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Judith Davidoff collection of contemporary compositions for viols

 Collection 0398-SCPA-DAVIDOFF

Judith Davidoff is a professional musician that specializes in viola da gamba. Davidoff founded the New York Consort of Viols and is a lifetime member of the Viola da Gamba Society of America. This collection contains solo and ensemble works for viols and other instruments, including many compositions by Will Ayton and David Loeb.

Dates

  • 1951-2013
  • Majority of material found in 1980-1997

How to Browse This Collection

Individual scores from this collections can be searched for by composer, title, ensemble size, or instrumentation and then requested by searching SCPA's database of scores here.

Extent

7 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents

The Judith Davidoff collection of contemporary compositions for viols covers the period from 1951 to 2013; the bulk of the materials date from 1980 to 1997. The collection consists of both solo and ensemble works for viols, including original compositions and transcriptions.

Historical Note

Judith Davidoff is an American musician and educator. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, she began her musical career as a cellist. In the 1950s, Davidoff participated in the emerging early music movement and learned how to play the viol, an early bowed instrument from the Baroque era. She taught at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, where she had access to many different period instruments, before relocating to New York.

Davidoff is a lifetime member of the Viola da Gamba Society of America (VdGSA). She joined the society in 1964, touring the Soviet Union with New York Pro Musica Antiqua that same year. As part of her dissertation at Sarah Lawrence College, Davidoff compiled the original database of over 900 contemporary viol compositions that can be found on the VdGSA website.

Davidoff founded the New York Consort of Viols (NYCV) in 1972. The NYCV is a string quartet that consists of early bowed string instruments. In addition, Davidoff was also involved in the formation of Early Music America in 1985, and is a board member of the West Side Arts Coalition, founded in 1979.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into one series.

  1. Scores

Custodial History

Amassed by Judith Davidoff, this collection was transferred by Alice Brin Renken on behalf of the Viola da Gamba Society of America on June 10, 2016.

Title
Judith Davidoff collection of contemporary compositions for viols
Status
Completed
Author
Jada Twitty
Date
May 2019
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