Chotzinoff, Samuel (1899-1964)

The Samuel Chotzinoff collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, and correspondence.

Manuscripts in the collection includes a variety of material related to numerous speaking engagements, radio scripts and program announcements, and drafts of various articles and book projects by Chotzinoff.  Radio scripts include NBC Orchestra Intermission Talks given by Chotzinoff (1938-1939).  Also included are typed drafts of lectures and articles (1940-1960).  There are galleys for five articles written by Chotzinoff for Holiday magazine on five musicians: Jascha Heifetz (Chotzinoff had served as his accompanist), Arthur Rubinstein, Gian Carlo Menotti (from whom Chotzinoff commissioned Amahl and the Night Visitors for NBC Television), Vladimir Horowitz, and Andres Segovia.  Also present are typed drafts with handwritten corrections for articles on Richard Rodgers, and multiple preliminary drafts for a piece on music critic Olin Downes.  

Manuscripts for books by Chotzinoff include a first draft of his autobiography, in two bound volumes; and an unpublished manuscript about the NBC Opera project, and English translation in modern and old operas.  Material regarding Days at the Morn includes a typed draft with handwritten corrections; miscellaneous pages from an unpublished version titled Fresh Woods and Pastures New; and a typed draft with and handwritten corrections for the preface, written and autographed by Osbert Sitwell, along with page proofs and galleys.   Material regarding A Little Night Music includes  an incomplete carbon typed draft with handwritten corrections, missing the sections on Horowitz, Menotti, Rubinstein, and Segovia; and galleys.  Also present is manuscript material for Eroica: A Novel Based on the Life of Ludwig Van Beethoven (Simon ans Schustser, 1930); A Lost Paradise (Knopf, 1955); and Toscanini: An Intimate Portrait (Knopf, 1955).

Printed material includes four scrapbooks of clippings from Chotzinoff’s series of regular columns for the New York Post titled “Words Without Music.”  They cover the dates 1935, 1936, 1939, and 1940.  There are also reviews and fan letters related to Amahl and the Night Visitors, the first opera written for television (NBC) which was commissioned and produced by Chotzinoff.  There are also reviews for A Lost Paradise, Days at the Morn, and A Little Night Music.  Also present are tear sheets for articles by Chotzinoff, including “My Personal Carnegie Hall” (Holiday), “Mr. Harris” (The New Yorker, Dec. 12, 1953), “Concert Pitch” and “A Russian Musician” (Gentle Reader, Dec. 1931), “Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue” (Vanity Fair, Aug. 1924, Chotzinoff’s first published piece), “Not All That Glitters is Gold” and “Music - Cheap and Expensive” (Arts & Decoration, Dec. 1934).      

Correspondence in the collection includes both personal and professional letter.  The professional items include letters to and from various publishers, editors, and agents, including the Knopfs, Brandt & Brandt, Vogue magazine, and others.  The personal correspondence is wide-ranging; notable correspondents include Max Beerbohm, Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein, Helen Hayes, Jascha Heifetz, Ben Hecht, Vladimir Horowitz, Serge Koussevitsky, W. Somerset Maugham, Gian Carlo Menotti, Clifford Odets, Eugene Ormandy, Richard Rodgers, Arthur Rubinstein, David Sarnoff, Andres Segovia, Robert Sherwood, Edith Sitwell, Osbert Sitwell, Herbert Bayard Swope, Arturo Toscanini, and others.

Chotzinoff is represented in the book collection with his memoirs, Days at the Morn (1964), A Little Night Music (1964), A Lost Paradise (1955), and Toscanini, an Intimate Portrait (1956).

Notable Figures
1. Chotzinoff, Samuel, 1889-1964
Associated Subjects
1. Music Collections Subject Guide
2. Criticism Subject Guide