Arthur Berger Papers

Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department, Brandeis University Libraries

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Administrative Information
Biography
Scope and Content
Series Description
Container List


Creator: Arthur Berger
Title: Papers, 1948-2004, n.d.
Quantity: 2 cu. ft. (1 record center box and 1 flat box)
Repository: Brandeis University Libraries
Identification: MWalB0294A
Language: English

Administrative Information

Access:

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of Brandeis University Libraries, Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department.

Copyright:

Requests to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives and Special Collections Department.

Processed by:

Jeremy Naidus

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Arthur Berger Papers, Robert D. Farber University Archives, Brandeis University

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Biography

Arthur Berger (1912-2003) was an established music composer and critic before he joined the Brandeis faculty in 1953. He received his musical education at New York University, Harvard University, and the Sorbonne in Paris. Through his membership in the Young Composers Group, Berger befriended Aaron Copland and became Copland's principal biographer. He also became a prominent American music critic who received awards from the Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, and Fulbright foundations, among many others.

From 1939-1953, Berger worked as a full-time teacher and music critic until joining Brandeis University's new graduate music program in 1953. He specialized in teaching orchestra, chamber, and solo piano music, all areas in which he was renowned as a critic. Berger retired from Brandeis in 1980, becoming the Irving Fine Professor of Music Emeritus. He went on to teach at the New England Conservatory of Music until 1999.

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Scope and Content

Files in this collection were created from 1948-2004. Materials include books, reprints, reel-to-reel audiotapes, LP records, a memorial CD, concert programs, photographs, reviews, essays, and musical compositions. Most of these items were created during Arthur Berger's tenure at Brandeis, and many of them pertain to his role as a professor. Of note is his biography of Aaron Copland published in 1953, as well as a collection of music reviews from various New York newspapers published by Music Reporter. The latter contains several reviews by Berger, which are indexed on the last two pages.

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Series Description

Publications
Inclusive dates: 1953-1966
Box 1
Arrangement: Alphabetical by subseries
This series includes books and reprints related to Arthur Berger. It contains works that analyze his career as a musician and composer, as well as those that he wrote or edited.
Sound Recordings
Inclusive dates: 1959-1972, n.d.
Box 1
Arrangement: Alphabetical subseries by composer
Files in this series include reel-to-reel audiotapes of performances and discussions of musical pieces pertaining to Berger and Copland. Also included is a record of the French performance "Carnet de Notes" and a Philharmonic performance of Berger's "Ideas of Order." Folder labels replicate labels provided on the audiotapes, some of which are vague and nondescript.
Subject Files
Inclusive dates: 1948-2004, n.d.
Box 1
Arrangement: Alphabetical
This series contains programs, photographs, and reviews relating to Berger, as well as a memorial performance at the New England Conservatory of Music (on CD). It also has a collected volume of New York music reviews, including several by Berger. Of note are concert programs from the Brandeis University Department of Music, featuring performances of works by Berger and other Brandeis faculty. Several of these performances were tributes to Berger at birthday milestones, and after his passing.
Student Compositions
Inclusive dates: 1961-1971, n.d.
Boxes 1-2
Arrangement: Alphabetical
This series includes papers and musical compositions created by students of Arthur Berger and Aaron Copland.

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Container List

Publications
box 1 About Berger, 1961-1966
By Berger
box 1 Copland, 1953
box 1 Perspectives of New Music, 1962 [2 copies]
Sound Recordings
Berger, Arthur
box 1 (49-54) VI, n.d.
box 1 Ideas-Voice, n.d.
box 1 Ideas of Order (Philharmonic), 1959
box 1 Brown, J.--Piano piece, n.d.
box 1 Copland, Aaron--Bach and Music for Theater, n.d.
box 1 Jolas, Betsy and Marcel Mihalovich--Carnet de Notes 36, 1972
Subject Files
box 1 Concert programs--Brandeis University Department of Music, 1989-2004
box 1 Music Reporter, New York Reviews, 1948-1949
box 1 Nederlands Blazers Ensemble Program, 1987
box 1 New England Conservatory Memorial Performance, 2004 [CD]
box 1 Photographs of Arthur Berger, n.d.
box 1 "There's Music in Germany," 1963
Student Compositions
box 2 Cone, E.T.--"Sonata for Unaccompanied Violin," n.d.
box 1 Essays and Short Musical Compositions, 1971
box 2 Farrand, Noel--"Trio," n.d.
box 2 Herman, Thomas--"How Silent are the Things of Heaven," 1968
box 2 Lewis, Peter--"Three Epigrams for Chamber Ensemble," n.d.
box 2 Randall, Jack--"Pitch-Derived Rhythm, Demonstration I," n.d.
box 2 Wuorinsen, Charles--"Evolutio Transcripta: Chamber Orchestra," 1961

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