K. Robert Schwarz Papers

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Descriptive summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Controlled Access Terms

Administrative Information

Series Descriptions and Container List

Academic Research 1990-1994

Indiana University

New York University

Brooklyn College

City University of New York Graduate Center

Paul Bowles Dissertation

Music Criticism 1994-1999

Alphabetical Files

Program Notes

Steve Reich

Schwarz Publications in Print (1984-1999) 1984-1999

Subject Files

Printed Materials

Personal Documents

Audiocassettes (1987-1998)

K. Robert Schwarz Papers


Finding aid prepared by Processed by Kathryn Hughes, Fall 2009, re-processed by Alexandra Dolan-Mescal, Spring 2014. Machine readable finding aid created by Dan Brenner, Spring 2014.

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Descriptive summary

Repository: Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Department of Special Collections and Archives
Creator: Schwarz, Robert, K.
Title: K. Robert Schwarz Papers
Dates: 1984-1999
Extent: 36.0 Linear feet, 55 boxes
Abstract: K. Robert Schwarz was a classical music critic and scholar who graduated from Queens College in 1979. He wrote for The New York Times, Out, Pulse!, and Stereo Review magazine. His papers contain academic research files, music criticism research, subject files on various artists, printed materials, program notes, and publications written by Schwarz. Also included is in depth research on Steve Reich and Paul Bowles, the subjects of Schwarz’s thesis and dissertation respectively. Schwarz also published a book on Minimalism; his final research on this project is present in the collection.
Identification: INST.2014.008
Languages: English
Special Formats: Magnetic tape audio cassettes, photographs.

Biographical Note

K. Robert Schwarz was born in Manhattan, New York on December 17, 1957 to Patricia and Boris Schwarz. His father Boris was a violinist and professor emeritus of the Queens College Music Department. Patricia Schwarz was a graduate of the Julliard School and worked as the Arts Coordinator for the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.

K. Robert Schwarz played the violin in his youth, and played with the Israel Chamber Music Program in Jerusalem in 1973. He attended Queens College for Music, earning a manga cum laude Bachelor in Arts from Queens in college in 1979. Schwarz received multiple awards at Queens College, including the Karol Rathaus Memorial Award, the Arthur and Lisa Machlis Memorial Prize, and departmental honors. Schwarz continued his studies at Indiana University, earning a Masters in Music with high distinction in 1982. He worked as a research assistant at Brooklyn College’s Institute for Studies in American Music, where he also taught courses. Schwarz continued his education at the City University of New York Graduate Center, where he was a candidate for a PhD in Music. A particular subject of academic interest was gay composers and the relationship between sexuality and music. During this time Schwarz worked as a freelance writer, primarily for The New York Times, though also writing for several magazines such as Out, Pulse!, Classical Pulse, and Stereo Review. He interviewed and researched hundreds of musical artists for these articles; much of his research is present in the collection. He also authored more than 100 program notes for Stage Bill.

Schwarz completed his Masters thesis on the work of Steve Reich; his detailed and thorough research is included in his papers, including correspondence with Reich. Schwarz’s doctoral dissertation focused on Paul Bowles, a world renowned musical composer and literary writer. Schwarz traveled to Morocco to visit the elderly Bowles in the early 1990s, spending weeks interviewing him. The resulting recordings are part of this collection. The Paul Bowles dissertation was not completed before Schwarz’s death.

In his later years, Schwarz continued his academic research on Minimalism, a classical music form. He compiled his research into a book titled Minimalists, which was published by Phaidon in July 1996. Minimalists focuses on the genre’s beginnings, major exponents, and the well-known minimalism composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass.

Schwarz died of AIDS in 1999 at the age of 42, shortly after publishing an article on gay composers in The Advocate. Colleague Carol Oja wrote of Schwarz, “a percolating wit, generous heart, and razor sharp intellect...Rob was a dear soul with a big heart and strong social conscience. He had a great sense of humor as well. He was passionate about music – all kinds of it – and music was really the core of his life.”

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Scope and Contents

The K. Robert Schwarz papers are composed of correspondence, academic research, musical criticism, sound recordings, musical scores, brochures, press kits, notebooks, interview transcripts, magazines, autographs, newspaper clippings, and photographs documenting Schwarz’s academic and professional career. The records provide insight into Schwarz’s research style and musical tastes as well as the personal relationship he kept with many of his interviewees and research subjects.

