Dewey Owens collection on Carlos Salzedo

Dewey Owens collection on Carlos Salzedo

Dates: 1904-1984

These materials were organized by Dewey Owens for a biography he wrote on Carlos Salzedo, the world renowned harpist who lived from 1885 to 1961. The collection includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, programs, and articles. There are also materials concerning Lucile Lawerence, but not all of her materials are associated with Carlos Salzedo directly. Owens' research also includes magazines, articles, newspaper clippings, photographs, Masters theses, and a list of Salzedo's students. Other materials include annotated magazine articles, an address book, concert scrapbook, National Association of Harpists papers, Salzedo and Lawrence batons, and more correspondence. The collection also includes original manuscripts and arrangements of Carlos Salzedo.

  • Extent: 13 boxes (6.5 linear ft.). -- 5 oversize boxes (4 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Owens, Dewey. -- Salzedo, Carlos, 1885-1961
  • Call Number: MSS 7763
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Music Special Collections; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
The original order of the collection has been retained.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Dewey Owens collection on Carlos Salzedo must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7763; Dewey Owens collection on Carlos Salzedo; International Harp Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7763, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Collected by Dewey Owens, who donated the materials to the Harold B. Lee Library Music Special Collections in 2001.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Dewey Owens; 2001.
Subject Terms
Salzedo, Carlos, 1885-1961; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Harpists--United States; Letters; Material Types; Music
Genre / Form
Articles; Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Music--Manuscripts; Programs; Research (Document genres)
Processing Information
Processed; Brian Fletcher; March 2011.
Appraisal Information
Prominent Harpists, (Section IV International Harp Collection Development Policy January 2011).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Owens (Dewey) collection on Carlos Salzedo
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Brian Fletcher
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-12-06T11:38-0700
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Carlos Salzedo (1885-1961) was a famous American harpist and composer.

Carlos Salzedo was born born April 6, 1885. He was the premier prix winner in two instruments at the Paris Conservatoire when graduating at the age of 16. He moved to New York in 1909 and became the first harpist of the Metropolitan Opera for four years under the direction of Toscanini. He established the Trio de Lutece in 1913 and the Salzedo Harp Ensemble in 1917. He helped Varese organize the International Composers' Guild in 1921. He was also active in ISCM, the Pan American Association of Composers, Pro-Musica, and the New Music Society of California under Cowell's direction. He taught at Juliard and organized the harp department in 1924 at the Curtis Institute of Music. He founded the Salzedo Harp Colony in 1931. He served as President of the American Harp Society and editor of the Eolian Review. He died August 17, 1961.

Biographical History

Dewey Owens (1925-2006) was a harpist and professor at Vassar College in Paughkeepsie, New York.

Dewey Owens was born May 3, 1925, in North Carolina. He first learned to play the violin and then taught himself the piano. He served as a chaplain's assistant in World War II for three years in the US Army. He studied the organ under Parvin Titus at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He worked as a copyist and assistant to American composer John Hausermann. While working in Europe, he debuted as a baritone vocalist with the Palma de Mallorca Symphony Orchestra. Carlos Salzedo referred Owens to be taught the Harp by Lucile Lawrence. Owens was greatly influenced by Carlos Salzedo's compositions and notations. For thirty years he taught at Vassar College in Paughkeepsie, New York. He wrote a biography on Carlos Salzedo. He died in 2006.

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