Andre Kostelanetz Recordings Collection
Andre Kostelanetz (1901-1980) was a Russian conductor, orchestrator, pianist, and composer known for his radio programs and concert series. He began his work in radio in 1928, and by 1930, was the conductor the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) orchestra. His programs featured a blend of classical music and popular music, much of which was orchestrated by Kostelanetz himself to suit the radio format. This collection contains recordings of Kostelanetz's broadcasts and interviews conducted with Kostelanetz, as well as supporting materials. Interviews conducted by Robert Sherman and George Jellinek were for radio broadcast on WQXR, and interviews conducted by Gloria Hammond were for Kostelanetz's memoir, Echoes: Memoirs of Andre Kostelanetz.
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Andre Kostelanetz, born December 22, 1901 in St. Petersburg, Russia, was a conductor and orchestrator. Kostelanetz studied composition at St. Petersburg Conservatory under Alexander Glazunov. He came to the United States in 1922 as a refugee, and worked in New York City as a vocal coach and accompanist. In 1928, he became a United States citizen and began working for Atlantic Broadcasting System, which would be acquired by Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS). He then became the conductor for the CBS orchestra in 1930, and conducted a series of programs including the Chesterfield Hour. These programs often featured arrangements made by Kostelanetz of both classical music and popular music of the time.
In 1963, he began a series of spring concerts with the New York Philharmonic known as the Promenades, which would feature symphonic music, folk songs, dance, and spoken word. Kostelanetz guest conducted the New York Philharmonic for twenty-seven consecutive seasons, from 1952 to 1979. He commissioned several works for orchestra, including Aaron Copland's "A Lincoln Portrait." Kostelanetz died in Haiti on January 13, 1980.
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The Andre Kostelanetz Recordings Collection covers the period from 1932 to 1980; the bulk of the materials date from 1942-1945 and 1979. The collection consists of recordings from Kostelanetz's radio broadcasts and interviews with Kostelanetz, both for radio and for his memoir. This collection also contains an index of the recordings, a copy of his memoir, a photocopy of a periodical feature on Kostelanetz, and correspondence regarding the acquisition of the collection. Most of the broadcasts in this collection were made for the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), and frequently featured soprano Lily Pons. The radio interviews were conducted on WQXR-FM by Robert Sherman and George Jellinek, and the interviews for his memoir were conducted by Gloria Hammond.
Custodial History and Acquisition Information
Gift of Robert Frank. Received on February 20, 2009.
Processed by Alice Rogers in May and June 2015.
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Arrangement of Collection
This collection is organized into two series:
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series 1: Recordings, 1932-1980 (1.75 linear feet)
This series contains recordings of or about Andre Kostelanetz.
Subseries 1.1: The Radio Broadcasts of Andre Kostelanetz, 1932-1978 (1.25 linear feet)
This series consist of recordings of Andre Kostelanetz's radio broadcasts, from 1932-1978, with the bulk of the recordings dating from 1942-1945. Materials are arranged in the original order given, which differs slightly from chronological order.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|CD 1: Pontiac Presents, CBS 12/28/32, 3/2/33; Andre Kostelanetz Presents, CBS 9/18/1933.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 1|
