Donald Garvelmann Collection
Donald Garvelmann, a New York pianophile, collector, pianist and music publisher who died in 2001, was one of the great amateur enthusiasts of the keyboard. He amassed not only a remarkable collection of rare piano scores from the 19th and 20th centuries, but also a truly formidable knowledge of piano literature. He contributed liner notes to many recordings of rare repertoire (including Michael Ponti's complete Scriabin survey for Vox), and was instrumental in generating interest in the music of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji. As a friend of Sorabji who both met and corresponded with him, Garvelmann obtained Sorabji's permission for pianist Michael Habermann to give many first performances and recordings of Sorabji's piano works.
Garvelmann's enthusiasm for unjustly neglected piano repertoire was channeled into Music Treasure Publications, of which he was the sole director. During its existence, MTP offered high-quality reprints, with extensive annotations, of concertos by Moscheles (No.3), Scharwenka (No.1), Litolff (No.3), and Henselt (F Minor), as well as solo pieces by Herz and Thalberg. IPAM houses the remaining MTP stock of these scores. Copies are now available through IPAM at reasonable cost. Specific details may be obtained by contacting the Curator.