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William Kapell Collection

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Abstract

Title:
William Kapell Collection
Author/Creator:
Kapell, William
Size:
28.00 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1941-1953
Inclusive dates:
1908-1989
Collection Area:
International Piano Archives at Maryland
Repository:
International Piano Archives at Maryland, University of Maryland Libraries, Donald Manildi Tel: 301.405.9224, Email: godowsky@umd.edu
Abstract:

An American pianist, William Kapell (1922-1953) was an active performer throughout his career. He gave many solo recitals and performances with orchestras in New York and on tours, including in North America, Europe, South America, and Australia. Kapell also recorded many of his performances with RCA Victor and composed many pieces, including piano pieces, popular songs for piano and voice, pieces for violin and piano, and transcriptions of pieces written by others. In addition, Kapell wrote commentary and poetry. The collection consists of 28.00 Linear Feet of concert programs, reviews, correspondence, photographs, advertisements, articles, published and unpublished scores, recordings, photographs, and other miscellaneous documents related to Kapells career as a performer and composer, his academic work, and his relationships with his close colleagues, including Heitor Villa-Lobos, Eugene Ormandy, his teacher, Olga Samaroff, and his wife, Anna Lou Kapell.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

Access to William Kapell's diaries is restricted.

Preferred citation:

William Kapell Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Summary: William Kapell (1922-1953) was a brilliant American pianist whose life and career were cut short by the crash of an airplane at age 31 on return from an overseas tour. He won both a Naumburg Award and the Philadelphia Orchestra Youth Concert competition (1941), which helped him make major debuts both as a recitalist and as a player of concerti. He toured North America annually thereafter, performing both with major orchestras and as a recitalist, and he became an advocate of contemporary American music. He also toured Australia (1945), South America (1946, 1948, and 1951), and Europe (1947). His artistry is documented on recordings for RCA Victor between 1944 and 1953. Returning from Australia in October 1953, his plane crashed into a mountain moments before its scheduled landing in San Francisco.

Full History: William Kapell ( 1922-1953) was a brilliant American pianist whose life and career were cut short by the crash of an airplane on which he was returning from an overseas tour in October 1953. He was barely 31, but was already acknowledged as the leading American pianist of his generation; some have said he would have been the greatest pianist of the 20th century.

He studied piano with Dorothea Anderson LaFollette at the Yorkville Settlement School in New York and with Olga Samaroff at the Philadelphia Conservatory and (later) at the Juilliard School. In 1941 he won both a Naumburg Award and the Philadelphia Orchestra Youth Concert competition. This gave him opportunities for major debuts both as a recitalist and as a player of concerti. In 1942 he was given the Town Hall Endowment Series Award, providing him with still another Town Hall recital (in the 1942-43 season.)

He toured North America annually thereafter, performing both with major orchestras and as a recitalist. He became an advocate of contemporary American piano music, and seems to have been especially prized by American composers. In 1945 he played a series of concerts in Australia, beginning to build an international reputation. He toured South America three times (1946, 1948, and 1951). He seemed to have a particular affection for music of South America that is reflected in his personal collection of piano music. He played in Europe in 1947 , the same year in which RCA Victor began to release his recordings. In mid-1953 he performed in Tel Aviv, played at Casals' s Prades Festival, and gave his final series of performances during the course of a three-month Australian tour. Returning from Australia, his plane crashed into a mountain moments before its scheduled landing in San Francisco.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The William Kapell Collection covers the period from 1908 to 1989; the bulk of the materials date from 1941 to 1953, and the collection is 28.00 Linear Feet. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including published and unpublished writings and scores, correspondence, programs, clippings, articles, flyers, photographs, and recordings related to Kapells work as a pianist, including his recordings with RCA Victor and his tours of various countries, including Australia, South America, Europe, and Israel.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Kapell's widow, Anna Lou Dehavenon., in January 1986. Supplementary gifts were made in 1988 and 1989, and additional scores were donated by Anna Lou Dehavenon and delivered by Bradford Gowen on April 23, 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by:

This collection was processed by Kenneth Boulton in August 1988, with supplementary descriptions by Elizabeth Auman in May 1990. It was revised by John J. Church in March 1993.

