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Ignatius Gennusa collection (MSS 46)

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 46
The collection contains memorabilia, photographs, a scrapbook documenting Gennua's war service, and his first clarinet played as a child.

Dates

  • 1920-1988

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Extent

1.2 Linear feet ((1) photo box)

Biographical / Historical

Ignatius Gennusa studied with Jules Serpentini, clarinetist at the Philadelphia Orchestra, prior to being accepted to the Curtis Institute of Music in 1940. Though he officially graduated in 1945, Gennusa left Curtis early to serve in the Armed Forces. Upon returning from the war he played with the Ballet Theatre Orchestra, the National and Chicago Symphonies, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, where he stayed until his retirement in 1972. In addition, Gennusa was a member of the Peabody Conservatory faculty and the inventor of “The Excellente” clarinet mouthpiece.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of William J. Taylor in 2004.

Separated materials

Gennusa's first clarinet, purchased in 1930 for $25, is kept in the Artifact Collection.
Title
Ignatius Gennusa collection (MSS 46)
Status
completed
Author
Kristina Wilson
Date
2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Edition statement
revised 2017

Revision Statements

  • 24 January 2017: spell check/general content editing

Repository Details

Part of the Curtis Institute of Music Archives Repository

Contact:
1720 Locust St
Philadelphia PA 19103 United States