- Additional Authors
- 11.89 linear ft (28.5 boxes)
- Galley proofs.
- Source (note)
- Biography (note)
- Gilbert Chase (1906-1992) was an author, critic, teacher, and musicologist.
- Language (note)
- The Clippings series contains some articles in Spanish.
- Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
- Finding aid available in repository and on internet.
- Call Number
- JPB 04-32
Chase, Gilbert, 1906-
Gilbert Chase papers, 1920-1992, 1945-1989 (bulk)
The Gilbert Chase papers consist of materials that document the broad spectrum of Chase's career and include: incoming and outgoing correspondence, typescripts (or photocopies) of books, articles, essays, poetry, research materials, subject files, published articles, newspaper clippings, lectures or lecture notes or announcements, class syllabi, book reviews, scripts for radio broadcasts, speeches, interviews, yearbooks, newsletters, bibliography, flyers, programs, invitations, personal reflections, parts of musical scores, and photographs. The papers span the years 1920 - 1992, but the bulk of the collection was produced between 1945 and 1989. The earliest of the materials are correspondence with Latin Americans, particularly Manuel de Falla, book reviews written for the Book of the Month Club monthly selections booklets, and articles written about Chase in American and Latin American newspapers, where he was held in high esteem as a musicologist and author. (Most of these are in Spanish, without translations.) The subject files are the largest portion of this collection and reflect many of Chase's interests and projects, particularly the materials for his opus, American Music: from Pilgrims to Present. These files document his strong interest in 20th century music as well as in Latin American composers.
Gilbert Chase (1906-1992) was an author, critic, teacher, and musicologist. Born in Havana, Cuba on September 4,1906, Chase was raised in the United States where he attended public and private schools. He later studied piano with Max Drittler in New York and music theory with Max Waldon in Paris. In 1928 Chase left his undergraduate studies at Columbia University and moved to Paris. With the help of his cousin, Anaïs Nin, and her husband, Ian Hugo, he obtained a position as music critic for the Continental Daily Mail, an English newspaper published in Paris with a wide circulation. He also became the Paris correspondent for Musical America of New York and The Musical Times of London. During this period he formed a close connection with many important Spanish composers, especially Manuel de Falla.
Chase, who had married Kathleen Barentzen in 1929, returned with his family to the United States in the fall of 1935. He settled in the New York City area and found work as Associate Editor of the International Cyclopedia of Music and Musicians and Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. From 1940 to 1943 Chase was Latin American music specialist at the Library of Congress and music editor of Handbook of Latin American Studies. From 1943 to 1947 he was Educational Supervisor at NBC, presenting the series, Music of the New World. He also lectured at Columbia University and edited Music in Radio Broadcasting. From 1947 to 1949 he was the Head of the Education Department, for the RCA-Victor company, located in Camden, N.J. During the 1950s, Chase furthered his studies of Latin American music, when a series of government appointments sent him to Lima, Peru (1951-1953) and Buenos Aires, Argentina (1953-1955), among other countries. Chase held numerous academic positions during his career, including Professor of American Musical History and of Latin American Studies at Tulane University (1960-1966). While at Tulane, he also founded and directed the Inter-American Institute for Musical Research. As a freelance writer, editor, and lecturer, Chase completed many articles and books, including, America's Music: From Pilgrims to Present, which went through several revisions. Chase died on February 22, 1992.
The Clippings series contains some articles in Spanish.
Finding aid available in repository and on internet.
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Chase, Gilbert, 1906- America's music: from pilgrims to present.
Falla, Manuel de, 1876-1946.
NBC University of the Air.
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