Alexander Smallens papers

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Description
Alexander Smallens was a Russian-born American conductor. He accompanied the Anna Pavlova Ballet Company on a tour to South America (1915-1916) and worked on the staffs of the Boston Opera, Chicago Opera, Philadelphia Opera, and Philadelphia Orchestra. From 1947 to 1950 he was music director of Radio City Music Hall, New York. For many summers he conducted concerts at Lewisohn Stadium, New York. He conducted the premiere of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess in Boston in 1935 and later took it on tour in the United States and Europe. Papers relating to Smallens' career as a conductor include correspondence, programs and flyers, photographs, clippings, complete issues of Broun's Nutmeg 1939 May 27-Sept. 30, and musical scores including arrangements by Smallens and scores with performance markings. Some scores have also been cataloged separately in the Scores file. Correspondents include Marc Blitzstein, Frederick Jacobi, and Leopold Stokowski (each represented by 20 or more letters); George Antheil, Norman Bel Geddes, Alfredo Casella, Aaron Copland, Henry Cowell, Olin Downes, Ira Gershwin, Morton Gould, Werner Josten, Darius Milhaud, Serge Prokofieff, Pitts Sanborn, William Schuman, Roger Sessions, Virgil Thomson, Eugen Zador, and Maria Gay Zenatello (each represented by 5 or more letters); and many other composers and conductors; there is 1 letter from Anton Webern. Series III has been cataloged separately in the VIM file as Photographs from the Alexander Smallens papers.
Names
Smallens, Alexander, 1889-1972 (Creator)
Antheil, George, 1900-1959
Blitzstein, Marc
Casella, Alfredo, 1883-1947
Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990
Downes, Olin, 1886-1955
Gay, Maria, 1879-1943
Geddes, Norman Bel, 1893-1958
Gershwin, George, 1898-1937
Gershwin, Ira, 1896-1983
Gould, Morton, 1913-1996
Jacobi, Frederick, 1891-1952
Josten, Werner, 1885-1963
Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974
Pavlova, Anna, 1881-1931
Prokofiev, Sergey, 1891-1953
Sanborn, Pitts, 1879-1941
Schuman, William, 1910-1992
Sessions, Roger, 1896-1985
Stokowski, Leopold, 1882-1977
Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989
Webern, Anton, 1883-1945
Zádor, Eugene, 1894-1977
American Music Collection
Lewisohn Stadium (New York, N.Y.)
Philadelphia Orchestra
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1900 - 1970 (Approximate)
Library locations
Music Division
Shelf locator: JPB 89-88
Topics
Broun's Nutmeg
Conductors (Music)
Genres
Clippings
Correspondence
Newspapers
Photographs
Portraits
Programs
Scores
Notes
Biographical/historical: Alexander Smallens was a Russian-born American conductor. He accompanied the Anna Pavlova Ballet Company on a tour to South America (1915-1916) and worked on the staffs of the Boston Opera, Chicago Opera, Philadelphia Opera, and Philadelphia Orchestra. From 1947 to 1950 he was music director of Radio City Music Hall, New York. For many summers he conducted concerts at Lewisohn Stadium, New York. He conducted the premiere of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess in Boston in 1935 and later took it on tour in the United States and Europe.
Physical Description
Extent: Ca. 6 cu. ft.
Type of Resource
Text
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11652193
MSS Unit ID: 20093
Archives collections id: archives_collections_20093
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): e8e2c740-8eda-0137-7c0b-1563d5d2c59a
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