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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Information

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Subject and Genre Headings

Administrative Information

Container List

Series 1: Symphonic Works 1953, Undated

Series 2: Works for Piano and Organ 1941, ca. 1956, Undated

Series 3: Chamber Music 1940-1977, Undated

Series 4: Instrumental Works without an Opus Number 1916-1964, Undated

Series 5: Vocal and Choral Music 1914-1968, Undated

Series 6: Music Written as Ralph Sandor 1940-1950, Undated

Series 7: Sketches and Notebooks 1919-1954, Undated

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ALEXANDER SEMMLER PAPERS, (MSS-131), 1914-1977




Descriptive Summary

Title: Alexander Semmler Papers
Date: 1914-1977
Physical Characteristics: 10.5 cubic ft.
Abstract: The Alexander Semmler Papers contain music written by Alexander Semmler, both published and unpublished, as well as some of his notes and correspondence.
Storage: The materials are located onsite in the department.
Language: The materials in the collection are in English, German, and Spanish, with notations within music in Italian.
Repository: M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University at Albany, SUNY

Biographical Sketch

Alexander Semmler was born in Dortmund, Germany, on 12 November 1900. He began composing music in adolescence and toured Europe and the United States as a pianist at the age of fifteen. He studied piano with Josef Pembaur and composition with Gustav Jenner, and later studied philosophy and musicology at the universities of Marburg, Berlin, and Munich. He emigrated to the United States as a young man and became an American citizen in 1930. Semmler worked as a pianist with the CBS Symphony and later as a staff conductor and composer at CBS, writing music both under his own name and under the pseudonym Ralph Sandor (or Zandor). He served as the American administrator for the Rudfunk im Amerikanischen Sektor (RIAS) in Berlin from 1951 to 1952. He was later invited to Mexico, where he was instrumental in organizing the Centro de Compositores Mexicanos. From 1955 until 1970, he was the New York music director for TRF Music, Inc. and Picture Scores, Inc. During that same time, he served as program director of the Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, N. Y. Semmler died in Kingston, N. Y., on 24 April 1977.

Note: The information provided above was gleaned from the following sources, in addition to those found in the Alexander Semmler Papers themselves:

"Semmler, Alexander." Contemporary American Composers: A Biographical Dictionary. Ed. E. Ruth Anderson. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1982.
"Henry Cowell: Trio for Violin, 'cello, and Piano (1965); Alexander Semmler: Trio for Violin, 'cello, and Piano, Op. 40 (1964)." (see www.newworldrecords.org/uploads/fileuordz.pdf).

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Scope and Content Information

The collection consists primarily of music written by Alexander Semmler, both in print and in manuscript. Among the compositions are symphonic works, chamber music, and works for various instruments, including piano and voice. There are also sketches for later compositions and notebooks with melodic ideas, both titled and untitled. The papers also include music written by Mr. Semmler under the pseudonym of Ralph Sandor (or Zandor), which is more commercially oriented than those pieces signed in his own name. Much of the music in the collection has never been published.

Also included in the papers are certain items kept with his musical compositions by Alexander Semmler; these miscellanea are noted in the individual series scope notes. Materials are arranged within series either by opus number or alphabetically, if no opus number is present (Series 5 is an exception- please see its scope note for details). Some of the items include emendations tipped in or fastened with tape. Many bear markings or annotations in a hand other than Alexander Semmler's. These were not made by the processing archivist. When these markings included dates, those were included in the folder listing as approximate dates.

It should be noted that while there are multiple copies of most of the items in the Semmler Papers, these copies are often not identical, as many of the manuscripts have corrections or notations by the composer that vary from instance to instance. This is why the archivist elected to retain them. Due to the number of fragile and oversized items in the collection, materials pertaining to the same work may not be housed in the same physical location.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The papers are arranged in seven series:

Series 1 - Symphonic Works, 1953, Undated
Series 2 - Works for Piano and Organ, 1941, 1956, Undated
Series 3 - Chamber Music, 1940-1977, Undated
Series 4 - Instrumental Works Without an Opus Number, 1916-1964, Undated
Series 5 - Vocal and Choral Music, 1914-1968, Undated
Series 6 - Works as Ralph Sandor, 1940-1950, Undated
Series 7 - Sketches and Notebooks, 1919-1954, Undated

Materials arranged within series by opus number. Materials without an opus number arranged alphabetically by folder title.

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Restrictions

Access

Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright

The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Performance Rights

Performance of music from the Alexander Semmler Papers is by application only. If a performance is recorded or in some other manner documented, a copy must be provided to the Department of Special Collections and Archives. An invitation to all performances must be provided to Iliana Semmler or her designee.

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Subject Headings

Persons

Brunetti-Pisano, August, 1870-1943
Burnet, Dana, 1888-1962
Castaneda, Daniel Perez, 1901-1980
Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965
Herrmann, Bernard, 1911-1975
Jenner, Gustav, 1865-1920
Knab, Armin, 1881-1951
Lear, Edward, 1812-1888
Machado, Antonio, 1812-1896
Pembaur, Josef, 1875-1950
Semmler, Alexander, 1900-1977

Corporate Bodies

Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc.
Rundfunk im Amerikanischen Sektor (Berlin, Germany)

Subjects

Amateur films--Songs and music
Chamber music
Composers--United States--20th century
Dance music
Incidental music
Jazz
Organ music
Piano music
Radio music
Songs
Symphonies
Tangos
Vocal music

Places

Woodstock (N. Y.)

