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Jorge Bolet Collection


Jorge Bolet Collection
Bolet, Jorge
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34.00 linear feet
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International Piano Archives at Maryland
International Piano Archives at Maryland, University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, MD 20742, Tel: 301.405.9224, Email:

Jorge Bolet (1914-1990) was an active piano performer and teacher. He performed solo recitals and concerts with various orchestras, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and he also toured many countries, including Canada, Australia, Germany, and China. In addition, Bolet taught at The Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and at Indiana University in Bloomington. This collection consists of 34.00 linear feet of writings, correspondence, programs, press releases, scores, recordings, photographs, datebooks, awards, scrapbooks, posters, books, clippings, articles, and other memorabilia related to Bolets career, his hobbies, and his relationships with his close colleagues, including Audrey Michaels, Mac Finley, and his older brother, conductor Alberto Bolet.

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Historical Note

Summary: Jorge Bolet was born in Havana, Cuba on November 15, 1914. His teachers included David Saperton, Josef Hofmann and Leopold Godowsky. While in Europe for further training (1934), he began his concert career and toured throughout Europe. Bolet's North American debut was a performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra (1937), and he made his New York recital debut at Town Hall (1937). Bolet joined both the Cuban and United States armies and also played with the Nippon Philharmonic Orchestra while stationed in Tokyo.

Following his separation from the service, Bolet toured extensively throughout the world both as recitalist and soloist and performed with most of the worlds major orchestras. He was also known through radio and television appearances on such programs as the Bell Telephone Hour and was a leading interpreter of the music of Franz Liszt. Bolet made his first recordings on the Boston and Remington labels (1950s), and he recorded with various other labels, including an extensive cross-section of his repertoire during the last decade of his career with Decca/London. Bolet taught for many years at The Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and at Indiana University in Bloomington, and he conducted numerous master classes around the world. Bolet died in San Mateo, California on October 16, 1990.

Full History: Jorge Bolet was born in Havana, Cuba on November 15, 1914, and began serious study of the piano at age five under the direction of his sister Maria. He played his first public recital at age nine and appeared as soloist with the Havana Sinfonica at age ten. In 1927, he was awarded a scholarship to The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied with David Saperton. During this period he also played often for, and received coaching from, Josef Hofmann and Leopold Godowsky. At sixteen, he appeared as soloist with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra under Fritz Reiner in Carnegie Hall. Upon his graduation in 1934, the Cuban government sent Bolet to Europe for further training under Moriz Rosenthal. While there, he began his concert career, appearing in Vienna, Berlin, Paris, London, The Hague, Amsterdam, Milan, and Madrid and other Spanish cities.

Bolet's North American debut was in 1937, a performance with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Eugene Ormandy. This was followed by his New York recital debut at Town Hall in 1937 as winner of the Naumburg Award. He returned to Town Hall in 1940 as the first and only winner of the Josef Hofmann Award given by the Curtis Institute.

At the outbreak of World War II, Bolet joined the Cuban army and as a lieutenant served at the Cuban Embassy in Washington under regime of President Batista. After the Batista government fell, Bolet joined the United States Army and became an American citizen.While stationed in Tokyo with the Army of Occupation, Bolet conducted the Japanese premiere of "The Mikado" by Gilbert and Sullivan, and made several appearances as soloist with the Nippon Philharmonic Orchestra.

Following his separation from the service, Bolet resumed his interrupted career. As both recitalist and soloist with orchestra, Bolet toured extensively throughout the world. He performed with most of the major orchestras including Amsterdam, Berlin, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Copenhagen, Detroit, Los Angeles, Madrid, Minnesota, Oslo, Pittsburgh, and New York. He was known to an even wider audience through radio and television appearances on such programs as the Bell Telephone Hour. A leading interpreter of the music of Franz Liszt, Bolet recorded the sound track for "Song Without End", a 1961 motion picture on the life of Liszt.

Bolet's first recordings appeared in the early 1950s on the Boston and Remington labels, and include a much-acclaimed performance of Prokofiev's Concerto No.2. Subsequently his playing was featured on releases from RCA Victor, Everest, Ensayo, Genesis, Opus, Columbia/CBS, Vox and most notably Decca/London, for whom he recorded an extensive cross-section of his repertoire during the last decade of his career.

Bolet tought for many years at The Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and at Indiana University in Bloomington, as well as conducting numerous master classes around the world.

Bolet died in San Mateo, California on October 16, 1990.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Jorge Bolet Collection covers the period from 1880 to 1996; the bulk of the materials date from 1959 to 1989, and the collection is 34.00 linear feet. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including published and unpublished writings, correspondence, programs, press releases, scores, recordings, photographs, datebooks, awards, scrapbooks, posters, books, clippings, articles, and other memorabilia related to Bolets performing career, including his performances with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, at the Berkshire Music Festival and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and in countries such as Germany and Australia. It also contains materials related to Bolets teaching career, his military service, and his personal life, including personal correspondence and photographs with his friends.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Jorge Bolet, received in 1988. Additional materials were received in December 1992, on March 29th, 1994, and on April 4th, 1994 by Mac Finley, Bolet's producer. Additional tapes were received from Decca, a company Bolet recorded with, on February 23rd, 1993.

