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Minuetta Kessler Collection

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Minuetta Kessler Collection, 1920-2002 | Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

By Catherine Hammer, under the supervision of Elizabeth Berndt-Morris

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Collection Overview

Title: Minuetta Kessler Collection, 1920-2002Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates: 1945-1997

Collection Identifier: Kessler Collection

Primary Creator: Kessler, Minuetta, 1914-2002

Extent: 31.0 Cubic Feet

Arrangement:

Arranged in 6 series:

1.      Audio/Visual

2.      Correspondence

3.      Manuscripts

4.      Print Masters

5.      Programs, Articles and Reviews

6.      Published Scores

Languages: English, Yiddish

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains materials from 1919 and 2002 which relate to the career of Minuetta Kessler: this includes correspondence, audio/visual recordings, manuscripts, and published works. Spreadsheets with more detailed inventory available upon request.

Biographical Note

Minuetta Shumiatcher Kessler was born in Russia in 1914. Both of her parents were Canadian citizens, but her mother was visiting family in Russia when she was born. A child piano prodigy, she grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and gave her first public performance at the age of 5. She graduated from Juilliard School of Music and went on to perform at Carnegie Hall as well as with the Boston Civic Symphony and the Boston Pops.

            While a student at Juilliard, she met Ernest Borek, a microbiologist at Columbia University. The two married, and their son, Ronald, was born in 1943. Shortly after her son’s birth, she decided to stop touring in order to spend time with him; it was also at this time that she began composing again in earnest. She had created her first original work at the age of 4 and had written piano pieces through her time in Juilliard, but at this point, she wrote her first fully orchestrated work. Alberta Concerto, inspired while traveling in Canada during the summer, premiered in 1947; it was very well-received.

            Following her divorce from Borek in 1948, she continued to compose. Her body of work includes a very wide range of styles and source material: vocal pieces which incorporate sacred text, children’s piano books, a full length opera, and original creations that she performed while on tour. She moved to Massachusetts in 1952 when she married Dr. Myer M. Kessler, a physicist at MIT; the two had a daughter had a daughter named Jean. Many of her original works were self-published by Musical Resources, a publishing company she ran out of her home. Dr. and Mrs. Kessler remained in Massachusetts until their deaths: his in 1997 and hers in 2002.

            In addition to her performance career, Minuetta Kessler was an advocate for female composers and became a notable voice in music education. She was involved with the New England Pianoforte Teachers’ Association, the American Women Composers of Massachusetts, Sigma Alpha Iota, and cofounded New England Jewish Music Forum, Friends of Young Musicians, and Concerts in the Home.

Administrative Information

Repository: Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

Use Restrictions:

Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. The Boston Public Library does not hold copyright on the material in this collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

When reproducing material from this collection please include the credit line "Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/Arts Department."

Physical Access Note: Many items are fragile and require special handling, please notify the Fine Arts staff prior to your visit.

Acquisition Method: The Boston Public Library acquired the Kessler Collection through a donation by the Minuetta Kessler.

