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PITTSBURGH MUSIC - ARCHIVAL MATERIAL

 

THE NICHOLAS MARTINO MUSCARO COLLECTION

 

Contents

    His compositions, correspondence, programs, photographs, news articles and recordings. Included is his Symphony No. 2 ("Memorial") in commemoration of Pittsburgh’s Bi-Centennial, and dedicated to The Honorable David L. Lawrence, Mayor of Pittsburgh, June 23, 1958

Time period  1934 - 1958

Subject   Pittsburgh area composer; advertising executive with Westinghouse Corporation

Location

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FINDING LIST

His compositions, correspondence, programs, photographs, news articles and recordings

BOX 1

Folio I

  • Little American Symphony (1940)
    • Full Score + parts

Folio II

    Bound copy, full score of Symphony No. 2 ("Memorial") - In commemoration of Pittsburgh’s Bi-Centennial, and dedicated to: The Honorable David L. Lawrence, Mayor of Pittsburgh and "father" of its renaissance - June 23, 1958

Folio III

  • Scherzo for Concert Orchestra
      Includes:
    • MS short score
    • MS part (large)
    • MS string parts
    • [arr. pf] MS score; 2 copies
    • [arr. pf duo] 2 MS scores

Folio IV

  • Negro Lament, from "Four American Sketches," for concert orchestra, Opus 38a (1936)
      Includes:
    • MS full score
    • MS short score
    • MS parts
    • MS string parts
    • [arr. pf] MS, ink
    • [arr. pf] printed score

BOX 2

Folio V

  • Concerto No. 2 in A minor for Violin and Orchestra, opus 42
      Includes:
    • MS short score
    • MS parts

Folio VI

  • Metropolitan Serenade, orchestra (1938)
      Includes:
    • MS short score
    • MS parts
  • Ode for horn, bassoon and strings, opus 55a.
      Includes:
    • 2 copies of printed score
    • MS full score
    • Pencil sketches in short score
  • Ode to Courage, Memorial Overture for Symphony Orchestra.
      Includes:
    • Blue buckram binding with all pages removed
  • Sea Mist, a Poem for Small Orchestra (1936)
      Includes:
    • MS parts
    • Printed epigraph-page

Folio X
  • After the Day - song for voice and piano
  • Afterwards - song for voice and piano
  • Going Home - song for tenor and orchestra
  • Heartbeat Street - for tenor and string orchestra, + piano reduction score
  • Heartbeat’s Chime - song for high voice and orchestra
  • I Thought I Loved the Night - song for voice and piano (two scores: high voice and medium voice)
  • Lulllaby - for piano
  • What Would I Do? - song for voice and piano

Folio XI

Two Compositions by Guglielmo Sabatini

  1. Sanctus from St. Cecilia’s Mass by Charles Gounod - a modern arrangement for Women’s Voices
  2. Poemetto Autunnale - An Orchestral Tone Poem; for the piano, arranged by the composer from original orchestral score

BOX 3

Folio VII
  Scrapbook of photos, correspondence, articles, news items

Folio VIII
    Scores:
  • Concerto for Violin and Piano
  • Liebeslied for Violin and Piano
  • Meditation sur la vie for Violin and Piano
  • Negro Spiritual for Violin and Piano (dedicated to Yehudi Menuhim)
  • Reverie for Violin and Piano
  • Reverie for String Quartet
  • Reverie for String Orchestra
  • Scènes Calabroises
Folio IX
  • Two catalogues of music publishers, showing Muscaro compositions
  • Representative public programs (1941-1958) where Muscaro compositions are performed
  • Correspondence between Muscaro and some performing musicians (Bakaleinikoff, Bidwell, Menuhin, Sabatini, Spalding, Stern, etc.)

Recordings of his compositions

Volume I:

  • Lament and Scherzo from Four American Sketches - played by Marshall Bidwell, organist, May 4, 1958 in Carnegie Music Hall, Oakland with the Little American Symphony (performing artists not labeled)

Volume II:

  • Little American Symphony - Guglielmo Sabatini conducting the Pennsylvania Civic Orchestra

Volume III:

  • Little American Symphony - Guglielmo Sabatini conducting the Trenton Symphony Orchestra
  • Negro Lament - Howard Barlow conducting the Columbia Concert Orchestra
  • Negro Lament - Gugielmo Sabatini conducting the Trenton Symphony Orchestra

Volume IV:

  • Little American Symphony - Alfred Wallenstein conducting his orchestra
  • Little American Symphony - Alfred Wallenstein conducting the WOR Symphony Orchestra


This entire collection was given in memory of Nicholas Martino Muscaro and his wife, Lee, and his two sons Martin, Jr. and Jay Thomas. Donated by Helen E. Bertone, niece. (no date)