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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Archive of Recorded Sound
    Title: Judith Rosen Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: ARS0032
    Physical Description: 13 box(es) 236 Audiocassestte(s), 3 Audiocassestte(s) (dat) and 5 record center boxes of paper records.
    Date (inclusive): 1947-2013
    Abstract: The Judith Rosen Collection consists of research files and unpublished recordings on audiotape featuring performances, lectures, and radio programs concerning classical music, with a particular focus on twentieth century composition, as well as women musicians and composers.
    Physical Location: Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound Stanford University Libraries Stanford, California 94305-3076


    Open for research; material must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use. Contact the Archive for assistance.


    The Judith Rosen Collection was donated to the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound by Judith Rosen in 2008.


    This collection is arranged into two series: Recorded sound and Research files.

    Revised by

    Christopher Walker

    Preferred Citation

    Judith Rosen Collection, ARS-0032. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    This finding aid was produced with generous financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

    Scope and Contents

    The Judith Rosen Collection consists of music researcher and author Judith Rosen's personal research files and collection of audiocassette recordings, many of which are unpublished. Rosen, who has written a highly-regarded biography of composer Grazyna Bacewicz, as well as articles for High Fidelity/Musical America and the New Grove series, is a current or former board member of The Women's Philharmonic, Women's Philharmonic Advocacy, the Arnold Schoenberg Institute, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Ojai Music Festival. While there is a mix of styles in the collection's music performances, the majority is new music and the work of twentieth century composers. Given her association with the Women's Philharmonic, it is no surprise that the collection is also strong on women composers and musicians. Among the live and studio recordings that comprise the majority of the collection, there are radio programs, interviews, and conference presentations. Many appear to be promotional demos and other semi-commercial issues. Original sources are rarely credited, and some tapes may be copies of commercially released material. There are a handful of published cassettes retained in the collection as well. The tapes have been alphabetized, for the most part by composer.
    Perhaps the most significant recordings here are from the Freeman Musicale series of lecture/performances named for philanthropist Betty Freeman. These salons (also known as the Music Room sessions) took place both in Freeman's home in Beverly Hills and later at the Rosens' in Encino, and featured many of the leading lights in the contemporary composition world, from Elliot Carter, Pierre Boulez and Sylvano Bussotti to Gyorgy Ligeti, Mel Powell, and Roger Reynolds, even jazz musician Anthony Braxton. Other recordings in the collection were commissions by Freeman, such as Kaija Saariaho's opera "L'Amour de Loin." The collection also contains lectures from the National Congress on Women in Music, various interviews with the Seeger family (Barbara, Charles, Mike, Peggy) about Ruth Crawford Seeger, and several recordings of Rosen herself in lectures or interviews, as well as her husband Ron Rosen's Sixtieth Birthday Concert featuring premiered works by William Kraft, Leonard Rosenman and Vernon Duke.

    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.