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Finding Aid for the
ALEXANDER SEMMLER
PAPERS, 1914-1968
(MSS-131)

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content Note

Box and Folder List:


Alexander Semmler
Biographical Sketch

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Alexander Semmler was born and educated in Germany before emigrating to the United States in 1923. He was a composer, conductor, and pianist. He was active in radio and film, serving as staff conductor and pianist for the CBS Orchestra and as composer and conductor for films released by RKO Pathe. He later worked with Norman Corwin and was active in television. He was music consultant to Radio in the American Sector in Berlin in the early 1950s, organized the Centro Compositores Mexicanos in Mexico City in 1953-1954, and served as music director of the Maverick Concerts in Woodstock, New York from 1955-1969.


Alexander Semmler
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Alexander Semmler's compositions include opus numbers as well as numerous songs and other short works. These include works for orchestra, string and chamber orchestra, chamber groups of all sorts, piano, organ, and voice. There are also a number of works Semmler wrote under the name of "Ralph Sandor" the most notable of which are two volumes of "Incidental Music for Piano" published by Alpha Music.


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Works Arranged by Opus Number

A revised transcript of the handwritten list by Richard Olsen (done in 1977) of the works of Alexander Semmler (1900-1977), arranged numerically by opus number.

Opus 1 Pastoral Suite for String Orchestra
1. A Merry Tune
2. Idyll
3. Down the Lane
4. Jig
Associated Music Publishers, N.Y., 1942

1 published score
1 published set of parts: v(6), v(5), va(4), c(3), b(3)
1 handwritten score

Opus 2 Six Miniatures for Piano Solo
1. Drifting Clouds
2. Scherzo
3. Revery
4. Hobby-Horses on Parade
5. Oriental Dance
6. Autumn Wind
Associated Music Publishers, N.Y., 1941

2 published scores

Opus 2a Three Nocturnes for Piano (dedicated to the memory of Cyril Scott)
1. Night Horizons
2. Night Shadows
3. Serenade
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
4 scores

Opus 3 Serenade for String Orchestra
1. Dedication
2. Elegy
3. Marcia Grotesque
Associated Music Publishers, N.Y., 1945

1 published score

Opus 4 Quintet for Wind Instruments (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon)
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
2 onionskin sets of parts
1 score

Opus 5 First Piano Sonata
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
3 scores (bound)

Opus 6 Scherzo for Piano
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
3 scores

Opus 7 [Twelve] Poems Without Words for Piano
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
1 score (bound)
2 scores
1 partial score (I only)

Opus 8 Aria and Scherzo for Flute and String Orchestra
Unpublished, New York City, 1949

1 onionskin score (piano score)
1 onionskin set of parts
2 full scores, 1 white and black
1 piano score/flute part
1 set of string parts (bound)

Opus 9 Suite for Piano, “Hommage á Prokofieff”
1. March
2. Humoresque
3. Poem
4. Valse-Caprice
5. Toccata
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
2 scores (bound)
1 score

Opus 10 String Quartet No.1
Unpublished, undated
1 onionskin score
1 onionskin set of parts
2 scores
2 sets of parts

Opus 11 Sonata for Piano
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
3 scores (bound)
2 scores (“revised”)

Opus 12 Third Piano Sonata
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
3 scores (bound)

Opus 13 Rhapsodie Élégiaque for Cello and Chamber Orchestra
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin full score
2 full scores
3 piano scores
1 onionskin set of parts
1 set of bound parts (v,v,va,c,b)
1 unbound set of parts: v(4), v(3), va(3), c(4), b(2); fl, ob, cl, ba, hn, piano; solo cello
1 onionskin piano score

Opus 14 “Chamber Music for Woodwinds”

Opus 14a no. 1 suite for Flute and Oboe
I-V
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score

Opus 14a no.2 Diversion for Flute and Oboe
I-V (revision of the above)

