William A. Speck collection of Goetheana : music
Scope and Contents
The acquisition of the manuscript score of Mendelssohn's song Suleika (Op. 57, no. 3) (folder 10), a setting of a poem from Goethe's West-östlicher Divan, illustrates William Speck's often ingenious methods of pursuing Goethe materials around the world. The Mendelssohn score, as well as a number of important Goethe autographs, was acquired around 1920 from the Chicago banker and collector Oliver R. Barrett. Speck learned that Barrett had an interest in presidential autographs, and since Speck had a fairly easy source of such documents in the person of William Howard Taft, whose tenure at the Yale Law School coincided with Speck's early years as library curator, several exchanges were made: Goethe-related manuscripts for letters Taft had received from his successor, Teddy Roosevelt.
Additions are still being made to the Speck collection of music manuscripts, as opportunity allows. Recent acquisitions, 1997-2010, include manuscript scores for Carl Baermann, "An Lina. Gedicht von Goethe," Albert Moeschinger, "Katzenpastete," and Johann Gottlieb Naumann, "Auf den Auen wandlen wir."
- Speck, William A. (William Alfred), 1864-1928 (Collector)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
0.58 Linear Feet (2 boxes)
Language of Materials
WILLIAM A SPECK and THE WILLIAM A. SPECK COLLECTION OF GOETHEANA
The manuscript scores listed here are complemented in the Speck Collection by printed scores and librettos gathered on similar principles: music using texts by Goethe or inspired by his works. First editions of songs by Schubert and a copy of the "Leipziger Liederbuch," a collection of songs published by Breitkopf in 1770 and said to contain the first appearance in print of a poem by Goethe, are highpoints of this part of the Speck Collection.
- Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827 (Egmont)
- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832 -- Songs and music
- Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von, 1749-1832 (Egmont)
- Liszt, Franz, 1811-1886
- Loewe, Carl, 1796-1869
- Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847
- Reichardt, Johann Friedrich, 1752-1814
- Speck, William A. (William Alfred), 1864-1928
- Spohr, Louis, 1784-1859
- Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883
- Zelter, Carl Friedrich, 1758-1832
- Guide to the William A. Speck Collection of Goetheana: Music
- by Beinecke Staff
- September 1997
- Description rules
- Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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