Suchoff-Antokoletz collection of Bartokiana
Scope and Contents
This collection contains research, manuscripts, interviews, articles, and letters concerning composer Béla Bartók (1881–1945), as collected by Dr. Benjamin Suchoff and Dr. Elliott Antokoletz. The collection features 25 boxes of selected works of the composer and includes analyses by Dr. Suchoff as well as full manuscripts of certain works with sheet music. Also contained within the collection are miscellaneous papers and documents pertaining to the Estate of Béla Bartók and Dr. Suchoff’s personal papers from his time as Trustee to the Estate after the death of the former Trustee, Viktor Bader. Finally, the collection contains the lecture notes and recordings of Dr. Elliott Antokoletz's work on Béla Bartók and his research for his book Musical Symbolism in the Operas of Debussy and Bartók.
- Created: 1945 - 2001
- Other: Date acquired: 07/25/2001
Conditions Governing Access
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Biographical or Historical Information
Dr. Benjamin Suchoff (1918-2011) attended Cornell University, Julliard School of Music, and received a doctorate from New York University. During World War II, he served in the United States Army, enlisting in 1941 as a private. He was an accomplished pianist in both classical and jazz. He went on to become Professor of Ethnomusicology at UCLA and a recognized world authority on composer Béla Bartók, for whose estate he served as a curator and trustee. He has written numerous books and articles on Béla Bartók, as well as on topics in Ethnomusicology. He died in Palm Beach, Florida in March of 2011.
Obituary, Palm Beach Post, March 15, 2011. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/palmbeachpost/obituary.aspx?n=benjamin-suchoff&pid=149133562#fbLoggedOut
Note written by Kevin Arms, 2013
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Language of Materials
A collection of research and other documents concerning composer Béla Bartók (1881-1945).
The collection is arranged in series by subject: 1. Bartók Estate Records 2. Suchoff Research on Bartók 3. Works of Béla Bartók 4. Antokoletz Research on Bartók
Source of Acquisition
Method of Acquisition
- Bartok, Bela (1881-1945)
- Composers -- United States Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Ethnomusicology -- Hungary -- History Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Ethnomusicology -- United States -- History Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Folk Music -- Hungary -- History and criticism Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Benjamin Suchoff collection of Bartokiana
- Kevin Arms, 2013
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