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Joseph Schuster cello scores collection

 Collection 0204-SCPA
Joseph Schuster (1905-1969) was a cellist, conductor, and arranger of cello music. Schuster was born in Constantinople (Istanbul), Turkey, to a Russian family and began proper cello studies at the Moscow Conservatory until the Russian Revolution prompted his family to flee to Berlin, Germany, where he studied at the Berlin Hochschule with Hugo Becker. Schuster went on to become the solo cellist in the Berlin Philharmonic until he moved to New York in 1934. While in New York he held the position of Principal Cellist with the New York Philharmonic under Bruno Walter. Schuster was soloist in Don Quixote with the New York Philharmonic for Leonard Bernstein's NYP debut. During his final year with the Philarmonic Leonard Rose was his Assistant Principal. The Joseph Schuster Cello Scores Collection contains the score collection of Joseph Schuster. This collection, which consists of 211 scores, includes rare pieces, arrangements by Schuster, original works autographed to Schuster by the composers, and works with thorough markings and edits by Schuster; the collection also includes correspondence between Schuster and composers and publishers.

Dates

  • 1888-1963
  • Majority of material found within 1950-1960

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Extent

4.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Joseph Schuster cello scores collection contains the score collection of Joseph Schuster. This collection, which consists of 211 scores, includes rare pieces, arrangements by Schuster, original works autographed to Schuster by the composers, and works with thorough markings and edits by Schuster; the collection also includes correspondence between Schuster and composers and publishers.

Biography

Joseph Schuster (1905-1969) was a cellist, conductor, and arranger of cello music. Schuster was born in Constantinople (Istanbul), Turkey, to a Russian family and began proper cello studies at the Moscow Conservatory until the Russian Revolution prompted his family to flee to Berlin, Germany, where he studied at the Berlin Hochschule with Hugo Becker.

Schuster went on to become the solo cellist in the Berlin Philharmonic until he moved to New York in 1934. While in New York he held the position of Principal Cellist with the New York Philharmonic under Bruno Walter. Schuster was soloist in Don Quixote with the New York Philharmonic for Leonard Bernstein's NYP debut. During his final year with the Philarmonic Leonard Rose was his Assistant Principal.

After his tenure with the New York Philharmonic, Schuster moved with his family to Beverly Hills to devote his time to solo performance work. He performed under many prominent conductors during this time including, van Karajan, Bernstein, Toscanini, Solti, and many others.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into 5 series:
  1. Works Containing Performance Markings by Joseph Schuster
  2. Arrangements by Joseph Schuster
  3. Original Works Autographed to Joseph Schuster by the Composers
  4. Rare Works from Joseph Schuster's Personal Collection
  5. Correspondence

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Transferred from International Piano Archives at Maryland, August 2014
Title
The Joseph Schuster cello scores collection
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Alex Boatright
Date
September 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2014-10-02: EAD markup validated using Oxygen software by Amanda May, October 2014.
  • 2015-11-20: EAD markup validated using Oxygen software by John Davis, November 2015.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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