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Sylvia Rabinof Collection

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Abstract

Title:
Sylvia Rabinof Collection
Author/Creator:
Rabinof, Sylvia
Collection number:
0
Size:
22.00 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1935-1994
Inclusive dates:
1913-2001
Collection Area:
International Piano Archives at Maryland
Repository:
International Piano Archives at Maryland, University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, MD 20742, Tel: 301.405.9224, Email: godowsky@umd.edu
Abstract:

A pianist, composer, and music educator, Sylvia Rabinof (aka Sylvia Smith) (1913-2001) performed many classical and contemporary pieces around the world with her husband, violinist Benno Rabinof. Sylvia Rabinof also wrote music improvisation books, composed piano and chamber music, and taught at SUNY Fredonia and Brevard Music Center. The collection consists of 22.00 linear feet of programs, reviews, advertisements, recordings, scores, articles, notebooks, manuscripts, catalogues, books, photographs, and correspondence related to Rabinofs career, the music organizations she was involved in, and her relationships with her close friends and colleagues, including her first husband, violinist Benno Rabinof; her nephew, Peter M. Smith; her niece, Patricia Smith; and her second husband, lawyer and music lover Charles Rothenberg.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Sylvia Rabinof Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Summary: Sylvia Rabinof was born Sylvia Smith in New York on October 10, 1913. She died in New York on January 20, 2001. She and her husband, violinist Benno Rabinof, formed one of the more popular duos of their era and extensively toured the world together. The duo performed a mix of classical and contemporary pieces. Sylvia Rabinof was also an author of music improvisation books, a composer, and a teacher at SUNY Fredonia and Brevard Music Center.

Full History: Sylvia Rabinof was born Sylvia Smith in New York on October 10, 1913. She died in New York on January 20, 2001. Along with her husband, violinst Benno Rabinof, Sylvia Rabinof formed one of the more popular duos of her era. They extensively toured the U.S., Europe, Asia and Africa throughout their career together. The duo performed a mix of classical and contemporary pieces. Sylvia Rabinof was also an author ("Musicianship Through Improvisation" and "The Improviser"), composer and teacher. She was a member of the faculties at SUNY Fredonia and Brevard Music Center.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Sylvia Rabinof Collection covers the period from 1913 to 2001; the bulk of the materials date from 1935 to 1994. The collection consists of 22.00 linear feet of programs, reviews, advertisements, recordings, scores, articles, notebooks, manuscripts, catalogues, books, photographs, and correspondence related to Rabinofs work as a performer, author, composer, and teacher, including her performances with her husband, violinist Benno Rabinof, the summer classes she taught at Brevard Music Center in North Carolina, her piano and chamber music compositions, and her involvement with various music organizations, including the Musicians Club of New York and the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Peter M. Smith, nephew of Sylvia Rabinof, received in September 2001. Additional materials were received by Patricia Smith, niece of Sylvia Rabinof, by Peter M. Smith in October 2001, and by Patricia Smith on August 13, 2003.

Processing Information

Processed by:

This collection was processed by Xiaolong Gao and Haimin Jin.

Processing note:

An item-level inventory of scores and recordings is available upon request.

Encoded by:

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

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Performance Files, 1913-1997, and Undated (4.00 linear feet)

Here are found programs, reviews, advertisements, and promotional materials that are related to specific performances of the Rabinofs. The materials are organized chronologically by performance date and span the period 1913 through 1997. This series is located in box 1 to 3 and has been divided into the following subseries: Concert Program Albums, Sylvia Rabinof, Benno Rabinof, and Benno & Sylvia.

