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Guide to the Yehudi Menuhin Collection ARS-0040
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Conditions Governing Access note
  • Conditions Governing Use note
  • Preferred Citation note
  • Sponsor
  • Biographical/Historical note
  • Scope and Contents note
  • Arrangement note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Yehudi Menuhin Collection
    Collection number: ARS-0040
    Creator: Menuhin, Yehudi, 1916-1999
    Collection size: 1.1 linear feet, 2 boxes
    Repository: Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries
    Stanford, California 94305-3076
    Abstract: The collection contains primarily sound recordings of performances of Yehudi Menuhin as violin soloist, with piano accompaniment by Hephzibah Menuhin, or with orchestral accompaniment. Most of the recordings are test pressings made between 1938 and 1950. The first box also contains one folder with three record labels that were removed from three Menuhin discs which are not included in this collection.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English, Japanese, French
    Dates: 1938-1950

    Conditions Governing Access note

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

    Conditions Governing Use note

    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 note

    Yehudi Menuhin Collection, ARS.0040. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, CA.


    This collection has been processed under the auspices of the Council on Library and Information Resources with generous financial support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    Biographical/Historical note

    Yehudi Menuhin, an American violinist, conductor, and teacher of Russian descent, was born in New York on April 22, 1916. His early violin studies were with Sigmund Anker and Louis Persinger, and he completed his training with Adolf Busch and George Enescu. As a child prodigy, he gave his earliest professional concerts in San Francisco in 1924 and followed those performances with highly successful debut concerts in New York, Paris, Berlin and London. As a prolific recording artist, Menuhin became known for his performances of Edward Elgar's Violin Concerto, which he recorded in 1932 with the composer conducting. His interest in new music produced more than 40 commissions from such noted composers as Béla Bartók ( Sonata for Solo Violin) and William Walton ( Sonata for Violin and Piano). Menuhin also championed lesser known works of the past such as Mendelssohn's early Concerto in D Minor and Robert Schumann's Violin Concerto. During the Second World War Menuhin gave more than 500 concerts, and in 1945 he was the first Jewish musical artist to perform in Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler. In the late 1940s Menuhin became more active as a conductor and teacher. In 1959 he founded the Bath Festival Orchestra, and in 1963 he founded the Menuhin Music School, both in the U.K. As a teacher, he also published books on violin playing and wrote an autobiography. Menuhin remained an active performer throughout his life and died in Berlin on March 12, 1999 during a concert tour of Germany.

    Scope and Contents note

    This collection of sound recordings was assembled by the family of Yehudi Menuhin. The recordings are primarily 10" and 12" 78 rpm sound discs, including test pressings for various companies such as Victor and The Gramophone Company, from recording sessions that took place between 1938 and 1950. The collection is divided into two sections: (1) 6 10" double-sided discs, with an additional folder containing 3 miscellaneous record labels that were removed from Menuhin discs which are not included in this collection; (2) 33 single-sided and 13 double-sided 12" 78 rpm test pressings + 1 commercially released 12" 33 1/3 rpm long playing disc.

    Arrangement note

    The collection consists primarily of sound discs and is arranged in two boxes, first by disc size, then alphabetically by composer name. Discs with works for which no composer has been identified are filed alphabetically by title in each box. (1) 10" 78 rpm sound discs + 1 folder of miscellaneous record labels. (2) 12" 78 rpm sound discs, + 1 LP (33 1/3 rpm) sound disc.

    Indexing Terms

    Baller, Adolph
    Beethoven, Ludwig van, 1770-1827
    Boskovich, Alexander Uriyah, 1907-1964
    Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897
    Enesco, Georges, 1881-1955
    Fershko, Shmuel
    Fogel, Y.
    Kreisler, Fritz, 1875-1962
    Lalo, Edouard, 1823-1892
    Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847
    Menuhin, Hephzibah, 1920-1981
    Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791
    Nissimov, Nissim
    Orchestre de l'association des concerts Colonne.
    Paganini, Nicolò, 1782-1840
    Pizzetti, Ildebrando, 1880-1968
    Saidenberg, Theodore
    Schubert, Franz, 1797-1828
    Solovieff, Miriam
    Swoboda, Henry
    Weiner, M.
    Wiener Staatsoper. Orchester.
    Wieniawski, Henri, 1835-1880
    Concertos (Violin)
    Sonatas (Violin and piano)
    Violin and piano music
    Violin music
    Violin with orchestra
    Violinists--United States