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Daniel Bonade papers

 Collection 0010-SCPA
Daniel Bonade, Swiss-born American clarinetist, teacher and writer, was born in 1896 in Geneva, Switzerland and began playing the clarinet at the age of eight. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire and in 1913 won the prestigious Premier Prix. In 1917 while touring the United States, Bonade was offered the principal clarinet position of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1930 he left the Philadelphia Orchestra and continued his orchestral career with positions in the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, the Columbia Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, and the NBC Orchestra. As a faculty member of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Juilliard School of Music Bonade trained many successful clarinetists in the United States from 1920 to 1960. This collection consists of written, photographic, recorded materials, reeds and reed cases, and personal items created or collected by Bonade; brochures, programs and photographs of his wife, Maud Bonade La Charme; and programs, photographs and memorabilia of his parents, Louis and Esther Bonade.

Dates

  • 1813-1979
  • Majority of material found within 1917-1960

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

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. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Extent

6.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The professional and personal papers, photographs, reed cases, personal items, and recording of Daniel Bonade (1896-1976), clarinetist, pedagogue, and writer fill 10 boxes. The collection consists of correspondence; writings; published programs, newspaper articles, brochures; contracts; itinerary; copyright and patent certificates; photographs; recording; reeds and reed cases; personal and gift items, and brochures and sketches relating to Maud Bonade La Charme and her family.

Biography

Daniel Bonade, Swiss-born American clarinetist, teacher and writer, was born in 1896 in Geneva, Switzerland. He was the son of two prominent musicians: Louis and Esther Bonade. He began studying the clarinet at the age of eight with Ferdinand Capelle in Geneva. After Louis Bonade's death, the family moved to France where Bonade studied with Henri Lefebvre, outstanding pupil of Cyril Rose. Bonade's sister, Marie, later married Lefebvre. In 1910, Bonade entered the Paris Conservatoire and in 1913 won the prestigious Premier Prix while studying with Proper Mimart.

In 1916 while touring the United States with Diaghileff's Ballets Russes, Bonade played for Leopold Stokowski who offered him the principal clarinet position of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1930 Bonade left the Philadelphia Orchestra and continued his orchestral career with positions in the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, the Columbia Broadcasting Symphony Orchestra, and the NBC Orchestra.

As a faculty member of the Curtis Institute of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Juilliard School of Music he trained many successful clarinetists in the United States from 1920 to 1960. His students became members of top-ranked American orchestras and included Robert McGinnis, Robert Marcellus, Mitchell Lurie, Ignatius Gennusa, Anthony Gigliotti, and Bernard Portnoy.

Through Bonade's affiliation with the G. Leblanc Corporation, a leading-clarinet manufacturer in Paris, France and Kenosha, Wisconsin, he developed and marketed his mouthpiece, ligature, and reeds. He also published several books on clarinet playing and wrote articles for The Leblanc Bandsman and Symphony magazine. Called the "Dean of American Clarinet Teachers," Bonade's legacy continues through his students and his students' students; many who are teaching at major U.S. conservatories and universities today.

Arrangement

This collection is comprised of thirteen series.
  1. Series 1: Correspondence
  2. Series 2: Writings
  3. Series 3: Teaching Materials
  4. Series 4: Programs and Performance
  5. Series 5: Diaries
  6. Series 6: Scrapbook
  7. Series 7: Personal Documents
  8. Series 8: Photographs
  9. Series 9: Recording
  10. Series 10: Reeds and Reed Cases
  11. Series 11: Gifts and Personal Items
  12. Series 12: Oversized Items
  13. Series 13: Miscellaneous Items

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Daniel Bonade gave some of these materials to his student, Jerry Pierce. After Bonade's death in 1976, Maud Bonade, gave the remaining materials to Pierce. When Pierce died, his wife, Linda Pierce, gave all the Bonade papers to the library

Related Material

International Clarinet Association Research Center, Jerry Pierce Papers

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.

Processing Information

This finding aid, and work on processing this collection, was done under the direction of the Curator of the Special Collections in Performing Arts (SCPA) of the Performing Arts Library of the University of Maryland, Bonnie Jo Dopp. The Supervisor of Operations of SCPA, Vin Novara, supervised all the processing. Processors who worked on this collection were (in chronological order) Vin Novara and Phyllis Crossen-Richardson. Phyllis Crossen-Richardson organized the finding aid and wrote its biography of Daniel Bonade
Title
Daniel Bonade Papers: A Finding Aid
Status
edited-full-draft
Author
Processed by Phyllis Crossen-Richardson and Bonnie Jo Dopp, July 2000. Revised by Vin Novara, May 2003
Date
2003-05-01
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2007-04-15: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie A. Levine, April 2007.
  • 2007-08-13: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie A. Levine, April 2007.
  • 2008-05-06: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie A. Levine, May 2008.
  • 2008-16-19: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie A. Levine, June 2008.
  • 2010-04-27: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie Levine Knies, April 2010.
  • 2011-07-08: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie Levine Knies, July 2011.
  • 2012-11-30: EAD markup checked and verified using Oxygen software by Amanda May, November 2012.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library Library

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