Guide to the Noah Creshevsky sound recordings, scores, and other material

Collection Title: Noah Creshevsky sound recordings, scores, and other material
Dates: 1966-2005
Identification: Creshevsky
Creator: Creshevsky, Noah
Extent: 1 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: Noah Creshevsky (b. 1945, Rochester, New York) is an American composer of primarily electronic music. He has taught at Juilliard, Hunter College, and Princeton University. Creshevsky has received awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and ASCAP. His music has been published, performed, broadcast, and recorded around the world. The Noah Creshevsky Collection spans the years 1966-2005. It fills one box and documents Creshevsky's compositional career. The collection consists of articles written by and about him as well as compact discs, scores, and texts of his works.
Acquisition Information: The Noah Creshevsky Collection consists of materials donated by Creshevsky to the Music Library between 2002 and 2005. Some material in the possession of the Music Library was also incorporated into the collection.
Processing Information: Jennifer Ward, December 2006 and April-May 2007.
Separated Materials: Two inches of duplicate and extraneous material were separated and discarded.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Preferred Citation: Noah Creshevsky Sound Recordings, Scores, and Other Material, Northwestern University Music Library.
Repository: Music Library
Deering Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL,
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/music
Email: musiclibrary@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3434

Biographical/Historical Information

Noah Creshevsky (b. 1945, Rochester, New York) is an American composer of primarily electronic music. His composition teachers included Nadia Boulanger, Virgil Thomson (at the State University of New York at Buffalo), and Luciano Berio (at the Juilliard School). He has taught at Juilliard, Hunter College, and Princeton University. Currently he is Professor Emeritus at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College, where he has also served as director of the Center for Computer Music.

Creshevsky has received awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and ASCAP. His music has been published, performed, broadcast, and recorded around the world.

A hallmark of Creshevsky's music is his electronic manipulation of recognizable sounds. He writes, "Much of my musical vocabulary consists of familiar bits of words, songs, and instrumental music which are deconstructed into minute fragments, subjected to a variety of electronic processes, and finally reassembled in ways that bear little or no discernible relationship to their original sources. The result is a sound at once nearly human and tangentially electronic, but never fully one or the other. Allusions to Middle Eastern, Asian, and Western sacred, secular, popular, and classical instrumental and vocal music seek to produce hypothetical performers of indeterminate identity—simultaneously male and female, Western and non-Western, ancient and modern, familiar and unfamiliar."

Scope and Content

The Noah Creshevsky Collection spans the years 1966-2005. It fills one box and documents Creshevsky's compositional career. The collection consists of articles written by and about him as well as compact discs, scores, and texts of his works.

The folder of press clippings includes a March 2004 review from Gramophone and an article about Creshevsky's sixtieth birthday celebration in the newsletter of the Institute for Studies in American Music.

The Writings folder contains an article by Creshevsky that was published in Contemporary Music Review. In this article, Creshevsky discusses his compositional techniques and his strategies for using an "expanded sonic palette."

The bulk of the collection highlights Creshevsky's music. Twenty-one CDs are housed in the Noah Creshevsky Collection. The CDs were compiled between 1992 and 2004 and feature music from most of Creshevsky's career. There are also ten scores that date between 1966 and 2004 and texts of some of his works with voice. These musical materials are non-commercial unless otherwise noted in the container list.

