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MS Mus 234

Krasner, Louis, 1903-1995. Louis Krasner papers, 1917-1995: Guide.

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Last update on 2014 July 23

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: Harvard Depository, pf
Call No.: MS Mus 234
Note: This collection (except for a few oversize items) is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.
Creator: Krasner, Louis, 1903-1995.
Title: Louis Krasner papers,
Date(s): 1917-1995.
Quantity: 11 boxes in 9 cartons (11.7 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and German.
Abstract: The papers include correspondence, occasional compositions, annotated musical scores, and notes and clippings on musical subjects, the majority from Krasner's later years at the New England Conservatory.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Barbara M. Wolff and J. F. Coakley.

Acquisition Information:

89M-63. Gift of Mrs. Adrienne Krasner, Mrs. Naomi Krasner (72 Nonantum St., Newton, MA 02158), and Mrs. Elsa Krasner Miller (176 Rawson Rd., Brookline, MA 02146); received June 1986, June 1989 and April 1990.
96M-50 and 97M-55. Gift of Mrs. Naomi Krasner and Mrs. Elsa Krasner Miller;received 30 May 1997 and 7 April 1998 respectively.
2000M-71. Gift of Mrs. Naomi Krasner; received 5 June 2001.

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should consult Houghton Public Services staff to determine retrieval policies and times.

Access Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Louis Krasner Papers, 1917-1995 (MS Mus 234). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Historical Note

Louis Krasner (1903-1995) came to the United States from Russia at age 5 and lived in Providence, Rhode Island. He attended Boston English High School and the New England Conservatory, from which he was graduated in 1923. He studied in Europe, two of his teachers being Lucien Capet and Carl Flesch, and began a career as a soloist. In 1934 he commissioned the violin concerto of Alban Berg, which he premiered in 1936 and recorded. Krasner married Adrienne Galimir in 1936. He was associated with other modern composers, in particular Arnold Schoenberg of whose violin concerto he gave the first performance in 1940. From 1944 to 1949 he was concertmaster of the Minneapolis Symphony under Dimitri Mitropoulos. He then moved to Syracuse University, where he taught violin and chamber music. In 1976 he retired to Boston, continuing, however, as an active teacher at the New England Conservatory and at Tanglewood Music Center.

Arrangement

Organized into the following series:

Scope and Content

The papers document Krasner’s career mainly as a teacher in later life, but they also include some records of his earlier days as a student and young solo performer.

Related Material

A collection of papers of Krasner's teacher Eugene Gruenberg largely relating to the conductor Arthur Nikisch is MS Mus 234.2.
Other papers of Louis Krasner are at Syracuse University. These include 21 boxes chiefly covering Krasner's years at Syracuse but with a good deal of earlier and later (up to 1984, the date of the gift) material overlapping the present collection. There is a typescript finding-aid for the Syracuse papers in the Houghton curatorial file. For further information write to Syracuse University Archives and Records Management, 611 Bird Library, Syracuse, NY 13244-2010.

Separated Material

A small collection of autographs of famous people and nineteenth-century manuscript music has been separated from these papers and is now MS Mus 234.1.

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