The Alfred Heinemann Collection

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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Controlled Access Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Series Descriptions and Container list

Scores 1920-1964

Major Works 1940-1964

Minor Works 1930-1956

Oversize Major & Minor Works 1941-1964

Mixed Works 1920-1945

Personal Papers 1941-2010

The Alfred Heinemann Collection


Print and machine readable finding aids prepared by Fiona Gorham, Fall 2013, and approved by Alexandra Dolan-Mescal, Fall 2013

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Department of Special Collections and Archives
Creator: Heinemann, Alfred, 1908-1995
Title: The Alfred Heinemann Collection
Dates: 1920-2010
Extent: 5.5 Linear feet (9 document boxes, 1 oversize box)
Abstract Alfred Heinemann (1908-1995) was a German composer, concert pianist, and lecturer. The collection is comprised of Heinemann’s compositions from 1920 to 1964 and is in various stages of completion. The collection also includes notes on the compositions, lecture notes, programs from performances, correspondence, an audio recording of a performance of Heinemann’s String Quartet and personal papers.
Identification: PA.2013.001
Languages: English

Biographical Note

Alfred Heinemann was a German composer, concert pianist and lecturer. Born in Bueckeburg, Germany on April 10, 1908, he began playing piano at age 3 and started composing by age 10.

In 1936, Heinemann immigrated to Johannesburg, South Africa. By 1944, he moved to Cape Town and it was at this time that he conducted the Cape Town Municipal Youth Orchestra. While in Cape Town, Heinemann also taught Composition and Orchestration at Stellenbosch University, conducting numerous piano recitals and lectures. The Cape Town Symphony Orchestra performed several of Heinemann's compositions including Galaxy, Pax Hominibus, and March of the Neanderthal Men.

Alfred Heinemann immigrated to the United States in 1949 and took up residence just outside of Queens, New York. The same year, Heinemann won a competition for best new composer in Queens with his Concert Overture. The piece was performed for the first time by the Queens Symphony Orchestra on September 29, 1949. In 1956, Heinemann's String Quartet was performed at the Barnard Hall of Columbia University by the “Music of Our Time” String Quartet.

In 1967, Heinemann joined the staff of Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) as a member of their foreign department. He retired in 1975 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he volunteered for 8 years teaching Music Appreciation at the Washington Adult Center. He continued to perform and lecture at various community centers in the Phoenix area. Alfred Heinemann died on October 9, 1995 at age 87.

His major works include Piano Concerto (1941), Violin Concerto (1942), March of the Neanderthal Men (1946), Symphony (1959-1964), the opera Torso (1958) and the ballets Galaxy (1941), Roulette (1946), La Manie des titres et des abbreviations (1953) and Kobold (1963).

Sources Consulted:

Heinemann, Gerda. "Alfred Heinemann Obituary". The Arizona Republic, October 11, 1995.

Slonimsky, Nicolas, and Nicolas Slonimsky. Baker's biographical dictionary of musicians. New York: Schirmer Books, 1978.

