MS Mus 234.1 [Shelved with MS Mus 234.2]
Krasner, Louis, 1903-1995, collector. Louis Krasner collection of musical scores and
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Mus 234.1 [Shelved with MS Mus 234.2]
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Krasner, Louis, 1903-1995,
Title: Louis Krasner collection of musical scores and autographs,
Quantity: 1 collection (2 boxes and 1 volume (1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and German.
Abstract: Five manuscript music scores, eight autograph documents and two photographs collected
by Louis Krasner.
*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 Apr. 1990.
*96M-50, *97M-55. Gift of Mrs. Naomi Krasner and Mrs. Elsa Krasner Miller; received 30 May 1997 and 7 Apr. 1998 respectively.
*2000M-71. Gift of Mrs. Naomi Krasner; received 5 June 2001
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Louis Krasner Collection of Musical Scores and Autographs (MS Mus 234.1). Houghton
Library, Harvard University.
Louis Krasner (1903-1995) was a concert violinist and later a teacher at the New England
Conservatory of Music, and also a collector with varied interests. For further particulars
of his biography, see the finding-aid for MS Mus 234, the main collection of his papers.
The present collection, which has been separated from those papers, is made up of
items not related to Krasner's biography but collected by him.
Organized into the following three series:
- I. Manuscript music
- II. Autographs
- III. Other material
Five manuscript musical scores (of works by Beethoven, Haydn, Kridel), eight autograph
documents (Eugène de Beauharnais, Brahms, Debussy, Freud, Léonard, Empress Marie Louise,
Paganini, Zola), with two photographs (of Brahms), collected by Louis Krasner.
This collection is mostly shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions
below for additional information.
- Series: I. Manuscript music.
- (2). Haydn, Joseph, 1732-1809. Die Worte des Erlösers am Kreuze, in Musik gesetzt : Ms, [mid-19th cent.] 1 score in 1 v.MS (shelved at Houghton; included item (5))
Date: [mid-19th cent.]
Original red paper wrappers, with manuscript title "J. Haydn's Oratorium: Die Worte
des Erlösers am Kreuze. Partitur," and manuscript decorative borders. In early 20th
cent. red half linen, with marbled boards.
Oratorium for 4 soloists (SATB), chorus (SATB), and orchestra, the words in part
by Karl Wilhelm Ramler.
The Ms represents a copy from the 1st edition, Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel ,
only omitting the text underlay in Italian.
Former owners: [ ] Stoff; Dr. [ ] Thamm, 1921.
- (3). Haydn, Joseph, 1732-1809. Die Worte des Erlösers am Kreuze [Hob. XX/2] : Ms (in several copyists' hands) with corrections, [mid-19th cent.]. 21 parts in 11 folders.
Date: [mid-19th cent.].
In green paper wrappers with title label "Oratorio - 7 words. Christ's redemption
- Haydn, " (early 20th cent.).
Parts: soprano, alto, tenor, bass, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2
horns, 3 trombones, 2 violins, viola, and bass; voice parts in multiple copies. "Timpano"
part, listed on title wrapper, wanting.
Some vocal parts and all string parts have music for an added chorale "Ich danke
dir von Herzen," that is not part of Haydn's oratorio.
Ownership marks of [ ] Stoff and [ ] Thamm on fragment of original title wrapper.
- (4). Kridel, Johann Christoph, fl. 1706. Die Engelein. Kirchenkantate no. 4 : Ms (in the hand of Yves Tenaire) with performance markings, 1936. 1 score + 1 part in 1 folder.
Cantata for soprano, 2 violins, and basso continuo. Incipit "Erlaube mir, dass ich
von dir mein Jesu möge singen."
Most likely collated from a copy of Kridel's Neu-eröffnetes Blumen-Gärtlein... Oder Sechs Teutsche Arien... Canto solo, II violinis, cum organo (Bautzen, J. P.
Sperling, 1706, RISM K 2435) in the Bibliothèque Nationale (referred to as "B.N.P.
No. Vm7 39" on t.p. of the manuscript).
Ms spells composer's name Johann Christoph Kriedel.
Former owner: Yves Tinaire.
- (5). [Unidentified compiler]. Songbook : Ms (in an unidentified hand), [ca. 1820] 1 score in 1 v.(Shelved at Houghton with item (3) folder 10)
Bound in tooled and gilt brown leather, with gilt fore-edges, marbled end-papers,
and printed staves.
Contains collection of 65 strophic songs for voice and guitar, in French. Many composers
identified, among them [Amadé de] Beauplan (1790-1853), [Joseph-Marie-Félix] Blangini (1781-1841), [François-Adrien] Boieldieu (1775-1826), [Louis] Cardon (1747-1805), [Charles] Chaulieu (1788-1849), [Denis-Germain] Étienne (1781-), [J.-N.] Goulé (1775-1834),[Jean Antoine] Meissonnier (1783-1857),[Martin-Joseph] Mengal (1784-1851), and [Henri] Romaguesi (1781-1850).
- Series: II. Autographs.
- (6). Beauharnais, Eugène de, 1781-1824. Military order, 1813. 1 folders
Autograph document, signed. The subject of the order is l'officier d'état Major Cacecá.
- (7). Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897. Letter to Fritz Simrock, 1874. 1 folders
Autograph letter, signed. With a typescript transcription.
- (8). Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. Letter to Félix Fénéon, undated. 1 folders
Autograph letter, signed. With a handwritten transcription on the writing paper of
- (9). Freud, Sigmund, 1856-1939. Letters to Frederick Paulsen, 1936, 1937. 1 folders
Date: 1936, 1937.
Autograph letters, signed. The letter of 1936 is a photocopy; the other is on a card,
- (10). Léonard, Hubert, 1819-1890. Letter to Delène, 1886. 1 folders
Autograph letter, signed.
- (11). Marie Louise, Empress, consort of Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, 1791-1847. Letter to Baron Frimont, 1831. 1 folders
Autograph letter, signed.
- (12). Paganini, Nicolò, 1782-1840. Letter to Onorio De Vito, 1829. 1 folders
Letter in two different hands, the signature being Paganini's.
- (13). Zola, Emile, 1840-1902. Letter, 1887. 1 folders
Autograph letter to "mon cher confrère," signed.
- Series: III. Other material.
- (14). Photographs of Johannes Brahms, , . 1 folders
Date: , .
The 1889 photograph is of Brahms with Hans von Bülow, the 1893 photograph with Henriette Hemala. With a typescript exhibition-label.
- (15). Theater an der Wien and Theater an der Leopoldstadt. Playbill, 1841. 1 folders
For the operas König Richard in Palästina and Hausmeister under den Hottentotten.