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Darius Milhaud collection, 1954-1992.
BANC MSS 2010/481 box 1; BANC MSS 2010/481 box 2; BANC MSS 2010/481 oversize folder 1; BANC MSS 2010/481
Collection Overview

Title:

Darius Milhaud collection, 1954-1992
Darius Milhaud music, programs, and photograph collection

Creator/Contributor:

Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974, creator

Creator/Contributor:

Western Jewish History Center, 210.

Creator/Contributor:

Judah L. Magnes Museum, 1970.002.

Creator/Contributor:

Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

Abstract:

The collection contains the English version libretto of Milhaud's opera, David, by Rollo Meyer; a program for its American premiere at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (1956); a program for a performance of David at the San Francisco Opera House (1963); photocopies of newspaper articles about David, both before and after the performance in Los Angeles; and some photographs of Milhaud and the cast of David. Of particular note are letters from musicians, like composer Ernest Bloch, conductor Leopold Stokowski and pianist Arthur Rubinstein; film directors, like Cecil B. deMille; many prominent figures in the California Jewish community, and from Pierre Mendes-France, then Prime Minister of France.

Date:

1954 (issued)

Subject:

n-us-ca
Milhaud, Darius -- 1892-1974 -- Archives
Operas -- California
Operas
California
Composers, Jewish
Jewish musicians

Note:

Formerly: Western Jewish History Center Collection Number 210
Formerly: Judah L. Magnes Museum Collection Number 1970.002
COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Darius Milhaud collection, BANC MSS 2010/481, The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Transfer; Judah L. Magnes Museum; 2010.
Darius Milhaud was born in France and immigrated to the United States in 1940. He was then a professor at Mills College, in Oakland, California from 1940 to 1971. His opera, "David," premiered at La Scala in Milan in 1955. In 1956, Jack Amidor and Seymour Fromer produced the American premiere at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, thanks to the fundraising efforts of "The Festival of Faith and Freedom Committee of the American Association for Jewish Education." The Committee worked relentlessly for over a year. It succeeded in raising the necessary funds and gathered the support of many, in California and beyond, to make the grandiose event possible. The opera was presented on Saturday, September 22, 1956.
Materials in English.

Type:

Photographs.
Programs.
Scores.

Physical Description:

2 (2 1

Language:

English

Identifier:

2005576742
BANC MSS 2010/481 box 1
BANC MSS 2010/481 box 2
BANC MSS 2010/481 oversize folder 1
BANC MSS 2010/481

Origin:

California

Copyright Note:

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.

Related Item:

David : Milhaud, Darius, : 1892-1974