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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 6: Published ScoresAdd to your cart.
More Detailed Inventory Available Upon Request
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Adventure into Space #1, Op. 159 No. 1Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24Add to your cart.
Full orchestral score
Folder 3: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24Add to your cart.
2-piano reduction
Folder 4: Alberta with Love, Op. 98Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Autumn Vignette, Op. 111 No. 4Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Awakening and Dance, Op. 169Add to your cart.
For right hand alone - Dedicated to Jeanne Tourin
Folder 7: Baby's Music Box, Op. 19Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Ballet Sonatina, Op. 20 No. 2Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Hilde Somer
Folder 9: Bears and the Children Playing on the Bridge, Op. 1 No. 1Add to your cart.
Part of Childhood Pieces, Op. 1
Folder 10: Butterflies, Op. 132Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Canadian National Anthems, Op. 161Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Caprice, Op. 71Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Andrew Gordon
Folder 13: Cat 'n Mouse Tales, Op. 81Add to your cart.
Folder 14: 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 15: Come to the CircusAdd to your cart.
Alternately titled Easy Piano Pieces, Book Three
Folder 16: Confirmation PrayerAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Confirmation PrayerAdd to your cart.
Signed to Cantor Jacob Seully
Folder 18: A Cup of Music Tea, Op. 44 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 19: The Dance of the Jelly ApplesAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: A Day in the Park, Op. 30Add to your cart.
Folder 21: A Day in the Park, Op. 30Add to your cart.
Folder 22: DoukohoborsAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Ecossaise, Op. 53 No. 3Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Etude Fiero, Op. 64Add to your cart.
Originally part of Sonatina Burleska, Op. 64
Folder 25: Evocation, Op. 158 No. 3Add to your cart.
For left hand alone - Dedicated to Marianne Hieb
Folder 26: Exactly Where I'm Needed, Op. 33 No. 6Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Fantasies of the Night, Op. 135Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Five Liturgical Songs, Op. 155Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Footsteps on the Moon, Op. 141Add to your cart.
Folder 30: The Fox's Song, Op. 1 No. 3Add to your cart.
Part of Childhood Pieces, Op. 1
Folder 31: Give my Country LifeAdd to your cart.
Words by M.C. Shumiatcher
Folder 32: God's Canopy of Love, Op. 60Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Gopher, Op. 130Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Grant Us Peace, Op. 76Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Gratitude to Alice Hamlet, Op. 165Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Alice Hamlet
Folder 36: The Great Bombo, Op. 33 No. 5Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Happiness to LibbyAdd to your cart.
Dedicated to Lillian Hurowitz
Folder 38: Hear My PrayerAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Hunting Hoodlebabes, Op. 14 No. 3Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 40: I Had a Love, Op. 72Add to your cart.
Folder 41: In a Garden, Op. 144Add to your cart.
Words by Dorothy F. Gurney
Folder 42: In Hours of Love, Op. 105Add to your cart.
Words by Esther Shumiatcher - Translated Title is In Shoen Foon Liebshaft - Contains Cholem Fraid, Bist Noch Nisht Grait, Doo Aintziker, Erd Foon Mein Liebshaft, Goldene Shichelach Tzvay, Mit Treishaft, and Aleh Tog
Folder 43: In Memorium: Martin Luther King, Op. 106Add to your cart.
Folder 44: The Indian's Fight, Op. 1 No. 5Add to your cart.
Part of Childhood Pieces, Op. 1
Folder 45: Introduction and Allegro, Op. 62Add to your cart.
Dedicated to the Chromatic Club of Boston
Folder 46: It's Fun to use Magic, Op. 33 No. 4Add to your cart.
Folder 47: It's Only Fantasy, Op. 32 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Japanese Dance, Op. 143Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Jewish Easy Piano Pieces, Op. 97Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Johnny and the Tree, Op. 25 No. 4Add to your cart.
