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Finding Aid for the Ernst Toch Archive ca. 1835-1988
PASC-M 1  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Ernst Toch Archive,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1835-1988
    Collection number: PASC-M 1
    Creator: Toch, Ernst 1887-1964
    Extent: 88 boxes (44 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. UCLA Library Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Abstract: The Collection consists of materials relating to the Austrian-American composer, Ernst Toch. Included are music manuscripts and scores, books of his personal library, manuscripts, biographical material, correspondence, articles, essays, speeches, lectures, programs, clippings, photographs, sound recordings, financial records, and memorabilia. Also included are manuscripts and published works of other composers, as well as Lilly Toch's letters and lectures.
    Physical location: SRLF
    Language of Material: Collection materials in German, English, French

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights in the physical objects belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish if the UCLA Library Special Collections does not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Ernst Toch Archive, PASC-M 1, UCLA Library Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    Lilly Toch; gift; 1966-1970.

    Biographical Note

    Ernst Toch was born on Dec. 7, 1887 in Vienna; taught himself piano in his grandmother's pawnshop; learned musical notation from a local violinist, and copied Mozart's string quartets for practice; began to compose chamber music, and at age 17 had a quartet performed; in 1909 he won the prestigious Mozart Prize and a scholarship to study at the Frankfurt Conservatory, where he studied piano with Willy Rehberg and composition with Iwan Knorr; won the Mendelssohn Prize in 1910 and the Austrian State Prize four times in succession; in 1913 he was appointed teacher of composition at the Mannheim Musikhochschule; married Lilly Zwack in 1916; earned Dr. phil. degree in 1921; taught piano and composition in Berlin from 1929-33, leaving at the onset of the Nazi regime for Paris, London, and finally the US, where he taught at the New School for Social Research in New York (1934-36); taught at the Univ. of Southern CA (1937-48), afterward giving private instruction; lived in Vienna and Switzerland from 1950-58, then spent the remainder of his life in LA; won the Pulitzer and Huntington-Hartford Prizes for his Third Symphony (1956), was elected to the American National Institute of Arts and Letters (1956), received honorary citations from the German and Austrian governments, and won a Grammy Award (1960); publications include Melodielehre (1923) and The shaping forces in music (1948); his compositions encompass all genres and include Fuge aus der Geographie (1930), Seven symphonies, 13 string quartets, several chamber operas, and music for films; he died on Oct. 1, 1964 in LA.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of materials relating to the Austrian-American composer, Ernst Toch. Includes music manuscripts and scores, books of his personal library, manuscripts, biographical material, correspondence, articles, essays, speeches, lectures, programs, clippings, photographs, sound records, financial records, and memorabilia. Also included are manuscripts and published works of other composers, and Lilly Toch's letters and lectures.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The collection is organized into the following series:
    • Series 1. Photographic Material. 5 boxes
    • Series 2. Sound Recordings
    • Series 3. Correspondence
    • Series 4. Clippings and Programs
    • Series 5. Miscellaneous Printed Material
    • Series 6. Articles, Essays, Speeches, Lectures
    • Series 7. Music Manuscripts
    • Series 8. Toch Published Works
    • Series 9. Toch's Library: Books and Journals
    • Series 10. Toch's Library: Scores
    • Series 11. Interviews
    • Series 12. Realia and Miscellanous
    • Series 13. Lawrence Weschler Collection
    • Series 14. Toni Weschler Collection
    • Series 15. Recent Acquisitions

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Toch, Ernst, 1887-1964--Archives.
    Toch, Lilly, 1892-1972.
    Composers--Archival resources.
    Music--Manuscripts
    Music--Scores

    Genres and Forms

    Sound recordings