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Guide to the Gary Hickling Collection on Lotte Lehmann ARS.0002
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Gary Hickling Collection on Lotte Lehmann
    Dates: 1926- 1995
    Creator: Gary Hickling
    Collection Size: 6 linear ft. (15 boxes)
    Repository: Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound
    Stanford University Libraries
    Stanford, California 94305-3076
    Abstract: Includes correspondence and research notes related to Hickling's discography of Lehmann performances; documemts and articles; and various sound recordings.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection is open for research. Listening appointments may require 24 hours notice. Contact the Archive Operations Manager.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with repository. Publication and reproduction rights reside with the creators or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Head Librarian of the Archive of Recorded Sound.

    Preferred Citation

    Gary Hickling Collection on Lotte Lehmann, Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Gary Hickling. Born Aug. 29, 1941. Lotte Lehmann discographer, performer and instructor of the double bass, radio show host for Hawaii Public Radio and founder of the Lotte Lehmann Foundation and Lotte Lehmann League. His discography of Lotte Lehmann appears in Beaumont Glass' biography "Lotte Lehmann : a life in opera and song", published by Capra Press in 1988. A more detailed biography may be found at: http://www.art-song.net/artsong/bios/bio_hickling.shtml .
    Lotte Lehmann. Born Perleberg, Germany, Feb. 27, 1888; died Santa Barbara, Calif., Aug. 26, 1976. Operatic soprano. Lotte Lehmann began her career in Hamburg and moved to Vienna in 1916. She performed French, Italian and German roles for 15 years, primarily in Vienna and at Covent Garden, becoming especially known for the role of the Marschallin in Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier. In 1938 she left Austria and settled in the United States where she performed primarily as a Lied singer. She retired from the stage in 1951, but continued very active as a much revered teacher in Santa Barbara, Calif.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection includes Hickling's correspondence dealing with his discography, the Lotte Lehmann Archives at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the Lotte Lehmann Centennial Celebrations at UCSB; A collection of articles, reviews and research notes for his discography; Photocopies of some of Lotte Lehmann's correspondence, her drawings and articles; and various unpublished sound recordings including private audio tape reels of Lotte Lehmann performances.


    Organized into 7 series: I. Correspondence. II. Lotte Lehmann documents. III. Programs. IV. Articles. V. Research notes. VI. Organizations. VII. Recordings.
    I. Correspondence: The letters addressed mainly to Gary Hickling deal mostly with inquiries related to the Lehmann discography. Among the many institutions from which Mr. Hickling received letters providing him with information are the Deutsches Musikarchiv in Berlin, the Salzburger Festspiele, the Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv in Frankfurt, the Sueddeutscher Rundfunk in Stuttgart, and the Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne to name just a few. Most of these letters date from the late 1980s and early 90s.
    II. Lotte Lehmann documents: Include some of her drawings on Der Rosenkavalier, recording contracts and promotional photographs which comprise Lehmann in various opera roles. Samplings of her own poems and several essays: In memory of Paul Ulanowsky; The Singing Actor; The Singing Actress Attacks Her Part; Twelve Singers and a Conductor; G?ring, the Lioness and I; In Memory of Arturo Toscanini.
    III. Programs Opera/concert programs ranging from 1926-1990 and opera announcements.
    IV. Journals and Magazines: Various journal and magazine articles on Lotte Lehmann such as, Opera Journal ?Lotte Lehmann ? a secret life?? By Alan Jefferson (1976); Lyrica ?Adieu a Lotte Lehmann? by Andre Tubeuf (1976); Soundings ?Some thoughts on the Magic of Courage and Metamorphosis. Hugo v. Hofmannsthal- Lotte Lehmann-Richard Strauss? by Richard Exner (1988); and Opera News ?The Lehmann Mystique? by John Coveney (1988).
    V. Research Notes: Hickling's data on his Lehmann discography.
    VI. Articles: Ranging from 1935 to 1992 these include reviews, reminiscences and obituaries.
    VII. Organizations: Documents from organizations such as the Lotte Lehmann Foundation; the Lotte Lehmann League; the International Association of Sound Archives and the Association for Recorded Sound Collections of the Southern California Chapter.
    VIII. Recordings: 8 12-inch sound pressings, 78 private audiocassettes, and 11 private audio tape reels of Lotte Lehmann performances, interviews, master classes and public talks. Commercial recordings from this collection are integrated into the ARS general collection; a complete list of recordings is available via the Stanford Digital Repository (see below).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Lehmann, Lotte.
    Lehmann, Lotte--Discography.
    Hickling, Gary--Correspondence.
    Sopranos (Singers)--Discography.