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Finding Aid for the University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, circa 1946-1954

Mus. Arc. 73

State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library


112 Baird Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260-4750
United States
Phone: 716 645-2924
Fax: 716 645-3906
Email: musique@buffalo.edu
URL: http://library.buffalo.edu/music/

Finding aid prepared by John Bewley.
Finding aid encoded in EAD by John Bewley October 2015.
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid prepared using DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard ).

Please use the following URL when citing this document:
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Collection Overview

Title: University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, circa 1946-1954
Collection Number: Mus. Arc. 73
Creator: State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library
Extent: 1 box (18 spools)
Language of Material: No textual materials are included in the collection.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library
Abstract: The collection contains 18 wire recordings the contents of which have not been confirmed.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Specified item], University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, circa 1946-1954, Music Library, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Acquisition Information

Source of acquisition unknown.

Terms of Access

Materials can be examined by qualified researchers in the Music Library during hours of operation during which Music Librarians are present. In order to insure access, researchers are advised to contact the Music Library in advance of visits.

Copyright

Copyright for the materials in the collection does not reside with the Music Library. Therefore, patrons wishing to publish any item, or part of an item from this collection for any purpose, are responsible for securing requisite permissions.

Processing Information

Processed by John Bewley 2015.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


Historical Note

The origin of this collection is currently unknown. The collection was sent to an audio reformatting vendor in 2015 for assessment. The sound engineer's comments concerning the condition of the spools is included in the container list. It was determined that the cost of digital reformatting was beyond what the current budget for such work will allow. The dates of the collection are an estimate based on the dates during which wire recordings were at the height of their popularity in the United States.


Scope and Content Note

The collection contains 18 wire recordings. The contents can only be confirmed once the recordings have been reformatted. Notes concerning contents in the container list are based on inscriptions on the spools or their containers. This information is unclear in many cases.


Arrangement

The recordings in the collection have been numbered based on no set order.


Container List

Box Item Contents
1 1 University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, Item 1, undated
1 wire recording spool
Manufacturer: Webster.Chicago
Number on spool case: NA
Marked 1-12, 12-20, 20-31 ½
Vendor assessment: Slight keystoning, small risk

Possible contents: Schoenberg: no title stated

1 2 University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, Item 2, undated
1 wire recording spool
Manufacturer: Webster.Chicago
Number on spool case: NA
Without box
Vendor assessment: Outer pack seems loose, would spend 30-60 min handwinding past loose wire

Possible contents: No marking

1 3 University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, Item 3, undated
1 wire recording spool
Manufacturer: Lear
Number on spool case: 1
Content written on reel
Vendor assessment: Slight keystoning, but generally ok

Possible contents: Berg: Wozzeck

1 4 University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, Item 4, undated
1 wire recording spool
Manufacturer: Lear
Number on spool case: 3
Festa isn't clear. The only mass Hindemith composed dates from 1963.
Vendor assessment: OK

Possible contents: Hindemith I festa mass

1 5 University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, Item 5, undated
1 wire recording spool
Manufacturer: Lear
Number on spool case: 4
Stravinsky did not compose a violin sonata so the composer of the 2nd work is not clear.
Vendor assessment: Slight keystoning, flange cracked, small risk

Possible contents: Stravinsky: Baiser de la fee ; Violin sonata ; "Claudios??" trial

1 6 University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, Item 6, undated
1 wire recording spool
Manufacturer: Lear
Number on spool: 05
Without container
Vendor assessment: Slight keystoning, but generally ok

Possible contents: Mahler: Symphony no. 8, Part II

1 7 University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, Item 7, undated
1 wire recording spool
Manufacturer: Lear
Number on spool case: 06
Vendor assessment: Keystoning, flange cracked, risky. Could spend 1-2 hours slow-winding to get a flat pack before attempting regular playback

Possible contents: Mahler: Symphony no. 8, Mvt.? I ; Chabrier: no title stated

1 8 University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, Item 8, undated
1 wire recording spool
Manufacturer: Lear
Number on spool case: 07
Vendor assessment: Slight keystoning, but generally ok

Possible contents: No marking

1 9 University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, Item 9, undated
1 wire recording spool
Manufacturer: Lear
Number on spool case: 08
On container: Acis and Galatea I; could Tana be Talma?
Vendor assessment: Slight keystoning, but generally ok

Possible contents: Robertson: Fag.? Sonata ; Taylor: Pf variations ; Tana?: Cl. Sonata ; Bonner: Pf trio ; Tana?: repeat

1 10 University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, Item 10, undated
1 wire recording spool
Manufacturer: Lear
Number on spool case: 09
Vendor assessment: Loose pack, keystoning, would spend 30-60 min handwinding past loose wire

Possible contents: Hindemith: 3/31/50 II

1 11 University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, Item 11, undated
1 wire recording spool
Manufacturer: Lear
Number on spool case: 10
Vendor assessment: Loose pack, broken flange. High risk, would require full hand-wind and spool replacement. At least 2-3 hours work

Possible contents: Claudio?: 2 pf sonata ; Tala ; Schoenberg: op. 11, no. 1

1 12 University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, Item 12, undated
1 wire recording spool
Manufacturer: Lear
Number on spool case: 11
Could this be Hermann conducting Schoenberg's Chamber symphony?
Vendor assessment: Some loose wire on outmost layer, but seems generally OK. Wouldn't require much handwinding

Possible contents: Bernard Hermann: Chamber symphony, 6/5/49 CBS Symph

1 13 University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, Item 13, undated
1 wire recording spool
Manufacturer: Lear
Number on spool case: 13
No titles stated
Vendor assessment: OK

Possible contents: Boykan, Cohn, Purcell, Binkerd, Poulenc, Fine, Dello Joio

1 14 University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, Item 14, undated
1 wire recording spool
Manufacturer: Lear
Number on spool case: 14
On container: Paine, Hall, and Schoenberg
Vendor assessment: OK

Possible contents: Schoenberg: Variations op. 43 ; Desmarais: Fant. Vln. Sonata

1 15 University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, Item 15, undated
1 wire recording spool
Manufacturer: Lear
Number on spool case: 15
Vendor assessment: Loose pack, would need hand-wind before playback ~1-2 hrs. Flange seems to have potential of breaking

Possible contents: Machaut: Mass ; Palestrina: Mss ; Dufay: Super

1 16 University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, Item 16, undated
1 wire recording spool
Manufacturer: Lear
Number on spool case: 16 (square container)
Vendor assessment: OK

Possible contents: Monteverdi: Acts IV, V ; Perotin

1 17 University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, Item 17, undated
1 wire recording spool
Manufacturer: Lear
Number on spool case: 16 (round container)
On container: Thompson III, Piston Qu. I
Vendor assessment: Loose pack, broken flange. High risk, would require full hand-wind and spool replacement. At least 2-3 hours work

Possible contents: [Berg]: Wozzeck Act III (crossed out) ; Schoenberg: Erwartung

1 18 University at Buffalo Music Library Collection of Wire Recordings, Item 18, undated
1 wire recording spool
Manufacturer: Lear
Number on spool case: 17
Contents on container: DG [probably Don Giovanni?] crossed out ; Schoenberg ; Boykan.
Vendor assessment: OK

From sample reformatted by vendor the opening is a radio broadcast of a performance (November 2, 3, or 5, 1950) by the New York Philharmonic of Haydn's Sinfonie concertante in B-flat with John Corigliano, violin, Harold Gomberg, oboe, Leonard Rose, cello, William Polisi, bassoon, on WEEI Radio, Boston. With: Schoenberg Variations.


Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog.

Subjects

Music

Genres

Wire recordings