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Item-level inventories of slides made by Bolet, cassette tapes, scores, date books, and articles about Bolet are available upon request. Articles about Bolet not in Box 15 item-level inventory are in Box 14. Photograph albums are stored in Oversized Drawers 4 and 5.Materials added in 1992 are on a different shelf than the rest of the materials.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Performance Files, 1934-1989, and Undated (8.00 linear feet)

Here are found programs, reviews, advertisements, promotional materials and like documents that are related to specific performances of Bolet. The materials are organized chronologically by performance date, and span the Period 1934 through 1989. This series is located in boxes 1 through 10.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
J.B. graduation recital -- Curtis Institute of Music, 1934 series 1box 1folder 1
Town Hall, New York, 1937 series 1box 1folder 2
Performances, 1938 series 1box 1folder 3
J.B. solo recital -- Curtis Institute of Music, April 1940-October 1940 series 1box 1folder 4
"Jorge Bolet 'Winner' In Musical Handicap.", 1940 series 1box 1folder 5
J.B. Carnegie Hall recital, 1942 series 1box 1folder 6
Performances, 1943 series 1box 1folder 7
Performances, 1944 series 1box 1folder 8
Performances, 1948 series 1box 1folder 9
Various newspaper clippings, 1940s series 1box 1folder 10
J.B. solo piano recital, 1949-1950 series 1box 1folder 11
Newspaper clippings, 1950s series 1box 1folder 12
Performances, 1951 series 1box 1folder 13
Performances, 1952 series 1box 1folder 14
J.B. solo recital -- Vancouver, Canada, 1953 series 1box 1folder 15
Der Tagesspiegel -- Translation of German review, 1954 series 1box 1folder 16
Performances, 1955 series 1box 1folder 17
Performances, 1956 series 1box 1folder 18
Performances, 1957 series 1box 1folder 19
Performances, 1958 series 1box 1folder 20
Performances, 1959 series 1box 1folder 21
The Community Concert Assn -- J.B. in solo recital, Undated series 1box 1folder 22
Performances, 1960 series 1box 1folder 23
J.B. solo recital -- Palo Alto, Calif., 1/1961 series 1box 1folder 24
Performances, January 1961-May 1961 series 1box 2folder 1
J.B. performance with Andrzej Markowski and the Orkiestra Filharmonii Krakowskiej, 3/1961 series 1box 2folder 2
J.B. duo recital -- With David Abel, 7/1961 series 1box 2folder 3
J.B. performance -- With Zubin Mehta and the Kammer Yorkester in Hasten, 9/1961 series 1box 2folder 4
Performances, September 1961-December 1961 series 1box 2folder 5
Performances, 1-3/1962 series 1box 2folder 6
J.B. performance with Andrè Rieu and the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest -- Amsterdam, 3/1962 series 1box 2folder 7
Performances, April 1962-August 1962 series 1box 2folder 8
Van Cliburn International Quadrennial Piano Competition -- Fort Worth, Texas, September 1962-October 1962 series 1box 2folder 9
Performances, October 1962-December 1962 series 1box 2folder 10
J.B. performance -- With Witold Rowicki and the Berlin Philharmonic, 2/1963 series 1box 2folder 11
Performances, 1963 series 1box 2folder 12
J.B. solo recital -- In McAllen?, 1962 series 1box 2folder 13
Performances -- With Erich Leinsdorf and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Tanglewood; solo recital, Miami, 1963 series 1box 2folder 14
Performances, 1964 series 1box 3folder 1
Community Concert Association -- J.B. solo recital, 1963-1964 series 1box 3folder 2
Performances, 1965 series 1box 3folder 3
Performances, 1966 series 1box 3folder 4
J.B. solo recital -- Rolla, Missouri, 1/1967 series 1box 3folder 5
J.B. performances -- Sixten Ehrling and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 1/1967 series 1box 3folder 6
J.B. performance -- Radio Symphony Berlin, 9/1967 series 1box 3folder 7
J.B. performances -- Berlin Philharmonic; Germany, 10/1967 series 1box 3folder 8
Performances, October 1967-December 1967 series 1box 3folder 9
Conununity Concert Association -- J.B. solo recital, 1966-1967 series 1box 3folder 10
J.B. debut in Stuttgart, 5/1968 series 1box 3folder 11
Performances, 1968 series 1box 3folder 12
Berlin Recitals, 10/1969 series 1box 3folder 13
Germany Recitals, 11/1969 series 1box 3folder 14
J.B. performance -- With Franz Allers and the Washington National Symphony (D.C.), 8/1969 series 1box 3folder 15
J.B. performance -- Benefit for the International Piano Library -- Now known as the International Piano Archives at Maryland, 1970 series 1box 3folder 16
Performances, 1971 series 1box 3folder 17
Performances, 1972 series 1box 3folder 18
Performances, 1973 series 1box 3folder 19
J.B. solo recital -- Written in French, 1/1974 series 1box 3folder 20
Performances, January 1974-March 1974 series 1box 4folder 1
Conununity Concert Association, 1974-1975 series 1box 4folder 2
Roster of pianists -- To appear in "Piano Talk" with John Gruen, 10/1974 series 1box 4folder 3
J.B. solo recitals -- Avery Fisher Hall; The Curtis Institute of Music, 1975 series 1box 4folder 4
Performances, 1976 series 1box 4folder 5
Performances, 1977 series 1box 4folder 6
Performances, 1978 series 1box 4folder 8
Performances, 1979 series 1box 4folder 9
Performances, February 1980-October 1980 series 1box 4folder 10
J. B. performance -- with Musica Aeterna, 11/1980 series 1box 4folder 11
Performances, November 1980-December 1980 series 1box 4folder 12
Performances, January 1981-February 1981 series 1box 4folder 13
J.B. performance -- With Arpad Joo and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, 2/1981 series 1box 4folder 14
J.B. solo recital -- Queen Elizabeth Hall, 3/1981 series 1box 4folder 15
J.B. performance -- With George Hurst and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, 3/1981 series 1box 4folder 16