Processing note:

An item-level inventory of Kapell's recordings, manuscripts, and the scores that he owns is available upon request.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Elizabeth J. Mason, April 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Performance Files, 1936-1957, and Undated (6.75 Linear Feet)

Here are found programs, reviews, advertisements, promotional materials and like documents that are related to specific performances of Kapell. The materials are organized chronologically by performance date, and span the period 1936 through 1953. This series is located in boxes 1 through 7.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Performance Files, 1936-1943 series 1box 1folder 1
Performance Files, 1944 series 1box 1folder 2
Performance Files, 1945 series 1box 1folder 3
Performance Files, 1946 series 1box 1folder 4
Performance Files, 1947 series 1box 1folder 5
Performance Files -- January, 1948 series 1box 2folder 1
Performance Files -- February, 1948 series 1box 2folder 2
Performance Files -- March, 1948 series 1box 2folder 3
Performance Files -- April, 1948 series 1box 2folder 4
Performance Files -- May-June, 1948 series 1box 2folder 5
Performance Files -- July, 1948 series 1box 2folder 6
Performance Files -- October, 1948 series 1box 2folder 7
Performance Files -- November-December, 1948 series 1box 3folder 1
Performance Files -- Waterloo, IA, 1948-1949 series 1box 3folder 2
Performance Files -- February, 1949 series 1box 3folder 3
Performance Files -- March-September, 1949 series 1box 3folder 4
Performance Files -- November-December, 1949 series 1box 3folder 5
Performance Files -- January-March, 1950 series 1box 4folder 1
Performance Files -- April-May, 1950 series 1box 4folder 2
Performance Files -- June-July, 1950 series 1box 4folder 3
Performance Files -- November-December, 1950 series 1box 4folder 4
Butte, MT, and Community Concert Series, 1950-1951, and Undated series 1box 4folder 5
Performance Files -- January, 1951 series 1box 4folder 6
Performance Files -- February, 1951 series 1box 4folder 7
Performance Files -- March, 1951 series 1box 4folder 8
Performance Files -- April-May, 1951 series 1box 5folder 1
Performance Files -- June-August, 1951 series 1box 5folder 2
Performance Files -- October-November, 1951 series 1box 5folder 3
Community Concert Association, 1951-1952 series 1box 5folder 4
Performance Files -- January-March, 1952 series 1box 5folder 5
Performance Files -- April-August, 1952 series 1box 5folder 6
Performance Files -- October-December, 1952 series 1box 6folder 1
Community Concert Association, and Atlantic City, NJ, 1952-1953 series 1box 6folder 2
Performance Files -- January-March, 1953 series 1box 6folder 3
Performance Files -- April-July, 1953 series 1box 6folder 4
Australian Tour, 1945 series 1box 7folder 1
South American Tour, 1946 series 1box 7folder 2
European Tour, 1947 series 1box 7folder 3
South American Tour, 1948 series 1box 7folder 4
South American Tour, 1951 series 1box 7folder 5
Tel Aviv, Israel Tour, 1953 series 1box 7folder 6
Australian Tour, 1953 series 1box 7folder 7
Assorted Memorial Concerts, Undated series 1box 7folder 8
Memorial Recital -- By Andre de la Varre, 1953 series 1box 7folder 9
Memorial Concerts -- Juilliard School of Music -- Aaron Copland Piano Fantasy, dedicated to Kapell, 1957 series 1box 7folder 10
Memorial Concerts -- Walter Naumburg Foundation Competitions, Undated series 1box 7folder 11
Memorial Concerts -- University of Maryland Piano Festival and William Kapell Competition, Undated series 1box 7folder 12
Copies of Performance Files -- Commencement, 1936 series 1box 22folder 1
Copies of Performance Files, 1937-1941 series 1box 22folder 2
Copies of Performance Files, 1943 series 1box 22folder 3
Copies of Performance Files, 1944 series 1box 22folder 4
Copies of Performance Files, 1945 series 1box 22folder 5
Copies of Performance Files, 1946 series 1box 22folder 6
Copies of Performance Files, 1947 series 1box 22folder 7
Copies of Performance Files, 1948 series 1box 22folder 8
Copies of Performance Files, 1949 series 1box 22folder 9
Copies of Performance Files, 1950 series 1box 22folder 10
Copies of Performance Files, 1951 series 1box 22folder 11
Copies of Performance Files, 1951-1952 series 1box 22folder 12
Copies of Performance Files, 1952 series 1box 22folder 13
Copies of Performance Files, 1952-1953 series 1box 22folder 14
Copies of Performance Files, 1953 series 1box 22folder 15

Series 2: Recording Files, 1947-1953 (0.75 Linear Feet)

Here are found reviews, advertisements and promotional materials that are related to cormnercial sound recordings made by Kapell from 1947 to 1953. The materials are organized alphabetically by composer and are located in box 8, No Kapell recordings are included in this series.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1947 series 2box 8folder 1
Brahms, Johannes, 1947-1951 series 2box 8folder 2
Chopin, Frederic, 1953 series 2box 8folder 3
Debussy, Claude, 1951 series 2box 8folder 4
Khatchaturian, Aram, 1947 series 2box 8folder 5
Liszt, Franz, 1948 series 2box 8folder 6
Rachmaninoff, Sergei, 1948 series 2box 8folder 7
Rachmaninoff, Sergei, 1950 series 2box 8folder 8
Rachmaninoff, Sergei, 1952 series 2box 8folder 9

Series 3: Correspondence, 1935-1984, and Undated (0.75 Linear Feet)

This series consists of 63 items and is divided into four categories: (1) incoming correspondence to Kapell, (2) outgoing correspondence from Kapell, (3) incoming correspondence to Arma Lou Kapell, and (4) miscellaneous correspondence, The series is located in box 9. Materials are arranged alphabetically by correspondent's last name.