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Chronology of Compositions

1920 Laendler, written officially
1922 A Little Serenade, written officially
1927 Sonata in E flat Major piano duet, 2nd movement, written officially
1928 Violin Concerto in G Minor, full score,1st and 2nd movements, written officially
1929 Interludium in B Major, piano
1929 March & Trio in E Major, piano, written officially
1929 Piano Concerto in C Major, orchestra, written officially, piano score copied
1929 Fantasia in C sharp Minor, piano
1930 Piano Sonata in G Major, piano, 2nd copy 1941, written officially
1930 Violin Sonata in C Minor,violin and piano, written officially
1930 Fantasia in D Minor, piano
1930 Arabian Dance in A Minor, piano, written officially
1930 Postludium in D Minor, 1st copy written officially 1941
1931 Violin Sonata in C Minor, piano, written officially in 1942
1931 Valse in E Major, piano, written officially
1931 Sonata [G or C] minor, piano
1932 Fugue and Variations in D minor, piano, 1st copy 1941, written officially
1932 String Quartet, full score, written officially
1932 Faust 1 Prologue in Heaven for Four Part Choir & Orchestra, piano &orchestra full score
1932 Sonata in A major, piano, written officially
1932 Variations (Fugue) B Flat Major, piano
1932 Variations (Fugue) E Flat Major, piano, written officially
1933 Piano Sonata in C Minor, piano, written officially
1933 Valse. B flat major, piano, written officially
1933 Sonata D minor, piano, written officially
1933 1. A spider, piano, written officially
1933 2. A dog* (two short pieces for piano
1933 Violin Sonata E major, violin & piano
1934 Fantasia B major, piano
1934 Cello Sonata F minor, 1. M. 2. M.
1935 A Wasted Evening, piano
1935 Song for Baritone, voice & piano, "The Emmigrant" Schiller
1935 Fantasia, piano, 2 movements, written officially
1935 Preludium, piano
1935 Faust Part 2 Act 1, piano score
1935 Piano Concerto 2, only piano score finished and written officially
1935 Sonata in A Major, written officially
1936-1939 Six Fragments
1938 Maestoso
1939 Allegretto
1939 Violin Sonata in C Minor
1940 Technical Exercises, piano, written officially
1940 Postludium , piano, written officially
1940 For A Birthday, piano, written officially
1940 "There was no Way Out!"(Song for Alto Voice),voice & piano, poem by composer
1940 "And the Birds Shall Kiss You Awake In the Morning" piano, written officially
1940 "Late Moon Hour", spoken voice, viola & piano, poem by composer, written officially
1940 M.E.N., suite for piano 4 movements, written officially
1940-1941 MAKET, opera
a) Overture, piano & orchestration written officially
b) Ballet, piano & orchestration written officially
c) Two Acts of 3 Scenes each, piano sketches
Libretto by composer, completed 1950-51
1940 Overture
1940 Scherzo, piano, written officially
1940 Valse grave, piano, written officially
1940 Self-portrait, piano
1940-1941 String Quartet, strings, piano score, Strings written officially
1941 Concert for Piano & Percussion Instruments
1941 "Thanks" (on Greek theme),piano, written officially
1941 Six Small Pieces, piano, written officially
1941 "Lacrimosa", piano, written officially,organ, harmonium ad lib
1941 Rochade (study), piano, written officially
1941 GALAXY, piano score, written officially 1943
Ballet in Three Scenes, for orchestra scene and parts script by composer, 1944
1941 PIANO CONCERTO, piano & percussion instruments, written officially
1941 I MET MEPHISTOPHELES, piano score
In the year 1. Orchestrated 1942
In the year 1000. Orchestrated 1942
In the year 1500. Orchestrated 1942
in the year 2000. Orchestrated 1942, parts 1943
1941 Madame Mouse, spoken voice & violin, Poem by E. Sitwell, written officially
1942 Ode for the Unborn, piano score, organ ad lib
1942 Reflections, 3 piano pieces, written officially
1941-1942 Licenza, piano, written officially
1942 Wedding 1942 (March), piano, written officially
1942 VIOLIN CONCERTO, score, written officially
1942 Sinfonia da Ballo, strings
1942 Song Cycle for Tenor Solo, choir & orchestra
1942 Zwinger-Scene for Alto Voice, voice & piano, (Faust) [Gretchen]
1942 1 1/2 Act of a Comic Opera, piano score, Including Gretchen scene [cathedrale]
1944 PAX HOMINIBUS, score and parts for choir and orchestra, completed 1953
1944 Orchestra Concerto, score, written officially, score and parts 1945
1945 ROULETTE, ballet
Act I score and parts, written officially
Acts II and III 1946
1946 MARCH OF THE NEANDERTHAL MEN, score and parts, written officially
1946 CONCERT OVERTURE
1946 Youth March
1947 Shofar: Symphonic Manifesto, piano score
1953 LA MANIE DES TITRES ET DES ABBREVIATIONS, Ballet
1954 String Quartet, score and parts, written officially(Revised & Updated from 1941 version)
1956 Madonna, words by composer
1958 TORSO, Opera
1963 KOBOLD, Ballet
1959-1964 SYMPHONY
n.d. Counterpoint
n.d. Dew Drops, written officially
n.d. Fantasie
n.d. Frottola, written officially
n.d. Mouse-Trap Rhyme, For Spoken Voice & Violin, written officially
n.d. Original Ancient Greek Themes
n.d. Palestrina
n.d. Strict Counterpoint

