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Alexander Semmler Papers

1914-1977

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Abstract

The Alexander Semmler Papers contain music written by Alexander Semmler, both published and unpublished, as well as some of his notes and correspondence.

Summary

Creator:
Semmler, Alexander, 1900-1977
Date Coverage:
1914-1977
Quantity:
10.5 cubic ft. (about 10.5 boxes)

Alexander Semmler was born in Dortmund, Germany, on 12 November 1900. He began composing music in adolescence and toured Europe and the United States as a pianist at the age of fifteen. He studied piano with Josef Pembaur and composition with Gustav Jenner, and later studied philosophy and musicology at the universities of Marburg, Berlin, and Munich. He emigrated to the United States as a young man and became an American citizen in 1930. Semmler worked as a pianist with the CBS Symphony and later as a staff conductor and composer at CBS, writing music both under his own name and under the pseudonym Ralph Sandor (or Zandor). He served as the American administrator for the Rudfunk im Amerikanischen Sektor (RIAS) in Berlin from 1951 to 1952. He was later invited to Mexico, where he was instrumental in organizing the Centro de Compositores Mexicanos. From 1955 until 1970, he was the New York music director for TRF Music, Inc. and Picture Scores, Inc. During that same time, he served as program director of the Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, N. Y. Semmler died in Kingston, N. Y., on 24 April 1977.

The information provided above was gleaned from the following sources, in addition to those found in the Alexander Semmler Papers themselves:

"Semmler, Alexander." Contemporary American Composers: A Biographical Dictionary. Ed. E. Ruth Anderson. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1982.
"Henry Cowell: Trio for Violin, 'cello, and Piano (1965); Alexander Semmler: Trio for Violin, 'cello, and Piano, Op. 40 (1964)." (see www.newworldrecords.org/uploads/fileuordz.pdf).

The collection consists primarily of music written by Alexander Semmler, both in print and in manuscript. Among the compositions are symphonic works, chamber music, and works for various instruments, including piano and voice. There are also sketches for later compositions and notebooks with melodic ideas, both titled and untitled. The papers also include music written by Mr. Semmler under the pseudonym of Ralph Sandor (or Zandor), which is more commercially oriented than those pieces signed in his own name. Much of the music in the collection has never been published.

Also included in the papers are certain items kept with his musical compositions by Alexander Semmler; these miscellanea are noted in the individual series scope notes. Materials are arranged within series either by opus number or alphabetically, if no opus number is present (Series 5 is an exception- please see its scope note for details). Some of the items include emendations tipped in or fastened with tape. Many bear markings or annotations in a hand other than Alexander Semmler's. These were not made by the processing archivist. When these markings included dates, those were included in the folder listing as approximate dates.

It should be noted that while there are multiple copies of most of the items in the Semmler Papers, these copies are often not identical, as many of the manuscripts have corrections or notations by the composer that vary from instance to instance. This is why the archivist elected to retain them. Due to the number of fragile and oversized items in the collection, materials pertaining to the same work may not be housed in the same physical location.

The papers are arranged in seven series:

Materials arranged within series by opus number. Materials without an opus number arranged alphabetically by folder title.

  • Series 1 - Symphonic Works, 1953, Undated
  • Series 2 - Works for Piano and Organ, 1941, 1956, Undated
  • Series 3 - Chamber Music, 1940-1977, Undated
  • Series 4 - Instrumental Works Without an Opus Number, 1916-1964, Undated
  • Series 5 - Vocal and Choral Music, 1914-1968, Undated
  • Series 6 - Works as Ralph Sandor, 1940-1950, Undated
  • Series 7 - Sketches and Notebooks, 1919-1954, Undated

English

German

Spanish

Italian

This collection was donated by Dr. Iliana Semmler in January 2003.

Processed by: Catherine Oliver in 2011.

Collection record created by: Catherine Oliver

Published: 2011

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We can also deliver digital scans for remote research for a fee.

Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright Statement

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Copyright Statement

Performance of music from the Alexander Semmler Papers is by application only. If a performance is recorded or in some other manner documented, a copy must be provided to the Department of Special Collections and Archives. An invitation to all performances must be provided to Iliana Semmler or her designee.

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Alexander Semmler Papers, 1914-1977. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Semmler Papers).

Contents of Collection

Quantity: 1.94 cubic ft. (about 1.94 boxes)
Arranged by opus number.
This series consists of works written by Alexander Semmler for symphony orchestra. The Symphony No. 3, dedicated to RIAS-Berlin, is the longest of these; the title on the full orchestral score is in English, and the parts and corrections are in German, with musical notations in Italian. The other works are all in English, with musical notations in Italian.
BoxFolderContentsDate

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Oversized 11Opus 18: Sinfonietta (1): To Davidson Taylor (alt. title: Symphony No. 1)
Undated

Bound manuscript score

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11-8Opus 18: Sinfonietta (1): To Davidson Taylor (alt. title: Symphony No. 1)
Undated

Printed parts: Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Bass, Flute 1 and 2, Oboe 1 and 2, Clarinet 1 and 2, Bassoon, Horn 1 and 2, Trumpet 1 and 2, Trombone, and Drums

nam_mss131-1_3

Oversized 22Opus 20: Manhattan Diary: Impressions and Vignettes for Symphony Orchestra
Undated

Manuscript score

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Oversized 23Opus 20: Manhattan Diary: Impressions and Vignettes for Symphony Orchestra
Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

