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Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Sources:

Description of Series

Series I. Music Manuscripts, 1915-1982, undated

Series II. Personal and Professional Papers, 1937-1989, undated

Oversize materials

University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

George Lessner:

An Inventory of His Papers in the Manuscript Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Creator: Lessner, George, 1904-1997
Title: George Lessner Papers
Dates: 1915-1989, undated
Abstract: George Lessner was a Hungarian-born American composer who wrote music for films, television, and the stage, as well as classical concert pieces and popular songs. The George Lessner Papers consist primarily of original music manuscripts. Also present are published scores and personal and professional papers.
Extent: 16 document boxes, 13 oversize boxes (osb) (11.10 linear feet)
Language: English, French, German, and Hungarian
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Biographical Sketch

George Lessner (1904-1997) was a composer of music for films, television, and the stage, as well as classical concert pieces and popular songs. Lessner graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in Budapest, his native city, where he was a pupil of composers Zoltan Kodaly and Bela Bartok. In 1926, Lessner immigrated to the United States, and eventually settled in Hollywood where wrote popular songs and composed music for Deanna Durbin films and Walter Lantz cartoons. In 1939, Lessner’s symphony "Sunrise" was performed in a national radio broadcast. The following year, Lessner moved to New York City, and was commissioned by NBC to write an opera for radio broadcast--The Nightingale and the Rose, based on the prose poem by Oscar Wilde--which was performed in 1942 by the NBC Symphony. In 1944, Lessner’s symphony "A Merry Overture" was performed at Carnegie Hall.

Lessner orchestrated or composed music for three short run Broadway musicals, Night of Love (1941), Mr. Strauss Goes to Boston (1945), and Sleepy Hollow (1948). In the 1950s, he composed music for television series, including The Billy Rose Show and a children’s program, Bobo the Hobo and His Traveling Troupe.

George Lessner died on May 12, 1997 in New Rochelle, New York. He was survived by two sons, Alford and Robert.

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Scope and Contents

The George Lessner Papers, 1915-1989, undated, consist primarily of music manuscripts. Also present are published scores, scripts, correspondence, programs, and clippings. The papers are organized into two series: I. Music Manuscripts, 1915-1982, undated; and II. Personal and Professional Papers, 1937-1989.

Series I. Music Manuscripts (15 document boxes, 13 oversize boxes) contains the majority of the Lessner papers and is further divided into four subseries: A. Composed by George Lessner, 1915-1982, undated; B. Composed by Alford Lessner, 1948-1954, undated; C. Works by Others, 1935-1949, undated; and D. Fragments and Unidentified Works, undated.

The works in Subseries A. are arranged under four headings according to the genre of work: 1. Classical Music Scores, 1915-1982, undated; 2. Film, Radio, and Television Scores, 1937-1953, undated; 3. Musical Theater Scores, 1945-1952, undated; and 4. Popular Songs, 1930-1941, undated. The classical music scores are further broken down into original compositions by Lessner and works that are transcriptions or arrangements of works originally composed by others. Some of the classical scores are titled in Hungarian and transcriptions of Lessner’s handwriting may not be accurate. Classical works by Lessner include his opera The Nightingale and the Rose, works for full sympony orchestra such as "The Merry Overture", art songs based on texts by poets such as Paul Verlaine and Sándor Petöfi, and short compositions for solo piano. Among the film, radio, and television scores are a large number of complete scores for episodes of the 1950’s children’s television show Bobo the Hobo and His Traveling Troupe, and one score for a Walter Lantz cartoon starring Oswald the Rabbit, "The Dumb Cluck." Lessner’s musical theater scores include two shows that had brief runs on Broadway, Sleepy Hollow (1948), and Mr. Strauss Goes to Boston (1945). In the 1930s, Lessner composed several popular songs that were printed as sheet music, including a song written for Blanche Calloway, "Honey, I’se Cold, I Is."

Subseries B. consists of works composed by Alford Lessner, George Lessner’s son, including classical compositions, popular songs, and an unfinished work for jazz band. Subseries C. contains works by other composers, such as Harry Revel and Robert Stolz. Subseries D. contains fragments of scores and unidentified scores, which may be the work of George or Alford Lessner.

