Tams-Witmark collection, 1701-1915 (bulk 1801-1900).


Tams-Witmark collection, 1701-1915 (bulk 1801-1900).

The Tams-Witmark Collection contains music (manuscript and printed scores) that was being performed in the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The scope of the collection ranges from eighteenth century operas of Handel and Glück to a musical by George M. Cohan. The bulk of the materials are nineteenth century English, French, German, and Italian operas and operettas, the majority in full score, with some instrumental parts. Most of the scores have been annotated with cuts and performance markings, and some feature reduced or non-standard orchestrations. Early nineteenth century opera is represented chiefly by Italian composers such as Cimarosa, Cherubini, and Rossini. The collection contains numerous scores by French composers, particularly Auber and Meyerbeer. Mid- to late-nineteenth century opera is well represented, with works by Verdi and Wagner, as well as lesser-known composers such as Ignaz Brüll, Filippo Marchetti, and Ernest Reyer. Operettas constitute a large portion of the collection, including those by Jacques Offenbach, Franze von Suppé, Johann Strauss, Jr., and Karl Millöcker. Reginald DeKoven, Julian Edwards, and Victor Herbert are well-represented in the collection. The collection also contains a small amount of concert music, including secular and sacred choral works, patriotic music, symphonic scores, and incidental music.

approximately 7,000 items (829 boxes, 164 linear feet)


SNAC Resource ID: 7519187

Library of Congress

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Strauss, Johann, 1825-1899

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Composed 1854.--Cf. Fleisher Collection. From the description of Nachtfalter Walzer, Op. 157 / Johann Strauss (the younger). [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 55503504 From the operetta in 3 acts with libretto by Josef Braun, "F. Zell" (pseudonym of Camillo Walzel), and Richard Genée after Victorien Sardou's comedy, Piccolino. Composed circa 1872. First performance Theater an der Wien, Vienna, 1 March 1873.--Cf. Fleisher Collection. F...

Reyer, Ernest, 1823-1909

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French composer. From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Château de Blanche Couronne (près Savenay), 19 September 1877 , to [Albert?] Vizentini, 1877 Sept. 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270676022 From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : [n.p., Paris?, 1887?], to an unidentified friend, 1887?. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270676027 From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Paris, 12 December 1894, to an unident...

Edwards, Julian

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Brüll, Ignaz, 1846-1907

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Austrian pianist and composer. From the description of 5 Chorlieder für Männerchor componirt von Ignaz Brüll. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270562095 From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Vienna, 21 October 1875, to an unidentified friend, 1875 Oct. 21. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270673850 From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Vienna, 11 January 1880, to Herr Baron [von Kaskel?], 1880 Jan. 11. (Unknown). WorldCat record ...

Rossini, Gioacchino, 1792-1868

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Libretto by Jacopo Ferretti after Charles Perrault's Cendrillon and librettos by Charles-Guillaume Etienne for Nicolas Isouard's Cendrillon and Francesco Fiorini for Stefano Pavesi's Agatina, o La virtù premiata; first performed in Rome at the Teatro Valle, 25 January 1817; the Holtei translation first performed in Berlin 20 October 1825. Cf. A. Loewenberg. Annals of opera. From the description of Aschenbrödel : komische Oper in zwei Acten, für die Darstellung auf der Königstädt...

Marchetti, Filippo, 1831-1902

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Italian composer. From the description of [Composition for lute] : autograph manuscript, 1890. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270566899 From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Rome, 2 February 1883, to Carnaghi [apparently at Ricordi], 1883 Feb. 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270581799 ...

Herbert, Victor, 1859-1924

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Composed 1884-85. First performance Stuttgart, 8 December 1885, the composer as soloist.--Cf. Fleisher Collection. From the description of 1st concerto for violoncello, op. 8 / by Victor Herbert. [1965?] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 50216538 Victor Herbert (1859-1924) cellist, co-founder of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), conductor and composer is best known as the composer of light operas such as Babes in Toyland...

Tams-Witmark Music Library

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Agency History The Tams-Witmark Music Library was established in 1925 by a merger between the Arthur W. Tams Music Library and the rental library of M. Witmark & Sons. The Arthur W. Tams Music Library began in 1883 as a rental library of sacred music and opera, and by the 1920's had grown to be one of the largest libraries of its kind. The Witmarks had entered the music publishing business in 1885, but started a rental library comparable ...