Genres and Forms

Sheet music

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Alexander Semmler Papers, 1914-1977. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as the Semmler Papers).

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Dr. Iliana Semmler in January 2003.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Catherine Oliver
Date: © 2011 By the University at Albany, SUNY. All rights reserved.
Revision history: -

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Container List

Series 1: Symphonic Works, 1953, Undated 1.94 cubic ft.
Arranged by opus number.
This series consists of works written by Alexander Semmler for symphony orchestra. The Symphony No. 3, dedicated to RIAS-Berlin, is the longest of these; the title on the full orchestral score is in English, and the parts and corrections are in German, with musical notations in Italian. The other works are all in English, with musical notations in Italian.
Oversized Folder
1 1 Opus 18: Sinfonietta (1): To Davidson Taylor (alt. title: Symphony No. 1), Undated Bound manuscript score
Box Folder
1 1-8 Opus 18: Sinfonietta (1): To Davidson Taylor (alt. title: Symphony No. 1), Undated Printed parts: Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Bass, Flute 1 and 2, Oboe 1 and 2, Clarinet 1 and 2, Bassoon, Horn 1 and 2, Trumpet 1 and 2, Trombone, and Drums
Oversized Folder
2 2 Opus 20: Manhattan Diary: Impressions and Vignettes for Symphony Orchestra, Undated Manuscript score
3 Opus 20: Manhattan Diary: Impressions and Vignettes for Symphony Orchestra, Undated Onionskin manuscript score
Oversized Folder
1 2 Opus 21: Second Symphony, Undated Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
2 1 Opus 21: Second Symphony, Undated Onionskin manuscript score
4 Opus 22: Horizons: A Symphonic Ode, Undated Manuscript score
5 Opus 22: Horizons: A Symphonic Ode, Undated Onionskin manuscript score
Oversized Folder
3 1 Opus 23: Symphony No. 3: Dedicated to RIAS-Berlin (alt. title: Dritte Simfonie), 1953 Manuscript score
Box Folder
1 9 Opus 23: Symphony No. 3: Dedicated to RIAS-Berlin (alt. title: Dritte Simfonie), Undated Korrekturen
Typed corrections.
10-16 Opus 23: Symphony No. 3: Dedicated to RIAS-Berlin (alt. title: Dritte Simfonie), Undated Printed string parts
Oversized Folder
4 1 Opus 23: Symphony No. 3: Dedicated to RIAS-Berlin (alt. title: Dritte Simfonie), Undated Printed non-string parts
Series 2: Works for Piano and Organ, 1941, ca. 1956, Undated 1.16 cubic ft.
Arranged by opus number.
This series consists of works written by Alexander Semmler for solo piano and organ. Included in this series is a photocopied clipping of a newspaper review of a concert led by Semmler and featuring one of his works. It is housed with the item to which it was originally attached. All items are in English, with musical notations in Italian.
Box Folder
1 17 Opus 2: Six Miniatures for Piano Solo, 1941 Printed score
18-20 Opus 2a: Three Nocturnes for Piano (alt. title: Three Pieces for Piano), Undated Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
5 1 Opus 2a: Three Nocturnes for Piano (alt. title: Three Pieces for Piano), Undated Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
1 21-22 Opus 5: First Piano Sonata, Undated Manuscript score
Folder 22 includes a photocopy of a newspaper clipping originally pinned to that manuscript by Semmler.
Oversized Folder
5 2 Opus 5: First Piano Sonata, Undated Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
1 23 Opus 6: Scherzo (for Piano), Undated Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
5 3 Opus 6: Scherzo (for Piano), Undated Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
1 24-27 Opus 7: (Twelve) Poems without Words (for Piano), Undated Manuscript scores; partial manuscript score
Oversized Folder
5 4 Opus 7: (Twelve) Poems without Words (for Piano), Undated Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
1 28-29 Opus 9: (Second) Suite for Piano (Hommage a Prokofieff) (: March), Undated Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
5 5 Opus 9: (Second) Suite for Piano (Hommage a Prokofieff) (: March), Undated Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
1 30-33 Opus 11: Sonata for Piano (alt. title: Second Piano Sonata), Undated Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
5 6 Opus 11: Sonata for Piano (alt. title: Second Piano Sonata), Undated Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
1 34-35 Opus 12: Third Piano Sonata (alt. title: Piano Sonata No. 3), Undated Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
5 7 Opus 12: Third Piano Sonata (alt. title: Piano Sonata No. 3), Undated Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
1 36 Opus 20: Manhattan Diary: Moods and Impressions for Piano, Undated Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
5 8 Opus 20: Manhattan Diary: Moods and Impressions for Piano, Undated Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