Subseries 3.1: Letters to Kapell (or to William and Anna Lou), 1935-1952, and Undated

This subseries contains letters to William and Anna Lou Kapell.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Letters to Kapell -- C-I, 1935-1952series 3.1box 9folder 1
Letters to Kapell -- N-O, 1951-1952series 3.1box 9folder 2
Letters to Kapell -- Eugene Ormandy, 1944-1952series 3.1box 9folder 3
Letters to Kapell -- Gustav Reese, 1935series 3.1box 9folder 4
Letters to Kapell -- Olga Samaroff, 1943-1947series 3.1box 9folder 5
Letters to Kapell -- Unsigned Letter, 1952series 3.1box 9folder 6
Letters to Kapell -- Leopold Stokowski, 1948-1949series 3.1box 9folder 7

Subseries 3.2: Letters from Kapell, Circa 1940-Circa 1952

This subseries contains letters from Kapell.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Walter Naumburg, Circa 1940series 3.2box 9folder 8
Eugene Istomin, Undatedseries 3.2box 9folder 9
Shirley Rhoads, Undatedseries 3.2box 9folder 10
Virgil Thomson, Circa 1952series 3.2box 9folder 11
Olga Kahn, Undatedseries 3.2box 9folder 12
Olga Samaroff, Undatedseries 3.2box 9folder 13

Subseries 3.3: Letters to Anna Lou Kapell, 1953-1983, and Undated

This subseries contains letters to Anna Lou Kapell.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Casals, Pablo, Undatedseries 3.3box 9folder 14
Coates, Helen, Undatedseries 3.3box 9folder 15
Kapell, Bobby, Undatedseries 3.3box 9folder 16
Ormandy, Eugene, Undatedseries 3.3box 9folder 17
Perera, Lionello, Undatedseries 3.3box 9folder 18
Other Letters to Anna Lou Kapell, Undatedseries 3.3box 9folder 19
Alan Kayes, 1953-1960series 3.3box 9folder 20
Nell Fleming, 1953series 3.3box 9folder 21
Letters to Anna Lou Kapell -- Regarding search for WK Australian performance tapes, 1954-1983series 3.3box 9folder 22

Subseries 3.4: Third Party Correspondence, 1953-1984, and Undated

This subseries contains third party correspondence.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Autograph Note -- From Leopold Stokowski to Dorle Jarmel, 1937series 3.4box 9folder 23
Third Party Correspondence, 1937-1984, and Undatedseries 3.4box 9folder 24

Series 4: Subject Files, 1953-1986, and Undated (null)

This series consists of various subseries, each devoted to a particular aspect of William Kapell's artistry, profession and personal life. This series is located in boxes 10 and 11. Materials in this series are arranged by subject.

Subseries 4.1: Memorials to William Kapell, 1953-1986, and Undated

This subseries contains memorial letters after William Kapells death and brief notices and references about Kapells death and career. Materials are arranged alphabetically by correspondents last name.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Kapell Memorials -- A- J -- Other, Undatedseries 4.1box 10folder 1
Cassidy, Claudia, Undatedseries 4.1box 10folder 2
Chasins, Abram, Undatedseries 4.1box 10folder 3
Copland, Aaron, 1953-1986series 4.1box 10folder 4
Goldsmith, Harris, Undatedseries 4.1box 10folder 5
Hume, Paul, Undatedseries 4.1box 10folder 6
Kapell Memorials -- K- Z -- Other, Undatedseries 4.1box 10folder 7
Lowenthal, Jerome, Undatedseries 4.1box 10folder 8
Thomson, Virgil, Undatedseries 4.1box 10folder 9
Brief notices and references on Kapell's death and career, Undatedseries 4.1box 10folder 10

Subseries 4.2: Material on Kapell's Artistry and Profession, Undated

This subseries contains materials on Kapells artistry and career, including biographical material, material related to Kapells relationships with his colleagues, material related to Kapells artistic development, and publicity materials.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Kapell artistic development, Undatedseries 4.2box 10folder 11
Miscellaneous biographical articles and reviews, Undatedseries 4.2box 10folder 12
Kapell associates and colleagues, Undatedseries 4.2box 10folder 13
Publicity, brochures, Undatedseries 4.2box 10folder 14
Promotional/advertisement photos, Undatedseries 4.2box 10folder 15
Kapell itineraries, Undatedseries 4.2box 10folder 16
Kapell press book, Undatedseries 4.2box 10folder 17
Concert promotion/advertisement, Undatedseries 4.2box 10folder 18
Kapell Piano Foundation, Undatedseries 4.2box 10folder 19
Kapell donation of record library, Undatedseries 4.2box 10folder 20

