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Leonard Berkowitz Collection

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Musical Scores by Leonard Berkowitz

Musical Scores by Other Composers

Audio Recordings



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Collection Overview

Title: Leonard Berkowitz Collection, 1914-2000Save to your list.

Predominant Dates:1963-1969

ID: SC/LBC

Primary Creator: Berkowitz, Leonard (1919-2007)

Extent: 10.38 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Series I: Musical Scores by Leonard Berkowitz, 1956-1973, 2000

      Subseries A: Ensembles of Six or More Instruments, 1963-1967

      Subseries B: Ensembles of Five or Less Instruments and Solo Works, 1956-1973, 2000

      Subseries C: Vocal Works , 1964-1969

Series II: Musical Scores by Other Composers, 1914-1982

Series III: Audio Recordings, 1962-1998

Date Acquired: 02/23/2010

Forms of Material: Audio recordings, Paper records, Publications

Languages: English

Abstract

The Leonard Berkowitz Collection documents Berkowitz's musical and academic career during his tenure at California State University, Northridge, from the mid-1960s through the early 1980s. The collection includes musical scores and audio recordings composed and produced by Berkowitz, as well as works by other composers.

Biographical Note

Leonard Berkowitz was born on February 8, 1919 in Woodbury County, Iowa, to parents David and Anna (neé Kozberg) Berkowitz who emigrated from Russia to the United States in the first decade of the twentieth century. Sometime between 1927 and 1930, his father passed away, and Leonard, his mother, and sister relocated to Southern California, where he attended Los Angeles High School, graduating in 1936. Following high school, Berkowitz attended Yale University, and completed a bachelor's degree in music.

Berkowitz enlisted in the United States Army on October 9, 1941 and served until discharged on September 12, 1945. After a brief visit to the Los Angeles area, he returned to Yale and studied under famed German composer, musician, and conductor, Paul Hindemith. In 1948, Berkowitz completed a master's degree in Music Theory and Composition, and began teaching at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

In 1961, Leonard Berkowitz and his wife, Lucille, moved to the Southern California area and settled in the San Fernando Valley, where he accepted an Associate Faculty position, in the Department of Music at San Fernando Valley State College (now CSUN). In addition to teaching, Berkowitz composed many musical scores and performed his works at CSUN and various venues throughout Southern California. Following retirement in 1984, Berkowitz and his wife relocated to the Seattle, Washington area where he continued to perform locally and pursued an interest in fine art photography. Leonard Berkowitz passed away on September 16, 2007.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Leonard Berkowitz Collection documents Berkowitz's musical and academic career during his tenure at California State University, Northridge, from the mid-1960s through the early 1980s. The collection includes musical scores and audio recordings composed and produced by Berkowitz, as well as works by other composers. The collection has been divided into three series: Series I, Musical Scores by Leonard Berkowitz (1956-1973, 2000), Series II, Musical Scores by Other Composers (1914-1982), and Series III, Audio Recordings by Leonard Berkowitz (1962-1998).

Series I, Musical Scores by Leonard Berkowitz, has been divided into three subseries. Subseries A, Ensembles of Six or More Instruments (1963-1967), consists of conductor's scores and instrumental parts. His works are characterized by dense harmonies and instrumentation to create dramatic textural contrasts. Berkowitz uses free 12-tone compositional style and bimodality, as well as passages derived from the octatonic scale and other non-diatonic scales. Subseries B: Ensembles of Five or Less Instruments and Solo Works (1956-1973, 2000), consists of largely contrapuntal works, with strong rhythmic motives and disjunct melodies reminiscent of Paul Hindemith’s style. Subseries C: Vocal Works (1964-1969), consists of compositions influenced by Renaissance madrigals and the chorales of J.S. Bach. The syllabic melodies of Berkowitz's vocal works are much more conjunct than those of his instrumental works. Each subseries is arranged chronologically, with instrumental parts in score order. Undated compositions are arranged alphabetically by composition title, and placed at the rear of the series.

Series II, Musical Scores by Other Composers, contains a small selection of music with notes on compositional styles, harmonic and structural analysis, and rehearsal notations penciled by Berkowitz. This series is arranged alphabetically by composer.

Series III, Audio Recordings, consists of the compositions of Leonard Berkowitz in eight volumes. Dates in this series reflect the date of recording and are arranged by volume number.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Lucille Berkowitz

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Holli Teltoe, 2015


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Series II: Musical Scores by Other Composers, 1914-1982Save to your list.
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Folder 1: Bach, Johann Sebastian. A Second Book of Chorals. Boston, Massachusetts: E.C. Schirmer, 1932Save to your list.
Folder 2: Beethoven, Ludwig van. Trio in B flat major - Opus 11. New York City, New York: International Music Company., 1952Save to your list.
Folder 3: Beethoven, Ludwig van. Trio in E flat major - Opus 38. New York City, New York: International Music Company.Save to your list.
Folder 4: Brahms, Johannes. Quintet. London, England: Ernst Eulenburg Ltd., 1982Save to your list.
Folder 5: d'Indy, Vincent. Trio in B flat major - Opus 29. New York City, New York: International Music Company.Save to your list.
Folder 6: Dvorak, Anton. Slavonic Dances - Opus 46, nos. 1-4. Melville: Belwin Mills Publishing Corp.Save to your list.
Folder 7: Hindemith, Paul. Kleine Kammermusik für fünf Bläser. London, England: Schott., 1949Save to your list.
Folder 8: Hindemith, Paul. Sonatas for Piano, Second Sonata. New York City, New York: Associated Music Publishers. 1936 Sonata Piano Duet. London, England: Schott., 1939Save to your list.
Folder 9: Khachaturian, Aram. Trio. New York City, New York: International Music Company., 1948Save to your list.
Folder 10: Kuhlau. Three Duets Opus 81, Arranged for Two Clarinets by P. Buys. New York City, New York: Carl Fischer, Inc., 1914Save to your list.
Folder 11: Lasso, Orlando di. 12 canciones duarum vocum, TB. New York City, New York: Edwin F. Kalmus.Save to your list.
Folder 12: Milhaud, Darius. Suite for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano. Paris, France: Éditions Salabert., 1937Save to your list.
Folder 13: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus. Trio in E flat major - K. 498. New York City, New York: International Music Company., 1953Save to your list.
Folder 14: Reinecke, Carl. Trio in A major - Opus 264. New York City, New York: International Music Company.Save to your list.
Folder 15: Schumann, Robert. Fairy Tales Opus 132. New York City, New York: International Music Company.Save to your list.
Folder 16: Soderlund, George Fredric, and Scott, Samuel. Examples of Gregorian Chant and Sacred Music of the 16th Century. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1971Save to your list.
Folder 17: Stravinsky, Igor. L'Histoire du Soldat. New York City, New York: International Music Company.Save to your list.
Folder 18: Weber, Carl Maria von. Quintet in B flat major - opus 34. New York City, New York: International Music Company., 1958Save to your list.

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