Finding Aid to the Ernst Bacon Papers ARCHIVES BACON.1

Keith Stetson
Music Library
1996
mweber@library.berkeley.edu


Language of Material: English
Contributing Institution: Music Library
Title: Ernst Bacon Papers
source: Elkus, Elizabeth
creator: Bacon, Ernst
source: Edmunds, John
Identifier/Call Number: ARCHIVES BACON.1
Physical Description: 3.25 Linear feet
Date (inclusive): 1926-1987
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Ernst Bacon papers, ARCHIVES BACON 1, The Music Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Ernst Bacon Papers were given to The Music Library by Elizabeth Elkus in 1955. Additions were made in 1987 by John Edmunds and Arthur Bacon, in 1991 by Ellen Bacon, and in 1998 by Ellen and Madi Bacon. The copy of Bacon's oral history recording was furnished by the Regional Oral History Office of the Bancroft Library in 1998.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Dickinson, Emily, 1830-1886 -- Musical settings.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 -- Musical settings.
Syracuse University -- Faculty.
Songs with piano -- Scores.
Sonatas (Violin and piano)
Composers -- United States
Pianists -- United States
Elkus, Elizabeth
Bacon, Ernst
Edmunds, John

 

Series 1 : Music Compositions

Scope and Contents

Arranged alphabetically by title. Ozalid copies of manuscripts, unless noted.
Box 1, Folder 1

Alabaster Wool

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 2

Ample Makes This Bed

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 3

As I Love Thee

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 4

At the Gate

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 5

A Cemetery

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 6

A Cemetery

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 8, Folder 1

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Full score.
Box 5, Folder 1

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Full score (photocopy of holograph transparencies).
Box 5, Folder 2

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Full score (photocopy of holograph transparencies).
Box 5, Folder 3

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Full score (ozalid copy of holograph).
Box 7, Folder 2

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Full score (engraver's first proof).
Box 8, Folder 2

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Full score (first proof).
Box 5 , Folder 4

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Full score (supplemental reading of first proof).
Box 7, Folder 1

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Full score (photocopy of second proof).
Box 5, Folder 5

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Full score (third proof).
Box 6, Folder 1

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Vocal score (proofs).
Box 6, Folder 2

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Vocal score (uncorrected first proof).
Box 6, Folder 3

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Vocal score (ozalid copy of Bacon's arrangement).
Box 6, Folder 4

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Vocal score (arr. Hans Leschke).
Box 6, Folder 5

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Vocal score (photocopy of 6:3).
Box 6, Folder 6

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Vocal score (photostat of ozalid copy).
Box 6, Folder 7

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Vocal score (Leschke arrangement; ink manuscript?).
Box 6, Folder 8

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Choral tenor part (ozalid copy).
Box 6, Folder 9

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Choral soprano part (ozalid copy).
Box 6, Folder 10

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Solo bass part (photocopy of ozalid).
Box 6, Folder 11

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Solo bass part (pencil ms.; text in ink).
Box 6, Folder 12

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Orchestra parts (photocopies of 1936 set; winds and percussion only. See 8:3 for remaining parts).
Box 8, Folder 3

Ecclesiastes : The Song of the Preacher

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Orchestra parts (photocopies of 1936 set. Strings only; see 6:12 for remaining parts).
Box 1, Folder 7

Eden

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 8

Eternity

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 9

Farewell

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 10

Few Get Enough

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 11

Foreign Laws

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by A. E. Housman.
Box 1, Folder 12

I'm Nobody

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 13

In the Silent Night

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 14

The Last Invocation

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 1, Folder 15

The Lasting Stone

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 1, Folder 16

Lingering Last Drops

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 1, Folder 17

Meeker Morn

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 18

The Morns Are Meeker

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 19

The Mountain

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 20

Noah

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

For single voice or unison chorus. Photocopy. For Dr. Franklin : see series 7, subseries A, folders 1-7.
Box 1, Folder 21

Oh, Shadow

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 23

Passage of Infinity

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 24

Past Surmise

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 22

Poor Little Heart

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 25

The Postponeless Creature

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 26

Sailing Homeward

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 1, Folder 27

She Went

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 28

The Simple Days

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 29

The Starry Train

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by A. E. Housman.
Box 1, Folder 30

Summer's Lapse

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 31

Sunset

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 32

The Swamp

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 33

Sweet Is the Swamp

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 34

There Is a Solitude of Space

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 35

There's This to Say

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by A. E. Housman.
Box 1, Folder 36

A Threadless Way

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 37

The Trade of Man

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by A. E. Housman.
Box 1, Folder 38

Treading

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 39

Two Legacies

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 40

Water

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 41

We Never Know

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 42

Weeping and Sighing

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 43

With the First Arbutus

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 44

A Word

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 45

Yellow

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
Box 1, Folder 46

The Yellow Sea

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

On a poem by Emily Dickinson.
 