1 37 Opus 27: Four Old Dances in New Style for Harpsichord or Piano, Undated Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
5 9 Opus 27: Four Old Dances in New Style for Harpsichord or Piano, Undated Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
1 38 Opus 31: Three Sonatinas for Piano, ca. 1956 Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
5 10 Opus 31: Three Sonatinas for Piano, Undated Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
1 39-41 Opus 32: Musical Notebook: For Nikky, ca. 1956 Undated Manuscript score
Score is divided into two parts, consisting of four volumes each. Folder 40 contains a revised and augmented score of Part 1, Volume 1.
Oversized Folder
5 11-13 Opus 32: Musical Notebook: For Nikky: Part One, Volumes 1 to 4, Undated Onionskin manuscript score
Score is divided into two parts, consisting of four volumes each. Folder 12 contains a revised and augmented score of Part 1, Volume 1.
Box Folder
1 42 Opus 38: The Challenge: Fantasy for Organ, Undated Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
5 14 Opus 38: The Challenge: Fantasy for Organ, Undated Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
1 43 Opus 41: Five Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Undated Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
5 15 Opus 41: Five Preludes and Fugues for Piano, Undated Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
1 44 Opus 42: Eight Two-Part Inventions for Piano, Undated Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
5 16 Opus 42: Eight Two-Part Inventions for Piano, Undated Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
1 45 Opus 46: Fleeting Moments: Three Pieces for Piano, Undated Manuscript score
Materials marked "Opus 48".
Oversized Folder
5 17 Opus 46: Fleeting Moments: Three Pieces for Piano, Undated Onionskin manuscript score
Materials marked "Opus 48".
Series 3: Chamber Music, 1940-1977, Undated 2.98 cubic ft.
Arranged by opus number.
This series consists of works written by Alexander Semmler for string or chamber orchestra and other chamber ensembles, both with and without piano accompaniment. Also included in this series is a program from a memorial concert given for Semmler, which was stored with the materials. Some items have attached descriptions of their genesis and performance history, possibly intended originally as program notes. These descriptions, all typewritten, may or may not be Semmler's work. Please note that the notations for the Opus 15 and the Opus 16 items are in German. This fact, coupled with the items' original housing in a RIAS folder, would suggest that they were created during Semmler's time with RIAS, although this is not a certainty.
Box Folder
2 1 Program for Alexander Semmler memorial concert, 1977
2 Opus 1: Pastoral Suite for Strings (or String Orchestra), 1940 Manuscript score
3 Opus 1: Pastoral Suite for Strings (or String Orchestra), 1942 Printed score
4 Opus 1: Pastoral Suite for Strings (or String Orchestra), 1942 Printed 1st violin parts
5 Opus 1: Pastoral Suite for Strings (or String Orchestra), 1942 Printed 2nd violin parts
6 Opus 1: Pastoral Suite for Strings (or String Orchestra), 1942 Printed viola parts
7 Opus 1: Pastoral Suite for Strings (or String Orchestra), 1942 Printed violincello parts
8 Opus 1: Pastoral Suite for Strings (or String Orchestra), 1942 Printed bass parts
9 Opus 3: Serenade for String Orchestra, 1945 Printed score
Oversized Folder
6 1 Opus 4: Quintet for Wind Instruments (Woodwind Quintet), Undated Manuscript full score
2 Opus 4: Quintet for Wind Instruments (Woodwind Quintet), Undated Onionskin manuscript full score and parts
3 Opus 4: Quintet for Wind Instruments (Woodwind Quintet), Undated Onionskin manuscript parts
Box Folder
2 10 Opus 8: Aria and Scherzo for Flute and String Orchestra, 1949 Manuscript score
11 Opus 8: Aria and Scherzo for Flute and String Orchestra, Undated Manuscript flute part
Oversized Folder
6 4 Opus 8: Aria and Scherzo for Flute and String Orchestra, Undated Manuscript piano score and flute part
5 Opus 8: Aria and Scherzo for Flute and String Orchestra, Undated Manuscript string parts
6 Opus 8: Aria and Scherzo for Flute and String Orchestra, Undated Onionskin manuscript score and parts
7 Opus 8: Aria and Scherzo for Flute and String Orchestra, Undated Onionskin manuscript piano arrangement
Box Folder
2 12-13 Opus 10: String Quartet No. 1, Undated Manuscript 1st and 2nd violin parts
14-15 Opus 10: String Quartet No. 1, Undated Manuscript viola and cello parts
Oversized Folder
6 8 Opus 10: String Quartet No. 1, Undated Manuscript full score
9 Opus 10: String Quartet No. 1, Undated Onionskin manuscript full score
10 Opus 10: String Quartet No. 1, Undated Onionskin manuscript parts
Box Folder
2 16-20 Opus 13: Rhapsodie Elegiaque for Cello and Chamber Orchestra, Undated Manuscript string parts
