Scope and arrangement
The Jerzy Fitelberg papers hold the composer's score manuscripts and personal files containing clippings, correspondence and concert programs. Scores make up the bulk of the collection and contain works composed from 1921 to 1951. Among them are solo instrumental pieces; string quartets and other chamber works; songs for voice and piano; a choral work; orchestral concerti for piano, violin, and string quartet; works for full orchestra including Les Adventures de Mickey (1934) and The Golden Harp: Variations on a Polish Folk Song for String Orchestra (1943); the children's opera Henny Penny (1949); and Fitelberg's film scores. The papers also hold a small set of score manuscripts by other composers, including Grzegorz Fitelberg, Alexander Spitzmüller, Eduard Steuermann, and Karol Szymanowski.
The clipping files and concert programs document Fitelberg's career in Europe and America from the late 1920s until his death. The correspondence is sparse but includes letters from Artur Rodzinski, Margaret Carson, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters concerning the grant it awarded to Fitelberg.
The Jerzy Fitelberg papers are arranged in two series:
- 1921-195120 boxes
This series holds the bulk of the collection. Nearly all the scores are manuscripts (or copies of manuscripts). Many have sketches and draft versions in addition to final scores and parts produced by copyists or by Fitelberg himself.
The scores range from works composed in Fitelberg's late teens to his last completed composition, Concertino Da Camera (1951). Among them are solo pieces for piano, violin, cello, organ and harp; six string quartets, as well as other chamber music for wind quintets and unique combinations; orchestral concerti for piano, violin and string quartet, and a Concertino for Trombone, Piano and String Orchestra (1947); songs for voice and piano; the choral piece Pan Tralalinski (1942); several pieces for full orchestra, including Eine Kammer Sinfonie, Op. 11 (1922), Suite for Orchestra (1924), Etude for Orchestra (1932), Les Adventures de Mickey (1934), and The Golden Harp: Variations on a Polish Folk Song for String Orchestra (1943); and an opera for children entitled Henny Penny (1949). Scores for three pieces, Die Indische Harfe, Kleine Musik für Rundfunk and Symphony for Winds were microfilmed and cataloged under *ZZ-32378.
The scores also hold Fitelberg's scores for the films Poland Fights On and Polish Pictures; an arrangement of J.S. Bach's Passacaglia (BWV 582); and Fitelberg's performance notes for The Tale of Tsar Saltan by Rimsky-Korsakov. Three of Fitelberg's works, Lost Phantasies, Silverblue and A Timely Tale, were composed under the pseudonym of Steve Terry. In addition, the scores contain several finished but untitled works, unfinished pieces, and untitled/unfinished sketches.
Fitelberg's scores also contain the manuscripts for works by several other composers, including his father, Grzegorz, Alexander Spitzmüller, Eduard Steuermann, and Karol Szymanowski.
- 1927-19522 boxes
This series holds clipping files, correspondence and concert programs. The clippings, which cover Fitelberg's career from 1927 until shortly after his death, are from European and American newspapers advertising and reviewing performances of Fitelberg's music, and publicizing his honors and prizes. Clippings dating from after Fitelberg's death were collected by his widow, Tamara.
The small quantity of correspondence includes letters from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Pennsylvania College for Women announcing Fitelberg's honors; a grant application to the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation filled out by Fitelberg but never submitted; letters from Artur Rodzinski and Margaret Carson; and publicity material including biographies and composition lists. The correspondence also holds letters to and from Tamara Fitelberg after her husband's death.
The concert programs are from European and American events and venues, including several ISCM and German music festivals, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the award ceremony for Fitelberg's grant from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.