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Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged. (Boxes 1-7: Correspondence; Boxes 8-9: Scores; Box 10 Clippings).
Letters to and from Nicolai Berezowsky documenting his career and covering his development as violinist, conductor, and composer. The profession is well represented in the correspondence, with 63 letters from David Diamond, 22 from Serge Koussevitsky, 72 from Nicolai Lopatnikoff, and 31 from Eugene Ormandy; others in the collection are Leon Barzin, Aaron Copland, Henry Cowell, Vladimir Golschmann, Eugene Goosens, Alex Grechaninov, Ernest Hutcheson, Douglas Moore, Paul Nordoff, Wallingford Riegger, Artur Rodzinski, Roger Sessions, Harold Spivacke, Leopold Stokowski, and Olga Samaroff Stokowski. Organizations, such as the WPA music program, League of Composers, Juilliard School of Music, and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, are represented. There are also 15 volumes of music scores.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known);Nicolai Berezowsky papers ; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Ownership and Custodial History
Gift of Mrs Judith Berezowsky Randal, 1962.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Randal, Mrs. Judith Berezowsky. Date of acquisition--1962. Accession number--M62-04.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 04/04/1989.
H. Rowen November 1999.
Revised by G. Cannan February 2000
2010-01-21 Legacy finding aid created from Pro Cite.
2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Violinist, conductor, member of the Coolidge String Quartet, composer in the burgeoning era of "American music".
Nicolai Berezowsky was born in St. Petersburg Russia on May 17, 1900. He left Russia in 1920 finally settling in New York in 1922. From 1923 to 1929 Berezowsky played with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. He conducted and played for radio and was a member of the Coolidge String Quartet from 1935-1940. Among his compositions are symphonies chamber pieces and the children's opera Babar the Elephant 1953 Berezowsky died August 27, 1953.