21 Opus 13: Rhapsodie Elegiaque for Cello and Chamber Orchestra, Undated Manuscript woodwind parts
22 Opus 13: Rhapsodie Elegiaque for Cello and Chamber Orchestra, Undated Manuscript horn part
23 Opus 13: Rhapsodie Elegiaque for Cello and Chamber Orchestra, Undated Manuscript piano part
Oversized Folder
7 1 Opus 13: Rhapsodie Elegiaque for Cello and Chamber Orchestra, Undated Manuscript full score
2 Opus 13: Rhapsodie Elegiaque for Cello and Chamber Orchestra, Undated Manuscript piano score
3 Opus 13: Rhapsodie Elegiaque for Cello and Chamber Orchestra, Undated Manuscript cello part
4 Opus 13: Rhapsodie Elegiaque for Cello and Chamber Orchestra, Undated Onionskin manuscript full score
5 Opus 13: Rhapsodie Elegiaque for Cello and Chamber Orchestra, Undated Onionskin manuscript piano score and parts
6 Opus 14a: 1) Suite for Flute and Oboe; 2) Diversion for Flute and Oboe, Undated Onionskin manuscript score
7 Opus 14b: 1) Diversion for Four Clarinets in B-flat; Diversion for Four Horns, Undated Manuscript score
8 Opus 14b: 1) Diversion for Four Clarinets in B-flat; Diversion for Four Horns, Undated Onionskin manuscript score
9 Opus 15: Sonata for Violin and Piano, ca. 1951-1952 Manuscript score and typed notes
Notations in German.
10 Opus 15: Sonata for Violin and Piano, ca. 1951-1952 Manuscript piano score, manuscript violin part, and typed notes
Notations in German. Notes copies of those housed with manuscript score.
11 Opus 15: Sonata for Violin and Piano, ca. 1951-1952 Onionskin manuscript score and parts
Notations in German.
Box Folder
2 24 Opus 16: Sonata for Two Solo Violins, ca. 1951-1952 Manuscript score
Notations in German.
25 Opus 16: Sonata for Two Solo Violins, ca. 1951-1952 Manuscript Violine 1 part
Notations in German.
26 Opus 16: Sonata for Two Solo Violins, ca. 1951-1952 Manuscript Violine 2 part
Notations in German.
Oversized Folder
8 1 Opus 16: Sonata for Two Solo Violins, ca. 1951-1952 Onionskin manuscript score and parts
Notations in German.
Box Folder
2 27-28 Opus 17: Concertino for Solo Flute and Solo Oboe with Strings/String Orchestra/String Quartet, 1956 Manuscript piano reduction
Oversized Folder
8 2 Opus 17: Concertino for Solo Flute and Solo Oboe with Strings/String Orchestra/String Quartet, 1956 Manuscript full score
Marked 'Opus 18.'
3 Opus 17: Concertino for Solo Flute and Solo Oboe with Strings/String Orchestra/String Quartet, 1956 Onionskin manuscript full score
Marked 'Opus 18.'
4 Opus 17: Concertino for Solo Flute and Solo Oboe with Strings/String Orchestra/String Quartet, 1956 Onionskin manuscript piano score, flute part, and oboe part
Marked 'Opus 18.'
Box Folder
2 29 Opus 17: Concertino for Solo Flute and Solo Oboe with Strings/String Orchestra/String Quartet, Undated Manuscript flute part
30 Opus 17: Concertino for Solo Flute and Solo Oboe with Strings/String Orchestra/String Quartet, Undated Manuscript oboe part
31 Opus 19: Four Pieces for Violin Solo, Undated Partial manuscript score
Nos. 1 and 4 only.
Oversized Folder
8 5 Opus 19: Four Pieces for Violin Solo, Undated Onionskin manuscript score and parts
6 Opus 20: Three Pieces from Manhattan Diary Arranged for Woodwind Quartet, Undated Onionskin manuscript score and parts
Box Folder
2 32 Opus 28: Suite for Cello and Piano, Undated Manuscript piano score
33 Opus 28: Suite for Cello and Piano, Undated Manuscript cello part
Oversized Folder
8 7 Opus 28: Suite for Cello and Piano, Undated Onionskin manuscript score
8 Opus 28: Suite for Cello and Piano, Undated Partial onionskin manuscript score
"Serenade" only.
Box Folder
2 34 Opus 33: Ode for Violin and Piano, 1964 Manuscript piano score
Oversized Folder
8 9 Opus 33: Ode for Violin and Piano, 1964 Onionskin manuscript piano score and violin part
Box Folder
2 35 Opus 33: Ode for Violin and Piano, Undated Manuscript violin part
36 Opus 34: Rhapsody for Flute and Piano, Undated Manuscript piano score
37 Opus 34: Rhapsody for Flute and Piano, Undated Manuscript flute part and typed program notes
Oversized Folder
8 10 Opus 34: Rhapsody for Flute and Piano, Undated Onionskin manuscript piano score and flute part
Box Folder
2 39-39 Opus 35: Sonata for Clarinet or Viola and Piano, 1962 Manuscript piano score
Oversized Folder
8 11 Opus 35: Sonata for Clarinet or Viola and Piano, 1962 Onionskin manuscript score and parts
Box Folder
2 40 Opus 35: Sonata for Clarinet or Viola and Piano, Undated Manuscript clarinet part
41 Opus 35: Sonata for Clarinet or Viola and Piano, Undated Manuscript viola part
42 Opus 36: Diversions for Viola and Bassoon, 1962 Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
9 1 Opus 36: Diversions for Viola and Bassoon, 1962 Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
2 43-44 Opus 37: Fantasy for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello, 1963 Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
9 2 Opus 37: Fantasy for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello, 1963 Onionskin manuscript score and parts
