Inventory of the Gastone Usigli memorabilia and musical compositions, 1932-1956
Inventory of the Gastone Usigli Memorabilia and Musical Compositions, 1932-1956
Collection number: ARCHIVES USIGLI 1The Music Library
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- Processed by:
- John A. Emerson
- Date Completed:
- Nov. 1986
- Encoded by:
- Xiuzhi Zhou
- Mrs. Elizabeth (Philip) Harsh, formerly Mrs. Gastone Usigli, San Francisco.
- Date of gift:
- March 18, 1987.
|1930.||Symphonic Scherzo Don Quixote.
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Alfred Hertz, conductor. Curran Theatre, San Francisco, January 24 and 26, 1930. Gastone Usigli, guest conductor. Other performances: San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, July 6 and 8, 1930, Bernardino Molinari, conductor. Awarded the Ricordi Prize in Composition, 1924.
|1931.||Tone Poem Song of a River in a Night of War (Canto del fiume in una notte de guerra).
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Issay Dobrowen, conductor. Tivoli Opera House, San Francisco, December 11 and 13, 1931. Gastone Usigli, guest conductor. Sketches, 1917; finished, 1920; re-orchestrated 1921. Other performances: III Festival Internazionale di Musica, La Fenice opera house, Venice, September 8, 1934. Gastone Usigli, conductor.
|1934.||Tone Poem Flight.
San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Gastone Usigli, conductor. Veterans' Auditorium, San Francisco, March 27, 1934.
|1934.||Prelude for String Orchestra.
String Orchestra of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Gastone Usigli, conductor. Gold Ballroom of the Palace Hotel, San Francisco, May 20, 1934. "Written expressly for his students at the San Francisco Conservatory of music."
State Emergency Relief Administration of California [S.E.R.A.] Chamber Orchestra of San Francisco, Kajetan Attl, conductor. Veteran's Auditorium, San Francisco, April 4, 1935. Gastone Usigli, guest conductor.
|1936.||Tone Poem Humanitas.
W.P.A. Federal Symphony Orchestra of Oakland, Gastone Usigli, conductor. Oakland Auditorium, Oakland, October 11, 1936. Other performances: San Francisco, December 14, 1936; Los Angeles, March 3 and April 22, 1937; Santa Barbara, August 1, 1937; Greenbrae (Marin County), February 14, 1954.
|1942.||Symphonic Poem Prometheus Unbound.
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux, conductor. Civic Auditorium, San Francisco, January 13, 1942. Gastone Usigli conductor.
|1950.||Passacaglia and Fugue.
San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux, conductor. Opera House, San Francisco, February 2, 3, and 4, 1950. Gastone Usigli, guest conductor.
Symphony Guild Orchestra of Marin, Gastone Usigli, conductor. Angelico Hall, Dominican College, San Rafael, February 29, 1956 (premiere, eight days before his death on March 8, 1956).
List of Contents
Section 1: Biographical materials:
Scrapbook containing mostly newspaper reviews dating from 1932 to 1942. The major source of information concerning Usigli's musical activities. 33 leaves contain clippings.
Obituaries. Folder of loose clippings dating about March 8, 1956. About 30 items.
Memorial editorial published by the Independent Journal of Marin County, California, recalling Usigli's contributions.
Program of Usigli's final concert in honor of Giovanni Gronchi, President of Italy, San Francisco, March 7, 1956.
Portrait painting of Usigli. An undated newspaper article.
Mrs. Elizabeth Usigli (later Mrs. Philip Harsh). Newspaper articles concerning her activities.
Mrs. Elizabeth Usigli: correspondence concerning the death of her husband, Gastone Usigli.
Gastone Usigli: professional promotional notices. 7 items.
Visit to Venice, 1948. Newspaper reviews of Usigli's activities.
Visit to Venice, 1951. Newspaper reports and a program.
Section 2: The Musical Compositions of Gastone Usigli.
List of musical compositions by Gastone Usigli and performances in California. Compiled by John A. Emerson, September 21, 1986.
Musical compositions: recording of Humanitas and Prometheus Unbound issued after Usigli's death by his friends. Newspaper review by Alexander Fried, December, 1956.
Tone poem Don Quixote. Newspaper reviews.
Tone poem Flight. Newspaper reviews.
Tone poem Humanitas. Newspaper reviews.
Passacaglia and Fugue. Newspaper reviews.
Prelude for String Orchestra. Newspaper reviews.
Tone poem Prometheus Unbound. Newspaper reviews.
Tone poem Song of the River. Newspaper reviews.
String Serenade. Newspaper reviews.
