Guide to the Karl Geiringer papers UArch FacP 46

Finding aid prepared by Sophia Campione and Anh Huynh, 2015.
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
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2015 August 18

Title: Karl Geiringer papers
Identifier/Call Number: UArch FacP 46
Language of Material: English, German.
Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Research Collections
Physical Description: 24.8 Linear Feet (28 document boxes, 9 oversize boxes, 5 audiocassettes, 41 tape reels, 22 videocassettes)
Creator: Geiringer, Karl, 1899-1989
Date (inclusive): approximately 1927-1989
Abstract: Papers of Austrian musicologist Karl Geiringer (1899-1989).
Physical Location: Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of Item], Karl Geiringer papers, UArch FacP 46. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Gift of George Gardiner, 2007.

Biographical Note

Karl Geiringer (April 26, 1899–January 10, 1989) was an Austrian American musicologist, educator, and biographer of composers. He was educated in Vienna but at the beginning of the Nazi years he emigrated to England and ultimately the United States, where he had a lengthy and distinguished career at several universities. He was a noted authority on Brahms, Haydn, and the Bach family, and a prolific author.
Geiringer was born in Vienna, the son of Louis and Martha (nee Wertheimer) Geiringer. He studied music history at the University of Vienna under Guido Adler and Curt Sachs, and studied composition under Hans Gál. He also studied at the University of Berlin under Curt Sachs. He received his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Vienna in 1923.The topic of his doctoral thesis was the musical instruments appearing in Renaissance painting. Following his degree he worked as an editor for Adler's journal Denkmäler der Tonkunst in Österreich; he remained on the editorial board of this publication for the rest of his life.
In 1930 he won a top position in the musicological field, as the curator of the archives at the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, a position previously held by his mentor Eusebius Mandyczewski and other distinguished scholars. The job gave Geiringer access to much valuable primary source material on Western music, which he used extensively in his scholarship. An unusual responsibility Geiringer bore at the Gesellschaft archives was the curatorship of Joseph Haydn's skull, which had been stolen from his grave in 1809. In the first English edition of his Haydn biography (1946), Geiringer reminisced about bringing forth Haydn's head to show to visitors.
In 1938, Austria was incorporated into Nazi Germany in the Anschluss. With the Nazi occupation, the Gesellschaft was closed.[4] Geiringer, although he had been baptized a Roman Catholic, was the child of Jewish parents; hence he and his family were in grave danger, and they fled the country. He first went to London, where he taught at the Royal Conservatory of Music and served as a broadcaster for the BBC. He also worked extensively as an editor for the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians; according to his later colleagues he was "in all but name a co-editor".
In 1940, Geiringer moved to America, becoming an American citizen in 1945. He taught first for a year as a visiting professor at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. The following year he took up a professorial appointment at Boston University, where he directed the graduate program and remained for 21 years. Among his students was H. C. Robbins Landon. His final academic appointment began in 1962, when he moved to the University of California at Santa Barbara, in order to establish the graduate program in musicology. Throughout this time, he continued to publish extensively.
In 1973 he became an emeritus professor, but continued to be very active: his colleagues said of him, "His 'retirement' ... proved to be more of a technicality than a reality—his teaching and research continued unabatedly and were interrupted only by death itself." He died in Santa Barbara at the age of 89 of complications from injuries sustained in a fall.
Geiringer was twice married. His first wife, and longtime coauthor, was Irene Geiringer (1899–1983)., accessed on 8/18/2015

Scope and Content

The bulk of this collection consists of documents, photographs, clippings, off-prints, manuscripts, scores and audiovisual materials related to the musicological work and research of Karl Geiringer. In addition, the collection contains personal/biographical materials related to Karl and Bernice Geiringer, music programs and magazines, and interview transcripts.
A large portion of the photographs are reprints used in Geiringer's publications and for teaching, mainly of composers and musical instruments, though there are some personal photographs. Clippings, in English and German, range from the 1930s through the 1990s. Some of the clippings folders include personal and work related items.
Personal materials include clippings of articles honoring Geiringer, awards, and manuscripts to Geiringer's unpublished memoir This I Remember. Materials pertaining to Bernice Geiringer in this collection include correspondence, clippings, notes, and the manuscript to her memoir My Triumph Over Tragedy.
Correspondence includes personal correspondence with family, ranging from 1911 through the 1980s, correspondence with academic colleagues and musicians, and editorial correspondence.
Audiovisual materials include recorded lectures by Geiringer, concerts, and tributes, including the dedication of Karl Geiringer Hall at UCSB.


