Inventory of the Ludwig Altman Papers, 1943-1989

Processed by Oliver Schwaner-Albright; revised by Judy Tsou; machine-readable finding aid created by Brooke Dykman Dockter
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Inventory of the Ludwig Altman Papers, 1943-1989

Collection number: ARCHIVES ALTMAN 1

The Music Library



University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information

  • Music Library
  • 240 Morrison Hall
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
  • Phone: (510) 642-2623
  • Fax: (510) 642-8237
  • Email: bancref@library.berkeley.edu
  • URL: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/MUSI/
Processed by:
Oliver Schwaner-Albright; revised by Judy Tsou
Date Completed:
October, 1996
Encoded by:
Brooke Dykman Dockter
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Ludwig Altman Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1943-1989
Collection number: ARCHIVES ALTMAN 1
Creator: Altman, Ludwig
Extent: Number of containers: 1 document box, 2 cartons

Linear feet: 3.0
Repository: 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.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Emmy Altman (widow of Ludwig) in 1991-92

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Music Library.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item] Ludwig Altman papers, ARCHIVES ALTMAN 1, The Music Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Biography

Altman, Ludwig, German-American organist and composer b. Breslau, Sept. 2, 1910; d. San Francisco, Nov. 27, 1990. He studied at the University of Breslau with Arnold Schmitz and Peter Epstein; from 1929 to 1933 he attended courses of Hans Joachim Moser, Arnold Schering, Johannes Wolf, and Friedreich Blume at the State Academy for Sacred Music in Berlin; also took private lessons in organ playing with Arthur Zubke. He remained in Berlin for three years after Hitler's advent to power, serving as organist at the Neue Synagoge, the largest Jewish synagogue still in operation (1933-36). In 1936 he emigrated to America; settled in San Francisco; in 1937 became organist and choral director at Temple Emanu-El; from 1940 to 1973 was organist of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. From 1948 to 1965 he was also organist of the Bach festivals in Carmel, Calif.; in 1952 he became Municipal Organist of San Francisco. He composed numerous scores of sacred music, among them Sabbath Music for Cantor, Choir, and Organ (1963); The Blessing of Moses for Baritone Solo, Choir, and Organ (1977); several Psalms for Voice and Organ; and works for organ solo. He furthermore edited Beethoven's organ works, Telemann's Suite Baroque, pieces by C.P.E. Bach for Organ Clock, and some organ compositions by Mendelssohn. As a concert organist he appeared in solo recitals in London, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Bern, Lausanne, and Zurich, as well as in San Francisco, in programs of Baroque and Classical music with a generous inclusion of ultramodern works by contemporary composers, receiving undiluted praise in the press.



--Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, eighth edition.

Series Description

Box 1, folders 1-21; box 2, folders 1-23

Series 1: Music Manuscripts

Scope and Content Note

Divided into 4 subseries: Compositions by Altman, arranged or edited by Altman, manuscripts in Altman's hand, and manuscripts by others. Arranged alphabetically within each subseries.
Box 2, folders 24-49

Series 2: Published Music

Scope and Content Note

Divided into 2 subseries: Composed by Altman, and arranged or edited by Altman. Arranged alphabetically by title within each subseries. Some with Altman's concert notes in pencil.
Box 1, folder 22; box 2, folders 50-51

Series 3: Writings

Scope and Content Note

Manuscripts and typescripts for program and liner notes; published article.
Box 2, folders 52-53

Series 4: Correspondence

Scope and Content Note

14 letters and postcards to Altman (1962-85), 3 letters from Altman (1981-89)
Box 5, folders 54-57

Series 5: Research Materials

Scope and Content Note

Periodical literature and photographs; with much information on organs; card catalog of Altman's library holdings.
Box 2, folders 58-64

Series 6: Biographical Materials

Scope and Content Note

Bibliography on Altman's output and biographies; programs and reviews of Altman's performances; photographs of Altman and others.
Box 3

Series 7: Recordings

Scope and Content Note

52 recordings of Altman's performances: 4 cassettes, 48 reel to reel tapes
Box 1, folders 23-25

Series 8: Miscellaneous

Scope and Content Note

Posters.

