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Serge Koussevitzky archive, 1880-1978
Other Title
Koussevitzky archive
Alternate Title
Koussevitzky archive
Contributor Names
Koussevitzky, Serge, 1874-1951.
Koussevitzky, Olga.
Naumov, Aleksandr Nikolaevich, 1868-1950.
Serge Koussevitzky Collection (Library of Congress)
Created / Published
Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., 2005, monographic.
Subject Headings
-  Koussevitzky, Serge,--1874-1951
-  Koussevitzky, Serge,--1874-1951--Archives
-  Koussevitzky, Serge,--1874-1951--Correspondence
-  Koussevitzky, Serge,--1874-1951--Photographs
-  Koussevitzky, Serge,--1874-1951--Performances
-  Music--20th century--Sources
-  Conductors (Music)--United States
-  Conductors (Music)--Russia
-  Composers--United States
-  Composers--Russia
-  Double bassists--United States
-  Double bassists--Russia
-  Koussevitzky, Natalie
-  Koussevitzky, Natalie--Correspondence
-  Koussevitzky, Natalie--Photographs
-  Koussevitzky, Olga
-  Koussevitzky, Olga--Correspondence
-  Koussevitzky, Olga--Photographs
-  American International Music Fund
-  Berkshire Music Center
-  Berkshire Music Center--Photographs
-  Boston Symphony Orchestra
-  Boston Symphony Orchestra--Photographs
-  Koussevitzky Music Foundation
-  Library of Congress.--Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation
-  International Music Fund
-  Berkshire Music Festival
-  Berkshire Symphonic Festival
-  Édition Russe de Musique
-  Library of Congress.--Music Division
-  Abell, Arthur M.--Correspondence
-  Bales, Richard,--1915-1998--Correspondence
-  Barber, Samuel,--1910-1981
-  Barraud, Henry,--1900-1997
-  Bartók, Béla,--1881-1945
-  Berezowsky, Nicolai,--1900-1953--Correspondence
-  Bernstein, Leonard,--1918-1990
-  Bernstein, Leonard,--1918-1990--Correspondence
-  Bernstein, Leonard,--1918-1990--Photographs
-  Borovsky, Alexander,--1889-1968--Correspondence
-  Boulanger, Nadia--Correspondence
-  Bulley, Hebe--Correspondence
-  Burgin, Richard,--1892-1981
-  Cabot, Henry B.--(Henry Bromfield),--1894-1974--Correspondence
-  Cabot, Henry B.--(Henry Bromfield),--1894-1974--Photographs
-  Carpenter, John Alden,--1876-1951--Correspondence
-  Carvalho, Eleazar de--Correspondence
-  Carvalho, Eleazar de--Photographs
-  Casadesus, Henri Gustave,--1879-1947--Correspondence
-  Chardon, Yves,--1902-2000--Correspondence
-  Chasins, Abram,--1903-1987--Correspondence
-  Coolidge, Elizabeth Sprague,--1864-1953--Correspondence
-  Coolidge, Elizabeth Sprague,--1864-1953--Photographs
-  Copland, Aaron,--1900-1990
-  Copland, Aaron,--1900-1990--Correspondence
-  Dane, Ernest Blaney--Correspondence
-  Diamond, David,--1915-2005--Correspondence
-  Downes, Olin,--1886-1955--Correspondence
-  Duke, Vernon,--1903-1969
-  Engel, Carl,--1883-1944--Correspondence
-  Foss, Lukas,--1922-2009
-  Graf, Herbert,--1903 or 1904-1973--Correspondence
-  Grant, Margaret--(Executive Secretary)
-  Hadley, Henry,--1871-1937--Correspondence
-  Hanson, Howard,--1896-1981--Correspondence
-  Harris, Roy,--1898-1979--Correspondence
-  Harris, Johana--Correspondence
-  Hindemith, Paul,--1895-1963--Correspondence
-  Kachouk, Michel--Correspondence
-  Karr, Gary,--1941
-  Knopf, Alfred A.,--1892-1984--Correspondence
-  Koshetz, Marina--Correspondence
-  Leavitt, Donald L.--Correspondence
-  Leinsdorf, Erich,--1912-1993
-  Lipkin, Seymour--Correspondence
-  Lipkin, Seymour--Photographs
-  Lourié, Arthur,--1892-1966--Correspondence
-  Mackinnon, Lilias--Correspondence
-  Martinů, Bohuslav,--1890-1959--Correspondence
-  Moore, Douglas,--1893-1969--Correspondence
-  Munch, Charles,--1891-1968
-  Munch, Charles,--1891-1968--Correspondence
-  Nabokov, Nicolas,--1903-1978--Correspondence
-  Naumov, Aleksandr Nikolaevich,--1868-1950
-  Newman, Ernest,--1868-1959--Correspondence
-  Ozawa, Seiji,--1935---Photographs
-  Paĭchadze, Gabriel--Correspondence
-  Piatigorsky, Gregor,--1903-1976--Correspondence
-  Piatigorsky, Gregor,--1903-1976--Photographs
-  Prokofiev, Sergey,--1891-1953--Correspondence
-  Rachmaninoff, Sergei,--1873-1943
-  Roosevelt, Eleanor,--1884-1962--Correspondence
-  Roosevelt, Eleanor,--1884-1962--Photographs
-  Roussel, Albert,--1869-1937--Correspondence
-  Rybner, Dagmar de Corval,--1890-1965--Correspondence
-  Saarinen, Eero,--1910-1961--Correspondence
-  Saarinen, Eliel,--1873-1950--Correspondence
-  Sevitzky, Fabien,--1891-1967--Correspondence
-  Shaw, Robert,--1916-1999
-  Shostakovich, Dmitriĭ Dmitrievich,--1906-1975--Correspondence
-  Sibelius, Jean,--1865-1957--Correspondence
-  Smith, Moses,--1901-1964
-  Sorokin, Pitirim Aleksandrovich,--1889-1968--Correspondence
-  Spivacke, Harold,--1904-1977--Correspondence
-  Stravinsky, Igor,--1882-1971--Correspondence
-  Strunk, W. Oliver--(William Oliver),--1901-1980--Correspondence
-  Tansman, Alexandre,--1897-1986--Correspondence
