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H. Robert Cohen Collection on Teatro alla Scala

Abstract

Title:
H. Robert Cohen Collection on Teatro alla Scala
Author/Creator:
Cohen, H. Robert
Collection number:
08-23
Size:
3.25 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1991-1997
Inclusive dates:
1963-2006
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:

Dr. H. Robert Cohen is notable for founding RIPM (Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals), of which he still serves as director. From 1986-2006, Cohen taught as Professor of Music at the University of Maryland from 1986-2006, and was named Professor Emeritus in 2007. In December of 2007, he donated this collection of serials, programs, catalogues, and newsletters pertaining mainly to 19th century Italian opera, with a particular emphasis on the operas of Verdi. However, the La Scala programs also contain useful information about French and Russian opera.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

H. Robert Cohen Collection on Teatro alla Scala, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/24550
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. Please make an appointment with the curator: Vincent J. Novara Tel: 301.405.9220, Email: vnovara@umd.edu

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Dr. H. Robert Cohen is a notable American musicologist whose research and publications focus on 19th century music criticism, the staging of opera, and musical iconography. Additionally, he is known for the popular database RIPM (Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals), of which he is founder and director. Cohen received a B.A. in philosophy and literature, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in musicology, all from New York University, which he accomplished while pursuing his career as a professional clarinetist. He taught at the Universit de Paris, Universit Laval, the University of Amsterdam, and the University of British Columbia before starting at the University of Maryland. He taught as a Professor of Music at UMD from 1986-2006 as well as directing the Center for Studies in Nineteenth-Century Music. In 2007, he was named Professor Emeritus.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The H. Robert Cohen Collection on Teatro alla Scala covers the period from 1963-2006 with the bulk of the material from 1991-1997. This collection consists mostly of serials and programs, and also contains one catalogue and a newsletter. It contains a great deal of information on opera (mostly 19th century and early 20th century Italian opera), with several documents focusing specifically on the work of Giuseppe Verdi.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The collection was given to SCPA in December 2007 by Dr. H. Robert Cohen.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Andrew Reitter, October 2013

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Nicole Horstman, November 2013.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is arranged into four series.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Serials, 1963-2006 (15 items)

This series contains 15 serials: nine issues of Fonti Musicali Italiane, one issue of LAvant Scne Opra, three issues of Le fonti musicali in Italia, and two issues of Istituto di studi verdiani. The serials Fonti Musicali Italiane and Le fonti musicali in Italia contain several articles and abstracts related to the study of Italian music. The serial LAvant Scne Opra is released bimonthly, and each issue is a comprehensive study of one operathe issue in this collection is about the opera Robert le diable (Meyerbeer). The serial Istituto di studi verdiani is devoted to studying one opera of Verdi per issuethe two issues in this collection examine La forza del destino (1963-65 issue), and Ernani (1987 issue).

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Fonti Musicali Italiane , 1996-2006 series 1box 1folder 1
No. 1, No. 1 Supplemento, 1996 series 1box 1folder 1item 1.0
No. 2, 1997 series 1box 1folder 1item 2.0
No. 3, 1998 series 1box 1folder 1item 3.0
No. 4, 1999 series 1box 1folder 1item 4.0
No. 5, 2000 series 1box 1folder 1item 5.0
No. 6, 2001 series 1box 1folder 1item 6.0
No. 7, 2002 series 1box 1folder 1item 7.0
No. 8, 2003 series 1box 1folder 1item 8.0
No. 11, 2006 series 1box 1folder 1item 9.0
LAvant Scne Opra , 1985 series 1box 1folder 2
Mensuel, No. 76 Robert le diable (Meyerbeer), June 1985 series 1box 1folder 2item 1.0
Le fonti musicali in Italia, 1987-1992 series 1box 1folder 3
No. 1, 1987 series 1box 1folder 3item 1.0
No. 5, 1991 series 1box 1folder 3item 2.0
No. 6, 1992 series 1box 1folder 3item 3.0
Istituto di studi verdiani , 1963-1965, 1987 series 1box 1folder 4
No. 6, Vol. II- La forza del destino (Verdi), 1963-1965 series 1box 1folder 4item 1.0
No. 10- Ernani (Verdi), 1987 series 1box 1folder 4item 2.0