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Arrangement

The K. Robert Schwarz papers are organized into the following series:
Series I. Academic Research
Subseries A: Indiana University
Subseries B: New York University
Subseries C: Brooklyn College
Subseries D: CUNY Grad Center
Subseries E: Paul Bowles
Series II. Music Criticism
Subseries A: Alphabetical Files
Subseries B: Program Notes
Subseries C: Steve Reich
Series III. Schwarz Publications in Print Series IV. Subject Files
Series V. Printed Material
Series VI. Personal Documents
Series VII. Audiocassettes

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Restrictions

Access

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

Copyright

The K. Robert Schwarz Papers are 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

Schwarz, Robert, K.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

item, date (if known), box, folder, K. Robert Schwarz Papers, Department of Special Collections and Archives, Queens College, City University of New York.

Source

Donated by the Schwarz family in 2000.

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Series Descriptions and Container List

Series I: Academic Research ( 1990-1994 )
This series contains notebooks, papers, assignments, syllabi, and handouts from Schwarz’s academic career after Queens College, divided into subseries. Included are materials from his Masters classes in Music at Indiana University, PhD classes in Music at the City University of New York Graduate Center, and courses taken at Brooklyn College and New York University. There is extensive research on writer and composer Paul Bowles, including a musical timeline, essays written by Bowles, transcripts of interviews, correspondence with Bowles, a bibliography, and locations of Bowles’ music.
Subseries A: Indiana University
Musicology & Musicologists Box 11-3
Classic Period Box 14-6
Baroque Music Box-folder 1-7
Beethoven, et. al. Box-folder 1-8
Contemporary Literature Box 19-10
Contemporary Music Box 111
Europe Renaissance to Napoleon Box-folder 2-1
Intro to Historical Musicology Box-folder 2-2
Medieval Music/Contemporary Music Box-folder 2-3
Music History Box 24-5
Origins of the String Quartet Box-folder 2-6
Pre-Medieval Music Box 27-8
20th Century Music Box-folder 2-9
Medieval/Renaissance Survey & Contemporary Seminar Box-folder 3-3
Notebook on Periodical Articles Box-folder 3-4
Symphonic Literature Box 35-8
Background material & paper on Steve Reich Box 39-10
Subseries B: New York University
Opera & French Music of the 1920's Box-folder 4-1
French Music & Mozart Box 42-3
Subseries C: Brooklyn College
Paper - "American Elements in the American Symphony" Box-folder 4-4
World Music Box-folder 4-5
Subseries D: City University of New York Graduate Center
Background material - Lulu/Wozzeck Box-folder 5-1
American Music/History Theory Box 52-3
13th & 14th Century Music Box-folder 5-4
Medieval Notation Box 55-6
Sonata Forms Box-folder 5-7
Japanese Music Box 58-9
15th Century Music Box-folder 6-1
French Baroque/Te Deum Box 62-5
The Rake's Progress/The Character of Anne Box 66-7
American Music/History Theory/American Symphony/Bach's Students Box 68-9
Bach Box 71-2
Tristan Box-folder 7-3
Minimalism Box-folder 7-4
Recordings of 20th Century Music Box-folder 7-5
The Case for the Neue Beethoven Ansgabe Box-folder 7-6
First Movement Sonata Form in Haydris Op. 50 Box-folder 7-7
Lion Dance of Echigo Province: An Analysis of Minezaki Box-folder 7-8
Student Evaluation for Course U581, Sonata Form Box-folder 7-9
Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology publications Box-folder 7-10
Subseries E: Paul Bowles Dissertation
Background visits to U.S. Box-folder 7-11
Correspondence with Bowles Box-folder 7-12