|CD 2: Pontiac Presents, CBS [Spring] 1933; Threads of Happiness, CBS [Autumn] 1933; Kostelanetz Presents, CBS 11/9/33.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 2|
|Benefit for Hollywood Musicians [undated]; Buick Christmas Special, 12/25/33; Buick Presents, 2/8/34.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 3|
|CD 4: CBS Special: 50th Anniversary of ATandT and the Bell Systems, 4/28/35.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 4|
|CD 5: Coca Cola Jubilee, Refreshment Time, CBS 6/7/35.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 5|
|CD 6: Chesterfield Time, 6 Selections, CBS 1936-1938.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 6|
|CD 7: Summer 1937, with Lily Pons and the Chicago Civic Opera Orchestra.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 7|
|CD 8: Music for the New York World's Fair, [undated]; Music in the Modern Manner, CBS [undated]; Little Moments with Big People, WINS [February 2, 1935]; Stoopnagle and Bud, CBS [undated].||series 1.1||box 1||folder 8|
|CD 10: Music of the Two Americas, CBS 7/31/38; The Pause that Refreshes, CBS 4/25/43.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 9|
|CD 11: Concert for the Canadian War Effort, Toronto, CBS, CBC 5/16/41.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 10|
|CD 13: Promenade Symphony Concert, Live from Toronto (partial) 5/21/42.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 11|
|CD 14: Coca Cola, The Pause that Refreshes on the Air, CBS, selections, 12/8/40 - 7/6/41.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 12|
|CD 15: Coca Cola, The Pause that Refreshes on the Air, CBS, selections, 5/24/41 - 1/25/42.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 13|
|CD 16: Coca Cola, The Pause that Refreshes on the Air, CBS 6/7/42 - 11/1/42.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 14|
|CD 16a: Coca Cola Programs, CBS, Two Sections 9/13/42; Six Sections 12/6/42; Complete 12/13/42||series 1.1||box 1||folder 15|
|CD 16b: Coca Cola Programs, CBS, Complete 12/20/42; Six Sections 12/27/42; Two Sections 6/20/43.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 16|
|CD 18: Coca Cola, The Pause that Refreshes on the Air, CBS, selections 9/17/42 - 10/3/43.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 17|
|CD 19: Coca Cola, The Pause that Refreshes on the Air, CBS, 6 selections 10/10/43 - 2/6/44.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 18|
|CD 20: Coca Cola, The Pause that Refreshes on the Air, CBS, 7 selections 2/20/44 - 4/30/44.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 19|
|CD 21: Coca Cola, The Pause that Refreshes on the Air, CBS, 4 selections, 3/16/41 - 11/26/44. The Chrysler Show CBS 10/25/45.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 20|
|CD 22: Music for the New York World's Fair, 1939. The March of Dimes, 1946. A Date with Music, 1949 [August 26, 1949].||series 1.1||box 1||folder 21|
|CD 25: Memorial Concert for FDR, CBS 4/15/45.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 22|
|CD 27A: Introduction to Birmingham Alabama Symphony Concert, [March 25, 1942]. CBC interview on his 30th Anniversary in Radio, [November 1958]. The Tex and Jinx Show (abridged) WRCA, [December 1955].||series 1.1||box 1||folder 23|
|CD 27B [labeled "CD 27" on CD, "27b" on case]: Chrysler Presents, CBS 10/18/45. Time for Woman ABC 4/27/46. Feature Story CBS 6/20/46.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 24|
|CD 28: White House Concert 5/20/78; Army, Navy, Air Force Bands.||series 1.1||box 1||folder 25|