Subseries 4.3: Kapell Academics and Writing, Undated

This subseries contains materials related to Kapells teaching and writing, including report cards, a certificate, commentary, poetry, and other writings.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Kapell report cards, Undatedseries 4.3box 10folder 21
Certificate from Hebrew University, Undatedseries 4.3box 10folder 22
Kapell writings, commentary, poetry, Undatedseries 4.3box 10folder 23

Subseries 4.4: Kapell's Personal Life, Undated

This subseries contains materials related to Kapells personal life, including materials related to his sabbatical, his family life, his social life, his paintings, and his illness.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Sabbatical at La Jolla, Undatedseries 4.4box 10folder 24
Family life, Undatedseries 4.4box 10folder 25
Social life, Undatedseries 4.4box 10folder 26
Kapell's painting, Undatedseries 4.4box 10folder 27
Kapell's illness, Undatedseries 4.4box 10folder 28

Subseries 4.5: Compositions and Other Studies, 1939-1952, and Undated

This subseries contains compositions and other studies by Kapell and his colleagues, including theoretical studies, manuscript compositions and transcriptions, fugue and harmony exercises, and compositions and writings by others.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Compositional and theoretical studies by Kapell, Undatedseries 4.5box 11folder 1
Compositions in manuscript, Undatedseries 4.5box 11folder 2
Compositions and writings by others, Undatedseries 4.5box 11folder 3
Composition -- Hard bound notebook with works by William Kapell, 1939-1940series 4.5box 11folder 4
Manuscript transcriptions for string orchestra -- Class Assignments, Undatedseries 4.5box 11folder 5
Other Compositions by Kapell -- Piano, Flute, Voice, Undatedseries 4.5box 11folder 6
Popular songs for voice and piano, Undatedseries 4.5box 11folder 7
Fugue exercises, Undatedseries 4.5box 11folder 8
Harmony exercises, Undatedseries 4.5box 11folder 9
Music writing books, Undatedseries 4.5box 11folder 10
Exercises in species counterpoint, Undatedseries 4.5box 11folder 10item 1.0
Book of Compositions, Undatedseries 4.5box 11folder 10item 2.0
Music Book #3, Undatedseries 4.5box 11folder 10item 3.0
Music Book #4, Undatedseries 4.5box 11folder 10item 4.0
Other Compositions -- Arranged by or Inscribed to Kapell, 1940-1952, and Undatedseries 4.5box 11folder 11
Four Little Pieces for piano -- I. Prelude, II. Song Without Words, III. Gavotte ala Mozart, IV. Joking, Undatedseries 4.5box 11folder 12
Song of the Forest for violin and piano -- Kapell's arrangement of the third movement of his Piano Suite, Op. I; No. 1., Undatedseries 4.5box 11folder 13
A Little Bird for high voice and piano -- Bears inscription to William Kapell, 1939series 4.5box 11folder 14
A Friend for high voice and piano, Undatedseries 4.5box 11folder 15
Three Popular Songs -- All inscribed by William Kapell, 1940, and Undatedseries 4.5box 11folder 16
Love in your Eye for voice and piano -- Music and Lyrics by William Kapell, Undatedseries 4.5box 11folder 17

Series 5: Additional Subject Files, 1939-1988, and Undated (0.75 Linear Feet)

This series contains condolence letters and telegrams and condolence related materials in Box 14. This series also contains original newspaper clippings and magazine articles about the lawsuit, as well as other miscellaneous subjects. Materials are arranged by subject.

Subseries 5.1: Condolence Letters, 1949-1953, and Undated

This subseries contains condolence letters, telegrams, and other condolence-related documents.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Condolence Letters, Undatedseries 5.1box 14folder 1
Telegrams, Undatedseries 5.1box 14folder 2

Subseries 5.2: Newspaper clippings, 1939-1988, and Undated

This subseries contains newspaper clippings related to Juilliard, legal issues, Kapells wedding to Anna Lou, and concert, record, and broadcast reviews.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Registries from the Memorial Chapel, Undatedseries 5.2box 14folder 3
Elegie pathetique -- In memoriam: William Kapell -- By (Miss) Gay Kearn, Undatedseries 5.2box 14folder 4
Other Condolence related letters -- David Anderson and Albert Baum, 1949, and Undatedseries 5.2box 14folder 5
Notice from B'nai Brith of Philadelphia, Undatedseries 5.2box 14folder 6
Copies of letters and texts -- Odon Patros and Joe Mooney, 1953, and Undatedseries 5.2box 14folder 7

Series 6: Photographs, Circa 1920-1979, and Undated (1.50 Linear Feet)

This series consists of 213 photographs and is located in boxes 12 to 13. The series is arranged chronologically; a reference number appears on each photograph designating its approximate date (box 12 contains 192X.l-1947.14; box 13 contains 1948.1-XXXX.6), Negatives for a substantial number of photographs in this collections are contained at the end of box 13.

