Scope and Content
Title: Jonathan Elkus Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1940-[ongoing]
Collection number: ARCHIVES ELKUS 3
2 legal size document boxes
7 oversize legal document boxes
3 flat storage boxes
1 oversize storage boxes
The Music Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Collection is open for research.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Music Library.
[Identification of item], Jonathan Elkus Papers,
ARCHIVES ELKUS 3,
The Music Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Jonathan Britton Elkus (b. San Francisco, CA, August 8, 1931). Composer, arranger, editor, and teacher. He studied composition
with Charles Cushing and William Denny at the University of California, Berkeley (BA 1953), with Ernst Bacon and Leonard Ratner
at Stanford University (MA 1957), and with Darius Milhaud at Mills College (1957). He taught at Lehigh University from 1957
to 1973 and became director of music at Cape Cod Academy in 1979. He has been guest conductor with concert bands throughout
As an editor, Elkus has been closely associated with the music of Charles Ives. He is editor of the Ives Society's critical
edition of the Robert Browning Overture and is the author of
Charles Ives and the American Band Tradition (1974/R1975). A vital interest in extending the repertory of concert bands has resulted in a number of compositions and numerous
transcriptions, including Ives's
A Son of a Gambolier and
The Circus Band, and Berlioz's
Grande Symphonie funébre et triomphale. Elkus's musical vocabulary draws on several 20th-century idioms, resulting in a highly individual style with strong definition
of pitch and chord centers. --
New Grove Dictionary of American Music
Jonathan Elkus presently teaches at the University of California, Davis, and with his wife, Mickey, runs the Overland Music
Distributors in Albany, California.
Scope and Content
The collection includes music manuscripts and proofs as well as printed music. It includes concert programs and production
notes of performances. It also includes a small collection of personal correspondence, offprint articles and related documents
on friends and colleagues. There are some documents on the Cal Band, concert programs, and sound recordings by UC students
and groups. A scrapbook documents Elkus's theatrical and musical productions during his years at Cal.
There are nine series: Music Compositions, Correspondence and other documents, Concerts and Performances, College Class Notes
and Assignments, UC Marching Band, Other Organizations, Sound Recordings, Posters, and Miscellany.