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Guide to the Leopold Stokowski recordings, 1934-1940.
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Indexing Terms
  • Material Cataloged Separately
  • Related Collections

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Leopold Stokowski Recordings,
    Date (inclusive): 1934-1940.
    Collection number: PA Mss 27
    Creator: Leopold Stokowski, 1882-1977.
    Extent: 175 sound recordings
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: Test pressings, primarily RCA Victor, of Leopold Stokowski's recordings with the Philadelphia Orchestra and a set of Laura Bolton's field recordings of Native American music.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access Restrictions


    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Leopold Stokowski recordings, PA Mss 27, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated in May 1978 by Hall Clovis.


    Leopold Stokowski, 1882-1977. American conductor of British birth. Stokowski began recording in 1917 and was a pioneer of many recording techniques and was a champion of modern music. The first electrical symphonic recordings were made with the Philadelphia Orchestra under his direction as well as the first experiments in stereo recordings. He also premiered many works in the concert hall and on recording, had interests in non-western music, orchestrated works by composers such as Bach for symphony orchestra, championed classical music to the lay audience, particularly with his recordings for Walt Disney's Fantasia. His recordings remain classics today.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The collection is divided into four series: Series 1, Disney test pressings; Series II, Laura Boulton recordings; Series III, Other recordings; Series IV, RCA Victor test pressings.
    Collection contains 175 sound recordings, mostly RCA Victor test pressings and radio broadcasts of Stokowski conducting the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra from the 1934-1940.
    Leopold Stokowski had a house in Santa Barbara in the 1930s which was later owned by singer Hall Clovis and his partner Charles Lee. In 1978, the pair donated the test pressings to UCSB as well as approximately 500 other commercial recordings, mostly Stokowski's RCA Victor recordings. These have been cataloged as part of the UCSB Library's general collections.
    Pieces are listed alphabetically by composer and then by title/matrix. Composer's names have been added when known. Title and date information was transcribed from the disc labels and was not standardized. Some recordings are alternate takes. The collection includes much of Stokowski's most famous repertoire and his own orchestrations, including test pressings of the Fantasia soundtrack as well as Bach, Beethoven, Borodin, Chopin, Debussy, Gliere, Mussorgsky, Resphigi, Rimsky-Korsakov, Scriabin, Saint-Saens, Satie, Shostakovich, Sibelius, J. Strauss, Stravinsky, Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Wagner. The collection also contains a set of unreleased RCA Victor test pressings of Native American music recorded by Laura Boulton in 1940 and given to Stokowski by Boulton.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


    Indians of North America--Music.
    Orchestral music.

    Genres and Forms of Material


    Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Boulton, Laura, 1899-1980.
    Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750.
    Beethoven, Ludvig van, 1770-1827.
    Borodin, Aleksandr Porfir'evich, 1833-1887.
    Chopin, Frédéric, 1810-1849.
    Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918.
    Glière, Reinhold Moritsevich, 1875-1956.
    Mussorgsky, Modest Petrovich, 1839-1881.
    Paganini, Nicolò, 1782-1840.
    Ponchielli, Amilcare, 1834-1886.
    Respighi, Ottorino, 1879-1936.
    Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay, 1844-1908.
    Saint-Saëns, Camille, 1835-1921.
    Schubert, Franz, 1797-1828.
    Scriabin, Aleksandr Nikolayevich, 1872-1915.
    Shostakovich, Dmitrii Dmitrievich, 1906-1975.
    Sibelius, Jean, 1865-1957.
    Strauss, Johann, 1804-1849.
    Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971.
    Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilich, 1840-1893.
    Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883.
    Philadelphia Orchestra.

    Material Cataloged Separately

    Stokowski's commercially issued recordings are cataloged in Pegasus, the UCSB Library's online catalog.

    Related Collections

    Papers of the donor, Hall Clovis are also housed in Special Collections.