Paul Doktor papers

Paul Doktor papers

Dates: 1945-1988

This collection contains correspondence from Roger Nixon concerning viola music, David Finco concerning an American Viola Society article, and others, and a letter and copy of the book "Brief om einen jungen Maler" by J. J. Lüscher, 1945-1988.

  • Extent: 1 carton (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Doktor, Paul
  • Call Number: MSS 7913
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Music Special Collections; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open to public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English and German.
This collection retained its original order.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Paul Doktor 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 7913; Paul Doktor papers; Music Special Collections; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7913, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Paul Doktor in 1988.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Paul Doktor; 1988.
Subject Terms
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Music
Genre / Form
Books; Letters
Processing Information
Processed; Elizabeth West; July 2011.
Appraisal Information
Prominent performer (Section IV Primrose International Viola Archive Collection Development Policy January 2011).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Doktor (Paul) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth West
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-01-26T04:22-0700
Finding Aid Language
Biographical Info:

Biographical history

Paul Doktor (1919-1989) was an eminent violist and teacher in Europe and the United States.

One of the eminent violists of his time, the Viennese born Paul Doktor was the son of another distinguished violist, Karl Doktor, an associate of the violinist, Adolf Busch. He completed his studies at the Vienna Academy of Music in 1938 and moved to Switzerland the next year. He was the prize winner at the Geneva International Viola Competition in 1942. He moved to the United States in 1947, and became an American citizen in 1952. He gave the premieres of several significant compositions for viola, including concertos by Quincy Porter, Walter Piston, and Wilfred Josephs. He was a founding member of several ensembles, including the New York String Sextet, the Rococo Ensemble, and the Paul Doktor String Trio.

An influential teacher, Doktor taught at several institutions, including the University of Michigan, Manne's College of Music, Julliard School of Music, New York University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the State University College at Purchase. He concertized in the U.S., Britain, and Europe and produced recordings under several labels. His editions and transcriptions for viola were widely used. In 1977, he was the recipient of the ASTA Artist-Teacher of the year award.

Paul Doktor died in 1989.

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