Series II. Personal and Professional Papers (1 document box) includes correspondence, programs, and clippings from performances of George Lessner’s works, and correspondence, clippings, and programs related to his wife, Lorraine Lessner, and son, Alford Lessner.

Condition Note

The score of The Nightingale and the Rose in Boxes 17-18 is coated with debris from deteriorating adhesive tape. Researchers may wish to wear gloves while handling individual leaves.

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Restrictions

Access:

Open for research

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Separated Material

Audio materials received with the George Lessner Papers have been transferred to the Ransom Center’s Sound Recording Collection.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Gift, 2012 (12-01-013-G)

Processed by:

Ancelyn Krivak, 2012

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Sources:

In addition to material found within the George Lessner Papers, the following sources were used:

"George Lessner." Internet Broadway Database. http://www.ibdb.com/person.php?id=12050 (Accessed April 2012).

"George Lessner, 92, Film and TV Composer."New York Times, 25 May 1997. http://www.nytimes.com/1997/05/25/arts/george-lessner-92-film-and-tv-composer.html (Accessed April 2012).

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Container List

 

Series I. Music Manuscripts, 1915-1982, undated

Subseries A. Composed by George Lessner, 1915-1982, undated
1. Classical Music Scores, 1915-1982, undated
Original Works, 1915-1982, undated
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1.1 23rd Psalm (The Lord Is My Shepherd…), signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 4-6 pages (4 versions), 1935
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1.2 Adagio, signed incomplete manuscript score for string orchestra, 2 pages, undated
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1.3 As asszony és a tudás, ballet-pantomime, signed manuscript music for piano, 28 pages, 1920
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1.4 Aubade, signed manuscript score for string orchestra, 10 pages (4 copies), 1943
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1.5 Ballada, signed manuscript music for piano, 10 pages, 1920
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1.6 Bar a Fekete Macskához, signed manuscript music for piano, 37 pages, 1923-1924
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1.7 The Brook, signed manuscript music for piano, 5 pages (2 copies), undated
The Bungling Bugler (A March)
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1.8 Signed manuscript music for piano, 5 pages (3 copies), 1950-1951
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1.9 Signed manuscript music for piano, 5 pages (3 copies), 1950-1951
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1.10 Choral Variatio, manuscript fragment of score for four voices, 2 pages, 1921
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1.11 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, signed incomplete manuscript piano reduction, 20-25 pages (3 versions), 1945-1978, undated
Ecstasy (A Tone Poem)
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18 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 68 pages, 1936
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1.12 Signed manuscript music for piano [incomplete?], 2 pages, 1936
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1.13 Various orchestra parts, photocopies and manuscripts, undated
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1.14 Eight-Sixteenth (An Etude for Piano), signed manuscript music for piano, 3 pages, undated
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1.15 Etud pour piano, signed incomplete manuscript music for piano, 2 pages, 1920
Eventide (A Symphonic Poem)
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23.1 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 37-43 pages (2 versions), 1939
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23.2 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 57-64 pages (3 versions), 1942
Signed manuscript orchestra parts
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1.16 Brass, undated
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1.17 Percussion, undated
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1.18-2.2 Strings, undated
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2.3 Woodwinds, undated
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2.4 Signed manuscript piano sketch, 26 pages, 1942
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2.5 Manuscript worksheets, undated
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2.6 Galop #1, manuscript short score, 8 pages, undated
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2.7 Gavotte, signed incomplete manuscript music for piano, 2 pages, 1946
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2.8 Hebrew Chant, signed incomplete manuscript score for voice and piano, 2 pages, undated
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2.9 L’heure exquise, text by Paul Verlaine, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 3 pages (4 copies), 1922
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2.10 Hungarian Dance, signed manuscript music for piano, 5 pages (2 copies), 1941
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2.11 Hungarian songs [various titles], signed manuscript scores for voice and piano, 1915, 1920-1922, undated
In Memoriam
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24.1 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 13 pages (4 copies), 1944
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2.12 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 12 pages, 1944
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2.13 Signed manuscript music for piano, 2-5 pages (6 versions), 1944
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2.14 Indian Dance, signed manuscript music for piano, 4 pages, 1942
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2.15 Joanne, signed manuscript music for piano, 1 page, 1973
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2.16 La lune blanche, text by Paul Verlaine, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 3 pages, 1922
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2.17 March, signed manuscript score for orchestra, 8 pages (2 copies), undated
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2.18 Märchen, signed manuscript music for piano, 6 pages, 1921
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3.1 Das Melodrama, text by Béla Bálazs, signed manuscript music for piano with recitative, 38 pages, 1922
A Merry Overture
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3.2-3 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 56 pages (4 copies), 1943