J.B. performance -- With Heribert Esser and the Orchester des Staastheaters Braunschweig, 3/1981 series 1box 4folder 17
Performances, March 1981-April 1981 series 1box 4folder 18
J.B. performance -- With Peter Leonard and the Louisville Orchestra, 5/1981 series 1box 4folder 19
J.B. performance -- With Enrique Diemecke and the Orquesta Filarmonica de le UNAM, 6/1981 series 1box 4folder 20
Performances, June 1981-July 1981 series 1box 4folder 21
J.B. Performance -- with Jose Serebrier and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Australia, 7/1981 series 1box 4folder 22
Australia Performances, July 1981-August 1981 series 1box 4folder 23
J.B performance -- With Rainer Miedel and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, 9/1981 series 1box 4folder 24
J.B. performance -- With Harold Farberman and the Melbou~ne Symphony Orchestra, 9/1981 series 1box 4folder 25
Performances, September 1981-October 1981 series 1box 4folder 26
J.B. performance -- With Sixten Ehrling and the Florida Philharmonic, 10/1981 series 1box 5folder 1
Performances, November 1981-December 1981 series 1box 5folder 2
Community Concert Association, 1981-1982 series 1box 5folder 3
Performances, January 1982-February 1982 series 1box 5folder 4
Germany Performances, 3/1982 series 1box 5folder 5
J.B. performance -- With Christof Prick and the Sechsten Symphoniekonzert der Ba.dischen Staatskapelle (Berlin), 3/1982 series 1box 5folder 6
J.B. performance -- With Ferdinand Leitner and the NDR-Sinfonieorchester Hambürg, 3/1982 series 1box 5folder 7
J .B. performance -- With Frederic Waldman and Musica Aeterna, 3/1982 series 1box 5folder 8
Performances, April 1982-June 1982 series 1box 5folder 9
AMSA International Piano Competition -- Cincinnati, Ohio, 6/1982 series 1box 5folder 10
Performances, July 1982-November 1982 series 1box 5folder 11
J.B. performance -- With John Schubeck and the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, 11/1982 series 1box 5folder 12
Performances, 12/1982 series 1box 5folder 13
J.B. solo recital -- Metropolitan Museum, 1/1983 series 1box 5folder 14
J.B. performance -- with Oscar Shumsky and the Symphony of the Curtis Institute of Music, 1/1982 series 1box 5folder 15
J.B. performance -- With Thomas Michalak and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, 2/1983 series 1box 5folder 16
Performances, February 1983--April 1983 series 1box 5folder 17
J.B. performance -- With Juan Pablo Izquierdo and the Orquesta Filarmonica, 6/1983 series 1box 6folder 1
Performances, June 1983-November 1983 series 1box 6folder 2
J.B. performance -- with Guido Knusel and the Kammerchor des Stadtischen Konzertchores, 11/1983 series 1box 6folder 3
J.B. solo recital -- Casa Verdi des Conservatorio, Milano, 11/1983 series 1box 6folder 4
Performances, 12/1983 series 1box 6folder 5
Performances, January 1984-April 1984 series 1box 6folder 6
Curtis Institute of Music's Sixtieth Anniversary, 4/1984 series 1box 6folder 7
J.B. solo recital -- Ambassador Auditorium (Calif.), 4/1984 series 1box 6folder 8
Performances, June 1984-July 1984 series 1box 6folder 9
J.B. performance -- With Lawrence Leighton Smith and the San Antonio Symphony, 9/1984 series 1box 6folder 10
J.B. performance -- With Mario Bernardi and the Vancouver Symphony, 9/1984 series 1box 7folder 1
J.B. performance -- With Lawrence Leighton Smith and the Louisville Orchestra, 9/1984 series 1box 7folder 2
Performances, October 1984-December 1984 series 1box 7folder 3
International Celebrity Concerts, 1984 series 1box 7folder 4
Performances, January 1985-April 1985 series 1box 7folder 5
J.B. performance -- With Leslie Parnas in Alice Tully Hall, 4/1985 series 1box 7folder 6
Performances, May 1985-June 1985 series 1box 7folder 7
Australia Performances, July 1985-August 1985 series 1box 7folder 8
J.B. performance -- With Lukas Foss and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, August 1985-September 1985 series 1box 7folder 9
J.B. solo recital -- Sewanee performing Arts Series, 9/1985 series 1box 7folder 10
Performances, September 1985-December 1985 series 1box 8folder 1
Performances, February 1986-October 1986 series 1box 8folder 2
J.B. performance -- with Stanislaw Skrowaczewski and the Hallé Orchestra, 10/1986 series 1box 8folder 3
Performances, November 1986-December 1986 series 1box 8folder 4
Performances -- UCLA; Hong Kong Solo Recital, 1987 series 1box 8folder 5
J B. performance -- With Kenneth Jean and the Hong Kong Philharmonic, 3/1987 series 1box 8folder 6
Australia Solo Recitals, 3/1987 series 1box 8folder 7
Performances, April 1987-August 1987 series 1box 8folder 8
Lincoln Center, New York Performance, 8/1987 series 1box 8folder 9
Performances, September 1987-October 1987 series 1box 8folder 10
J.B. solo recital -- Palermo, Italy, 11/1987 series 1box 8folder 11
Performances, November 1987-December 1987 series 1box 9folder 1
J.B. solo recital -- Hannover, 12/1987 series 1box 9folder 2
Performances, January 1988-May 1988 series 1box 9folder 3
J.B. performance -- Netherlands, 6/1988 series 1box 9folder 4
Performances, June 1988-September 1988 series 1box 10folder 1
Concert for Children with AIDS, 10/1988 series 1box 10folder 2
J.B. performance -- With Herbert Blomstedt and the San Francisco Symphony, 10/1988 series 1box 10folder 3
Performances, 10/1988 series 1box 10folder 4
Japan Performances, 11/1988 series 1box 10folder 5
Performances -- Switzerland, Italy, Munster, November 1988-December 1988 series 1box 10folder 6
Performances, January 1989-March 1989 series 1box 10folder 7
J.B. performance -- Zdenek Madal and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, March 1989-April 1989 series 1box 10folder 8
Performances, April 1989-May 1989 series 1box 10folder 9
Performances -- Berlin, Waterloo Festival, 6/1989 series 1box 10folder 10
Flyer of a concert at Teatro Colon, Undated series 1box 10folder 11

