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Ms. Coll. 136

Otto Gombosi Papers, 1925-1955: A Finding Aid

Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Ms. Coll. 136
Repository: Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Otto Gombosi Papers, 1925-1955.
Date(s): 1925-1955.
Quantity: 1 collection (3 file boxes, 1.25 linear feet)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: Music and text transcriptions, notes, and drafts documenting thirty years of research in historical musicology.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Sarah Adams and Douglas Freundlich
Finding aid encoded by Christina Linklater

Conditions Governing Access:

Access to the collection is unrestricted.

Preferred Citation:

Ms. Coll. 136. Otto Gombosi Papers, 1925-1955. Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard University.

Biographical and Historical Note

Otto Gombosi (1902-1955) was an American musicologist of Hungarian birth. After settling in the United States in 1939, Gombosi held positions at the University of Washington at Seattle (1940-46), Chicago (1949-510 and Harvard University (1951-55). Following his 1925 dissertation on Obrecht, Gombosi did extensive work on Renaissance vocal polyphony, transcribing for the first time the works of many of Obrecht's contemporaries. He also explored lute music of the Renaissance, culminating in a monograph on Bálint Bakfark and an edition of the Vincenzo Capirola Lutebook. Perhaps his greatest contribution to scholarship was his concern with musical structure, evident in the notes, diagrams and annotations that pervade the transcriptions found in this collection. Adapted from F.W. Sternfeld. "Gombosi, Otto." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 12 Apr. 2016.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 58 folders. Some contain notes and transcriptions organized by subject area, for example fifteenth century basse danse, ground bass patterns, lute sources, or particular composers such as Bakfark and Capirola; other folders are assigned to specific print or manuscript sources, and contain Gombosi's inventories, incipits and transcriptions.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Part songs -- 15th century -- Scores and parts.
Part songs -- 16th century -- Scores and parts.
Lute music.
Vihuela music.
Dance music -- 16th century.
Music -- Manuscripts.
Abondante, Giulio, active 1546-1587
Agricola, Martin, 1486-1556
Albrecht, Hans, 1919-
Arena, Antoine, approximately 1508-approximately 1563
Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750
Bakfark, Bálint, 1507-1576
Barberiis, Melchiorre de
Becchi, Antonio di, 1522-approximately 1568
Bianchini, Domenico, approximately 1510-approximately 1576
Binchois, Gilles, approximately 1400-1460
Busnois, Antoine, -1492
Buxtehude, Dietrich, 1637-1707
Cabezón, Antonio de, 1510-1566
Capirola, Vincenzo, 1474-
Casteliono, Giovanni Antonio
Chilesotti, Oscar, 1848-1916
Cornazzano, Antonio, 1429-1484
Dall'Aquila, Marco, approximately 1488-
Dalza, Joan Ambrosio, active 1508
Długoraj, Wojciech
Dowland, John, 1563?-1626
Eyck, Jacob van
Francesco, da Milano, 1497-1543
Gatti, Guido M. (Guido Maggiorino), 1892-1973
Gerber, Rudolf, 1899-1957
Gerle, Hans, approximately 1500-1570
Gombosi, Otto, 1902-1955
Guglielmo, Ebreo da Pesaro, approximately 1420-approximately 1481
Heckel, Wolff
Hewitt, Helen, 1900-1977
Jobin, Bernhard, -1593
Josquin, des Prez, -1521
Martini, Johannes, -1497
Nef, Walter Robert, 1910-
Newsidler, Hans, 1508-1563
Nörmiger, August, approximately 1560-1613
Ockeghem, Johannes, approximately 1410-1497
Paix, Jakob, 1556-
Palisca, Claude V.
Petrucci, Ottaviano
Picchi, Giovanni, -1643
Phalèse, Pierre, approximately 1510-
Pisador, Diego, 1510-
Quaritch, Bernard, 1819-1899
Reese, Gustave, 1899-1977
Scheidt, Samuel, 1587-1654
Schmid, Bernhard, 1535-1592
Schmid, Bernhard, 1567-1625
Senfl, Ludwig, approximately 1486-1542 or 1543
Senfl, Ludwig, approximately 1486-1542 or 1543
Sweelinck, Jan Pieterszoon, 1562-1621
Valderrábano, Enríquez de
Verdelot, Philippe, -approximately 1565
Walter, Johann, 1496-1570