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Robert L. Hoffman Papers

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/19200

Abstract

Title:
Robert L. Hoffman Papers
Author/Creator:
Hoffman, Robert
Collection number:
96-13-ABA
Size:
1.50 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1931-1981
Inclusive dates:
1905-1995
Collection Area:
Special Collections in Performing Arts
Repository:
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact
Abstract:

Robert L. Hoffman was an accomplished clarinetist who played under Arturo Toscanini, Leopold Stokowski, Leonard Bernstein and Edwin Franko Goldman. Hoffman studied at the Ernest Williams School of Music, New York University, and Columbia University. He taught at NYU and Queens College. Hoffman also conducted the Princeton University Band, the Westbury Fire Department Band, and the Roslyn Recreation Band. The Robert L. Hoffman Papers consists of correspondence, programs, clippings, memorabilia, scores, manuscripts and an audiotape documenting his performing and teaching career. The materials date from 1905 to 1995, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1931 to 1981.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

Robert L. Hoffman Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Robert L. Hoffman was born in Joliet, Illinois on February 23, 1914. He was the Illinois State Clarinet Solo Champion in 1930 and 1931. Hoffman moved to New York City at the age of 16 to study at the Ernest Williams School of Music; he received his degree from that school in 1934, and earned a B.S. from New York University in 1939. Hoffman was the first chair clarinet for the NBC Symphony Orchestra under Arturo Toscanini, and played for Leopold Stokowski and Leonard Bernstein. In later years, he performed in Goldman Band summer concert series under Edwin Franko Goldman. Hoffman taught at NYU and Queens College, and later taught wind instruments in Lindenhurst, NY. From Columbia University, he earned a Masters degree in 1964 and a Teachers College Professional Diploma in 1967. Hoffman conducted the Princeton University Band, the Westbury Fire Department Band, and the Roslyn Recreation Band.

Robert Hoffman married Lillian Macheras in 1940. He died July 26, 2003.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Robert L. Hoffman Papers consists of correspondence, programs, clippings, memorabilia, scores, manuscripts and an audiotape documenting his performing and teaching career. The materials date from 1905 to 1995, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1931 to 1981.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Robert Hoffman in 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by David Travis, Amanda May, August 2012 and October 2011.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Nicole Horstman, November 2012.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into two series.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Collected Materials, 1931-1995 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This series contains correspondence, programs, clippings, memorabilia, and an audiotape.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, 1931-1992 series 1box 1folder 1
Programs, 1944-1981 series 1box 1folder 2
Clippings, 1981 and undated series 1box 1folder 3
Memorabilia, 1941-1974 and undated series 1box 1folder 4
Robert Hoffman Plays Clarinet, audiocassette, 1995 series 1box 1folder 5

Series 2: Scores and Manuscripts, 1893-1983 and undated (1.25 linear feet)