Subjects

Personal Name

Creshevsky, Noah--Archives

Subjects

Composers--United States--Archives

Electronic music--Archives


Container List / Contents

  • Compact discs
    • Man & Superman (Centaur Records: CRC 2126 ), 1992Box 1, Disc 1
        Note:  Variations — Electric string quartet — Memento Mori — Electric partita — Talea.
    • Auxesis (Centaur Records: CRC 2194), 1995Box 1, Disc 2
        Note:  Politics as usual [by Charles Amirkhanian] — Borrowed time — Private lives — Coup d'etat.
    • Who (Centaur Records: CRC 2476), 2000Box 1, Disc 3
        Note:  Fanfare — Sha — Twice — Who — Et puis — Gone now — Breathless — Nude ascending.
    • Jubilate, 2001Box 1, Disc 4
    • Canto di Malavita, 2002Box 1, Disc 5
    • Hoodlum priest, 2002Box 1, Disc 6
    • Vol-au-vent, 2002Box 1, Disc 7
    • Hyperrealism (Mutable Music: Mutable 17516-2), 2003Box 1, Disc 8
        Note:  Canto di Malavita — Jacob's Ladder — Vol-au-vent — Hoodlum priest — Novella — Ossi di morte — Jubilate — Born again.
    • Music by Noah Creshevsky, 2003Box 1, Disc 9
        Note:  Omaggio — Vol-au-vent — Canto di Malavita.
    • Music by Noah Creshevsky, 2003Box 1, Disc 10
        Note:  Cantiga — I wonder who's kissing her now (2003).
    • Try, 2003Box 1, Disc 11
    • The tape music of Noah Creshevsky, 1971-1992 (EM Records: EM1042CD), 2004Box 1, Disc 12
        Note:  Strategic defense initiative — Highway — Circuit — Drummer — Great performances — Sonata — In other words (Portrait of John Cage) — Cantiga.
    • Music by Noah Creshevsky, 2004Box 1, Disc 13
        Note:  Sequenza — Denouement.
    • Two psalms by Noah Creshevsky, 2004Box 1, Disc 14
        Note:  Psalmus XX111 [sic] — Jubilate.
    • Music by Noah Creshevsky (Disc 1), n.d.Box 1, Disc 15
        Note:  Vier Lieder — Circuit — Broadcast — Chaconne — In other words (Portrait of John Cage)— Great performances — Portrait of Rudy Perez — Highway — Sonata.
    • Music by Noah Creshevsky (Disc 2), n.d.Box 1, Disc 16
        Note:  Nightscape — Celebration — Drummer — Foto-Musik 1: The prize — Foto-Musik 2: Diva — Strategic defense initiative.
    • Music by Noah Creshevsky (Disc 3), n.d.Box 1, Disc 17
        Note:  Cantiga — Independence Day — Ossi di morte — Chamber concerto — Credo — Jacob's ladder.
    • Music by Noah Creshevsky (Disc 4), n.d.Box 1, Disc 18
        Note:  Estancia — Shadow of a doubt — Novella — Great performances (a good performance).
    • Music by Noah Creshevsky (Disc 5), n.d.Box 1, Disc 19
        Note:  Vanishing point — Favorite encores.
    • Omaggio, n.d.Box 1, Disc 20
    • Three Psalms, n.d.Box 1, Disc 21
        Note:  Psalmus XXIII — Once (Psalm 150) — Jubilate.
  • Press clippings
    • Press Clippings, 2004-2005Box 1, Folder 1
  • Writings
    • Wrirings, 2001Box 1, Folder 1
  • Scores
    • Scores, 1966-2004Box 1, Folder 3
      • Vier Lieder, 1966Box 1, Folder 3, Item 1
          Note:  My sweet old etcetera — Sing song — Next to of course God — A caution to everyone
      • Chaconne, 1984Box 1, Folder 3, Item 2
      • Great performances (Alexander Broude), 1978Box 1, Folder 3, Item 3
      • Crosstalk, 1985Box 1, Folder 3, Item 4
      • Trio, 1986Box 1, Folder 3, Item 5
      • Three wordless songs, 1988Box 1, Folder 3, Item 6
          Note:  Yes me – Milestones in a life — Psalm 23.
      • Jubilate, 2001Box 1, Folder 3, Item 7
      • Circuit, 2001Box 1, Folder 3, Item 8
      • Once, 2004Box 1, Folder 3, Item 9
      • Psalmus XXIII, 2004Box 1, Folder 3, Item 10
  • Text transcriptions
    • Text Transcriptions, n.d.Box 1, Folder 4
      • In other wordsBox 1, Folder 4, Item 1
      • HighwayBox 1, Folder 4, Item 2