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Sam Raphling collection

 Collection 0359-SCPA-RAPHLING

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.


  • 1939-1980, undated
  • Majority of material found in 1946-1978


There are no restricted files in this collection.

Conditions Governing Access

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:


1.5 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

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 The collection consists of both published and unpublished audio recordings, scores, and manuscripts, including original works, arrangements, and a transcription.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.

Biographical / Historical

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."

Custodial History

Gift of David and Lois Raphling, nephew of Sam Raphling, received on May 11, 2015. The materials were collated by various family members.

Related Materials

- International Clarinet Association Research Center, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries. (finding aid)

- Raphling, Sam. Square dance: for four clarinets (three B-flat clarinets and bass clarinet) New York: Edition Musicus, 1952. (WorldCat record)

- Raphling, Sam. Radiant city: Piano solo. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: General Music Pub. Co., 1981. (WorldCat record)

- Raphling, Sam. Concert studies: for horn, unaccompanied. New York: Edition Musicus, 1955-56. (WorldCat record)

- Raphling, Sam. Sonatina for two clarinets. New York: Edition Musicus, 1948. (WorldCat record)

- Raphling, Sam. Sonata no. 1 for alto saxophone and piano. San Antonio: Southern Music Co., 1980. (WorldCat record)

- Raphling, Sam. Sonata for French horn and piano. New York: G. Ricordi, 1961. (WorldCat record)

- Raphling, Sam. Pastorale. New York: Edition Musicus, 1956. (WorldCat record)

- Raphling, Sam. Prelude, Playthings of the wind. New York: Edition Musicus, 1951. (WorldCat record)

- Contemporary American Songs. Ed. Bernard Taylor. Illinois: 1960. Print. (WorldCat record)

Jada Twitty
October 2018
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Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States