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   Fritz Reiner Papers, 1916-1983

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Fritz Reiner Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID:4079910 View CLIO record
Creator(s):Reiner, Fritz, 1888-1963.
Title:Fritz Reiner Papers, 1916-1983
Physical description:0.5 linear ft. (ca.100 items in 1 box).
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection has no restrictions. This collection is located on-site.  More information »

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 1 series:

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Description

Scope and Content

Letters, notes, programs, photographs, and printed materials. The collection is comprised primarily of handwritten correspondence between Reiner and notable music figures including Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Lukas Foss, Darius Milhaud, Arthur Nikisch. Arnold Schoenberg, Richard Strauss, Igor Stravinsky, and Leo Weiner. Also of note, letters from writer and conductor Gian Francesco Milpiero and his wife Auna detailing wartime conditions in Italy (1946).

Series I : Cataloged Correspondence

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Using the Collection

RBML

Access Restrictions

This collection has no restrictions.

This collection is located on-site.

Restrictions on Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Fritz Reiner Papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers processed 07/27/2002 JS/HR

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2010-02-24 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.

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Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

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CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
Notes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Photographs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Programs.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects

HeadingCUL Archives:
Portal
CUL Collections:
CLIO
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
ArchiveGRID
American Youth for Democracy.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Babin, Victor, 1908-1972.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Barber, Samuel, 1910-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bartók, Béla, 1881-1945.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Casella, Alfredo, 1883-1947.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Conductors.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Copland, Aaron, 1900-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dent, Edward Joseph, 1876-1957.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Foss, Lukas, 1922-PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Godowsky, Leopold, 1870-1938.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Music--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Music--New York--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Musicians.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
New York Philharmonic.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Nikisch, Arthur, 1855-1922.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Operas--20th century.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Orchestral music.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Pittsburgh Symphony OrchestraPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Schoenberg, Arnold, 1874-1951.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Strauss, Richard, 1864-1949.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Weiner, Leó, 1885-1960.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wobisch, Helmut, 1912-1980.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Reiner was born in Budapest in 1888. He graduated from the Budapest Academy of Music in 1908 where he studied with Bela Bartok. Various conducting and directing appointments followed in Budapest and in Dresden, including that of chief conductor of the Royal Opera House in Dresden for 1914-1922. An acquaintance of Richard Strauss, Reiner was influenced by conductor Arthur Nikisch and Hungarian composer Leo Weiner. In 1922 Reiner left Europe to become the appointed director of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a post he held until 1930. In 1928 he became an American citizen. He married his second wife, Cincinnati actress Carlotta Irwin, in 1930.

From 1931-1941 Reiner served as head of the orchestra and opera departments at the Curtis Institute of Music, where Leonard Bernstein was his student. He supervised activities of the Philadelphia Academy of Music and was a frequent guest conductor at the Philadelphia Grand Opera. During that time he also participated in opera festivities at Covent Gargen in honor of King Edward VIII's coronation and Wagner performances at the San Francisco Opera from 1936-1938.

In 1938 Reiner was appointed conductor and music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony, resigning in 1948 over financial disputes. He became conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City where he debuted with an historic performance of Strauss' Salome on February 4 1949. Among the 113 performances conducted during that brief tenure were acclaimed performances of Tristan und Isolde and Der Rosenkavalier and the organization's premiere of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress.

From 1953-1962 Reiner conducted the Chicago Symphony. He died in New York City on November 15 1963.

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