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24.2-25.1 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 55 pages (3 copies), 1943
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3.4 Signed manuscript music for piano, 22 pages (2 copies), 1942, 1944
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3.5 Manuscript music for piano, fragments, 1942
Signed manuscript orchestra parts
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3.6 Brass, undated
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3.7 Strings, undated
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3.8 Tympani, undated
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3.9 Woodwinds, undated
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3.10 Manuscript music for piano, various fragments, 1917-1918
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3.11 Nem Ver Engem Meg Az Isten, text by Sándor Petöfi, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 3-4 pages (3 versions), 1924
The Nightingale and the Rose [opera based on the prose poem by Oscar Wilde], book by Nicholas Bela
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17-18 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 341 pages, undated
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19 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 318 pages bound, undated
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4.1-2 Photocopy of score for orchestra, 318 pages, undated
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4.3 Manuscript music fragments titled "Revisions for NBC," undated
Signed manuscript orchestra parts
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4.4 French horns, undated
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4.5 Trumpet, undated
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4.6 Trombones, undated
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4.7 Percussion, undated
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4.8 Bass, undated
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4.9 Celeste, undated
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4.10 Cello, undated
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4.11 Harp, undated
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5.1 Viola, undated
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5.2 First violin, undated
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5.3 Second violin, undated
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5.4 Bassoons, undated
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5.5 Clarinets, undated
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5.6 First flute, undated
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5.7 Second flute, undated
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6.1 Oboes, undated
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6.2 Commentator, undated
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6.3 Vocal parts, undated
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6.4 Various orchestra parts, undated
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20 Signed manuscript score for voices and piano, 164 pages, 1940
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21 Signed manuscript score for voices and piano, 156 pages, 1940, revised 1942
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22 Signed manuscript score for voices and piano, 157 pages, 1942
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16.13 Microfilm score for voices and piano, undated
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6.5 Typescript libretto by Nicholas Bela (3 copies), undated
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6.6 Script outline with song lyrics, excerpts of reviews and Lessner biography, 1942, undated
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6.7 Let Me Build Music by Moonlight from The Nightingale and the Rose, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 5 pages, undated
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6.8 Nocturne from The Nightingale and the Rose, signed manuscript score for orchestra, 25-28 pages (2 versions), 1942, undated
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6.9-10 Manuscript sketches, undated
Paprika (A Hungarian Dance)
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7.1 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 20-24 pages (3 versions), 1941, 1943
Signed manuscript orchestra parts
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7.2 Brass, undated
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7.3 Percussion, undated
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7.4 Strings, undated
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7.5 Woodwinds, undated
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7.6 Music for piano, two printed scores and one handwritten score, 4-5 pages, 1943, undated
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7.7 Piano Quartett, signed incomplete manuscript score for piano quartet, 8 pages, undated
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7.8 Pierot, signed manuscript music for piano, 4 pages, 1921
Pixie Pranks (A Scherzo)
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7.9 Signed manuscript score for violin and piano, 6-10 pages (2 versions), 1943, undated
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7.10 Signed manuscript music for piano, 6 pages (3 copies), 1943, undated
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7.11 Signed manuscript music for violin, 2 pages, undated
A Poem
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7.12 Signed manuscript score for viola and orchestra, 4 pages, undated
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7.13 Signed manuscript score for violin and orchestra, 5 pages, 1944
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7.14 Signed manuscript score for viola and piano, 9 pages, undated
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7.15 Signed manuscript music for viola, 2 pages (3 copies), 1943, undated
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7.16 Signed manuscript score for violin and piano, 6-10 pages (3 versions), 1943, undated
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7.17 Signed manuscript music for violin, 3 pages (2 copies), undated
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7.18 Signed manuscript score for string quartet, 10 pages (2 copies), 1982, undated
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7.19 Polka, signed manuscript music for piano, 7 pages, and fragments of piano sketch, 1944
Puppet Polka
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7.20 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 26 pages (2 copies), 1944
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7.21 Printed music for piano, 5 pages (4 copies), 1944
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7.22 Signed manuscript music for piano ("orchestral version"), 8 pages, 1944