Part of Baby Ballads of Today, Op. 25
Folder 51: Kiddy Kadoodle Land, Op. 33 No. 1Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Kol Nidre Cantata, Op. 70Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Kol Nidre Cantata, Op. 70Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Lach Y'rushalayim, Op. 73Add to your cart.
Arranged by Kessler - Music by Eli Rubinstein, Words by Amos Etinger
Folder 55: Lake O'Hara, Op. 121Add to your cart.
Folder 56: Lake O'Hara Fantasy, Op. 87Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Lake O'Hara's Magic Circle, Op. 55Add to your cart.
Folder 58: Leave Me a Leaf, Op. 116Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Hilde Somer
Folder 59: Let Us Raise Our Voices to God, Op. 48Add to your cart.
Part of Peace and Brotherhood Through Music, Op. 48
Folder 60: The Lighting of the Sabbath Candles, Op. 37 No. 4Add to your cart.
Folder 61: Like Barley Bending, Op. 147 No. 4Add to your cart.
Part of the Sara Teasdale Song Cycle 1, Op. 147
Folder 62: Little Red Riding Hood, Op. 94Add to your cart.
Music for a ballet
Folder 63: Little Red Ridinghood of Today, Op. 25 No. 2Add to your cart.
Part of Baby Ballads of Today, Op. 25
Folder 64: Little Red Ridinghood of Today, Op. 25 No. 2Add to your cart.
Part of Baby Ballads of Today, Op. 25
Folder 65: A Little While, Op. 147 No. 2Add to your cart.
Part of the Sara Teasdale Song Cycle 1, Op. 147
Folder 66: Love's Garland, Op. 14 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 67: The Magic of Make-Believe, Op. 33 No. 3Add to your cart.
Part of Kiddy Kiddodle Land, Op. 33
Folder 68: The March of the Woo-Woos, Op. 114 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 69: Moments, Op. 156Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Annie Paperny
Folder 70: Mother Dear, Op. 170Add to your cart.
Folder 71: A Mouse in the House, Op. 85Add to your cart.
Later becomes Cat 'n Mouse Tales, Op. 85
Folder 72: Music, Op. 44 No. 1Add to your cart.
Folder 73: My Canada, Op. 91Add to your cart.
Words by M.C. Shumiatcher
Folder 74: My Grandfather's Funeral, Op. 2 No. 1Add to your cart.
Folder 75: My ToysAdd to your cart.
Folder 76: The Net, Op. 147 No. 1Add to your cart.
Part of the Sara Teasdale Song Cycle 1, Op. 147
Folder 77: Never AgainAdd to your cart.
Folder 78: Nocturne in Blue, Op. 50 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 79: Nocturne in Lavender, Op. 139Add to your cart.
Folder 80: Nocturne in Purple, Op. 99 No. 1Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Wendy Liu
Folder 81: Oh Might Cliffs, Op. 149Add to your cart.
Folder 82: On the Sussex Downs, Op. 147 No. 3Add to your cart.
Part of the Sara Teasdale Song Cycle 1, Op. 147
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 83: Peace and Brotherhood through Music: A CantataAdd to your cart.
Dedicated to Rabbi Earl Grollman
Folder 84: Peter Please and Polly Polite, Op. 23 No. 1Add to your cart.
Based on two characters by Irving Caesar
Folder 85: Ping Pong, Op. 131Add to your cart.
Folder 86: Playful SquirrelsAdd to your cart.
Folder 87: Quartet No. 1, Op. 109Add to your cart.
Folder 88: Rondeau a la NadeauAdd to your cart.
Dedicated to Roland Nadeau
Folder 89: Rustic Dance, Op. 29 No. 3Add to your cart.
Part of Country Scenes, op. 29
Folder 90: Sara Teasdale Song Cycle 1, Op. 147Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Leslie Holmes
Folder 91: Savory SuiteAdd to your cart.
Folder 92: Scherzetta, Op. 68Add to your cart.
Folder 93: Sea Charms, Op. 148 No. 1Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Katherine Saunders
Folder 94: A Serial "Note to You", Op. 158 No. 1Add to your cart.
