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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.


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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]

Series 4: Print MastersAdd to your cart.
More Detailed Inventory Available Upon Request
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: List of U.S. CopyrightsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Aleh tog (Each Day), Op. 105 No. 7Add to your cart.
Part of In Hours of Love, Op. 105 - Yiddish with English subtext
Folder 8: Baby is a Precious Thing, Op. 103Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Baby's Music Box, Op. 19Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Baby's Music Box, Op. 19Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Baby's Music Box, Op. 19Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Ballet Sonatina, Op. 20 No. 2Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Hilde Somer
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Bicentennial Sonata, Op. 78Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Bist Noch Nisht Grait (Not Yet Ripe), Op. 105Add to your cart.
Part of In Hours of Love, Op. 105
Folder 15: Boston Red Sox, Op. 58Add to your cart.
Folder 16: But We Shall Bloom, Op. 22Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Candle Blessing, Op. 37 No. 1Add to your cart.
Later becomes part of Simchat Shabat, Op. 153
Folder 18: Caprice, Op. 72Add to your cart.
Fantasette No. 2
Folder 19: Carnival Capers, Op. 99 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Castles in the Sky, Op. 120Add to your cart.
Folder 21: 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 22: Cholem Fraid (Visions of Joy), Op. 105 No. 1Add to your cart.
Part of In Hours of Love, Op. 105
Folder 23: Confirmation Prayer, Op. 37 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Country Scenes, Op. 29Add to your cart.
Includes Early in the Morning, Watching a Sunset, and Rustic Dance
Folder 25: A Cup of Music Tea, Op. 44 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 26: A Day in the Park, Op. 30Add to your cart.
Includes Let's Go to the Park, Swinging, Sandpile, See-Saw, The Slide, and Come Home!
Folder 27: Doo Aintziker (You, Only One), Op. 105 No. 3Add to your cart.
Part of In Hours of Love, Op. 105
Folder 28: Erd Foon Mein Liebshaft (Source of my Love), Op. 105 No. 4Add to your cart.
Part of In Hours of Love, Op. 105
Folder 29: Evocation, Op. 158 No. 3Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Exotic Colors, Op. 129Add to your cart.
Includes Pink, Yellow Ochre, Burgundy, and Olive Green
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Fantasette, Op. 17Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Fantasies of the Night, Op. 135Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Festival Suite, Op. 57Add to your cart.
Includes Kerchief Dance, Moledet, Pilgrimage (Haleluya), and Greetings
Folder 34: God's Canopy of Love, Op. 60Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Goldene Shichelach Tzvai (A Pair of Golden Slippers), Op. 105 No. 5Add to your cart.
Part of In Hours of Love, Op. 105
Folder 36: Hunting Hoodlebabes, Op. 14 No. 3Add to your cart.
Folder 37: In Hours of Love, Op. 105Add to your cart.
Includes Cholem Fraid, Bist Noch Nisht Grate, Doo Aintziker, Erd Foon Mein Liebshaft, Goldene Shichelach Tzvai, Mit Treischaft, and Aleh Tog
Folder 38: In Memorium: Martin Luther King, Op. 106Add to your cart.
Folder 39: In the Desert, Op. 162Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Introduction and Allegro for Trio, Op. 62Add to your cart.
Folder 41: It's Only a Fantasy, Op. 32 No. 2Add to your cart.
Originally titled I See Your Face Once More
Folder 42: Japanese Dance, Op. 143Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Johnny and the Tree, Op. 25 No. 4Add to your cart.
Part of Baby Ballads of Today, Op. 25
Folder 44: Just as you Used to Be, Op. 154Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Kiddy City, Op. 51Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Kol Nidre: The Sacrifice of the Innocents, Op. 70 No. 1Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Lach Y'rushalayim, Op. 73Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Lake O'Hara Fantasy, Op. 87Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Patricia Morehead
Folder 49: Lake O'Hara's Magic Circle, Op. 55Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Let Us Raise Our Voices to God, Op. 48 No. 7Add to your cart.
Part of Peace and Brotherhood Through Music, Op. 48
Folder 51: Lighting of the Sabbath Candles, Op. 37 No. 4Add to your cart.
Part of Union Prayer Book
Folder 52: Like Barley Bending, Op. 147 No. 3Add to your cart.
Part of the Sara Teasdale Song Cycle 1, Op. 147
Folder 53: Little Red Ridinghood of Today, Op. 25 No. 2Add to your cart.
Part of Baby Ballads of Today, Op. 25
Folder 54: A Little While, Op. 147 No. 2Add to your cart.
Part of the Sara Teasdale Song Cycle 1, Op. 147
Folder 55: May the Words of my Mouth, Op. 46 No. 1Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Mid-Point Reflections, Op. 100Add to your cart.
Dedicated to John Hudson - Possibly previously titled Elegy
Folder 57: Mit Treishaft (With Devotion), Op. 105 No. 6Add to your cart.
Part of In Hours of Love, Op. 105
Folder 58: Moments, Op. 156Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Annie Paperny
Folder 59: A Mouse in the House, Op. 85Add to your cart.
