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Yella Pessl Papers

1918-1979

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Abstract

This collection documents the musical career of Yella Pessl, a harpsichordist, pianist and organist.

Summary

Creator:
Pessl, Yella, 1906-1991
Date Coverage:
1918-1979
Quantity:
13 cubic ft.

Gabriella Pessl Sobotka was a harpsichordist, pianist and organist who performed under the name Yella Pessl. Born in Vienna, she had a musical career in Europe before immigrating to the United States in 1931.

Pessl was best known for her interpretations of Bach and was founder and director of the Bach Circle, a New York group specializing in lesser-known works of Bach and other Baroque composers. Pessl toured extensively in the United States, performing in as a soloist and with orchestras. She also had her own radio program and was on the faculty of Columbia University.

Pessl died at the age of 85 in 1991 in Northhampton, Mass. Her husband, Dr. Harry Sobotka, predeceased her in 1970.

This collection contains Yella Pessl's correspondence, 1930-79; musical manuscripts, arrangements, and fingered sheet music, primarily of the keyboard works of J. S. Bach, undated; scrapbooks pertaining to her concert career, 1924-56; 78 commercial and private recordings of her performances on harpsichord and piano, primarily from the 1940s and 1950s; and printed materials.

The collection also contains 194 12-inch records, 39 10-inch records by Pessl. In addition, there are 50 12-inch records and 16 10-inch records either not by Pessl or unidentifiable.

The collection is not processed. Some boxes are described at the box level. Others are described at the item level.

The M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives acquired this collection from Yella Pessl-Sobotka1978

Processed by: M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY

Collection record created by: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on

Published: 2017-04-14 12:35:23 -0400

Converted to EAD, 2015 December

Encoded in EAD by Jodi Boyle, 2015

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Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Yella Pessl Papers, 1918-1979. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Pessl Papers).

Contents of Collection

BoxFolderContentsDate

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1 1Large navy scrapbook with clippings, programs. Numerous inserts1952-1956

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1 2Beige scrapbook with clippings, programs1946-1947

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1 3Large black and gold scrapbook with clippings, programs1945

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1 4Large brown scrapbook with clippings1943-1944

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1 5Large brown scrapbook with black design with clippings, programs1942

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1 6Large manilla folder scrapbook with clippings, programs1941

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1 7Large black scrapbook with clippings1940 July 15 - 1941 February 3

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2 1Scrapbooks, loose clippingsUndated

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2 2Large black scrapbook with clippings, programs1940

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2 3Black scrapbook with clippings, programs1939

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2 4Clippings in manilla envelope, mainly duplicates of scrapbook clippings.1938-1939

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2 5Large brown scrapbook with clippings, programs1938

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2 6Black scrapbook with clippings, programs1936-1937

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2 7Scrapbook with no cover. Clippings, some programs1935-1938

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2 8Small gray/black mottled scrapbook. Programs, clippings1931-1932

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2 9Small brown and tan scrapbook. Clippings, programs. 1924-1935. 60p.1924-1935

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2 10Clippings until 1930. Clippings in brown manilla envelope1920s, 1930

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2 11Miscellaneous clippings over many yearsUndated

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2 12Clippings concerning Yella Pessl, Susanne Bloch and Carl Dolmetsch1936 March 17

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2 13Miscellaneous clippings in manilla folder1937

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3 1Miscellaneous programs1930s-1970s

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3 2Program outlines. Columbia Broadcasting Systems1940-1941

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3 3Austrian programs and concert reviews1930s

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3 4Bach Circle programs1937-1947

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4 1List of materials in collection, as compiled by Yella PesslUndated

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4 2Curriculum vita, autobiographical materialsUndated

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4 32 small notebooksUndated

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4 4Miscellaneous notesUndated

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4 5Bach Circle correspondence, materialsUndated

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4 6Correspondence file JUndated

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4 7Correspondence file LUndated

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4 8Correspondence file MUndated

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4 9Correspondence, concert season1944-1945

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4 10Correspondence, management1946-1947

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4 11Miscellaneous correspondence1930s-1970s

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4 12Fan mail and other miscellaneous correspondence1940s

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4 13Die Schule. Eine Komdie von Jella Pessl dem Vater zu seinem Geburtstag1918 November 23

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4 14An Example of North-American Figured Bass Practices as Illustrated by the Notebook of Amy van Vleck. Also 3 reproductions from the notebook of Amy Van Vleck.Undated

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4 15Articles by PesslUndated

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4 16InterviewUndated

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4 17Press bookUndated

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4 18ContractsUndated

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4 19Photographs of Yella Pessl, some duplicatesUndated

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4 20Miscellaneous offprints, musical subjectsUndated

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4 21Summer resort advertisementsUndated

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4 22Miscellaneous formsUndated

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4 23Miscellaneous materialsUndated

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4 24EtchingsUndated

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4 25Student papersUndated

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4 26[Hyde, Fred]. "Mersenne's Role in the History of the Tempered Tuning of Instruments"Undated

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4 27[Hyde, Fred]. "Chapter I: Mersenne, The Man; His Life." Also notes, presumably by PesslUndated

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4 28Miscellaneous catalogsUndated

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5 1Music scoresUndated

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6 1Music scoresUndated

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7 1Music scoresUndated

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19 1Music scoresUndated

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20 1Music scoresUndated

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21 1Scores, reel-to-reel tapes, microfilms, slidesUndated