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains compositions and personal papers of Alfred Heinemann covering his lifelong work as composer, pianist, and lecturer. The majority of the material relates to his work as a composer. Included are compositions from 1920-1964 in various stages of completion. There is also: correspondence; legal papers; a list of compositions and notes on works; performance programs; academic lectures; clippings; musical story ideas and outlines; drawings; a manuscript for a children’s instructional piano book; and a poem written about Alfred Heinemann by his daughter.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically and by subject in two series:

Series I: Scores, 1920-1964
Subseries I: Major Works, 1940-1964
Subseries II: Minor Works, 1930-1956
Subseries III: Oversize Major and Minor Scores, 1941-1964
Subseries IV: Mixed Works, 1920-1945
Series II: Personal Papers, 1941-2010

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Staff may restrict access at its discretion on the basis of physical condition.

Copyright

The Alfred Heinemann Collection is physically owned by the Queens College Libraries. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assignees. The collection is subject to all copyright laws. Queens College assumes no responsibility for the infringement of copyrights held by the original authors, creators, or producers of materials.

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Controlled Access Terms

Composers--Germany
Dolcimascolo, Gelia
Opera--20th century
Queens (New York, N.Y.)

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Related Material

Karol Rathaus Papers, Queens College, New York

Leopold Sachse Collection,Queens College, New York

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, date (if known), box, folder, Alfred Heinemann Collection, Department of Special Collections and Archives, Queens College, City University of New York

Source

Donated to Queens College by Gelia Dolcimascolo, Alfred Heinemann’s daughter, in 2010.

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Series Descriptions and Container list