1 onionskin score

Opus 14b no. 1 Diversion for Four Clarinets in B-flat

1 onionskin score
2 scores
Opus 14b no. 2 Diversion for Four Horns in F

1 onionskin score
2 scores

Opus 15 Sonata for Violin and Piano
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
1 onionskin violin part
2 scores (piano)
2 violin parts

Opus 16 Sonata for Two Violins
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
1 onionskins set of parts
1 score
1 set of parts

Opus 17 Concertino for Solo Flute and Solo Oboe with String Orchestra (or String Quartet). The title of the piece says Opus 18.
Unpublished, circa 1956

1 onionskin score
2 copies score
1 onionskin score (piano reduction)
1 onionskin set of solo parts (flute and oboe)
2 copies score (piano reduction)
2 sets of solo parts (flute and oboe)

Opus 18 Symphony No. 1: Sinfonietta “To Davidson Taylor”
Unpublished, 1942

1 full score (bound)
1 complete set of parts : v(5), v(4), va(4), c(3), b(3); fl 1&2, cl 1&2, ba 1&2, hn 1&2, tr 1&2, trb, drums

Opus 19 Four Pieces for Violin Solo

1. Improvisation
2. Capriccio
3. lament
4. Toccata
Unpublished, undated
1 onionskin score
1 Opus 19, no. 1 score
1 Opus 19, no. 4 score

Opus 20 Manhattan Diary: Moods and Impressions for Piano
1. Skyline at Dawn
2. Bus Ride
3. Sunset
4. Winter Morning
5. Penthouse Pastoral
6. On the Avenue
7. Twilight Improvisation
8. Atomic Savages
9. Moving Shadows
10. Harlem Memories
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
3 scores

Manhattan Diary, arr. for orchestra. The orchestral version has sections 8 & 10 switched on the title page.

1 onionskin score – full orchestra
1 score for orchestra

Three Pieces from Manhattan Diary, arr. Woodwind Quintet

1 onionskin full score
1 onionskin set of parts

Opus 21 Second Symphony
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin full score
1 onionskin bound score

Opus 22 Horizons: Symphonic Ode
Unpublished, January 9, 1953

1 onionskin full score
1 bound score
1 score

Opus 23 Symphony No. 3 (ded. To RIAS, Berlin)
Unpublished, undated

4 bound full scores, one with a single mimeoed sheet of corrections
1 full set of parts: v (7), v (6), va(5), c(4), b(4); fl 1-3, ob 1-3 (Engl. Hn), cl 1-3, bcl,
ba 1 & 2, cba, hn 1-4, tr 1-4, trb 1-3, tb, celesta, harp, percussion (4).
N.B. Parts for winds and brass are usually multi-sectional.

Opus 24 Chamber Musie Divertimento for Mixed Voices (four parts) and Harp
1. Prelude
2. Madrigal
3. Nocturne
4. March
Unpublished, circa 1954

1 onionskin full score
3 scores
1 bass part for #2 and #3

Opus 25 Symphonic Variations for Large Orchestra on an Original Theme

Opus 26 Metropolis U.S.A., Suite for Large Orchestra

Opus 27 Four Old Pieces in New style for Harpsichord or Piano
1. Gavotte
2. Minuet
3. Pavanne
4. Gigue
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin full score
4 full scores

Opus 28 Suite for Cello and Piano
1. Improvisation
2. Intermezzo Doloroso
3. Serenade
4. Toccata
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin piano score
1 onionskin cello part
2 piano scores
1 cello part
1 onionskin piano score, “Serenade” [mvt. 3]
1 cello part, “Serenade” [mvt. 3]

Opus 29 Three Nonsense Songs
Broude Brothers

Opus 30 Seven Songs for Medium Voice
1. La Deserta Plaza
2. Deacimiento
3. Two Songs: 1. “Respice”; 2. “Time is a Cunning Thief”
5. Viewfront Cocktail (on the rocks)
6. The Chicken
7. Nightfall

