Contents and Arrangement

Series 4: Index, 1893-1981

19 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection contains the manuscripts of Sessions' compositions reflecting his use of the 12-tone system of composition and ranging from exercises and studies to concertos, sonatas, operas ("Lancelot and Elaine" and "Montezuma"), and symphonies (1 through 9). Also included are miscellaneous musical works such as divertimenti, nocturnes, chorale studies, quintets, and the cantata "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd." In addition, there are manuscripts for two prose works, "The Musical Experience," a lecture delivered at the Julliard School of Music in 1947, and an article, "To the Editor," which appeared in Perspectives of New Music in 1967.

Additions to the papers include ozalid copies of various cantatas, concertos, symphonies, and miscellaneous works, original scores for a violin concerto, sketches for Symphony No. 1, correspondence with Luigi Dallapiccola and two musical manuscripts by Jean Binet. New additions include a small "Composer's notebook" which he carried in his pocket; two letters to Carl Miller, an ALS to Arthur Mende; a letter dated Jan. 14, 2001, from Anne Welch Gordon to "Princeton University Music Dept." regarding giving the "Composer's notebook and the correspondence to the Music Library; an unidentified manuscript, and photocopies of correspondence.

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Arranged by genre of material.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Series 4: Index; Roger Sessions Scores, C0288, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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