Series I Scores ( 1920-1964 )
This series consists of Heinemann’s compositions, including Concert Overture, which won him the 1949 title of Best Composer in Queens.
Subseries I Major Works ( 1940-1964 )
This subseries comprises the first 5 boxes in the collection and includes Heinemann’s longer compositions, several of which were performed publicly by various orchestras in South Africa and the United States. The compositions are arranged in chronological order.
Maket: Official & Unofficial Score Box-folder 1-1
Maket: Piano Score; Piano Score Simplified Box-folder 1-2
Galaxy: Official Score, Unofficial Score Box-folder 1-3
Galaxy: All Parts Box-folder 1-4
Galaxy: Official & Unofficial Script & Piano Score Box-folder 1-5
Piano Concerto: Official Score, Solo & 2nd Piano Parts Box-folder 2-1
Piano Concerto: Parts for Strings & Woodwinds Box-folder 2-2
Piano Concerto: Parts for Brass, Percussion, Harp Box-folder 2-3
I Met Mephistopheles: Official Score, Book 1 & 2 Box-folder 2-4
I Met Mephistopheles: Parts for Strings Box-folder 2-5
I Met Mephistopheles: Parts for Woodwinds Box-folder 2-6
I Met Mephistopheles: Parts for Brass Box-folder 2-7
I Met Mephistopheles: Parts for Percussion, Harp & Piano Box-folder 2-8
I Met Mephistopheles: All Parts Box-folder 2-9
Violin Concerto: Official Score Box-folder 3-1
Violin Concerto: Revised Score (1945) Box-folder 3-2
Violin Concerto: All Parts Box-folder 3-3
Violin Concerto: Piano Score, Solo Violin, Solo Part Cadenze Box-folder 3-4
Pax Hominibus: All Parts (Completed 1953) Box-folder 3-5
Pax Hominibus: Parts for Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion, Strings, 1st & 2nd Violin (Some parts missing) Box-folder 3-6
Pax Hominibus: Parts for Chairs Box-folder 3-7
Roulette: Official Score, Script Box-folder 4-1
Roulette: Piano Score, Piano Score Simplified Box-folder 4-2
Roulette: Parts for Woodwinds, Brass & Percussion Box-folder 4-3
Roulette: Parts for Strings Box-folder 4-4
March of the Neanderthal Men: Official Score, Micro Score, Official & Unofficial Piano Score Box-folder 4-5
March of the Neanderthal Men: All Parts Box-folder 4-6
Concert Overture: Official Score Box-folder 4-7
Concert Overture: Piano Score, All Parts Box-folder 4-8
La Manie des titres et des abbreviations: Official Score Box-folder 5-1
La Manie des titres et des abbreviations: Piano Score, Unofficial Score, Unfinished Score Box-folder 5-2
Torso: Official Score & Incidental Music Box-folder 5-3
Torso: Parts for Strings, Woodwinds & Chorus Box-folder 5-4
Torso: Script, Drafts of Script, Notes Box-folder 5-5
Kobold: Official Piano Score Box-folder 5-6
Symphony: Official & Unofficial Piano Score Box-folder 5-7
Symphony: Unfinished Score for woodwinds and 1 horn Box-folder 5-8
Subseries II Minor Works ( 1930-1956 )
The minor works subseries includes a large number of smaller works composed by Alfred Heinemann throughout his career. These compositions are shorter in length and, in many cases, only exist as a draft in the collection. The compositions are arranged in chronological order.
Piano Sonata in G Major: Official Score Box-folder 6-1
Violin Sonata in C Minor: Official Score Box-folder 6-2
Faust 1: Prologue in Heaven: Official Score For Four Part Choir & Orchestra Box-folder 6-3
Piano Sonata in C Minor: Official Score Box-folder 6-4
Maestoso: Official Score, missing parts Box-folder 6-5
And the Birds Shall Kiss You Awake in the Morning: Unofficial Score for Piano Box-folder 6-6
Late Moon Hour: Official and Unofficial Score for Spoken Voice, Violin & Piano Box-folder 6-7
M.E.N. Suite for Piano: Official Score Box-folder 6-8
String Quartet: Unofficial Score & Part for 1st Violin Box-folder 6-9
Madame Mouse: Official Score for Spoken Voice & Solo Violin Box-folder 6-10
Sinfonia da Ballo: Unofficial Score Box-folder 6-11
Orchestra Concerto: Official Score Book Box-folder 6-12
Orchestra Concerto: Official Piano Score Box-folder 6-13
Orchestra Concerto: Piano Reduction Box-folder 6-14
Orchestra Concerto: Parts for Strings Box-folder 6-15
Orchestra Concerto: Parts for Woodwinds Box-folder 6-16
Orchestra Concerto: Parts for Brass & Percussion Box-folder 6-17
Orchestra Concerto: Cadenza for All Parts Box-folder 6-18
