John Gruen collection of Menotti research (MSS 23), 1956-91 (bulk 1973-78)

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Summary Information

Repository
Curtis Institute of Music Archives
Creator
Gruen, John, 1926-
Title
John Gruen collection of Menotti research
ID
MSS 23
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1973-1978
Date [inclusive]
1956-91
Extent
3.8 Linear feet (5 1/2 archival boxes and 2 small photo boxes)
Language
English
Access
The collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation note

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); John Gruen collection of Menotti research (MSS 23), Box and Folder Number; Curtis Institute of Music Archives.

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Historical note

The Italian-born composer Gian Carlo Menotti studied composition under Rosario Scalero at the Curtis Institue of Music (1928-33), where he taught composition from 1941 to 1955. He is best known for his operas, including Amelia Goes to the Ball (1937), which premiered at the Curtis Institute of Music, and The Consul (1950). In 1958 he founded the Festival of Two Worlds, for opera, music, and drama, in Spoleto, Italy.

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Abstract

The collection includes interviews and working papers by the author John Gruen for his book Menotti: a Biography (1978), which was commissioned by the Curtis Institute of Music.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following series: 1. Oral history tapes and transcripts; 2. Manuscript drafts and editorial correspondence; 3. Articles and writings about Menotti by John Gruen; 4. Research materials and magazines; 5. Spoleto Festival programs.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Curtis Institute of Music Archives 2015

1726 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
archives@curtis.edu

 

Provenance

The collection was purchased from John Gruen in 1991 with the generous support of the Arcadia Foundation.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Menotti, Gian Carlo, 1911-2007

Subject(s)

  • Composers–Biography.
  • Festival of Two Worlds (20th : Spoleto, Italy)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Oral history tapes and transcripts

Box Folder
Menotti on philosophy-music (panel discussion 1952); Yester; interpreters; “The Leper”; his style; his librettos, “People” 1 1
Menotti on Non-Operatic Music, Unicorn, Madame Aupic, Bishop of Brindisi, Labyrinth, Martin’s lie, Last Savage, Most Important Man, Tamu-Tamu 1 2
The Most Important Man 1 3
Francis Rizzo 1 4
Christopher Keene 1 5
Samuel Barber 1 6
Nono Affair, The Consul, The Last Savage 1 7
Gian Carlo Menotti 1 8
Patricia Neway 1 9
Vanessa 1 10
Carla Orlando 1 11
Alice Tully 1 12
Stravinsky 1 13
Spoleto Contretemps 1 14
Yester 1 15
The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore, also contretemps over Opera News on the Air 1 16
Maria Golovin 1 17
Additions and Revisions 1 18
Agnese Bonechi 1 19
Lida Gialloreti 1 20
John Browning 1 21
Menotti, misc. anecdotes 1 22
Harvey Lichtensteim, Lorenzo Muti, Robert Tobin, Nadjzda Stancioff, Dorle and Daria Soria, Butler, Hans Heinsheimer 1 23
Menotti on his work 1 24
Isamu Noguchi, Buckminster Fuller, Priscilla Morgan 1 25
Oliver Smith 1 26
The beginning of Spoleto 1 27
Thomas Schippers 1 28
Lee Hoiby, Stanley Hollingsworth 1 29
Ned Rorem 1 30
Menotti on his notebooks. melody, being chic, the move to Scotland., ethics, Chs. Ives, Solitude, premiere of the Medium. Barber- letter to Toscanini, article that inspired “The Consul.” Religious Beliefs. Italy, the Will 1 31
Chandler Cowes 1 32
Menotti on Cadegliano, his family, Capricorn, friends, Gama Gilbert, Milena, Lila de Nobli 1 33
Menotti on Dance 1 34
Charles Turner 1 35
Lehman Engel 1 36
Menotti on childhood 1 37
Medea 1 38
Arabella Ungaro 1 39
Amahl 1 40
The Saint of Blecker Street 1 41
Frank Phelan 1 42
Julius Rudel 1 43
Menotti on Spoleto 1 44.1
Campello 1973 1 44.2
Anna Milla 1 45
Raf Ravaioli 1 46

Oral history tapes

Box
2-3

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Series 2: Manuscript drafts and editorial correspondence 1976-78

Box Folder
Draft of book, with letter from editor Ray Roberts 1976, Apr 10 4 1
Manuscript with Menotti’s revisions and letter to the editor not dated 4 2-4
Correspondence relating to the publishing of the book 1976-77 4 5

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Series 3: Articles and writings about Menotti by John Gruen

Box Folder
Art News 1977 5 1
Opera News 1977 5 2
New York Times 1974 5 3
Pan-Am Clipper 1981 5 4
Biography–miscellaneous correspondence and reviews 1978-91 5 5
Thomas Schippers (for Opera News) 1975 5 6
Spoleto, Charleston, SC scandal (clippings) 1991 5 7
Menotti book (including “postlude” with interview after Barber’s death) 1981 5 8
Miscellaneous 1971-74 and not dated 5 9

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Series 4: Research materials and magazines

Box
Handwritten annotations about meetings with Menotti and research 1973-74 6
Miscellaneous materials and publications 1965-74 and not dated 6
The Last Savage by Gian Carlo Menotti 1964 6
Country Life, Scottish Number with articles about Yester House 1973, Aug 9-23 6

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Series 5. Spoleto Festival programs

Box
Programs of the Festival Dei Due Mondi, Spoleto, Italy 1958-74 6-7

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