Subseries 1.1: Concert Program Albums, 1913-1977 (2.00 linear feet)

This subseries contains concert program albums of Sylvia and Benno Rabinofs performances.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Concert Program Albums, 1913-1977series 1.1box 1folder 1
Benno Rabinof, 1913-1943series 1.1box 1folder 1item 1.0
Sylvia Rabinof, 1935-1977series 1.1box 1folder 1item 2.0
The Rabinofs, 1956-1959series 1.1box 1folder 1item 3.0
The Rabinofs, 1960-1962series 1.1box 1folder 1item 4.0

Subseries 1.2: Sylvia Rabinof, 1935-1997

Here are programs, reviews, advertisements, and promotional materials that are related to specific performances of Sylvia as soloist, recitalist, composer, educator, conductor, and musical director, including solo piano recitals and concerts with other artists. Performances of her compositions will indicate separately. The materials are organized chronologically by performance date, and span the period 1935 through 1997.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Sylvia Rabinof Concerts, 1935-1937series 1.2box 2folder 1
Sylvia Rabinof Concerts, 1938-1939series 1.2box 2folder 2
Sylvia Rabinof Concerts, 1940-1941series 1.2box 2folder 3
Town Hall Concert, 1942series 1.2box 2folder 4
Sylvia Rabinof Concerts, 1949-1997series 1.2box 2folder 5
Publicity Materials, Undatedseries 1.2box 2folder 6

Subseries 1.3: Benno Rabinof, 1927-1960

Here are found programs, reviews, advertisements, and promotional materials that are related to specific performances of Benno as soloist, recitalist, with orchestras and other artists. The materials are organized chronologically by performance date, and span the period 1927 through 1960.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Benno Rabinof Concerts, 1927-1942series 1.3box 2folder 7
Benno Rabinof Concerts, 1944-1960series 1.3box 2folder 8
Publicity Materials, Undatedseries 1.3box 2folder 9

Subseries 1.4: Benno & Sylvia, 1936-1971, and Undated

Here are found programs that are related to specific performances of the Rabinofs. The materials are organized chronologically by performance date, and span the period 1936 through 1971.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Undated Concert Materials, Undatedseries 1.4box 2folder 10
Sylvia and Benno Rabinof Concerts, 1936-1943series 1.4box 2folder 11
Sylvia and Benno Rabinof Concerts, 1944series 1.4box 2folder 12
Sylvia and Benno Rabinof Concerts, 1945series 1.4box 2folder 13
Sylvia and Benno Rabinof Concerts, 1946-1948series 1.4box 2folder 14
Sylvia and Benno Rabinof Concerts, 1949-1951series 1.4box 2folder 15
Sylvia and Benno Rabinof Concerts, 1952-1954series 1.4box 2folder 16
Sylvia and Benno Rabinof Concerts, 1955series 1.4box 2folder 17
Sylvia and Benno Rabinof Concerts, 1956-1957series 1.4box 2folder 18
Sylvia and Benno Rabinof Concerts, 1958-1959series 1.4box 2folder 19
Sylvia and Benno Rabinof Concerts, 1960series 1.4box 2folder 20
Sylvia and Benno Rabinof Concerts, 1961series 1.4box 2folder 21
Sylvia and Benno Rabinof Concerts, 1962-1965series 1.4box 2folder 22
Sylvia and Benno Rabinof Concerts, 1967-1969series 1.4box 2folder 23
Sylvia and Benno Rabinof Concerts, 1970-1971series 1.4box 2folder 24
Community Concert Association Concerts, 1961-1971series 1.4box 3folder 1
Publicity Flyers, Undatedseries 1.4box 3folder 2
Miscellaneous Press, Articles, Undatedseries 1.4box 3folder 3

Series 2: Teaching Files, 1969-1998 (null)

Here are found students' programs, reviews, advertisements, and promotional materials that are related to Sylvia's teaching. This series is located in box 3 and all subseries are organized chronologically by performance date, except subseries 2.

