Scope and arrangement
The Joel Feigin papers, dating from 1958 to 2010, hold scores, professional and personal files, and education files.
The scores comprise the bulk of the collection and document all of Feigin's output from his youth to 2010. They include early works and composition studies; works-in-progress; finished scores in various orchestrations and revisions; parts for some of his works; transcriptions, arrangements, and composition studies; and unfinished/untitled compositions and sketches. The scores are arranged by title. The best-represented compositions in the collection include the operas Twelfth Night, The Mysteries of Eleusis, and The Ferryman; the Funeral Cantata; and Triptych for Orchestra.
Professional and Personal Files contain correspondence with Rosalie Calabrese Management; correspondence regarding Feigin's Fulbright fellowship, his work with Russian musicians, and Russian performances of his music; commission and programming files; promotional and publicity files; royalty and publishing correspondence and records; teaching materials composed of course files, syllabi, and assignments; and reference letters. They also hold part of Feigin's tenure review package assembled for the University of California, Santa Barbara. These documents are in digital form (Microsoft Word 4 for Macintosh) and consist of Feigin's CV and a bio-bibliography.
The education files hold music study books; high school study books; awards and clippings from the Mannes College of Music, the Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau, Columbia University, and the Juilliard School; and general programs, clippings, and awards. The files also hold personal correspondence from Nadia Boulanger and Roger Sessions.
The collection also holds audio and video recordings. Recorded from the early 1970s to around 2005, the audio recordings hold performances of many of Feigin's compositions, including Twelfth Night, Ten Fragments of Pindar, Tapestry, Elegy In Memoriam Otto Luening, Festive Overture, and solo piano works. Most are professionally recorded and unpublished. The video component, on 6 VHS tapes and 32 DVRs, documents rehearsals and performances of the operas Twelfth Night (2004-2005) and The Mysteries of Eleusis (undated).
The collection is in three divisions: Education Files, Professional and Personal Files, and Scores. All are arranged alphabetically.