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Mischa Levitzki papers

Mischa Levitzki papers, 1898-1957 (bulk 1898-1941)
Levitzki, Mischa, 1898-1941.
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Levine, Marks, 1890-1971.
3.34 linear ft. (5 boxes)
Source (note)
  • Lorwin, Boris
Biography (note)
  • Mischa Levitzki (1898-1941) was an American pianist and composer.
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JPB 04-18
Levitzki, Mischa, 1898-1941.
Mischa Levitzki papers, 1898-1957 (bulk 1898-1941)
The papers of Mischa Levitzki document his professional life from 1898 until 1941. His manuscripts and published scores make up the bulk of the collection. The two published scores of Marks Levine, Mischa's brother, that postdate this collection are obviously gifts to Mischa's other sibling Lewis Lorwin (Box 3, Folder 15) and his niece Rosalind (Box 3, Folder 14). Mischa Levitzki's papers contain few personal items; the exception would be the photographs of him with his family members (Box 1, Folder 4-5). As such, there is no correspondence or writings within this collection.
Mischa Levitzki (1898-1941) was an American pianist and composer. Born to naturalized American parents (Jacob Levine-Levitzki and Anna Levine-Levitzki) during a return to their native Ukraine, Levitzki began violin studies at the age of three. Developing an interest in the piano at six, he worked with Aleksander Michalowski in Warsaw (1905-1906). He made his concert debut in Antwerp in 1906 before going to New York with his parents. Shortly thereafter his father brought him to the attention of Walter Damrosch, who obtained a scholarship for him at the Institute of Musical Art as a pupil of Zygmunt Stojowski (1907-1911). In 1913 Levitzki entered the Berlin Hochschule für Musik, where he became the youngest student of Ernö Dohnányi and was awarded the Mendelssohn Prize in 1915. He made his American debut on 17 October 1916 at Aeolian Hall, New York; later he toured frequently in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Levitzki is best known for his virtuoso performances of the Romantic repertory. His own piano compositions figured prominently in his programs. Levitzki's recordings from 1927 to 1933 reveal an exceptional clarity and delicacy of articulation. Mischa Levitzki was a sibling of Marks Levine, Lewis L(evitzki) Lorwin, Bertha Levitzki and Joseph Levine. He composed and published a number of piano pieces prior to his sudden death from a heart attack at age 42.
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Levine, Marks, 1890-1971.
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JPB 04-18
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