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Finding Aid for the William Kraft Collection of Musical Compositions , ca. 1974-1983
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
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  • Scope and Content
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: William Kraft Collection of Musical Compositions,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1974-1983
    Collection number: 74
    Creator: Kraft, William
    Extent: 18 boxes (9 linear ft.)
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Performing Arts Special Collections
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Shelf location: Held at SRLF.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Source of Acquisition/Provenance

    William Kraft; gift; 1982-99.


    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for access.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Performing Arts Special Collections. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to Performing Arts Special Collections Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Performing Arts Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], William Kraft Collection of Musical Compositions, 74, Performing Arts Special Collections, University of California, Los Angeles.


    Kraft was born on Sept. 6, 1923, in Chicago, IL; BS (1951) and MA (1954) in composition, Columbia Univ.; percussionist, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra (LAPO), 1955-81; became the music director of the LA Percussion Ensemble and Chamber Players in 1955; became director of LAPO New Music Group in 1981; composer-in-residence, LAPO, 1981-85; recipient of Guggenheim fellowships (1967 & 1972), NEA grants (1975, 1977, 1979), and an award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1984); his intimate knowledge of percussion instruments is an important influence on his work; his works include a number of large-scale works for orchestra and percussion.


    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Music for film and television productions (boxes 1-9)
    2. Musical compositions (boxes 10-18)
    3. Other materials (boxes 11, 14).

    Scope and Content

    Holographs, ozalid masters and copies, and photocopies of scores and parts of music for film and television. Includes scores for Avalanche, Bill, The Chisholms, The Elephants: Last Day in Eden, Fire and Ice, The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, and Kirlian Force. The Collection also includes scores for musical compositions, including L'Arlésienne Sweet, Da dit, Passacaglia, Theme and Metric Variations, Etude for Two Drums, English Suite, Courante no.2, Me and Mr. Stenner, Nonet for Brass and Percussion, Permutations, Theme and Variations for Percussion Quartet, Weavings, Brazen, Cadeau, Cascando, Colorations, Concerto for Percussion, Concerto for Timpani, Contextures, Cornucopia, Divinations, Incantation, Kandinsky Variations, Pierrot Mute, Quintessence Revisited, Red Azalea, and Selbstmord.

    Access Points

    Kraft, William--Archives.
    Composers--United States--Archival resources.
    Motion picture music.
    Television music.
    Motion picture music--Scores.
    Television music--Scores.