Subseries 2.1: Converse College Pre-College, 1994

This subseries contains a program of the concerto concert of Rabinofs Converse College Pre-College students.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Converse College Pre-College, 1994series 2.1box 3folder 4

Subseries 2.2: Juilliard School Pre-College Division, 1974-1980

This subseries contains Juilliard catalogs and concert reviews of Rabinofs Juilliard School Pre-College students.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Juilliard School Pre-College -- Catalogs, 1977-1980series 2.2box 3folder 5
Student Concert Reviews, 1974-1975series 2.2box 3folder 6

Subseries 2.3: Master Class, 1971

This subseries contains letters related to Rabinofs master classes.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Master Classes, 1971series 2.3box 3folder 7

Subseries 2.4: Seminar (Musicianship through Improvisation at the keyboard), 1969-1998

This subseries contains materials from various music organizations related to Rabinofs seminar on Musicianship through Improvisation at the Keyboard.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Seminar -- Musicianship Through Improvisation at the Keyboard, 1969-1998series 2.4box 3folder 8

Subseries 2.5: Summer School, 1979

This subseries contains materials related to Rabinofs teaching of summer school at Brevard Music Center in North Carolina.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Music Festivals, 1979series 2.5box 3folder 9

Series 3: Subject Files, 1955-1994, and Undated (null)

This series is located in boxes 3 and 4 and is divided into four categories: Musicians Clubs of New York (MCNY), National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC), Magazines, and Financial Issues.

Subseries 3.1: Musicians Club of New York (MCNY), 1958-1979, and Undated

This subseries contains newspaper clippings, financial reports, correspondence, articles, brochures, and programs related to Rabinofs membership in and presidency of the Musicians Club of New York.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Musicians Club of New York Awards, 1961-1963series 3.1box 3folder 10
Musicians Club of New York, 1958-1969series 3.1box 3folder 11
Musicians Club of New York, 1970series 3.1box 3folder 12
Musicians Club of New York, 1971series 3.1box 3folder 13
Musicians Club of New York, 1972series 3.1box 3folder 14
Musicians Club of New York, 1974-1975series 3.1box 3folder 15
Musicians Club of New York, 1976-1977series 3.1box 3folder 16
Musicians Club of New York, 1978series 3.1box 3folder 17
Olga Koussevitzky Donor Concert, Undatedseries 3.1box 3folder 18
Concerning Various Members, Undatedseries 3.1box 3folder 19
Minutes, Undatedseries 3.1box 3folder 20
Meet the Composer, Undatedseries 3.1box 3folder 21
Taxes/Financial, 1976-1978series 3.1box 3folder 22
Cadenza -- Newsletter, 1977series 3.1box 3folder 23
Miscellaneous -- Benefits, Competitions, Etc., 1976-1979series 3.1box 3folder 24
Correspondence -- National Federation of Music Clubs, Undatedseries 3.1box 3folder 25
Musicians Club of New York, 1979, and Undatedseries 3.1box 3folder 26

Subseries 3.2: National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC), 1974-1994, and Undated

This subseries contains bulletins, applications, certificates, newsletters, interviews, correspondence, and handbooks related to Rabinofs membership in the National Federation of Music Clubs.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Junior Festival Bulletins -- Contains thirteen bulletins, 1977-1989series 3.2box 3folder 27
Membership Applications, Undatedseries 3.2box 4folder 1
Junior Camp, 1974series 3.2box 4folder 2
Correspondence -- Miscellaneous, Undatedseries 3.2box 4folder 3
National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) 1991 Convention, 1991series 3.2box 4folder 4
NFMC Correspondence, 1964-1970series 3.2box 4folder 5
NFMC Festival -- Improvisation, 1991series 3.2box 4folder 6
Improvisation, Undatedseries 3.2box 4folder 7
Publisher Correspondence, Undatedseries 3.2box 4folder 8

Subseries 3.3: Magazines, 1970-1994

This subseries contains magazines that mention Rabinof, including American Music Teacher and The New York Times Magazine.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Magazines -- Thirty-nine magazines, 1971-1994series 3.3box 4folder 9
Music Club Magazine--Fifteen issues, 1971-1993series 3.3box 4folder 9item 1.0
Florida Music Director--Four issues, 1988-1989series 3.3box 4folder 9item 2.0
Music & Artists--Seven issues, 1970-1972series 3.3box 4folder 9item 3.0
American Music Teacher--Three issues, 1988-1994series 3.3box 4folder 9item 4.0
The Dial--Nine issues, 1981-1982series 3.3box 4folder 9item 5.0
The New York Times Magazine, 12/25/1983series 3.3box 4folder 9item 6.0