The collection is divided into the following series: Series 1. Work, Series 2. Photographs, Series 3. Clippings, Series 4. Personal, Series 5. Correspondence, and Series 6. Audiovisual.

Related Material

Bernice Geiringer papers, PA Mss 40. Department of Special Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Musicologists -- United States -- Archives
Documentary photographs
Geiringer, Karl, 1899-1989 -- Archives


Work Series 1.

Other Descriptive Information

This series does not include correspondence.

Research Files Subseries 1.1.

Other Descriptive Information

Includes text of manuscript Instruments in the Music History of the Occident Oversize Box 7.
box 1, folder 1

On Brahms and His Circle: Part I (Manuscript)

box 1, folder 2

On Brahms and His Circle: Part II (Manuscript)

box 1, folder 3

On Brahms and His Circle: Part III (Manuscript)

box 1, folder 4

Dr. Griffith, Journal

box 1, folder 5

Unbeachtete Kompositionen des Bückeburger Bach

box 1, folder 6

Mary Flagler Cary Music Collection

box 1, folder 7

Handwritten Notes

box 1, folder 8

Music Scores

box 1, folder 9

List of Geiringer's Lectures

box 1, folder 10

Other Works of Geiringer

box 3, folder 1

Robert Schumann and Brahms

box 3, folder 2

Haydn and 18th Century

box 3, folder 3

Mstislav Rostropovich, Cellist

box 3, folder 4

The American Brahms Society Newsletters

box 3, folder 5

Musical Opinion

box 3, folder 6


box 3, folder 7


box 3, folder 8

Robert Freeman

box 3, folder 9

Thru [?] Bad Boys [?] - Ettlinger

box 3, folder 10

List of Works and Contacts

box 3, folder 11

Clippings on Brahms

box 3, folder 12

Clippings on Beethoven, Wolf, Haydn

box 3, folder 13

Clippings on Bach

box 3, folder 14

Clippings on Karl Geiringer's Work

box 3, folder 15

Unused Writings I

box 4, folder 1


box 4, folder 2

La Canteria, Die Komodiantin

box 4, folder 3

Photographs of Instruments

box 4, folder 4

Enclosed Proofs from Tom McLonough

box 4, folder 5

Manuscript Unknown

box 4, folder 6

Kennth Bentlett

box 4, folder 7

Manuscript on Bach

box 4, folder 8

Unknown Music Scores

box 5, folder 1

Haydn - Mostly Lectures

box 5, folder 2

Lecture - C.P.E. Bach and the Three Great Masters of Viennese Classical School of Music

