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John Gruen collection of Gian-Carlo Menotti research (MSS 23)

Identifier: MSS 23
The collection includes interviews and working papers by author John Gruen for his book "Menotti: a Biography" (1978), commissioned by the Curtis Institute of Music.


  • 1956-1991



3.8 Linear feet ((5.5) archival boxes and (2) small photo boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Italian-born composer Gian Carlo Menotti studied composition under Rosario Scalero at the Curtis Institute of Music from 1928 to 1933, later returning to Curtis to teach composition himself from 1941 to 1955. Menotti is best known for his operas, including Amelia Goes to the Ball(1937), which premiered at the Curtis Institute of Music, and The Consul (1950). In 1958 he founded the Festival of Two Worlds, an annual celebration of opera, music, and drama held in Spoleto, Italy, which still continues to this day.


The collection is arranged in the following series: 1. Oral history tapes and transcripts 2. Manuscript drafts and editorial correspondence 3. Articles and writings about Menotti by John Gruen 4. Research materials and magazines 5. Spoleto Festival programs

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was purchased from John Gruen in 1991 with the generous support of the Arcadia Foundation.
John Gruen collection of Menotti research (MSS 23)
Kristina Wilson
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revised 2017

Revision Statements

  • 9 February 2017: spell check / general content editing

Repository Details

Part of the Curtis Institute of Music Archives Repository

1720 Locust St
Philadelphia PA 19103 United States