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Oversized 12Opus 21: Second Symphony
Undated

Manuscript score

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Oversized 21Opus 21: Second Symphony
Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

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Oversized 24Opus 22: Horizons: A Symphonic Ode
Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-1_8

Oversized 25Opus 22: Horizons: A Symphonic Ode
Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-1_9

Oversized 31Opus 23: Symphony No. 3: Dedicated to RIAS-Berlin (alt. title: Dritte Simfonie)
1953

Manuscript score

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19Opus 23: Symphony No. 3: Dedicated to RIAS-Berlin (alt. title: Dritte Simfonie)
Undated

Korrekturen

Typed corrections.

nam_mss131-1_11

110-16Opus 23: Symphony No. 3: Dedicated to RIAS-Berlin (alt. title: Dritte Simfonie)
Undated

Printed string parts

nam_mss131-1_12

Oversized 41Opus 23: Symphony No. 3: Dedicated to RIAS-Berlin (alt. title: Dritte Simfonie)
Undated

Printed non-string parts

Quantity: 1.16 cubic ft. (about 1.16 boxes)
Arranged by opus number.
This series consists of works written by Alexander Semmler for solo piano and organ. Included in this series is a photocopied clipping of a newspaper review of a concert led by Semmler and featuring one of his works. It is housed with the item to which it was originally attached. All items are in English, with musical notations in Italian.
BoxFolderContentsDate

nam_mss131-2_1

117Opus 2: Six Miniatures for Piano Solo
1941

Printed score

nam_mss131-2_2

118-20Opus 2a: Three Nocturnes for Piano (alt. title: Three Pieces for Piano)
Undated

Manuscript score

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Oversized 51Opus 2a: Three Nocturnes for Piano (alt. title: Three Pieces for Piano)
Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_4

121-22Opus 5: First Piano Sonata
Undated

Manuscript score

Folder 22 includes a photocopy of a newspaper clipping originally pinned to that manuscript by Semmler.

nam_mss131-2_5

Oversized 52Opus 5: First Piano Sonata
Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

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123Opus 6: Scherzo (for Piano)
Undated

Manuscript score

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Oversized 53Opus 6: Scherzo (for Piano)
Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_8

124-27Opus 7: (Twelve) Poems without Words (for Piano)
Undated

Manuscript scores; partial manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_9

Oversized 54Opus 7: (Twelve) Poems without Words (for Piano)
Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_10

128-29Opus 9: (Second) Suite for Piano (Hommage a Prokofieff) (: March)
Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_11

Oversized 55Opus 9: (Second) Suite for Piano (Hommage a Prokofieff) (: March)
Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_12

130-33Opus 11: Sonata for Piano (alt. title: Second Piano Sonata)
Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_13

Oversized 56Opus 11: Sonata for Piano (alt. title: Second Piano Sonata)
Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_14

134-35Opus 12: Third Piano Sonata (alt. title: Piano Sonata No. 3)
Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_15

Oversized 57Opus 12: Third Piano Sonata (alt. title: Piano Sonata No. 3)
Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_16

136Opus 20: Manhattan Diary: Moods and Impressions for Piano
Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_17

Oversized 58Opus 20: Manhattan Diary: Moods and Impressions for Piano
Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_18

137Opus 27: Four Old Dances in New Style for Harpsichord or Piano
Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_19

Oversized 59Opus 27: Four Old Dances in New Style for Harpsichord or Piano
Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_20

138Opus 31: Three Sonatinas for Piano
ca. 1956

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_21

Oversized 510Opus 31: Three Sonatinas for Piano
Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_22

139-41Opus 32: Musical Notebook: For Nikky
ca. 1956, Undated

Manuscript score

Score is divided into two parts, consisting of four volumes each. Folder 40 contains a revised and augmented score of Part 1, Volume 1.

nam_mss131-2_23

Oversized 511-13Opus 32: Musical Notebook: For Nikky: Part One, Volumes 1 to 4
Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

Score is divided into two parts, consisting of four volumes each. Folder 12 contains a revised and augmented score of Part 1, Volume 1.

nam_mss131-2_24

142Opus 38: The Challenge: Fantasy for Organ
Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_25

Oversized 514Opus 38: The Challenge: Fantasy for Organ
Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_26

143Opus 41: Five Preludes and Fugues for Piano
Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_27

Oversized 515Opus 41: Five Preludes and Fugues for Piano
Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_28

144Opus 42: Eight Two-Part Inventions for Piano
Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_29

Oversized 516Opus 42: Eight Two-Part Inventions for Piano
Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-2_30

145Opus 46: Fleeting Moments: Three Pieces for Piano
Undated

Manuscript score

Materials marked "Opus 48".

nam_mss131-2_31

Oversized 517Opus 46: Fleeting Moments: Three Pieces for Piano
Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

Materials marked "Opus 48".
Quantity: 2.98 cubic ft. (about 2.98 boxes)
Arranged by opus number.
This series consists of works written by Alexander Semmler for string or chamber orchestra and other chamber ensembles, both with and without piano accompaniment. Also included in this series is a program from a memorial concert given for Semmler, which was stored with the materials. Some items have attached descriptions of their genesis and performance history, possibly intended originally as program notes. These descriptions, all typewritten, may or may not be Semmler's work. Please note that the notations for the Opus 15 and the Opus 16 items are in German. This fact, coupled with the items' original housing in a RIAS folder, would suggest that they were created during Semmler's time with RIAS, although this is not a certainty.
BoxFolderContentsDate

nam_mss131-3_1

21Program for Alexander Semmler memorial concert1977

nam_mss131-3_2

22Opus 1: Pastoral Suite for Strings (or String Orchestra) 1940

Manuscript score

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23Opus 1: Pastoral Suite for Strings (or String Orchestra) 1942