Container List

 

Series 1: Music Manuscripts

Additional Note

Ink originals, unless otherwise noted
 

Subseries A: Composed By Altman

Box Box 1, Folder 1

Fatherly Guidance. "Dedicated to Cantor Joseph L. Portnoy" [ph]

Folder 2

Lift Up Your Heads. [also pencil drafts]

Folder 3

Meditation (Neue Meditationer) [ph]

Folder 4

Psalm 13. [oz]

Folder 5

Psalm 67. [ph]

Folder 6

Three Quiet Preludes.

Folder 7

Why Art Thou Cast Down.

Folder 8

Why Art Thou Cast Down. Parts: Soprano, Tenor, Bass; with concert notes. [oz]

 

Subseries B: Arranged Or Edited By Altman

Box Box 2, Folder 1

Ariosti, Attilio. [no title] [oz]

Box Box 1, Folder 9

Bach, Wilhelm Friedmann. 18 Pieces for a Musical Clock. [manuscript fragments with note: "A New Edition for Keyboard Instruments (Organ, Harpsichord, Piano) or Harp, by Ludwig Altman"] [ms-i, ms-p, oz, ph, computer printout]

Box Box 2, Folder 2

Beethoven, Ludwig van. March (from Fidelio)

Folder 3

Beethoven, Ludwig van. Wellington's Victory at Vittoria. Parts: Grosse Trommel, Kleine Trommel, Triangle, Turkish Teller, Tympani. [ph]

Folder 4

Brahms, Johannes. In Summer Fields.

Folder 5

Brahms, Johannes. Sapphic Ode.

Folder 6

Brahms, Johannes. Two Songs by Brahms: The Sandman, Sapphic Ode.

Box Box 1, Folder 10

Busoni, Ferruccio. Preludio [ph]

Box Box 2, Folder 11

Cornelius, Peter. One Tone [ph]

Folder 7

Greig, Edvard. Lullaby (from Peer Gynt)

Folder 8

Haydn, Joseph. Adagio

Folder 9

Haydn, Joseph. Adagio [ph with ink notes; negative prints]

Box Box 1, Folder 12

Haydn, Joseph. The Lark

Box Box 2, Folder 10

Haydn, Joseph, and Beethoven, Ludwig van. Grenadiermarsch [with two sheets of text notes]

Folder 11

Hensel, Fanny (nee Mendelssohn). Prelude

Folder 12

Ljadow, Anatol. Two Russian Folksongs [originally Three Russian Folksongs]

Folder 13

Mendelssohn, Felix. Prelude (from Athalia)

Folder 14

Mendelssohn, Felix. Andante

Folder 15

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. Adagio

Folder 16

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. Adagio

Folder 17

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. Andante

Folder 18

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. Gavotte (from Les Petits Riens)

Folder 19

Renaissance Organ Mass [compiled and edited by Altman]

 

Subseries C: Manuscripts In Altman's Hand

Box Box 2, Folder 20

Greig, Edvard. Triumphal March. Arrangement by Kraft.

Box Box 1, Folder 13

Lichtenstein, Herbert. Adon Olam, for Tenor, Choir, and Organ.

Box Box 2, Folder 21

Pidoux, Pierre. Partita, "Ach wie fluchtig, ach wie uichtig"

Box Box 1, Folder 14

Sabin, Wallace A. Simmer's [sic] a Pleasant Time, on a poem by Robert Burns

Folder 15

Saminsky, Lazare. Elohenu (Day of Atonement), arranged by R. R. Rinder

Folder 16

Schlick, Arnold. Antiphon Ascendo as Patrem Meum

Folder 17

Sparger. O Lord What is Man

Folder 18

Strauss. Festliches Preludium

Folder 19

Sulzer. En Komocho, arranged by R. R. Rinder

Box Box 2, Folder 22

L'cho Adonoy

Box Box 1, Folder 20

May the Words

Box Box 2, Folder 23

Shirah

 

Subseries D: Manuscripts By Others

Box Box 1, Folder 21

Sheinfeld, David. Elegiac Sonorities for Organ ["commissioned by and dedicated to Congregation Emanu-El, San Francisco"] [oz]

[see also Series 7, recordings 39-41]

 

SERIES 2: PUBLISHED MUSIC

 

Subseries A: Composed By Altman

Box Box 2, Folder 24

Avinu, Malkenu. New York: Transcontinental Music Publications, c1980

Folder 25

The Beloved of the Lord. New York: Lawson-Gould, c1972

Folder 26

The Blessing of Moses. New York: Transcontinental Music Publications, c1977 [with concert notes in pencil]