Later titled Cat 'n' Mouse Tales - Includes The Curious Mouse, The Spooky House, and A Mouse in the House
Folder 60: Music, Op. 44 No. 1Add to your cart.
Folder 61: My Grandfather's Funeral, Op. 2 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 62: The Net, Op. 147 No. 1Add to your cart.
Part of the Sara Teasdale Song Cycle 1, Op. 147
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 63: New York Suite, Op. 21Add to your cart.
Folder 64: New York Suite, Op. 21Add to your cart.
Folder 65: New York Suite, Op. 21Add to your cart.
Folder 66: New York Suite, Op. 21Add to your cart.
Folder 67: New York Suite, Op. 21Add to your cart.
Folder 68: Nocturne in Lavender, Op. 139Add to your cart.
Folder 69: Oh Mighty Cliffs, Op. 149Add to your cart.
Folder 70: On the Sussex Downs, Op. 147 No. 5Add to your cart.
Part of the Sara Teasdale Song Cycle 1, Op. 147
Folder 71: Peanut Butter and Jelly Waltz, Op. 114 No. 1Add to your cart.
Folder 72: Pieces of Chocolate, Op. 61Add to your cart.
Includes Vanilla, Orange Cream, Butternut Crunch, Pineapple Delight, Peanutbutter Marshmallow, Raisin Clusters, Coffee Cream, Twin Almond, Peppermint, Nougat, Peanut Brittle, Hazelnut Clusters, Ginger, Pecan Stuffed Date Creams, Cashew Nut Chews, and Cherry
Folder 73: Playful Squirrels, Op. 56Add to your cart.
Previously titled Twelve Rote Pieces - Includes Song of the Snowflakes, Playful Stars, Twirling Around, The Ring of Spring, The Japanese Doll Dance, Playful Squirrels, Weeping Worms, Waltzing Dolls, Swaying Trees in the Breeze, Catch Me!, A Sleepy Day, and The Big Parade
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 74: Scherzetta, Op. 68Add to your cart.
Folder 75: Sea Charms, Op. 148 No. 1Add to your cart.
Words by Katherine Saunders
Folder 76: Secret of Death, Op. 52 No. 2Add to your cart.
Words by Kahlil Gibran - Part of Trilogy, Op. 52
Folder 77: Sharks, Op. 84 No. 2Add to your cart.
Possibly alternately titled Twin Almonds
Folder 78: Sharples Sonata, Op. 20 No. 1Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Sharples
Folder 79: Silent Meditation and May the Words, Op. 74 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 80: Slinky Powler's Sneak Attack, Op. 138Add to your cart.
Folder 81: Sonata Concertante, Op. 38Add to your cart.
Folder 82: Sonata Concertante, Op. 38Add to your cart.
Folder 83: Sonatina Burleska, Op. 128Add to your cart.
No. 3 also published seperately as Etude Fiero
Folder 84: Sonatina No. 3, Op. 142Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Virginia Eskin
Folder 85: Sparrows in the Trees, Op. 136Add to your cart.
Folder 86: Stand on Guard, Op. 67Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Chloe Owen
Folder 87: Stars, Op. 147 No. 4Add to your cart.
Part of the Sara Teasdale Song Cycle 1, Op. 147 - Dedicated to Leslie Holmes
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 88: That Precious Blanket, Op. 36 No. 2Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Jean Kessler Brenner
Folder 89: Thou Shalt Love the Lord, Op. 59Add to your cart.
Folder 90: Thought is a Bird of Space, Op. 52 No. 1Add to your cart.
Words by Kahlil Gibran - Part of Trilogy, Op. 52
Folder 91: Three Christmas Carols, Op. 40Add to your cart.
Includes The First Nowell [Noel], Good King Wencelas [Wenceslas], and Joy to the World
Folder 92: The Three Pigs, Op. 25 No. 1Add to your cart.
Part of Baby Ballads of Today, Op. 25
Folder 93: Through Mothers, Op. 49Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Esther Shumiatcher
Folder 94: The Trees are Weeping, Op. 81Add to your cart.
Folder 95: Trio No. 1, Op. 39Add to your cart.
Folder 96: Trio No. 2: The Opabin, Op. 125Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Dr. and Mrs. Herbert Fromm
Folder 97: The Twenty-Third Psalm, Op. 46 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 98: Twenty-Third Psalm, Op. 122Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 99: Variations on a Jewish Lullaby, Op. 104Add to your cart.
Written for Donna Heiken and Ruth Saltzman
Folder 100: Victory Hora, Op. 65Add to your cart.
Folder 101: Victory Hora, Op. 65Add to your cart.
Folder 102: The Wedding Ring, Op. 44 No. 3Add to your cart.
Folder 103: When Shadows Fall, Op. 137Add to your cart.
Folder 104: The Wolf and the Fox, Op. 25 No. 3Add to your cart.
Part of Baby Ballads of Today, Op. 25
Folder 105: The Wolf and the Goats, Op. 25 No. 5Add to your cart.