Opus 31 Three Sonatinas for Piano
Unpublished, circa 1956

1 onionskin score
3 scores

Opus 32 Part I (vols. 1-4) of a Musical Notebook (for Nikky) [Piano] : 96 Progressive Pieces for the contemporary music student [this extended title is not on the title page of the score]. Volume 1 contains 12 pieces, vols. 2, 3, and 4, 10 each. Title listed by Olsen.
Unpublished, circa 1956

Part II (vols. 5-8). Vols. 5, 6, and 7 contain 10 pieces, vol. 8, 11. Titles listed by Olsen.
Unpublished, circa 1956

Vol. 1 (augmented). The original 12 pieces are interspersed with others for a total of 21 pieces. Titles listed by Olsen.
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score, Part 1
1 onionskin score, Part II
1 onionskin score, Part I Augmented
1 score, Part I
1 score, Part II
1 score, Part I Augmented

Opus 33 Ode for Violin and Piano
Unpublished, May 1964

1 onionskin piano score
1 onionskin violin score
3 piano scores
3 violin parts

Opus 34 Rhapsody for Flute and Piano
Unpublished, June 1962

1 onionskin piano score
1 onionskin flute part
1 piano score
3 flute parts, one with a typed program note (two copies)

Opus 35 Sonata for Clarinet or Viola and Piano
Unpublished, June 1962

1 onionskin piano score
1 onionskin clarinet part
1 onionskin viola part
3 bound piano scores
1 piano score
3 clarinet parts
1 viola part

Opus 36 Diversions for Violin and Bassoon
1. Serenade
2. Night Song
3. Rondo
Unpublished, July 1962

1 onionskin full score
2 full scores

Opus 37 Fantasy for Oboe, Violin, Viola & Cello
Unpublished, July 1963

1 onionskin full score
1 onionskin set of parts
2 full score
1 set of parts

Opus 38 The Challenge: Fantasy for Organ
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
1 score

Opus 39 Prelude and Scherzo for Violin, Viola and Cello
Unpublished, October-November 1964

1 onionskin full score
1 onionskin set of parts
1 full score
1 set of parts

Opus 40 Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano. Commissioned 1964 by the Hans J. Cohn Music Foundation of Woodstock, NY
Alpha Music, Inc., 1964

1 onionskin full score (piano)
1 onionskin violin and cello parts
2 full scores
1 (each) violin and cello parts
1 bound full score

Opus 41 Five Preludes and Fugues for Piano
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
2 scores

Opus 42 Eight Two-Part Inventions for Piano
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
3 scores

Opus 43 Theme and Variations for Four Bassoons
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
2 full scores
1 onionskin set of parts

Opus 44 Elegy HC for String Quartet (in memory of Henry Cowell)
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin full score
1 onionskin set of parts
1 full score

Opus 45 Meditation adn Capriccio for Flute and Piano (also arranged for Oboe or Clarinet and Piano)
Unpublished, November 1964

1 onionskin full score
1 onionskin flute part
2 full scores - flute and piano
2 flute parts
1 full score - clarinet and piano
1 clarinet part
1 onionskin oboe part
1 onionskin clarinet part

Opus 47 Quintet for Bassoon and String Quartet
Unpublished, undated
1 onionskin score
1 onionskin set of parts

Opus 46 Fleeting Moments: Three Pieces for Piano (48 on music)
Unpublished, April 1968

1 onionskin score
2 scores


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Works for Piano or Organ

A listing of works by Alexander Semmler for piano or organ, arranged numerically by opus number.