Series 2: Photographs, 1927-1989, and Undated (null)

This series consists of numerous photographs, snapshots and slides and is located in boxes 11 to 13. The photographs are arranged chronologically; a reference number appears on each photograph designating its approximate date (box 11 contains 1927.1--1987- .3; box 12 contains 1988, miscellaneous prints and various snapshots , box 13 contains slides taken by Bolet, oversize drawer numbers 4 and 5 contain large albums of photographs).

Subseries 2.1: Photographs of Bolet, 1927-1987, and Undated

This subseries contains photographs and portraits of Bolet, including studio pictures and photographs of Bolet at the piano, Bolet socializing, and Bolet before and after performances.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Bolet at age thirteen, 1927series 2.1box 11folder 1
Bolet with mother, 1931series 2.1box 11folder 2
Bolet with large group of people -- Patio of the Hotel Seville -- Havana, Cuba, 1941series 2.1box 11folder 3
Bolet in Infantry Officers' Candidate School, 1945series 2.1box 11folder 4
Dress rehearsal for "The Mikado" -- Tokyo, Japan, 1946series 2.1box 11folder 5
Photographs of Bolet -- With young boys; posing in front of a bar, 1947series 2.1box 11folder 6
At restaurant in Cuba -- With Peggy Smith, Lolita Salazar, and Luis?, 1948series 2.1box 11folder 7
Photographs of Bolet, 1949series 2.1box 11folder 8
Leopold Stokovski conducting, Undatedseries 2.1box 11folder 9
Curtis (Casimir Hall) -- Members of Board, Undatedseries 2.1box 11folder 10
Photographs of Bolet, 1940sseries 2.1box 11folder 11
Bolet and Pierre Monteux at Tanglewood, 1953series 2.1box 11folder 12
With students of Maria Jones de Castro (school), 1957series 2.1box 11folder 13
Photographs of Bolet, 1959series 2.1box 11folder 14
Photographs of Bolet, 1950sseries 2.1box 11folder 15
Photographs of Bolet, 1960series 2.1box 11folder 16
Playing Liszt original Bechstein -- Berlin, 1961series 2.1box 11folder 17
Photographs of Bolet, 1964series 2.1box 11folder 18
Bolet and orchestra perform in Central Park, 1965series 2.1box 11folder 19
Bolet and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra -- United Nations General Assembly Hall, 1967series 2.1box 11folder 20
Photographs of Bolet, 1960sseries 2.1box 11folder 21
Bolet sitting at piano -- In black suit; in white tie and tails, 1972series 2.1box 11folder 22
Photographs of Bolet, 1970sseries 2.1box 11folder 23
Photographs of Bolet -- Playing piano; professional photograph, 1987series 2.1box 11folder 24
Photographs of Bolet -- Eleven photographs; seven folders, 1980sseries 2.1box 11folder 25
Professional photos of Bolet -- Copyright by Francesco Scavullo, 1980sseries 2.1box 11folder 26
Bolet practicing on stage, 1980sseries 2.1box 11folder 27
Bolet at piano on symphony stage, 1980sseries 2.1box 11folder 28
Photographs of Bolet -- Four folders, 1980sseries 2.1box 11folder 29
Professional photos of Bolet, 1980sseries 2.1box 11folder 30
Bolet rehearsing with orchestra, 1980sseries 2.1box 11folder 31
Bolet with cigarette in hand speaking to another gentleman, 1980sseries 2.1box 11folder 32
Photographs -- Thirty-one loose photographs, Circa 1929-1961, and Undatedseries 2.1box 30folder 1