Folder 27

Festive Postlude for a Pilgrimage Festival. New York: Transcontinental Music Publications, c1973

Folder 28

The God of Abraham Praise. Dayton, OH: The Sacred Music Press, c1986 [with concert notes in pencil]

Folder 29

Meditation Song: Awake, Awake. Consoliere, July-September, 1972. Cincinnati, OH: World Library Publications, c1972

Folder 30

Meditation Song: Night Has Come. Consoliere, January-March, 1972. Cincinnati, OH: World Library Publications, c1972 [with concert notes in pencil]

Folder 31

Meditation Song: Praise and Honor. Consoliere, April-June, 1972. Cincinnati, OH: World Library Publications, c1972 [with concert notes in pencil]

Folder 32

Prelude on Leoni. New York: Transcontinental Music Publications, c1977 [with concert notes in pencil]

Folder 33

Psalm 13. New York: Lawson-Gould Music Publishers, Inc., c1967 [with concert notes in pencil]

Folder 34

Psalm 47. New York: Transcontinental Music Publications, c1971 [with concert notes in pencil]

Folder 35

Psalm 46. New York: Transcontinental Music Publications, c1966

Folder 36

Processional on "Amsterdam." Consoliere, April-June, 1973. Cincinnati, OH: World Library Publications, c1973

Folder 37

Sabbath Music. New York: Transcontinental Music Publications, c1963

Folder 38

Three Liturgic Choral Pieces. New York: Transcontinental Music Publications, c1963

 

Subseries B: Arranged Or Edited By Altman

Box Box 2, Folder 39

Bach, C. P. E. Six Organ Pieces for a Musical Clock Mechanism. Cincinnati, OH: World Library of Sacred Music, c1971

Folder 40

Bach, C. P. E. Suite for an Organ Clock. Boston: McLaughlin & Reilly Company, c1964

Folder 41

Bach, C. P. E. Ten Pieces for an Organ Clock. Dayton, OH: The Sacred Music Press, c1978

Folder 42

Bach, C. P. E. Three Duets for Organ and Harp (or Keyboard). Dayton, OH: The Sacred Music Press, c1976

Folder 43

Bach, Johann Christian; Bach, Johann Sebastian; Handel, George Frideric. Three Service Voluntaries: Andante in C Minor, Passepied (I and II), Processional in C Minor. Glen Rock, NJ: J. Fischer & Bro., c1970 [with concert notes in pencil]

Folder 44

Beethoven, Ludwig van. Organ Works: Suite, Two Preludes Op.39, Fugue D major. London: Edition Peters, c1962

Folder 45

Beethoven, Ludwig van. Wellington's Victory at Vittoria (Opus 91). Melville, NY: H. W. Gray Publications, c1977

Folder 46

Hopkins, Edward J. Organ Fantasy on Benediction. Boston: R. D. Row Music Co., c1950 [with concert notes in pencil]

Folder 47

Jensen, Adolf. Midday Silence. USA: Theodore Presser Co., c1943 [ph]

Folder 48

Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix. Three Unfamiliar Organ Compositions by Mendelssohn: Prelude in C Minor, Prelude in D Minor, Allegro in B Flat Major. Nashville and New York: Abingdon Press, c1969

Folder 49

Wesley, Samuel, and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix. Three Organ Fugues (with several Facsimiles) published for the first time. London: Hinrichsen Edition Ltd., c1962

 

Series 3: Writings

Box Box 2, Folder 50

Six typescripts [one original and four ph with some notes] and two manuscripts [ms-i]

Folder 51

Ein Besuch bei Thomas Mann, from Thomas Mann Gesellschaft, Zurich, No. 23, 1989-1990 [enclosed with note from Caroline Crawford, 4/15/91]

Box Box 1, Folder 22

Liner notes [eleven leaves, ten typescript ph, one manuscript ph]

 

Series 4: Correspondence

Box Box 2, Folder 52

Fourteen (14) letters and postcards, 1962-85

Folder 53

Three (3) letters from Altman, 1981-1989

 

Series 5: Research Materials

Box Box 2

Card catalog of Altman's library

Folder 54

Mohr, Von Wilhelm. "Zu Handels Orgelkonzerten," Neue Zurcher Zeitung, July 24, 1976

Folder 55-56

Organs--photographs, specifications, etc., from magazines, journals, etc., collected by Altman

Folder 57

Sadie, Stanley. BBC Music Guides: Handel Concertos. Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1972 [underlined text, notes in margins]

 

Series 6: Biographical Materials

Box Box 2, Folder 58

Altman bibliography

Folder 59

Altman biography [three versions]

Folder 60

Altman Oral History Project---announcement by the Bancroft Library

Folder 61

American Guild of Organists: Year Book and Directory, 1946

Folder 62

Programs, 1951-1988 [San Francisco, California, Germany, etc.]