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7.23 The Queen’s Maid, opera [in Hungarian], libretto by Béla Bálazs, signed manuscript score, 70 pages, 1921
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7.24 Reflection, signed manuscript music for piano, 3-7 pages (2 versions), 1943, undated
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7.25 Románc pour violin, signed manuscript score for violin and piano, 9 pages, 1921
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7.26 Romance, signed manuscript music for piano, 4 pages, undated
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7.27 Die Schatten, text by Béla Bálazs, signed manuscript music for piano with recitative, 30 pages, 1922
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7.28 Serenade (Josephine), signed manuscript music for piano, 3-4 pages (3 versions), 1943
Snowflakes
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8.1 Ballet-pantomime in one act, signed manuscript music for piano with recitative, 44-48 pages (2 versions), 1929, 1930
March from the ballet-suite Snowflakes
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8.2 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 18-38 pages (3 versions), 1942
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8.3 Signed manuscript orchestra parts, undated
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8.4 Signed manuscript music for piano, 12 pages (2 copies), 1942, undated
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8.5 Sonata, signed manuscript music for piano, 13 pages, undated
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8.6 A Sonnet, signed manuscript score for violin and piano, 3-4 pages (4 versions), 1944
Stories From a Nursery Book (A Suite for Orchestra)
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8.7 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 50-53 pages (2 versions), 1941
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25.2 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 38 pages, 1941
Signed manuscript orchestra parts
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8.8 Brass, undated
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8.9 Percussion, undated
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8.10 Strings, undated
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8.11 Woodwinds, undated
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8.12 1. Once Upon a Time…, signed manuscript score for violin and piano, 3 pages, 1942
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8.13 Signed manuscript music for piano, 14-15 pages (4 versions), 1942, undated
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8.14 Manuscript piano sketches, undated
Sunrise (A Tone Poem)
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25.3-4 Signed manuscript music for orchestra, 36 pages (2 copies), 1938
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8.15 Signed manuscript music for piano, 13 pages (2 complete scores and one fragment), 1938
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8.16 Sunset on the Saugatuck, signed manuscript music for piano, 7-8 pages (3 versions), 1943, 1945
Symphonic Poem in D Minor
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8.17 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 33-39 pages (2 versions), 1937, 1944
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26.1-2, 27.1 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 80-92 pages (3 versions), 1938
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27.2 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 84 pages bound, 1938
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28.2-3 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 83 pages (2 copies), 1944
Signed manuscript orchestra parts
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9.1 Brass, undated
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9.2 Percussion, undated
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9.3 Strings, undated
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9.4 Woodwinds, undated
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9.5 Today, text by Vivian Yeiser Laramore, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 4 pages (3 copies), 1942
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9.6 Two Short Pieces for the Piano, signed manuscript music for piano, 2 pages, 1976
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9.7 Valse, signed manuscript score for orchestra, 14 pages, 1951
Valse Carnival
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9.8 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 44 pages (2 complete scores and one incomplete score), 1944
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9.9 Signed manuscript music for piano, 9 pages, 1944
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9.10 Valse Fantastique, signed manuscript music for piano, 12 pages, 1944
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9.11 Valse Humoresque, signed manuscript music for piano, 12 pages, 1944
Untitled manuscript music for piano
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9.12 1918
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9.13 1921
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9.14 1931
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9.15 War and Peace, signed manuscript worksheets for orchestra, 1941
Adaptations of Works by Others, 1921-1939, undated
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9.16 Allegretto by Ludwig Van Beethoven, manuscript transcription for string orchestra, 3 pages, undated
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9.17 Ave Maria by Franz Schubert, manuscript transcription for orchestra, short score, 3 pages, undated
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9.18 Minuetto by Ludwig Van Beethoven, signed manuscript transcription for string orchestra, 3 pages, 1921
Portrait of a Lovely Lady (tone poem for orchestra on a theme by Harry Revel)
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29.1 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 26-31 pages, 1939
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9.19 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 31 pages, 1939
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9.20 Signed manuscript short score, 12 pages, 1939
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20.2 The Star-Spangled Banner, words by Francis Scott Key, music by John Stafford Smith, manuscript transcription for orchestra, 5-8 pages (2 versions), 1943, undated
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9.21 Tritsch-Tratsch Polka (Opus 214) by Johann Strauss, signed manuscript transcription for orchestra, 21 pages, undated
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29.3 Valse, by Harry Revel, orchestration by George Lessner, signed manuscript score for orchestra, 28 pages, undated
