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Guide to the W.H. Auden Collection of Sound Recordings ARS.0087
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Box 2, Box 3, Box 4, Box 5, Box 6, Box 7

1. Classical and Opera LPs

Scope and Contents

The collection is strong in the works of Strauss (at least sixteen records), Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Verdi, and Stravinsky. Other composers include Dvorak, Schubert, Puccini, Mozart, Wagner, Wolf, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Schumann, Elgar, Donizetti, Berlioz, Mahler, Sibelius, Ravel, Bizet, and Chopin. Among the singers are Kirsten Flagstad, Montserrat Caballe, Beniamino Gigli, and Jussi Bjoerling, as well as several titles in the German Lebendige Vergangheit reissue series. Sir Thomas Beecham conducts on at least six recordings. Many are British pressings. It is rather strange that there are only two recordings by Benjamin Britten, considering Auden's association with him.
Box 1

2. Non-classical LPs

Scope and Contents

Stereo test and demonstration records; Lester Young on Verve; misc. spoken word including Gene Derwood on Spoken Arts (2 minor spelling corrections in insert in blue ballpoint pen) and The Poet Speaks on Argo RG 517 (includes Auden reading four poems, originally recorded in 1959) ; church bells ; soundtracks ; childrens' records ; souvenir records ; Greek language learning LP from 1983 ; Theodore Bikel ; misc. popular music ; misc. humor including Florence Foster Jenkins (two records), Tiny Tim, Beyond the Fringe (Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, etc.).
Box 8

3. Open reel tapes

Physical Description: 2 open reel tapes

Scope and Contents

5" reel: "Te Kinobisbunde" ("Hymn to St. Cecilia Beloit College" is crossed out). 1. German language radio show, Bavarian dialect, poor fidelity, low volume. 2. Alternate track inaudible, very low volume. Two kinds of tape, many old and deteriorating splices.
7" reel: "Miscellaneous plus last third of NBC Don Giovanni." 1. NBC Opera Company radio broadcast of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Auden and Kallman translated the libretto for an NBC Opera Theatre production of Don Giovanni in 1961. 2. Unknown female vocalist, radio broadcast opera performance.