripts have been unavailable for generations and could be a significant source of new insight for scholars and performers.
You can read Juilliard's press release here.

New Yorker Music Critic Alex Ross (The Rest is Noise, blog) talks about the autographs, gives a full inventory of the manuscripts, and discusses the working draft of the four-hand piano arrangement Beethoven's Grosse Fuge (seen above) given to Juilliard. (There's also materials related to Samuel Barber's opera Antony and Cleopatra.


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