The collection is focused around the composing and conducting activity of Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975) between the years 1927
and 1975. A small body of personal papers adds some material relating to his personal life (personal and legal correspondence,
diaries, financial documents). The collection represents the extent of the personal papers in Herrmann's possession at the
time of his death.
Born in New York City in 1911, Bernard Herrmann was educated at New York University, where he studied with Philip James (composition)
and Bernard Wagenaar (conducting); and at Juilliard, where he studied with Percy Grainger (composition) and Albert Stossel
(conducting). He was an active member of Aaron Copland's Young Composer's Group during the early thirties, and initiated a friendship with Charles Ives after discovering some of Ives's privately published
scores at the New York Public Library. In 1931 he formed the New Chamber Orchestra, with which he conducted works by himself
and his peers, including Jerome Moross and Arthur Berger, as well as works by Charles Ives.
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