Printed score

nam_mss131-3_4

24Opus 1: Pastoral Suite for Strings (or String Orchestra) 1942

Printed 1st violin parts

nam_mss131-3_5

25Opus 1: Pastoral Suite for Strings (or String Orchestra) 1942

Printed 2nd violin parts

nam_mss131-3_6

26Opus 1: Pastoral Suite for Strings (or String Orchestra) 1942

Printed viola parts

nam_mss131-3_7

27Opus 1: Pastoral Suite for Strings (or String Orchestra) 1942

Printed violincello parts

nam_mss131-3_8

28Opus 1: Pastoral Suite for Strings (or String Orchestra) 1942

Printed bass parts

nam_mss131-3_9

29Opus 3: Serenade for String Orchestra 1945

Printed score

nam_mss131-3_10

Oversized 61Opus 4: Quintet for Wind Instruments (Woodwind Quintet) Undated

Manuscript full score

nam_mss131-3_11

Oversized 62Opus 4: Quintet for Wind Instruments (Woodwind Quintet) Undated

Onionskin manuscript full score and parts

nam_mss131-3_12

Oversized 63Opus 4: Quintet for Wind Instruments (Woodwind Quintet) Undated

Onionskin manuscript parts

nam_mss131-3_13

210Opus 8: Aria and Scherzo for Flute and String Orchestra 1949

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-3_14

211Opus 8: Aria and Scherzo for Flute and String Orchestra Undated

Manuscript flute part

nam_mss131-3_15

Oversized 64Opus 8: Aria and Scherzo for Flute and String Orchestra Undated

Manuscript piano score and flute part

nam_mss131-3_16

Oversized 65Opus 8: Aria and Scherzo for Flute and String Orchestra Undated

Manuscript string parts

nam_mss131-3_17

Oversized 66Opus 8: Aria and Scherzo for Flute and String Orchestra Undated

Onionskin manuscript score and parts

nam_mss131-3_18

Oversized 67Opus 8: Aria and Scherzo for Flute and String Orchestra Undated

Onionskin manuscript piano arrangement

nam_mss131-3_19

212-13Opus 10: String Quartet No. 1 Undated

Manuscript 1st and 2nd violin parts

nam_mss131-3_20

214-15Opus 10: String Quartet No. 1 Undated

Manuscript viola and cello parts

nam_mss131-3_21

Oversized 68Opus 10: String Quartet No. 1 Undated

Manuscript full score

nam_mss131-3_22

Oversized 69Opus 10: String Quartet No. 1 Undated

Onionskin manuscript full score

nam_mss131-3_23

Oversized 610Opus 10: String Quartet No. 1 Undated

Onionskin manuscript parts

nam_mss131-3_24

216-20Opus 13: Rhapsodie Elegiaque for Cello and Chamber Orchestra Undated

Manuscript string parts

nam_mss131-3_25

221Opus 13: Rhapsodie Elegiaque for Cello and Chamber Orchestra Undated

Manuscript woodwind parts

nam_mss131-3_26

222Opus 13: Rhapsodie Elegiaque for Cello and Chamber Orchestra Undated

Manuscript horn part

nam_mss131-3_27

223Opus 13: Rhapsodie Elegiaque for Cello and Chamber Orchestra Undated

Manuscript piano part

nam_mss131-3_28

Oversized 71Opus 13: Rhapsodie Elegiaque for Cello and Chamber Orchestra Undated

Manuscript full score

nam_mss131-3_29

Oversized 72Opus 13: Rhapsodie Elegiaque for Cello and Chamber Orchestra Undated

Manuscript piano score

nam_mss131-3_30

Oversized 73Opus 13: Rhapsodie Elegiaque for Cello and Chamber Orchestra Undated

Manuscript cello part

nam_mss131-3_31

Oversized 74Opus 13: Rhapsodie Elegiaque for Cello and Chamber Orchestra Undated

Onionskin manuscript full score

nam_mss131-3_32

Oversized 75Opus 13: Rhapsodie Elegiaque for Cello and Chamber Orchestra Undated

Onionskin manuscript piano score and parts

nam_mss131-3_33

Oversized 76Opus 14a: 1) Suite for Flute and Oboe; 2) Diversion for Flute and Oboe Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-3_34

Oversized 77Opus 14b: 1) Diversion for Four Clarinets in B-flat; Diversion for Four Horns Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-3_35

Oversized 78Opus 14b: 1) Diversion for Four Clarinets in B-flat; Diversion for Four Horns Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-3_36

Oversized 79Opus 15: Sonata for Violin and Piano ca. 1951-1952

Manuscript score and typed notes

Notations in German.

nam_mss131-3_37

Oversized 710Opus 15: Sonata for Violin and Piano ca. 1951-1952

Manuscript piano score, manuscript violin part, and typed notes

Notations in German. Notes copies of those housed with manuscript score.

nam_mss131-3_38

Oversized 711Opus 15: Sonata for Violin and Piano ca. 1951-1952

Onionskin manuscript score and parts

Notations in German.