Correspondence, periodicals, & other literature Box-folder 7-13
Interview transcripts Box-folder 7-14
Interview transcripts Box 81-2
Bibliography Box-folder 8-3
Musical timeline Box-folder 8-4
Bowles & other 20th Century composers Box-folder 8-5
Proposal, supporting material & correspondence Box 86-7
Bowles' obituary from The New York Times Box-folder 8-8
Periodical literature & notes Box-folder 8-9
Grant information Box-folder 8-10
Books published by Bowles Box 9
Books published about Bowles Box 10
Orchestral parts, scripts, songbooks, & pamphlets Box 4647 (flat)
Series II: Music Criticism ( 1994-1999 )
This series contains research and materials on more than a hundred artists and events Schwarz covered for publications including The New York Times, Pulse!, Out, Stereo Review and others. Subseries A is arranged alphabetically by name or title and includes interview transcripts, press kits, drafts of articles with annotations by Schwarz, correspondence with publications, and photographs of the artists. Subseries B contains program notes written by Schwarz for the Long Island Philharmonic and The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Subseries C contains in depth research on Steve Reich, including interview transcripts, copies of publications, liner notes written by Schwarz, copies of scores written by Reich, and drafts and completed pieces about Reich.
Subseries A: Alphabetical Files
Adams, John Box 111-7
AIDS & Classical Music Box-folder 11-8
African American Composers Box-folder 11-9
Alden, Christopher Box-folder 11-10
Alsop, Marin Box-folder 12-1
American Classical Music of the 20th Century Box-folder 12-2
American Classics, New York Philharmonic Orchestra Box-folder 12-3
American Composers: Orchestra Box 124-6
American Opera Box-folder 12-7
Andriessen, Louis Box 128-9
Antheil, George Box-folder 12-10
Babbitt, Milton Box-folder 12-11
Baker, Claude Box-folder 12-12
Bang On A Can Festival Box-folder 13-1
Bashmet, Yuri Box-folder 13-2
Bell, Joshua Box-folder 13-3
Black Conductors Box-folder 13-4
Blackwell, Harolyn Box-folder 13-5
Bowles, Paul Box 136-7
Bowles, Pierre Box-folder 13-8
Brendel, Alfred Box-folder 14-1
Bronfman, Yefim Box-folder 14-2
Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra Box-folder 14-3
Carnegie Hall Commissioning Project Box-folder 14-4
Chang, Han-na Box-folder 14-5
Chang, Sarah Box-folder 14-6
Cleveland Quartet Box-folder 14-7
Composers, various - CD Reviews Box-folder 14-8
Composers in Residence Box-folder 14-9
Contemporary Opera Box-folder 14-10
Copland, Aaron Box 1411-12
Corigiliano, John Box 1413-14
Danielpour, Richard Box-folder 14-15
Davies, Dennis Russell Box-folder 15-1
Davis, Anthony Box 152-8
Delay, Dorothy Box-folder 15-9
Diamond, David Box-folder 15-10
Double Edge CD Review Box-folder 15-11
Druckman, Jacob Box-folder 15-12
Elman, Mischa Box-folder 15-13
Emerson String Quartet Box 1514-15
European Minimalism Box-folder 15-16
Feinberg, Alan Box-folder 16-1
Floyd, Carlisle Box-folder 16-2
Foss, Lukas Box-folder 16-3
Gay Composers Box-folder 16-4
Glass, Phillip Box 165-9
Goode, Richard Box-folder 16-10
Gubaidulina, Sophia Box-folder 16-11
Hampson, Thomas Box-folder 17-1
Hanson, Howard Box-folder 17-2
Harris, Roy Box-folder 17-3
Harrison, Lou Box 174-5
Hunt, Lorraine Box-folder 17-6
Isbin, Sharon Box-folder 17-7
Kancheli, Giya Box-folder 17-8
Kashkashian, Kim Box-folder 17-9
Kennedy, Nigel Box-folder 17-10
Kernis, Aaron Box-folder 17-11
Kim, Young Uck Box-folder 17-12
Krussen, Oliver Box-folder 18-1
Kremer, Gideon Box-folder 18-2
Kronos Quartet Box-folder 18-3
Lang, David Box-folder 18-4
Larsen, David Box-folder 18-5
Leon, Tania Box-folder 18-6
Levine, James Box-folder 18-7
Liebermann, Lowell Box-folder 18-8
Long Island Philharmonic Box-folder 18-9