Subseries 6.1: Kapell Childhood Snapshots, Circa 1920-1935

This subseries contains photographs from Kapells childhood, including photographs with his parents and his brother.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Childhood Snapshots, Circa 1920series 6.1box 12folder 1
Childhood Snapshots, 1923series 6.1box 12folder 2
Childhood Snapshots, 1924series 6.1box 12folder 3
Childhood Snapshots, 1931series 6.1box 12folder 4
Childhood Snapshots, 1935series 6.1box 12folder 5

Subseries 6.2: Kapell Formal Photographs, 1936-1952

This subseries contains formal photographs of Kapell, including autographed photographs.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Formal Photographs, 1936series 6.2box 12folder 6
Formal Photographs, 1941series 6.2box 12folder 10
Formal Photographs, 1943-1944series 6.2box 12folder 12
Formal Photographs, 1945series 6.2box 12folder 14
Formal Photographs, 1946series 6.2box 12folder 16
Formal Photographs, 1947series 6.2box 13folder 1
Formal Photographs, 1948series 6.2box 13folder 2
Formal Photographs, Circa 1950series 6.2box 13folder 7
Formal Photographs, Circa 1950series 6.2box 13folder 9
Formal Photographs, 1951series 6.2box 13folder 13
Formal Photographs, 1952series 6.2box 13folder 17

Subseries 6.3: Other Kapell Photographs, 1940s-1953

This subseries contains miscellaneous photographs of Kapell with friends and colleagues, including photographs of Kapell with Olga Samaroff, Anna Lou Kapell, and Leonard Bernstein.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Other Kapell photographs, 1940sseries 6.3box 12folder 7
Other Kapell photographs, 1940sseries 6.3box 12folder 8
Other Kapell photographs -- Including Olga Samaroff and Arthur Judson, 1943series 6.3box 12folder 11
Other Kapell photographs -- Including Richard Farrell, 1945series 6.3box 12folder 13
Other Kapell photographs, 1945series 6.3box 12folder 15
Other Kapell photographs -- Including Dorothea LaFollette, Eugene Onnandy, William Steinberg, Leonard Bernstein, 1947series 6.3box 12folder 17
Other Kapell photographs -- Including Anna Lou Kapell, 1948series 6.3box 13folder 4
Other Kapell photographs -- Including Anna Lou Kapell and David Eugene Melson Kapell, 1949series 6.3box 13folder 5
Other Kapell photographs -- Including Arthur Judson, Circa 1950series 6.3box 13folder 8
Other Kapell photographs -- Including Pierre Monteux and Alexander Greiner, 1950series 6.3box 13folder 11
Other Kapell photographs -- Including Marc Bercowitz, 1951series 6.3box 13folder 12
Other Kapell photographs -- Including family, 1951-1952series 6.3box 13folder 14
Other Kapell photographs, 1952series 6.3box 13folder 18
Other Kapell photographs -- Including family, Pablo Casals, 1952series 6.3box 13folder 19
Other Kapell photographs -- Including Anna Lou Kapell, 1953series 6.3box 13folder 20
Photo Album Binder, 1920s-1979, and Undatedseries 6.3box 21folder 1

Subseries 6.4: Anna Lou Kapell, 1948-1979, and Undated

This subseries contains photographs of Anna Lou Kapell, including photographs of William Kapell and his family.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Anna Lou Kapell, 1948series 6.4box 13folder 3
Anna Lou Kapell, 1949series 6.4box 13folder 6
Anna Lou Kapell, 1950series 6.4box 13folder 10
Anna Lou Kapell, 1952series 6.4box 13folder 16
Anna Lou Kapell, 1953series 6.4box 13folder 20
Anna Lou Kapell, 1953series 6.4box 13folder 22
Anna Lou Kapell, 1979series 6.4box 13folder 23
Anna Lou Kapell, Undatedseries 6.4box 13folder 37