Series 2: Programs, 1991-1997 (45 items)

This series contains 45 programs: one from Theatre National Opera de Paris, and 44 from Teatro alla Scala. The La Scala programs are arranged by season, starting with the 1991-1992 season and ending with the 1996-1997 season. The seasons traditionally begin on December 7 of each year, a day known as Saint Ambroses Daythe feast day of Milans patron saint. All of the programs in this collection were produced under musical director/principal conductor Riccardo Muti. La Scala is now under the direction of Daniel Barenboim.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Theatre National Opera de Paris, 1985 series 2box 1folder 5
Robert le diable (Meyerbeer), 1985 series 2box 1folder 5item 1.0
Teatro alla Scala, 1991-1992 series 2box 2folder 1
Fra Diavolo (Auber), program 3, January 15, 1992 series 2box 2folder 1item 1.0
Notte nei giardini di Spagna (de Falla),Mi vida (composer not listed), Il capello a tre punte (de Falla), program 4, January 28, 1992 series 2box 2folder 1item 2.0
Arabella (Strauss, R.), program 5, February 1, 1992 series 2box 2folder 1item 3.0
Stabat Mater (Rossini), program number not listed, February 29, 1992 series 2box 2folder 1item 4.0
La figla del mago (Ferrero), program number not listed, March 11, 1992 series 2box 2folder 1item 5.0
Iphignie en Tauride (Gluck), program 7, March 18, 1992 series 2box 2folder 1item 6.0
Pinnochio (Nidi), program number not listed, March 25, 1992 series 2box 2folder 1item 7.0
Perseo e Andromeda (Sciarrino), program 8, March 27, 1992 series 2box 2folder 1item 8.0
La traviata (Verdi), program 9, March 31, 1992 series 2box 2folder 1item 9.0
La bayadre (Minkus, arr. Lanchbery), program 10, April 16, 1992 series 2box 2folder 1item 10.0
Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti), program 11, May 8, 1992 series 2box 2folder 1item 11.0
La donna del lago (Rossini), program 14, June 27, 1992 series 2box 2folder 1item 12.0
Teatro alla Scala, 1992-1993 series 2box 3folder 1
Lo schiaccianoci (Čajkovskij), program 2, Decemebr 12, 1992 series 2box 3folder 1item 1.0
Beatrice di Tenda (Bellini), program 3, January 29, 1993 series 2box 3folder 1item 2.0
Le baiser de la fe [Il bacio della fata] (Stravinskij), Pagliacci (Leoncavallo), program 6, April 1, 1993 series 2box 3folder 1item 3.0
Fedora (Giordano), program 7, April 27, 1993 series 2box 3folder 1item 4.0
La bella addormentata nel bosco (Čajkovskij), program number not listed, October 7, 1993 series 2box 3folder 1item 5.0
Spettacolo di Gala per I 180 anni della Scuola di ballo del Teatro alla Scala [Entertainment Gala for the 180 years of ballet school of Teatro alla Scala], program number not listed, October 23, 1993 series 2box 3folder 1item 6.0
Teatro alla Scala, 1993-1994 series 2box 3folder 2
Lo schiaccianoci (Čajkovskij), program 2, December 14, 1993 series 2box 3folder 2item 1.0
Langelo di fuoco (Prokofev), program 3, January 14, 1993 series 2box 3folder 2item 2.0
La bella addormentata nel bosco (Čajkovskij), program 4, January 21, 1994 series 2box 3folder 2item 3.0
Maometto II (Rossini), program 6, March 8, 1994 series 2box 3folder 2item 4.0
LIncoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi), program 19, October 7, 1994 series 2box 3folder 2item 5.0
Genio e sovversione lalveo miracoloso (Monteverdi), program number not listed, October 9, 1994 series 2box 3folder 2item 6.0
