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Caine Alder Collection

Caine Alder (1933-2012), a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, was among the major private American collectors of classical piano recordings and associated materials. During his lifetime he built an impressive collection that encompassed a broad range of pianistic history, with particular emphasis on such seminal figures as Hofmann, Rachmaninoff, and Horowitz. He established relationships with a number of like-minded collectors in the US and Europe, and was able to exchange rare material with them. His collection was especially strong in documenting Horowitz's American recitals during the late phase of his career (c.1966-87), as well as assembling a considerable quantity of articles, reviews, correspondence, and discographical data relating to Horowitz. Alder was also a close friend of Vladimir Ashkenazy and was partly responsible for initiating Ashkenazy's Decca/London recordings of the complete works of Chopin, for which Alder contributed the liner notes.

Photograph of Caine Alder Scrapbook MaterialsOf particular note is the extensive series of scrapbooks which Alder inherited from Virgil Murphy, a fellow Salt Lake City pianophile. These contain unique documents on the careers of hundreds of pianists both famous and obscure, with much material not accessible elsewhere. Alder was a skilled amateur pianist who taught privately in addition to his main work as a transportation executive. His studies included a year spent in New York (1962) working intensively with Jan Holcman. Alder contributed his reminiscences of Holcman to IPAM's publication of Holcman's essays ("Pianists On and Off the Record").


SERIES I – Virgil Murphy Scrapbooks

5,000 pages of scrapbook materials documenting the careers of nearly 700 pianists

SERIES II – Selected Pianist Files

Caine Alder’s correspondence with or concerning several eminent pianists, along with research notes. Included are over 100 letters from Vladimir Ashkenazy to Caine Alder and files concerning Sidney Foster, Robert Goldsand, Gary Graffman and Josef Hofmann, along with correspondence with fellow researchers Harry Anderson, Abram Chasins, Jan Holcman and Harold Schonberg

SERIES III - Miscellaneous Correspondence and Subject Files

Caine Alder’s correspondence with colleagues concerning pianists and piano recordings

SERIES IV – Vladimir Horowitz Files

Caine Alder’s extensive collection of articles, letters, discographies and miscellaneous research notes concerning Vladimir Horowitz