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Inventory of the Ernst Bacon Papers, 1926-1987
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Series Description

Box 1, folders 1-46

Series 1: Music Compositions

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 1, folders 47-49

Series 2: Writings

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Divided into two sub-series: Bacon's Column in The Argonaut, and Creative Writings. First sub-series is arranged chronologically, the second alphabetically.
Box 2, folders 1-19; box 3, folders 1-9; box 4, folder 9

Series 3: Correspondence

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by author, and then chronologically.
Box 2, folders 20-21

Series 4: Biographic Materials

Scope and Content Note

Lists of published and unpublished works by Bacon, and obituaries and remembrances.
Box 2, folder 24

Series 5: Photographs

Scope and Content Note

Three photographs of Bacon.
Box 4

Series 6: Recordings

Scope and Content Note

Four recordings of compositions by Bacon and others.
Box 2, folders 25-44; box 3, folders 1-18

Series 7: John Edmunds

Scope and Content Note

Divided into six sub-series: Music Compositions, Writings, Correspondence, Biographical Materials, Photographs, and Miscellaneous. A composer, author, and fablist, Edmunds was a close friend and long-time collaborator of Bacon.
Box 4, folders 1-10

Series 8: Cornel Lengyel

Scope and Content Note

Divided into three sub-series: Writings, Correspondence, and Biographical Materials. An author of books on American history, Lengyel wrote the script (and eventually the libretto) of an opera/music play on the subject of Benjamin Franklin, which was to have been a collaborative project with Bacon.

Container List

 

Series 1: Music Compositions

Additional Note

Ozalid copies of manuscripts, unless noted.
Box Box 1, Folder 1

Alabaster Wool [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 2

Ample Makes This Bed [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 3

As I Love Thee [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 4

At The Gate [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 5

A Cemetery [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 6

A Cemetery [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

 

Ecclesiastes

Box 8, Folder 1

The Song of the Preacher [full score]

Box 5, Folder 1

Full score [photocopy of holograph transparencies]

Folder 2

Full score [photocopy of holograph transparencies]

Folder 3

Full score [ozalid copy of holograph]

Box 7, Folder 2

Full score [engraver's first proof]

Box 8, Folder 2

Full score [first proof]

Box 5, Folder 4

Full score [supplemental reading of first proof]

Box 7, Folder 1

Full score [photocopy of second proof]

Box 5, Folder 5

Full score [third proof]

Box 6, Folder 1

Vocal score [proofs]

Folder 2

Vocal score [uncorrected first proof]

Folder 3

Vocal score [ozalid copy of Bacon's arr.]

Folder 4

Vocal score [arr. Hans Leschke]

Folder 5

Vocal score [photocopy of 6:3]

Folder 6

Vocal score [photostat of ozalid copy]

Folder 7

Vocal score [Leschke arr.; ink Ms.?]

Folder 8

Choral tenor part [ozalid copy]

Folder 9

Choral soprano part [ozalid copy]

Folder 10

Solo bass part [photocopy of ozalid]

Folder 11

Solo bass part [pencil ms.; text in ink]

Folder 12

Orchestra parts [photocopies of 1936 set. Winds & percussion only; see 8:3 for remaining parts]

Box 8, Folder 3

Orchestra parts [photocopies of 1936 set. Strings only; see 6:12 for remaining parts]

Box 1, Folder 7

Eden [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 8

Eternity [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 9

Farewell [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 10

Few Get Enough [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 11

Foreign Laws [on a poem by A.E. Housman]

Folder 12

I'm Nobody [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 13

In the Silent Night [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 14

The Last Invocation

Folder 15

The Lasting Stone

Folder 16

Lingering Last Drops

Folder 17

Meeker Morn [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 18

The Morns Are Meeker [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 19

The Mountain [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 20

Noah, for single voice or unison chorus

[for Dr. Franklin: see series 7, subseries A, folders 1-7]

Physical Description:

[photocopy]
Folder 21

Oh, Shadow [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 22

Poor Little Heart [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 23

Passage of Infinity [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 24

Past Surmise [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 25

The Postponeless Creature [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 26

Sailing Homeward

Folder 27

She Went [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 28

The Simple Days [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 29

The Starry Train [on a poem by A. E. Housman]