Subseries 3.4: Financial Issues, 1955-1956, and Undated

This subseries contains correspondence, contracts, posters, and publicity and travel materials related to the Rabinofs finances.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Who's Who Entry, Undatedseries 3.4box 4folder 10
The Rabinofs Contracts, Undatedseries 3.4box 4folder 11
Financial, Undatedseries 3.4box 4folder 12
Miscellaneous -- Notes, Antedotes, Memories, 1955-1956, and Undatedseries 3.4box 4folder 13

Series 4: Recording Files, 1939-1995, and Undated (8.00 linear feet)

Here are found reel-to-reel tapes containing performances of the Rabinofs, their students, and other artists. This series is located in boxes 5 through 8.

Subseries 4.1: 78s, 1939-1973, and Undated

This subseries contains 78s of concerts performed by Sylvia Rabinof, concerts performed by Sylvia and Benno Rabinof, the Beethoven Sonata Series at Town Hall, and concerts performed by other artists.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Sylvia Album -- Original Compositions; Selections from Hamlet the Flea, 1943-1962, and Undatedseries 4.1box 5folder 1
The Rabinofs Albums -- Three Albums -- Vivaldi, Ravel, Mendelssohn, Ysaye, Havana, Otello-Ernst, Debussy, Schumann, Brahms, Spanish and Gypsy Music, 1939-1968, and Undatedseries 4.1box 5folder 2
Beethoven Sonata Series -- Town Hall Albums -- Two Albums, 1948-1953series 4.1box 5folder 3
Other Artists' Albums -- Two Albums, Undatedseries 4.1box 5folder 4

Subseries 4.2: LPs, 1953-1973, and Undated

This subseries contains LPs of concerts performed by the Rabinofs by themselves and with other artists, and concerts performed by other artists such as Bengt Hallberg and Ariana Bronne.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
The Rabinofs -- Three LPs -- Vivaldi, Pleyel, Gypsy Violin Classics, 1972-1973, and Undatedseries 4.2box 6folder 1
The Rabinofs with Other Artists -- Two LPs -- Vivaldi, Sibelius, 1973, and Undatedseries 4.2box 6folder 2
Other Artists -- Two LPs -- Hallberg, Bach Concertos, 1953-1972series 4.2box 6folder 3

Subseries 4.3: Cassette Tapes, 1974-1995, and Undated

This subseries contains cassette tapes of concerts performed by Sylvia Rabinof both alone and with Benno Rabinof, Sylvias students, and other artists, including performances by Vladimir Horowitz, Arthur Rubinstein, and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
The Rabinofs Cassette Tape -- Fantasy, Op. 159 -- Schubert, Undatedseries 4.3box 6folder 4
Sylvia Cassette Tapes -- Twenty-three Cassette Tapes -- Brahms, WQXR, Schubert, Juilliard Classes, Mozart, Schumann, Liszt, Gershwin, Saint-Saëns, Converse College Recital, 1974-1995, and Undatedseries 4.3box 6folder 5
Musicianship Through Improvisation -- Outline I -- Seven Cassette Tapes, 1987-1990, and Undatedseries 4.3box 6folder 6
Students -- Fourteen Cassette Tapes, 1993-1994, and Undatedseries 4.3box 6folder 7
Other Artists -- Fifty-three Cassette Tapes -- Chopin, Arensky, Beethoven, Scharwenka, Rachmaninoff, Undatedseries 4.3box 6folder 8
Blank Tapes -- Two Tapes, Undatedseries 4.3box 6folder 9

Subseries 4.4: Reel-to-reel tapes, 1957-1977, and Undated (4.00 linear feet)