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224Opus 16: Sonata for Two Solo Violins ca. 1951-1952

Manuscript score

Notations in German.

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225Opus 16: Sonata for Two Solo Violins ca. 1951-1952

Manuscript Violine 1 part

Notations in German.

nam_mss131-3_41

226Opus 16: Sonata for Two Solo Violins ca. 1951-1952

Manuscript Violine 2 part

Notations in German.

nam_mss131-3_42

Oversized 81Opus 16: Sonata for Two Solo Violins ca. 1951-1952

Onionskin manuscript score and parts

Notations in German.

nam_mss131-3_43

227-28Opus 17: Concertino for Solo Flute and Solo Oboe with Strings/String Orchestra/String Quartet 1956

Manuscript piano reduction

nam_mss131-3_44

Oversized 82Opus 17: Concertino for Solo Flute and Solo Oboe with Strings/String Orchestra/String Quartet 1956

Manuscript full score

Marked 'Opus 18.'

nam_mss131-3_45

Oversized 83Opus 17: Concertino for Solo Flute and Solo Oboe with Strings/String Orchestra/String Quartet 1956

Onionskin manuscript full score

Marked 'Opus 18.'

nam_mss131-3_46

Oversized 84Opus 17: Concertino for Solo Flute and Solo Oboe with Strings/String Orchestra/String Quartet 1956

Onionskin manuscript piano score, flute part, and oboe part

Marked 'Opus 18.'

nam_mss131-3_47

229Opus 17: Concertino for Solo Flute and Solo Oboe with Strings/String Orchestra/String Quartet Undated

Manuscript flute part

nam_mss131-3_48

230Opus 17: Concertino for Solo Flute and Solo Oboe with Strings/String Orchestra/String Quartet Undated

Manuscript oboe part

nam_mss131-3_49

231Opus 19: Four Pieces for Violin Solo Undated

Partial manuscript score

Nos. 1 and 4 only.

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Oversized 85Opus 19: Four Pieces for Violin Solo Undated

Onionskin manuscript score and parts

nam_mss131-3_51

Oversized 86Opus 20: Three Pieces from Manhattan Diary Arranged for Woodwind Quartet Undated

Onionskin manuscript score and parts

nam_mss131-3_52

232Opus 28: Suite for Cello and Piano Undated

Manuscript piano score

nam_mss131-3_53

233Opus 28: Suite for Cello and Piano Undated

Manuscript cello part

nam_mss131-3_54

Oversized 87Opus 28: Suite for Cello and Piano Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-3_55

Oversized 88Opus 28: Suite for Cello and Piano Undated

Partial onionskin manuscript score

"Serenade" only.

nam_mss131-3_56

234Opus 33: Ode for Violin and Piano 1964

Manuscript piano score

nam_mss131-3_57

Oversized 89Opus 33: Ode for Violin and Piano 1964

Onionskin manuscript piano score and violin part

nam_mss131-3_58

235Opus 33: Ode for Violin and Piano Undated

Manuscript violin part

nam_mss131-3_59

236Opus 34: Rhapsody for Flute and Piano Undated

Manuscript piano score

nam_mss131-3_60

237Opus 34: Rhapsody for Flute and Piano Undated

Manuscript flute part and typed program notes

nam_mss131-3_61

Oversized 810Opus 34: Rhapsody for Flute and Piano Undated

Onionskin manuscript piano score and flute part

nam_mss131-3_62

239-39Opus 35: Sonata for Clarinet or Viola and Piano 1962

Manuscript piano score

nam_mss131-3_63

Oversized 811Opus 35: Sonata for Clarinet or Viola and Piano 1962

Onionskin manuscript score and parts

nam_mss131-3_64

240Opus 35: Sonata for Clarinet or Viola and Piano Undated

Manuscript clarinet part

nam_mss131-3_65

241Opus 35: Sonata for Clarinet or Viola and Piano Undated

Manuscript viola part

nam_mss131-3_66

242Opus 36: Diversions for Viola and Bassoon 1962

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-3_67

Oversized 91Opus 36: Diversions for Viola and Bassoon 1962

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-3_68

243-44Opus 37: Fantasy for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello 1963

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-3_69

Oversized 92Opus 37: Fantasy for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello 1963

Onionskin manuscript score and parts

nam_mss131-3_70

245Opus 37: Fantasy for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello Undated

Manuscript parts

nam_mss131-3_71

Oversized 93Opus 39: Prelude and Scherzo for Violin, Viola, and Cello 1964

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-3_72

Oversized 94Opus 39: Prelude and Scherzo for Violin, Viola, and Cello 1964

Onionskin manuscript score and parts

nam_mss131-3_73

246Opus 39: Prelude and Scherzo for Violin, Viola, and Cello Undated

Manuscript parts

nam_mss131-3_74

247-49Opus 40: Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano 1964

Manuscript full score

nam_mss131-3_75

Oversized 95Opus 40: Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano 1964

Onionskin manuscript score and parts

nam_mss131-3_76

250Opus 40: Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano Undated

Manuscript violin and cello parts

nam_mss131-3_77

251Opus 43: Theme and Variations for Four Bassoons Undated

Manuscript score and photocopy

nam_mss131-3_78

Oversized 96Opus 43: Theme and Variations for Four Bassoons Undated

Onionskin manuscript score and parts

nam_mss131-3_79

252Opus 44: Elegy HC for String Quartet (in memory of Henry Cowell) Undated

Manuscript score and typed reflections

nam_mss131-3_80

Oversized 97Opus 44: Elegy HC for String Quartet (in memory of Henry Cowell) Undated