Subseries 1.2: The Radio Talks of Andre Kostelanetz, 1972-1980 (0.50 linear feet)
This subseries contains recordings from Andre Kostelanetz's on-air radio interviews and memorials, from 1972-1980. Materials are arranged in the original order given, which is chronological.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|CD 2: The Listening Room, WQXR 1/20/72 with Robert Sherman: Works Commissioned by Andre, with music.||series 1.2||box 1||folder 26|
|CD 4: The Vocal Scene, with George [Jellinek], WQXR 2/17/72: "Singers I have known and Worked With"||series 1.2||box 1||folder 27|
|CD 5: The Listening Room with Beverly Sills WQXR 10/20/76.||series 1.2||box 1||folder 28|
|CD 6: Great Artists Series, WQXR 5/14/78 with Robert Sherman: Celebrating the Promenade Concerts.||series 1.2||box 1||folder 29|
|CD 7: The Vocal Scene, WQXR 9/21/78 with George [Jellinek]: Remembering Lily Pons.||series 1.2||box 2||folder 1|
|CD 8: Remembering Andre Kostelanetz, two weeks after his death [January 17, 1980].||series 1.2||box 2||folder 2|
|CD 9: Adventures in Good Music, A Tribute to Andre with Karl Haas, WQXR, WJR 2/8/80.||series 1.2||box 2||folder 3|
|CD 10: The Vocal Scene, with George [Jellinek], WQXR 1/30/80: A Tribute To Andre.||series 1.2||box 2||folder 4|
Subseries 1.3: Echoes: Memoirs of Andre Kostelanetz, Interviews with Gloria Hammond, 1979-1980 (0.10 linear feet)
This subseries contains recordings of the personal interviews conducted by Gloria Hammond in preparation for publishing Andre Kostelanetz's memoir, Echoes: Memoirs of Andre Kostelanetz from 1979-1980. Materials are arranged in the original order given, which differs slightly from chronological order.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|CD 1A: 6/5/79 - World War II, 1942||series 1.3||box 2||folder 5|
|CD 1B: 6/5/79 - Childhood, part I (Some discussion of childhood composers and authors)||series 1.3||box 2||folder 6|
|CD 2: 6/5/79 - Atomic Bomb, Nevada 1955; Dr. Nicholas; 6/5/79 - Childhood, part 2||series 1.3||box 2||folder 7|
|CD 3A: 6/6/79 - Youth - to Kislovodsk; Typhus; Coaching at opera.||series 1.3||box 2||folder 8|
|CD 3B: 6/6/79 - Youth - Leningrad; Grand Opera.||series 1.3||box 2||folder 9|
|CD 4A: 6/7/79 - Leningrad - Youth (contd.); Decision to Leave Russia for Good.||series 1.3||box 2||folder 10|
|CD 4B: 6//7/79; Minsk to Vilna to Warsaw to NYC 1922; Composers, Misc., Inserts of Childhood||series 1.3||box 2||folder 11|
|CD 5A: 6/8/79; Richard Rodgers; View on Music Today, (especially musicals), Musical Portraits (Virgil Thompson)||series 1.3||box 2||folder 12|
|CD 5B: 6/18/79; Jimmy Thompson||series 1.3||box 2||folder 13|
|CD 6 [labeled "CD 6A" on CD, "6" on case]: 6/18/79; Misc. (Earl Mountbatten, [etc.])||series 1.3||box 2||folder 14|
|CD 7 [labeled "CD 7A" on CD, "7" on case]: 6/19/79 - Interview with Maria Frank; 6/20/79 - Modern Music, (see newsclip) Radio||series 1.3||box 2||folder 15|
|CD 8A: 6/20/79 - Radio||series 1.3||box 2||folder 16|
|CD 8B: 6/21/79 - Lily Pons||series 1.3||box 2||folder 17|
|CD 9A: 6/21/79 - Lily Pons (cont'd)||series 1.3||box 2||folder 18|
|CD 9B: 6/21/79; 11/20/79 - Andre Kostelanetz||series 1.3||box 2||folder 19|
|CD 10A: 6/25/79 - Lily Pons (cont'd); The Beret Story||series 1.3||box 2||folder 20|
|CD 10B: 6/26/79; Supplementary early years in US.||series 1.3||box 2||folder 21|
|CD 11A: 6/25/79; Jokes||series 1.3||box 2||folder 22|
|CD 11B: 6/26/79 - Sara Gene; 6/27/79 - Beginning of Ogden Nash||series 1.3||box 2||folder 23|
|CD 12A: 6/27/79; Sara Gene||series 1.3||box 2||folder 24|
|CD 12B: 6/27/79; 6/28/79 - Radio - Sandburg||series 1.3||box 2||folder 25|
|CD 13A: 6/28/79; "Mixed" Somerset Maugham in [Istanbul] Recording||series 1.3||box 2||folder 26|