This subseries contains reel-to-reel tapes of concerts performed by the Rabinofs and other artists, including community concerts, concerts at the Brevard Music Center, and concerts with various symphony orchestras.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Benno & Sylvia Reel-to-Reel Tapes -- Thirty-six reel-to-reel tapes -- Beethoven, Dohnanyi, Bennett, Grieg, Wieniawsky, Mannen, Rabinof, 1957-1968, and Undatedseries 4.4box 7folder 1
Benno & Sylvia Reel-to-Reel Tapes -- Eighteen reel-to-reel tapes -- Ives, Chausson, Brahms, Beethoven, 1969-1975series 4.4box 8folder 1
Other Artists -- Twelve reel-to-reel tapes -- Including Arthur Rubinstein, 1963-1977, and Undatedseries 4.4box 8folder 2
Unknown -- Six reel-to-reel tapes, Undatedseries 4.4box 8folder 3

Series 5: Composition, 1988, and Undated (null)

Here are found scores and manuscripts that are composed by Sylvia. This series is located in boxes 9 through 11.

Subseries 5.1: Piano Music, 1988, and Undated (2.00 linear feet)

This subseries contains published and unpublished scores of two-piano arrangements, piano solo arrangements, and miscellaneous piano music.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Sylvia Original Compositions -- Six Scores, Undatedseries 5.1box 9folder 1
C.P.E. Bach -- Solfegietto, Undatedseries 5.1box 9folder 2
J.S. Bach -- Seven Scores, Undatedseries 5.1box 9folder 3
Beethoven -- Landler in D, Undatedseries 5.1box 9folder 4
Piano Music -- C-G -- Chopin, Debussy, Gershwin -- Three Scores, Undatedseries 5.1box 9folder 5
Mozart -- Two scores, Undatedseries 5.1box 9folder 6
Purcell -- Two scores, Undatedseries 5.1box 9folder 7
Piano Music -- S -- Schubert, Schumann -- Two scores, Undatedseries 5.1box 9folder 8
Christmas Music -- Five Scores, Undatedseries 5.1box 9folder 9
Miscellaneous Piano Music, Undatedseries 5.1box 9folder 10
Sounds and Rhythm, Undatedseries 5.1box 9folder 11
Counterparts, Undatedseries 5.1box 9folder 12
Belwin Mills Proofs, 1988series 5.1box 9folder 13
Published Piano Works -- Christmas Music, Undatedseries 5.1box 9folder 14
Published Piano Works -- Gershwin Melody No. 40, Undatedseries 5.1box 9folder 15
Published Piano Works -- Improvisations for a Second Piano -- J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Mozart, Undatedseries 5.1box 9folder 16
Published Piano Works -- Two Pianos/Four Hands -- Purcell/Schubert/Beethoven, Undatedseries 5.1box 9folder 17
Published Piano Works -- Two Pianos/Eight Hands -- Schumann, Purcell, Undatedseries 5.1box 9folder 18

Subseries 5.2: Chamber Music, Undated

This subseries contains published and unpublished chamber music scores, including music for two violins and piano and suites for strings.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Published Chamber Music Scores -- Concertos for two Violins and Piano by Vivaldi, Piano Reduction by Sylvia -- Five Scores, Undatedseries 5.2box 10folder 1
Unpublished Chamber Music Scores -- Vivaldi, Original Compositions by Sylvia, Undatedseries 5.2box 10folder 2

Subseries 5.3: Vocal Music, Undated

This subseries contains vocal music scores, including songs, madrigals, cantatas, and pieces for chorus and orchestra.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Songs Album, Undatedseries 5.3box 10folder 3
Vocal Music Scores -- The Deluge--Cantata, Short Choral Madrigals, Undatedseries 5.3box 10folder 4
Carol Book -- Madrigal, Undatedseries 5.3box 10folder 5
Vocal Music Scores -- Carnival for Chorus & Orchestra; Salut Au Monde, Undatedseries 5.3box 10folder 6

Subseries 5.4: Musical, Undated

This subseries contains scores of musicals, including Hamlet the Flea and a cadenza on Life of Paganini.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Cadenza on the Life of Paganini, Undatedseries 5.4box 10folder 7
Hamlet the Flea -- Three Acts Opera, Undatedseries 5.4box 10folder 8

Subseries 5.5: Notes, Undated

This subseries contains Sylvia Rabinofs old music notes and short music themes that Sylvia Rabinof wrote.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Sylvia's Old Music Notes -- Seven Albums, Undatedseries 5.5box 11folder 1
Short Music Themes, Undatedseries 5.5box 11folder 2

Series 6: Writing, 1933-2001, and Undated (null)

This series is located in boxes 11 and 12 and is divided into four categories: musicianship through improvisation, published articles, unpublished articles, and notebooks.