Box Folder
2 45 Opus 37: Fantasy for Oboe, Violin, Viola, and Cello, Undated Manuscript parts
Oversized Folder
9 3 Opus 39: Prelude and Scherzo for Violin, Viola, and Cello, 1964 Manuscript score
4 Opus 39: Prelude and Scherzo for Violin, Viola, and Cello, 1964 Onionskin manuscript score and parts
Box Folder
2 46 Opus 39: Prelude and Scherzo for Violin, Viola, and Cello, Undated Manuscript parts
47-49 Opus 40: Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano, 1964 Manuscript full score
Oversized Folder
9 5 Opus 40: Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano, 1964 Onionskin manuscript score and parts
Box Folder
2 50 Opus 40: Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano, Undated Manuscript violin and cello parts
51 Opus 43: Theme and Variations for Four Bassoons, Undated Manuscript score and photocopy
Oversized Folder
9 6 Opus 43: Theme and Variations for Four Bassoons, Undated Onionskin manuscript score and parts
Box Folder
2 52 Opus 44: Elegy HC for String Quartet (in memory of Henry Cowell), Undated Manuscript score and typed reflections
Oversized Folder
9 7 Opus 44: Elegy HC for String Quartet (in memory of Henry Cowell), Undated Onionskin manuscript score and parts
Box Folder
2 53 Opus 45: Meditation and Capriccio for Flute and Piano (also arranged for Oboe or Clarinet and Piano), 1964 Manuscript full score
Oversized Folder
9 8 Opus 45: Meditation and Capriccio for Flute and Piano (also arranged for Oboe or Clarinet and Piano), 1964 Onionskin manuscript full score and parts
Box Folder
2 54-55 Opus 45: Meditation and Capriccio for Flute and Piano (also arranged for Oboe or Clarinet and Piano), Undated Manuscript flute part
56 Opus 45: Meditation and Capriccio for Flute and Piano (also arranged for Oboe or Clarinet and Piano), Undated Manuscript clarinet part
Oversized Folder
9 9 Opus 47: Quintet for Bassoon and String Quartet, Undated Onionskin manuscript score and parts
Series 4: Instrumental Works without an Opus Number, 1916-1964, Undated 1.49 cubic ft.
Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
This series consists of those instrumental works written by Alexander Semmler under his own name that were never assigned an opus number by him. Included in this series is a collection of instrumental works that seems to date from Semmler's youth; this was entitled "Alexander Semmler: Early Instrumental Pieces" by the archivist. These materials are all in German, with Italian notations. Another work in this series is Semmler's "Entre dos Luces", for violin and string orchestra, which is in Spanish with Italian notations. All other materials in this series are in English with Italian notations. Also included in this series are the "Calendar Sketches," music written for sale to home-movie makers to accompany their films. The compositions are accompanied by a typescript describing the purpose of the music and suggesting uses for each piece. It is unclear whether this was written by Semmler.
Oversized Folder
10 1 [Alexander Semmler: Early Instrumental Pieces], 1916 Manuscript score
In German.
2 Along the Sawkill, 1959 Manuscript full score
Box Folder
3 1 Buddy Taylor's Concerto, 1948 Manuscript score
Written especially for a dramatized radio version of Dana Burnet's "The Grand March of the United States." Dedicated to the "Fellowship Series," U. S. Armed Forces Radio Service, April 12, 1948.
2 [Calendar Sketches], Undated Typescript description and suggestions
3-6 [Calendar Sketches], 1956 Pieces 1-14: Manuscript score
7 Commercial Music for Celesta and Piano, 1964 "Brisk Movement, Industrial, etc.": Typed index and manuscript score
8 Commercial Music for Celesta and Piano, 1964 "Dramatic Character Pieces" and "Lyrical Pieces": Typed index and manuscript score
9 Commercial Music for Celesta and Piano, 1964 Ink sketches with titles
10 Commercial Music for Celesta and Piano, Undated Pencil sketches with titles
11 Commercial Music for Celesta and Piano, Undated Pencil sketches without titles
Oversized Folder
10 3 Concert Waltz for Piano, Undated Manuscript score
Box Folder
3 12 Duets for Strings in the First Position: Playable for Two Violins or Violin and Viola or Violin and Cello, 1964 Manuscript full score
Oversized Folder
10 4 Duets for Strings in the First Position: Playable for Two Violins or Violin and Viola or Violin and Cello, 1964 Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
3 13 Entre dos Luces: Fantasia para Violino y Orquesta de Cuerdas, 1954 Manuscript score
"Al distinguido director y violinista, Maestro Daniel Perez Castaneda, con profundos sentimentos de respeto y de amistad." In Spanish.
Oversized Folder
10 5 Entre dos Luces: Fantasia para Violino y Orquesta de Cuerdas, 1954 Onionskin manuscript score and parts
"Al distinguido director y violinista, Maestro Daniel Perez Castaneda, con profundos sentimentos de respeto y de amistad." In Spanish.