|CD 13B: 6/28/79; "Mixed" (cont'd); Leopold Stokowski, William Walton||series 1.3||box 2||folder 27|
|CD 14A: 6/29/79; William Walton, World's Fair, Casals, Reiner||series 1.3||box 2||folder 28|
|CD 14B: 6/29/79; Monteux, Dogs - "Peace and Victory"; 7/2/79; Indonesia Fans||series 1.3||box 2||folder 29|
|CD 15 [labeled "CD 15A" on CD, "15" on case]: 7/2/79; Learning to Fly; What Music Means (to others); July 4, 1976 at Wolftrap||series 1.3||box 2||folder 30|
|CD 16A: 7/5/79; Commissioning Music - Lincoln Portrait [etc.] (?)||series 1.3||box 2||folder 31|
|CD 16B: 7/6/79; Commissioning Music - Lincoln Portrait [etc.]||series 1.3||box 2||folder 32|
|CD 17A: 7/6/79; Commissioned Works (cont'd)||series 1.3||box 2||folder 33|
|CD 17B: 7/6/79; Commissioned Works (cont'd); 7/9/79 - Travel||series 1.3||box 2||folder 34|
|CD 18A: 7/9/79 - Travel||series 1.3||box 2||folder 35|
|CD 18B: 7/9/79 - Travel||series 1.3||box 2||folder 36|
|CD 19A: 7/14 - 7/16/79; Musicians, Criticism, Beecham, Travel||series 1.3||box 2||folder 37|
|CD 19B: 7/16 - 7/17/79; Travel, Michener, Recording Technique, "Kostelanetz" meaning||series 1.3||box 2||folder 38|
|CD 20A: 7/17/79; Guest Conduction; Tempo; Sandburg||series 1.3||box 2||folder 39|
|CD 20B: 7/17/79; Early days Miscellaneous; 7/18/79; Composers - esp. Stokowski; Misc.||series 1.3||box 3||folder 1|
|CD 21A: 7/18/79; Casals (rep.); 7/19/79; Cologne; Glenn Miller||series 1.3||box 3||folder 2|
|CD 21B: 7/19/79; [Philippines]; Arthur Judson; Musicians; Stokowski and Roerich||series 1.3||box 3||folder 3|
|CD 22B: 7/24/79; Misc.; White House, May '78||series 1.3||box 3||folder 4|
|CD 23A: 7/25/79; Pictures and Comments (Callas [etc.]); Tribute to Andre Kostelanetz as #1 air passenger||series 1.3||box 3||folder 5|
|CD 23B: 7/25 - 7/26/79; Pictures and Comments (Callas [etc.]), Tribute to Andre Kostelanetz as #1 air passenger (cont'd)||series 1.3||box 3||folder 6|
|CD 24A: 7/26/79; Conversations - gold, money, misc.; JPM arrives (Julian Muller); Amusing stories (some new)||series 1.3||box 3||folder 7|
|CD 24B: 7/26/79; JPM (Julian Muller), AK and Gloria Hammond - three way; conversation continues; "Rainmaker" (Denver); Boris, winds.||series 1.3||box 3||folder 8|
|CD 25A: 8/1/79; Miscellaneous Wonderful Session.; Faith Healing; Appreciation||series 1.3||box 3||folder 9|
|CD 26A: 8/3/79 (cont'd); India, China stories||series 1.3||box 3||folder 10|
|CD 26B: 8/3/79 (cont'd); Cole Porter; Subject of Sharing||series 1.3||box 3||folder 11|
|CD 27A: 8/7/79; Gloria Hammond's impression of 8/8/79 Park Concert; Andre Kostelanetz on Concert||series 1.3||box 3||folder 12|
|CD 28A: 8/13/79; Faure; New Orleans||series 1.3||box 3||folder 13|
|CD 28B: 8/13/79; [Haute] Cuisine; 8/14/79; Light vs. Classical Music||series 1.3||box 3||folder 14|
|CD 29A: 8/14/79||series 1.3||box 3||folder 15|
|CD 29B: 8/14/79; Rubinstein (taped from Ch. 13); 8/16/79; Misc.; Opinions of Malcolm Sargent; Tom Dooley||series 1.3||box 3||folder 16|
|CD 31A: 8/17/79; Acoustics, Recording; AK's playing machine idea; 8/20/79||series 1.3||box 3||folder 17|
|CD 31B: 10/9/79; Misc. thoughts, White House, Pope visit, Reviewers; Answers to some tape questions...etc.||series 1.3||box 3||folder 18|
|CD 32 [labeled "CD 32A" on CD, "32" on case]: 9/25/79; About writing autobiography viz a viz; conversation re Picasso's Former wife (My Life with Picasso); Cuban Revolution, Incidental conversation (not noted); Bill Stevenson?||series 1.3||box 3||folder 19|
|CD 33A: 9/26/79; Bill Stevenson||series 1.3||box 3||folder 20|
|CD 33B: 9/26/79; Bill Stevenson (cont'd); 11/20/79; Andre Kostelanetz||series 1.3||box 3||folder 21|
|CD 34 [labeled "CD 34A" on CD, "34" on case]: 10/1/79; [Rubaiyat], Misc.; Questions Answered; Hebrew Story||series 1.3||box 3||folder 22|
