Eric Simon Correspondence

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Title: Eric Simon correspondence
Collection number: PASC-M 128
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1.2 linear ft. (3 boxes)
Date: 1927-1985
Abstract: Eric Simon was an Austrian-born American clarinetist, conductor, music editor, teacher, and composer. He was a prolific correspondent regarding both business and personal matters. The collection consists of 300-plus letters to and from Simon and various composers, performers, conductors, musicologists, and publishers.
Language of Materials: Mostly English and German, with a small amount in French and Spanish.
Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Eric Simon Correspondence (Collection PASC-M 128). Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 1995.

Biography/History

Eric Simon was born in Vienna on October 2, 1907. He began studying piano when he was 8 years old, playing the clarinet at 14 and conducting in his 20s. While studying for his doctorate in law and economics he studied clarinet, piano, and music theory. He was closely associated with the Schoenberg circle and frequently performed with Rudolf Kolisch and Eduard Steuerman. He worked for the Vienna music publisher, Universal-Edition.
Simon emigrated to the United States in 1938 where he became the assistant of conductor Fritz Stiedry. During the 1940s he worked as a music editor with Edward B. Marks, published arrangements and transcriptions of music for clarinet, and taught at Mannes College of Music and other schools. He also taught/advised Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw. During the 1950s and 1960s he organized a series of contemporary music concerts in New York City, which brought him in contact with many composers and performers. During his career, Simon played clarinet for orchestras led by Leonard Bernstein, Pablo Casals and Leopold Stokowski. Upon his retirement he devoted himself to composition. Eric Simon died on October 8, 1994 in Connecticut.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence related to the career of musician, composer, and conductor Eric Simon. Included are 300-plus letters to and from Simon and various composers, performers, conductors, musicologists, and publishers, including, but not limited to, Ernst Krenek, Erich Leinsdorf, Darius Milhaud, Rudolf Serkin, Roger Sessions, and many others. A small number of files contain correspondence about a particular individual, and do not include letters from that individual. The correspondence documents the contemporary music scene in New York, during the postwar years. The bulk of the collection represents composers and performers. Letters are largely written in English and German, with a small amount in French and Spanish. Additionally, a small number of files contain ephemera.

Organization and Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following series: Series 1. Composers; Series 2. Performers; Series 3. Conductors; Series 4. Musicologists, Critics, and Writers; Series 5. Music Publishers; Series 6. Unidentified Correspondence; Series 7. Ephemera.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 3898834 

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Musicians--Archives.
Musicians--Correspondence.

Container List

 

Composers

Scope and Content

The series consists of letters to and from Simon and composers such as Jan Meyerowitz and Leopold Mannes. The files for Alban Berg, Hanns Eisler, Carl Maria von Weber, and Anton Webern only contain correspondence about the individual. The series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent’s last name.
Box 1

Aharonian, Antaram (1 item) 1958

Box 2

Barber, Samuel (2 items) 1957

Box 2

[Berg, Alban] (9 items) 1971, 1975, 1977

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence to and from Eric Simon about Berg. No correspondence to/from Berg himself.
Box 2

Borris, Siegried (5 items) 1958, undated

Box 1

Bowman, Carl (1 item) 1959

Box 2

Cone, Edward (11 items) 1942

Box 1

Copland, Aaron (1 item) 1957

Scope and Content Note

Contains ephemera only.
Box 2

Csonka, Paul (4 items) 1961

Box 2

[Eisler, Hanns] (6 items) 1963, undated

Scope and Content

Correspondence to and from Eric Simon about Eisler. No correspondence to/from Eisler himself.
Box 1

Filippi, Amedeo (1 item) 1958

Box 3

Foss, Lukas (1 item) 1942

Box 3

Gál, Hans (8 items) 1938, 1980-1981

Box 3

Goodman, Joseph Magnus (1 item) undated

Scope and Content

Contains ephemera only.
Box 3

Hijman, Julius (9 items) 1957-1958

Scope and Content Note

Includes ephemera.
Box 3

Heiden, Bernhard (2 items) 1957

Box 1

Ginastera, Alberto (1 item) 1966

Box 3

Krenek, Ernst (23 items) 1941, 1943-1944, 1947, 1965, 1976-1978, 1980

Scope and Content Note

Includes clippings.
Box 3

Lang, Walter (3 items) 1957

Box 1

Ley, Salvador (4 items) 1960; undated

Scope and Content Note

Contains ephemera only.
Box 3

Mannes, Leopold (21 items) 1952-1957, 1966-1973

Scope and Content

Correspondence between Simon and Mannes. Also includes correspondence with others regarding Mannes.
Box 3

Mersson, Boris (10 items) 1958-1959

Scope and Content

Correspondence between Simon and Mersson. Also includes correspondence with others regarding Mersson.
Box 3

Meyerowitz, Jan (94 items) 1951-1965

Scope and Content

Includes ephemera.
Box 3

Milhaud, Darius (32 items) 1938-1942, 1961

Box 3

Roetscher, Konrad (11 items) 1958-1959

Box 3

Rochberg, George (5 items) 1957-1958

Box 3

Santoro, Claude (5 items) 1957

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence between Simon and Santoro. Also includes correspondence with others regarding Santoro. Includes ephemera.
Box 3