Opus 2 Six Miniatures for Piano Solo
1. Drifting Clouds
2. Scherzo
3. Revery
4. Hobby-Horses on Parade
5. Oriental Dance
6. Autumn Wind
Associated Music Publishers, NY, 1941

2 published scores

Opus 2a Three Nocturnes for Piano (dedicated to the memory of Cyril Scott)
1. Night Horizons
2. Night Shadows
3. Serenade
unpublished, undated
1 onionskin score
4 scores

Opus 5 First Piano Sonata
Unpublished, undated
1 onionskin score
3 scores (bound)

Opus 6 Scherzo for Piano
Unpublished, undated
1 onionskin score
3 scores

Opus 7 [Twelve] Poems Without Words for Piano
Unpublished, undated
1 onionskin score
1 score (bound)
2 scores
1 Partial score (I only)

Opus 9 Suite for Piano, “Hommage á Prokofieff”
1. March
2. Humorseque
3. Poem
4. Valse - Caprice
5. Toccata
Unpublished, undated
1 onionskin score
3 scores (bound)
1 score

Opus 11 Sonata for Piano
Unpublished, undated
1 onionskin score
3 scores (bound)
2 scores (“revised”)

Opus 12 Third Piano Sonata
Unpublished, undated
1 onionskin score
3 scores (bound)

Opus 20 Manhattan Diary: Moods and Impressions for Piano
1. Skyline at Dawn
2. Bus Ride
3. Sunset
4. Winter Morning
5. Penthouse Pastoral
6. On the Avenue
7. Twilight Improvisation
8. Atomic Savages
9. Moving Shadows
10. Harlem Memories
unpublished, undated
1 onionskin score
3 scores

Opus 27 Four Old Pieces in New Style for Harpsichord or Piano
1. Gavotte
2. Minuet
3. Pavanne
4. Gigue
unpublished, undated
1 onionskin full score
4 full scores

Opus 31 Three Sonatinas for Piano
Unpublished, circa 1965
1 onionskin score
3 scores

Opus 32 Part I (vols. 1-4) of a Musical Notebook [for Piano]: 96 Progressive Pieces for the contemporary music student [this extended title is not on the title page of any score]. Volume 1 contains 12 pieces, vols. 2, 3, and 4, 10 each. Titles listed by Olsen.
Unpublished, circa 1956

Part II (vols. 5-8). Vols. 5, 6, and 7 contain 10 pieces, vol. 8, 11. Titles listed by Olsen
Unpublished, circa 1956

Vol. 1 (augmented). The original 12 pieces are interested with others for a total of 21 pieces. Titles listed by Olsen.
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score, Part I
1 onionskin score, Part II
1 onionskin score, Part I Augmented
1 score, Part I
1 score, Part II
1 score, Part I Augmented

Opus 38 The Challenge: Fantasy for the Organ
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
1 score

Opus 41 Five Preludes and Fugues for Piano
Unpublished, undated
1 onionskin score
2 scores

Opus 42 Eight Two-Part Inventions for Piano
Unpublished, undated
1 onionskin score
3 scores


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Works for String Orchestra or Chamber Orchestra With or Without a Soloist

A listing of works by Alexander Semmler for string orchestra or chamber orchestra, with or without a soloist, arranged numerically by opus number.

Opus 1 Pastoral Suite for String Orchestra
1. A Merry Tune
2. Idyll
3. Down the Lane
4. Jig
Associated Music Publishers, NY, 1942

1 published score
1 published set of parts: v (6), v (5), va (4), c (3), b (3)
1 handwritten score

Opus 3 Serenade for String Orchestra
1. Dedication
2. Elegy
3. Marcia Grotesque
Associated Music Publishers, NY, 1945

1 published score

Opus 8 Aria and Scherzo for Flute and String Orchestra
Unpublished, New York City, 1949

1 onionskin score (piano score)
1 onionskin set of parts
2 full scores / flute part
1 set of string parts (bound)

Opus 13 Rhapsodie Élégiaque for Cello and Chamber Orchestra
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin full score
2 full scores
3 piano scores
1 onionskin set of parts
1 set of bound parts (v, v, va,c,b)
1 unbound set of parts : v(4), v(3), c(4), b(2); fl, ob, cl, ba, hn, piano; solo Cello
1 onionskin piano score

Opus 17 Conertino for Solo Flute and Solo Oboe with String Orchestra ( or String Quartet).
The title of the piece says Opus 18.
Unpublished, circa 1956

1 onionskin score
2 copies score
1 onionskin score (piano reduction)
1 onionskin set of solo parts (flute & oboe)
2 copies score (piano reduction)
2 sets of solo parts (flute & oboe)


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Chamber Music for Woodwinds, Strings, Mixed Ensemble, and with Piano

A listing of chamber music by Alexander Semmler for woodwinds, strings, mixed ensemble, and with piano, arranged numerically by opus number and by category.