Youth March: All Parts Box-folder 7-1
Shofar: All Parts Box-folder 7-2
String Quartet: Official Score, All Parts, Piano Solo Arrangement (revised and updated from 1941 version) Box-folder 7-3
Madonna: Official Score & All Parts Box-folder 7-4
Counterpoint Box-folder 7-5
Dew Drops: Official Score Box-folder 7-6
Fantasie Box-folder 7-7
Frottola: Official Score Box-folder 7-8
Mouse-Trap Rhyme for Spoken Voice & Violin: Official & Unofficial Score Box-folder 7-9
Original Ancient Greek Themes Box-folder 7-10
Palestrina Box-folder 7-11
Strict Counterpoint Box-folder 7-12
Subseries III Oversize Major & Minor Works ( 1941-1964 )
This subseries consists of official scores of major and minor compositions that can be found in Subseries I and Subseries II. The works contained within were separated due to size constraints. The compositions are arranged in chronological order.
Galaxy: Official Score Box-folder 8-1
Violin Concerto: Official Score Box-folder 8-2
Orchestra Concerto: Official Score & Harp Cadenza Box-folder 8-3
Pax Hominibus: Official Score & Piano Score Box-folder 8-4
March of the Neanderthal Men: Official Score Box-folder 8-5
Concert Overture: Official Score Box-folder 8-6
Shofar: Official Score Box-folder 8-7
Torso: Official Score Box-folder 8-8
Symphony: Official Score Box-folder 8-9
A Memento: Official Score Box-folder 8-10
Subseries IV Mixed Works ( 1920-1945 )
The mixed works series includes a wide variety of both finished and unfinished works. These works are unique in that they have been written alongside other pieces in a composition book or sheet music folder. The compositions are arranged in chronological order.
Little Compositions: a) Laendler b) A Little Serenade Box-folder 9-1
March in E Major; Arabian Dance; Scherzo: Official Scores Box-folder 9-2
Sonata in C Minor; Sonata in D Minor; Sonata in A Major: Official Scores Box-folder 9-3
Valse in E Major; Fugue & Variations in D Minor; Variations & Fugue in B Flat Major & E Flat Major; Valse in B Flat Major; Licenza: Official Scores Box-folder 9-4
Six Fragments Box-folder 9-5
Violin Sonata in C Minor; Madame Mouse: Unofficial Scores Box-folder 9-6
Technical Exercises for Piano; Unofficial Orchestration Box-folder 9-7
There Was No Way Out: Song for Alto Voice; Zwinger (Faust): Scene for Alto Voice: Official Scores Box-folder 9-8
Valse Grave; Overture; Thanks (On Greek Theme): Unofficial Scores Box-folder 9-9
Piano Works: Scherzo; Rochade; Lacrimosa; Reflections; Ode for the Unborn: Official Scores Box-folder 9-10
Concerto for Piano & Percussion Instruments; Reflections; Ode for the Unborn: Unofficial Scores Box-folder 9-11
Six Small Pieces: For Beginners in Modern Music; Lacrimosa; Rochade: Unofficial Scores Box-folder 9-12
Wedding 1942; March of the Neanderthal Men; La Manie des Titres et Des Abbreviations; Pax Hominibus; String Quartet; Torso Suite: Unofficial Scores Box-folder 9-13
Pax Hominibus; Concert Overture; La Manie des Titres et Des Abbreviations: Unofficial Scores Box-folder 9-14
Untitled Compositions Box-folder 9-15
Series II Personal Papers ( 1941-2010 )
This series includes Alfred Heinemann’s correspondence; legal documents; a chronological outline of all compositions which Heinemann himself wrote; notes explaining or describing some of his compositions; programs from performances of his compositions; lecture notes on music appreciation; newspaper clippings; story ideas and outlines for musical compositions; drawings; and a manuscript for a children’s instructional piano book. This series also includes a poem written about Heinemann by his daughter and the only recording of Heinemann’s work in the collection. The series is arranged by subject.
Correspondence Box-folder 10-1
Legal Documents Box-folder 10-2
List of Compositions & Notes on Works Box-folder 10-3
Programs & Program Notes Box-folder 10-4
Academic Lectures & Notes Box-folder 10-5
Clippings Box-folder 10-6
Story Ideas & Outlines Box-folder 10-7
Drawings Box-folder 10-8
Prototype for Little Beyer for Little Fingers Box-folder 10-9
Requiem for an Unsung Composer: Poem by Gelia Dolcimascolo Box-folder 10-10
Audio recording of a performance of String Quartet by four faculty members of the University of Hawaii Box-folder 10-11