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Egon Wellesz Contemporary Music Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0286

Scope and Contents

The Egon Wellesz Contemporary Music Collection consists of published sheet music and scores by numerous contemporary composers, notably Wellesz himself, as well as Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schoenberg. Also included are books, programs and other printed material, and correspondence, most of it between Wellesz and his friend and collaborator Albi Rosenthal.

Dates

  • 1892 - 1975
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/00/2009

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

Egon Wellesz (1885-1974) was an Austrian-born British composer, tecaher, and musicologist who composed over 125 works in a variety of perfomance media. He was also a scholar who specialized in Byzantine music and taught at Oxford. Wellesz was a student of composer Arnold Schoenberg and his collection contains many of Schoenberg's published works.

Wellesz was born in Vienna on 21 October 1885 and began the study of music at age seven. He initially entered Vienna University in 1904 to study law, but later changed his major to musicology. After studying privately with Arnold Schoneberg in 1905 and 1906, he received his Ph.D. in 1908. That same year, Wellesz married Emmy Stross, with whom he had one child, Elisabeth, in 1912.

The first performance of Wellesz's opera Princess Girnara was in 1921 at Frankfurt/Main. Wellesz joined the faculty of the University of Vienna in 1929 and also continued to compose operas and ballets as well as participating in several lecture series. He was awarded an honorary doctorate at Oxford in 1932. In 1938, he moved to Oxford full time, emigrating from Austria at the time of the Nazi German occupation. He was a fellow at the University of Oxford in 1939.

Wellesz continued to compose until suffering a stroke in 1972. He also served as a lecturer at Oxford and received numerous awards including Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1957 (he had become a British citizen in 1946) and the Great Australian State Award in 1961.

Wellesz died 8 November 1974 at the age of 89.

Extent

13.80 Linear Feet (13 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Egon Wellesz (1885-1974) was an Austrian-born British composer, tecaher, and musicologist who composed over 125 works in a variety of perfomance media. He was also a scholar who specialized in Byzantine music and taught at Oxford. Wellesz was a student of composer Arnold Schoenberg and his collection contains many of Schoenberg's published works.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by catalog number. Oversize materials are housed in box 10. Uncataloged manuscript materials are housed in box 13.

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Harold Schiffman, Jane Perry-Camp, and Julia Rosenthal in January, 2009

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Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer Motszko, May, 2010 Encoded by Jennifer Motszko, April, 2011
Title
Egon Wellesz Contemporary Music Collection
Author
Jennifer Motszko
Date
2011
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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