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FILE Identifier: Ms. Coll. 173

The Werner Josten collection, 1917-1971

Dates

  • 1917-1971

Extent

5 boxes (272 printed and manuscript scores; 15 folders of ephemera including 1 bound manuscript notebook; 1 oversize portfolio of newspaper clippings)

Biographical / Historical

Werner Josten (1885-1963) was an American composer and conductor of German birth. He trained in Munich, Geneva and Paris, and was assistant conductor of the Munich Opera from 1918 to 1920. During a tour of the United States in 1920, Josten chose to emigrate. He became professor of composition and counterpoint at Smith College, where he conducted several American premieres, most notably of works by Claudio Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea, Orfeo and Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda.

In the 1920s and 1930s, several of Werner Josten's works were performed by leading orchestras: his Ode for Saint Cecilia's Day (1925) and Jungle (1928) were premiered by the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Serge Koussevitsky, and Jungle was selected by Leopold Stokowski for his opening concert of the 1932-3 program with the Philadelphia Orchestra. (Grove music online)

The Werner Josten Performing Arts Library at Smith College was inaugurated on May 3rd, 1968.

Custodial History

Gift of Charles Lowe.
Title
The Werner Josten collection, 1917-1971.
Status
completed
Author
Christina Linklater
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English
EAD ID
mus00047

Repository Details

Part of the Loeb Music Library Repository

Contact:
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