Series 2 : Writings

Scope and Contents

Divided into two sub-series : Bacon's Column in the Argonaut and Creative Writings. The first sub-series is arranged chronologically; the second, alphabetically.
Box 1, Folder 47

Subseries A : Column in The Argonaut (S.F.) January 26-December 28, 1934

Physical Description: 1 Folder
 

Subseries B : Creative Writing

Physical Description: 2 Folder
Box 1, Folder 48

Fables

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

57 leaves of typescript, 5 leaves of manuscript.
Box 1, Folder 49

Verses, mostly rhymed

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Poems by Bacon. Inscribed to John Edmunds; 1985. Printed volume.
 

Series 3 : Correspondence

Physical Description: 29 Folder

Scope and Contents

Arranged alphabetically by author, and then chronologically.
Box 2, Folder 1

Boyden, David 1945

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 3, Folder 1-9

Edmunds, John 1929-1986

Physical Description: 9 Folder

Scope and Contents

Also listed under Series 7, Subseries C.
Box 2, Folder 2

Elkus, Albert 1931-60

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 3

Emerson, Thomas 1985

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 4

Evans, Herbert 1938-61

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 5

Frankenstein, Albert 1938-62

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 6

Gossens, Eugene 1939

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 7

Hall, Jesse 1939-41

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 4, Folder 9

Lengyel, Cornel 1939-87

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Also listed under Series 8, Subseries B.
Box 2, Folder 8

Leschke, Hans 1941-43

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 9

Mallory, Charles

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 10

Raab, Alexander 1926-32

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 11

Search, Frederick Preston 1941-58

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 12

Shere, Charles 1985

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 13

Silvio, Giulio 1931-66

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 14

Stoll, Jeanie 1939-40

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 15

Stoll, Raisch 1935-45

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 16

Sullivan, Noel 1932-54

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 17

Usigli, Gastone 1931-40

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 18

Yagodka, Tomo 1938-48

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 19

Letters from Ernst Bacon to various people 1939

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Carbon copies.
 

Series 4 : Biographical Materials

Physical Description: 2 Folder

Scope and Contents

Lists of published and unpublished works by Bacon, and obituaries and remembrances.
Box 2, Folder 20

List of published works

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 21

List of unpublished works

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 22

Obituaries 3/18-19-/90

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 23

"To Remember Ernst Bacon," by Paul Horgan 3/31/90

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 24

Series 5 : Photographs

Scope and Contents

1) 11" x 14" b/w, accompanied by letters from John Emerson and Arthur Bacon.
2) 5" x 7" b/w
3) 5" x 7" color
 

Series 6 : Recordings

Physical Description: 4 Items

Scope and Contents

Four recordings of compositions by Bacon and others.
binder 4, Item 1

Bacon, Ernst : Violin/Piano Sonata 1987

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 4, Item 2-3

Bacon, Ernst : Oral history 9/16-17/98

Physical Description: 2 Items

Scope and Contents

Interview conducted by Keith Stetson.
Box 4, reel 4

La Pierre, Gerald : Horizons 11/17/75

Physical Description: 1 Reels

Scope and Contents

Performed by the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, conducted by Gerald La Pierre. 5" reel.
Box 4, reel 5

Reale, Paul : Late Telephone 2/8/72

Physical Description: 1 Reels

Scope and Contents

Recorded at Schoenberg Hall, UCLA.
Box 4, reel 6

[Ste...?], Frank : Humble Cake

Physical Description: 1 Reels
Box 4, reel 7

[Unlabeled]

Physical Description: 1 Reels

Scope and Contents

7" reel.
 

Series 7 : John Edmunds

Physical Description: 38 Folder

Scope and Contents

Divided into six subseries : Music Compositions, Writings, Correspondence, Biographical Materials, Photographs, and Miscellaneous. A composer, author, and fabulist, Edmunds was a close friend and long-time collaborator of Bacon.
 

Subseries A : Music

Physical Description: 8 Folder

Scope and Contents

Manuscripts in pencil, unless noted.
Box 2, Folder 25

Geluckig Vaderland

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

From Valerius' Gedenck-clanck. Manuscript in ink.
Box 2, Folder 26

In Praise of Polly

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Inscribed "to my very dear Peggy." Ozalid.
Box 2, Folder 27

Jehovah and the Ark. XXI : Paean

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

FL : All Creatures of Our God and King.
Box 2, Folder 28

Jesus Christ Was Born for Us

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Inscribed "For Peggy Bacon of Berkeley."
Box 2, Folder 29

A Parliament of Fowls

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Photocopy.
Box 2, Folder 30

Putto Care

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

From an anonymous Venetian ballad realized by Edmunds.
Box 2, Folder 31

Songs From a Colonial Tavern 12/15/63

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Corrected copy.
Box 2, Folder 32

Voyage to Ararat : Pavan

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Photocopy.
 

