Scope and arrangement
The Martin Kalmanoff Papers consist of scores and sketches, correspondence, financial and business papers, writings, notes, concert programs, media clippings and photographs. Scores comprise the bulk of the collection, particularly for Kalmanoff’s many operas and musicals, including The Insect Comedy, The Victory At Masada, The Empty Bottle, The Bald Prima Donna, Noah And The Stowaway, Godiva and Fit For A King, among others. Other forms documented in the collection include religious music (The Joy Of Prayer, Kaddish For A Warring World), vocal music (The Way Of Life, If I Can Stop One Heart From Beating, The Lord Is My Shepherd), and popular song, scores for which claim a significant portion of the collection. The correspondence, business and financial papers in the collection document the practical and creative aspects of Kalmanoff’s career, and his fiction writing and non-fiction articles on composition and opera document his thought process and musical opinions. Photographs are mainly production and publicity photos for his operas and musicals.
The Martin Kalmanoff papers are arranged in three series:
- 1935-2000 and undated46 boxes
This series consists of most non-score materials in the collection, including documentation of Kalmanoff’s music and projects, general correspondence, financial and business papers, writings, clippings, concert programs, school and teaching work, lyrics, notes, publicity material and photographs. Documentation of Kalmanoff’s compositions makes up the largest portion of this series.
- 1937-2002 and undated76 boxes
The scores are divided into the genres of operas/musicals, popular song, instrumental music, vocal/choral music and religious. The last sub-series, general, contains Kalmanoff’s sketches and scores by other composers. The two largest sub-series are operas/musicals and popular song.
- 1928-1994 and undated4 boxes
This series contains school diplomas (for Kalmanoff’s father and third wife), photographs and scores. The photographs, contained in an album, are mostly of Kalmanoff’s last wedding in 1968. The scores are mostly full scores, including The Empty Bottle, Fit For A King, The Joy Of Prayer, Noah And The Stowaway, and arrangements for Fasten Your Belts. There are also several scores by other composers.