box 5, folder 3

Gei[ringer] Section I and II Originals

box 5, folder 4

Gei[ringer] Section III and IV Originals

box 5, folder 5

Karl's Reviews from Notes - Haydn

box 5, folder 6

Gluck and Congress on the Enlightment

box 5, folder 7

The Impact of the Enlightment on the Artistic Concepts of Johann Sebastian Bach

box 5, folder 8

Haydn and his Viennese Background

box 5, folder 9

The Composer

box 5, folder 10

Haydn - Budapest

box 5, folder 11

A Survey of Haydn's Compositions

box 5, folder 12

Landon - Haydn I

box 5, folder 13

C.P.E. Bach in Geiringer; Haydn

box 5, folder 14

Haydn Celebration in Hungary

box 5, folder 15

Attori [?] Cast

box 5, folder 16

Manuscript about Haydn

box 5, folder 17

Berlioz and Gluck's Viennese Operas

box 6, folder 1

Wilhelm Friedrich Ernst Bach

box 6, folder 2

Coro I and II - Bach

box 6, folder 3

Roy Sterlingman Op. 30

box 6, folder 4

Guidelines from System Science

box 6, folder 5

Gluck Telemaco Lecture St. Louis

box 6, folder 6

Bach - Buch

box 6, folder 7

Handwritten Notes

box 6, folder 8

Baroque Festival

box 6, folder 9

Bach Leben

oversize 7

Instruments in the Music History of the Occident Manuscript

box 8, folder `

Concerto,Tommaso Albinoni Op. V, No. 8

box 8, folder 2

Photocopy of Music Scores

box 8, folder 3

Brahms' Library Pictures

box 8, folder 4

Gli Sposi Maleantenti

box 8, folder 5

Sections Missing from German Scores

box 2, folder 2

Works on Bach

box 9, folder 4

Works on Bach

box 2, folder 1

Works on Brahms

box 9, folder 3

Works on Brahms

box 9, folder 5

Works on Gluck

box 2, folder 3

Works on Haydn

box 9, folder 2

Works on Haydn

box 2, folder 5

Works on Hector Berlioz and Gluck, Wiener

box 9, folder 1

Works on Mozart

box 2, folder 4

Works on Schubert

box 9, folder 6

Music of the Bach Family

box 9, folder 7

Manuscript on Composers (Haydn, Wolf, Bach)

box 9, folder 12


oversize 10-16

Oversize/Research Files Subseries 1.2.

Scope and Content

Conntains mixed, unfoldered materials transferred to 13" x 18" flat oversize boxes. Materials include scores, manuscripts of papers, notes, clippings, offprints, and fliers.

Programs/Magazines Subseries 1.3.

box 17, folder 1

Boston University

box 17, folder 2


box 17, folder 3

Bach Society

box 17, folder 4


box 17, folder 5


box 17, folder 6

Musica Antiqua

box 17, folder 7

American Musciology Society

box 17, folder 8

Concerts in the U.S.

box 17, folder 9

Concerts Overseas

box 17, folder 10

Misc. Programs

box 18, folder 1

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Symphony Magazine 37th Season 1955-1956

box 18, folder 2

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Symphony Magazine 38th Season 1956-1957

box 18, folder 3

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Symphony Magazine 39th Season 1957-1958

box 18, folder 4

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Symphony Magazine 40th Season 1958-1959

box 18, folder 5

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra Symphony Magazine 41th Season 1959-1960

box 18, folder 6

Osterreichische Musik Zeitschrift 1979-1988


Transcripts of Interviews Subseries 1.4.

box 19, folder 1

1984 May 30

box 19, folder 2

1984 June 5

box 19, folder 3

1984 June 14

box 19, folder 4

1984 June 21

box 19, folder 5

1984 July 5

box 19, folder 6

1984 July 12

box 19, folder 7

1984 July 25-1984 July 26

box 19, folder 8

1984 August 2

box 19, folder 9

1984 August 20

box 19, folder 10

1984 September 24

box 19, folder 11

1986 August 1986

box 19, folder 12

1987 January 22

box 19, folder 13


box 27-28

Offprints Subseries 1.5.

Scope and Content

Offprints, mainly by Karl Geiringer, on Bach, Beethoven, Haydn, and Schubert.

Photographs Series 2.

box 20, folder 1

Photos #1

box 2, folder 2

Photos #2

box 20, folder 3

Photos #3

box 20, folder 4

Photos #4

box 20, folder 5

Photos #5

box 20, folder 6

Composers #1

box 20, folder 7

Composers #2

box 20, folder 8


box 21, folder 1


box 21, folder 2

Geiringer Textalbil.

box 21, folder 3

Hugo Wolf Photocopies

box 21, folder 4

Book Reviews

box 21, folder 5

Picture for Book on Musical Instruments (Not Chosen) #1

box 21, folder 6

Picture for Book on Musical Instruments (Not Chosen) #2

box 21, folder 7

Musical Instruments

box 21, folder 8


box 21, folder 9

Vassily Primakov

box 21, folder 10


box 21, folder 11



Clippings Series 3.

