Guide to the Solomon Pimsleur Papers 1918-1970
Cage 478

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Pimsleur, Solomon
Title
Solomon Pimsleur Papers
ID
Cage 478
Date [inclusive]
1918-1970
Extent
4100.0 items.
General Physical Description note
8 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence and other papers, musical sketches and scores, recordings and microfilms, also paintings and drawings.

Preferred Citation note

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

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Biographical/Historical note

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.

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Scope and Contents note

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.

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Arrangement note

As acquired, the collection had no inherent order. The current arrangement was imposed by the processor. The collection is arranged in four series: Correspondence and Papers, Sketches and Scores, Tapes and Microfilms, and Oversize.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1982

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The papers of Solomon Pimsleur were placed by Dr. Hans Moldenhauer, of Spokane, in the Moldenhauer Archives at Washington State University Libraries in August 1982.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Moldenhauer, Hans
  • Pimsleur, Solomon, 1900-1962--Archives

Subject(s)

  • Composers--United States--Correspondence
  • International Relations
  • Performing Arts

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Correspondence and Papers 1918-1970 

Correspondence: 

Box Folder

 1918-1939   150

1 1-2

 1940-1949   150

1 3-4

 1950-1959   150

1 5-6

 1960-1970   70

1 7

 undated   150

1 8-9

Papers: 

Box Folder

 1918-1939   30

1 10

 1940-1949   40

1 11

 1950-1959   200

1 12-14

 1960-1970   50

2 15

College papers undated   50

2 16

Papers undated   100

2 17

Press Book 1920-1962   1

2 18

Programs and Reviews 1914-1962   70

2 19

Posthumous concert 1965   10

2 20

Catalogue of original compositions 1974   2

2 21

Catalogue of works at Columbia University 1974-1975   1

2 22

Poetry 1918-1928   30

2 23

Poetry sketches 1960-1961   50

2 24

Poetry sketches undated   150

2 25-26

Photographs 1924 undated   30

2 27

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Series 2: Sketches and Scores 

Sketches: 

Box Folder

Op. 2, op. 8   2

3 28

Op. 3   10

3 29

Op. 4, 28, 41, 53-56, 58   10

3 30

Op. 4#3, 14#5, 36#1, 7 and 10   10

3 31

Op. 5, 8, 9, 50   50

3 32

Op. 6   20

3 33

Op. 12, op. 13   5

3 34

Op. 14, op. 36   30

3 35

Op. 16   50

3 36

Op. 19   50

3 37

Op. 21   30

3 38

Op. 22   50

3 39

Op. 23   20

3 40

Op. 24   30

3 41

Op. 25 (earlier op. 22)   50

3 42

Op. 30   40

3 43-44

Op. 30 and 35   30

3 45

Op. 31   30

3 46

Op. 33   50

3 47

Op. 35   50

3 48

Op. 40   50

3 49-50

Op. 42   50

3 51

Op. 44   50

4 52

Op. 45   100

4 53-54

Op. 46   100

4 55-56

Op. 48 and op. 52   100

4 57-58

Op. 49 and op. 52   30

4 59

Op. 50   150

4 60-61

Op. 51   50

4 62

Op. 59   30

4 63

Op. 60   100

4 64-65

Op. 61, #1 and #2   60

4 66-67

Op. 62   30

4 68

Op. 63, 66 and 71   10

4 69

Op. 64   50

4 70

Op. 66   50

4 71

Op. 67   50

4 72

Op. 68   50

4 73

Op. 69   50

4 74

Op. 70   100

4 75-77

Op. 74 and 75   35

5 78-79

Op. 77, 81-83, 86 and 88   5

5 80

Op. 90, 95, 102, 106   5

5 81

Anne Frank (opera)   250

5 82-88

Revisions of early piano sonatas   30

5 89

Songs: Sonnets of Shakespeare   10

5 90

Unidentified Sketches   200

5 91-93

Unidentified Sketches   200

6 94-99

Scores: 

Box Folder

Op. 24, Neo-classic Overture (parts)   20

6 100

Op. 32, Tone-poem (parts)   20

6 101

Photocopies and fragments   10

6 102

Meditative Nocturne, photocopy   1

6 103

Op. 75, transparencies   1

6 104

Piano Duet, MS fragment   1

6 105

Printed scores   6

6 106

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Series 3: Tapes and Microfilms 1956-1965 

Tapes (reel-to-reel): 

Box Folder

Op. 1 and op. 7 

6 107

Op. 2 

6 108

Op. 5 

6 109

Op. 7 

6 110

Op. 15 

6 111

Op. 19 

6 112-113

Op. 20 and op. 29 

6 114

Op. 28 

6 115

Op. 29 

6 116-117

Concerts: 

Box Folder

 January 1, 1956 June 13, 1956 

6 118

 January 23, 1957 

6 119

 March 23, 1959 

6 120

 February 21, 1965 

6 121

 undated 

6 122
Box Folder

Unidentified 

6 123-124

Microfilms: 

Box Folder

Op. 2, 34, 49, 76, 81-86 

7 125

Op. 12 and op. 28 

7 126

Op. 23 

7 127

Op. 26, 31, 37, 38, 39, 51-53, 57 

7 128

Op. 29, 32, 36, 48, 92, 96 

7 129

Op. 60 and op. 62 

7 130

Op. 70, 76, 77 

7 131

Op. 87, 89 

7 132

Op. 90 and op. 91 

7 133

Op. 90 and 100 

7 134

Opera, piano score 

7 135

Opera, orchestral score, parts I and II 

7 136-137

Works without opus number 

7 138

Mournful Prelude 

7 139

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Series 4: Oversize 

Box Folder

Paintings and drawings, artist unknown   12

7 140

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