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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 820

Felix Wolfes compositions and papers


Additional papers and musical compositions of Felix Wolfes.


  • 1880-2009

Language of Materials

English, German

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

The bulk of this collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


10.5 linear feet (19 boxes)

Includes manuscript musical compositions, photographs, correspondence, programs, family papers, and printed material. Manuscript material relates to Wolfes’s many lieder compositions and the vocal scores of operas he prepared, including Arabella and Eugene Onegin. Correspondents include his teacher Hans Pfitzner and his colleague Otto Klemperer.

Biographical / Historical

Felix Wolfes was a German-born composer, conductor, pianist, and educator. Born to Jewish parents in Hannover, his career in Germany included studies under Max Reger, Robert Teichmüller, Richard Strauss, and Hans Pfitzner. He emigrated to France and then the United States where he worked first as assistant conductor for the Metropolitan Opera in New York (N.Y.), then teaching at the New England Conservatory of Music for two decades.


Collection is minimally processed.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2011MT-28. Gift of Richard Conrad; received: 2012 February 17.

2020MT-33. Gift of Richard Conrad; received: 2019 September 10.

Related Materials

For other Felix Wolfes papers at Houghton Library, consult HOLLIS.

Related Materials

For additional papers of Felix Wolfes, see MS Am 3298 (HOLLIS number 990063999690203941).

Processing Information

Accessioned by: Melanie Wisner.

Wolfes, Felix, 1892-1971. Felix Wolfes compositions and papers, circa 1880-2009: Guide
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

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