Subseries B : Writings

Scope and Contents

Texts for musical works and essays.
Box 2, Folder 33

Babel (Babylonian Inventions) 8/70

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

A ballet in 3 acts for solo dancers and corps de ballet with music for orchestra, baritone, and alto soloists, and chorus. Scenario by Edmunds.
Box 2, Folder 34

Fables

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Suite for Orchestra and Narrator. Text by Edmunds and Bacon.
Box 2, Folder 35

A Parliament of Fowls

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Text, outlines and notes in pencil and ink.
Box 2, Folder 36\

A Parliament of Fowls. IV : The Amorosia (Wild Swans)

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 37

Jehovah and the Ark = Noah's Ark : A Children's Ballet for Jehovah (Narrator) and Orchestra

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

First version, libretto. Manuscript in ink.
Box 2, Folder 38

Jehoavh and the Ark, a Masque in five scenes for twenty-four children, eight adult solo dancers, and Jehovah (speaker), on a text by John Edmunds 1968

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Libretto.
Box 2, Folder 39\

The Voyage to Ararat : Noah and the Animals, a Ballet to be danced by Children and Adults, with the Prophet Noah as Master of Ceremonies, text by Edmunds 1973

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 40

The Voyage to Ararat (Noah's Ark), a Ballet, with music for two pianos 1974

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Photocopy.
Box 2, Folder 41

[Untitled]

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Photocopy.
Box 2, Folder 42

A. E. Housman and the Composer

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Manuscript in ink.
Box 2, Folder 43

The Songs of Ernst Bacon

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 2, Folder 44

John Clare and the Songs of Ernst Bacon

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Manuscript in ink.
 

Subseries C : Correspondence

Physical Description: 11 Folder

Scope and Contents

Box 3, folders 1-9 also listed under Series 3.
Box 3, Folder 1

To Ernst Bacon 1929-49

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 3, Folder 2

To Ernst Bacon 1950-54

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 3, Folder 3

To Ernst Bacon 1955-59

Box 3, Folder 4

To Ernst Bacon 1960-64

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 3, Folder 5

To Ernst Bacon 1965-69

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 3, Folder 6

To Ernst Bacon 1970-74

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 3, Folder 7

To Ernst Bacon 1975-79

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 3, Folder 8

To Ernst Bacon 1981-86

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 3, Folder 9

To Ernst Bacon

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 3, Folder 10

Guggenheim Foundation 1938

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Letters from others for Edmunds' grant application.
Box 3, Folder 11

Letters regarding the Edmunds Archive 1986-87

Physical Description: 1 Folder
 

Subseries D : Biographical Materials

Physical Description: 3 Folder
Box 3, Folder 12

Biographical pamphlet 1960s

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 3, Folder 13

Compositions and Editions of XVIIth and XVIIIth Century English and Italian Solo Vocal Music 4/78

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Bound and printed.
Box 3, Folder 14

Obituaries 12/11/86

Physical Description: 1 Folder
Box 3, Folder 15

Subseries E : Photographs

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Three photographs : one 8" x 10" b/w, one 3 3/8" x 4 1/2" b/w, one 3" x 4 1/2" color.
 

Subseries F : Miscellaneous

Physical Description: 3 Folder
Box 3, Folder 16

A Garland of Lyrics 1974

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Taken mainly from mid-seventeenth century and mid-twentieth century sources, chosen by his friend John Edmunds. For Ernst Bacon on the publication of his volume Fifty Songs. 7 leaves, typescript.
Box 3, Folder 17

Poems

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

With a handwritten note to Bacon on the back pages concerning the first performance of Campion Bestiary.
Box 3, Folder 18

Players : The Magazine of American Theatre 4-5/75

Physical Description: 1 Folder
 

Series 8 : Cornel Lengyel

Physical Description: 10 Folder

Scope and Contents

Divided into three sub-series : Writings, Correspondence, and Biographical Materials. An author of books on American history, Lengyel wrote the script (and eventually the libretto) of an opera/musical play on the subject of Benjamin Franklin, which was to have been a collaborative project with Bacon.
 

Subseries A : Writings

Physical Description: 8 Folder

Scope and Contents

Box 4, folders 1-7 are evolving versions of an opera/musical play on the subject of Benjamin Franklin.
Box 4, Folder 1

Bonhomme Richard

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Rough synopsis.
Box 4, Folder 2

Bonhomme Richard. Opera in Three Acts by Ernst Bacon. Libretto by Cornel Lengyel

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Brief outline and rough synopsis.
Box 4, Folder 3

Doctor Franklin, a Comedy-Drama of the American Revolution centering on major events in the life of Benjamin Franklin 1975

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Libretto, some corrections.
Box 4, Folder 4

Doctor Franklin : a Music Play, text and lyrics by Cornel Lengyel, music by Ernst Bacon 1975

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Complete libretto; different version from above.
Box 4, Folder 5

Doctor Franklin : a Music Play, text and lyrics by Cornel Lengyel, music by Ernst Bacon 1975

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Libretto.
Box 4, Folder 6

Doctor Franklin

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Revised pages.
Box 4, Folder 7

Ben Franklin's French Affair 1984

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

A play with incidental music.
Box 4, Folder 8

SOS From Easter Island 1954

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

A play in three acts.
Box 4, Folder 9

Subseries B : Correspondence 1939-87

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Also listed under Series 3.
Box 4, Folder 10

Subseries C : Biographical Materials

Physical Description: 1 Folder

Scope and Contents

Montages of newspaper reviews and headlines, and other clippings.