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Finding Aid for the Benjamin Simon Collection , 1920-1986
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Chamber music

 

String trios

Box 1, Folder 1

String trio. 1 score; 29 leaves (57 pages of music); size: 7" x 10.75".

Box 1, Folder 2

Trio for violin, viola and cello, op.27, "To R.B.". Score and parts.

Scope and Content Note

Score, 16 leaves [31 pages of music (29 pages indicated, with pages 9 and 10 written twice)]; size: 7" x 10.75" Violin part, 14 leaves (27 pages); Viola part, 11 leaves (23 pages); Cello part, 12 leaves (21 pages); size: 9.5" x 12"
Box 1, Folder 3

Trio [for 2 violins and viola; 2 movements]. 3 parts, 2 leaves (3 pages of music) each; size: 9.5" x 12.5".

Scope and Content Note

Box 1, Folder 4

Caprice for Trio [for 2 violins and viola]. Score and parts.

Scope and Content Note

Score, 8 leaves (16 pages of music). Parts for 2 violins and viola, 2 leaves (4 pages of music) each.
 

String quartets

Box 1, Folder 5

[String Quartet]. 1 music notebook, 40 leaves (39 pages of music); size: 10" x 7.5".

Scope and Content Note

The score is 35 pages. A sketch is 4 pages. Remainder of notebook is blank. Third and fourth movements in this notebook are similar to the third and fourth movements of the B minor quartette. After fourth movement, there is a sketch of the first movement of the B minor quartette.
Box 1, Folder 6

Preparator Quartette #1. 1 music notebook; 12 leaves (12 pages of music); size: 10" x 7.5".

Scope and Content Note

The score is 8 pages. Remainder of notebook contains sketches or is left blank.
Box 1, Folder 7

Saltaren [for string quartet]. 1 score; 9 leaves (17 pages of music); size: 7" x 10.75".

Box 1, Folder 8

[String Quartet]. 1 score; 6 leaves (6 pages of music); size: 6.5" x 10.5".

Scope and Content Note

I. Vom Himmel; II. O so[?] fröhliche; III. Weihnachtslied; IV.Des Jahres (J.A.P. Scholtz); V. New Year song - (Mendelssohn [sic])
Box 1, Folder 9

Quartette, op.40. 1 score; 12 leaves (16 pages of music); size: 7" x 10.75".

Scope and Content Note

The third movement of the Op.40 is similar to the third movement of the B minor quartette.
Box 1, Folder 10

B minor Quartette. 1 music notebook, scores and parts.

Scope and Content Note

1 music notebook, 20 leaves (5 leaves are score; 15 leaves are sketches of violin exercises); size: 8" x 10.5"
Score, 20 leaves (30 pages of music): Mod[erato], 12 pages; Allegretto grazioso, 5 pages; Con moto, 13 pages; size: 7" x 10.75" Con moto movement may or may not be part of this quartet; not part of later version. A second Allegretto grazioso (2 leaves; 4 pages of music) is included.
Score, 14 leaves (26 pages of music). 4 parts, 4 leaves (7 pages of music) each; size: 9.5" x 12"
 

String quintets

Box 1, Folder 11

String Quintette "Harran," op.29. Score and parts; size: 9.5" x 12.5".

Scope and Content Note

Score, 23 leaves (45 pages of music). Violin I and Violin II parts, 4 leaves (6 pages of music); Viola I part, 4 leaves (8 pages of music); Viola II and Cello parts, 4 leaves (7 pages of music).
 

Songs

Box 2, Folder 1

"Romance," "Caprice," "Cradle," "Valse". 4 leaves (7 pages of music); size: 9.5" x 12.5".

Scope and Content Note

Piano part
Box 2, Folder 2

"Montemarte". 2 leaves (1 page of music); size: 9.25" x 11.75".

Scope and Content Note

Melody line only. [Note: Melody line and piano part located in Folder 8.] A four-measure sketch is on the back of the 2nd leaf.
Box 2, Folder 3

"Girl-Boy". 2 leaves (2 pages of music); size: 9.25" x 11.75".

Scope and Content Note

Piano part
Box 2, Folder 4

"To T. S.," "Song". 2 leaves (4 pages of music); size: 9" x 12".

Scope and Content Note

"To T. S." has melody line and piano part; "Song" has only piano part.
Box 2, Folder 5

"Lament". 3 leaves (5 pages of music); size: 9.5" x 12.5".

Scope and Content Note

Melody line with piano part.
Box 2, Folder 6

"Prelude". 1 leaf; size: 9" x 12".

Scope and Content Note

Piano part. Sketch on the opposite side.
Box 2, Folder 7

"Sonatina," "Theme and variations". 6 leaves (12 pages of music); size: 9.25" x 11.75".

Scope and Content Note

"To Ronnette." Melody line and piano part. (Melody line begins on page 3.)
Box 2, Folder 8

"Gramma and Grand-chilo," "Montemarte," "[untitled]," "Flower". 4 leaves (7 pages of music); size: 9" x 12".

