Printed and Manuscript Music
Printed and Manuscript Music (Series 10-17) includes original Weill manuscripts, rehearsal material from his Broadway shows, rental scores and parts issued by publishers, arrangements of Weill's compositions, published scores, sheet music, and music by composers other than Weill. Sketches, drafts, fair copies, and engraved music may all be found here, with many items in the form of photocopies.
The centerpiece of the Music group is the series entitled “Weill Scores: Manuscripts and Rental Material,” which contains items great and small, from photocopies of complete manuscript scores of Weill’s operas to single-page orchestra parts from Broadway shows. Approximately 175 boxes house this series, which contains a wealth of original and derivative material related to all of Weill’s compositions. While the Research Center’s collection of original Weill manuscripts is relatively small, it includes a number of important items, prominent among them being a collection of Weill’s early compositions unavailable anywhere else (e.g., a draft of the first movement of Weill’s Cello Sonata and two different manuscript copies of his String Quartet in B Minor) and a late draft of the Walt Whitman Song “Oh Captain! My Captain!”
The collection holds published scores of Weill’s works, including a strong selection of first editions and early printings. The sheet music files contain examples from nearly all of Weill’s stage works; Die Dreigroschenoper and Knickerbocker Holiday are especially well represented. Emphasis falls upon original and reprinted sheet music published during Weill’s lifetime, but the collection includes many examples of music issued after Weill’s death.
The collection holds arrangements by others of Weill’s music, primarily in published form. Highlights include jazz arrangements of Weill’s songs for Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, and others, as well as arrangements of songs from Broadway music by Robert Russell Bennett and by staff arrangers for Universal Edition and Chappell. Music by other composers housed in the collection includes works by William Bolcom, Hanns Eisler, Paul Hindemith, John Kander, Cole Porter, and Albert Weill, to name a few, represented by manuscripts and published scores. Music by Marc Blitzstein is also filed in this series. The samples below provide a glimpse of what the Music series have to offer.