Processing Information: Initially processed by staff of the Boston Public Library. Re-processed by Catherine Hammer (2016), under the supervision of Elizabeth Berndt-Morris, Curator of Music.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Audio/Visual],
[Series 2: Correspondence],
[Series 3: Manuscripts],
[Series 4: Print Masters],
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[Series 6: Published Scores],
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Series 3: ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
More Detailed Inventory Available Upon Request
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: AlbertaAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Beginning Piano - AdultAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: But We Shall Bloom, Op. 22Add to your cart.
Words by Haim Guri - Permission granted by Israel Horizons - Translated by David Kusolewitz
Folder 4: Caprice, Op. 71Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Andrew Gordon - Folder also contains Victory Hora, Op. 65
Folder 5: A Child is BornAdd to your cart.
Dedicated to Gregory Kessler
Folder 6: Class SongsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Confirmation Prayer, Op. 37 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Confirmation Prayer, Op. 37 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Country Scenes, Op. 29Add to your cart.
Folder 10: A Cup of Music Tea, Op. 44 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 11: A Curious Cat, Op. 85 No. 2Add to your cart.
Originally part of A Mouse in the House, Op. 85
Folder 12: A Day in the Park, Op. 30Add to your cart.
Folder 13: DoukohoborsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: DoukhoborsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: DoukhoborsAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: DoukhoborsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Easy Piano Pieces: Book 3Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Easy Pieces, Op. 88Add to your cart.
Folder also contains Easy Pieces, Book 2, Op. 95
Folder 19: The Ever Present PastAdd to your cart.
Poem by Miirtala
Folder 20: Evocation, Op. 158 No. 3Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Fanfare, Op. 151Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Mount Royal College
Folder 22: Fantasies of the Night, Op. 135Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Joel and Rita Moerschel
Folder 23: Flooritis KnightsAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Frolicking in F Sharp, Op. 108Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Gigue in G and VariationsAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Gold of AlbertaAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Grant Us Peace, Op. 76Add to your cart.
Folder 28: I Looked at a Tulip, Op. 34Add to your cart.
Words by Marks Levine
Folder 29: In a Garden, Op. 144Add to your cart.
Words by Dorothy F. Gurney
Folder 30: In Hours of Love, Op. 105Add to your cart.
Words by Esther Shumiatcher - Contains Cholem Fraid, Bist Noch Nisht Grait, Doo Aintziker, Erd Foon Mein Liebshaft, Goldene Shichelach Tzvay, Mit Treishaft, and Aleh Tog
Folder 31: In Memorium: Martin Luther King, Op. 106Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Introduction and Allegro, Op. 62Add to your cart.
Dedicated to the Chromatic Club
Folder 33: It's Only Fantasy, Op. 32 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Japanese Dance, Op. 143Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Jewish Easy Piano PiecesAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: Just as You Used to Be, Op. 154Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Dr. Meyer M. Kessler
Folder 37: Kiddy City, Op. 51Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Kol Nidre Cantata, Op. 70Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Kol Nidre Contata, Op. 70Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Lake McArthur Fantasy, Op. 83Add to your cart.
Alternately Titled Silence at Lake McArthur
Folder 41: Lake O'Hara SymphonyAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: The Lighting of the Sabbath Candles, Op. 37 No. 4Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Like Barley Bending, Op. 147 No. 4Add to your cart.
Part of the Sara Teasdale Song Cycle 1, Op. 147
Folder 44: Little Red Riding Hood, Op. 94Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Love Everlasting, Op. 86Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Jean and Mark [Brenner] - Folder also contains Leave Me a Leaf, Op. 116 and Dedication Offering, Op. 102
Folder 46: LullabyAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: March of the Woo-Woos, Op. 114 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Midpoint Reflections, Op. 100Add to your cart.
Dedicated to John Hudson
Folder 49: Miscellaneous SketchesAdd to your cart.
Folder 50: Music, Op. 44 No. 1Add to your cart.
Folder 51: My Grandfather's Funeral, Op. 52 No. 1Add to your cart.
Folder 52: My Toys, Op. 117Add to your cart.
Folder 53: The Naughty NecklaceAdd to your cart.
Music for a ballet
Folder 54: New York Suite, Op. 21Add to your cart.
Includes Fifth Avenue Bus, In the Bowery, Broadway, and Times Square Fugue
Folder 55: Nights around the Pops TableAdd to your cart.
Folder 56: Nights around the Pops TableAdd to your cart.
Folder 57: Oh Mighty Cliffs, Op. 149Add to your cart.
Folder 58: On Star Wars, Op. 160Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Peace and Brotherhood through Music: Let Us Raise Our Voices to God, Op. 48 No. 3Add to your cart.
Folder 60: The Peanut Butter and Jelly Waltz, Op. 114 No. 1Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Piano TrioAdd to your cart.
Folder 62: Playful SquirrelsAdd to your cart.
Includes Song of the Snowflakes, Waltz, Playful Stars, Elephant's Lullaby, The Big Parade, The Ring of Spring, Twirling Around, The Japanese Doll Dance, A Sleepy Day, Catch Me!, Swaying Trees (In the Breeze), Playful Squirrels, Weeping Worms (I am Sad)