Subseries 6.5: Other Major Personalities, 1935-1953, and Undated

This subseries contains photographs of other important people in Kapells life, including Abram Chasins, Olga Samaroff, and Hector Villa-Lobos.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Samaroff, Olga -- Including Kapell and other students such as Eugene List, 1940sseries 6.5box 12folder 9
Kopp, Leo -- Including Kapell, 1952series 6.5box 13folder 15
Casals, Pablo -- Including Kapell, 1953series 6.5box 13folder 21
Samaroff, Olga -- Including Kapell and other students such as Eugene List, Undatedseries 6.5box 13folder 26
Villa-Lobos, Heitor -- Autographed, Undatedseries 6.5box 13folder 27
Ormandy, Eugene -- Including Kapell -- Inscribed, Undatedseries 6.5box 13folder 28
Heifitz, Jascha -- Inscribed to Kapell, 1952series 6.5box 13folder 29
Samaroff, Olga -- Including WK and other students such as Eugene List, Undatedseries 6.5box 13folder 30
LaFollette, Dorothea -- Including WK and other young students -- Inscribed, Undatedseries 6.5box 13folder 31
Cadman, Charles Wakefield, 1935, and Undatedseries 6.5box 13folder 32
Lowenthal, Jerome, Undatedseries 6.5box 13folder 33
Thomson, Virgil, Undatedseries 6.5box 13folder 34
Cassidy, Claudia, Undatedseries 6.5box 13folder 35
Istomin, Eugene -- lncluding Pablo Casals, Undatedseries 6.5box 13folder 36
Chasins, Abram, Undatedseries 6.5box 13folder 38
William Kapell and Leonard Bernstein -- 4 Prints by Ruth Orkin, Circa 1947series 6.5box 15folder 1
Oversized Photograph, Undatedseries 6.5box 15folder 2
Negatives, Undatedseries 6.5box 15folder 3

Subseries 6.6: Miscellaneous, 1983-1986, and Undated

This subseries contains miscellaneous photographs of Kapell, including photographs of Kapell playing the piano, stereo slides, and a photograph of the IPAM opening, among other miscellaneous photographs.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
David Kapell, Frederic Mann, and Rebecca Kapell Leigh, 1983series 6.6box 13folder 24
Opening of the IPAM Kapell Collection, 1986series 6.6box 13folder 25
Clifford Odet's poems to children, 1954series 6.6box 13folder 39
Stereo slides -- Color, Undatedseries 6.6box 13folder 40
William Kapell playing, red wall, Undatedseries 6.6box 13folder 41
William Kapell playing; closeup, Undatedseries 6.6box 13folder 42
Anna Lou Kapell with unidentified woman on couch, Undatedseries 6.6box 13folder 43
Proofs of WK at piano (Stewart?), Undatedseries 6.6box 13folder 44
Proofs of WK at piano, with bookcase, Undatedseries 6.6box 13folder 45

Series 7: Audio and Visual material, 1936-1953, and Undated (2.00 Linear Feet)

This series contains cassette copies of recordings of William Kapell, acetate recordings of two Carnegie Hall concerts, reel-to-reel recordings, home movies, and several videotapes including a Kinescope of the CBS Omnibus show of March 15, 1953. Materials are located in Box 15 and are arranged by recording medium.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Cassettes -- Includes eight cassette tapes -- Missing, 1936-1953, and Undated series 7box 15folder 4
Reel-to-Reel -- William Kapell, piano -- RCA recording session acetates and RCA shellac test pressings--Missing, Undated series 7box 15folder 5
Acetates -- Includes fifteen acetates -- Missing, 1945-1947, and Undated series 7box 15folder 6
Home Movies -- Includes four films, Undated series 7box 15folder 7
Videotapes -- Includes four videotapes, 1953, and Undated series 7box 15folder 8

Series 8: Published Scores, 1908-1949, and Undated (2.00 Linear Feet)

This series consists of published scores and music manuscripts owned by William Kapell. Particularly notable here are the numerous Villa-Lobos pieces found in box 18. The other scores and manuscripts are found in boxes 16 and 17. All the scores have been divided into three categories: items that are virtually unmarked, items that are virtually unmarked but are inscribed to William Kapell by others, and items that bear markings in the music itself.

Subseries 8.1: Unmarked Scores, 1908-1947, and Undated

This subseries consists of items that are virtually unmarked, although most of them show signs of wear consistent with use at the piano. Particularly notable here are the numerous Villa-Lobos pieces; most are out of print, and many are simply unattainable.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Unmarked Scores -- Debussy Poissons D'Or, Octavio Pinto, Liszt Sonata, Manuel DeFalla, 1908-1938series 8.1box 16folder 3
Beethoven -- Concerto No.5 for piano in Eb. -- New York: Schirmer., 1929series 8.1box 17folder 1
Unmarked Scores -- Tchaikovsky, Bach-Liszt, Debussy Preludes for Piano, 1913-1918, and Undatedseries 8.1box 17folder 4
Unmarked Scores -- Tchaikovsky, Bach-Liszt, Debussy Preludes for Piano, 1913-1918, and Undatedseries 8.1box 17folder 5
Unmarked Scores -- Tchaikovsky, Bach-Liszt, Debussy Preludes for Piano, 1913-1918, and Undatedseries 8.1box 17folder 6
Stravinsky -- Sonata for piano (1924) -- Berlin: Edition Russe de Musique, 1925series 8.1box 17folder 9
Villa-Lobos Scores -- Sixteen folders, 1912-1947, and Undatedseries 8.1box 18folder 1

Subseries 8.2: Scores Inscribed to Kapell, 1938-1944, and Undated

The scores in this subseries are also virtually unmarked (in the music), but are inscribed to William Kapell by others (in most cases, the composer).