Subseries 6.1: Musicianship Through Improvisation, 1987-1999, and Undated

This subseries contains outlines of Sylvia Rabinofs book on Musicianship Through Improvisation, as well as forms and manuscripts for the book.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Outline I -- Beginning and Early Harmonic Forms, 1987-1990series 6.1box 11folder 3
Outline I--Beginning and Early Harmonic Forms--Manuscript--Two copies, 1987series 6.1box 11folder 3item 1.0
Outline I--Beginning and Early Harmonic Forms--Binding copy, 1990series 6.1box 11folder 3item 2.0
Outline II -- Baroque and Romantic Forms, 1995series 6.1box 11folder 4
Outline II -- Baroque and Romantic Forms -- Three copies, 1999series 6.1box 11folder 5
Lecture Workshops Album -- Musicianship Through Improvisation -- Sylvia Rabinof, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 6
Musicianship Through Improvisation -- Publicity Flyers, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 7
Manuscripts -- Not in Folders---Organize these!, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 8
Outline -- Example of complete how-to for Tchis., Movites, Etc., Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 9
Manuscripts -- Modulation, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 10
Manuscripts -- Jazz, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 11
Manuscripts -- Miscellaneous, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 12
Manuscripts -- Rhythm, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 13
Manuscripts -- Textures, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 14
Manuscripts -- Binary-Tertiary, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 15
Manuscripts -- Harmony & Progressive Cadences, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 16
Manuscripts -- Modes, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 17
Manuscripts -- Not in folders--organize these!, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 18
Manuscripts -- Altered chords -- Augmented 6ths, 7th Chords, 9ths, Etc., Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 19
Manuscripts -- Not in folders--organize these!, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 20
Manuscripts -- Additional Forms -- More advanced -- Cadenza, Maz., & Nocturne Variants, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 21
Manuscripts -- Contemporary, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 22
Manuscripts -- Chorale, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 23
Manuscripts -- Ternary Mazurka, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 24
Manuscripts -- Names, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 25
Manuscripts -- Contemporary--Jazz--Pop, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 26
Manuscripts -- Chaconne, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 27
Untitled Manuscript, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 28
Manuscripts -- Counterpoint, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 29
Manuscripts -- Invention, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 30
Manuscripts -- Fugue, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 31
Miscellaneous Notes and Manuscripts, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 32
Manuscripts -- Modulation, Undatedseries 6.1box 11folder 33

Subseries 6.2: Published Articles, 1968-2001

This subseries contains published articles written by Sylvia and the people who know her well. Items in this subseries are arranged chronologically by publication date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Junior Keynotes Articles, 1968-1992series 6.2box 11folder 34
Junior Keynotes Articles, 1992-2000series 6.2box 11folder 35
A Tribute to Sylvia, 2001series 6.2box 11folder 36

Subseries 6.3: Unpublished Articles, 1999, and Undated

This subseries contains two unpublished articles written by Sylvia Rabinof: one called "Paradox", and another on Schuberts music.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Biographies and other, Undatedseries 6.3box 12folder 1
Paradox -- binding copy, by Charles Rothenberg and Sylvia Rabinof, Undatedseries 6.3box 12folder 2
Biographical notes -- Schubert's Music, 1999series 6.3box 12folder 3