Opus 4 Quintet for Wind Instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon)
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
2 onionskin sets of parts
1 score

Opus 14 “Chamber Music For Woodwinds”

Opus 14a no. 1 Suite for Flute and Oboe
I-V
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score

Opus 14 a no. 2 Diversion for Flute and Oboe
I-V (revision of the above)

1 onionskin score

Opus 14b no. 2 Diversion for Four Clarinets in B-flat

1 onionskin score
2 scores

Opus 14b no. 2 Diversion for Four Horns in F

1 onionskin score
2 scores

Opus 20 Three pieces from Manhattan Diary, arr. Woodwind Quintet

1 onionskin full score
1 onionskin set of parts

Opus 43 Theme and Variations for four Bassoons
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
2 full scores
1 onionskin set of parts

& & & & &

Opus 10 String Quartet No. 1
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
1 onionskin set of parts
2 scores
2 sets of parts

Opus 16 Sonata for Two Violins
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
1 onionskin set of parts
1 score
1 set of parts

Opus 19 Four Pieces for Violin Solo
1. Improvisation
2. Capriccio
3. Lament
4. Toccata
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
1 Opus 19, no. 1 score
1 Opus 19, no. 4 score

Opus 39 Prelude and Scherzo for Violin, Viola and Cello
Unpublished, October-November 1964

1 onionskin full score
1 onionskin set of parts
1 full score
1 set of parts

Opus 44 Elegy HC for String Quartet (in memory of Henry Cowell)
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin full score
1 onionskin set of parts
1 full score

Opus 36 Diversions for Violin and Bassoon
1. Serenade
2. Night Song
3. Rondo
Unpublished, July 1962

1 onionskin full score
2 full scores

Opus 37 Fantasy for Oboe, Violin, Viola & Cello
Unpublished, July 1963

1 onionskin score
1 onionskin set of parts
2 full scores
1 set of parts

Opus 47 Quintet for Bassoon and String Quartet
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
1 onionskin set of parts

Opus 15 Sonata for Violin and Piano
Unpublished, undated
1 onionskin score
1 onionskin violin part
2 scores (piano)
2 violin parts

Opus 28 Suite for Cello and Piano
1. Improvisation
2. Intermezzo Doloroso
3. Serenade
4. Toccata
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin piano score
1 onionskin cello part
2 piano scores
1 cello part
1 onionskin piano score, “serenade” [mvt. 3]
1 cello part, “serenade” [mvt. 3]

Opus 33 Ode for Violin and Piano
Unpublished, May 1964

1 onionskin piano score
1 onionskin violin score
3 piano scores
3 violin parts

Opus 34 Rhapsody for Flute and Piano
Unpublished, June 1962

1 onionskin piano score
1 onionskin flute part
1 piano score
3 flute parts, one with a typed program note ( two copies)

Opus 35 Sonata for Clarinet or Viola and Piano
Unpublished, June 1962

1 onionskin piano score
1 onionskin clarinet part
1 onionskin viola part
3 bound piano scores
1 piano score
3 clarinet parts
1 viola part

Opus 40 Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano. Commissioned 1964 by the Hans J. Cohn Music Foundation of Woodstock, New York
Alpha Music, Inc. 1964

1 onionskin full score (piano)
1 onionskin violin and cello parts
2 full scores
1 (each) violin and cello parts
1 bound full score

Opus 45 Meditation and Capriccio for Flute and Piano (also arranged for Oboe or Clarinet and Piano)
Unpublished, November 1964