Subseries 2.2: Photographs taken by Bolet, Circa 1962-1988, and Undated

This subseries contains 8x10 color photographs taken by Bolet, including photographs of other people, dogs, and of Bolets California home.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Prints #3-13, 1988series 2.2box 12folder 1
Prints #5,8,10, 1988series 2.2box 12folder 2
Bolet Calif. Home, 1978series 2.2box 12folder 3
Prints of 1976, 1976series 2.2box 12folder 4
Prints of 1981, 1981series 2.2box 12folder 5
Prints of 1977, 1977series 2.2box 12folder 6
Prints #91, 3, 1978, and Undatedseries 2.2box 12folder 7
A.C.E. officers, Undatedseries 2.2box 12folder 8
Older woman (unidentified) -- Bolet's mother?, Undatedseries 2.2box 12folder 9
Young woman (unidentified), Undatedseries 2.2box 12folder 10
Pencil sketch of pug (dog), Circa 1962series 2.2box 12folder 11
Jorge Bolet -- Photos by Him -- Color Slides, 1978series 2.2box 30folder 2

Subseries 2.3: Slides Made by Bolet, 1969-1980, and Undated (0.75 linear feet)

This subseries contains slides that Bolet made of his various tours, including slides of his Wynard, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Bangkok tours.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Slides -- Twenty-seven slides, 1969-1980, and Undatedseries 2.3box 13folder 1

Subseries 2.4: Photo Albums, 1957-1977, and Undated

This subseries contains oversized photo albums of scrapbooks that include newspaper clippings, photographs, reviews, and flyers.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Scrapbooks, 1962-1977series 2.4box 26folder 1
Green album, 1962series 2.4box 26folder 1item 1.0
Navy blue album, 1977series 2.4box 26folder 1item 2.0
Black album, 1965series 2.4box 26folder 1item 3.0
Scrapbooks, 1957-1962, and Undatedseries 2.4box 27folder 1
Album--Newspaper clippings, and reviews from movie; "Song Without End", Reviews from concerts, 1960series 2.4box 27folder 1item 1.0
Album--Newspaper clippings, and reviews, 1957-1962series 2.4box 27folder 1item 2.0
Album--various photos from early stages of J .B. career, Undatedseries 2.4box 27folder 1item 3.0

Subseries 2.5: Snapshots, 1984-1989, and Undated

This subseries contains snapshots, including snapshots of Bolet himself, dogs, Bolets Los Altos home, and various scenes and people.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Los Altos home, Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 12
Relatives of J.B., Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 13
Scenic snapshots, Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 14
J.B. alone, Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 15
Loose Photographs, 1987, and Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 16
Photograph #35, Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 16item 1.0
Jorge Bolet, Maria Bolet, Mac Finley, 1987series 2.5box 12folder 16item 2.0
J.B. with various people, Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 17
Party at J.B. Los Alto home, Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 18
J.B. giving a master class, Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 19
Dogs, Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 20
Unidentified women, Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 21
J.B. in performance with orchestra, Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 22
Snapshots, 1989series 2.5box 12folder 23
Robert McNamara, Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 24
Peter Mennin, Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 25
Man on the beach, Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 26
J.B., pug (dog), and J.B. mother(?) in the mountains, Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 27
Man (unidentified) posing with a dog on a rock, Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 28
Bolet with others at a party, Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 29
Bolet with unidentified man, 1984series 2.5box 12folder 30
Bolet sunbathing, Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 31
Unidentified rooms, Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 32
Bolet with woman at restaurant, Undatedseries 2.5box 12folder 33

Series 3: Writings, Circa 1940s-1990, and Undated (2.25 linear feet)

This series consists of articles about Bolet, miscellaneous articles, personal letters, contracts, business letters and press releases. It is located in boxes 14 through 16 and is organized into five subseries.

Subseries 3.1: Articles about Bolet, 1957-1990, and Undated

This subseries contains magazine and newspaper articles about Bolet, including articles from The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and several well-known music magazines.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Articles about Bolet -- Ninety-one loose magazines and newspaper articles are available, 1957-1990, and Undatedseries 3.1box 14folder 1
Articles about Bolet -- Fifteen loose articles are in this box, 1958-1989, and Undatedseries 3.1box 15folder 1
The Cedar Rapids Gazette. Newspaper clipping., 1984series 3.1box 15folder 1item 1.0
Courier Evening Post, Newspaper Clipping, Undatedseries 3.1box 15folder 1item 2.0
Times-Union And Journal, Jacksonville. Original article., 1984series 3.1box 15folder 1item 3.0
Jackson Citizen Patriot. Original article., 1984series 3.1box 15folder 1item 4.0
The Tribune. Original article., 1985series 3.1box 15folder 1item 5.0
The Salt Lake Tribune. Original article., 1984series 3.1box 15folder 1item 6.0
"Pianist Bolet: Discovered Again", Undatedseries 3.1box 15folder 1item 7.0
Sunday Telegram (three copies), 1984series 3.1box 15folder 1item 8.0
London Calendar, 1989series 3.1box 15folder 1item 9.0
ABC Concert Tour, Undatedseries 3.1box 15folder 1item 10.0
Oues-France. Newspaper clipping., 1989series 3.1box 15folder 1item 11.0
Pro-Arte Musical. Cover of magazine only., 1958series 3.1box 15folder 1item 12.0
Entrevista, 1982series 3.1box 15folder 1item 13.0
Aftenpoften. (Oslo, Norway). Newspaper article., 1988series 3.1box 15folder 1item 14.0
Por Dentro Musica. Newspaper article., 1982series 3.1box 15folder 1item 15.0
Short Biographies and Reviews, 1989, and Undatedseries 3.1box 30folder 5

