André Previn musical compositions and arrangements

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Title: André Previn musical compositions and arrangements
Collection number: PASC-M 46
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 2.8 linear feet (2 flat boxes and 2 oversize boxes)
Date: 1943-1951
Abstract: André Previn is a pianist, conductor, and composer known for his command of classical, jazz, and film music. The collection consists of material from very early in his career and contains manuscripts of musical arrangements and compositions, as well as audio recordings of small-group performances.
Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Creator: Previn, Andre

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], André Previn Musical Compositions and Arrangements (Collection PASC-M 46). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 2775164 

Biography/History

André Previn is a pianist, composer, and conductor famed for his mastery of a variety of musical idioms, including classical, jazz, and film music. Born in Berlin in 1929, he fled Nazi Germany with his family in 1939 and emigrated to Los Angeles. In 1946, he began working as an arranger, composer, and conductor at MGM. At the same time, he pursued a recording career and made numerous appearances on the radio. He quickly garnered recognition in many quarters of the music business, and would go on to win four Academy Awards and several Grammys.

Scope and Content

Collection consists of manuscripts of sketches and full arrangements (scores and/or parts) of a variety of popular and jazz music titles and a few film productions scored by Previn. Also present are audio recordings, including some 15 inch transcription discs of takes by various jazz groups (including the Andre Previn Trio), and also Previn interviews and concert performances.

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is arranged into the following series:
  • Series 1. Musical compositions and arrangements
  • Series 2. Audio recordings

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Motion picture music.
Radio music--Scores.

Container List

 

Series 1. Musical compositions and arrangements.

Scope and Content

Contains scores, mostly handwritten in pencil, of arrangements and compositions by Previn. There is a mix of popular, jazz, classical, and film music. Compositions from identified films have been filed under the film title rather than under the title of the individual pieces.
Box 1, Folder 1

Another You. undated.

Box 1, Folder 1

Anything Goes / Bewitched (arr. Previn) [RCA Victor]. undated.

Box 1, Folder 1

Brief en eine Freundin. undated.

Box 1, Folder 1

But Not for Me (G. and I. Gershwin, arr. Previn) [Victor Records]. undated.

Box 1, Folder 1

Concerto No. 1 (Scott Bradley). 1946.

Box 1, Folder 2

Dardanella [RCA]. undated.

Box 1, Folder 2

Dearly Beloved [property of Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians]. undated.

Box 1, Folder 2

Deine kleine Hand. undated.

Box 1, Folder 2

Der Torwächter. undated.

Box 1, Folder 2

Drippy (Previn) [MGM Records]. undated.

Box 1, Folder 3

Einmal kommt auch das Glück. undated.

Box 1, Folder 3

Eyes for You. undated.

Box 1, Folder 3

Eyes On You (Porter) [RCA Victor]. 1949.

Box 1, Folder 3

Four Wives (Max Rabinowitsh) [Warner Bros., 1939]. undated.

Box 1, Folder 3

From Me to Youlano (Previn). undated.

Box 1, Folder 4

Gestern, Heute, Morgen / Wozu? Warum?. undated.

Box 1, Folder 4

Get Happy [RCA]. undated.

Box 1, Folder 4

Gypsy. undated.

Box 1, Folder 4

Gypsy in My Soul (arr. Previn) [RCA]. undated.

Box 1, Folder 4

Hallelujah (Youmans, arr. Previn). undated.

Box 1, Folder 4

Holiday in Mexico (arr. Previn) [MGM, 1946]. 1945.

Box 1, Folder 5

I Don't Know What Time It Was (Rodgers-Hart, arr. Previn). undated.

Box 1, Folder 5

I Got It Bad / Warm Valley. undated.

Box 1, Folder 5

I Know Why. undated.

Box 1, Folder 5

I'll String Along With You. 1951.

Box 1, Folder 5

I'm Old Fashioned (arr. Previn) [RCA]. undated.

Box 1, Folder 5

Indiana (Hanley-MacDonald, arr. Previn) [Victor Records]. undated.

Box 1, Folder 6

Just One of Those Things (Cole Porter, arr. Previn) [Victor Records]. undated.

Box 1, Folder 6

The Kissing Bandit (Previn) [MGM, 1948]. 1947.

Box 1, Folder 6

Li'l Rabbit (arr. Previn) [Victor Records]. undated.

Box 1, Folder 6

Love Is Just Around the Corner (arr. Previn) [RCA Victor]. 1949.

Box 1, Folder 6

Lovely to Look At (Kern, arr. Previn). undated.

Box 1, Folder 7

Lyrics. undated.

Box 2, Folder 1

Mad About the Boy (Coward, arr. Previn) [Victor Records]. undated.

Box 2, Folder 1

My Shining Hour (Arlen/Mercer, arr. Previn) [Victor Records]. undated.