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Walter Piston -- Concertina for piano forte and chamber orchestra -- New York: Arrow., 1938series 8.2box 16folder 1
Morton Gould -- American Concertette (Interplay) for piano & orch -- New York: Mills, 1944series 8.2box 17folder 8
Medtner -- Trois Nouvelles, pour piano, Op. 17, No. 1. -- Berlin: Edition Russe., 1944series 8.2box 17folder 11

Subseries 8.3: Marked Scores, 1914-1949, and Undated

The scores in this subseries bear markings in the music itself-sometimes extensive. They include phrasings, fmgerings, pedallings, expressive annotations, notes about the structure of the work, teaching notes ("memorize to here," etc.). Many are in Kapell's hand, many are in the hand of Olga Samaroff, and some are probably in the hand of Dorothea LaFollette.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
D. Shostakovitch -- Concerto for piano, Op. 35 -- Moscow: State Music Edition., 1934series 8.3box 16folder 2
Marked Scores -- Beethoven Concertos -- Bb Major; C Minor, 1929, and Undatedseries 8.3box 16folder 4
Chasins Compositions, 1940-1942series 8.3box 17folder 2
Chopin Nocturnes, Undatedseries 8.3box 17folder 3
Brahms -- Zwei Rhapsodien, Op. 79, for piano -- Berlin: N. Simrock, Undatedseries 8.3box 17folder 7
Debussy -- Fetes (from Nocturnes) for piano -- Transcribed by L. Boswick. Paris: Jean Jobert, 1914series 8.3box 17folder 10
Music Manuscripts (of other musicians) belonging to William Kapell -- Peter Mennin and Virgil Thompson Pieces, 1926-1949, and Undatedseries 8.3box 17folder 12
Music Manuscripts (of other musicians) belonging to William Kapell -- Peter Mennin and Virgil Thompson Pieces, 1926-1949, and Undatedseries 8.3box 17folder 13

Subseries 8.4: Supplementary Scores, Undated

The scores in this subseries were donated in 2004 by Anna Lou Dehavenon and delivered by Bradford Gowan on April 23rd, 2004. They include scores with markings by Olga Samaroff and other miscellaneous scores.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Scores with Markings by Olga Samaroff -- Debussy: Feux d' Artifice, Undatedseries 8.4box 18folder 2
Other Miscellaneous Scores -- Bach-Liszt: Fantasie and Fugue in G Minor -- (inside front and back covers contain Kapell's handwritten plans for programs), Undatedseries 8.4box 18folder 3
Other Miscellaneous Scores -- Prokofiev: Sonata No.4, Op. 29 -- (back cover contains Kapell's handwritten plans for programs), Undatedseries 8.4box 18folder 4
Other Miscellaneous Scores -- Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Undatedseries 8.4box 18folder 5
Other Miscellaneous Scores -- Siciliani, Jose: Zapateado -- title page contains inscription to Kapell from the composer, Undatedseries 8.4box 18folder 6
Other Miscellaneous Scores -- Pinto: Children's Festival, Undatedseries 8.4box 18folder 7

Series 9: Interviews, 1952-1989, and Undated (0.75 Linear Feet)

This series consists of cassette recordings of interviews regarding William Kapell. There are also a number of transcripts to these interviews. This series is found in box 19. Materials are organized by medium of the interview.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Cassettes -- 16 Cassettes, 1952-1989 series 9box 19folder 1
Transcripts -- Tim Page interview -- interviewed by Morgan Cundiff, 1986 series 9box 19folder 2
Transcripts -- Anna Lou Kapell-Dehavenon -- interviewed by Bruce Wilson, 1986 series 9box 19folder 3
Transcripts -- Alistair Cooke Tribute to William Kapell, Undated series 9box 19folder 4
Transcripts -- Working copies of interviews, Undated series 9box 19folder 5
Transcripts -- Tim Page interview -- With Anna Lou Kapell-Dehavenon, Undated series 9box 19folder 6
Transcripts -- Jerome Lowenthal -- Interviewed by Bruce D. Wilson, 1986 series 9box 19folder 7
Transcripts -- Jack Pfeiffer -- interviewed by Morgan Cundiff, 1986 series 9box 19folder 8
Transcripts -- William Kapell -- interviewed by Rene Hervil(e); New York City; two weeks before leaving for Paris, 1953 series 9box 19folder 9
Transcripts -- Eugene Istomin interview, 1986 series 9box 19folder 10
Transcripts -- Virgil Thompson -- Interviewed by Bruce Wilson, 1986 series 9box 19folder 11
Transcripts -- Laura Fratti interview -- Working Copy, Undated series 9box 19folder 12

Series 10: Oversized Materials, 1942-1953 (null)