6 [Four Orchestral Pieces], 1960 Manuscript full score
7 Idyl for Piano, 1938 Manuscript score
Box Folder
3 14 Improvisation for Guitar: To Jeanne and Jacob Andonian, 1957 Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
10 8 Improvisation for Guitar: To Jeanne and Jacob Andonian, 1957 Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
3 15 Improvisations for Piano, Undated Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
10 9 Improvisations for Piano, Undated Onionskin manuscript score
10 Minuet, Undated Manuscript score
11 Mount Overlook, 1959 Manuscript full score
Box Folder
3 16 Music for Recorder, 1952 Dance for Sopranino Recorder and Piano: Manuscript score and recorder part
17 Music for Recorder, 1952 Lullaby for Sopranino Recorder and Piano: Manuscript score and recorder part
18 Music for Recorder, Undated Autumn Pastoral: Onionskin manuscript score and manuscript parts
19 Music for Recorder, Undated [Pencil Sketches for Recorder]: Manuscript sketches
20 Nocturne for Flute, Viola, and Harp, Undated Manuscript flute part
21 Nocturne for Flute, Viola, and Harp, Undated Manuscript viola part
22 Nocturne for Flute, Viola, and Harp, Undated Manuscript sketches
Oversized Folder
10 12 Nocturne for Flute, Viola, and Harp, Undated Manuscript full score
13 Nocturne for Flute, Viola, and Harp, Undated Onionskin manuscript score, flute part, and viola part
14 Nocturne for Orchestra and Piano, Undated Manuscript full score
Box Folder
3 23 Pastoral(e) for Solo Oboe and Strings, Undated Manuscript piano/oboe score
24 Pastoral(e) for Solo Oboe and Strings, Undated Manuscript oboe part
Oversized Folder
11 1 Pastoral(e) for Solo Oboe and Strings, Undated Manuscript full score
2 Pastoral(e) for Solo Oboe and Strings, Undated Onionskin manuscript piano/oboe score
3 [Piano Pieces], Undated Bound manuscript score
Box Folder
3 25 Prairie Sunset for Harp Solo, Undated Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
11 4 Prairie Sunset for Harp Solo, Undated Onionskin manuscript score
5 Rush Hour, Undated Manuscript full score
6 Six Easy Pieces for Piano, Undated Manuscript score
Box Folder
3 26 Solemn Epilogue [for Concert Band], Undated Manuscript piano reduction
27 Solemn Epilogue [for Concert Band], Undated Manuscript woodwind parts
28 Solemn Epilogue [for Concert Band], Undated Manuscript brass parts
29 Solemn Epilogue [for Concert Band], Undated Manuscript percussion parts
Oversized Folder
11 7 Solemn Epilogue [for Concert Band], Undated Manuscript full score
Box Folder
3 30 Sonatina for Flute and Harp, 1958 Manuscript full score
Oversized Folder
11 8 Space Cadets March, Undated Manuscript full score
Box Folder
3 31 Thirty Easy Duets for Alto Recorder, Undated Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
11 9 Thirty Easy Duets for Alto Recorder, Undated Onionskin manuscript score
10 Tonal Canvases 1959: Musical Impressions of an Art Exhibit, ca. 1959 Manuscript full score
11 Twilight Melody, 1959 Manuscript full score
12 Two American Indian Scenes, Undated Manuscript full score
Box Folder
3 32 Voodeko: A 20th Century Primitive Dance for Concert Band, Undated Manuscript piano reduction
Oversized Folder
11 13 Voodeko: A 20th Century Primitive Dance for Concert Band, Undated Manuscript full score
14 Voodeko: A 20th Century Primitive Dance for Concert Band, Undated Onionskin manuscript piano reduction
Series 5: Vocal and Choral Music, 1914-1968, Undated 0.82 cubic ft.
Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
This series consists of the vocal and choral works written by Alexander Semmler under his own name. The arrangement of this series is alphabetical except in the case of those works to which Semmler assigned opus numbers; they are arranged under 'O' in numerical order. Please note that the items in Oversized Folder 1 are all in German. All other items are in English, except for some song lyrics in Spanish. Where there is no notation to the contrary, both words and music are presumed to be by Semmler. In all other cases, the lyricist's name is listed first.
Oversized Folder
12 1 [Alexander Semmler: Early Songs, Sketches, and Miscellanea], 1914-1919 Manuscript scores, sketches, and drafts; printed music by August Brunetti-Pisano and Armin Knab; correspondence
All material in German.
Box Folder
3 33 The Challenge, Undated Manuscript score; manuscript and typed lists of timings
See also Opus 38 materials (in Series 2).
Oversized Folder
12 2 The Challenge, Undated Onionskin manuscript score
See also Opus 38 materials (in Series 2).
Box Folder
3 34 Christmas Day in the Morning: For Unaccompanied Mixed Chorus (J. Shotwell/Semmler), 1957 Printed score
35 Four Madrigals (The Seasons): Arranged for Mixed Voices (SATB), 1965 Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
12 3 Four Madrigals (The Seasons): Arranged for Mixed Voices (SATB) and for Male Voices (TTBB), 1965 Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