1 onionskin full score
1 onionskin flute part
2 full scores—flute and piano
2 flute parts
1 full score – clarinet and piano
1 clarinet part
1 onionskin oboe part
1 onionskin clarinet part


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Early Songs and Other Vocal and Choral Music

Early songs and other vocal and choral music of Alexander Semmler; as catalogued by Richard Olsen in 1977

Es rauschen die Baume des Haines. Lied fur eine Singstime mit Klavierbegleitung. Text und Music von Alex Semmler
Unpublished, 1914

Erinnerung (Th. Korner). In Musik gesetzt von Alex Semmler.
Unpublished, December 1915 [incomplete]

Weltuntergang (A. Semmler).
Unpublished, December 1915

Liebesnacht. Duett fur Mezzosopran und Bariton von Alex Semmler.
Unpublished, 1916

Letzte Bitte. Text von Max Schneckenburger. Musik von Alex Semmler.
Unpublished, February 1916

Lieder im Volkston von Alex Semmler
Unpublished, 1916

Lieder fur eine Singstimme von Alex Semmler. Meinem lieben Eltern gewidmet.
Unpublished, Weihnachten, 1916

Traum durch die Dammerung (Bierbaum). Vertont von Alexander Semmler.
Unpublished, 1917

Lied fur Hjarf < >
Unpublished, 22 x 1917

Not (Ada Christern)
Unpublished, 7 I 1917

Ihr < > & Ihr < >
Unpublished, 16 II 1919, 17 II 1919

Untitled
Unpublished, undated

Five Songs Together (illegible titles)
Unpublished, undated

Followed by pencil copies, primarily of early songs and chamber music, some dated. Titles illegible for the most part.

Full of wonder. A Musical Christmas Play. Music by A . Semmler . Story by Judy Lund. Lyrics by Lund and Semmler.
Unpublished, copyright 1954 Semmler and Lund

1 onionskin full score (piano)
1 bound score

Four Madrigals (the Seasons) for Mixed Voices (SATB)
1. Winter Morning
2. Spring
3. Summer Night
4. Autmn
Unpublished, February and March 1965

Ibid. arr. for Male Voices (TTBB)

1 onionskin score (SATB)
1 onionskin score (TTBB)
2 scores (SATB)
1 score (TTBB)

Three Christmas Songs for Mixed Songs a cappella. Words by Eleanore Semmler.
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
2 scores

Prelude and Hymn. A Voice – Instrumental for mixed Voice a cappella
Unpublished, Feb., 1964

1 onionskin score
1 score

The challenge. SATB, Organ (stops suggested).

I Choral VI Organ XI Choral
II Organ VII Organ
III Organ VIII Choral
IV Organ IX Organ
V Organ X No score
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score (organ – choral separate)
1 score (organ – choral separate)
1 set of directions (typed)
1 set of directions (pencil)

Sinfonia Abstracta for Male Voices (TTBB)
Unpublished, Nov., 1968

1 onionskin score
1 score

The Hills (Iliana Semmler)
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
1 score (high Voice)
6 scores (medium voice)

La Desierta Plaza (A. Machado) [opus 30, no. 1]
Unpublished, Mexico D.F., January 1954

1 onionskin score
5 scores

Renacimiento (A. Machado) [Opus 30, no.2]
Unpublished, Mexico D.F., January 1954

1 onionskin score
4 scores

Two Songs for medium voice (James T. Shotwell). “to my revered friends James and Margaret Shotwell.” [Opus 30, nos. 3 and 4]
1. Respice
2. Time is a running Thief
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
2 scores

Viewford Cocktail (on the rocks) [opus 30, no.5]
Unpublished, circa 1955

1 onionskin score
2 scores

The Chicken (c. Morgenstern) [opus 30, no.6]
Unpublished, circa 1955
1 onionskin score
2 scores

Nightfall (Martin Schutze) [opus 30, no. 7]
Unpublished, undated
1 onionskin score

