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Call Number: OHVIII
Scope and Contents: An series of Zoom interviews with composers and musicians, focusing on their personal and creative lives while isolating during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Call Number: OHII
Scope and Contents: The Charles Ives Oral History was the first documentary oral history of an American composer. Interviews with sixty people who knew and worked with Charles Ives were conducted between 1968 and 1971, and this project was the impetus for the founding of Oral History of American Music (OHAM). Family, friends, neighbors, business associates, and musicians reminisce about one of the most significant artistic figures of the century. The project formed the basis of the award-winning book by Vivian...
Call Number: OHIII
Scope and Contents: The Duke Ellington Oral History is comprises ninety-two interviews with and about Ellington, one of America's greatest composers. Included among the interviewees are musicians, family members, friends, and colleagues.
Dates: 1939-1987, bulk 1977-1987
Call Number: OHV
Scope and Contents: Major Figures in American Music is the core unit of Oral History of American Music. It consists of over 1000 interviews with composers, performers, and other significant musicians. The first subjects were those most fragile in terms of age and health, such as Eubie Blake, Nadia Boulanger, Aaron Copland, Harry Partch, Charles Seeger, Claire Reis, and Virgil Thomson. Among other senior composers interviewed during the OHAM's first decade were John Cage, Lou Harrison, Ernst Krenek, Leo Ornstein,...
Dates: 1930-2021, bulk 1970-2021
Call Number: OHI
Scope and Contents: The Paul Hindemith Oral History consists of seventy-nine interviews with students, performers, colleagues, and friends of the celebrated German composer. The Hindemith oral history complements and gives added dimension to the Paul Hindemith Collection of personal papers and manuscripts in the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library at Yale University.
Dates: 1951-2007, bulk 1972-1977
Call Number: OHIV
Scope and Contents: The Steinway & Sons Oral History traces the history of Steinway & Sons, one of the preeminent manufacturers of pianos, from its years as a family business until its acquisition by CBS in 1972. One-hundred twenty interviews provide a multi-level look at a major musical institution that has made a significant impact on musical culture in the United States and abroad. Interviewees include Steinway family members, piano technicians, factory workers, Steinway agents, and concert pianists.
Call Number: OHVII
Scope and Contents: The Yale Student Composers project documents Yale’s celebrated graduate student composers. These promising young artists are interviewed at the outset of their studies at Yale, and they speak about their work, musical education, inspiration, and other subjects. Their testimony is filmed by a professional videographer.