Onionskin manuscript score and parts

nam_mss131-3_81

253Opus 45: Meditation and Capriccio for Flute and Piano (also arranged for Oboe or Clarinet and Piano) 1964

Manuscript full score

nam_mss131-3_82

Oversized 98Opus 45: Meditation and Capriccio for Flute and Piano (also arranged for Oboe or Clarinet and Piano) 1964

Onionskin manuscript full score and parts

nam_mss131-3_83

254-55Opus 45: Meditation and Capriccio for Flute and Piano (also arranged for Oboe or Clarinet and Piano) Undated

Manuscript flute part

nam_mss131-3_84

256Opus 45: Meditation and Capriccio for Flute and Piano (also arranged for Oboe or Clarinet and Piano) Undated

Manuscript clarinet part

nam_mss131-3_85

Oversized 99Opus 47: Quintet for Bassoon and String Quartet Undated

Onionskin manuscript score and parts

Quantity: 1.49 cubic ft. (about 1.49 boxes)
Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
This series consists of those instrumental works written by Alexander Semmler under his own name that were never assigned an opus number by him. Included in this series is a collection of instrumental works that seems to date from Semmler's youth; this was entitled "Alexander Semmler: Early Instrumental Pieces" by the archivist. These materials are all in German, with Italian notations. Another work in this series is Semmler's "Entre dos Luces", for violin and string orchestra, which is in Spanish with Italian notations. All other materials in this series are in English with Italian notations. Also included in this series are the "Calendar Sketches," music written for sale to home-movie makers to accompany their films. The compositions are accompanied by a typescript describing the purpose of the music and suggesting uses for each piece. It is unclear whether this was written by Semmler.
BoxFolderContentsDate

nam_mss131-4_1

Oversized 101[Alexander Semmler: Early Instrumental Pieces] 1916

Manuscript score

In German.

nam_mss131-4_2

Oversized 102Along the Sawkill 1959

Manuscript full score

nam_mss131-4_3

31Buddy Taylor's Concerto 1948

Manuscript score

Written especially for a dramatized radio version of Dana Burnet's "The Grand March of the United States." Dedicated to the "Fellowship Series," U. S. Armed Forces Radio Service, April 12, 1948.

nam_mss131-4_4

32[Calendar Sketches] Undated

Typescript description and suggestions

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33-6[Calendar Sketches] 1956

Pieces 1-14: Manuscript score

nam_mss131-4_6

37Commercial Music for Celesta and Piano 1964

"Brisk Movement, Industrial, etc.": Typed index and manuscript score

nam_mss131-4_7

38Commercial Music for Celesta and Piano 1964

"Dramatic Character Pieces" and "Lyrical Pieces": Typed index and manuscript score

nam_mss131-4_8

39Commercial Music for Celesta and Piano 1964

Ink sketches with titles

nam_mss131-4_9

310Commercial Music for Celesta and Piano Undated

Pencil sketches with titles

nam_mss131-4_10

311Commercial Music for Celesta and Piano Undated

Pencil sketches without titles

nam_mss131-4_11

Oversized 103Concert Waltz for Piano Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-4_12

312Duets for Strings in the First Position: Playable for Two Violins or Violin and Viola or Violin and Cello 1964

Manuscript full score

nam_mss131-4_13

Oversized 104Duets for Strings in the First Position: Playable for Two Violins or Violin and Viola or Violin and Cello 1964

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-4_14

313Entre dos Luces: Fantasia para Violino y Orquesta de Cuerdas 1954

Manuscript score

"Al distinguido director y violinista, Maestro Daniel Perez Castaneda, con profundos sentimentos de respeto y de amistad." In Spanish.

nam_mss131-4_15

Oversized 105Entre dos Luces: Fantasia para Violino y Orquesta de Cuerdas 1954

Onionskin manuscript score and parts

"Al distinguido director y violinista, Maestro Daniel Perez Castaneda, con profundos sentimentos de respeto y de amistad." In Spanish.

nam_mss131-4_16

Oversized 106[Four Orchestral Pieces] 1960

Manuscript full score

nam_mss131-4_17

Oversized 107Idyl for Piano 1938

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-4_18

314Improvisation for Guitar: To Jeanne and Jacob Andonian 1957

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-4_19

Oversized 108Improvisation for Guitar: To Jeanne and Jacob Andonian 1957

Onionskin manuscript score

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315Improvisations for Piano Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-4_21

Oversized 109Improvisations for Piano Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-4_22

Oversized 1010Minuet Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-4_23

Oversized 1011Mount Overlook 1959

Manuscript full score

nam_mss131-4_24

316Music for Recorder 1952

Dance for Sopranino Recorder and Piano: Manuscript score and recorder part

nam_mss131-4_25

317Music for Recorder 1952

Lullaby for Sopranino Recorder and Piano: Manuscript score and recorder part

nam_mss131-4_26

318Music for Recorder Undated

Autumn Pastoral: Onionskin manuscript score and manuscript parts

nam_mss131-4_27

319Music for Recorder Undated

[Pencil Sketches for Recorder]: Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-4_28