Vee – double – U (Volkswagen Theme)
Unpublished, c. 1967

1 onionskin score
1 score

O You Gypsy ( Paul Russel King). Music by Ralph Zandor
Unpublished, undated

1 score

Christmas Day in the Morning (SATB) (James T. Shotwell)
Galaxy, New York, 1957

15 scores (quarto)

The owl and the Pussy-cat (SATB) (Edward Lear)
Continuo Music Press, INC. ; Alexander Broude, agent. 1966

1 onionskin score (SATB)
1 onionskin score (solo; c. 1950)
3 scores (quarto)

Lullaby. Words and music by Helen H. Shotwell. Arr. A. Semmler.
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score

There’s a City by the River
Unpublished, undated
1 score

We are Players
Unpublished, undated

1 score

Sing Along! (A. Semmler)
Dorian Music Publishers, 1958

4 scores

I Knew It All Along
Unpublished, undated

1 score

Opus 24 Chamber Music (Divertimento) for Mixed Voices (four parts) and Harp
1. Prelude
2. Madrigal
3. Nocturne
4. March
Unpublished, c. 1954

1 onionskin full score
3 scores
1 bass part for #2 and #3


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Instrumental Works to which no Opus Number was Assigned

Instrumental Works of Alexander Semmler to which no opus number was assigned by the composer; As catalogued by Richard Olsen in 1977

Sonatina for Flute and Harp
Dorian Music Publishers, Brooklyn, 1958

1 score (full)

Concert Waltz for piano
Unpublished, undated

1 score

Minnet (for a young piano student)

1 score

Idyl for Piano
Unpublished, April 26, 1938

1 score

Six Easy Pieces for piano
1. Minuet
2. Lullaby
3. Prelude
4. Waltz
5. Tango
6. March
Unpublished, undated

1 score

[Piano Pieces]
1. Prelude
2. Nocturne
3. Improvization
4. Finale
Unpublished, undated

1 score (green binder)

Prairie Sunset for Harp Solo
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
1 score

Improvization for Guitar. “To Jeanne and Jacob Antonian”
Unpublished, December 1, 1957

1 onionskin score
1 score

Nocturne for Flute, Viola, and Harp
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score (harp)
1 onionskin flute & viola parts
1 score for harp
1 set of flute and viola parts related pencil sketches

Thirty Easy Duets for Alto Recorders. Each duet is given a programmatic title (listed by olsen). Forward. Index.
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin full score
3 full scores

The following four items are in a file folder

Dance for Sopranino recorder and piano
Unpublished, December 2, 1952

1 full score (piano; pencil)
1 recorder part (ink)

Lullaby for Sopranino Recorder and Piano
Unpublished, December 1, 1952

1 full score (piano; pencil)
1 recorder part (pencil)

Autumn Pastoral for Sopranino, Soprano, Alto and Tenor Recorders
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
1 set of parts

Pencil Sketches for Recorders
Unpublished, undated

[37] Duets for String in the first position. Playable for Two Violins, or Viola, or Violin and Cello
Unpublished, New York, 1964
1 onionskin score
2 full scores

Entre Dos Luces. Fantasis para Violino y Orquesta de Cuerdas. “Maestro Daniel Perez Castaneda.”
Unpublished, February 1954

1 onionskin full score
1 onionskin set of parts (p. 5 cello missing)
3 full scores

Pastorale for Solo Oboe and Strings (arr. for oboe and Piano)
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin full score (oboe and piano)
1 full score (oboe and piano)
1 oboe part
1 full score (oboe and strings)

Improvisations for Piano (I-IV)
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin score
2 scores

The following four sets of pieces are in a single file folder:

Commercial Music for Celesta and Piano. Part I. Fifteen numbered sections, each with a programmatic title.
Unpublished, January 1964

1 index
1 score (ink/pencil) piano

Commercial Music for Celesta and Piano. Part II. Nine numbered sections, each with a programmatic title.
Unpublished, undated