Folder 63: Polly Polite Goes to a Birthday Party, Op. 23 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 64: Primary Colors: YellowAdd to your cart.
Yellow I later becomes Intermezzo, Op. 150
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 65: Quartet, [Op. 109]Add to your cart.
Dedicated to the MMTA Commission
Folder 66: Reflections on Spring, Op. 161Add to your cart.
Folder 67: Rondeau a la Nadeau, Op. 157Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Roland Nadeau of A Note To You
Folder 68: The Room with a Door, Op. 124Add to your cart.
Words by Cynthia Nibbelink
Folder 69: Rustic Dance, Op. 29.3Add to your cart.
Part of Country Scenes, Op. 29
Folder 70: Scherzetta, Op. 68Add to your cart.
Folder 71: Schumann's Variations SymphoniqueAdd to your cart.
Folder 72: Sea Charms, Op. 148 No. 1Add to your cart.
Words by Katherine Saunders
Folder 73: Sharples Sonata, Op. 20 No. 1Add to your cart.
Folder 74: Simchat Shabat, Op. 153Add to your cart.
Alternately titled Sacred Service or Joy of Sabbath - Folder also contains Variations on a Jewish Lullaby: Unter der Kinds Vergele, Op. 104
Folder 75: SketchbookAdd to your cart.
Folder 76: Sketchbooks: CounterpointAdd to your cart.
6 notebooks in folder
Folder 77: Sketchbooks 1940sAdd to your cart.
4 notebooks in folder
Folder 78: Sketchbooks 1950sAdd to your cart.
4 notebooks in folder - Folder also includes Music, Op. 44 No. 1 and The Wedding Ring, Op. 44 No. 3
Folder 79: Sketchbooks 1960s - 1980sAdd to your cart.
6 notebooks in folder - Folder also contains You've Set Fire to my Heart, Sharples Sonata: March Grotesque (Op. 20), Boston Red Sox (Op. 58), Sonata No. 1 (Op. 54), Kerchief Dance (Op. 57), Trio, Sonatina No. 3 (Op. 142), Victory Hora (Op. 65), I Had a Love, and In a Garden: Crocuses (Op. 144)
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 80: Sketchbooks 1970sAdd to your cart.
3 notebooks in folder - Folder also contains Cinnamon Stick and The Naughty Necklace
Folder 81: Slinky Prowler's Sneak Attack, Op. 138Add to your cart.
[Piece mislabeled as "The March of the Woo Woos"]
Folder 82: Sonata Concertante, Op. 38 No. 1Add to your cart.
Includes No. 1 and No. 2
Folder 83: Sonatina No. 3, Op. 142Add to your cart.
2nd and 3rd movements
Folder 84: Spanish Rhapsody, Op. 89Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Sharon Ostroger
Folder 85: Spring Vignette, Op. 111 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 86: Starlight, Op. 148 No. 2Add to your cart.
Words by Charlotte Noyes
Folder 87: Stars, Op. 147 No. 5Add to your cart.
Part of the Sara Teasdale Song Cycle 1, Op. 147
Folder 88: Summer Vignette, Op. 111 No. 3Add to your cart.
Folder 89: Tarantella, Op. 123Add to your cart.
Folder also contains Nocturne in Lavender (Op. 139), Dance of the Jelly Apples (Op. 140), and Footsteps on the Moon (Op. 141)
Folder 90: Testimonial SongAdd to your cart.
Dedicated to Alice Hamlet
Folder 91: Thou Shalt Love the Lord, Op. 59Add to your cart.
Folder 92: The Three Pigs, Op. 25 No. 1Add to your cart.
Part of Baby Ballads of Today, Op. 25
Folder 93: To Ignite a Star, Op. 110Add to your cart.
Folder 94: Today and Tomorrow, Op. 115Add to your cart.
Folder 95: Trilogy from Gibran's The Prophet, Op. 64Add to your cart.
Includes Of Love and Speak to Us of Children - Dedicated to Jeanette Coran
Folder 96: Trio No. 2: The Opabin, Op. 125Add to your cart.
Folder 97: What You Mean to MeAdd to your cart.
Folder 98: Winter Vignette: The Crow and the Scampering Squirrels in the Snow, Op. 111 No. 1Add to your cart.
Folder 99: Yerushalayim Shel Zahav, Op. 66Add to your cart.
Folder 100: You're My Lucky Four Leaf Clover, Op. 14 No. 1Add to your cart.
Words by Morris Shumiatcher
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 101: Alberta ConcertoAdd to your cart.
Folder 102: Autumn Vignette, Op. 111 No. 4Add to your cart.
Folder 103: Ballet Sonatina, Op. 20 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 104: Blessing of the Sabbath Candles, Op. 37 No. 1Add to your cart.
Folder 105: Caprice, Op. 71Add to your cart.
Folder 106: Childhood Pieces, Op. 1Add to your cart.
Includes The Bears and the Children Playing on the Bridge, The Sad Cherry, The Fox's Song, Wintry Wind, The Indian's Fight, and Dinty - the Freckled Boy
Folder 107: Confirmation Prayer, Op. 37 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 108: The Dancing Teapot, Op. 112Add to your cart.
Folder 109: Grant Us Peace, Op. 76Add to your cart.
Folder 110: Halleluya, Op. 57Add to your cart.
Alternately titled Pilgrimage
Folder 111: Hunting Hoodlebabes, Op. 14 No. 3Add to your cart.
Folder 112: Israel ConcertoAdd to your cart.
Folder 113: Let's Build a TownAdd to your cart.
Folder 114: Love's Garland, Op. 14 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 115: Memories of TevyaAdd to your cart.
Music for a ballet - Folder also contains newspaper articles about the performance
Folder 116: New York Suite, Op. 21Add to your cart.
Folder 117: New York Suite, Op. 21Add to your cart.
Folder 118: Prelude, Op. 15Add to your cart.
Folder 119: Silent Meditation and May the Words, Op. 74 No. 2Add to your cart.
[Opus and Number written on manuscript are incorrect]
Folder 120: Simchat Shabat, Op. 153Add to your cart.
Folder 121: Star Voyager, Op. 148 No. 3Add to your cart.
Folder 122: The Twenty-third Psalm, Op. 46 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 123: The Wolf and the Fox, Op. 25 No. 3Add to your cart.
Part of Baby Ballads of Today, Op. 25
Folder 124: The Wolf and the Goats, Op. 25 No. 5Add to your cart.
Part of  Baby Ballads of Today, Op. 25

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[Series 1: Audio/Visual],
[Series 2: Correspondence],
[Series 3: Manuscripts],
[Series 4: Print Masters],
[Series 5: Programs, Articles, Reviews],
[Series 6: Published Scores],
[All]


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