This series contains scores written and collected by Donald Pond. It has been divided into two sub-series.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Adams, Stephen, The Holy City, cor, pno, 1946 series 2box 2folder 1
Ames, Russell, Baldwin Organ Course, Book 2, org, 1955 series 2box 2folder 2
Anderson, Leroy, A Trumpeters Lullaby, 1950 series 2box 2folder 3
Bizet, Georges, LArlesienne, pno, 1923 1923 series 2box 2folder 4
Brahms, Johannes, Four Ballades, Op. 10, pno, undated series 2box 2folder 5
Brahms, Johannes, Hungarian Variations, Book 1, piano four-hands, 1893 series 2box 2folder 6
Brahms, Johannes, Variations on a Theme by Haydn, pno, 1943 series 2box 2folder 7
Chopin, Frederic, Etudes, Op. 10, pno, 1916 series 2box 2folder 8
Confrey, Zez, Dizzy Fingers, sax-tenor, sax-alt, or sax-sop, 1923 series 2box 2folder 9
Debussy, Claude, Immortal Melodies, org, 1960 series 2box 2folder 10
Dvorak, Anton, Slavonic Dance, ob or cl, pno, 1957 series 2box 2folder 11
Grieg, Edvard, March of the Dwarfs, orch, undated series 2box 2folder 12
Hyman, Dick, Play or Sing with the NBC Rhythm Section, E? inst, pno, 1956 series 2box 2folder 13
Hyman, Dick, Play or Sing with the NBC Rhythm Section, B? inst, pno, 1956 series 2box 2folder 14
Ippolitoff-Ivanoff, Michael, Procession of the Sardar from Cavcasian Sketches, Op. 10, orch, undated series 2box 2folder 15
Monti, V, Csardas, vln, pno, 1922 series 2box 2folder 16
Rebikov, Vladimir I., Silhouettes, Op. 31, pno, 1923 series 2box 2folder 17
Rogers, James H., March, org, 1905 series 2box 2folder 18
Saint-Saens, Camille, Danse Macabre, Op. 40, piano four-hands, undated series 2box 2folder 19
Tchaikovsky, Peter I., The Nutcracker Suite, piano four-hands, 1918 series 2box 2folder 20
Thomas, Ambroise, Mignon, vln, undated series 2box 2folder 21
Weir, Albert, arr., Grand Opera at Home, vco, pno, 1944 series 2box 2folder 22
Weybright, June, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, Up on the Housetop, and Christmas is Coming, pno, 1962 series 2box 2folder 23
Various, 30 Classified Hits, pno, B? inst, 1955 series 2box 2folder 24
Various, Audition Etudes for Oboe 1982-1983, ob, 1942 series 2box 2folder 25
Various, Concert Folio, vln, pno, undated series 2box 2folder 26
Various, Play Along with the Modern Rhythm Makers Record, pno, B? inst, 1956 series 2box 2folder 27
Book of pno accomp, title unknown, 1955 series 2box 2folder 28
Saint Saens, Camille, Trio, No. 1 in F-dur, Op. 18, pno, vln, vcl, undated series 2box 3folder 1
Bohn, Emil, Calm as the Night, band, arr. Robert Hoffman, manuscript, undated series 2box 3folder 2
Chopin, Frederic, Etude, Op. 10, cl, arr. Robert Hoffman, manuscript, undated, first clarinet part only, undated series 2box 3folder 3
Chopin, Frederic, Fantasy, band, arr. Gallodoro, manuscript, undated series 2box 3folder 4
Chopin, Frederic, Nocturne, Op. 8, no. 2, cl, vln, arr. Robert Hoffman, manuscript, undated, clarinet part only, undated series 2box 3folder 5
Confrey, Zez, Dizzy Fingers, band, arr. Robert Hoffman, manuscript, undated series 2box 3folder 6
Debussy, Claude, Premiere Arabesque, cl, band, arr. Robert Hoffman, manuscript, undated series 2box 3folder 7
Debussy, Claude, Premiere Arabesque, cl, pno, arr. Robert Hoffman, manuscript, undated series 2box 3folder 8
Firestone, Isabelle, If I Could Tell You, cl, arr. Robert Hoffman, clarinet part only, undated series 2box 3folder 9
Fox, Oscar, The Hills of Home, band, arr. M. L. Lake, manuscript, undated series 2box 3folder 10
Haydn, Josef, Military Symphony, cl, pno, arr. Robert Hoffman, manuscript, undated series 2box 3folder 11
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai, Flight of the Bumblebee, band, arr. Robert Hoffman, manuscript, undated series 2box 3folder 12
Rossini, Gioacchino, Cujus Animam, fl, ob, cl, bsn, arr. Robert Hoffman, manuscript, undated series 2box 3folder 13
Rossini, Gioacchino, Cujus Animam, band, arr. Robert Hoffman, manuscript, undated series 2box 3folder 14
Strauss, Johann, One Day When We Were Young, cl, orch, or pno, arr. Robert Hoffman, clarinet part only, undated series 2box 3folder 15
Tchaikovsky, P. I., Andante Cantabile (from the String Quartet, Op. 11), cl, arr. Robert Hoffman, manuscript, undated series 2box 3folder 16
Tchaikovsky, P. I., Fifth Symphony, cl, arr. Robert Hoffman, manuscript, undated series 2box 3folder 17
Various holiday tunes, band/cl ensembles, arr. Robert Hoffman, manuscript, circa 1974 series 2box 3folder 18
Hoffmans manuscript on the back of an envelope, awaiting response from Dr. Heimon id., undated series 2box 3folder 19
Christmas Tree and Christmas, undated series 2box 3folder 20
Manuscript on cardboard, undated series 2box 3folder 21

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