3 36 Four Madrigals (The Seasons): Arranged for Male Voices (TTBB), Undated Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
12 4 Full of Wonder: A Musical Christmas Play (Lund and Semmler/Semmler), 1954 Bound manuscript score
5 Full of Wonder: A Musical Christmas Play (Lund and Semmler/Semmler), 1954 Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
3 37 The Hills (I. Semmler/A. Semmler), Undated Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
12 6 The Hills (I. Semmler/A. Semmler), Undated Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
3 38 "I knew it all along…", Undated Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
12 7 Lullaby (H. Shotwell): Arranged for Solo and for Mixed Voices by A. Semmler, Undated Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
3 39 Opus 24: Chamber Music (Divertimento) for Mixed Voices (Four Parts) and Harp (or Piano), 1954 Manuscript score
"Divertimento" written on one score in pencil.
Oversized Folder
12 8 Opus 24: Chamber Music (Divertimento) for Mixed Voices (Four Parts) and Harp (or Piano), 1954 Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
3 40 Opus 24: Chamber Music (Divertimento) for Mixed Voices (Four Parts) and Harp (or Piano), Undated Manuscript bass part
Sections 2 and 3 only.
41 Opus 30: [Seven Songs for Medium Voice]: La Desierta Plaza (Machado/Semmler); Renacimiento (Machado/Semmler), 1954 Manuscript score
Lyrics in Spanish and English.
Oversized Folder
12 9 Opus 30: [Seven Songs for Medium Voice]: La Desierta Plaza (Machado/Semmler); Renacimiento (Machado/Semmler); Respice (J. Shotwell/Semmler); Time is a Cunning Thief (J. Shotwell/Semmler); Viewpoint Cocktail; The Chicken (Morganstern/Semmler); Nightfall (S, ca. 1954-1955 Onionskin manuscript score
Lyrics in Spanish and English.
Box Folder
3 42 Opus 30: [Seven Songs for Medium Voice]: Respice (J. Shotwell/Semmler); Time is a Cunning Thief (J. Shotwell/Semmler), Undated Manuscript score
43 Opus 30: [Seven Songs for Medium Voice]: Viewpoint Cocktail; The Chicken (Morganstern/Semmler), 1955 Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
12 10 The Owl and the Pussy-Cat: For Chorus of Mixed Voices (SATB) with Piano Accompaniment (Lear/Semmler), 1950 Onionskin manuscript score
Arranged for solo and for mixed voices.
Box Folder
3 44 The Owl and the Pussy-Cat: For Chorus of Mixed Voices (SATB) with Piano Accompaniment (Lear/Semmler), 1967 Printed score
45 Prelude and Hymn: A Voice-Instrumental for Mixed Chorus a capella, 1964 Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
12 11 Prelude and Hymn: A Voice-Instrumental for Mixed Chorus a capella, 1964 Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
3 46 Sinfonia Abstracta for Male Voices, 1968 Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
12 12 Sinfonia Abstracta for Male Voices, 1968 Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
3 47 Sing Along!, 1958 Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
12 13 "There's a city by the river…", Undated Manuscript score
Box Folder
3 48 Three Christmas Songs for Mixed Voices a capella (E. Semmler/A. Semmler), Undated Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
12 14 Three Christmas Songs for Mixed Voices a capella (E. Semmler/A. Semmler), Undated Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
3 49 Vee Double U (Volkswagen Theme), 1967 Manuscript score
Oversized Folder
12 15 Vee Double U (Volkswagen Theme), 1967 Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
3 50 "We are players all upon the stage of chance…", Undated Manuscript score; pencil sketches on back
Series 6: Music Written as Ralph Sandor, 1940-1950, Undated 0.2 cubic ft.
Arranged alphabetically by folder title.
This series includes music written by Alexander Semmler under the name Ralph Sandor (or Zandor). Much of it is more commercially oriented than his other works. This series includes both instrumental and vocal music. As with the vocal music written by Semmler under his own name, when there is a lyricist's name given, it is listed first.
Oversized Folder
12 16 Entre dos Luces (Twilight): Tango, 1950 Onionskin manuscript score
Box Folder
3 51 Incidental Music: Piano or Organ, 1941 Printed score
52 Incidental Music: Piano or Organ, Book II, 1944 Printed score
53-54 Light Orchestral Music, Undated Manuscript string parts
55 Light Orchestral Music, Undated Manuscript woodwind parts
56 Light Orchestral Music, Undated Manuscript brass parts
57 Light Orchestral Music, Undated Manuscript percussion parts
58 Light Orchestral Music, Undated Manuscript harp part
59 Light Orchestral Music, Undated Manuscript piano part
60 Pop Music, Undated Manuscript scores and sketches for instrumental and vocal works (lyrics for vocal works by Sandor and by Alice Blackburn)
61 Tangos by Sandor, Undated Manuscript score
62 [Three Pieces by Ralph Sandor: "Oh You Gypsy!" (Blackburn/Sandor); Maracaibo; "Out of the Gray" (Ball/Sandor)], 1940 Manuscript score; printed score