Various songs for voice and piano. Newspaper review.
Section 3: Musical organizations conducted by Gastone Usigli.
San Francisco Chamber Symphony. About 20 reviews.
Los Angeles Conservatory of Music. Three notices.
Marin Symphony Orchestra. Programs.
San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Reviews.
San Jose Symphony Orchestra. Reviews.
Section 4: Special performances.
Le bourgeois gentilhomme.
California Civic Opera, Berkeley.
Faust. Pacific Opera Company.
Ford Bowl, San Diego.
Hansel and Gretel. Pacific Opera Company.
"Monster Concert" with Alfred Hertz.
Rigoletto. Hollywood Grand Opera Company.
Temple Emanu-el concerts.
La Traviata. California Civic Opera Company.
Woodminster concerts, Oakland.
Section 5: W.P.A.: Oakland (December 1935-January 1937).
Activities, Dec. 1935-June 1936. Nespaper clippings.
Activities, July 1936-January 1937. Newspaper clippings.
Federal Symphony Orchestra of Oakland performance in San Francisco, July 24, 1936.
Federal Symphony Orchestra of Oakland performance in San Francisco, Sept. 15, 1936.
Federal Symphony Orchestra of Oakland. Concert programs of 1936. Xerox copies from the History Room, Oakland Public Library.
Usigli conducts W.P.A. Federal orchestras in Los Angeles while associated with the Oakland Project. 1936.
W.P.A. Oakland Project concerts. Undated reviews.
Tord Benner succeeds Usigli at the W.P.A. Oakland Project.
Section 6. W.P.A. Los Angeles Music Project (February, 1937-July, 1939).
Concert reviews of 1937. Dated.
Usigli conducts the W.P.A. Federal Orchestra in San Francisco, Sept. 18, 1937.
Concert reviews of 1938. Dated.
Concert reviews of 1939. Dated.
Premieres of new works by the Federal Symphony Orchestra of Los Angeles. Reviews.
Concert reviews, partially dated.
Concert reviews, lack dates.
Performances of Aida. Reviews.
Performances of Boris Godounov. Reviews.
Performances of Gettysburg. Reviews.
Performances of Lohengrin. Reviews.
Performances of Parsifal. Reviews.
Section 7. Carmel Bach Festival concerts (1938-1955). Reviews.
Festival no. 4, 1938. Reviews are lacking for 1938.
Festival no. 6, 1940.
Festival no. 7, 1941.
Festival no. 8, 1945.
Festival no. 9, 1946.
Festival no. 10, 1947.
Festival no. 11, 1948.
Festival no. 12, 1949.
Festival no. 13, 1950.
Festival no. 14, 1951.
Festival no. 15, 1952.
Festival no. 16, 1953.
Festival no. 17, 1954.
Festival no. 18, 1955.
Festival no. 19, 1956. Dedicated to the memory of Gastone Usigli.
Unidentified and undated Carmel Bach Festival reviews.
Festival no. 34, 1971. Program.
Festival no. 50, 1987.
Section 8. Miscellaneous materials.
Slenczynska, Ruth. Article from the New Yorker, Dec. 8, 1956.
Various newspaper articles.
Letter from Herbert Hoover to Mr. Hermann F. Frankel, Stanford University, dated Sept. 22, 1941.
Section 9. Musical scores of Gastone Usigli. (Transferred to Box 2, see register following for Box 2.)
Tone Poem Humanitas, Full score. Negative record print photo copies.
Tone Poem Prometheus Unbound. Full score. Negative record print photo copies.
Six Songs for Soprano and Orchestra. Piano-vocal scores of "Night" and "The Brooklet."
Notes from E. Harsh
Document: San Francisco
Program: Symphony Guild of Marin Feb. 29, 1956
Line drawing of Usigli
Photos: G. Usigli, including snapshots
Photos: WPA, Los Angeles
Photos: WPA, Hollywood Bowl
Photos: rehearsal of opera Gettysburg
Photos: Oakland concerts
Photos: San Francisco
Photos: Hansel and Gretel
Photos: Santa Barbara concert, 1938
Photos: Ford Bowl, San Diego
Photos: Carmel Bach Festival
Photos: Usigli's family home in Venice, Italy
Box 2: Musical scores of Gastone Usigli and Oversize Photographs
Tone poem Humanitas. Full score; negative record print
Humanitas, full score; pos. record print
Prometheus unbound, tone poem. Full score; negative record print
Six songs for soprano and orchestra. Vocal score of "Night" and "The Brooklet"
Photo: WPA director, N. Sokolov
Photo: Jacques Samossoud