Scope and Content of Collection
The Michel-Dmitri Calvocoressi Manuscripts covers the period from 1877 to 1940, and includes undated materials; the bulk of the materials date from 1902 to 1940. The collection consists of 163 pieces of correspondence and one music manuscript related to Calvocoressi's work as a critic, author, and musicologist during the first part of the twentieth century. Much of the correspondence relates to his involvement with Russian music, with people asking his advice about various Russian composers, their works, and how to obtain them. There are also letters from performers of Russian music, telling him of their activities. Notable correspondents include Igor Stravinsky, Léon Bakst, Alexandre Benois, Nadia Boulanger, Gerald Finzi, Constant Lambert, Philip Heseltine, and Leo Ornstein.