Box 2, Folder 1

On an Island With You (Previn) [MGM, 1948]. 1948.

Box 2, Folder 2

Prince Valiant (Previn). 1947.

Box 2, Folder 3

Should I (Freed-Brown, arr. Previn) [Victor Records]. undated.

Box 2, Folder 3

Skylark. undated.

Box 2, Folder 3

Spring Will Be a Little Late. undated.

Box 2, Folder 3

Subtle Slough. undated.

Box 2, Folder 3

Suite for Two Pianos (Previn) [2 copies]. undated.

Box 2, Folder 4

Take the "A" Train / Main Stem. undated.

Box 2, Folder 4

This Can't Be Love (Rodgers-Hart, arr. Previn) [Victor Records]. undated.

Box 2, Folder 4

This Heart of Mine. undated.

Box 2, Folder 4

Three Little Words (Previn) [MGM, 1950). 1949.

Box 2, Folder 5

Three South American Sketches (Previn). undated.

Box 2, Folder 5

Three Studies (Previn). undated.

Box 2, Folder 5

Two Canons for Piano (Mario Castlenuovo-Tedesco). 1946.

Box 2, Folder 6

Unidentified sketches. undated.

Box 2, Folder 7

Who Cares [RCA]. undated.

Box 2, Folder 7

Why Shouldn't I / I'll String Along With You. 1951.

Box 2, Folder 7

You Took Advantage of Me (arr. Previn) [RCA Victor]. undated.

Box 2, Folder 7

You're the Top (arr. Previn) [RCA]. undated.

 

Series 2. Audio recordings.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Use of audio material requires production of listening copies.
 

Subseries 1. Transcription discs.

Scope and Content

Contains 16-inch 33 1/3 rpm transcription records intended for or recorded from radio broadcasts.
Box 3

André Previn interview / Three South American Sketches / Georgia Ant [written on jacket]. undated.

Box 3

André Previn piano solo classics [written on jacket]. undated.

Box 3

Armed Forces Radio Service - Enchanted Keyboard (51. Lillian Steuber / 52. André Previn). undated.

Box 3

Armed Forces Radio Service - Enchanted Keyboard (55. Robert Florence / 56. André Previn). undated.

Box 3

Armed Forces Radio Service - Enchanted Keyboard (59. André Previn / 60. Robert Florence). undated.

Box 3

Armed Forces Radio Service - Enchanted Keyboard (77. André Previn / 78. John Crown). undated.

Box 3

Armed Forces Radio Service - Enchanted Keyboard (81. André Previn / 82. Violette and Ilene Chantal). undated.

Box 3

Ford Show, 7/28/46 [2 discs]. 1946.

Box 3

Here's to Veterans (Three Little Words / S'Wonderful / Never the Less / Thinking of You). undated.

Box 3

Indiana / L'il Rabbit / But Not for Me / This Can't Be Love [André Previn Trio]. 1947.

Box 3

Jack Smith Show, 8/25/48. 1948.

Box 3

Junior Symphony KFWB. 1949.

Scope and Contents note

Written on jacket: "Previn speaks about MGM new film The Sun Comes Up and conducts an orchestra for a film."
Box 3

Junior Symphony KFWB [2 discs]. 1949.

Scope and Contents note

Written on jacket: "Rachmaninoff 2nd Suite for 2 Pianos."
Box 3

Just Jazz (Previn). 1947.

 

Subseries 2. Phonograph records.

Scope and Content

Contains 12-inch 78 rpm and 7-inch 45 rpm records, both studio takes and commercial releases; discs are stored in original albums containing multiple sleeves.
Box 4, Album 1

Bewitched. undated.

Box 4, Album 1

Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) / Anything Goes (Cole Porter) (Previn piano, with rhythm accompaniment: Bob Bain, guitar, Lloyd Pratt, Bass, Ralph Collier, drums) [RCA Victor P262]. undated.

Box 4, Album 1

Blue Heaven / Lorraine. undated.

Box 4, Album 2

Blue Skies (Irving Berlin) / Good Enough to Keep (Goodman-Christian-Mundy) (Previn, piano; Dave Barbour, guitar; John Simmons, bass) [Sunset Records SRC10057]. undated.

Box 4, Album 2

Body and Soul [3 discs]. undated.

Box 4, Album 2

Body and Soul / Bluer Med. & Fast. undated.

Box 4, Album 3

Dardanella (Bernard, Black, Fisher; Previn piano with string quintet and rhythm, vocal refrain by Mack McLean) [RCA Victor]. undated.

Box 4, Album 3

Dark Duet. undated.

Box 4, Album 3

Dearly Beloved / Guilty. 1949.

Box 4, Album 4

Exactly / Wong Wong. undated.

