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Jacob Avshalomov scores collection

 Collection 0389-SCPA
Jacob Avshalomov was born in Tsingtao, China on March 28, 1919. His father, Aaron Avshalomov, was a notable composer and his mother was from San Francisco. He graduated high school at the age of 14 and began working in a factory to support his mother after his parents separated. In 1937, during the Japanese invasion of China, Avashalomov joined the British volunteer corps briefly before fleeing to San Francisco with his mother. He began his composition studies with Ernst Toch in Los Angeles, and then later with Aaron Copland. In 1943, he graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a master’s degree and married Doris Felde, with whom he had two children. Avshalomov conducted the Portland Youth Philharmonic for 41 years. He died in Portland, Oregon in 2013.

Dates

  • 1942-2000
  • Majority of material found within 1993-1996

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restricted files in this collection. Performance editions are available from the American Composers Alliance (www.composers.com).

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright was not transferred to the University of Maryland with the physical gift of the scores. The Avshalomov Family retained all copyright possessed in the Donation. 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

2.00 Linear Feet

Content Description

The Jacob Avshalomov scores collection covers the period from 1942 to 2000; the bulk of the materials date from 1993 to 1996. The collection consists mostly of scores of and parts from works by Jacob Avshalomov. Various editions of his printed music are included, as well as an illustration by Avshalomov and a program.

Biographical / Historical

Jacob Avshalomov was born in Tsingtao, China on March 28, 1919. His father, Aaron Avshalomov, was a notable composer and his mother was from San Francisco. He graduated high school at the age of 14 and began working in a factory to support his mother after his parents separated. In 1937, during the Japanese invasion of China, Avashalomov joined the British volunteer corps briefly before fleeing to San Francisco with his mother. He began his composition studies with Ernst Toch in Los Angeles, and then later with Aaron Copland. In 1943, he graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a master’s degree and married Doris Felde, with whom he had two sons who are both professional musicians: David Avshalomov, composer, singer, and conductor, and Daniel Avshalomov, violist. Avshalomov conducted the Portland Youth Philharmonic for 41 years. He died in his sleep at his Portland, Oregon home in 2013.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into three series:
  1. Jacob Avshalomov Printed Music, Howlett Press Editions
  2. Jacob Avshalomov Printed Music, other publishers
  3. Personal Papers

Custodial History

Gift of Jacob Avshalomov, son of Aaron Avshalomov, received in three shipments in September and October 2009. The collection was formerly deeded by the Avshalomov Family to the University of Maryland in December 2015.

Related Materials

- American Composers Alliance official records, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries (finding aid)

- Aaron Avshalomov scores collection, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries (finding aid)
Title
Jacob Avshalomov scores collection
Subtitle
American Composers Alliance (ACA)
Status
Completed
Author
Mario Perez
Date
August 2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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