Scope and Contents
The Allen Forte Collection includes theoretical analyses (published and unpublished) of the works of a wide variety of composers; a selection of Forte's correspondence, which includes letters to and from Ernst Oster, Gertrud Schoenberg, and other notable music theorists; materials related to some of the courses Forte taught; general theory materials; drafts of some of Forte's published and unpublished articles and lectures; and a selection of photos, personal documents, books and scores.
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Allen and Madeleine Forte.
The Allen Forte Papers are comprised of five series: I. Analyses; II. Correspondence; III. Teaching and general theory materials; IV. Manuscript drafts, writings, and lectures; and V. Photos, personal documents, books and scores.
7.5 Linear Feet (15 containers)
A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog
The Allen Forte Collection includes theoretical analyses (published and unpublished); materials related to courses that Forte taught; general theory materials; drafts of articles and lectures; and a small number of photos, personal documents, books and scores.
Biographical / Historical
Allen Forte (1926-2014) was the Battell Professor Emeritus of the Theory of Music at Yale University. He was a specialist in 20th-century atonal music, musical analysis using Schenkerian methods, and the American popular ballad. He is the author of over one hundred books and articles, and advised seventy-two Ph.D. dissertations. Allen Forte received his B.A. and M.A. from Columbia University, and taught at Columbia University Teachers College, Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes College of Music before joining the faculty of Yale University.
- Guide to the Allen Forte Papers
- compiled by Anne Harrison
- January 2018
- Language of description
Part of the Yale University Music Library Repository