320Nocturne for Flute, Viola, and Harp Undated

Manuscript flute part

nam_mss131-4_29

321Nocturne for Flute, Viola, and Harp Undated

Manuscript viola part

nam_mss131-4_30

322Nocturne for Flute, Viola, and Harp Undated

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-4_31

Oversized 1012Nocturne for Flute, Viola, and Harp Undated

Manuscript full score

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Oversized 1013Nocturne for Flute, Viola, and Harp Undated

Onionskin manuscript score, flute part, and viola part

nam_mss131-4_33

Oversized 1014Nocturne for Orchestra and Piano Undated

Manuscript full score

nam_mss131-4_34

323Pastoral(e) for Solo Oboe and Strings Undated

Manuscript piano/oboe score

nam_mss131-4_35

324Pastoral(e) for Solo Oboe and Strings Undated

Manuscript oboe part

nam_mss131-4_36

Oversized 111Pastoral(e) for Solo Oboe and Strings Undated

Manuscript full score

nam_mss131-4_37

Oversized 112Pastoral(e) for Solo Oboe and Strings Undated

Onionskin manuscript piano/oboe score

nam_mss131-4_38

Oversized 113[Piano Pieces] Undated

Bound manuscript score

nam_mss131-4_39

325Prairie Sunset for Harp Solo Undated

Manuscript score

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Oversized 114Prairie Sunset for Harp Solo Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-4_41

Oversized 115Rush Hour Undated

Manuscript full score

nam_mss131-4_42

Oversized 116Six Easy Pieces for Piano Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-4_43

326Solemn Epilogue [for Concert Band] Undated

Manuscript piano reduction

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327Solemn Epilogue [for Concert Band] Undated

Manuscript woodwind parts

nam_mss131-4_45

328Solemn Epilogue [for Concert Band] Undated

Manuscript brass parts

nam_mss131-4_46

329Solemn Epilogue [for Concert Band] Undated

Manuscript percussion parts

nam_mss131-4_47

Oversized 117Solemn Epilogue [for Concert Band] Undated

Manuscript full score

nam_mss131-4_48

330Sonatina for Flute and Harp 1958

Manuscript full score

nam_mss131-4_49

Oversized 118Space Cadets March Undated

Manuscript full score

nam_mss131-4_50

331Thirty Easy Duets for Alto Recorder Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-4_51

Oversized 119Thirty Easy Duets for Alto Recorder Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-4_52

Oversized 1110Tonal Canvases 1959: Musical Impressions of an Art Exhibit ca. 1959

Manuscript full score

nam_mss131-4_53

Oversized 1111Twilight Melody 1959

Manuscript full score

nam_mss131-4_54

Oversized 1112Two American Indian Scenes Undated

Manuscript full score

nam_mss131-4_55

332Voodeko: A 20th Century Primitive Dance for Concert Band Undated

Manuscript piano reduction

nam_mss131-4_56

Oversized 1113Voodeko: A 20th Century Primitive Dance for Concert Band Undated

Manuscript full score

nam_mss131-4_57

Oversized 1114Voodeko: A 20th Century Primitive Dance for Concert Band Undated

Onionskin manuscript piano reduction

Quantity: 0.82 cubic ft. (about 0.82 boxes)
Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
This series consists of the vocal and choral works written by Alexander Semmler under his own name. The arrangement of this series is alphabetical except in the case of those works to which Semmler assigned opus numbers; they are arranged under 'O' in numerical order. Please note that the items in Oversized Folder 1 are all in German. All other items are in English, except for some song lyrics in Spanish. Where there is no notation to the contrary, both words and music are presumed to be by Semmler. In all other cases, the lyricist's name is listed first.
BoxFolderContentsDate

nam_mss131-5_1

Oversized 121[Alexander Semmler: Early Songs, Sketches, and Miscellanea] 1914-1919

Manuscript scores, sketches, and drafts; printed music by August Brunetti-Pisano and Armin Knab; correspondence

All material in German.

nam_mss131-5_2

333The Challenge Undated

Manuscript score; manuscript and typed lists of timings

See also Opus 38 materials (in Series 2).

nam_mss131-5_3

Oversized 122The Challenge Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

See also Opus 38 materials (in Series 2).

nam_mss131-5_4

334Christmas Day in the Morning: For Unaccompanied Mixed Chorus (J. Shotwell/Semmler) 1957

Printed score

nam_mss131-5_5

335Four Madrigals (The Seasons): Arranged for Mixed Voices (SATB) 1965

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-5_6

Oversized 123Four Madrigals (The Seasons): Arranged for Mixed Voices (SATB) and for Male Voices (TTBB) 1965

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-5_7

336Four Madrigals (The Seasons): Arranged for Male Voices (TTBB) Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-5_8

Oversized 124Full of Wonder: A Musical Christmas Play (Lund and Semmler/Semmler) 1954

Bound manuscript score

nam_mss131-5_9

Oversized 125Full of Wonder: A Musical Christmas Play (Lund and Semmler/Semmler) 1954

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-5_10

337The Hills (I. Semmler/A. Semmler) Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-5_11

Oversized 126The Hills (I. Semmler/A. Semmler) Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-5_12

338"I knew it all along…" Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-5_13

Oversized 127Lullaby (H. Shotwell): Arranged for Solo and for Mixed Voices by A. Semmler Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-5_14

339Opus 24: Chamber Music (Divertimento) for Mixed Voices (Four Parts) and Harp (or Piano) 1954

