Scope and arrangement
The collection consists of nocommercial sound and video recordings collected by the American pianist, Paul Jacobs. The majority of the collection is made up of performances by Paul Jacobs. These recordings include both recitals and unreleased recording session takes.
Jacobs particularly favored the works of American composers such as Elliott Carter, Charles Rosen, Frederic Fzewski, Allen Shaen, Virgil Thomson, Joan Tower, and Stephan Wolpe, all of which are represented in this collection. Concerts held to memorialize his death in 1983 are found in videocassette format, and most concisely illustrate his musical likes, passions and achievements.
The collection also includes two sound recording interviews with Jacobs, from 1976 and from 1983.
The Paul Jacobs collection of noncommercial recordings [sound recording] is arranged in two series:
This series includes works performed by musicians other than Paul Jacobs, including a Paul Jacobs memorial concert.
Some of the performers included in the series are: Emanuel Ax; Boston Symphony Orchestra; Virgil Blackwell; William Bolcom; Gary Chapman; New York Philharmonic; Charles Rosen; Harvey Sollberger, and Shirley Verrett.
Some of the composers represented in this series are: Alban Berg; Pierre Boulez; Johannes Brahms; Elliott Carter; Witold Lutoslawski; Igor Stravinsky; Joan Tower and Stefan Wolpe.