Folder 63

Program, San Francisco Symphony, Sept. 1996 [mention of Altman as Leon Fleisher's teacher, p.39A]

Folder 64

Reviews, 1965-1988 [San Francisco and Germany]

Folder 65

Photographs of Altman, performances, other musicians, and the Temple Emanu-El: Ten (10) 8" x 10" B&W; One (1) 4" x 4" B&W [mounted with signature; dated 1928]; One (1) 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" B&W; Two (2) 3" x 4 1/2" color

 

Series 7: Recordings -- all performances by Altman

 

Subseries A: Cassettes

Box Box 3, recording 1

January 18, 1977: 40th Anniversary

recording 2

The B- of the L-

recording 3

CJP Yom Kippur Responses

recording 4

Psalm 67

 

Subseries B: Reel To Reel

Box Box 3, recording 5

December, 1954: Jacobi Service, Temple Emanu-El [part I] [7"]

recording 6

December, 1954: Jacobi Service, Temple Emanu-El [part II] [7"]

recording 7

December 12, 1958: Chanukah Service with Children's Choir, Temple Emanu-El [7"]

recording 8

May 4, 1962: 25th Anniversary [7"]

recording 9

November, 1966: Thanksgiving, Temple Emanu-El [5"]

recording 10

April, 1967 [7"]

recording 11

May 2, 1967: Standard School Broadcast, First Presbyterian Church, San Anselmo [7"]

recording 12

December, 1970: Recital, Temple Emanu-El [7"]

recording 13

December 29, 1970: World premiere of a newly discovered C. P. E. Bach manuscript, Temple Emanu-El [3"]

recording 14

1970-1971: Rappeiswil, Urtenen-Schonbiel [5 3/4"]

recording 15

July 18, 1974: Orgelknozert [7"]

recording 16

December, 1975: Recital, Temple Emanu-El [7"]

recording 17

June, 1977: broadcasts from KQED, 88.5 FM, San Francisco [7"]

recording 18

A861 [7"]

recording 19

Ami Ma-amin [7"]

recording 20

EE Concert [3"]

recording 21

Germany Concert [3"]

recording 22

Hebrew Organ Music: Music of the Sabbath; Music of the Festivals; Family Cerimonials and Folklore [10 1/2"] [see also Series 7, recording 26]

recording 23

Jewish Folklore and Dances, recording for an LP [7"]

recording 24

Moo- (Rock of Ages) and Leoni [4"]

recording 25

Munster [5 3/4"]

recording 26

Music of the Synagogue: Organ music of the Sabbath; Music of the Festivals; Family Cerimonials and Folklore [7"] [see also Series 7, recording 22]

recording 27

St. O-, San Anselmo [7"]

recording 28

St. O-, San Anselmo [7"]

recording 29

St. O-

recording 30

St. O-

recording 31

Pachibel, C. P. E. Bach [3"] [recording of a BBC broadcast]

recording 32

Portnoy's Talk and Song, 35 Anniversary [7"]

recording 33

Psalm 13 [3"]

recording 34

Psalm 47 [3"]

recording 35

Psalm 47 [3"]

recording 36

Rothenberg, Beethoven [3"]

recording 37

A Service Suite [5"]

recording 38

A Service Suite [5"] [master tape]

recording 39

Sheinfeld, David: Elegiac Sonorities for Organ [5"] [see also Series 1, Subseries D, Box Folder]

recording 40

Sheinfeld, David

recording 41

Sheinfeld, David

recording 42

Sheinfeld, Bach [3"]

recording 43

Variations on Lasstinch E-, Erschilmen Ist, First Noel, Leoni (Fantasy) [7"]

recording 44-45

no title [3"] [was grouped with Series 7, Recordings 20, 21]

recording 46-52

no title [7"]

 

Series 8: Miscellaneous

Box Box 1, Folder 23-25

Posters