Subseries 3.2: Miscellaneous Articles, 1954-1989, and Undated

This subseries contains newspaper articles and booklets about subjects not pertaining to Bolet, including other musicians, affordable restaurants, Cuba, and big business. It also contains programs of concerts not played by Bolet.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Programs Not Relating to J.B., 1962-1985, and Undatedseries 3.2box 15folder 2
Articles Not Pertaining to Bolet, 1954-1989series 3.2box 15folder 3
Newspaper Clippings with No Date -- In English, Undatedseries 3.2box 15folder 4
Foreign Newspaper Clippings with No Date, Undatedseries 3.2box 15folder 5

Subseries 3.3: Contracts and Business letters, 1946-1986, and Undated

This subseries contains receipts and papers from Bolets military service, and contracts and concert arrangements from various music organizations, including Columbia Artists Management, Inc., The Music Foundation of Spartanburg, and the Southern California Symphony Association.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Contracts and Business letters, 1946-1983, and Undatedseries 3.3box 16folder 3
Correspondence, 1986series 3.3box 30folder 6

Subseries 3.4: Personal Letters, 1946-1988, and Undated

This subseries contains personal letters written to and from Bolet, including correspondence with Andre Mertens, Audrey Michaels, and Harold Schonberg.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Letters -- Personal, 1946-1988, and Undatedseries 3.4box 16folder 1

Subseries 3.5: Press Materials, Circa 1940s-1988, and Undated

This subseries contains press releases, including publicity flyers, biographical materials, posters, booklets and press stories related to Bolets tours and performances.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Press Releases, Circa 1940s-1988, and Undatedseries 3.5box 16folder 2

Subseries 3.6: Other, Circa 1945-1984, and Undated

This subseries contains programs from The Mikado by Gilbert and Sullivan, materials about Alberto Bolet, and miscellaneous materials such as receipts, handwritten notes, postcards, maps, and plane tickets.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Writings on the Movie "Song Without End", Undatedseries 3.6box 15folder 6
Miscellaneous, 1963-1984, and Undatedseries 3.6box 15folder 7
Programs from "The Mikado", "Gilbert & Sullivan", Circa 1945, and Undatedseries 3.6box 15folder 8
Alberto Bolet, 1962series 3.6box 15folder 9
Season schedule, 1960sseries 3.6box 15folder 10

Series 4: Recording Files, Circa 1921-1989, and Undated (4.25 linear feet)

This series consists of reviews, advertisements and promotional materials that are related to commercial sound recordings made by Bolet, cassette tapes of others and video tapes of others. Sonnd recordings made by Bolet are arranged alphabetically by recording label, materials are located in boxes 17 through 19.

Subseries 4.1: Discography, 1959-1989, and Undated (0.75 linear feet)

This subseries contains reviews of Bolets discs, including his recordings for Decca/London and RCA.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Various flyers for J.B. Recordings, Undatedseries 4.1box 17folder 1
CBS Recordings -- Chausson: Concerto for Violin, Piano and String Quartet; Franck: Piano Quintet in F Minor. Wolf : Italiane Serenade`, 1982-1984, and Undatedseries 4.1box 17folder 2
Decca Recordings 390 421/2 & SXDL 7569 -- Liszt, Rachmaninov, 1983-Circa 1985, and Undatedseries 4.1box 17folder 3
Decca 410 160-1DH -- Années de pélerinage, Premiére, "Suisse", 1984-1985series 4.1box 17folder 4
Decca 410 161-2DH -- Excerpts de Années de pélerinage. "Italie" 410 161-1., 1984-1985series 4.1box 17folder 5
Decca 411 934-2DH -- Liebestraume, 1984series 4.1box 17folder 6
Decca Recordings 414 079-361 -- Liszt: Totentanz; Malediction; Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Themes; Rachmaninov . Piano concerto No. 3. in D minor. Op. 30, 1985-1987series 4.1box 17folder 7
Decca 417 361-lDH -- "Encores" Jorge Bolet, 1987series 4.1box 17folder 8
Decca 417 401-lDH -- Schumann; Carnaval, Op.9, 1987series 4.1box 17folder 9
Decca 417 651 2 -- Chopin Ballads, Barcarolle, Fantasie, 1988series 4.1box 17folder 10
Decca 425 689-2DX45 -- Liszt: Piano Works, 1990series 4.1box 17folder 11
Everest SDBR 3062 -- Song Without End, 1960series 4.1box 17folder 12
L'Oiseau-Lyre Recordings -- Chopin-Godowsky studies on the Etudes; Liszt--Two Concert Studies, 'Ibree Concert Studies, 1978-1981series 4.1box 17folder 13
London 410 115-1, Decca 410 115 -- Liszt: Works for Piano Vol.III, 1984-1985series 4.1box 17folder 14
London 410 160-1 -- Années de pélerinage, 1985-1986series 4.1box 17folder 15
London,410 257 & London, 411 803 -- Liszt Piano Works, Vol. 1 1 & Vol. 6, 1986-1987, and Undatedseries 4.1box 17folder 16
London 414 079-1 -- Totentanz, Malédiction and Hungarian Fantasia, 1985series 4.1box 17folder 17
London 417 Recordings -- Schumann and Grieg Piano Concertos; Franck; Consolations; Réminiscences de Don Juan; Two Etudes de concert; Three Etudes de concert, 1987, and Undatedseries 4.1box 17folder 18
London 421 Recordings -- Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Franck, 1987-1989, and Undatedseries 4.1box 17folder 19
London .7197 -- Reger: Variations and Fugue on a '!heme by Telemann. Brahms: Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, 1981-1983, and Undatedseries 4.1box 17folder 20
RCA CRL2-0446.14 -- Bolet Plays Lizst: Transcendental Etuies 1-12, Consolations, and Liebestraum, Post-1971-1974series 4.1box 17folder 21
RCA LSC-3259 -- "Franz Liszt' s Greatest Hits of the 1850s.", 1972series 4.1box 17folder 23
RCA Red Seal ARL2-0512 -- Bolet at Carnegie Hall, 1974series 4.1box 17folder 24
RCA Victor I.M 2291 -- Liszt Transcendental Etudes, 1959series 4.1box 17folder 25
Sound\Ensayo (Dutch Co.) -- Liszt Transcendental Studies 3401 and the Virtuoso Piano Paraphrases 3407, 1985series 4.1box 17folder 26
Vox VCL 9001 -- Liszt: Concertos for Piano and Orchestra: No.1 in E-flat; No.2 in A, 1981-1982series 4.1box 17folder 27
Bolet discographies and repertoire lists, Undatedseries 4.1box 17folder 28