Folder 95: Shades of Gray, Op. 92Add to your cart.
Commissioned by MJT Dance Company
Folder 96: Sharks, Op. 84 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 97: Sharples Sonata, Op. 20 No. 1Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Sharples
Folder 98: Silent Meditation and May the Words, Op. 74 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 99: Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 83Add to your cart.
Folder 100: Sonatina Burleska, Op. 128Add to your cart.
Folder 101: Sonatina No. 3, Op. 142Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Virginia Eskin
Folder 102: Spanish Rhapsody, Op. 89Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Sharon Ostroger
Folder 103: Spring Vignette, Op. 111 No. 3Add to your cart.
Folder 104: Star VoyageAdd to your cart.
Poem by Edith Lane Noble - Dedicated to Leslie Holmes
Folder 105: Starlight, Op. 148 No. 2Add to your cart.
Words by Charlotte Noyes - Dedicated to Leslie Holmes
Folder 106: Summer Vignette, Op. 111 No. 3Add to your cart.
Folder 107: The Suspicious Gopher, Op. 145Add to your cart.
Folder 108: This Too Shall Pass, Op. 45Add to your cart.
Words by Lazarus Aaronson
Folder 109: Thou Shalt Love the Lord, Op. 59Add to your cart.
Biblical Text from Deuteronomy 6:5-8, 11:20 and Numbers 15:40
Folder 110: Thought is a Bird of Space, Op. 52 No. 1Add to your cart.
Cantata based on text by Gibran - Written for the Belmont Community Chorus, Conducted by John Bavicchi
Folder 111: The Three Pigs, Op. 25 No. 1Add to your cart.
Part of Baby Ballads of Today, Op. 25
Folder 112: Three Songs of Western Canada, Op. 27Add to your cart.
Folder 113: Through Mothers, Op. 49Add to your cart.
Folder 114: To Ignite a Star, Op. 110Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Elliot Markow
Folder 115 : Toccata in Red, Op. 50 No. 1Add to your cart.
Folder 116: Today and Tomorrow, Op. 115Add to your cart.
Words by L. Clayton McKenney
Folder 117: The Trees are Weeping, Op. 81Add to your cart.
Words by Susan Brenner
Folder 118: Trio No. 2, Op. 125Add to your cart.
Alternately titled The Opabin - Dedicated to Dr. and Mrs. Herbert Fromm
Folder 119: Tumblers, Op. 127Add to your cart.
Folder 120: The Twenty-Third Psalm, [Op. 46 No. 2]Add to your cart.
Folder 121: Variations on a Jewish Lullaby, Op. 104Add to your cart.
alternately titled Unter dos Kind's Veegle - Dedicated to Donna Heiken and Ruth Saltzman
Folder 122: Vi Azoi Lebt der Kaizer, Op. 42 No. 1Add to your cart.
Arranged by Kessler - Yiddish folk song
Folder 123: Victory Hora, Op. 65Add to your cart.
Folder 124: V'ohavto, Op. 37 No. 3Add to your cart.
Alternately titled Thou Shalt Love the Lord - Biblical Text from Deuteronomy 6:5-8, 11:20 and Numbers 15:40
Folder 125: Watching a Sunset, Op. 29 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 126: A Wedding GiftAdd to your cart.
Folder 127: The Wedding RingAdd to your cart.
Folder 128: What a Joy, Op. 154 No. 1Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Nathan Daniel Brenner
Folder 129: When?, Op. 179Add to your cart.
Words by Hillel - Commissioned by Jacob Pikarsky for Gisela [Pikarsky]
Folder 130: When Shadows Fall, Op. 137Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Jean Kessler Brenner
Folder 131: When We PartedAdd to your cart.
Folder 132: Winter Vignette, Op. 111 No. 1Add to your cart.
Alternately titled The Playful Squirrel and the Imperious Crow in the Snow
Folder 133: Wintry Wind, Op. 1 No. 4Add to your cart.
