Leonard Stein Papers MSS 219

Finding aid prepared by Mandeville Special Collections Library
Mandeville Special Collections Library
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, California, 92093-0175
Copyright 2005

Descriptive Summary

Title: Leonard Stein Papers
Identifier/Call Number: MSS 219
Contributing Institution: Mandeville Special Collections Library
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.5 Linear feet 1 archives box
Date (inclusive): 1942 - 1983
Abstract: Papers of Leonard Stein, American music scholar, pianist and musical director of "Encounters," a series of musical events performed in Los Angeles and co-sponsored by the Pasadena Art Museum, the Coleman Chamber Music Association, the Pasadena Music Teachers' Association, and the Institute Committee on Programs of the California Institute of Technology. Included are correspondence, programs, newspaper clippings, photographs and audiorecordings from the "Encounters" program and a file of correspondence (1942-1983) with Ernst Krenek. The collection is arranged in two series: 1) ENCOUNTERS MATERIALS and 2) CORRESPONDENCE.
Creator: Stein, Leonard

Scope and Content of Collection

The Leonard Stein papers contain ENCOUNTERS materials and correspondence with Ernst Krenek (1942-1983). The ENCOUNTERS materials were created and collected by Leonard Stein and relate to his activities as musical director for the series. The collection is arranged in two series: 1) ENCOUNTERS MATERIALS and 2) CORRESPONDENCE.
The ENCOUNTERS series contains three subseries: "Correspondence," "Miscellaneous Materials," and "Recordings." The correspondence relates to the mechanics of the program and includes exchanges between Stein and committee members, correspondence with prospective composers and performers, preparations for an event to mark the opening of the new Pasadena Museum of Art and correspondence, arranged alphabetically, between Stein and individual composers who performed in the series.
The second subseries, "Miscellaneous Materials," contains a folder of "Encounters" programs and announcements arranged chronologically; a holograph list of performers with dates and brief program notes; newspaper clippings of reviews of performances; and miscellaneous photographs of performances.
The third subseries contains six reel-to-reel audiorecordings of several individual ENCOUNTERS events.
The CORRESPONDENCE series contains a file of correspondence between Stein and composer Ernst Krenek.


Leonard Stein was born in Los Angeles, California, on December 1, 1916. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles where he received his bachelor's degree in 1939 and his master of music in 1941. He was Arnold Schoenberg's teaching assistant while at UCLA. Stein later received his D.M.A. from the University of Southern California in 1965.
He taught at Occidental College (1946-1948), Los Angeles City College (1948-1960), Pomona College (1961-1962), University of California, Los Angeles (1962-1964), Claremont Graduate School (1963-1967), University of California, San Diego (1966), California State College at Dominguez Hills (1967-1970) and the California Institute of the Arts (1970-1975). In 1975, Stein was appointed adjunct professor in the School of Music at the University of Southern California.
On April 13, 1964, the Pasadena Art Museum and the Coleman Chamber Music Association, under the musical direction of Stein, co-sponsored the first "Encounters" event which was held at the Pasadena Art Museum Auditorium. At the time, the new series of musical events was conceived as:
"a meeting, face to face, of the outstanding composers and performers of today with those who seek to gain insight into original and difficult works in contemporary idiom. To encourage rapport between composer and listener, the setting will be informal, the composer will speak, and programming will allow for the replaying of some works."
The Pasadena Music Teachers' Association became a continuing co-sponsor by the third event. In November of 1971, the Institute Committee on Programs of the California Institute of Technology became a sponsor of the program and "Encounters" performances were staged on that campus.

Preferred Citation

Leonard Stein Papers, MSS 0219. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

Acquisition Information

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Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Boulez, Pierre, 1925-
Carter, Elliott, 1908-
Encounters Contemporary Music Series.
Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003
Reynolds, Roger, 1934-
Riley, Terry, 1935-
Stockhausen, Karlheinz, 1928-2007
Young, La Monte
Avant-garde music
Modern music
Music -- 20th century







Box 1, Folder 1

1964 - 1971

General note

General correspondence
Box 1, Folder 2

1971 - 1973

General note

General correspondence
Box 1, Folder 3

Austin, Larry 1967 - 1970

Box 1, Folder 4

Babbitt, Milton 1968 - 1969

Box 1, Folder 5

Berio, Luciano 1965 - 1966

Box 1, Folder 6

Boulez, Pierre 1967

Box 1, Folder 7

Brown, Earle 1968

Box 1, Folder 8

Cage, John 1968 - 1970

Box 1, Folder 9

Carter, Elliott 1970

Box 1, Folder 10

Chihara, Paul 1972

Box 1, Folder 11

Dahl, Ingolf 1967

Box 1, Folder 12

Davidovsky, Mario 1971 - 1972

Box 1, Folder 13

Harrison, Lou 1971 - 1972

Box 1, Folder 14

Ichiyanagi, Toshi 1967

Box 1, Folder 15

Kirchner, Leon 1971

Box 1, Folder 16

Kraft, William

Box 1, Folder 17

Krenek, Ernst 1967 - 1968

Box 1, Folder 18

Ligeti, Gyorgy 1971

Box 1, Folder 19

Martirano, Salvatore 1972 - 1973

Box 1, Folder 20

Messiaen, Olivier 1967 - 1970

Box 1, Folder 21

Pousseur, Henri 1967

Box 1, Folder 22

Powell, Mel 1970

Box 1, Folder 23

Reynolds, Roger 1970 - 1971

Box 1, Folder 24

Riley, Terry 1967 - 1971

Box 1, Folder 25

Smith, William O. 1968 - 1969

Box 1, Folder 26

Stockhausen, Karlheinz 1966 - 1967

Box 1, Folder 27

Takahashi, Yuji 1969 - 1970

Box 1, Folder 28

Takemitsu, Toru 1971 - 1972

Box 1, Folder 29

Xenakis, Iannis 1969 - 1970

Box 1, Folder 30

Young, La Monte 1967


Miscellaneous Materials

Box 1, Folder 31

Announcements and programs

Box 1, Folder 32

List of "Encounters" performers

Box 1, Folder 33

Newspaper review of performers

Box 1, Folder 34



Audio Recordings

Box 1, Folder 35

Babbitt, Milton April 13, 1969

Conditions Governing Access note

Restrictions Apply
Box 1, Folder 35

Brown, Earle - Lecture and demonstration, Pasadena Art Museum December 8, 1968

Conditions Governing Access note

Restrictions Apply
Box 1, Folder 35

Feldman, Morton, Pasadena Art Museum, (Encounters 5) February 28, 1966

Conditions Governing Access note

Restrictions Apply
Box 1, Folder 35

Kraft, William February 26, 1967

Conditions Governing Access note

Restrictions Apply
Box 1, Folder 35

Krenek, Ernst January 12, 1969

Conditions Governing Access note

Restrictions Apply
Box 1, Folder 35

Pousseur, Henri March 31, 1968

Conditions Governing Access note

Restrictions Apply
Box 1, Folder 35

Unidentified recording undated

Conditions Governing Access note

Restrictions Apply


Box 1, Folder 36

Krenek, Ernst 1942 - 1983