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The Charles Martin Loeffler Collection

Call Number: Misc. Ms. 270

Scope and Contents

The Charles Martin Loeffler Collection contains sketches, manuscript scores, and printed editions of 23 of Loeffler's musical compositions, including operas, choral works, songs, and chamber music. The Collection also holds: arrangements by Loeffler of other composers' music; 1 photograph of Loeffler; and 1 letter from Carl Engel to Loeffler, dated December 10, 1928.


  • 1895-1936


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers by appointment. There are no restricted materials in the collection. Please contact the Special Collections staff to schedule an appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

The Charles Martin Loeffler Collection is the physical property of the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library of Yale University. Copyrights belong to the composers and authors, or their legal heirs and assigns.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Charles Martin Loeffler Collection was established in the Music Library of Yale University by Louis Krasner in 1975.


In 3 series as follows: I. Music by Charles Martin Loeffler. II. Music by others. III. Miscellaneous items.


3 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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The Charles Martin Loeffler Collection contains sketches, manuscript scores, and printed editions of 23 musical compositions by the Alsatian-American composer Charles Martin Loeffler (1861-1935)

Biographical / Historical

Charles Martin Loeffler was born on January 30, 1861. His place of birth is disputed; he claimed to be Alsatian, but according to his biographer Ellen Knight, documents indicate that he was actually born near Berlin. He studied violin and composition in Germany (where Joseph Joachim was one of his teachers) and France, and in 1881 he went to the United States, which eventually became his permanent home. From 1882 to 1903 Loeffler was Second Concertmaster of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and he achieved considerable renown as a solo violinist. He composed extensively, and his works were widely performed during his lifetime. He received many awards, including an honorary doctorate from Yale University in 1926. Charles Martin Loeffler died on May 19, 1935.

The Charles Martin Loeffler Collection
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