Scope and Contents
The Moldenhauer Collection is comprised of music manuscripts, sketches and quotations, correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, printed programs, manuscript texts and other materials which document composers and musicians active between 1683 and 1973. The majority of the materials date between 1890 and 1950. With the exception of a few letters written by the collection’s creator, Hans Moldenhauer (1906-1987), the collection is comprised entirely of the musical and non-musical works of others.
While the collection represents much of the European continent, it is particularly strong in manuscripts, correspondence and other materials by or related to German, French and English composers. Manuscripts by Ernest Bloch (1880-1959), Max Bruch (1838-1920), Max Keller (1770-1855) Ferdinand Praeger (1815-1891), a substantial collection of letters by Jules Massenet (1842-1912), and a sketch by Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) are among some of the most notable items. Other prominent composers and musicians represented in the Northwestern holdings include: John Blow (1648/9-1708), Benjamin Britten (1913-1976), Gustave Charpentier (1860-1956), Vincent d’Indy (1851-1931), Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848), Edward Elgar (1857-1934), Charles Gounoud (1818-1893), Bohuslav Martinů (1890-1959), Anton Rubenstein (1829-1894), Camille Saint-Säens (1835-1921), and Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). Additionally, a significant number of late 19th and early 20th century British composers including Granville Bantock (1868-1946), Henry Bishop (1786-1855), Arthur Bliss (1891-1975), John Stainer (1840-1901), Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) and William Walton (1902-1983) are also represented.
- 1683 - 1973
- Other: Majority of material found within 1890 - 1950
- Moldenhauer, Hans (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
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Biographical / Historical
German-born American musicologist, music collector and mountaineer, Hans Moldenhauer (1906-1987) was born in Mainz, Germany in 1906 and died in 1987. He graduated from the Musikhochschule in Mainz where he was a pupil of Hans Rosbaud. In 1938, Moldenhauer emigrated to the United States, and ultimately settled in Spokane, Washington. In 1942 he commenced a career in musical performance, collecting and writing and founded the Spokane Conservatory. He married his piano student, Rosaleen Jackman, to who he would later dedicate his archives, in 1943. Moldenhauer’s music career was briefly interrupted when he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served as an instructor for the 10th Mountain Division. Following the war, he earned a B.A. from Whitworth College, Spokane, Washington in 1945 and D.F.A. in musicology from the Chicago Musical College (now part of Roosevelt University) in 1951. Over the course of forty years, Moldenhauer assembled an unparalleled collection of primary sources documenting the artistic thoughts and compositional process of celebrated and lesser-known figures of western music dating from the Middle Ages through the twentieth century. The collection includes music manuscripts, sketches and quotations in addition to correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, printed programs, manuscript texts and other documents of historical interest. He acquired manuscripts of Berg, Brahms, Beethoven, Liszt and Lutoslawski, and as well as several items from the archives of Mahler, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Schoenberg. In 1960 he acquired the Webern Archive and co-authored with his wife Rosaleen, “Anton Webern, A Chronicle of His Life and Work” (New York: Knopf, 1978).
Language of Materials
The Moldenhauer Collection is comprised of music manuscripts, sketches and quotations, correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, printed programs, manuscript texts and other materials which document composers and musicians active between 1683 and 1973. With the exception of a few letters written by the collection’s creator, Hans Moldenhauer (1906-1987), the collection is comprised entirely of the musical and non-musical works of others. Representing much of the European continent, the collection is particularly strong in the works and correspondence of German, French and English composers.
The majority of the materials were previously arranged by composer/author or subject person with all formats of materials housed together and catalogued at the item level. The present arrangement scheme divides materials by type into four series. Series organization is as follows: Series 1. Correspondence, Photographs, Autographs, and Scrapbooks (1700-1973), further divided into subseries: Sub-series 1. Correspondence, Autographs, Autographed Musical Quotations and Album Leaves (1700-1973), Sub-series 2. Photographs (1850-1930), Sub-series 3. Oversize Materials; Series 2. Music Manuscripts and Scores (1683-1961); Series 3. Books, Dissertations and Manuscript Texts (circa 1700-1969); and Series 4. Supplementary Materials (1970-2000).
Within each series and subseries, materials are arranged by composer/author or subject person and are then described at the item level. Additional descriptive information has been taken from the inventory found in The Rosaleen Moldenhauer Memorial: Music History From Primary Sources: A Guide to the Moldenhauer Archives (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2000) when this guide provided additional descriptive information not readily discernable from an examination of the items themselves.
Source of Acquisition
Hans Moldenhauer (1906-1987)
Method of Acquisition
The collection was acquired in the early 1970s.
Materials related to Edward Clark (1888-1962) have been separated and form the Edward Clark Collection.
Elisabeth Lutyen's (1906-1983) "Symphonies for Solo Piano, Wind, Harps, and Percussion," op. 45, 1961 has been placed with the General Manuscript Collection as MSS 423.
Processed by Alan Akers.
Finding aid written by Alan K. Akers.
- Music--17th century--History and criticism
- Music--17th century--Manuscripts
- Music--18th century--History and criticism
- Music--18th century--Manuscripts
- Music--19th century--History and criticism
- Music--19th century--Manuscripts
- Music--20th century--History and criticism
- Music--20th century--Manuscripts
- Guide to the Moldenhauer Collection
- Alan Akers
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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