Waltz in Blue, by Harry Revel, orchestration by George Lessner
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29.4 Signed manuscript score for orchestra, 28 pages, undated
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10.1 Signed manuscript orchestra parts, undated
2. Film, Radio, and Television Scores, 1937-1953, undated
Bobo the Hobo and His Traveling Troupe (TV series)
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10.2 Episode 101: The Prairie Princess, book and lyrics by Stella Unger, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 14 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1951
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10.3 Episode 102: Betty and the Pirate (The Pirate and the Princess), book by Budd Fishel, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 20 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1952
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10.4 Episode 103: Mountain Cinderella, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 18 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1952
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10.5 Episode 104: The Lost Mine, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 14 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1952
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10.6 Episode 105: The Three Wishes, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 8 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1952
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10.7 Episode 106: The Toy Shop, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 16 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1952
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10.8 Episode 107: The Maid and the Monster (The Maid and the Dragon), lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 12 pages, manuscript scores of individual songs, and typescript with annotations, 1952
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10.9 Episode 108: The Elves and King Kotton, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 15 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1952
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10.10 Episode 109: The Lost Space Ship, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 16 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1952
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10.11 Episode 110: Trouble in Texas, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 17 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1952
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10.12 Episode 111: Bill Brawny Private Eye, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 14 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1952
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10.13 Episode 112: The 49’ers, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 10 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1952
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10.14 Episode 113: The Elf Who Couldn’t Be Bad, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 11 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1953
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10.15 Episode 114: Magic on the Hudson, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 15 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1953
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10.16 Episode 201: The Voyages of the S. S. Fantasy, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 22 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1953
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10.17 Episode 202: Don Quixote, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 19 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1953
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11.1 Episode 203: The Three Musketeers, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 20 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1953
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11.2 Episode 204: The Tempest, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 24 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1953
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11.3 Episode 205: Faust, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 19 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1953
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11.4 Episode 206: Romeo and Juliet, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 22 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1953
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11.5 Episode 207: Christopher Columbus, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 23 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1953
Episode 207: Christopher Columbus, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 23 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1953
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11.6 Episode 208: Helen of Troy, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 20 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1953
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11.7 Episode 209: The Lost Tomb, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 18 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1953
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11.8 Episode 210: In Old Vienna, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, manuscript scores of individual songs, 1953
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11.9 Episode 211: A Tale of Old Japan, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 19 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1953
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11.10 Episode 212: The Gaucho, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 16 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1953
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11.11 Episode 213: The Mysterious Island, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 19 pages, and manuscript scores of individual songs, 1953
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11.12 The Gondolier’s Song, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein, score for voice and piano, 4 pages, 1953
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11.13 The Dumb Cluck (Walter Lantz film short), signed manuscript score for orchestra, 79 pages, 1937
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11.14 Four Freedoms (Prudential Radio program), manuscript sketches for piano, 9 pages, 1943
3. Musical Theater Scores, 1945-1952, undated
Careless Love, book by H. L. Fishel, lyrics by Edward Eager (unproduced)
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11.15 Signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 82 pages bound, 1950
