David Belasco collection of incidental music and musicals,

Title
David Belasco collection of incidental music and musicals, ca. 1890-1931.
Author
Belasco, David, 1853-1931,
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Box 1Notated musicSupervised useAvailableJPB 93-4 Box 1Offsite
Box 2Notated musicSupervised useAvailableJPB 93-4 Box 2Offsite
Box 3Notated musicSupervised useAvailableJPB 93-4 Box 3Offsite
Box 4Notated musicSupervised useAvailableJPB 93-4 Box 4Offsite
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Box 11Notated musicSupervised useAvailableJPB 93-4 Box 11Offsite
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Box 17Notated musicSupervised useAvailableJPB 93-4 Box 17Offsite
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Description
31.25 linear feet (125 boxes)
Alternative Title
Belasco collection
Note
  • Copyists' manuscripts in ink and pencil.
  • Includes music for plays written, directed and/or produced by David Belasco ; some material unidentified.
  • Chiefly instrumental parts ; includes some piano-conductor parts and vocal scores.
  • The girl of the golden west cataloged separately: JPB 82-38; Madame Butterfly cataloged separately in JPB 82-37.
Call Number
JPB 93-4
Author
Belasco, David, 1853-1931, compiler.
Title
David Belasco collection of incidental music and musicals, ca. 1890-1931.
Summary
Most of the of the music in the David Belasco Collection of Incidental Music and Musicals is incidental music for plays. During Belasco's time most plays had musical accompaniment that was needed for overtures, scene changes, underscoring of melodramatic or climactic moments and for occasional songs. Scores are infrequently found for this material; nearly all of it is written in parts. On occasion, orchestra leaders (often the first violinist) created a cue sheet listing the musical sequences (sometimes with their verbal cues from the play) which would serve as a guide for what music to use during a particular sequence. A few of these exist in the collection. At times the first violin part doubles as a cue sheet, containing not only the violin part but also indicating cues and entrances for the orchestra.
There are a number of scores to musicals in Belasco's collection which are not associated with his career. Their existence in his collection might have been the result of contractual or other professional obligations, or Belasco might have inherited works from others' music libraries, which was an occasional practice. Among the musicals are materials for Adele by Jean Briquet, Aphrodite by Henri Fevrier and Anselm Goetzl, The little café by Ivan Caryll, Miss Helyett by Edmond Audran, and parts for an early touring production of No, No, Nanette by Vincent Youmans. Also contained within the collection are a number of materials from shows or burlesques produced by the comedy team of Joe Weber and Lew Fields, composed by John Stromberg with lyrics by Edgar Smith . These include The big little princess, The college widower, The con-curers, Fiddle-dee-dee, Pousse-Café, Quo vass iss, and Whoop-de-doo.
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Furst, William, 1852-1917, composer.
Klein, Manuel, 1876-1919, composer.
Puerner, Charles, 1849-1905, composer.
Stromberg, John, 853-1902, composer.
American Music Collection.
Added Title
Belasco collection
Research Call Number
JPB 93-4
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