This series contains oversized materials, including photographs, advertisements, a book on technique and musicianship, and the Town Hall Endowment Series Award. Materials are arranged by subject and size.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Town Hall Endowment Series Award, 1942 series 10box 20folder 1
Musical America -- William Kapell's advertisement with Columbia Artists Management appears on page 57., 1952 series 10box 20folder 2
Etude. Technique and Musicianship -- By William Kapell -- First page only, 1950 series 10box 20folder 3
Original Newspaper articles about the plane crash, 1953 series 10box 20folder 4
Oversize photographs, 1944-1950s series 10box 20folder 5
Oversized Flyers and Photographs, 1951-1953 series 10box 21folder 2
Oversize photograph of Kapell, 1951-1952 series 10box 21folder 2item 4.0
William Kapell "dazzles" New York with his sparks of fire--Posterboard, 1953 series 10box 21folder 2item 3.0
1951 Chicago News Posterboard, 1951 series 10box 21folder 2item 2.0
1951 San Francisco News Posterboard, 1951 series 10box 21folder 2item 1.0
Oversize posterboard advertisement for the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra with William Kapell, 1953 series 10box 21folder 2item 5.0

Series 11: Supplementary Materials, 1943-1987, and Undated (3.00 Linear Feet)

This series contains miscellaneous supplementary materials related to Kapell. Materials are arranged by subject.

Subseries 11.1: Study Materials, 1943-1952, and Undated (0.75 Linear Feet)

This subseries contains biographical materials and materials related to Kapells career, including memorials, publicity materials, record reviews, articles, concert engagement logs, diaries, and letters.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Musical Origins, Undatedseries 11.1box 23folder 1
Memorials, Undatedseries 11.1box 23folder 2
Touring Musician, 1945-1951, and Undatedseries 11.1box 23folder 3
Biography/PR, Undatedseries 11.1box 23folder 4
Kapell Discography, Undatedseries 11.1box 23folder 5
Exhibition Pickings -- Photos, Other, 1920s-1952, and Undatedseries 11.1box 23folder 6
Kapell's Legacy, Undatedseries 11.1box 23folder 7
Musical Maturation, Undatedseries 11.1box 23folder 8
Building a Career, Undatedseries 11.1box 23folder 9
Programs, Undatedseries 11.1box 23folder 10
Recordings, Undatedseries 11.1box 23folder 11
Kapell Engagements -- Diaries and Itineraries, 1943-1952series 11.1box 23folder 12
Miscellaneous Documents, Undatedseries 11.1box 23folder 13
Letters, Undatedseries 11.1box 23folder 14
Kapell and the Criticsq, Undatedseries 11.1box 23folder 15
Clippings and Reviews, Undatedseries 11.1box 23folder 16

Subseries 11.2: Publications, 1983-1987, and Undated (0.75 Linear Feet)

This subseries contains publications about Kapell, including copies of the Piano Quarterly, University of Maryland, College Park newsletters, and proofs of Kapells biography by Tim Page.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Magazines and Newsletters, 1983-1987series 11.2box 24folder 1
William Kapell Remembered: An Inventory of the Exhibition at Steinway Hall in New York City, 1987series 11.2box 24folder 1item 1.0
The Piano Quarterly, 1983-1984series 11.2box 24folder 1item 2.0
The Piano Quarterly, 1985series 11.2box 24folder 1item 3.0
The University of Maryland International Piano Festival and William Kapell Competition--Two Copies, 1986series 11.2box 24folder 1item 4.0
The University of Maryland College Park Outlook (3 Copies), 11-12/1986series 11.2box 24folder 1item 5.0
Kapell Books -- Proofs, Undatedseries 11.2box 24folder 2

Subseries 11.3: Miscellaneous Photocopies, Undated (1.50 Linear Feet)

This subseries contains miscellaneous photocopies, including photocopies of Kapells scholarship, travels, studies, and interviews, as well as photocopies of newspaper articles about Olga Samaroff and other musicians.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
General, Undatedseries 11.3box 25folder 1
Kapell Abroad, Undatedseries 11.3box 25folder 2
William Kapell Scholarship, Undatedseries 11.3box 25folder 3
William Kapell Weds, Undatedseries 11.3box 25folder 4
Samaroff and V.A. La Follette, Undatedseries 11.3box 25folder 5
General, Undatedseries 11.3box 25folder 6
Other Musicians, Undatedseries 11.3box 25folder 7
Boxes 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6, Undatedseries 11.3box 26folder 1
Kapell Study Material, Undatedseries 11.3box 26folder 2
Boxes 11 and 13, Undatedseries 11.3box 26folder 3
Unlabeled Long Horizontal Box, Undatedseries 11.3box 26folder 4
WK Graphics Box, Undatedseries 11.3box 26folder 5
Boxes 3, 7, 9, and 12, Undatedseries 11.3box 26folder 6
Interview Box, Undatedseries 11.3box 26folder 7
Box 10, Undatedseries 11.3box 26folder 8
Kapell Leftovers, Undatedseries 11.3box 26folder 9

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