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11.16 Act One Scene 1 Stackolee’s death…, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 10-11 pages (2 versions), undated
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11.17 Act Two Scene 6 Frankie and Johnny, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 13 pages, undated
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11.18 Overture from Careless Love, signed manuscript music for piano, 10 pages, 1950
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11.19 Assorted songs from Careless Love, signed manuscript scores for voice and piano [with lyrics], 1949-1951, undated
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11.20 Assorted songs from Careless Love, signed manuscript scores for voice and piano [without lyrics], 1948-1950, undated
Gumbo Ya-Ya, book by Bud Fishel and Paul Milton, lyrics by Alice Hammerstein (unproduced)
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12.1 Signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 71 pages, 1952
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12.2 Signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 101 pages bound, 1952
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12.3 Creole Love, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 2 pages, 1951
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12.4 Give Me Room, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 4 pages, undated
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12.5 I Feel So Feelsy, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 4 pages, 1951
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12.6 I’ve Never Been Away, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 4 pages (3 copies), 1951
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12.7 Johnny’s Soliloquy, signed incomplete manuscript score for voice and piano, 5 pages, 1952
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12.8 The Results Is Just the Same, signed incomplete manuscript score for voice and piano, 2 pages, 1951
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12.9 Until This Moment (Ballad), signed manuscript score for voice and piano [without lyrics], 4 pages, 1951
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12.10 What I Say Goes, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 4 pages (2 copies), 1951-1952
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12.11 Typescript lyric sheets, undated
Mr. Strauss Goes to Boston (1945), book by Felix Brentano and Leonard L. Levinson, lyrics by Robert Sour, music by Robert Stolz with Johann Strauss music adapted and arranged by Robert Stolz and George Lessner
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12.12 Printed conductor’s score, 242 pages bound, 1945
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12.13 Ballets, No. 25 A, B, and C, music by Robert Stolz, orchestration by George Lessner, three signed manuscript orchestra scores, 18-27 pages, undated
Sleepy Hollow (1948), book and lyrics by Russell Maloney and Miriam Battista, music by George Lessner
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13.1 Signed manuscript conductor’s score, 193 pages, undated
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13.2 Printed conductor’s score with correspondence and photograph, 178 pages, bound, 1948
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13.3 Act One signed manuscript score for voices and piano, 32 pages, undated
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13.4 Legend of Sleepy Hollow manuscript piano sketches, 1945, undated
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13.5 Gavotte, signed manuscript music for piano, 2-3 pages (2 versions), 1946, undated
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13.6 Prelude to Act I, signed incomplete manuscript music for piano, 1 page, undated
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13.7 The Psalm (Autumn), signed manuscript music for piano, 3 pages, 1946
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13.8 The Ride of the Headless Horseman, signed manuscript music for piano, 10 pages, 1946
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13.9 The Gray Goose, printed score for voice and piano, 2 pages (6 copies) and signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 4 pages, 1948
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13.10 Here and Now, printed score for voice and piano, 3 pages (6 copies) and signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 7 pages, 1948
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13.11 I’m Lost, printed score for voice and piano, 3 pages (9 copies), 1948
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13.12 The Things That Lovers Say, printed and photocopied scores for voice and piano, 4 pages (6 copies, 2 incomplete) and signed manuscript score for string quintet, 8 pages, with second violin part, 4 pages, 1948
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13.13 Time Stands Still, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 4 pages, 1947
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13.14 Typewritten lyric sheets, undated
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14.1 Typewritten prompt script, 1948
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14.2 Bound typewritten script, undated
4. Popular Songs, 1930-1941, undated
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14.3 Always the Best Man, words and music by David Ormont and George Lessner, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 4 pages, undated
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14.4 Be Kind to the One I Love, words by Mildred Haynes, music by George Lessner and Ray Cameron, printed score for voice and piano, 2 pages (3 copies), 1934
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14.5 Chain Letter Blues, words and music by Ray Cameron and George Lessner, printed score for voice and piano, 4 pages (2 copies), 1935
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14.6 Dearest, words and music by David Ormont and George Lessner, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 3 pages, undated
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14.7 Honey, I’se Cold, I Is, words and music by Ray Cameron and George Lessner, ("Successfully introduced and featured by Blanche Calloway") printed score for voice and piano, 4 pages (4 copies, 1 incomplete), 1935
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14.8 I Found My Heaven In Your Dreamy Eyes, words by Robert Gilbert, music adapted by George Lessner from Tchaikovsky’s 6th Symphony, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 4 pages, 1941
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14.9 If You But Only Knew, words and music by David Ormont and George Lessner, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 3 pages, undated