Macmillian, James Box-folder 18-10
Manhattan String Quartet Box-folder 18-11
Marsalis, Wynton Box-folder 18-12
Martins, Joao Carlos Box-folder 18-13
McPhillips, Stefan Box-folder 18-14
Midori Box-folder 18-15
Milenkovich, Stefan Box 1816-17
Minimalists publication Box 191-4
Monk, Meredith Box 195-6
Moran, Robert Box 197-8
Mutter, Anne Sophie Box-folder 19-9
Nagano, Kent Box-folder 20-1
National Public Radio Box-folder 20-2
New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians Box-folder 20-3
New York Philharmonic 150th Anniversary Box-folder 20-4
Norman, Jessye Box-folder 20-5
Norrington, Roger Box-folder 20-6
Oliveros, Pauline Box-folder 20-7
Opera Singers Box-folder 20-8
Parker, William Box-folder 20-9
Part, Avo Box-folder 20-10
Penderecki, Krzysztof Box-folder 20-11
Perahia, Murray Box-folder 20-12
Picker, Tobias Box 2013-14
Previn, Andrew Box 2015-16
Rattle, Simon Box-folder 20-17
Riley, Terry Box-folder 20-18
Rockwell, John Box-folder 20-19
Rorem, Ned Box-folder 20-20
Rezewski, Frederic Box-folder 20-21
Salerno, Nadja Box 211-2
Schubert, Franz Box-folder 21-3
Schuman, William Box-folder 21-4
Serialism Box 215-6
Shaham, Gil Box-folder 21-7
Sheng, Bright Box-folder 21-8
Shostakovich, Dimitri Box-folder 21-9
Solti, George Box-folder 21-10
Stern, Isaac Box-folder 21-11
Swensen, Joseph Box-folder 21-12
Sylvan, Sanford Box 2113-14
Tetzlaff, Christian Box-folder 22-1
Thibaudetm, Jean-Yves Box-folder 22-2
Thomas, Michael Tilson Box-folder 22-3
Vengerov, Maxim Box 224-5
Wallace, Stewart Box 226-7
Wang, Jian Box-folder 22-8
Wolff, Hugh Box 229-10
Women's Grove Dictionary Box-folder 22-11
Young, La Monte Box 231-2
Young Composers Box-folder 23-3
Zimmerman, Peter Box-folder 23-4
Zuckerman, Pinchas Box-folder 23-5
Zwilich, Ellen Taafe Box 236-7
Subseries B: Program Notes
92nd St. Y Box-folder 23-8
American Composers Orchestra Box-folder 23-9
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Box-folder 23-10
Budapest Festival Orchestra Box-folder 23-11
Composers Showcase Box-folder 23-12
Feinberg, Alan Box-folder 23-13
Long Island Philharmonic Box-folder 23-14
Mostly Mozart Festival Box-folder 23-15
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra Box 2316-22
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra Box 241-33
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra Box 251-3
Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra Box 254-5
Subseries C: Steve Reich
Biographical Brochure Box-folder 25-6
The Cave Box 257-8
City Life Box 259-10
The Desert Music Box 2511-14
Eight Lines, Four Organs Box-folder 26-1
The Four Sections, Different Trains Box-folder 26-2
Music for 18 Musicians Box-folder 26-3
Steve Reich & John Corigliano Box-folder 26-4
Steve Reich: Music as a Gradual Process Box-folder 26-5
Steve Reich Works 1965-1995 Box-folder 26-6
Tehillum Box-folder 26-7
Triple Quartet Box-folder 26-8
Series III: Schwarz Publications in Print (1984-1999) ( 1984-1999 )
Alphabetical One-Off Publications A-W Box 27
The Advocate, Boosey & Hawkes, Musical Box 28
America, Stereo Review Box 28
Classical Pulse, Pulse Box 29
Opera News, Classic CD Box 30
Out Box 31
Stage Bill Box 3233
Schwarz's papers, books, & book chapters Box 34
The New York Times Box 35 (flat)
Series IV: Subject Files
A-F Box 36
G-Q Box 37
R-Z Box 38
Series V: Printed Materials
Brochures, Programs & Liner Notes Box 3948 (flat)
Press Kits Box 4041
Press Releases Box 42
Scores & Libretti Box 434448 (flat)
Books & Periodicals Box 45
Oversized Posters Box 48 (flat)
Series VI: Personal Documents
Posthumous Award Box 48 (flat)
Scrapbook Box 48 (flat)
Signed Autographs Box 49
Correspondence Box 49
Series VII: Audiocassettes (1987-1998)
1-80 Box 50
81-130 Box 51
131-195 Box 52
196-245 Box 53
246-290 Box 54
291-341 Box 55