Scope and Content Note

Piano part for "Gramma and Grand-chilo." Melody line and piano part for "Montemarte." A 2/4 section follows "Montemarte" which may or may not be a separate, untitled piece. Piano part only. Piano part for "Flower."
 

Operas

Box 2, Folder 9

Prodigal Son. 8 vocal scores; size: 9.5" x 6".

Scope and Content Note

Chorus - soprano - Act I, 4 leaves (7 pages of music) Chor[us] - tenors - [Act I], 4 leaves (7 pages of music) Chorus - baritones - Act I, 5 leaves (9 pages of music) Chorus - bass - [Act I], 4 leaves (8 pages of music) 2 servants - Act I - tenor and baritone, 2 leaves (3 pages of music) Tax-Collector - Act II - (spoken part) - 3 leaves (5 pages of music) Patron - Act II - baritone, 2 leaves (4 pages of music) Visitor - Act III - baritone, 7 leaves (13 pages of music)
Box 2, Folder 10

Prodigal Son. 9 vocal scores; size: 9.5" x 8".

Scope and Content Note

Maid-dancer - Act II - contralto, 5 leaves (10 pages of music) 2 servants of the Merchant - Act II, 5 leaves (9 pages of music) Prophet - Act II - bariton[e], 5 leaves (11 pages of music - one page written on back cover) Maid servant - Act I-III - mezzo-soprano, 6 leaves (12 pages of music) Tenor lyric, 20 leaves (40 pages of music) Father - bass-baritone, 9 leaves (15 pages of music) Merchant - baritone, 12 leaves (22 pages of music, 1 page of lyrics) Elder brother - baritone, 6 leaves (11 pages of music) Shepherd - Act III, 4 leaves (8 pages of music)
Box 2, Folder 11

Prodigal Son. 3 scores.

Scope and Content Note

Score, Prelude and 3 acts, 6 leaves (6 pages of music); size: 10.75" x 13.25"
Score, Act I and part of Act II. 47 leaves (pages 1-95; skips page number 56); size: 9.25" x 12.25"
Score, end of Act II. 32 leaves (pages 96-157); size: 9.25" x 12.25"
Box 2, Folder 12

The Sower. 1 score; 49 leaves (98 pages of music); size: 9.25" x 12".

Scope and Content Note

Taped to back cover: excerpt from script. Very likely these words were read by the conductor.
 

Orchestral suites

Box 3, Folder 1

Latin suite (Cabalerro y Sandunga - Himno - Habas Verdes). 13 orchestra parts; size: 9.5" x 12.5".

Scope and Content Note

II Flute, 4 leaves (7 pages of music) I Oboe, 4 leaves (7 pages of music) II Oboe, 3 leaves (6 pages of music) English horn, 4 leaves (8 pages of music) I Clarinet in A, 4 leaves (8 pages of music) II Clarinet in C, 4 leaves (7 pages of music) I Bassoon, 6 leaves (12 pages of music) II Bassoon, 4 leaves (8 pages of music) Contrabassoon, 3 leaves (6 pages of music) I Violin, 11 leaves (11 pages of music) II Violin, 11 leaves (11 pages of music) Viola, 10 leaves (10 pages of music) Cello, 10 leaves (10 pages of music)
Box 3, Folder 2

Latin Suite (Caballero y Sandunga - Hymo [sic] - Habas Verdes). 1 score; size: 9.5" x 15".

Scope and Content Note

Caballero, 13 leaves (24 pages of music) Sandunga, 40 leaves (79 pages of music) Hymno [sic], 8 leaves (16 pages of music) Habas Verdes, 29 leaves (57 pages of music)
 

Etudes

Box 3, Folder 3

Violin Exercises I and "Hora" sketch. 1 music notebook; 16 leaves; size: 8" x 10.5".

Scope and Content Note

Exercises A-M, 21 pages of music
Sketch of piece, entitled "Hora" and attributed to "L.K.," written for orchestra but condensed here to four staves; 12 pages of music.
Box 3, Folder 4

Violin Exercises II. 3 music notebooks.

Scope and Content Note

Notebook #I, 21 leaves; size: 8" x 10.5"; contains: Violin exercises I - X (), Sonatina (interjected between the first two exercises), and "Moderato," 34 pages of music; Sketch of a piece written most likely violin and piano (instrumentation unclear), 8 pages of music.
Notebook #II, 24 leaves; size: 9.5" x 12.5"; contains: Violin exercises XI - XXI (also numbered: 1-12), 48 pages of music.
Notebook #III, 13 leaves; size: 9.5" x 12.5"; contains: Violin exercises XXII - XXIX (also numbered: 13-20), 25 pages of music
 

Personal

Box 3, Folder 5

Biography. 5 leaves; size: 8.5" x 11".

Box 3, Folder 6

Photographs. 2 photographic images; 2 leaves; size: 8.5" x 11".

Scope and Content Note

First image is Ben Simon as a young man; yellow in hue. Second image is Ben Simon as an older man; black and white.