Other Descriptive Information

Clippings include personal and work related topics.
oversize 22, folder 1

In the Memory of Karl Geiringer

oversize 22, folder 2

Letters to Bernice in Memory of Karl

box 23, folder 1

Clippings in Memory of Karl Geiringer

box 23, folder 2

Reviews on Haydn Book

box 23, folder 3

Compliments of Helen

box 23, folder 4


box 23, folder 5


box 23, folder 6


box 23, folder 7


box 23, folder 8


box 23, folder 9


box 23, folder 10


box 23, folder 12


box 23, folder 11

Clippings in German

box 23, folder 13

Vassily Primakov, Pianist

box 23, folder 14



Personal Series 4.


Karl Subseries 4.1.

box 24, folder 1

Geiringer Award Recognition

box 24, folder 2

Handwritten Notes, Autobiography

box 24, folder 3

Works Related to/Mentioning Geiringer

box 24, folder 4

This I Remember Karl Geiringer Memoirs

box 24, folder 5

Photograph Section for Memoirs

box 24, folder 6

Research Work in Boston Manuscript

box 24, folder 7

Preface Manuscript

box 24, folder 8

Epilogue Manuscript

box 24, folder 9

George's Memoirs

box 24, folder 10

Early Life Manuscript

box 25, folder 1

Geiringer's Contributions Manuscript

box 25, folder 2

Memoir Manuscript

box 25, folder 3

Memoir Correspondence

box 25, folder 4

A Tribute to Karl Geiringer - Student Letters

box 25, folder 5


box 25, folder 6

Misc. Citations


Bernice Subseries 4.2.

box 26, folder 1

Personal Manuscript

box 26, folder 2

Personal Vignettes Manuscript - Epilogue

box 26, folder 3

My Triumph Over Tragedy: An Autobiography

box 26, folder 4

Handwritten Notes to Bernice

box 26, folder 5

Postcards and Letters 1987-1999

box 26, folder 6

Correspondence with Bernice

box 26, folder 7

Daniel and Daniel Publishers, Inc.

box 26, folder 8

Vassily Primakov

box 26, folder 9

Judith Anderson Clippings

box 26, folder 10

Nathan Pritikin Clippings

box 26, folder 11

Bernice Geiringer Clippings


Correspondence Series 5.

Other Descriptive Information

Incoming and outgoing
box 9, folder 8

Editorial Correspondence 1960-1964

box 9, folder 9

Editorial Correspondence 1967-1968

box 9, folder 10

Editorial Correspondence 1968-1969

box 9, folder 11

Editorial Correspondence 1970-1971

box 29




box 29, folder 3


box 29, folder 4


Other Descriptive Information

Include photocopies of incoming correspondence from Pablo Casals, Kurt Weill, Leopold Stokowski, and Bruno Walter, Walter Piston, Gian Carlo Menotti, Erich Leinsdorf, and Rudolf Serkin.
box 29, folder 5




Other Descriptive Information

Bach, Haydn, Beethoven

Other Descriptive Information







box 30










box 31


Other Descriptive Information

Ernst, Lucy


Other Descriptive Information

Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, W.W. Norton & Co, Neumann


Other Descriptive Information

Oxford University, Österreich, Oregon




box 32










box 33

Josef Haydn-Institut 1969-1974











box 34



Personal/Family (Janet, George, Grandchildren) 1973-1977











box 35
















box 36



Family (Grandchildren: Karen, Erika, Kevin) 1977-1980













box 37











Includes Death & Birth Certificates 1979-1980






Family 1982-1983


Family 1982-1983


Letters from Colleagues 1988-1996




Audiovisual Series 6.


Audiocasette Subseries 6.1.

item A26664/CS

Karl Geiringer Talks About Early Days at UCSB

item A26665/CS

Karl Geiringer, Concluded 1984 May 31

item A26666/CS

Geiringer #2

item A26667/CS

Geiringer, Side 2

item A26668/CS

Bach's Influence on Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven


Tape Reel Subseries 6.2.