Folder 30

Summer's Lapse [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 31

Sunset [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 32

The Swamp [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 33

Sweet is the Swamp [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 34

There Is a Solitude of Space [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 35

There's This To Say [on a poem by A. E. Housman]

Folder 36

A Threadless Way [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 37

The Trade of Man [on a poem by A. E. Housman]

Folder 38

Treading [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 39

Two Legacies [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 40

Water [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 41

We Never Know [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 42

Weeping and Sighing [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 43

With the First Arbutus [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 44

A Word [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 45

Yellow [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

Folder 46

The Yellow Sea [on a poem by Emily Dickinson]

 

Series 2: Writings

 

Subseries A: Column in The Argonaut (S.F.)

Box Box 1, Folder 47

Honegger, King David; Ruth Slenczinski 1/26/34

 

N. Blinder concert; Elkus Beethoven lecture 2/2/34

 

Molinari leaving; Luening's coming 2/9/34

 

Modeste Alloo; government music 2/16/34

 

Opera; Horowitz 2/23/34

 

H. Cowell lectures 3/2/34

 

Charles Cooper; Joseph Butler exchange 3/9/34

 

"Ultra-modernist racketeers" 3/16/34

 

S.F. Chamber Symphony 3/23/34

 

Lawrence Strauss concert 3/30/34

 

Y. Menuhin; Reah Sadowiski 4/6/34

 

M. Hess; Y. Menuhin 4/13/34

 

Prospectus for a national non-partisan "Musicians' Society of America" 4/20/34

 

Molière play; S.F. Conservatory concert 4/27/34

 

Ernest Bloch; Emily Hardy 5/4/34

 

The teaching business 5/11/34

 

Age of insolence; SERA music; J. Butler exchange 5/18/34

 

Opera "Love in a Village;" S.F. Conservatory 5/25/34

 

Albert Barrows letter to editor; New Music Society 6/1/34

 

J. Butler letter to editor; E. Schneider 6/8/34

 

Herrick letter to editor 6/15/34

 

Herrick letter; Oscar Weil scholarship; Gorbacheff concert 6/22/34

 

Chamber music, J. Butler letter 6/29/34

 

Standard Oil Symphony broadcasts; Beethoven at Stanford 7/6/34

 

Summer music; Herrick letter 7/13/34

 

Pro Arte concerts; Argonaut, 1879, Oscar Weil 7/20/34

 

1934 operatic season; Oscar Weil; Tonality 7/27/34

 

J. Butler letter; Oscar Weil 8/3/34

 

Hillsborough concert; Oscar Weil; Tonality 8/10/34

 

Self-defense; Mr. Herrick 8/17/34

 

Jose Iturbi; Standard Oil broadcast 8/24/34

 

Naoum Blinder; Oscar Weil; Music Department; S.F. Public Library 8/31/34

 

SERA music; Joseph Marks recital; Oscar Weil 9/7/34

 

Barrows; Herrick letters to editor 9/21/34

 

Max Reinhardt; Berta Singerman; Society for the Publication of American Music 9/28/34

 

Are orchestras necessary; new local string quartet 10/5/34

 

Bay Area music; Sigrid Onegin 10/19/34

 

Fritz Kreisler; San Francisco String Quartet (debut); Sigrid Onegin 10/26/34

 

U.C. Berkeley Symphony Orchestra 11/2/34

 

Giulio Silva; San Francisco opera; Palace Hotel entertainment 11/9/34

 

The opera season; Gastone Usigli; Fritz Kreisler 11/16/34

 

The opera season; the American composer 11/23/34

 

Tannhauser; Rachmaninoff; Mr. Herrick 11/30/34

 

La Traviata; Faust; Otello 12/7/34

 

Towards better opera; Marjorie Edwards 12/14/34

 

The Aguilar Lute Quartet; SERA Program; Correspondence 12/21/34

 

Redfern Mason; Pine Street Revue 12/28/34

 

Subseries B: Creative Writing

Box Box 1, Folder 48

Fables : n.d.

Physical Description: 57 leaves of typescript, 5 leaves of manuscript
Folder 49

Verses, mostly rhymed : Poems by Bacon, inscribed to John Edmunds. 1985

Physical Description: Printed volume.
 