-  Zederbaum, Vladimir--Correspondence
-  Britten, Benjamin,--1913-1976.--Peter Grimes
-  Conducting
-  Orchestral music--Performances
-  Musicians--Correspondence
-  Music--Instruction and study--United States
-  Music--Commissioning
-  Music patronage--United States
-  Music in education
-  Music publishing--United States
-  Music trade--United States
-  Musicians--Labor unions--Massachusetts--Boston
-  Musicians--Caricatures and cartoons
-  Music--Caricatures and cartoons
-  Music--United States--History and criticism
-  Music--United States--20th century
-  Double bass
-  Radio Corporation of America.--RCA Victor Division
-  Sound recording industry--United States
-  Sound recordings--Production and direction--United States
-  Fan mail--United States
-  American Federation of Musicians
-  Baldwin Piano Company
-  Arts, Russian--20th century--Political aspects
-  Arts, Russian--20th century
-  United States--Relations--Soviet Union
-  Soviet Union--Relations--United States
-  Russia--Politics and government--1894-1917
-  Russia (Federation)--Civilization--20th century
-  Soviet Union--Civilization
-  World War, 1939-1945--Civilian relief--Soviet Union
-  World War, 1939-1945--War work
finding aid
-  Serge Koussevitzky, conductor and double bassist, was born July 26, 1874, in Vishniy Volochek. Koussevitzky founded the publishing house Editions russes de musique in 1909 which issued music by Scriabin, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff. He left Russia in 1920 for Berlin and then Paris, where he founded the Concerts Koussevitzky (1921-1929), with which he performed new music. He was conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from 1924 to 1949 from which position he championed the music of American composers. Koussevitzky died in Boston on June 4, 1951.
-  The materials had been maintained at one time by Mrs. Koussevitzky in the Koussevitzky's home in Lenox, Mass., and in an apartment in New York.
-  Gift Olga Koussevitzky 1960.
-  Bequest Olga Koussevitzky 1978.
-  Restrictions apply concerning the use, photoduplication, or publication of items in this collection. Consult a reference librarian in the Music Division for information concerning these restrictions.
-  Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Performing Arts Reading Room and on the Internet.
-  The Serge Koussevitzky archive, Music Division, Library of Congress.
approximately 200,000 items (505 boxes, 224 linear feet)
145 p. ; 21 cm.
Call Number/Physical Location
ML31 .K66
Library of Congress Music Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Library of Congress Control Number
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LC Classification
ML31 .K66
Multiple Languages
Online Format
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Serge Koussevitzky was a Russian-born conductor, composer, and double bassist. The archive includes correspondence, personal and business papers, photographs, writings, clippings, scrapbooks, programs, and other materials which serve as a record of Koussevitzky's life and career, and document some of the most significant aspects of twentieth-century music. Through his work as a conductor and publisher, and his efforts to commission new musical works, Koussevitzky maintained deep ties with many of the finest composers and musicians of the day. These figures are represented in their personal and professional affiliations with the conductor. The collection extensively chronicles periods in the history of organizations such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Berkshire Music Center, the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, and the American International Music Fund. Material in the collection dates from Koussevitzky's years in his native Russia and also contains material created after Koussevitzky's death, reflecting his widow Olga's continuing work with various organizations and projects. Musical compositions commissioned by Serge Koussevitzky are part of the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation Collection, and are shelved in ML30.3c, ML30.3c2, ML30.3c3, and ML30.3e2.
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Koussevitzky, Serge, Olga Koussevitzky, Aleksandr Nikolaevich Naumov, and Serge Koussevitzky Collection. Serge Koussevitzky archive, -1978. Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., monographic, 1880. Manuscript/Mixed Material.

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Koussevitzky, S., Koussevitzky, O., Naumov, A. N. & Serge Koussevitzky Collection. (1880) Serge Koussevitzky archive, -1978. Music Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., monographic. [Manuscript/Mixed Material] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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