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BOX 1-13, 23 Music, 1845-1966
Fritz Kreisler is known predominantly for his artistry as a violinist, particularly in performances of his own transcriptions and cadenzas, but he is also worthy of note as a composer. More than fifty of Kreisler's original compositions are represented in this collection, in sketch, manuscript, or printed form. Holographs of some of Kreisler's most popular compositions, such as Caprice viennois, Liebesfreud, and the Viennese rhapsodic fantasietta, are complemented by his manuscripts of less well-known works, including Drei Nachtgesänge (with poetry by Eichendorff) and his Song, op. 7, for violin and piano. Included among the holographs are several works of the Klassische Manuskripte series, a set of 14 pieces for violin and piano that were thought to be Kreisler's transcriptions of classical works until 1935, when it was revealed that they were his original compositions. Kreisler's Viennese light opera Sissy (1932) is also represented in the collection, both by holograph full scores of most of its individual numbers and by a complete printed vocal score.

Approximately 130 of Kreisler's transcriptions are included in the collection, adaptations of works by composers ranging from Corelli to Moussorgsky to Stephen Foster and Percy Grainger. The manuscripts and heavily annotated prints of Kreisler's transcriptions reveal the compositional process through which his characteristic virtuosic sound was achieved. For many such works there are 2 or more manuscript versions to compare with the holograph annotations to the printed edition.
BOX 1-5, 13, 23 Kreisler as Composer
Arranged alphabetically by title.
BOX-FOLDER 1/1 Andantino [in the style of Martini]
Holograph full score in pencil ; 3 p.
Also:
  • Chanson Louis XIII et Pavane [in the style of Couperin]. Holograph full score in pencil ; 6 p.
  • Praeludium und allegro [in the style of Pugnani]. Holograph full score in pencil ; [11 p.]
BOX-FOLDER 1/2 Act I. No. 4. Letter Song - Nancy & girls
Manuscript full score in ink with blue pencil annotations ; 29 p.
Uniform title: Apple blossoms. Act I, no. 5, Letter song
BOX-FOLDER 1/3 Dance. Act 2.
Manuscript full score in ink ; 12 p.
On first page: Extra number in Apple Blossoms (not used)
Uniform title: Apple blossoms. Excerpt (not in final work)
BOX-FOLDER 1/4 [As I tread the road that winds]
Holograph piano-vocal score ; 3 p.
Upper left of first page: Dec. 5, 1929 / C. J. F.
Uniform title: As I tread the road that winds
BOX-FOLDER 1/5 Ballads from the Scotch minstrelsy New York: Carl Fischer, 1917 .
Printed piano-vocal score ; 2 copies
Arranged by Fritz Kreisler, in collaboration with Reinhold Warlich
Laid in: Loch Lomond ; New York : Charles Foley, 1917
BOX-FOLDER 1/6 Ballet ; Einlage
Holograph full score in pencil, incomplete ; 11 p.
BOX-FOLDER 1/7 Burst of melody, A
Manuscript piano-vocal score in ink ; 7 p.
Words by Charles A. Wagner
BOX-FOLDER 1/8 Caprice viennois
Holograph full score in ink with annotations; 13 p.
At end of music: F. K., 1912
BOX-FOLDER 1/9 Caprice viennois
Holograph full score in pencil ; [12 p.]
BOX-FOLDER 1/10 [Caprice viennois, op. 2]
Holograph sketches for violin and piano, in pencil ; [6 p.]
Uniform title: Caprice viennois, op. 2
BOX-FOLDER 1/11 Caprice viennois New York: Charles Foley, 1910 .
Printed violin part ; 3 p.
Also printed: New York, 1938
BOX-FOLDER 1/12 Cavatina
Holograph score for violin and piano, in pencil ; 8 p.
BOX-FOLDER 1/13 Chanson Louis XIII
Manuscript score for violin and piano, in pencil ; 6 p.
Uniform title: Chanson Louis XIII & pavane (in the style of Louis Couperin)
BOX-FOLDER 1/14 Concert von Antonio Vivaldi, C-dur
Holograph full score in pencil ; 20 p.
Uniform title: Concerto in the style of Vivaldi, violin & string orchestra, C major
BOX-FOLDER 1/15 Violin Concerto von Antonio Vivaldi aus dem Manuskript herausgegeben und bearbeitet von Fritz Kreisler
Copyist's score for violin and piano, in ink, 23 p.
Uniform title: Concerto in the style of Vivaldi, violin & string orchestra, C major; arr.
BOX-FOLDER 1/16 Concerto (C dur) von Antonio Vivaldi New York: Carl Fischer, Inc., 1927 .
Printed score for violin and piano
Bound with: Partita in E major (Bach-Kreisler) [and] La folia (Corelli-Kreisler)
Uniform title: Concerto in the style of Vivaldi, violin & string orchestra, C major; arr.
BOX-FOLDER 1/17 Cradle song, 1915
Holograph score for voice and orchestra, in ink and pencil ; [6 p.]
Under title: based on my Caprice Viennois
BOX-FOLDER 1/18 [Drei Nachtgesänge]
Holograph piano-vocal score in pencil ; 11 p.
Uniform title: Drei Nachtgesänge
BOX-FOLDER 1/19 Vier Nachtgesänge von Fritz Kreisler
Holograph piano-vocal score in pencil with red and blue pencil annotations ; 9 p.
Words by Eichendorff
Uniform title: Drei Nachtgesänge
Includes:
  • Im Abendrot [not part of final collection]
  • Wir sind durch Not und Freude is not included
BOX-FOLDER 1/20 Episode
Holograph score for violin and piano, in pencil ; 8 p.
BOX-FOLDER 1/21 Fantasie für Violine mit Klavier
Holograph score for violin and piano, and violin part, in ink ; 13 p.
Dated: 19 Marz 1883
BOX-FOLDER 1/22 Farewell to Cucullain (Londonderry Air) New York: Charles Foley, 1922 .
Printed violin part ; 3 p.
Transcribed by Fritz Kreisler
BOX-FOLDER 1/23 Follow thy star
Ozalid of holograph score for violin and piano, incomplete ; 2 p.
On cover; Fritz Kreisler / March 10, 1950 / I don't remember whose poem this is and why I did not finish it. I believe it must have been 40 years ago that I wrote this / F. K.
BOX-FOLDER 1/24 French song
Holograph sketch in pencil ; 4 p.
BOX-FOLDER 1/25 Ghasel
Manuscript piano-vocal score in ink with pencil alterations and annotations ; 6 p.
BOX-FOLDER 1/26 Vier Nachtgesänge. IV. Ghasel (Gottfried Keller)
Manuscript piano-vocal score in pencil ; 6 p.
At bottom: Copyright 1921 Carl Fischer, New York / 30737
Uniform title: Ghasel
BOX-FOLDER 1/27 Gitana, La
Holograph full score in pencil with annotations ; 19 p.
On cover: Dec. 29. 1941
BOX-FOLDER 2/1 Grave [in the style of Wilhelm] Friedemann Bach
Holograph full score in pencil ; [4 p.]
Also includes:
  • La précieuse [in the style of] Louis Couperin [6 p.]
  • Allegretto [in the style of] Luigi Boccherini [5 p.]
BOX-FOLDER 2/2 Grave [in the style of Wilhelm] Friedemann Bach
Holograph score for violin and piano, in pencil ; 3 p.
BOX-FOLDER 2/3 Grave [in the style of Wilhelm] Friedemann Bach
Copyist's organ score in ink with violin part written in pencil ; 2 p.
BOX-FOLDER 2/4 Gypsy caprice
Holograph score for violin and piano, in ink, incomplete ; 6 p.
BOX-FOLDER 2/5 [Heut vor fünf und zwanzig Jahr]
Holograph piano-vocal sketches in pencil ; [6 p.]
Uniform title: Heut vor fünf und zwanzig Jahr
BOX-FOLDER 2/6 Irish song
Holograph piano-vocal sketch in pencil ; 6 p.
Under title: originally conceived for John
BOX-FOLDER 2/7 Klassische Manuskripte Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, 1910 .
Includes printed scores for violin and piano of the following titles (in order):
  • Chanson Louis XIII and pavane in the style of Couperin
  • Andantino in the style of Martini
  • Menuett in the style of Porpora
  • La précieuse in the style of Couperin
  • Praeludium und allegro in the style of Pugnani
  • Siciliano [and] rigaudon in the style of Francoeur
  • Scherzo in the style of Dittersdorf
  • Allegretto in the style of Boccherini
  • Variationen über ein Thema von Corelli in the style of Tartini
  • Preghiera in the style of Martini
  • Tempo di minuetto in the style of Pugnani
  • Aubade provençale in the style of Couperin
  • La chasse (Caprice) in the style of Cartier
  • Grave in the style of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
BOX-FOLDER 2/8 Liebes-Walzer
Holograph score for violin and piano, in pencil ; 7 p.
BOX-FOLDER 2/9 Liebesfreud
Holograph full score in pencil with annotations ; 22 p.
On cover: Dec. 1941
BOX-FOLDER 2/10 Coda to Liebesfreud
Holograph score for violin and piano, in pencil ; 2 p.
At end of p. 1: Fritz Kreisler, Oct. 27th, 1960, New York
Uniform title: Liebesfreud
BOX-FOLDER 2/11 [Liebesfreud. Wiener Walzer; arr.]
Manuscript full score in ink with annotations ; 27 p.
Arranged by F. A. Stock
On cover page: Ballet Musik
Uniform title: Liebesfreud. Wiener Walzer; arr.
BOX-FOLDER 2/12 [Liebesfreud. Wiener Walzer; arr.]
Manuscript full score in ink with annotations ; 11 p.
Arranged by F. A. Stock
Ozalid and negative photostat of manuscript score in box 23, folder 1
Uniform title: Liebesfreud. Wiener Walzer; arr.
BOX-FOLDER 2/13 Liebesleid
Holograph full score in pencil ; 18 p.
Dated: December 1941
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