Guide to the Antoni Van der Voort Papers, 1930s-1952

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Guide to the Antoni Van der Voort Papers, 1930s-1952

Collection number: PA Mss 22

Department of Special Collections



Davidson Library

University of California, Santa Barbara

Contact Information:

  • Department of Special Collections
  • Davidson Library
  • University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Santa Barbara, CA 93106
  • Phone: (805) 893-3062
  • Fax: (805) 893-5749
  • Email: special@library.ucsb.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/speccoll/speccoll.html
Project Archivist:
David Seubert
Student Assistants:
Jeffrey Gordon
Date Completed:
Februrary 1999
Encoded by:
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Antoni Van der Voort Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1930s-1952
Collection number: PA Mss 22
Creator: Antoni Van der Voort
Extent: 6 boxes, 5 linear feet
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Abstract: Music manuscripts of Dutch/American violinist and composer involved in the Depression-era Federal Composer's Program and composer of Dream of Life, Sketches from Fairyland and a Sinfonietta, the latter the winner of the 1942 Composition Prize from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

Unknown.

Restrictions

None.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Antoni Van der Voort Papers, PA Mss 22, Special Collections, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Biography

Antoni Van der Voort, a composer and violinist, was born in Haarlem, the Netherlands. He was educated in Haarlem and later at the Conservatory in Rotterdam, where he made his debut on the violin. Mr. Van der Voort joined the Symphony orchestra of Haarlem at age 17 and later became the concertmaster of the orchestra of Wiesbaden, Germany. He also toured with other symphony orchestras throughout Europe.
After coming to the United Sates shortly before World War I, he was a member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for five years. He arrived in Santa Barbara in 1915 and played in the Clerbois Little Symphony Orchestra and in the former Santa Barbara Orchestra. Mr. Van der Voort also played in the WPA (Works Project Administration) orchestra, part of Roosevelt's New Deal designed to provide unemployed musicians with work. He also taught violin privately and composed.
In 1942 Mr. Van der Voort won national prominence when the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra awarded him a prize for "Sinfonietta." He conducted the first performance.
He died in Santa Barbara on April 13, 1952 at the age of 82.

Scope and Content

The Antoni Van der Voort Papers is divided into 3 series, Series I, Biographical Information; Series II, Compositions; Series III, Arrangements.
Series I, Biographical Information consists of several newspaper clippings about Antoni Van der Voort.
Series II, Compositions consists of handwritten scores and parts, many of which are sketches and drafts, of Antoni Van der Voort's original compositions. The compositions are arranged in alphabetical order by title. A Dream of Life a ballet, was originally titled Song of the Colors. The two titles are grouped together in the collection. Let Me Grow Lovely Growing Old is untitled on the score. The piece is a song setting and the title used in this catalogue is derived from the first sentence of the text. Some of the movements of Short Stories seem to be arranged for different ensembles. It is likely that these are from different arrangements of the same compositions. One of the many copies of Sinfonietta contains the program from the St. Louis symphony orchestra performance of 1942. It is presumably this copy that Mr. Van der Voort conducted from. Many of the parts for the pieces A Dream of Life, General MacArthur, Sketches From Fairyland, and Sinfonietta are missing and incomplete.
Series III, Arrangements is arranged in alphabetical order by title. Drink to Me is an arrangement of Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes. My Lady Chlo and Gavotte are on opposite sides of string quartet part scores.

Container List

 

Series I, General and Biographical Information

Box 1, Folder 1

Newspaper Articles

 

Series II, Compositions

 

Afterglow

Box 1, Folder 2

String Quartet

 

Score, Mss.

 

Parts, Mss.

 

Sketches, Mss.

Folder 3

Violin and Piano

 

Score, Mss.

 

Ave Maria

Folder 4

Soprano and Small Orchestra

 

Score, Mss.

 

Parts, Mss.

Folder 5

Soprano, Cello, and Piano

 

Score, Mss.

 

A Dream of Life for Orchestra

Folder 6

Orchestra, Mss.

 

Score, Mss.

 

Parts, Mss.

 

Small orchestra

Folder 7

Piano Reduction, Mss.

 

Parts, Mss.

Folder 8

Unfinished Score, Mss.

Folder 9

Arr. For Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano

 

Score, Mss.

 

Part for piano with cues, Mss.

Folder 10

Arr. String Quartet and Piano, Score, Mss

Folder 11

Arr. Piano, Violin and Viola, Score, Mss

Box 2, Folder 1

For Niente (incomplete, for orchestra)

 

Score, Mss.

Folder 2

General MacArthur (orchestra)

 

Piano Conductor, Mss.

 

Parts, Mss.

Folder 3

Lereve and Doux Souvenir (violin and piano)

 

Scores (5 copies)

Folder 4

"Let Me Grow Lovely Growing Old" (piano and voice)

 

Score, Mss.

Folder 5

Little Waltz (orchestra)

 

Score, Mss.

 

Parts, Mss.

 

Scherzo

 

For Piano

Folder 6

Score, Mss.

 

String Quartet

Folder 7

Score, Mss.

Folder 8

Short Stories (string quartet)

 

Scores, Mss.

 

Sketches, Mss.

 

Sinfonietta for Orchestra

Box 7, Folder 1

Professionally copied and bound score

Folder 2

Professionally copied and bound parts

Box 3, Folder 1

Finished score, with St. Louis Symphony program, Mss.

Folder 2

Smaller bound score of above, Mss.

Folder 3

Bound score of above, Mss.

Folder 4

Earlier bound score, Mss.

Folder 5

Incomplete Score, Mss.

Folder 6

Parts, Mss.

 

Sketches from Fairyland for Orchestra

Box 4, Folder 1

Finished score, Mss.

Folder 2

Parts, Mss.

Box 5, Folder 1

Earlier Score, Mss.

Folder 2

Parts, Mss.

Folder 2

Different copy of above score, Mss.

Folder 3

Incomplete score, Mss.

 

Arr. For String Quartet and Piano

Folder 4

Score (2), Mss.

 

Arr. Prince Charming for Piano

Folder 5

Score, Mss.

 

Arr. Prince Charming for Piano, Violin I and II, Cello and Bass

Folder 6

Parts, Mss.

 

Rumpelstiltskin

Folder 7

Parts, Mss.

Box *, Folder *

Song of Colors (See Dream of Life)

Folder 8

Misc. Sketches

 

Series III, Arrangements

Box 6, Folder 1

Albumblatt, Quartet in F Major by E. Grieg

 

Parts, Mss.

Folder 2

Ciaccona by Tomaso Vitali (string quartet)

 

Score, Mss.

Folder 3

Drink to Me, for orchestra

 

Score, Mss.

 

Parts. Mss

Folder 4

Elegie by Massenet (two violins)

 

Parts, Mss.

Folder 5

Gavotte by Chr. Linding and My Lady Chlo, by H. Henry Clough-Leichter (piano and voice)

 

Parts, Mss.