Subseries 6.4: Notebooks, 1933-1991, and Undated

This subseries contains notebooks written by Sylvia Rabinof on counterpoint, as well as her teaching notes, her diary, and a scrapbook containing old notes, programs, and reviews.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Counterpoint Notebooks, Undatedseries 6.4box 12folder 4
Creative Counterpoint, book III (Four copies), Undatedseries 6.4box 12folder 4item 1.0
Lyric Improvisation- Contrapuntal Forms, Undatedseries 6.4box 12folder 4item 2.0
Related Loose Manuscripts, Undatedseries 6.4box 12folder 4item 3.0
Teaching notes -- Teaching of Music- Music History, Undatedseries 6.4box 12folder 5
Diaries, 1933-1991series 6.4box 12folder 6
Old Notebooks--Miscellaneous--Bleecker, etc., 1933series 6.4box 12folder 6item 1.0
Untitled Old Diary, contains travel plans, programs, reviews, 1936-1937series 6.4box 12folder 6item 2.0
New York University School of Education students book (blue book), 1931-1932series 6.4box 12folder 6item 3.0
Black Scrapbook, Undatedseries 6.4box 12folder 6item 4.0
Appointment Book, 1956series 6.4box 12folder 6item 5.0
Green Notebook--Scrapbook, Undatedseries 6.4box 12folder 6item 6.0
Appointment Book, 1991series 6.4box 12folder 6item 7.0
1st Scrapbook -- containing old programs, notes, reviews, etc., Undatedseries 6.4box 12folder 7

Series 7: Photographs, Undated (2.00 linear feet)

This series consists of 5 albums of photographs and is located in box 13. It contains photographs of the Rabinofs, other artists, their relatives, and their friends.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Five Photograph Albums, Undated series 7box 13folder 1

Series 8: Miscellaneous, 1937-2001, and Undated (6.00 linear feet)

This series is located in boxes 14 through 15 and is divided into four categories: scores and books, Heifetz, Charles Rothenberg, and catalogues.

Subseries 8.1: Scores and Books, 1948-1959, and Undated (2.00 linear feet)

This subseries contains scores and books not written or composed by Sylvia Rabinof, including scores she played and books dedicated to her.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
A Million Dollar Music Lesson -- By Samuel and Sada Applebaum -- Advertisements, Undatedseries 8.1box 14folder 2
Books, Undatedseries 8.1box 14folder 3
Keyboard Harmony by Modena Scvill, dedicated to Sylvia by the author, Undatedseries 8.1box 14folder 3item 1.0
Rhythmic Training by Robert Starer, Undatedseries 8.1box 14folder 3item 2.0
The Harrowing of Hell - Dachau, Undatedseries 8.1box 14folder 3item 3.0
Scores -- Ken Noda, Paganini, Mozart, Undatedseries 8.1box 14folder 4
Compositions by Ken Noda, student of Sylvia, Undatedseries 8.1box 14folder 4item 1.0
Concerto in D major by Paganini, conductor's score, Undatedseries 8.1box 14folder 4item 2.0
Paganini Violin Concerto No.6 in E minor, Undatedseries 8.1box 14folder 4item 3.0
Mozart--Melody Dicer, Undatedseries 8.1box 14folder 4item 4.0
Debussy Sonata for Violin and Piano, Undatedseries 8.1box 14folder 5
Chopin Fantasy -- Orchestra Parts made by Sylvia, Undatedseries 8.1box 14folder 6
Additional Scores -- Bach, Various Composers of Choral Preludes, Sylvia and Benno, 1948-1959, and Undatedseries 8.1box 14folder 7
Chorale Preludes by Masters of the XVII and .XVIII Centuries . Selected and Edited by Walter E. Buszin. St. Louis, MS: Concordia., 1948series 8.1box 14folder 7item 1.0
J S. Bach Selected Choral Preludes, Edited by Robert Leech Bedell., Undatedseries 8.1box 14folder 7item 2.0
J.S. Bach Clavieriibungpart III. New York: Carl Fischer., 1959series 8.1box 14folder 7item 3.0
Scores played by Sylvia & Benno, Undatedseries 8.1box 14folder 7item 4.0