Suppé, Franz von, 1819-1895

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Austrian composer. From the description of [Album leaf] : autograph manuscript, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270868881 First performed at the Theater an der Wien, 30 May 1848. Cf. New Grove opera. From the description of Unter der Erde, oder, Freiheit und Arbeit : Original-Charakterbild mit Gesang in 3 Akten von Carl Elmar, Musik vom Kapellmeister Franz von Suppé : manuscript, [1849?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 612859957 Libretto by Josep...

De Koven, Reginald, 1859-1920

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American composer. From the description of Typewritten letter signed, dated : [New York], 15 February 1910, to Harry Harkness Flagler, 1910 Feb. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270565680 Reginald De Koven was an important and noted American composer and music critic. From the description of Collection, 1861-1920. (Brandeis University Library). WorldCat record id: 276166112 ...

Cimarosa, Domenico, 1749-1801

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From L'olimpiade, libretto by Metastasio; first performed in Vicenza for the inauguration of the Eretenio Theatre, 10 July 1784. Cf. New Grove. From the description of Aria nel Sig'r Cimarosa : Se cerca se dice : manuscript, [between 1784 and 1815] (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 259948545 Italian composer. From the description of Questo soave affetto che voi chiamate amore. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270562313 From the description of Messa...

Auber, Daniel-François-Esprit

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Composer. From the description of D. F. E. Auber miscellany, 1860-1867. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122377121 Auber, French composer noted for his operas, including Manon. From the description of [Letter], 12 Jun. [18--] / Auber. (Smith College). WorldCat record id: 152608612 French composer, pupil of Cherubini. Writer of grand operas and comic operas. From the description of Original manuscript copy of Fra Diavolo as sent to the printer b...

Cherubini, Luigi, 1760-1842

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Luigi Cherubini (1760-1842) was an Italian composer and music instructor. He was a child music prodigy who went on to write many popular operas as an adult. He moved to France in 1785, where he continued to live and work, successfully surviving the tumultuous regime changes of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic periods. After the end of the eighteenth century, Cherubini's operatic work was less successful and so he began composing church music. In 1822, he became director of the prestigious Conser...

Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883

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The German opera composer Richard Wagner was at the beginning of his career at the time of this letter. From the description of Manuscript copy of letter from Richard Wagner, 1832 June 15, Leipzig, addressed to Schott's Söhne, Mainz, [1896?]. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122571065 From the guide to the Manuscript copy of letter from Richard Wagner, 1832 June 15, Leipzig, addressed to Schott's Söhne, Mainz, 1896?, (The New York Public Library. Music Divisio...

Millöcker, Carl, 1842-1899

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Austrian composer. From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Vienna, 26 October 1891, to an unidentified recipient, 1891 Oct. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270582543 From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Vöslau, 27 July [n.y., 1873-1876?], to an unidentified recipient, [n.y., 1873-1876?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270582541 From the description of Le Viceamiral / Ouverture. [1886?] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270567184...

Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901

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Epithet: composer British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001296.0x000089 Opera with a libretto by Salvadore Cammarano, based on Friedrich von Schiller's play Kabale und Liebe, premiered at the Teatro di San Carlo, Naples, on December 8, 1849. From the description of Luisa Miller : melodramma tragico in tre atti / sinfonia musica del Sigr. Mo. Giuseppe Verdi. [ca. 1850] (Yale University). WorldCat record id...

Offenbach, Jacques, 1819-1880

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Jacques Offenbach (1819–1880) was a German-born French composer and cellist of Jewish ancestry. He had a strong influence in popular music in Europe, and was one of the originators of the operetta, of which he wrote more than one hundred. His works were noted for their elements of satire and parody; two for which he is particularly known are the operetta Orpheus in the Underworld and the opera The Tales of Hoffman . From the guide to the Jacques Offenbach Letter, undated (after 1844)...

Meyerbeer, Giacomo, 1791-1864

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By 1831, Spontini's reputation has lost ground to the works of younger men, including Meyerbeer, whose Robert le Diable was first performed eight month after the date of this letter; this is perhaps the opera mentioned here, though Meyerbeer may be referring to the abortive Le Portefaix, the contract for which he had just signed. Despite the apparent warmth of their relationship, Spontini was already jealous. His own continuing lack of success he attributed to a plot orchestrated by Meyerbeer, "...