Sessions, Roger (7 items) 1947-1948

Box 3

Shifrin, Seymour (2 items) 1959

Box 3

Siegmeister, Elie (1 item) 1958

Box 1

Simon, Netty 1959

Scope and Content Note

Contains ephemera only.
Box 3

Thomson, Virgil (1 item) 1942

Box 3

Uhl, Alfred (7 items) 1968

Box 3

Wagner, Joseph Frederick (10 items) 1957-1959

Scope and Content

Includes ephemera.
Box 3

[Weber, Carl Maria von] (8 items) 1947-1948, 1951

Scope and Content

Correspondence to and from Eric Simon about Weber. No correspondence to/from Weber himself.
Box 3

[Webern, Anton] (38 items) 1967-1979

Scope and Content

Correspondence to and from Eric Simon about Webern. No correspondence to/from Webern himself.
Box 3

Wiener, Ivan (1 item) 1958

 

Performers

Scope and Content

The series consists of letters to and from Simon and performers such as Anastasio Flores Garcia and Peter Stadlen. The file for Marguerite Willauer only contains correspondence about the individual. The series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent’s last name.
Box 2

Collier, Gilman (1 item) 1959

Box 2

Flores Garcia, Anastasio (33 items) 1957-1963

Box 2

Grossman, George (1 item) 1958

Box 2

Herbert, Ralph (1 item) 1959

Box 2

Kohon, Harold (1 item) 1958

Box 2

Kolisch, Rudolf (1 item) 1940

Box 2

Kooper, Kess (1 item) 1960

Box 2

Kurka, May (1 item) undated

Box 2

Lamneck, Esther (63 items) 1970-1979, 1981-1985, undated

Scope and Content Note

With a small amount of correspondence about Lamneck, between Simon and Robert Listokin. With clippings and promotional materials.
Box 2

Levy, Gerardo (19 items) 1957-1958

Box 2

O'brien, James (3 items) 1956

Box 2

Polatschek, Victor (8 items) 1947-1948

Box 2

Raieff, Joseph (3 items) 1957

Box 2

Réti, Rudolph (2 items) 1957

Scope and Content Note

Appears to be correspondence between Simon and Jean Sahlmark Réti.
Box 2

Serkin, Rudolf (11 items) 1954-1955, 1960

Box 2

Stadlen, Peter (21 items) 1938-1940, 1977

Box 2

Sten, Suzanne (1 item) 1941

Box 2

Swarthout, Gladys (2 items) 1941

Box 2

Thomas, John Charles (1 item) 1950

Box 2

Tudor, David (1 item) 1959

Box 2

Versé, Vittorio (2 items) 1958-1959

Box 2

[Willauer, Marguerite] (1 item) 1958

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence from Ludwig Lustig to Simon re: Willhauer.
Box 2

Wittgenstein, Paul (19 items) 1948, 1952, 1956-1959

Box 2

Zighéra, Bernard (1 item) 1942

 

Conductors

Scope and Content

The series consists of letters to and from Simon and conductors such as Otto Klemperer, Harold Byrns, and Erich Leinsdorf. The series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent’s last name.
Box 1

Byrns, Harold (49 items) 1940-1941, 1968-1977, undated

Box 1

Craft, Robert (4 items) 1950, 1953

Box 1

Klemperer, Otto (74 items) 1938-1939, 19653, 1965, 1977-1986, 1989-1990

Scope and Content Note

A small number of correspondence between Simon and Klemperer, otherwise mostly correspondence with others regarding Klemperer. With small amount of clippings.
Box 2

Leinsdorf, Erich (41 items) 1938-1943, 1945, 1962-1965, 1967-1976, undated

Box 2

Mitropoulos, Dimitri (1 item) 1942

Box 2

Szell, George (1 item) 1939

Box 2

Stein, Erwin (2 items) 1949

Box 2

Scherchen, Hermann (11 items) 1938-1939, 1947, 1964

 

Musicologists, Critics, and Writers

Scope and Content

The series consists of letters to and from Simon and various musicologists, critics, and writers, such as Kurt Blaukopf, Georg Knepler, and Hans Wiegel. This series may also include educators. The series is arranged alphabetically by correspondent’s last name.
Box 1

Blaukopf, Kurt (90 items) 1927, late 1930s, 1940, 1953, 1957-1960, 1968, 1973-1975, 1978-1979, 1981-1983

Box 1

Downes, Olin (3 items) 1951, 1955

Box 1

Einstein, Alfred (12 items) 1939-1942, 1948

Box 1

Klem, Eberhard (1 item) 1964

Box 1

Knepler, Georg (94 items) 1948-1951, 1961, 1964, 1969, 1971, 1974-1975, 1977, 1979

Box 1

Knepler, Georg - published articles (7 items) 1958, 1967, 1969, 1973, 1977, undated

Box 1

Mann, Frances (1 item) 1959

Box 1

Wiegel, Hans (77 items) 1938-1942, 1945-1947, 1963, 1977, 1980, undated

Scope and Content Note

Folder also includes clippings.
Box 3

Music Publishers

Scope and Content

The series consists of one folder of letters to and from Simon and various music publishers.
Box 3

Music Publishers (15 items) 1956-1958

 

Unidentified correspondence

Scope and Content

The series consists of one folder of letters to and from Simon and unidentified, or partially identified, correspondents. Additionally, the correspondent's relationship to Simon or the music profession cannot be confirmed.
Box 3

Unidentified correspondence (21 items) 1938, 1949, 1958-1961, 1967-1969, 1974, undated

 

Ephemera

Scope and Content

The series consists of one folder with clippings and programs related to musicians or music productions not identified with individuals represented in the collection. Additionally, includes autobiographical material about Simon.
Box 3

Ephemera (6 items) 1948-1949, 1964, 1968, undated