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Harold Schiffman Archive

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0366

Scope and Contents

The collection contains approximately ninety-two scores of music written by Harold Schiffman from 1944 to 2011. They include orchestral works, ensemble works, piano, harp, and harpsichord pieces, vocal works and songs, and Chamber works. The collection also contains one audio CD of a Harold Schiffman birthday concert.

Dates

  • 1944 - 2012

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

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Biographical or Historical Information

Harold Schiffman (b. 1928; Greensboro, North Carolina) has composed in virtually all media. His commissions include those from such diverse groups as the Tallahassee Symphony, the International Trombone Association, the Apple Trio, the Concertino String Quartet, the Mallarme Chamber Players, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music, as well as from a number of individuals including conductor Richard Burgin, flutist Albert Tipton, soprano Janice Harsanyi, pianist Jane Perry-Camp, and pianist/conductor Max Lifchitz (for North/South Consonance). The North Carolina Symphony and the ARTEA Chamber Orchestra of San Francisco, among others, have premiered his music.

In January 1981, New York's Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, was the site of a twenty-five year retrospective of Mr. Schiffman's compositions, with the performance of both solo and chamber works there. Then in November 1992, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, honored him with an all-Schiffman concert of performances ranging from large ensemble to solo. North/South Consonance celebrated Schiffman's seventieth birthday with a 1998 New York performance by Jane Perry-Camp of excerpts from Spectrum, My Ladye Jane's Booke (1992), which had received its complete premiere in November, 1994, his seventy-fifth in 2003 with a program of his music in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, and his eightieth in 2008 with a program of his works at The Gilder Lehrman Hall at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. In the same year, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music presented a program of Schiffman's music featuring the North Carolina premiere of Alma (2002), a cantata for mixed chorus, mezzo-soprano solo, and orchestra. In June, 2000, Extravaganza (1998) for three pianos, twelve hands, was the featured work at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Focus on Piano Literature 2000. Other recent world premieres include Alma (mezzo-soprano Nadine Cheek Whitney, The Florida State University Philharmonia, The University Singers, Alexander Jimenez, conductor; April 15, 2005, Tallahassee, Florida); Concertino for Flute and String Orchestra (2004) (Lisa Hansen, flutist, the North/South Chamber Orchestra, Max Lifchitz, conductor; New York, New York, January 9, 2005), and the song cycle Blood Mountain (2007), Gayle Seaton, soprano, and Jane Perry-Camp, pianist, New York, New York, March 9, 2008. Alma received its international premiere October 16, 2008, in Gyor, Hungary, by the Gyor Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hungarian National Choir, and mezzo soprano Katalin Halmai, with Matyas Antal conducting. In conjunction with that premiere the City of Gyor honored Harold Schiffman with its silver medal and a certificate from the Mayor in appreciation of the composer's contributions to the cultural life of the City.

In addition to performances in the United States, Mr. Schiffman's music has been presented in Europe, Latin America, and Asia. His publishers include Associated/G. Schirmer, New York; Robert King (Alphonse Leduc, Paris); Southern Music Co., San Antonio; Columbia Music Co., Chapel Hill; Harpa Hungarica, Bloomington; and Andres Editions, Tallahassee. He is a member of ASCAP. Schiffman's symphonic, choral, chamber, and solo compositions appear on recordings issued by North/South Recordings (N/S R 1050, 1047, 1045, 1039, 1037, 1035, 1021, 1013, 1009, and 1001), Centaur (CRC2204), and Amoris International (AISCVII). The six most recent of these CDs include his cantata Alma (2002), Prelude and Variations (1970), and Chamber Concerto No. 2: In Memoriam Edward Kilenyi (2000); Concertino for Oboe and Chamber Orchestra (1977); his complete string quartets recorded by the Auer Quartet, Concertino for Flute and String Orchestra (2004), Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (2006), Double Concerto for Horn, Bassoon and String Orchestra (1992), Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (1997), his Symphony No. 2: Music for Gyor (2008), Ninnerella Variata (1956), Variations on "Branchwater" (1987), Blood Mountain Suite (2008), and Overture to a Comedy (1983).

Mr. Schiffman received his education at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The University of California at Berkeley, and The Florida State University, Tallahassee. His principal composition teacher was Roger Sessions with whom he studied at the University of California, as well as privately in Berkeley and again later in Princeton, New Jersey, following three years service (1951-54) in the U. S. Army. In Tallahassee, a further influential mentor was Ernst von Dohnanyi. Appointed to the faculty of the Florida State University School of Music in 1959, Harold Schiffman retired from the position of Professor of Composition in 1983 and was designated Professor Emeritus in 1985. He was founding director of the Florida State University Festival of New Music in 1981.

Extent

8.00 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Harold Schiffman (b. 1928; Greensboro, North Carolina) has composed in virtually all media. His commissions include those from such diverse groups as the Tallahassee Symphony, the International Trombone Association, the Apple Trio, the Concertino String Quartet, the Mallarme Chamber Players, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro School of Music, as well as from a number of individuals including conductor Richard Burgin, flutist Albert Tipton, soprano Janice Harsanyi, pianist Jane Perry-Camp, and pianist/conductor Max Lifchitz (for North/South Consonance). The North Carolina Symphony and the ARTEA Chamber Orchestra of San Francisco, among others, have premiered his music.

The collection contains approximately ninety scores of music written by Harold Schiffman from 1944 to 2011. They include orchestral works, ensemble works, piano, harp, and harpsichord pieces, vocal works and songs, and Chamber works.

Arrangement Note

The music has been divided by the composer into the following series: Orchestral Works Band, Wind Ensemble, and Large Chamber Ensemble Works Piano, Harp, Harpsichord, and Organ Works Songs and Other Vocal Works Chamber Works Audiovisual Materials

Method of Acquisition

Gift of Harold Schiffman in January, 2009.

Related Materials

The following Schiffman compositions are held by the University Libraries: Piano Sonata No. 1, 1951 Six Bagatelles for Piano, 1954 Allegro con spirito di San Niccolo, arranged by Paul Hanna, 1961 Musica Battuta, 1961 Holiday Fanfares for Three-Part Trumpet/Horn Choir or Trio, 1965 Fantasy for Piano, 1966 Concert Piece: For Trombone and Piano, 1973 Nine Pieces for Piano, 1975 Rhapsody for Guitar, 1982 Spectrum, My Ladye Jane's Booke: Eighteen Fugues and Postludes for Piano, 1992 Extravaganza, for three piano, twelve hands, 1998

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Processing Information

Processed by Jennifer Motszko, October, 2009. Encoded by Jennifer Motszko, October, 2009.
Title
Harold Schiffman Archive
Author
Jennifer Motszko
Date
2009
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
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Language of description note
eng

Revision Statements

  • April 20, 2021: This finding aid underwent changes in Spring 2021 after a reparative archives review. The following link leads to the legacy version of this finding aid: http://library.uncg.edu/info/depts/scua/legacyFA/04.MSS366.legacy.pdf

Repository Details

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

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