Box 4, Album 4

Get Happy. undated.

Box 4, Album 4

Gypsy. undated.

Box 4, Album 5

Hallelujah. undated.

Physical Description: Broken in two.
Box 4, Album 5

Hallelujah (Robin-Grey-Youmans) / But Not for Me (Ira and George Gershwin) (Previn piano, with rhythm accompaniment: Al Viola, guitar, Lloyd Pratt, bass, Jackie Mills, drums) [RCA Victor P214]. undated.

Box 4, Album 5

Hallelujah (Robin-Grey-Youmans) / But Not For Me (Ira and George Gershwin) / My Shining Hour (Johnny Mercer-Harold Arlen) / This Can't Be Love (L. Hart-R. Rodgers) (Previn piano, with rhythm accompaniment) [RCA Victor EPA-214, with original cardboard sleeve and liner notes, 45 rpm]. undated.

Box 4, Album 6

I Didn't Know What Time It Was. undated.

Box 4, Album 6

I Didn't Know What Time It Was (Lorenz Hart-Richard Rodgers) / Should I (Nacio Herb Brown) (Previn piano with rhythm accompaniment: Al Viola, guitar, "Chic" Parnell, bass, Jackie Mills, drums) [RCA Victor P214]. undated.

Box 4, Album 6

I Know Why. undated.

Box 4, Album 7

I Know Why and So Do You (Gordon-Warren) / This Heart of Mine (Freed-Warren) (Previn piano with rhythm accompaniment: B. Bain, guitar, R. Collir, drums, L. Pratt, bass) [RCA Victor WP338, 45 rpm]. undated.

Box 4, Album 7

Indiana. undated.

Box 4, Album 7

Indiana / Nevertheless. undated.

Box 4, Album 7

I've Got My Eyes On You / Who Cares. 1948.

Box 4, Album 8

Just One of Those Things. undated.

Box 4, Album 8

Just One of Those Things (Cole Porter) / Mad About the Boy (Noel Coward) (Previn piano, with rhythm accompaniment: Al Viola, guitar, "Chic" Parnell, bass, Jackie Mills, drums) [RCA Victor P214]. undated.

Physical Description: Broken into several pieces.
Box 4, Album 8

Just One of Those Things (Cole Porter) / Mad About the Boy (Noel Coward) (Previn piano, with rhythm accompaniment: Al Viola, guitar, "Chic" Parnell, bass, Jackie Mills, drums) [RCA Victor P214]. 1948.

Box 4, Album 9

Lady Be Good / What Is This Thing Called Love [War and Navy Departments Armed Forces Radio Service]. 1946.

Physical Description : Severely damaged, deteriorated, likely unplayable.
Box 4, Album 9

Lullaby of Broadway. undated.

Box 4, Album 9

Love Is Just Around the Corner. undated.

Box 4, Album 10

Main Stem (Ellington) (Previn, piano; Irving Ashby, guitar; Red Callender, bass) / Something to Live For (Ellington) (Previn solo piano) [Sunset Recordings SRC7564]. undated.

Box 4, Album 10

My Shining Hour (Johnny Mercer-Harold Arlen) / This Can't Be Love (Lorenz Hart-Richard Rodgers) (Previn piano with rhythm accompaniment: Al Viola, guitar, "Chic" Parnell, bass, Jackie Mills, drums) [RCA Victor P214]. undated.

Box 4, Album 10

My Shining Hour (Johnny Mercer-Harold Arlen) / This Can't Be Love (Lorenz Hart-Richard Rodgers) (Previn piano with rhythm accompaniment: Al Viola, guitar, "Chic" Parnell, bass, Jackie Mills, drums) [RCA Victor P214]. 1943 [?].

Box 4, Album 11

Old-Fashioned. undated.

Box 4, Album 11

Only Have Eyes / There Will Never Be Another You. undated.

Box 4, Album 11

Salute to W.M.G.M. Andre Previn Spot [single-sided]. 1948.

Box 4, Album 11

Salute to W.M.G.M. Andre Previn Spot [double-sided]. 1948.

Box 4, Album 12

September in the Rain / This Heart of Mine. undated.

Box 4, Album 12

Skylark / Guilty. 1949.

Box 4, Album 12

Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year / Tisky and Gritty. 1949.

Box 4, Album 13

Subtle Slough / Warm Valley (Ellington) (Previn, piano; Irving Ashby, guitar; Red Collander, bass) [Sunset Recordings SRC7565]. undated.

Box 4, Album 13

Thinking of You / Who's Sorry Now. undated.

Box 4, Album 13

Three Little Words. undated.

Box 4, Album 14

Unidentified [3 discs]. undated.

Box 4, Album 14

Where Did You Get that Girl. undated.

Box 4, Album 14

Who. undated.