reel A26624/R7

Judith Davidoff - Baryton, Eleftherios - Viola, Virginia Eleftherakis - Cello

reel A26625/R7


reel A26626/R7

Protagonist of the Enlightenment Illustrations

reel A26627/R7

Joh. Seb. Bach 1975 June 1

reel A26628/R7

UCSB Dorians - Michael Ingham

reel A26629/R7

Storage 1975 November 10

reel A26630/R7

Cambridge Society for Early Music/Iva Dee Hiatt

reel A26631/R7

Geiringer Dub

reel A26632/R7

Arthur Schnitzler

reel A26633/R7

Martin Boston WGBH 1961 May 19

reel A26634/R7

Haydn Opera

reel A26635/R7

Telemaco Contralto Aria Anol Quartet

reel A26636/R7

Musica Antiqua

reel A26637/R7

Passacaglia in C Minor - J.S. Bach

reel A26638/R7

Finale Pasquale 1967 January 29

reel A26639/R7

Haydn: Orlando Paladino, Overture to Medero Aria

reel A26640/R7

Excerpts from St. Matthew Passion 1966 March 27

reel A26641/R7

Music Antiqua 1967 December 29

reel A26642/R7

Haydn: Orlando Paladino Act II 1962 March 27

reel A26643/R7

Joseph Haydn Orlando Paladino 1967 December 29

reel A26644/R7

Haydn: Orlando Paladino Act II

reel A26645/R7

Jospeh Haydn Concertantes Jupiter

reel A26646/R7

Haydn #86

reel A26647/R7

N.B. Highest Frequency

reel A26648/R7

Return to the Preck Room 1967

reel A26649/R7

Musica Antiqua Concert

reel A26650/R7

Schubert Arpeggione-Sonate

reel A26651/R7

J.S. Bach Four Christmas Pieces 1968

reel A26652/R7

Musica Antiqua 1958 November 21

reel A26653/R7

Haydn: Hallelujah, Salus

reel A26654/R7

Untitled 1971 February 28

reel A26655/R7

Copy of Musica Antiqua Concert

reel A26656/R7

Collegium Musicum

reel A26657/R7

A Hadyn-Brahms Celebration

reel A26658/R7

Schumann, Grieg, Brahms, Wolf, J.P. Schulz, Mozart, R. Strauss, Bach 1976

reel A26659/R7

Musica Antiqua

reel A26660/R7

Dr. K.J. Geiringer

reel A26661/R7

Collegium Musicum

reel A26662/R7

Hindemith - Cello - Bassoon

reel A26669/R7

Schubert Mass in E-Flat Major

reel A26663/R7

Geiringer - Lecture


Videocassette Subseries 6.3.

item V7070/VHS

Dr. Karl Geiringer Talk on Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Brahms 1986 May 20

item V7071/VHS

SB Music Club Installation of New Officers 1986 June 11

item V7072/VHS

Dr. Karl Geiringer - Bernice Shapiro Wedding Reception 1987 May 10

item V7073/VHS

Dr. Karl Geiringer Lectures on Young Brahms and the Schumanns 1987 May 21

item V7074/VHS

Dr. Karl Geiringer on Symbolism of Bach (UCSB) 1987 November 2

item V7075/VHS

A Tribute to Dr. Karl Geiringer at Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall 1987 December 3

item V7076/VHS

Introduction Dr. Karl Geiringer at SB Music Club 1988 November 9

item V7077/VHS

Sutherland Recital 1/3/1991

item V7078/VHS

Dedication of Karl Geiringer Hall 1991 March 16

item V7079/VHS

Dedication of the Karl Geiringer Lectures at UCSB 1994 February 8

item V7051/VHS

Vassily Primakov in recital at UCSB 1999 April 4

item V7080/VHS

Vassily Primakov in Recital UCSB 1999 April 24

item V7081/VHS

Arthur Rubinstein: A 100th Anniversary

item V7082/VHS

Chinese Prime Minister, Tribute to Judith, Bread

item V7083/VHS

Dame Judith: Elizabeth the Queen

item V7084/VHS

Dame Judith, Bernard, Clips, Misc., Bread

item V7085/VHS

Dr. Karl Geiringer Speaking on "Bach's Chamber Works for Voice" At UCSB

item V7086/VHS


item V7087/VHS

"Medea": Dame Judith, Zae Caldwell

item V7088/VHS

Rubinstein Remembered: A 100th Anniversary

item V7089/VHS

"Salame" Judith, Rita Hayworth, Charles Laughton

item V7090/VHS

Sofia: Moscow 5/20/1986