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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 III: Audio Recordings, 1962-1998Save to your list.
Box 9Save to your list.
Folder 1: Compositions of Leonard Berkowitz, Volume 1Save to your list.
Item 1: Divertimento for Piano and Percussion, Ian Alvarez, percussion, and Joel Salsman, piano, 1992 April 5Save to your list.
Item 2: Sonata for Four Hands (1st movement), Joel Salsman and Beverly Statter, piano, April 1989Save to your list.
Item 3: Piano Trio #2, Salsman Trio, 1998 June 30Save to your list.
Item 4: Sonata for Viola and Piano, G. Savage, viola, and Joel Salsman, pianoSave to your list.
Item 5: Duo for Flute and Cello, and John Heitman, flute, and Peter Rejto, celloSave to your list.
Folder 2: Compositions of Leonard Berkowitz, Volume 2Save to your list.
Item 1: Piano Sonata, Adrian Ruiz, pianoSave to your list.
Item 2: Sonata for SaxophoneSave to your list.
Item 3: Divertimento for Winds, CSUN Winds- C. Wiggins, conductorSave to your list.
Item 4: Piano Concerto, Doris Stevens, piano, CSUN Winds- Kessner, conductorSave to your list.
Folder 3: Compositions of Leonard Berkowitz, Volume 3Save to your list.
Item 1: String Quartet (Washington, D.C.)Save to your list.
Item 2: Trio for Clarinet, Flute, and Bassoon, Campo, clarinet, Heitman, flute, and Kibbe, bassoonSave to your list.
Item 3: Trio for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano, Emanuel Compinsky, violin, Donald Fera, clarinet, and Sarah Compinsky, pianoSave to your list.
Folder 4: Compositions of Leonard Berkowitz, Volume 4Save to your list.
Item 1: Music for Winds, CSUN Band - C. Wiggins, conductor, 1962Save to your list.
Item 2: 4 Dickinson Songs, CSUN Group- Lawson, conductorSave to your list.
Item 3: Frost Piece - For Women's Voices, Violin, Viola, CSUN Group - Lawson, conductorSave to your list.
Item 4: Toccata, Theme, and Variations, CSUN Band- C. Wiggins, conductorSave to your list.
Item 5: Three Movements for Chamber Orchestra, CSUN Chamber Orchestra, Lawrence Christianson, conductorSave to your list.
Item 6: Clarinet Pieces, Campo, clarinetSave to your list.
Folder 5: Compositions of Leonard Berkowitz, Volume 5Save to your list.
Item 1: String Trio, CSUN TrioSave to your list.
Item 2: Woodwind Quintet, Westwind QuintetSave to your list.
Item 3: Duo, Moderato - Fantasia - With Vigor, Matthew Weiss, violin, Joel Salsman, piano, 1965Save to your list.
Item 4: Derivations, Joel Salsman, pianoSave to your list.
Folder 6: Compositions of Leonard Berkowitz, Volume 6Save to your list.
Item 1: Music for Small Orchestra, CSUN Orchestra, Lawrence Christianson, conductorSave to your list.
Item 2: Songs from Walden, David Murray, baritone, Helen Murray, pianoSave to your list.
Item 3: Piano Trio #1, Salsman TrioSave to your list.
Folder 7: Compositions of Leonard Berkowitz, Volume 7Save to your list.
Item 1: Three Pieces for Piano, Joel Salsman, pianoSave to your list.
Item 2: Cello Sonata, Kessner and Heerema, pianoSave to your list.
Item 3: Cello Sonata, Terry King, celloSave to your list.
Folder 8: Compositions of Leonard Berkowitz, In MemoriamSave to your list.
Item 1: In Memoriam, 41st Division, 1991Save to your list.

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