|CD 35A: 10/9/79; Misc.; Reviews cont'd; School memories; Efrem Kurtz||series 1.3||box 3||folder 23|
|CD 35B: 10/9/79; Misc.; "Wealth"; 10/17/79; Misc. items. Esp. re: [Shostakovich] Autobiography||series 1.3||box 3||folder 24|
|CD 36A: 10/17/79 - Misc. cont'd; "You have the hands of Anton Rubinstein"; First coaching experience; 10/25/79 - Misc., [plagiarism], Kurtz, Petersburg Conservatory, Promenades, First recording||series 1.3||box 3||folder 25|
|CD 36B: 10/25/79; Misc., Prince Bernard, Music, How book should begin, First nonsubscription concert and Philharmonic encores||series 1.3||box 3||folder 26|
|CD 37A: 10/25/79; Misc., Some repetitions. Answers to one or two gaps. More on beginning of book. Washington visit for unclear purpose. Alexander Dymshitz, cousin, who became a Communist. D.N.V.||series 1.3||box 3||folder 27|
|CD 37B: 11/25/79; The courtroom putdown story. Childhood: learning languages; Smirnoffs, Schooldays (rep.); Practical joke on German teacher||series 1.3||box 3||folder 28|
|CD 38 [labeled "CD 38A" on CD, "38" on case]: 9/13/79; Interview with George Jellinek; 11/12/79; Misc., Answer to gaps; Conductors' egos; Beecham coke on plane story||series 1.3||box 3||folder 29|
|CD 39 [labeled "CD 39A" on CD, "39" on case]: 10/5/79; Interview with Francis; Robinson; 11/12/[79?] Misc. info; Answer to questions||series 1.3||box 3||folder 30|
|CD 40A: 6/12/79; Interview with Horace Sutton||series 1.3||box 3||folder 31|
|CD 40B: 6/19/79; Interview with Marian Frank (sister)||series 1.3||box 3||folder 32|
|CD 41A: 9/29/79; Interview with Lou Robbins||series 1.3||box 3||folder 33|
|CD 41B: 9/29/79; Interview with Lou Robbins (cont'd)||series 1.3||box 3||folder 34|
|CD 42A: 2/11/80; Interview with Karl Haas and Andre Kostelanetz; Interview with Efrem Kurtz||series 1.3||box 3||folder 35|
|CD 42B: 2/11/80; Interview with Efrem Kurtz (cont'd)||series 1.3||box 3||folder 36|
|CD 43A: 1. 10/26/56 - w. Wesley Pearson; 2. 3/2/58 - w. Jim Fassett, NY Philharmonic; 3. 3/21/65 - w. John Daly, WQXR; 4. 11/13/65 - w. Edward Downs, NY Philharmonic program||series 1.3||box 3||folder 37|
|CD 43B: 5. 5/14/69 - w. Lloyd Moss, WQXR; 6. 11/2/75 - w. Martin Bookspan, WQXR; 7. No date - w. Hugh Thompson||series 1.3||box 3||folder 38|
Series 2: Print Materials, 1934-1981 (0.25 linear feet)
This series contains print materials related to this collection. Materials are arranged chronologically.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|"Kostelanetz Brews a New Radio Formula" by Herbert Westen, July 1934||series 2||box 4||folder 1|
|Echoes: Memoirs of Andre Kostelanetz, by Andre Kostelanetz in collaboration with Gloria Hammond, 1981., 1981||series 2||box 4||folder 2|
|Index of Kostelanetz Recordings, undated||series 2||box 4||folder 3|
Andre Kostelanetz Collection, 1930-1960, Music Division, Library of Congress.
Echoes [sound recording]: Memoirs of Andre Kostelanetz, New York Public Library.
Kostelanetz Score Collection, New York Philharmonic, archives.nyphil.org.
Kostelanetz, Andre. Wonderland of Golden Hits. New York: Columbia Records, 1963. LP record. [PAL Paged Collections MD2241]
Robert Sherman Collection, Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, University of Maryland.
Kostelanetz, Andre, and Liz Dribben. His Life and Music. New York: Encyclopedia Americana/CBS News Audio Resource Library, 1977. Cassette. [Hornbake Library Media Services D411.V5]
North, James H. Andre Kostelanetz on Records and on the Air: A Discography and Radio Log. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2011. [PAL Stacks ML156.7.K67 N67]
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