Scope and Content
Title: William Kraft Collection of Musical Compositions,
Date (inclusive): ca. 1974-1983
Collection number: 74
Creator: Kraft, William
Extent: 18 boxes (9 linear ft.)
University of California, Los Angeles. Performing Arts Special Collections
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Shelf location: Held at SRLF.
Source of Acquisition/Provenance
William Kraft; gift; 1982-99.
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[Identification of item],
William Kraft Collection of Musical Compositions, 74, Performing Arts Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.
Kraft was born on Sept. 6, 1923, in Chicago, IL;
BS (1951) and MA (1954) in composition, Columbia
Univ.; percussionist, Los Angeles Philharmonic
Orchestra (LAPO), 1955-81; became the music
director of the LA Percussion Ensemble and Chamber
Players in 1955; became director of LAPO New Music
Group in 1981; composer-in-residence, LAPO,
1981-85; recipient of Guggenheim fellowships (1967
& 1972), NEA grants (1975, 1977, 1979), and an
award from the American Academy and Institute of
Arts and Letters (1984); his intimate knowledge of
percussion instruments is an important influence
on his work; his works include a number of
large-scale works for orchestra and percussion.
Arranged in the following series:
- Music for film and television productions
- Musical compositions (boxes 10-18)
- Other materials (boxes 11, 14).
Scope and Content
Holographs, ozalid masters and copies, and
photocopies of scores and parts of music for film
and television. Includes scores for Avalanche,
Bill, The Chisholms, The Elephants: Last Day in
Eden, Fire and Ice, The Homeric Hymn to Demeter,
and Kirlian Force. The Collection also includes
scores for musical compositions, including
L'Arlésienne Sweet, Da dit, Passacaglia, Theme and
Metric Variations, Etude for Two Drums, English
Suite, Courante no.2, Me and Mr. Stenner, Nonet
for Brass and Percussion, Permutations, Theme and
Variations for Percussion Quartet, Weavings,
Brazen, Cadeau, Cascando, Colorations, Concerto
for Percussion, Concerto for Timpani, Contextures,
Cornucopia, Divinations, Incantation, Kandinsky
Variations, Pierrot Mute, Quintessence Revisited,
Red Azalea, and Selbstmord.
Motion picture music.