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International Piano Archives at Maryland

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By appointment,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Contact:

Donald Manildi
IPAM Curator
 
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
University of Maryland
2511 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
College Park, MD 20742-1630
(301) 405-9224
E-mail: godowsky@umd.edu


Arthur Loesser Collection

Arthur Loesser was born in New York on August 26, 1894 and is of German descent. He attended the New York public schools, College of the City of New York, and Columbia University. His formal musical education was acquired, for the most part, at the Institute of Musical Art, in New York, where he studied with Sigismund Stojowski and Percy Goetschius, and from which he graduated in 1912 with highest honors.Photograph of Arthur Loesser, pianist

He was a concert pianist, a devotee of chamber music, a teacher, and a writer on musical and other subjects. He made numerous tours throughout the United States and Australia with Maud Powell (1914-1919), to Japan, China, and the Philippines with Mischa Elman (1920-1921), and again the United States with Ernestine Schumann-Heink (1921-1922).

Mr. Loesser moved to Cleveland in 1926, joining the Cleveland Institute of Music faculty. In 1953, he became Head of the Piano Department at that institution.

During World War II, Mr. Loesser served in the Army as a Japanese language officer, retiring with the rank of major. He was ordered to Tokyo during the early months of the occupation, in the fall and winter of 1945-46. During that time he was soloist with the Nippon Philharmonic at Hibiya Hall, playing the Chopin Concerto in E minor, thus becoming the first American after the war, and while still in uniform, to perform music before a large Japanese audience.

Arthur Loesser was an active writer. From 1936 to 1941, he was editor of the program books of the Cleveland Orchestra. His book Men Women and Pianos: A Social History was published by Simon and Schuster in 1954. It became a standard work among literature written about the piano. Another book, Humor in American Song, was published in 1943.

An active recitalist and lecturer until his death (January 4, 1969), Arthur Loesser also was Cofounder and First President of the International Piano Library [which later became IPAM]. His brother, Frank Loesser, is the well-known Broadway composer.

SERIES DESCRIPTION

SERIES I - PERFORMANCE FILES

  • Publicity articles 
  • Fliers
  • Programs
  • Reviews of performances involving Loesser

SERIES II - LOESSER AS TEACHER

  • Master Classes
  • Lectures
  • Articles

SERIES III - CORRESPONDENCE

  • Dated correspondence
  • Undated correspondence

SERIES IV - LOESSER'S WRITINGS

  • Miscellaneous Articles and papers concerning musical subjects except the piano 
  • Writings concerning the piano
  • Book, concert, music and record reviews by Loesser
  • Program and record notes by Loesser
  • Miscellaneous writings by Loesser, including subjects not related to music

SERIES V - PHOTOGRAPHS

  • Candid, publicity and portrait photographs 
  • Photographs of Loesser while teaching and performing
  • Photographs of colleagues, family and friends of Loesser
  • Miscellaneous photographs and negatives

SERIES VI - MISCELLANEOUS CLIPPINGS

SERIES VII - TAPES

  • Dated 7-inch Reels 
  • Undated 7-inch Reels
  • Five-Inch Reels

SERIES VIII - SUBJECT FILES

  • Loesser's Life in Retrospect
  • Loesser's Personal Life
  • Loesser's Career 
  • Loesser's Colleagues
  • Awards, Honors and Medals
  • Loesser's Academic Records and Schoolbooks
  • Biography in Progress

SERIES IX - MISCELLANEOUS

  • Miscellameous Untranslated Materials 
  • Miscellaneous Materials
  • Oversize Materials

SERIES X - MUSIC

  • Catalogued Printed Music 
  • Non-catalogued Printed Music
  • Manuscript by Loesser - Titled
  • Manuscripts by Others
  • Miscellaneous Manuscript
  • Loesser Music Library at CIM

SERIES XI - SCRAPBOOKS