Scope and Contents
Title: Stanford Music Broadcast Tapes Collection
Collection number: ARS.0058
: 172 open reel tapes
Archive of Recorded Sound
The Stanford Music Broadcast Tapes Collection consists of 172 open reel tapes of off-air recordings from 1951 to 1969, the
majority of which are of broadcast performances by the NBC Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony
Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Opera.
Language of Material:
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Stanford Music Broadcast Collection, ARS-0058. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries,
This finding aid was produced with generous financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Scope and Contents
The Stanford Music Broadcast Tapes Collection consists of recordings on 172 open reel tapes, made from 1951 to 1969. All material
appears to have been recorded locally at Stanford from radio broadcasts. While the vast majority are of classical music and
opera performances, a few recordings are lectures or discussions about economics. Recordings made in the 1950's are largely
of the NBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Toscanini, Ormandy, Mitropoulos, and Cantelli, and were originally aired on local
NBC affiliate KNBC. These seem to be have been made by a single individual who made notes and comments about the material
on the tape box, such as a complaint about "interference from Stanford station," or "watched Toscanini on TV" (NBC also offered
a television broadcast of these performances). Later recordings are of a wider variety, and include performances by the New
York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Metropolitan Opera, with conductors including Monteaux, Munch, and
Bernstein. Many tapes are accompanied by notes or newspaper clippings in their boxes.
Each tape is numbered according to its performance date (i.e. 530131 would be January 31, 1953). Boxes are in very approximate
chronological order. No full list of contents is presently available.
Bernstein, Leonard, 1918-1990
Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Metropolitan Opera (New York, N.Y.). Orchestra.
Mitropoulos, Dimitri, 1896-1960
Monteux, Pierre, 1875-1964
Munch, Charles, 1891-1968
National Broadcasting Company.
NBC Symphony Orchestra.
New York Philharmonic.
Ormandy, Eugene, 1899-1985
Toscanini, Arturo, 1867-1957
Live sound recordings