Subseries 4.2: Cassette Tapes, Circa 1930-1988, and Undated (2.75 linear feet)

This subseries contains cassette tapes of performances of both Bolet and others, including Leopold Godowsky, Alfred Cortot, and Van Cliburn with the Long Beach Symphony.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Cassette Recordings (non-Bolet) -- Forty-eight recordings, Circa 1930-1988, and Undatedseries 4.2box 18folder 1
nullseries 4.2box 28folder 9

Subseries 4.3: Videocassette tapes (Non-Bolet), 1986, and Undated (0.75 linear feet)

This subseries contains videocassette tapes of performances unrelated to Bolet, including a concert to save the Upper West Side, Henry Lowinger with the Queens Summer Symphony, and a tape of many virtuoso pianists.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Videocassette tapes (Non-Bolet), 1986, and Undatedseries 4.3box 19folder 1
The Virtuoso Pianist. Includes performances by; David Bar-Illan, Earl Wild, Pamela Ross, Rian de Waal, Undatedseries 4.3box 19folder 1item 1.0
[Jerome) Lowenthal- AMIR Concert to save the Upper West Side, Undatedseries 4.3box 19folder 1item 2.0
Henry Lowinger piano, perfonning with George Rothman, conductor and the Queens Summer Symphony, 8/1/1986series 4.3box 19folder 1item 3.0

Subseries 4.4: Reel Tapes, Circa 1921-1976, and Undated (2.00 linear feet)

This subseries contains reel tapes of Bolet and others.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
7-Inch Reel Tapes -- Thirty-two reel tapes, Circa 1921-1976, and Undatedseries 4.4box 29folder 1
5-Inch Reel Tapes -- Five reel tapes, 1964-1967, and Undatedseries 4.4box 29folder 2
8-Millimeter Film -- Three small reels of 8-millimeter film, Undatedseries 4.4box 29folder 3

Subseries 4.5: Videocassette Tapes (Bolet), 1983-1988, and Undated (2.00 linear feet)

This subseries contains videocassette tapes of Bolets performances. Tapes are housed with supplementary materials.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Videocassette Tapes -- Bolet -- Seventeen videocassette tapes, 1983-1988, and Undatedseries 4.5box 28folder 7

Subseries 4.6: CDs, Undated (3.00 linear feet)

This subseries contains CDs of Bolets performances. CDs are housed with supplementary materials.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
CDs -- Seventy-two CDs, Undatedseries 4.6box 28folder 8

Series 5: Date Books, 1969-1987, and Undated (0.75 linear feet)

Here are found calendars which listed upcoming performances by Bolet. Also listed are lesson times of students. This material is located in box 20. Date books are organized chronologically by year.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Date Books -- Thirty date books, 1969-1987, and Undated series 5box 20folder 1

Series 6: Personal Scores, 1882-1996, and Undated (null)

