Alfred Kastner papers

Alfred Kastner papers

Dates: 1889-1948

The Alfred Kastner papers include harp scores and clippings, programs, and harp manuscripts, 1889-1948.

  • Extent: 1 legal box (0.5 linear ft). -- 1 carton (1 linear ft)
  • Creator: Kastner, Alfred, 1870-1948
  • Call Number: MSS 7837
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Music Special Collections; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open to public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English and German.
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 Alfred Kastner papers 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 7837; Alfred Kastner papers; International Harp Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7837, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Stella Castellucci in 2009.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Stella Castellucci; 2009.
Subject Terms
Kastner, Alfred, 1870-1948; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Harp; Music
Processing Information
Processed; Melissa James; May 2011.
Appraisal Information
Prominent Harpists, (Section IV International Harp Collection Development Policy January 2011).
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Finding Aid Title
Kastner (Alfred) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Melissa James
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-12-08T17:37-0700
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Biographical Info:

Biographical history

Alfred Kastner (1870-1948) was a renowned harpist, composer, and teacher.

Alfred Kastner was born in Vienna in 1870. He studied harp under the direction of Antonio Zamara at the Musikverein Konservatorium, graduating as a first prize medalist in 1888.

Kastner started his professional career as a harpist with the Polish National Opera in Warsaw. His career then took him to London in 1904 to play with the Queen's Hall Orchestra.

Later Kastner immigrated to the United States of America playing for the New York Philharmonic, and in 1919 moved to Los Angeles where he taught at the University of Southern California. Kastner spent the rest of his life in California, becoming the principal harpist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra during it's founding, retiring in 1936.

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