Manuscript score

"Divertimento" written on one score in pencil.

nam_mss131-5_15

Oversized 128Opus 24: Chamber Music (Divertimento) for Mixed Voices (Four Parts) and Harp (or Piano) 1954

Onionskin manuscript score

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340Opus 24: Chamber Music (Divertimento) for Mixed Voices (Four Parts) and Harp (or Piano) Undated

Manuscript bass part

Sections 2 and 3 only.

nam_mss131-5_17

341Opus 30: [Seven Songs for Medium Voice]: La Desierta Plaza (Machado/Semmler); Renacimiento (Machado/Semmler) 1954

Manuscript score

Lyrics in Spanish and English.

nam_mss131-5_18

Oversized 129Opus 30: [Seven Songs for Medium Voice]: La Desierta Plaza (Machado/Semmler); Renacimiento (Machado/Semmler); Respice (J. Shotwell/Semmler); Time is a Cunning Thief (J. Shotwell/Semmler); Viewpoint Cocktail; The Chicken (Morganstern/Semmler); Nightfall (S ca. 1954-1955

Onionskin manuscript score

Lyrics in Spanish and English.

nam_mss131-5_19

342Opus 30: [Seven Songs for Medium Voice]: Respice (J. Shotwell/Semmler); Time is a Cunning Thief (J. Shotwell/Semmler) Undated

Manuscript score

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343Opus 30: [Seven Songs for Medium Voice]: Viewpoint Cocktail; The Chicken (Morganstern/Semmler) 1955

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-5_21

Oversized 1210The Owl and the Pussy-Cat: For Chorus of Mixed Voices (SATB) with Piano Accompaniment (Lear/Semmler) 1950

Onionskin manuscript score

Arranged for solo and for mixed voices.

nam_mss131-5_22

344The Owl and the Pussy-Cat: For Chorus of Mixed Voices (SATB) with Piano Accompaniment (Lear/Semmler) 1967

Printed score

nam_mss131-5_23

345Prelude and Hymn: A Voice-Instrumental for Mixed Chorus a capella 1964

Manuscript score

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Oversized 1211Prelude and Hymn: A Voice-Instrumental for Mixed Chorus a capella 1964

Onionskin manuscript score

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346Sinfonia Abstracta for Male Voices 1968

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-5_26

Oversized 1212Sinfonia Abstracta for Male Voices 1968

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-5_27

347Sing Along! 1958

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-5_28

Oversized 1213"There's a city by the river…" Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-5_29

348Three Christmas Songs for Mixed Voices a capella (E. Semmler/A. Semmler) Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-5_30

Oversized 1214Three Christmas Songs for Mixed Voices a capella (E. Semmler/A. Semmler) Undated

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-5_31

349Vee Double U (Volkswagen Theme) 1967

Manuscript score

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Oversized 1215Vee Double U (Volkswagen Theme) 1967

Onionskin manuscript score

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350"We are players all upon the stage of chance…" Undated

Manuscript score; pencil sketches on back

Quantity: 0.2 cubic ft. (about 0.2 boxes)
Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
This series includes music written by Alexander Semmler under the name Ralph Sandor (or Zandor). Much of it is more commercially oriented than his other works. This series includes both instrumental and vocal music. As with the vocal music written by Semmler under his own name, when there is a lyricist's name given, it is listed first.
BoxFolderContentsDate

nam_mss131-6_1

Oversized 1216Entre dos Luces (Twilight): Tango 1950

Onionskin manuscript score

nam_mss131-6_2

351Incidental Music: Piano or Organ 1941

Printed score

nam_mss131-6_3

352Incidental Music: Piano or Organ, Book II 1944

Printed score

nam_mss131-6_4

353-54Light Orchestral Music Undated

Manuscript string parts

nam_mss131-6_5

355Light Orchestral Music Undated

Manuscript woodwind parts

nam_mss131-6_6

356Light Orchestral Music Undated

Manuscript brass parts

nam_mss131-6_7

357Light Orchestral Music Undated

Manuscript percussion parts

nam_mss131-6_8

358Light Orchestral Music Undated

Manuscript harp part

nam_mss131-6_9

359Light Orchestral Music Undated

Manuscript piano part

nam_mss131-6_10

360Pop Music Undated

Manuscript scores and sketches for instrumental and vocal works (lyrics for vocal works by Sandor and by Alice Blackburn)

nam_mss131-6_11

361Tangos by Sandor Undated

Manuscript score

nam_mss131-6_12

362[Three Pieces by Ralph Sandor: "Oh You Gypsy!" (Blackburn/Sandor); Maracaibo; "Out of the Gray" (Ball/Sandor)] 1940

Manuscript score; printed score

nam_mss131-6_13

363[Violin and Piano Music] 1941

Manuscript score

Quantity: 3.63 cubic ft. (about 3.63 boxes)
Arranged in two subseries, the first consisting of manuscript sketches and the second of notebooks. The sketches are arranged alphabetically by folder title; the notebooks are arranged first alphabetically by title and then chronologically. When a folder bore more than one title, the archivist chose the spine title to represent the whole, with any other titles given after a semicolon. Titles that Semmler crossed out were not included in the folder title. Photocopies of Semmler's original folders were included in each folder. Included in this series is "Queen Mystery Cue #12", a piece by Bernard Herrmann originally written for the CBS radio drama "Ellery Queen."
This series includes manuscript sketches and notebooks.
BoxFolderContentsDate

nam_mss131-7.1_1

Oversized 131Bassoon Quintet (Sketches); [Instrumental and Vocal Sketches] 1939, 1943-1944, Undated

