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Eugene Zádor papers, 1913-1995 PASC-M.0022
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  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement

  • Title: Eugene Zádor papers
    Identifier/Call Number: PASC-M.0022
    Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 73.7 linear feet (148 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1913-1995
    Abstract: The collection consists of autographed manuscripts of orchestral works, operas, songs, and chamber music; reel to reel recordings of performances; full scores and parts not necessarily in the composer's own hand; and numerous items of correspondence to and from the composer.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
    Creator: Zador, Eugene

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Open for research. Advance notice required for access. Contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Eugene Zádor Papers (Collection PASC-M 22). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4234053 


    Eugene Zador was born on November 5, 1894, in Bataszek, Hungary. He studied under Richard Heuberger at the Vienna Conservatory (1911) and under Max Reger in Leipzig (1912-14). After completing his doctoral degree at the University of Münster, he returned to Vienna, where he taught at the New Vienna Conservatory through the 1920s. While there, he composed (among other works) a symphony and two operas (both produced by the Budapest Royal Opera). In 1934, he became an honorary professor at the Budapest Academy of Music. Zador was one of many composers with European roots who emigrated to the United States in the 1930s and 1940s, settled in Los Angeles, and made a living in motion pictures while continuing to write music for the concert hall. Unlike Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Franz Waxman, and Miklos Rozsa, however, Zador's original work for films was sparse--and mostly uncredited. Instead, he earned his living in Hollywood as an orchestrator, turning detailed "sketches" by other composers into full orchestral scores. From 1941 to 1963, he worked almost exclusively for Rozsa, who admired his fellow Hungarian's skill so much that he made keeping Zador as his orchestrator a condition of his first contract with M-G-M in 1948. Zador orchestrated over 120 film scores for Hollywood in all. While working as an orchestrator, Zador continued to compose prolifically for the concert hall; and, upon his retirement from that industry in 1963, he devoted himself full-time to composition and never ceased writing music until his death on April 4,1977. His final catalogue comprised numerous works for orchestra, several operas, chamber music, piano pieces, choral works, songs, and various concertos for what he liked to call "underprivileged" instruments--including trombone, cimbalom, double bass, and accordion.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of autograph manuscripts of orchestral works including The Remarkable Adventures of Henry Bold, On the Banks of the Wabash, Rhapsody for Cimbalom and Orchestra, Scherzo for Orchestra, Tempest Suite, Fugato for Orchestra, Piano Concerto, Melody and Vivo for Orchestra, Symphony No.1, Fugue Fantasia for Orchestra, and Prelude and Fugue for Orchestra. The collection also includes correspondence between Zador and various family members, most especially his parents; photographs; programs and clippings; and books.

    Organization and Arrangement

    This collection is organized into the following series:
    1. Series 1. Musical compositions by Zádor
    2. Series 2. Orchestrations and arrangements
    3. Series 3. Correspondence
    4. Series 4. Papers
    5. Series 5. Clippings
    6. Series 6. Photographs
    7. Series 7. Books and published sheet music
    8. Series 8. Musical compositions from American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming (2015 addition)

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Zádor, Eugene, 1894-1977--Archives.
    Orchestral music--Scores.