63 [Violin and Piano Music], 1941 Manuscript score
Series 7: Sketches and Notebooks, 1919-1954, Undated 3.63 cubic ft.
Arranged in two subseries, the first consisting of manuscript sketches and the second of notebooks. The sketches are arranged alphabetically by folder title; the notebooks are arranged first alphabetically by title and then chronologically. When a folder bore more than one title, the archivist chose the spine title to represent the whole, with any other titles given after a semicolon. Titles that Semmler crossed out were not included in the folder title. Photocopies of Semmler's original folders were included in each folder. Included in this series is "Queen Mystery Cue #12", a piece by Bernard Herrmann originally written for the CBS radio drama "Ellery Queen."
This series includes manuscript sketches and notebooks.
Subseries 1: Sketches, 1919-1954, Undated
Oversized Folder
13 1 Bassoon Quintet (Sketches); [Instrumental and Vocal Sketches], 1939 1943 1944 Undated Manuscript sketches
In German and English.
2 Chamber Music: Mixed Voices and Harp or Piano (Opus 24); Lullaby; [Sketches], Undated Manuscript sketches
Includes 'Along the Sawkill' and 'Mount Overlook' (see Series 4).
3 Complete Pieces, 1944 Undated Manuscript sketches; typewritten lyrics
Includes vocal and instrumental pieces.
Oversized Folder
14 1 Concertino for Piano and Orchestra (Sketches); [Radio Cues], 1939 Undated Manuscript sketches
Includes "Queen Mystery- Cue # 12", by Bernard Herrmann.
2 Counterpointal Sketches; Melodic Writing (Single Lines), 1940 1942 1952 Undated Manuscript sketches
Includes vocal and instrumental pieces.
3 Cue Sketches: CBS Recording, Dec 47, 1947 Manuscript sketches
4 Don Quixote, Undated Manuscript sketches
Oversized Folder
15 1 [Early Instrumental and Vocal Sketches; Dance Music Sketches], 1919 1921 1927 Undated Manuscript sketches
In German and English.
2 Farmer in the Dell: A Caprice for Piano and String Orchestra (Sandor), Undated Manuscript sketches
3 For the Sound-track, 1946 Manuscript sketches
4 Foundation Play (Wood/Semmler), Undated Manuscript sketches
5 Light Industrials (Harry Glass Recording 59); [Indian Rhapsody], Undated Manuscript sketches
Oversized Folder
16 1 Manhattan Diary, Orchestra Sketches, Undated Manuscript sketches
2 Mary Brown, Undated Manuscript sketches; manuscript and typed lyrics, scenario, and script pages
3 Miscellaneous Commercial Pieces (Material), Undated Manuscript sketches
4 Mood Sketches, 1946 Undated Manuscript sketches
5 [My Country [,] 'Tis America (Ralph Sandor); Twelve Tone Rows and Untitled Sketches], 1940 Undated Manuscript sketches
6 Odes to Darkness; Current Sketches, Undated Manuscript sketches
7 Patriotic Songs, Undated Manuscript sketches
8 Progressive Jazz, Undated Manuscript sketches
Oversized Folder
17 1 Recordings Musicana U. S. A., Undated Manuscript sketches
Includes Music to a Tragedy (after Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher").
2 Rias Symphony, Undated Manuscript sketches
3 Serious Sketches; Nocturne (Manhattan); Old Dances in New Style; [Sketches], 1929 1931 1941 1944 Manuscript sketches
Oversized Folder
18 1 Sight-Singing, Undated Manuscript sketches
2 Sketches in Progress; H. C. Quartet, Undated Manuscript sketches
3 String Quartet Sketches; Symphony 1st Movement; [Artistic and Commercial Sketches], 1939 1946 1954 Manuscript sketches
4 Suite for Orchestra etc., 1933 1938 1946 Manuscript sketches
Oversized Folder
19 1 Symphony No. 2 (Sinfonietta No. 2); Horizons, Undated Manuscript sketches
2 Theme and Variations: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, 1946 Manuscript sketches
3 Theme and Variations for Orchestra; [Vocal Music], 1938 1941 Undated Manuscript sketches
4 ["To Charly;" On the High Seas; Pixies], Undated Manuscript sketches
5 Various Sketches: Fugues, Inventions, etc., 1943 1944 Undated Manuscript sketches
Includes setting by Semmler of Baudelaire's "Le guignon."
6 Violin Concerto, 1948 Manuscript sketches
7 [Vocal Sketches and Notes], Undated Manuscript sketches
In German, English, and nonsense syllables.
Subseries 2: Notebooks, 1937-1950, Undated
Box Folder
4 1 Loose sketches, notes, and miscellanea, Undated
2 Classical Themes; Yankee Doodle [et al.], Undated
3 Duet Cl. And Fl. [et al.]; Piano Prelude [et al.], 1941 Undated
4 Madrigals; Original Themes, Undated
5 Prelude and Hymn; Valse; Primitive Dance from Dance Suite, Undated
6 Rhythmic Studies; Valentino Sketches: Cl., Bssn., Fl. Solos, Undated
7 Sinfonietta, beg.; War Commercials etc., Undated
8 Untitled notebooks, 1937-1938
9 Untitled notebooks, 1938
10 Untitled notebooks, 1938-1939
11 Untitled notebooks, 1939
12 Untitled notebooks, 1941 1946
13 Untitled notebooks, 1946 1950
Box Folder
5 1-13 Untitled, undated notebooks, Undated

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