Manuscript sketches

In German and English.

nam_mss131-7.1_2

Oversized 132Chamber Music: Mixed Voices and Harp or Piano (Opus 24); Lullaby; [Sketches] Undated

Manuscript sketches

Includes 'Along the Sawkill' and 'Mount Overlook' (see Series 4).

nam_mss131-7.1_3

Oversized 133Complete Pieces 1944, Undated

Manuscript sketches; typewritten lyrics

Includes vocal and instrumental pieces.

nam_mss131-7.1_4

Oversized 141Concertino for Piano and Orchestra (Sketches); [Radio Cues] 1939, Undated

Manuscript sketches

Includes "Queen Mystery- Cue # 12", by Bernard Herrmann.

nam_mss131-7.1_5

Oversized 142Counterpointal Sketches; Melodic Writing (Single Lines) 1940, 1942, 1952, Undated

Manuscript sketches

Includes vocal and instrumental pieces.

nam_mss131-7.1_6

Oversized 143Cue Sketches: CBS Recording, Dec 47 1947

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_7

Oversized 144Don Quixote Undated

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_8

Oversized 151[Early Instrumental and Vocal Sketches; Dance Music Sketches] 1919, 1921, 1927, Undated

Manuscript sketches

In German and English.

nam_mss131-7.1_9

Oversized 152Farmer in the Dell: A Caprice for Piano and String Orchestra (Sandor) Undated

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_10

Oversized 153For the Sound-track 1946

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_11

Oversized 154Foundation Play (Wood/Semmler) Undated

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_12

Oversized 155Light Industrials (Harry Glass Recording 59); [Indian Rhapsody] Undated

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_13

Oversized 161Manhattan Diary, Orchestra Sketches Undated

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_14

Oversized 162Mary Brown Undated

Manuscript sketches; manuscript and typed lyrics, scenario, and script pages

nam_mss131-7.1_15

Oversized 163Miscellaneous Commercial Pieces (Material) Undated

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_16

Oversized 164Mood Sketches 1946, Undated

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_17

Oversized 165[My Country [,] 'Tis America (Ralph Sandor); Twelve Tone Rows and Untitled Sketches] 1940, Undated

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_18

Oversized 166Odes to Darkness; Current Sketches Undated

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_19

Oversized 167Patriotic Songs Undated

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_20

Oversized 168Progressive Jazz Undated

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_21

Oversized 171Recordings Musicana U. S. A. Undated

Manuscript sketches

Includes Music to a Tragedy (after Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher").

nam_mss131-7.1_22

Oversized 172Rias Symphony Undated

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_23

Oversized 173Serious Sketches; Nocturne (Manhattan); Old Dances in New Style; [Sketches] 1929, 1931, 1941, 1944

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_24

Oversized 181Sight-Singing Undated

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_25

Oversized 182Sketches in Progress; H. C. Quartet Undated

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_26

Oversized 183String Quartet Sketches; Symphony 1st Movement; [Artistic and Commercial Sketches] 1939, 1946, 1954

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_27

Oversized 184Suite for Orchestra etc. 1933, 1938, 1946

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_28

Oversized 191Symphony No. 2 (Sinfonietta No. 2); Horizons Undated

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_29

Oversized 192Theme and Variations: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra 1946

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_30

Oversized 193Theme and Variations for Orchestra; [Vocal Music] 1938, 1941, Undated

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_31

Oversized 194["To Charly;" On the High Seas; Pixies] Undated

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_32

Oversized 195Various Sketches: Fugues, Inventions, etc. 1943, 1944, Undated

Manuscript sketches

Includes setting by Semmler of Baudelaire's "Le guignon."

nam_mss131-7.1_33

Oversized 196Violin Concerto 1948

Manuscript sketches

nam_mss131-7.1_34

Oversized 197[Vocal Sketches and Notes] Undated

Manuscript sketches

In German, English, and nonsense syllables.
BoxFolderContentsDate

nam_mss131-7.2_1

41Loose sketches, notes, and miscellaneaUndated

nam_mss131-7.2_2

42Classical Themes; Yankee Doodle [et al.]Undated

nam_mss131-7.2_3

43Duet Cl. And Fl. [et al.]; Piano Prelude [et al.]1941, Undated

nam_mss131-7.2_4

44Madrigals; Original ThemesUndated

nam_mss131-7.2_5

45Prelude and Hymn; Valse; Primitive Dance from Dance SuiteUndated

nam_mss131-7.2_6

46Rhythmic Studies; Valentino Sketches: Cl., Bssn., Fl. SolosUndated

nam_mss131-7.2_7

47Sinfonietta, beg.; War Commercials etc.Undated

nam_mss131-7.2_8

48Untitled notebooks1937-1938

nam_mss131-7.2_9

49Untitled notebooks1938

nam_mss131-7.2_10

410Untitled notebooks1938-1939

nam_mss131-7.2_11

411Untitled notebooks1939

nam_mss131-7.2_12

412Untitled notebooks1941, 1946

nam_mss131-7.2_13

413Untitled notebooks1946, 1950

nam_mss131-7.2_14

51-13Untitled, undated notebooksUndated