This series includes conductors scores and individual orchestral parts for particular piano concertos. This material is located in boxes 21, 22, 30, and 31.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Personal Scores -- Rachmaninoff (Fifty-six copies of piano and orchestra parts); Liszt (Two copies), Tchaikovsky, Mozart (Multiple Piano and Orchestra Parts), Beethoven (Multiple Piano and Orchestra parts, Godowsky -- Ninety scores, 1925, and Undated series 6box 21folder 1
Personal Scores -- Bach, Chopin, Beethoven, Brahms, Schumann, Prokofieff -- Eight scores, 1901-1932, and Undated series 6box 22folder 1
Scores -- Liszt, Brahms, Von Reinecke, Franck, Soler, Sacheverell Coke, Mompou, Chopin, Debussy, Moszkowski, Schlozer, Poulenc, Rosenthal, Reger; Godowsky, Nicolas Rubinstein, Liszt, Strauss, Sacherverelle Coke, Cervantes, Beethoven, Chopin, Grieg, Baldwin -- Thirty-four scores, 1882-1974, and Undated series 6box 30folder 3
Mr. Bolet -- Envelope containing Concertino pro Klavir -- By Leos Janacek, 1926 series 6box 30folder 4
Scores -- Godowsky, Chopin, Aires, Bach, Liszt, Rachmaninoff, Kreisler,Chausson, Marx, Zipoli-Ginastera, Copland, Hindemith, Franck, Beethoven, Bach-Busoni, Moszkowski, Ganz, Ginastera, Dohnanyi, Mendelsshon, Levin, Bax, Albeniz, Bartok, Joio, Chasins, Mozart -- Fifty-Nine Scores, 1892-1983, and Undated series 6box 31folder 1
Joseph Marx -- Envelope containing "Romantisches Klavierkonzert", 1920 series 6box 31folder 2
Scores -- Liszt, Debussy, Haydn, Joio, Struble -- Eight Scores, 1917-1985, and Undated series 6box 31folder 3
Edition Eulenburg Concertos -- Two scores not in boxes, Undated series 6box 32folder 1
Bach: Concerto for Four Harpsichords, A Minor: BWV 1065, Undated series 6box 32folder 1item 1.0
Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1, E Minor, Op. 11, Undated series 6box 32folder 1item 2.0
Jorge Bolet Memorial Editions Pieces -- Eight scores not in boxes, 1994-1996 series 6box 32folder 2
Selected Works by Franz Liszt--Vol. 1, 1994 series 6box 32folder 2item 1.0
Preludes and Ballades of Frederic Chopin--Vol. 2, 1994 series 6box 32folder 2item 2.0
Consolations and Transcendental Etudes by Franz Liszt--Vol. 3, 1994 series 6box 32folder 2item 3.0
Transcriptions of Famous Lieder Piano Solos--Vol. 4, 1994 series 6box 32folder 2item 4.0
Nine Works by Franz Liszt--Vol. 5, 1995 series 6box 32folder 2item 5.0
Piano Concertos 1 & 2 by Franz Liszt--Vol. 6, 1995 series 6box 32folder 2item 6.0
Piano Concertos by Grieg and Schumann--Vol. 7, 1996 series 6box 32folder 2item 7.0
Piano Concertos 1 & 2 by Frederic Chopin--Vol. 8, 1996 series 6box 32folder 2item 8.0

Series 7: Memorabilia, 1956-1990, and Undated (6.00 linear feet)

This series comprises awards citations, scrapbooks, etc, pertaining to the career of Jorge Bolet.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Scrapbooks, 1962-1977 series 7box 23folder 1
Green scrapbook featuring articles, pictures, and publicity flyers from J .B. performance benefiting El Camino Hospital Auxiliary, 9/8/1962 series 7box 23folder 1item 1.0
Blue scrapbook featuring newspaper clippings (photocopies and originals), from J.B. ABC Australian Tour, 1977 series 7box 23folder 1item 2.0
Blue scrapbook featuring newspaper clippings (photocopies and originals), from J.B. ABC Australian Tour, 1965 series 7box 23folder 1item 3.0
Additional Materials, Undated series 7box 23folder 2
Death Certificate of Bolet, 1992 series 7box 23folder 3
Paul J. Hoeffler, Undated series 7box 23folder 4
Awards -- Eleven Awards, Pre-1950-1985, and Undated series 7box 24folder 1
Large bronze figurehead. Inscribed: JORGE BOLET PIANO, RADIO SYMFONIE ORKEST BERLIJN o.l.v. RICCAROO CHAILLY PIANOCONCERTEN GRIEG\SCHUMANN DECCA 417 112-2., 1987 series 7box 24folder 1item 1.0
Gold Key [to the city of] Metropolitan Florida, Dade County. Silver letter opener. Inscribed: JORGE BOLET, Undated series 7box 24folder 1item 2.0
Gold and porcelain enamel Pill Box. Hand painted flowers. Inscribed: JORGE BOLET SUITON MANOR, 10/1984 series 7box 24folder 1item 3.0
Plaque. Marble base with statue of bull atop, 5/29/1977 series 7box 24folder 1item 4.0
Marble desk set. Red ink pen and brown ink pen., 1985 series 7box 24folder 1item 6.0
Three medallions. Picture of Hotel Imperial., 1956-1958 series 7box 24folder 1item 7.0
Original Cast of Bolet's hand, Pre-1950s series 7box 24folder 1item 8.0
Awards -- Three Awards, 1963-1990, and Undated series 7box 25folder 1
Plaque inscribed with "Sipario Imola [Italy] ... Al Maestro Jorge Bolet". Silver metal in blue snakeskin case, Undated series 7box 25folder 1item 1.0
Plaque: Mu Phi Epsilon Memorial Foundation, 1963 series 7box 25folder 1item 2.0
Medallion with head of Liszt. Inscribed: Medal of the/American Liszt Spciety/Award for Excellence/presented to/Jorge Bolet, 1990 series 7box 25folder 1item 3.0
Brochures and Awards, 1962-1988 series 7box 30folder 7

Series 8: December 1992 additions to the Collection, 1934-1988, and Undated (null)

This series contains additions to the Bolet collection received in December 1992, and it includes plaques and awards, posters, photographs, sculptures, and books owned by Bolet.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Plaques and awards, 1987 series 8box 28folder 1
Poster of Jorge Bolet concert at Teatro La France--Musica di Haydn, Schumann, Grieg, Liszt--Five copies, 1/22/1987 series 8box 28folder 1item 1.0
Bolet Color Transparency -- Car and Piano Trailer for Postcard, 1953 series 8box 28folder 2
Photographs--Photographer: Mike Evans/Decca (London)--four dupes, Undated series 8box 28folder 2item 1.0
Photographs (Decca, London), Undated series 8box 28folder 3
Jorge Bolet -- Folder of Programs and Photographs, Undated series 8box 28folder 4
Photographs -- Two Folders, Undated series 8box 28folder 5
Additional Materials and Photographs -- With additional materials, not in boxes, Undated series 8box 28folder 6

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