Tureck, Rosalyn (1914-2003)

The Rosalyn Tureck papers are a comprehensive collection of various materials documenting every aspect of Tureck’s life and career. The collection consists of manuscripts, musical scores, printed material, correspondence, professional material, financial material, photographs, audio and video recordings, and other items.

Manuscripts by Tureck in the collection are extensive, including books, articles, essays, reviews, lectures, interviews, and program and liner notes. Nearly every title is present in multiple drafts.

Manuscripts for books by Tureck in the collection include her autobiography, with drafts, notes, and research dating from 1935 to 2002; An Introduction to the Performance of Bach (Oxford University Press, 1960); Critical and Performance Edition of J. S. Bach Performance, 1750-1972, Via the Chromatic Fantasie and Fugue ; Italian Concerto: Transcriptions and Critical Notes (includes galley proofs, notes, and correspondence dated 1976-1978); Prelude and Suite in E Minor, from the Tureck Bach Urtext Series; and the Bach Suite in C Minor, edited by Tureck (1984).

Manuscripts for articles and essays in the collection date from the 1950s to the 1990s. Most items deal with Johann Sebastian Bach. Also present are research papers by Tureck, as well as several autobiographical essays, biographical notes for publicity items and concert programs, and reviews by Tureck.

Transcripts of lectures, talks, and interviews in the collection date from 1939 to 1999. These include a lecture at the British Institute of Recorded Sound (1957); an interview for the New York Herald-Tribune (1961); the University of California, San Diego Regents’ Lecture (1966); lectures given at Julliard Conservatory of Music (1972); an interview with the BBC (1976); a talk given at the United Nations (1979); a master class at the University of Maryland (1983); an appearance on Firing Line with William F. Buckley, Jr. (1985); a talk at Yale University (1992); and various other master class and lecture transcripts.

Manuscripts for program and liner notes by Tureck are present in the collection dating from 1939 on; also included are some general notes regarding non-musical subjects.

Manuscripts by others in the collection include copies of a few typed poems by Anne Sexton; “Overdrive: A Personal Documentay” and “The Story of Henri Tod,” both by William F. Buckley, Jr. and inscribed to Tureck; and various articles, poems, and papers, some about Tureck; several are about scientific topics that Tureck was interested in.

Musical scores in the collection are extensive, and several contain Tureck’s handwritten annotations. Many of the scores are of pieces by J. S. Bach. Other composers represented include Ludwig van Beethoven, Joseph Haydn, Alan Hovhaness, David Diamond, Vincent Persichetti, and numerous others. Also present in the collection are scores for pieces composed by Tureck, as well as Tureck’s transcriptions, notes, and musical notebooks.

Printed material in the collection includes magazine clippings of published articles and reviews by Tureck (1930s-1990s). Titles of publications include Musical Times, Making Music, American Music Teacher, The South African Music Teacher, Dansk Musiktidsskrift (Danish), Saturday Review, Music Journal, The Piano Teacher, New Statesman, The Sunday Times, BBC Music, Natural History, Scientific American, Oxford University Gazette, Keyboard Classics, Gramophone, and The American Oxonian . Also present in the collection are numerous concert programs, primarily from performances by Tureck (1920-1990s) as well as articles, publicity items, programs, and magazines regarding Tureck (and other general topics) and posters, fliers, and pamphlets advertising Tureck’s performances, lectures, talks, and classes.

Correspondence in the collection consists of both personal and professional letters.

Professional correspondence includes numerous letters, dating from the 1930’s to 2003. Subjects include tours and concerts; legal affairs; Columbia Artists Management, Inc.; publishing and other literary affairs; recordings, films and broadcasts; Ibbs and Tillet, English theatrical agents; lectures and teaching engagements; financial affairs; and other subjects.

Personal correspondence is also extensive, with letters dating from 1931 to 2003. Subjects include fan mail; family letters; and students. Notable correspondents include Ernest Bloch, William F. Buckley, Jr., Myra Hess, the Steinway family, Anne Sexton, George Trevelyan, Edward Albee, Saul Bellow, Leonard Bernstein, Theodore Bikel, Elisabeth Bishop, Aaron Copland, Alger Hiss, Vladimir Horowitz, Aida Lovell, Yehudi Menuhin, Marston Morse, Iris Murdoch, Humphrey Noble, Joseph Papp, Jonas Salk, Olga Samaroff, and William Schuman.

Professional material in the collection primarily consists of files pertaining to the International Bach Society, founded by Tureck; its name was later changed to the Tureck Bach Society. The bulk of this material dates from 1966 to the 1980s, and includes material regarding lectures delivered by Tureck and others at IBS / TBS congresses, administrative records, program notes, financial records, and other items. Other professional material includes files regarding tours, performances, recitals, lectures, master classes, contracts and agreements, scholarship, teaching, publication, the Tureck Bach Research Foundation, and other subjects.

Financial material in the collection dates from ca. 1960 to the 1990s, and includes insurance records, bills, receipts, foreign currency, expense records, and other documents.

Photographs in the collection date from ca. 1935 to the 2000s. Subjects include publicity photos, family and friends, and Tureck at concerts and recitals.

The collection includes numerous audio recordings of Tureck’s performances, lectures, recitals, speeches, and demos for studio recordings. Formats includes reel-to-reel, cassette, long-playing record, and compact disc. Included are records by Sharon Isbin (a close collaborator on guitar transcriptions of Bach) inscribed to Tureck, and an interview with Tureck by Arthur E. Zimmerman (1982).

Video recordings in the collection include several video cassettes of lectures by Tureck in the 1990s, as well as recordings of performances by Tureck.

Other items in the collection include Tureck’s personal collection of musical instruments from around the world; her pocket diary (1974-1975); various concert posters; items from Tureck’s first foreign tour in 1947; numerous awards, including her 1983 Grammy Award nomination; and other miscellaneous items.
Notable Figures
1. Tureck, Rosalyn
2. Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750
Associated Subjects
1. Women's Studies Collections -- Music and Dance Subject Guide
2. Music Collections Subject Guide
3. Helen Deutsch Research Section
4. Pianists
5. Harpsichordists.
6. Piano – Instruction and study.
7. Piano – Performance.
8. Clavichord.
9. Harpsichord.
10. Music – 17th century.
11. Music – 18th century.
12. International Bach Society.
13. Lectures
14. Photographs
15. Contracts