Series 3: Correspondence

Box Box 2, Folder 1

Boyden, David 1945

Box Box 3, Folder 1-9

Edmunds, John

[also listed under series 7, subseries C]
1929-86

Box Box 2, Folder 2

Elkus, Albert 1931-60

Folder 3

Emerson, Thomas 1985

Folder 4

Evans, Herbert 1938-61

Folder 5

Frankenstein, Albert 1938-62

Folder 6

Gossens, Eugene 1939

Folder 7

Hall, Jesse 1939-41

Box Box 4, Folder 9

Lengyel, Cornel

[also listed under series 8, subseries B]
1939-87

Box Box 2, Folder 8

Leschke, Hans 1941-43

Folder 9

Mallory, Charles n.d.

Folder 10

Raab, Alexander 1926-32

Folder 11

Search, Frederick Preston 1941-58

Folder 12

Shere, Charles 1985

Folder 13

Silvio, Giulio 1931-66

Folder 14

Stoll, Jeanie 1939-40

Folder 15

Stoll, Raisch 1935-45

Folder 16

Sullivan, Noel 1932-54

Folder 17

Usigli, Gastone 1931-40

Folder 18

Yagodka, Tomo 1938-48

Folder 19

Letters from Ernst Bacon to various people 1939

Physical Description: [carbon copies]
 

Series 4: Biographical Materials

Box Box 2, Folder 20

List of published works n.d.

Folder 21

List of unpublished works n.d.

Folder 22

Obituaries 3/18-19/90

Folder 23

"To Remember Ernst Bacon," by Paul Horgan 3/31/90

 

Series 5: Photographs

Box Box 2, Folder 24

Three photographs of Ernst Bacon: one 11" x 14" B/W [accompanied by letters from John Emerson and Arthur Bacon]; one 5" x 7" B/W; one 5" x 7" color n.d.

 

Series 6: Recordings

Box Box 4, cassette cassette

Bacon, Ernst. Violin/Piano Sonata 1987

cassette 2 cassettes

Bacon, Ernst. Oral history/-interview conducted by Keith Stetson 9/16-17/98

Reel 5" reel

La Pierre Gerald. Horizons.

Performed by the Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, conducted by Gerald La Pierre.
11/17/75

Reel 7" reel

Reale, Paul. Late Telephone, recorded at Schoenberg Hall [UCLA] 2/8/72

Reel 7" reel

[Ste...?], Frank. Humble Cake. n.d.

Reel 7" reel

[unlabeled] n.d.

 

Series 7: John Edmunds

 

Subseries A: Music

Additional Note

Manuscripts in pencil, unless noted
Box Box 2, Folder 25

Geluckig Vaderland, from Valerius' Gedenck-clanck n.d.

Physical Description: [manuscript in ink]
Folder 26

In Praise of Polly ["to my very dear Peggy"] n.d.

Physical Description: [oz]
Folder 27

Jehovah and the Ark. XXI: Paean (FL: All Creatures of our God and King) n.d.

Physical Description:

[manuscript in pencil]
Folder 28

Jesus Christ Was Born For Us ["For Peggy Bacon of Berkeley"] n.d.

Folder 29

A Parliament of Fowls n.d.

Physical Description: [photocopy]
Folder 30

Putto Care, from an anonymous Venetian ballad realized by Edmunds n.d.

Folder 31

Songs from a Colonial Tavern 12/15/63

Physical Description: [corrected copy]
Folder 32

Voyage to Ararat: Pavan n.d.

Physical Description: [photocopy]
 

Subseries B: Writings

 

Text for Music

Additional Note

Typescript, unless noted.
Box Box 2, Folder 33

Babel (Babylonian Inventions), a ballet in 3 Acts for solo dancers and corps de ballet with music for orchestra, baritone, and alto soloists, and chorus [scenario by Edmunds] 8/70

Folder 34

Fables, a Suite for Orchestra and Narrator [text by Edmunds and Bacon] n.d.

Folder 35

A Parliament of Fowls n.d.

Physical Description: [text, outlines, and notes in pencil and ink]
Folder 36

A Parliament of Fowls. IV: The Amorosia (Wild Swans) n.d.

Folder 37

Jehovah and the Ark = Noah's Ark : a Children's Ballet for Jehovah (Narrator) and Orchestra. First version, libretto n.d.