Part of Childhood Pieces, Op. 1
Folder 134: The Wolf and the Fox, Op. 25 No. 3Add to your cart.
Part of Baby Ballads of Today, Op. 25
Folder 135: The Wolf and the Goats, Op. 25 No. 5Add to your cart.
Part of Baby Ballads of Today, Op. 25
Folder 136: Yerushalayim Shel Zahav, Op. 66Add to your cart.
Alternately titled Jerusalem of Gold - Arrangement by Kessler - Words and Music by Naomi Shemer
Folder 137: Your Children, Op. 163Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Dr. Betty Gregory
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 138: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24Add to your cart.
Folder 139: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24Add to your cart.
Folder 140: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24Add to your cart.
Folder 141: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24Add to your cart.
Folder 142: Bicentennial Sonata, Op. 78Add to your cart.
Folder 143: Boston Red Sox, Op. 58Add to your cart.
Folder 144: Etude Brilliante, Op. 28Add to your cart.
Dedicated to Ania Dorfman
Folder 145: Fantasette, Op. 17Add to your cart.
Folder 146: Greetings by GorochovAdd to your cart.
Arranged by Kessler
Folder 147: Intermezzo, Op. 53 No. 4Add to your cart.
From Piano Suite No. 1
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 148: Kerchief DanceAdd to your cart.
Folder 149: Kiddy City, Op. 51Add to your cart.
Folder 150: Lake McArthur Fantasy, Op. 93Add to your cart.
Folder 151: MarchAdd to your cart.
Folder 152: MazurkaAdd to your cart.
Folder 153: Memories of TevyeAdd to your cart.
Music for a ballet - Choreography by Naomi Aleh-Leaf
Folder 154: Memories of Tevye: Men at Prayer and Women's DanceAdd to your cart.
Folder 155: Minuet, Op. 53 No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 156: Moledet (Homeland)Add to your cart.
Horas of Israel - Arranged by Kessler
Folder 157: PilgrimageAdd to your cart.
Alternately titled Haleluya
Folder 158: Show Me the WayAdd to your cart.
Dedicated to Eric W. Seder
Folder 159: Sonata Concertante, Op. 38Add to your cart.
Folder 160: Sonata No. 1, Op. 54Add to your cart.
Alternately titled Sonata for Cello and Piano - Dedicated to Mary Fraley Johnson
Folder 161: Trio No. 1, Op. 39Add to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 162: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24 - Orchestral PartsAdd to your cart.
Winds Parts
Folder 163: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24 - Orchestral PartsAdd to your cart.
Brass Parts
Folder 164: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24 - Orchestral PartsAdd to your cart.
Percussion Parts
Folder 165: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24 - Orchestral PartsAdd to your cart.
Harp Parts
Folder 166: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24 - Orchestral PartsAdd to your cart.
Violin I Parts
Folder 167: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24 - Orchestral PartsAdd to your cart.
Violin II Parts
Folder 168: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24 - Orchestral PartsAdd to your cart.
Viola Parts
Folder 169: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24 - Orchestral PartsAdd to your cart.
Cello Parts
Folder 170: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24 - Orchestral PartsAdd to your cart.
Bass Parts
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 171: New York Suite, Op. 21Add to your cart.
Solo Piano Part
Item 1: New York Suite, Op. 21Add to your cart.
Orchestral Parts
Box 8Add to your cart.
Item 1: StaftoniaAdd to your cart.
Educational Music Game
Item 2: Music is My NameAdd to your cart.
Educational Music Game
Item 3 to 29: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24 - Orchestral Parts - Set 2Add to your cart.
Winds, Brass, and Percussion Parts
Box 9Add to your cart.
Item 1 to 38: Alberta Concerto, Op. 24 - Orchestral Parts - Set 2Add to your cart.
10 Violin I Parts, 10 Violin II Parts, 7 Viola Parts, 6 Cello Parts, and 5 Bass Parts

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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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