Lhistoire de Manon (Massenet), program number not listed, November 1994 series 2box 3folder 2item 7.0
Teatro alla Scala, 1994-1995 series 2box 4folder 1
Ivan il Terrible (Prokofev), program number not listed, December 21, 1994 series 2box 4folder 1item 1.0
La fanciulla del West (Puccini), program 3, January 12, 1995 series 2box 4folder 1item 2.0
Rigoletto (Verdi), program 4, January 31, 1995 series 2box 4folder 1item 3.0
Mefistofele (Boito), program 6, February 28, 1995 series 2box 4folder 1item 4.0
La Station thermale (Vacchi), program 8, March 19, 1995 series 2box 4folder 1item 5.0
Stiffelio (Verdi), program 9, March 29, 1995 series 2box 4folder 1item 6.0
Salome (Strauss, R.), program 10, April 18, 1995 series 2box 4folder 1item 7.0
La damnation de Faust (Berlioz), program 12, May 11, 1995 series 2box 4folder 1item 8.0
La traviata (Verdi), program 14, Romeo e Giulietta (Prokofev), program 19 series 2box 4folder 1item 9.0
Don Chisciotte (Minkus, arr. Lanchbery), program 15, June 1, 1995 series 2box 4folder 1item 10.0
Falstaff (Verdi), program 16, June 11, 1995 series 2box 4folder 1item 11.0
Les contes dHoffmann (Offenbach), program 18, June 26, 1995 series 2box 4folder 1item 12.0
Romeo e Giulietta (Prokofev), program 19, July 17, 1995 series 2box 4folder 1item 13.0
Teatro alla Scala, 1995-1996 series 2box 5folder 1
Petruška (Stravinsky), Gianni Schicchi (Puccini), program 10, April 30, 1996 series 2box 5folder 1item 1.0
Das Rheingold (Wagner), program 13, May 30, 1996 series 2box 5folder 1item 2.0
Petruška (Stravinsky), La Strada (Rota), program 14, June 7, 1996 series 2box 5folder 1item 3.0
La fille du regiment (Donizetti), program 15, June 25, 1996 series 2box 5folder 1item 4.0
Porgy and Bess (Gershwin), program 16, July 12, 1996 series 2box 5folder 1item 5.0
Coppélia (Delibes), Il Gattopardo (Rossini, Puccini, Verdi, others), program 17, July 23, 1996 series 2box 5folder 1item 6.0
Teatro alla Scala, 1996-1997 series 2box 5folder 2
La vedova allegra (Lehár), program 2, December 14, 1996 series 2box 5folder 2item 1.0

Series 3: Catalogues, 1975 (1 item)

This series contains one catalogue: L'Atelier Nadar et l'art lyrique by Philippe Ne?agu. It is a catalogue of opera photographs done by famous French photographers Flix Gaspard Tournachon (mononymously known as Nadar), Adrien Tournachon (the younger brother of Felix) and Paul Nadar (the son of Nadar). The photographs cover the dates 1855-1914.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Books, 1975 series 3box 1folder 1

Series 4: Newsletters, 1991 (1 item)

This series contains one Verdi newsletter from 1991, addressed to Victor Yellin (for more information on Victor Yellin, please refer to SCPAs Victor Yellin Collection). The newsletter opens with a eulogy of sorts written by Martin Chusid, commemorating the life of Mario Medici (who had died in March of 1990) and thanking him for donating his considerable Verdi collection to the American Institute for Verdi Studies. What follows are two short essays on Verdi, the first by Harold S. Powers and the second by Sidney Cox. Next are five abstracts, of which three pertain directly to Verdi, and the newsletter closes with a short book review of Annals of the Metropolitan Opera.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
American Institute for Verdi Studies, 1991 series 4box 1folder 1

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