Physical Description: [manuscript in ink]
Folder 38

Jehovah and the Ark, a Masque in five scenes for twenty-four children, eight adult solo dancers, and Jehovah (speaker), on a text by John Edmunds. Libretto. 1968

Folder 39

The Voyage to Ararat: Noah and the Animals, a Ballet to be danced by Children and Adults, with the Prophet Noah as Master of Ceremonies, text by Edmunds 1973

Folder 40

The Voyage to Ararat (Noah's Ark), a Ballet, with music for two pianos 1974

Physical Description: [photocopy]
Folder 41

[untitled] n.d.

Physical Description: [photocopy]
 

Essays

Box Box 2, Folder 42

"A. E. Housman and the Composer" n.d.

Physical Description: [manuscript in ink]
Folder 43

"The Songs of Ernst Bacon" n.d.

Folder 44

"John Clare and the Songs of Ernst Bacon" n.d.

Physical Description: [manuscript in ink]
 

Subseries C: Correspondence

Additional Note

Box 3, Folders 1-9 also listed under SERIES 3.
Box Box 3, Folder 1

To Ernst Bacon 1929-49

Folder 2

To Ernst Bacon 1950-54

Folder 3

To Ernst Bacon 1955-59

Folder 4

To Ernst Bacon 1960-64

Folder 5

To Ernst Bacon 1965-69

Folder 6

To Ernst Bacon 1970-74

Folder 7

To Ernst Bacon 1975-79

Folder 8

To Ernst Bacon 1981-86

Folder 9

To Ernst Bacon n.d.

Folder 10

Guggenheim Foundation -- letters by other for Edmunds grant application 1938

Folder 11

Letters regarding the Edmunds Archive 1986-87

 

Subseries D: Biographical Materials

Box Box 3, Folder 12

Biographical Pamphlet (1960s)

Folder 13

Compositions and Editions of XVIIth and XVIIIth Century English and Italian Solo Vocal Music, bound and printed 4/78

Folder 14

Obituaries 12/11/86

 

Subseries E: Photographs

Box Box 3, Folder 15

Three photographs: one 8" x 10" B/W; one 3 3/8" x 4 1/2" B/W; one 3" x 4 1/2" color n.d.

 

Subseries F: Miscellaneous

Box Box 3, Folder 16

A Garland of Lyrics, taken mainly from mid-seventeenth century and mid-twentieth century sources, chosen by his friend John Edmunds. For Ernst Bacon on the publication of his volume of Fifty Songs. 1974

Physical Description: [7 leaves] [typescript]
Folder 17

Poems [with a handwritten note to Bacon on the back pages concerning the first performance of Campion Bestiary] n.d.

Folder 18

Players: The Magazine of American Theatre 4-5/75

 

Series 8: Cornel Lengyel

 

Subseries A: Writings

Additional Note

Box 4, Folders 1-7 are evolving versions of an opera/music play on the subject of Benjamin Franklin.
Box Box 4, Folder 1

Bonhomme Richard [rough synopsis] n.d.

Folder 2

Bonhomme Richard, Opera in Three Acts by Ernst Bacon, Libretto by Cornel Lengyel [brief outline and rough synopsis] n.d.

Folder 3

Doctor Franklin, a Comedy-Drama of the American Revolution centering on major events in the life of Benjamin Franklin 1975

Physical Description: [libretto, some corrections]
Folder 4

Doctor Franklin : a Music Play, text and lyrics by Cornel Lengyel, music by Ernst Bacon 1975

Physical Description: [complete libretto--different version from above]
Folder 5

Doctor Franklin : a Music Play, text and lyrics by Cornel Lengyel, music by Ernst Bacon 1975

Physical Description: [libretto]
Folder 6

Doctor Franklin n.d.

Physical Description: [revised pages]
Folder 7

Ben Franklin's French Affair [a play with incidental music] 1984

Folder 8

SOS From Easter Island, a play in three acts 1954

 

Subseries B: Correspondence

Box Box 4, Folder 9

To Ernst Bacon

[also listed under SERIES 3]
1939-87

 

Subseries C: Biographical Materials

Box Box 4, Folder 10

Montages of newspaper reviews and headlines, and other clippings n.d.