William Strasser papers (MSS 35)
Scope and Contents
The collection contains correspondence, artwork, and other materials documenting Strasser's work in various fields including composition, conducting, engraving, orchestration, copying, and editing.
- Strasser, William, 1875-1944 (Person)
Language of Materials
The letters are written in German or English, apart from one letter in Italian by Gemma Benotti.
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research.
Biographical / Historical
The Austro-Hungarian composer, conductor, and artist William Strasser (1875-1944) studied violin and piano at the conservatories of Vienna and Prague. He was the accompanist of Fritz Kreisler on his first concert tour and conducted operas in Spain, Italy, and Eastern Europe. Over time, however, Strasser found he was going deaf, an eventuality which prompted him to refocus his career away from music performance. He took work as an assistant to composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov in Petrograd, Russia while simultaneously editing for a Petrograd publishing house and taking etching and painting classes from Russian artist Mikhail Rundaltzoff (1871-1935).
In June 1914 Strasser and his wife moved to New York, where he worked as an editor and orchestrator for music publishers, composers, and musicians including Leopold Stokowski, Richard Strauss, and Josef Hofmann. In 1928 Hofmann, director of the Curtis Institute of Music (1927-1938), appointed Strasser as a consultant to the library, where he worked as a translator, arranger, orchestrator, and editor until 1942.
1.83 Linear feet ((2) archival boxes and (2) oversized folders)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Strasser bequeathed his compositions, art work, and papers to Ella Saile-Mautzer, his former assistant at the library of the Curtis Institute of Music. She donated his music and art work to the library in 1977, while passing on his correspondence to her nephew Alfred Korn. Mr. Korn donated the correspondence to the Curtis Archives in 2010.
- William Strasser papers (MSS 35)
- Barbara Benedett
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- Edition statement
- revised 2017