1 index
1 score (pencil) piano; #9 missing

Commercial Music for Celesta and Piano. Part III. Four numbered sections, each with a programmatic title.
Unpublished, 1-2 [Christmas], 3-4 [January 1964]

1 index
1 score (pencil/ink) piano

Commercial Music for Celesta and Piano. Eleven numbered sections, each with a programmatic title.
Unpublished, 1-5 [January 1964], 6-11 undated

1 score (ink) piano 1-5
1 score (pencil) Piano 6-11
1 set pencil sketches (no titles)

An envelope containing “Early Instrumental Pieces”

Voodeko, a 20th century Primitive Dance, for Concert Band
Unpublished, undated

1 full score (pencil)
1 onionskin score (piano reduction)
1 score (piano reduction)

Solemn Epilogue for Concert Band
Unpublished, undated

1 full score (pencil)
1 score (piano reduction)
1 complete set of parts

Nocturne for Piano and Orchestra
Unpublished, undated

1 full score (pencil) (fragment: pp. 1-15)

Two American Indians Scenes
1. Twilight
2. Dance
Unpublished, undated

1 full score (pencil)

Space Cadets March
Unpublished, undated

1 full score

Tonal Canvases 1959. Musical Impressions of an Art Exhibit. Ten numbered sections, each with a programmatic title.
Unpublished, 1959?

1 full score

Along the Sawkill
Dorian Music, 1959
1 full score

Mount Overlook
Dorian Music, 1959

1 full score

Rush Hour
Unpublished, undated

1 full score

Four Orchestral Pieces
Dorian Music, 1960

1 full score of each

Calendar Sketches. Fourteen Pieces for Small Orchestra recorded on Dot Records by C. Dorian

1. Fields and Meadows
2. Disenchantment
3. Through the Park
4. Cathedral Square
5. Along the Boulevards
6. Night Song
7. Dust Storm
8. Poplars
9. Chrysanthemums
10. Swing Your partner
11. Gratias Deo
12. White Silence
13. Blue Mist
14. Dancing Snowflakes

Unpublished

Six-page synopsis entitled: Calendar Sketches by Alexander Semmler

Full score each sketch (ink)

Buddy Taylor’s Concerto written especially for a dramatized radio-version of Dana Burnet’s “The Grande March of the United States”// Dedicated to the Fellowship series, U.S. Armed Forces Radio Service
Unpublished, April 15, (19)48

1 piano score (reduction?)

Improvisation [for viola solo]
Unpublished, “Early Spring 1977”

2 copies in ink

Minuet [for a young piano student]
1 score


Alexander Semmler
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Works for Symphony Orchestra

A listing of works by Alexander Semmler for symphony orchestra, arranged numerically by opus number.

Opus 18 Symphony No. 1: Sinfonietta “To Davidson Taylor”
Unpublished, 1942

1 full score (bound)
1 complete set of parts: v(5), v(4), va(4), c(3); fl 1&2, cl 1&2, ba 1&2, hn 1&2, tr 1&2, trb, drums

Opus 20 Manhattan Diary, arr. for orchestra. The orchestra version has sections 8 & 10 switched on the title page.

1 onionskin score – full orchestra
1 score for orchestra

Opus 21 Second Symphony
Unpublished, undated

1 onionskin full score
1 bound score

Opus 22 Horizons: Symphonic Ode
Unpublished, January 9, 1953

1 onionskin full score
1 bound score
1 score

Opus 23 No. 3 (ded. to RIAS, Berlin)
Unpublished, undated

4 bound full scores, one with a single mimeoed sheet of corrections
1 full set of parts: v (7), v (6), va (5), c (4), b (4); fl 1-3 (Engl. Hn), cl 1-3, bcl,
ba 1&2, cba, hn 1-4, trb 1-3, tb, celesta, harp, percussion (4).
N.B. Parts for the winds and brass are usually multi-sectional. Librarian
Wary!

Opus 25 Symphonic Variations for Large Orchestra on an Original Theme

Opus 26 Metropolis U.S.A., Suite for Large Orchestra


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