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14.10 I’m Gonna Die, words and music by David Ormont and George Lessner, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 3 pages, undated
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14.11 Just One More Kiss, words by Connie Ford Williams, music by George Lessner and Ray Cameron, printed score for voice and piano, 2 pages (4 copies), 1934
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14.12 Like the Birds, lyric by Robert Gilbert, music by George Lessner, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 3 pages (2 copies), 1941
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14.13 My Gypsy Love, words and music by Katharine Bainbridge and George Lessner, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 3 pages, 1936
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14.14 My Poster Girl, words by Lorraine Lessner, music by George Lessner, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 4 pages, 1930
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14.15 A Turn of the Wheel, words and music by David Ormont and George Lessner, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 3 pages, undated
Subseries B. Composed by Alford Lessner, 1948-1954, undated
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14.16 Signed manuscript score for string orchestra, 10 pages, undated
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14.17 Signed manuscript transcription for piano, 5 pages, undated
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14.18 Ballad, signed incomplete manuscript music for piano, 2 pages, undated
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14.19 Chanson de Garbage, signed incomplete manuscript score for jazz band, 1 page, 1954
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14.20 Love Is My Song, words by Perry Bialor and Sandra Dobin, music by Alford Lessner, signed manuscript music for voice and piano, 3 pages, undated
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14.21 Pep Song, words by Evelyn Weinrich and Perry Bialor, music by Alford Lessner, signed manuscript music for voice and piano, 2-3 pages (2 versions), 1949
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14.22 Sonata for Piano, 1st movement, signed manuscript music for piano, 8 pages, undated
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14.23 String Quartet, signed manuscript score for string quartet, 8 pages, 1948
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14.24 Suite for Flute and Orchestra, signed manuscript fragment, 1 page, undated
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14.25 Manuscript fragments of orchestra parts transcribed from various works, undated
Subseries C. Works by Others, 1935-1949, undated
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14.26 At Twilight Hour, words by Katharine Bainbridge, music by Sol B. Cohen, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 2 pages, undated
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14.27 Summer-night on the river, by Frederick Delius, printed music for piano, undated
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14.28 What’s the Sense of Dreaming, by Richard Frederick, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 3 pages, 1949
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14.29 Manuscript music fragment by Richard Frederick, 1 page, undated
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14.30 In Copacabana, words by Mort Greene, music by Harry Revel, printed score for voice and piano, 3 pages, 1941
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14.31 Linda, words and music by Jack Lawrence, printed score for voice and piano, 3 pages, 1946
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14.32 Castilian Love Song, by "Fred Salathé", signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 3 pages, 1935
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14.33 Ask Anyone Who Knows, words and music by Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus, and Al Kaufman, printed score for voice and piano, 2 pages, 1947
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14.34 Latin American Songs, compiled and edited by David Stevens, printed songbook for voice and piano, 46 pages, 1941
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14.35 So soll die Liebe sein, Sonja! words by Robert Gilbert, music by Robert Stolz, signed manuscript score for voice and piano, 4 pages, undated
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14.36 A Hindoo in Hollywood, synopsis of an original musical satire by Phyllis G. Voros and E. M. Ingleton, typescript, undated
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14.37 Orientalischer Bauchtanz, by Robert W., manuscript music for piano, undated
Subseries C. Works by Others, 1935-1949, undated
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15.1 "Sketches" [includes fragments of manuscript scores and typed lyric sheets], undated
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15.2 Fragments of unidentified manuscript score for orchestra, undated
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15.3 Fragments of unidentified manuscript scores, undated
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15.4 Fragments of unidentified manuscript scores, possibly by Alford Lessner, undated

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Series II. Personal and Professional Papers, 1937-1989, undated

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16.1 Biographical information, circa 1940s
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16.2 Correspondence and envelopes, 1938-1964, undated
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16.3 A Merry Overture, program and clippings, 1944
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16.4 The Nightingale and the Rose, clippings and correspondence, 1942
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16.5 Sleepy Hollow, clippings and flyer, 1948
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16.6 Sunrise, clippings, 1939
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16.7 Programs for various works by Lessner, 1940-1945
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16.8 National Association for American Composers and Conductors annual bulletins, 1937, 1939
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16.9 Almanac newsletter [list of Broadway productions], 26 December 1949
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16.10 Correspondence, clippings, and programs related to Lorraine Lessner, 1945-1989, undated
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16.11 Correspondence, clippings, and ephemera related to Alford Lessner, 1949-1951
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16.12 United States Air Force Band newspapers and other printed material, 1954, undated

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