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Irwin Heilner papers

 Collection 0360-SCPA
Irwin Heilner (1908-1991) was a notable American composer who lived in the New York City metro area and was once a member of the American Composers Aliance. The papers include one box containing correspondence, photographs, programs, and clippings sent from Heilner to Sarah (Waldstein) and Max Arthur Cohn between 1931 and 1985. Sarah Cohn was a longtime friend of Heilner's. Max Arthur Cohn remains one of the notable American painters from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) era.

Topics covered in the correspondence include music, contemporaneous composers and musicians, internationla travel, Nadia Boulanger, performances and reviews of Heilner's music, family life, and art.

Dates

  • 1931-1985

Condition Description

All letters were received folded in their original envelopes. Otherwise, all items of correspondence are stable and legible. One of two tintypes is degrading.

Conditions Governing Access

There is one restricted file in this collection. Consult with the curator regarding the termination of restrictions. The remainder of the materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright was not transferred to the University of Maryland with the physical gift of the papers. The donors retain any copyright possessed in the collection. The University of Maryland Libraries is granted permission for the use in scholarly research by the Libraries’ patrons under fair use in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act.

Extent

.5 Linear Feet (one box)

108 Items : Correspondence (83 ALS, 22 TLS, 2 APS, and a telegram)

3 Items : Playbills/programs

2 Items : Flyers

2 Photographs : Tintypes

Biographical / Historical

Irwin Heilner (b. New York City, May 14, 1908; d. January 18, 1991) was an American composer of contemporary art music. He lived in Brooklyn for his early years, settling in 1952 in Clifton, NJ, with his family. He was married to Florence, with whom they had two children – the musicians Eric Heilner and Deborah Holland (best known for her work with Animal Logic). During the 1930s, Heilner was a member of the Young Composers’ Group, founded by the composer Elie Siegmeister, which met regularly at the home of Aaron Copland. Heilner studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris in the spring of 1932, with a recommendation from Copland, but the two did not get along and his planned three years of study lasted merely three months. Other notable teachers include Roger Sessions and Rubin Goldmark. Though he attended the Juilliard School, he earned a BS and MA in music and a MS in Library Service from Columbia University. His compositions feature song, chamber music, and larger form works. William Strickland championed and recorded Heilner’s music.

SOURCES "Irwin Heilner." American Composer Alliance website. https://composers.com/irwin-heilner, last accessed 18 September 2019.

Concert program, The Nutley Symphony Orchestra (of Northern New Jersey). Sunday, October 25, 1981.

Custodial History

Gift of Eric Heilner, 21 May 2019. Accruals are anticipated. These letters were returned from Sarah Cohn to the Heilner family upon Irwin's death.

Related Materials

Heilner, Irwin -- Correspondence -- Various correspondence., 1941-1991. Official Records of the American Composers Alliance (ACA), 1.9.55. Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, University of Maryland Lbraries.

Heilner, Irwin -- Correspondence -- Various correspondence., circa 1940-1949 to present. Official Records of the American Composers Alliance (ACA), 1.9.56. Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, University of Maryland Lbraries.

Heilner, Irwin -- Biographical -- obituaries; programs; brief bio; list of works; newspaper clippings., circa 1970-1979 to present. Official Records of the American Composers Alliance (ACA), 1.9.58. Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, University of Maryland Lbraries.

Condition Description

All letters were received folded in their original envelopes. Otherwise, all items of correspondence are stable and legible. One of two tintypes is degrading.

Processing Information

All materials were kept in their original order as donated. Folded items were unfolded and kept with the associated envelope. In a few instances the envelope is missing. The materials were received in small plastic bags containing batches of correspodnence arranged by year, each bag with a note indicating the year or range. In two cases the notes were retained when they contained additional information beyond the year.
Title
Irwin Heilner papers
Status
Completed
Author
Vincent J. Novara
Date
18 September 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Contact:
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