Scope and arrangement
60 items of correspondence from Arnold and Gertrud Schoenberg to Marya Freund; 121 items of correspondence from other musicians concerning performances of Schoenberg's works; 31 programs and brochures, all with works of Schoenberg and all including Marya Freund; 4 reviews (including 3 clippings) of the Dec. 15, 1921, Paris performance of Pierrot Lunaire; Marya Freund's account of her first meeting with Arnold Schoenberg; Marya Freund's notebook about the 1927 Paris Schoenberg Festival; 28 photographs, 14 of Schoenberg either alone or with his family and 14 of Gurrelieder performances; 2 portraits of Marya Freund and 1 of Arnold Schoenberg on which 1 of his letters is written. A narrative description of and notes on the Schoenberg correspondence and an English paraphrase of each Schoenberg letter accompany the collection as well as an English translation of Marya Freund's account. Also included are brief notes on other correspondents by Marya Freund's son Doda Conrad. Among the correspondents are: Nadia Boulanger, Luigi Dallapiccola, Max Deutsch, Roberto Gerhard, Jascha Horenstein, Rudolf Kolisch, Rene Leibowitz, Darius Milhaud, Maria Peragallo, Pietro Scarpini, Hermann Scherchen, Erwin Stein, Edward Steuermann, Egon Wellesz, and Jean Wiéner.
The Schoenberg correspondence is in German. Other correspondence is in French, German, Italian, Polish, and English; programs and brochures are in French, German, English, Italian, Danish, Spanish, and Greek.
Despite the name of the collection, there is also an ample amount of material concerning Marya Freund and her career aside from her connection with Schoenberg. Series 7 (contain in programs) and Series 8 (containing clippings) in particular document her singing and teaching career.
The Marya Freund papers relating to Arnold Schoenberg, (bulk 1912-1937) is arranged in ten series: