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Writings, 1912-1991 (continued)
Diaries, 1912-1991
Warren compiled several travel diaries during her long life. Beginning at the age of 12, she developed a life-long habit of documenting each European trip in the form of a daily diary. Her earliest diary documents her first trip abroad in which she first heard Wagner's Ring at Munich; subsequent trips detail her encounters with leading musicians and her experiences with her teacher Nadia Boulanger, whom she visited several times. Other diaries recount her experiences with performances of her works. Included as well are four general diaries from 1988-1991 that document her daily activities and contain miscellaneous records such as household-related data and health records.
Arranged chronologically.
BOX-FOLDER 63/1 Travel diary, Apr. 22 - Dec. 1912
Warren, her parents and grandmother left for Europe, traveling abroad for seven months. The family toured France, Italy, Austria, Germany (Dresden; Munich), Switzerland, Holland and England.
Highlights of this trip, per Warren's diary: attendence at concerts of Wagner's Ring cycle (Munich), Lohengrin (Paris Opera)
BOX-FOLDER 63/2 Travel diary, Apr. 9 - June 2, 1953
Extended trip to Europe; visited London, England, France (Paris; Nice; Chaumont), Italy (Montecatini; Florence; Venice; Cernobbio) and Switzerland (Lucerne; Zurich). Pocket diary documented their day-to-day activities and experiences.
BOX-FOLDER 63/3 Travel diary, Sept. 14 - Oct. 8, 1967
Warren and her husband traveled to Monte Carlo for the memorable 80th birthday celebration of Nadia Boulanger (September 30th), hosted by Prince Rainer and Princess Grace of Monaco. A pocket diary documented their day-to-day activities and their experiences at the anniversary event.
BOX-FOLDER 63/4 Travel diary, Sept. 8 - Oct. 13, 1971
Warren traveled to Europe with visit to Moscow. A sampling of the trip's itinerary included Finland (Helsinki), Soviet Union (Leningrad; Moscow), Czechoslovakia (Prague; Zagreb), Yugoslavia (Belgrade), France (Paris). While in Paris, Nadia Boulanger hosted a dinner party at her home in Warren's honor. Warren notated the trip directly onto their trip itineray, adding comments regarding their activities.
BOX-FOLDER 63/5 Travel itinerary (Travel diary), Feb. 17 - Mar. 8, 1973
Warren and her husband traveled to Central/South America including Panama (Canal Zone), Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, South Africa (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban) Zululand (Hluhluwe), Kenya, Swaziland (Mbabane, Mala Mala), and Portugal (Lisbon). Warren notated the trip directly onto their trip itineray, adding comments regarding their activities.
BOX-FOLDER 63/6 Travel diary, May 1 - June 1, 1974
Warren and her husband traveled to Europe with visit to "Iron Curtain" countries. A sampling of the trip's itinerary included England (London), Austria (Vienna), Hungary (Budapest), Romania (Bucharest), Poland (Warsaw) and France (Paris). While in Paris, Warren and her husband visited with Nadia Boulanger (May 26th) for dinner at Boulanger's Paris home. Daily activities were recorded in a travel diary.
BOX-FOLDER 63/7 Travel diary, May 14 - June 10, 1975
Warren and her husband traveled to England, taking a automobile tour of several locations such as Woodstock, Rowseley, York, Lake Windemere, Chester, Conway Castle, Castle Combe, Winchester, Brighton, Rye, East Grinsted, and London. Daily activities were recorded in a travel diary.
BOX-FOLDER 63/8 Travel diary, July 18 - Aug. 12, 1976
Warren and her husband traveled to Israel for performances of Abram in Egypt; pocket diary documented their day-to-day activities and experiences.
BOX-FOLDER 63/9 Travel diary, Aug. 16, 1977 - May 1, 1978
Warren and her husband took an extended 8-month trip to Europe and parts of the Soviet Union. The itinerary included: Greece (Athens), Turkey (Istanbul), Ukraine (Odessa), Holland (Amsterdam), Spain, Gibralter, Sardinia, Bulgaria. The trip was musically significant as it included Warren's last meeting with 89 year-old Nadia Boulanger, at Fountainbleu, France.
BOX-FOLDER 65/1 Diary, December 1957
Notebook (photocopy)
A notebook of reminiscences, memories, and other thoughts regarding her memories of her children's early years. Presented to one of her children, Christmas, 1957.
BOX-FOLDER 64/1 Diary, 1988
BOX-FOLDER 64/2 Diary, 1989
BOX-FOLDER 64/3 Diary, 1990
BOX-FOLDER 64/4 Diary, 1991
Warren's last diary.
Program Notes, undated
Warren wrote her own program notes, revising them to conform to type of audience or venue. Her master copies of surviving program notes are found here, along with occasional brief notes related to revisions.
Arranged alphabetically by title of work.
BOX-FOLDER 65/46 Works by title, A-Z, undated
Brief descriptions only.
BOX-FOLDER 65/47-49 Works by title, A-Z, undated
Radio Broadcast Scripts, 1938-1939
Scripts for three programs, all broadcast between 1938-1939, in which Warren either appeared as guest or host. These include Presenting the American Composer, D.A.R. American Artists Series Program, and the Elinor Remick Warren Program.
BOX-FOLDER 65/20 Presenting the American Composer (broadcast originated from Los Angeles over the Mutual Don Lee Network), April 8, 1938
Warren appeared on this show several months prior to hosting her own classical music program. The program appeared on April 8, 1938, 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm. The show was created by Frederick Stark, described as being an authority and champion of native composers; the annotator (interviewer) was Merle Armitage. The program was produced by Z. Wayne Griffin (Elinor Warren's husband) and was announced by Franklin Bingman.
Warren discussed Frolic of the elves and By a fireside and accompanied vocalist Ruth Felt in a performance of her song Who calls?. The studio orchestra then played Warren's work The Fountain, conducted by Frederick Stark.
BOX-FOLDER 65/21 D.A.R. American Artists Series Program (broadcast originated from Los Angeles over the Mutual Don Lee Network), December 18, 1938
This program was the first of a series of musical programs arranged by the Hollywood Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The featured artists on this broadcast were Warren and Ruthellen Miller, soprano. It was broadcast at 2:30 - 2:45 pm over the KHJ network. The program consisted of five of Warren's art songs: Who calls?; Snow towards evening; Down in the glen; Come away; and My parting gift.
Arranged chronologically by date.
Elinor Remick Warren Program (broadcast originated from Los Angeles over the Mutual Don Lee Network), October 30, 1938 - March 5, 1939
Broadcast Sunday afternoons at 4:00-4:30 pm. Warren hosted the show, wrote the scripts, selected the music featured on each program, and conducted her programs from the piano, where she often played selections. This music appreciation program's scripts are listed in chronological order, along with details regarding the musical selections played during each broadcast. Most of the broadcast scripts contain annotations, corrections and revisions to content; such changes were often done approximately two days prior to the broadcast.
BOX-FOLDER 65/22 Elinor Remick Warren in radio, October 30, 1938 - March 5, 1939
Two-page typed essay describing Warren's experiences with radio broadcasting - her own program, which aired between October 30, 1938 and March 5, 1939, and later appearances, often broadcast over national hook-ups.
BOX-FOLDER 65/23 Complete season's listings, October 30, 1938 - March 5, 1939
Two page typed listing which provides details of broadcast dates and weeekly musical selections.
BOX-FOLDER 65/24 Program #1, October 30, 1938
Works on the program: Aufswang, by Schumann; The Happy spirits, by Gluck; Two preludes, by Arensky.
BOX-FOLDER 65/25 Program #2, November 13, 1938
Works on the program: Prelude in E minor, by Mendelssohn-Barthody; Nocturne, F♯ major, by Chopin; Sevelliana, by Albéniz.
BOX-FOLDER 65/26 Program #3, November 20, 1938
Works on the program: Organ prelude in G minor, by Bach; Jesu, Joy of man's desiring, by Bach; Prelude in A minor, by Debussy.
BOX-FOLDER 65/27 Program #4, November 27, 1938
Works on the program: The Fountain, by Warren; Scherzo in C♯ minor, by Chopin.
BOX-FOLDER 65/28 Program #5, December 4, 1938
Works on the program: Ballad: Edward, by Brahms; Little girls in the garden, by Monpou; Polonaise, by MacDowell.
Two copies.
BOX-FOLDER 65/29 Program #6, December 11, 1938
Works on the program: Romance, by Schumann; Frolic of the elves, by Warren; Impromptu in F♯ major, by Chopin.
BOX-FOLDER 65/30 Program #7, December 18, 1938
Work on the program: The Harp Weaver, by Warren.
Mary Werrbach read the text to The Harp Weaver; Warren discussed the work with Rabbi Edgar F. Magnin.
Artists: Dominant Club of Los Angeles (chorus); Katherine Jackson, harpist, Emory D'Arcy, baritone.
BOX-FOLDER 65/31 Program #8, January 1, 1939
Works on the program: Troika, by Tchaikovsky; Intermezzo (Lullaby), by Brahms; Cracovienne, by Paderewski.
BOX-FOLDER 65/32 Program #9, January 8, 1939
Works on the program: Praeludium, by MacDowell; Nocturne, D♭ major, by Chopin; Seiguidella, by Albéniz.
BOX-FOLDER 65/33 Program #10, January 15, 1939
Works on the program: To the sea, by MacDowell; Alceste caprice, by Gluck/Saint-Säens.
BOX-FOLDER 65/34 Program #11, January 22, 1939
Works on the program: If Thou art near, by Bach/Warren; Rhapsody in B minor, by Brahms; Papillons (Butterflies), by Olsen.
BOX-FOLDER 65/35 Program #12, January 29, 1939
Works on the program: Ballade no. 2, F major, by Chopin; Tango Americian, by Carpenter.
BOX-FOLDER 65/36 Program #13, February 5, 1939
Works on the program: Country dance, no. 1, by Beethoven; Cathédrale engloutie, from Preludes, piano, book 1, by Debussy; and Songs: op. 25, Myrthen. 1, Widmung (Dedication), by Schumann.
The third work on this program featured the radio program's weekly theme: Songs: op. 25, Myrthen. 1, Widmung (Dedication), by Schumann.
BOX-FOLDER 65/37 Program #14, February 12, 1939
Works on the program: Bouree, by Handel; Romance, by La Forge; Spinning girls, by Rhene-Baton.
BOX-FOLDER 65/38 Program #15, February 19, 1939
Works on the program: Eight scenes from childhood, by Schumann; Waltz in A♭ major, by Chopin.
BOX-FOLDER 65/39 Program #16, February 26, 1939
Works on the program: Prelude, by Schutt; Meditation, by Tchaikovsky; Gavotte, by Gluck; Ragamuffin, by Ireland.
BOX-FOLDER 65/40 Program #17, March 5, 1939
Works on the program: Rigadon by MacDowell; Nocturne, E major, by Chopin; Étude héroïque, by Leschetizsky.
Recording Notes, 1960-1966, 1991
Several commercial recordings were issued between 1963 and 1993 that featured Warren's works. Warren provided detailed liner notes for commercial LPs, cassettes and compact disc insert booklets for these recordings. An additional recording of works by Lili Boulanger is also included as Warren made several annotations on the record jacket.
Arranged chronologially by date of original issue.
BOX-FOLDER 65/41 Works of Lili Boulanger (world premiere recording): Everest Records SDBR 3099 March 1960
The record inner sleeve notes contain annotations and other markings by Warren.
Although Warren had no direct involvement with this recording, she had studied with Lili's surviving sister, Nadia Boulanger, at Paris the previous year (1959). The liner notes contain Warren's annotations, including a few musical notations.
BOX-FOLDER 84/2 Abram in Egypt; Suite for Orchestra: CRI (Composer's Recordings, Inc. # 172), 1963
Warren provided liner notes for both works.
BOX-FOLDER 84/3 Requiem (world premiere performance); "Privately made, not for sale or broadcast" 1966
The record jacket contains comments by the composer; the main program notes were written by Wayne Carlstrand.
It should be noted that although the record jacket was made, the actual LP recording was never produced/issued.
BOX-FOLDER 65/42 The Legend of King Arthur: Cambria Records, CD-1043 March 1991
Warren and Virginia Bortin co-authored the cd booklet's program notes.
Repertoire Lists, 1925-1980s
BOX-FOLDER 50/25 Piano repertoire list, circa 1930-1940
Typed booklet (on linen cloth), listing Warren's solo piano repertoire (3 pages)
BOX-FOLDER 61/39 Songs and piano repertoire (by other composers): handwritten notebook, circa 1931
Handwritten notebook, listing songs and piano works by other composers in Warren's personal music library.
BOX-FOLDER 50/26 Sample programs: piano recitals, circa 1925-1940
Typed sheets providing suggested repertoire for Warren's piano recitals (4 different lists)
BOX-FOLDER 50/27 Sample program: piano recitals, with singers, circa 1925-1940
Typed sheet providing suggested repertoire for a Warren piano recital with featured vocalist (1 typed list)
BOX-FOLDER 50/28 Warren's published compositions, circa 1930s-1980s
Original folder states "Complete (active and also out of print) published compositions and major work in publishers' rental libraries, with detailed list of instrumentation of orchestra works."
BOX-FOLDER 50/29 Miscellaneous notes related to Warren's published works, circa 1930s-1980s
Miscellaneous notes and related documentation related to Warren's published works; the order of this folder has been retained.
BOX 69-73 Correspondence, circa 1910-1991
Letters to or from friends, performers, conductors, or music publishers and professional music organizations. Regrettably, Warren weeded her correspondence files in 1955, discarding most of her earlier material, believing the letters to be of no future interest.
Arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent/organization, then chronologically therein.
BOX-FOLDER 69/1 "A" miscellaneous, 1966-1983
BOX-FOLDER 69/2 Aherne, Brian, 1963-1983 and undated
BOX-FOLDER 69/3 Allesandro, Victor (San Antonio Symphony Orchestra), 1952-1954, 1961-1963
BOX-FOLDER 69/4 Ameling, Elly, 1983-1989
BOX-FOLDER 69/5 American Composers Orchestra (Francis Thorne), 1982-1983
BOX-FOLDER 69/6 American Music Center, Inc., 1979, 1984
BOX-FOLDER 69/7 American Women Composers, Inc. (formerly, Female Composers of America), 1978-1989
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