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Finding Aid for the Walter Jurmann Collection, 1910-1988
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Description
Collection consists of material related to career of the composer Walter Jurmann. The bulk of the collection was collected by Yvonne Jurmann after the composer's death in 1971 and includes songs from European and American films, other popular songs, newspaper and journal articles, holographs of songs and lyrics, correspondence, business papers, and photographs. Also includes the complete piano-vocal score for Windy city.
Background
The composer Walter Jurmann (born in Vienna, Austria, 12 October 1903; died in Budapest, Hungary, 17 June 1971), was part of the great wave of talented European emigres who played so significant a role in shaping and to some extent redirecting American culture after 1933. In Jurmann's case, emigration was fortuitous rather than, as for so many, either planned or forced. After completing his schooling, love for music and his melodic gifts led him to an engagement as a professional piano player in a fashionable spa hotel in the resort town of Semmering, south of Vienna. Here he met Fritz Rotter, already a successful lyricist, who suggested they work together. In 1927 Jurmann moved to Berlin, unquestionably the most important cultural center in the German-speaking world during those interwar years, and became a pianist in the famous Eden Hotel. Rotter's and Jurmann's first collaborative effort from that year, "Was weißt denn Du, wie ich verliebt bin", was an immediate hit song, the first of many. In 1931 Rotter introduced Jurmann to the Polish composer Bronislaw Kaper (1902-1983), who had come to Berlin in 1926. Kaper had attended both the Warsaw and Vienna Conservatories, as well as the Vienna University, and in the ensuing collaboration with Jurmann he became the one to arrange and orchestrate the other's melodies. From the start the Jurmann/Kaper team was a successful and extremely productive one, further cemented by friendship. In fact, their output was so prolific as to lead their publishers to begin issuing a certain amount of the music under pseudonyms; of these Bob Handers (variously spelled also as Henders), Erich Walter Schmidt and Caspar Paolo have been ascertained from the Berlin years.
Extent
12 boxes (6 linear ft.)
Restrictions
Property rights in the physical objects belong to the UCLA Music Library. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish if Performing Arts Special Collections does not hold the copyright.
Availability
The collection is open for research.