John Gruen collection on Leonard Bernstein research (MSS 54)

Preliminary finding aid

Summary Information

Repository
Curtis Institute of Music Archives
Title
John Gruen collection of Leonard Bernstein research
ID
MSS 54
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1967-1986
Date [inclusive]
1967-1997
Extent
1.2 Linear feet (3 archival boxes)
Language
English
Abstract
The collection includes untranscribed audiotape recordings of interviews that Gruen conducted with Leonard Bernstein for his book
The Private World of Leonard Bernstein (1968) and additional articles about Bernstein. Drafts of the book and typescripts of the articles are included.

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Biography

Leonard Bernstein was a conductor and composer who studied conducting under Fritz Reiner at the Curtis Institute of music (1939-41).

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following series: 1. Audiotapes of interviews 1967-86; 2. Manuscript drafts for the 1967; 3. Articles by Gruen about Bernstein 1970-86; Catalogues and miscellaneous materials 1976, 1986.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Curtis Institute of Music Archives 2015

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

 

Access

The collection is open for research.

Provenance

The collection was purchased from John Green in 2011.

Existence and location of copies

Copies of the majority of interview tapes for the book are held by the Leonard Berstein Estate.

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990
  • Gruen, John, 1926-

Subject(s)

  • Composers–Biography.

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Collection Inventory

1. Audiotapes of interviews 1967-86

Description

The collection includes thirty 90-minute audiotapes of interviews with Leonard Bernstein, family members and others, the majority for Gruen’s book “The Private World of Leonard Berstein (1978). The latter include family scenes and Bernstein playing the piano. (A list of contents is included).

Box
1

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2. Manuscript drafts for
The Private World of Leonard Bernstein 1967

Box
2

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3. Articles by Gruen about Bernstein for miscellaneous magazines, including one unpublished article (1979) 1970-86

Box
3

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4. Catalogues and miscellenous materials 1986, 1997

Box
3

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