Ignatius Gennusa Collection (MSS 46), 1920-88 (Bulk 1944-57)

Preliminary finding aid

Summary Information

Curtis Institute of Music Archives
Gennusa, Ignatius, 1920-2003
Ignatius Gennusa collection
MSS 46
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1944-1957
Date [inclusive]
1.2 Linear feet (1 photo box)
The collection contains memorabilia, photographs and a scrapbook documenting Gennua’s war service, as well as his first clarinet that he played as a child.

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Biographical note

Ignatius Gennusa studied with Jules Serpentini, clarinettist at the Philadelphia Orchestra, prior to being admitted at the Curtis Institue of Music in 1940. He officially graduated in 1945 but left early to serve in the Armed Forces. He was a member of the Ballet Theatre Orchestra, the National, and Chicago Symphany and ultimately the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, from which he retired in 1972. In addition, he was a member of the Peabody Conservatory faculty and the inventor of “The Excellente” clarinet mouthpiece.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Curtis Institute of Music Archives 2016

1726 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103



The collection was a gift of William J. Taylor in 2004.

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Related Materials

Separated materials

Gennusa’s first clarinet, purchased in 1930 for $25, is kept in the Artifact Collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Taylor, William J.


  • Clarinet
  • Military service–United States–1940-1950–Scrapbooks

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Collection Inventory

1. Memorabilia 1920-1988

War service scrapbook (USS Randolph) 1944-1955
Publicity and clippings 1959-1988
Programs 1959-1963
Miscellaneous (including music autograph Philip Freda) 1920, 1976

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2. Photographs 1944-1957 and not dated

Scope and content

A list of the photographs in the collection is included.

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