Part of Baby Ballads of Today, Op. 25
Folder 106: Yerushalayim Shel Zahav, Op. 66Add to your cart.
Folder 107: You are my Lucky Four-Leaf Clover, Op. 14 No. 1Add to your cart.
Folder 108: You've Set Fire to my HeartAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 109: Adventure into Space, Op. 159Add to your cart.
Later becomes part of Adventures in Space, Op. 164
Folder 110: Adventures in Space, Op. 164Add to your cart.
First movements previously titled Adventure into Space, Op. 159
Folder 111: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24Add to your cart.
Folder 112: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24Add to your cart.
Folder 113: Alberta with Love, Op. 98Add to your cart.
Folder 114: Awakening and Dance, Op. 169Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Jeanne Tourin
Folder 115: Baby's Music Box, Op. 19Add to your cart.
Folder 116: Baby's Music Box, Op. 19Add to your cart.
Folder 117: Chanukah, Op. 97Add to your cart.
Arrangement from Jewish Easy Piano Pieces
Folder 118: Cinnamon Stick [Op. 84, No. 1]Add to your cart.
Folder 119: Come to the Circus, Op. 126Add to your cart.
Alternately titled Easy Piano Pieces: Book 3
Folder 120: The Dance of the Jelly Apples, Op. 140Add to your cart.
Folder 121: Exactly Where I'm Needed, Op. 33 No. 4Add to your cart.
Folder 122: Footsteps on the Moon, Op. 141Add to your cart.
Folder 123: Four Vignettes, Op. 111Add to your cart.
Includes Winter Vignette: The Crow and the Scampering Squirrels in the Snow, Spring Vignette, Summer Vignette, and Autumn Vignette
Folder 124: Frollicking in F Sharp, Op. 108Add to your cart.
Folder 125: Good Morning, Good NightAdd to your cart.
Folder 126: Grant Us Peace, Op. 76Add to your cart.
Folder 127: Gratitude to Alice Hamlet, Op. 165Add to your cart.
Folder 128: The Great Bombo, Op. 33 No. 5Add to your cart.
Folder 129: Halloween CapersAdd to your cart.
Folder 130: Hear My Prayer, Op. 63Add to your cart.
Folder 131: I Had a LoveAdd to your cart.
Dedicated to Dr. Meyer M. Kessler
Folder 132: In a Garden, Op. 144Add to your cart.
Words by Dorothy F. Gurney
Folder 133: Intermezzo, Op. 150Add to your cart.
Previously titled Yellow Piece
Folder 134: Kiddy Kidoodle Land, Op. 33 No. 1Add to your cart.
Folder 135: Kol Nidre: The Sacrifice of the Innocents, Op. 70 No. 1Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 136: Leave Me a Leaf, Op. 116Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Hilde Somer
Folder 137: Love Everlasting, Op. 86Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Jean and Mark [Brenner]
Folder 138: The March of the Woo-Woos, Op. 114 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 139: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 140: Mother Dear, Op. 170Add to your cart.
Folder 141: My Canada, Op. 91Add to your cart.
Folder 142: My Toys, Op. 117Add to your cart.
Includes My Cute Little Music Tree, My Trumpet My Drum, My Train, My Music Box, My Roller Skates, My Big Elephant, Teddy Bear, I Have a Little Doll, My White Monkey, and My Ballerina
Folder 143: Peace and Brotherhood Through Music, Op. 48Add to your cart.
Folder 144: Prelude, Op. 15Add to your cart.
Folder 145: Sara Teasdale Song Cycle 1, Op. 147Add to your cart.
Folder 146: Savory Suite, Op. 61 No. 2Add to your cart.
Includes Cinnamon Sticks, Maple Walnut, Raspberry Cream, and Brazilnut Kumquat - Some pieces repeated from Pieces of Chocolate, Op. 61 No. 1
Folder 147: Sea of Sisters, Op. 107Add to your cart.
Folder 148: Sonata No. 1, Op. 54Add to your cart.
Alternately titled Cello Sonata
Folder 149: Sonata No. 1, Op. 54Add to your cart.
Alternately titled Cello Sonata
Folder 150: Spanish Rhapsody, Op. 89Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Sharon Ostroger
Folder 151: The Suspicious Gopher, Op. 145Add to your cart.
Folder 152: Tarentella, Op. 123Add to your cart.
Folder 153: This Too Shall Pass, Op. 45Add to your cart.
Words by Lazarus Aaronson
Folder 154: Today and Tomorrow, Op. 115Add to your cart.
Words by Clayton McKenny
Folder 155: Trilogy, Op. 52Add to your cart.
From Gibran's The Prophet - Includes Of Love, Born Together, and Speak to Us of Children
Folder 156: Two Color Pieces, Op. 50Add to your cart.
Includes Nocturne in Blue and Toccata in Red - Pieces previously titled The Blue Piece and The Red Piece
Folder 157: A Wedding GiftAdd to your cart.
Folder 158: Your Children, Op. 163Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[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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