Subseries 8.2: Heifetz, Undated

This subseries consists of 2 scrapbooks containing concert reviews, photos, and correspondence regarding Jascha Heifetz.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Heifetz Scrapbooks, Undatedseries 8.2box 14folder 1
Jascha Heifetz, Vol. 1--Compiled by the Rabinofs, Sylvia and Benno, Undatedseries 8.2box 14folder 1item 1.0
Jascha Heifetz, Vol. 2--Compiled by the Rabinofs, Sylvia and Benno, Undatedseries 8.2box 14folder 1item 2.0

Subseries 8.3: Charles Rothenberg, 1990-1993, and Undated

This subseries contains correspondence and materials related to Sylvia Rabinofs second husband, Charles Rothenberg.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence -- 78' Records, Undatedseries 8.3box 15folder 1
Various Correspondence and Advertisements -- Not in Folders, Undatedseries 8.3box 15folder 3

Subseries 8.4: Catalogues, Undated

This subseries contains piano music catalogues and New York Times clippings.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
New York Times Articles, Undatedseries 8.4box 15folder 2
Piano music catalogues -- Not in folders; there are many of these!, Undatedseries 8.4box 15folder 4

Subseries 8.5: Additional Materials, 1937-2001, and Undated

This subseries contains materials received from Patricia Smith and Peter Smith in October 2001, including videotapes, notices about Sylvia Rabinofs death, photographs, notebooks, concert programs, and publicity materials.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Video Recordings, 1992-1993series 8.5box 15folder 5
Sylvia Rabinof's last (not quite complete) book on classical improvisation -- Musicianship Through Classical Improvisation Outline II Baroque and Romantic Forms -- Hard copy and disk, 1990series 8.5box 15folder 6
Sylvia Rabinof -- Some Biographical Information, 1993series 8.5box 15folder 7
Sylvia Rabinof -- New York Times Death Notice, Information about Memorial Service, Tribute by Richard Glazier, 2001series 8.5box 15folder 8
Photos -- Large size photos of Benno Rabinof, Undatedseries 8.5box 16folder 1
Photos -- Small size concert photos of Rabinofs, Undatedseries 8.5box 16folder 2
Teaching notes -- Musicianship through improvisation, Undatedseries 8.5box 16folder 3
Books, 1955-1974, and Undatedseries 8.5box 16folder 4
Musicianship Through Improvisation--Original Book--Junior keynotes of Sylvia Rabinof, Undatedseries 8.5box 16folder 4item 1.0
Red notebook--Musicians Club of New York directory, composition notes, 1955-1974, and Undatedseries 8.5box 16folder 4item 2.0
Addresses-Green Book with Black-and-White Picture--New York City directory, Undatedseries 8.5box 16folder 4item 3.0
Community Concert Association Review, 1961-1962series 8.5box 16folder 5
Concert Programs by Sylvia Rabinof -- Town Hall, 1937series 8.5box 16folder 6
Bravo Magazine, Undatedseries 8.5box 16folder 7
Concert Programs by Sylvia Rabinof -- Southern Miami Lutheran Church, 1993series 8.5box 16folder 8
Concert Programs by Sylvia Rabinof -- South Miami Music Club; Converse College, 1994series 8.5box 16folder 9
Concert Programs by Sylvia Rabinof -- Martin County Public Library, 1997series 8.5box 16folder 10
Concert Programs by Sylvia Rabinof -- South Miami Music Club, 1998series 8.5box 16folder 11
Concert programs by Rabinofs, 1945-1969series 8.5box 16folder 12
Selected Programs -- Florida Programs, Undatedseries 8.5box 16folder 13
Miscellaneous Publicity Flyers -- BR-SR, Undatedseries 8.5box 16folder 14
Publicity -- Bios, Etc., Undatedseries 8.5box 16folder 15
Selected Programs, Undatedseries 8.5box 16folder 16
Materials Received in 2003 -- On Shelf, Not in Boxes or Folders -- Diplomas, a photograph, 1947-1961, and Undatedseries 8.5box 17folder 1

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