Scope and arrangement
The Fritz Rikko Professional Papers primarily document Rikko's scholarly work on the Renaissance and Baroque composers, Salamone Rossi and Alessandro Scarlatti, and consist mainly of correspondence generated by Rikko, research materials he gathered, and scores for musical compositions written by these two composers edited by Rikko for performance, publication, or study. Rikko produced versions of several Rossi scores, as well as publications about the composer, but the best documented of these efforts within the collection are his critical edition, Hashirim asher liSh'lomo (1967-1973), and A thematic index to the works of Salamon Rossi (1972). Also well-represented in the collection are materials relating to Scarlatti’s 1690 opera, La Statira, including the complete manuscript orchestral and vocal scores, which had been prepared originally by Rikko as a commission from the Juilliard School of Music.
The Fritz Rikko professional papers are arranged in three series:
- undated2 boxes
The majority of the material in the Editorial and Research Files relates to Rikko's various projects on Salamone Rossi, as well as his efforts to fulfill a commission by Tito Capobianco to produce a performance score of Alessandro Scarlatti's opera, La Statira (1690), which was to have been staged for the opening of the new Juilliard Theater.
In addition to correspondence and research materials, this series also contains a few production materials, such as page proofs, and some publicity materials, including announcements, order forms, and reviews. Also present are some reproductions (photocopies, negatives, and photographic prints) of manuscript and printed scores, as well as other items; similar material in a larger format also can be found in the Oversized Material series.
- 1933 - 19659 boxes
The Scores series consists of manuscript and printed scores of works by the composers Salamone Rossi and Alessandro Scarlatti. The manuscript scores are most likely transcriptions made by Rikko working from original manuscripts (when extant) or early editions. Some of the manuscript scores appear to be in Rikko's own hand, while others may be the work of a copyist. The printed material is comprised of Rossi scores edited by Rikko or other scholars.
- 3 boxes
The Oversized Material series consists of large format photocopies of original manuscript or printed music scores acquired by Rikko for research purposes. Along with works by Salamone Rossi and Alessandro Rossi, the composers Carlo Grossi and Pietro Nardini also are represented.