Sam Raphling (1910-1988) was an American composer, pianist, and teacher. The Sam Raphling collection contains many of his scores, which are the bulk of this collection, as well as various texts. Also included are recordings of his performances, compositions, and arrangements.
There are no restricted files in this collection.
Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room. Please contact the curator to make an appointment: https://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact.
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The Sam Raphling collection covers the period from 1939 to 1980; the bulk of the materials date from 1946 to 1978. The collection consists of both published and unpublished audio recordings, scores, and manuscripts, including original works, arrangements, and a transcription. The collection also contains lists of his work and a personal letter to a family member.
Sam Raphling (March 9, 1910-January 8, 1988) was an American composer and pianist. Raphling studied in Germany and Chicago and then lived and worked in New York until his death. He composed in a variety of genres, such as orchestral works, chamber pieces, operas, and vocal art songs. His solo piano transcription of Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" was described by The New York Times as "virtuos[ic]" and having had "attracted considerable attention when it was played and recorded by Dickran Atamian."
Gift of David and Lois Raphling, nephew of Sam Raphling, received on May 11, 2015. The materials were collated by various family members.