Scope and arrangement
The collection consists of noncommercial recordings which were collected by Mary Howe, and span her career from 1935 to 1960. Some of the earlier recordings consist of interviews broadcast on radio stations, WNBC and WNYC.
The bulk of the collection consists of works for female voice and piano performed by such soloists as Margaret Barnwell, Juanita Carter, Ada MacLeish, Harriet Cohen, Enya Gonzalez, Katherine Hansel, Ina Hotzcheiter, Judith Litante, and Edma Wheelright, among others.
The recordings include recitals given by Mary Howe as a piano soloist or in collaboration with numerous other musical personalities such as Hans Kindler, Celius Dougherty, Otto Luening, and Roman Totenberg. Her works, as illustrated in these holdings, were performed by numerous orchestras such as the National Capitol Parks Schola Cantorum, the National Gallery Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington String Quartet, the Alberneri Trio, and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
Howe composed seven cycles for piano and voice, many of which are included in the collection. Of her best known works, her ballet Cards, is included in the collection in various arrangements, as well as many of her works for voice and other ensembles. The collection includes more than three dozen songs and chamber works.
The Mary Howe collection of noncommercial recordings [sound recording] is arranged in two series:
This series includes interviews, speeches, and works written by, performed by, or arranged by Mary Howe. Works by composers other than Howe may be found in this series if they have been included in recordings containing a work by or arranged by Howe. For more works by other composers see Series II: Other Materials.
Although most items in this series are not attributed to any specific date, items which have been attributed to specific dates are from 1938 through 1960.
Some of the performers included in this series are: Coolidge String Quartet; Celius Dougherty; Calderon Howe; Mary Howe; Otto Luening; Ada MacLeish; Emerson Meyers, and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra.
Some of the conductors included in this series are: Richard Bales; Paul Callaway; Hans Kindler and William Strickland.
The series consists of works by composers other than Mary Howe. Because works by other composers may have been included in recordings containing compositions by Howe, further works by composers other than Howe may be found in Series I: Howe Materials.