Tibor Serly letters to Henry Pleasants

Tibor Serly letters to Henry Pleasants

Dates: 1931-1951

Handwritten and typed letters by Tibor Serly to his close friend Henry Pleasants. The letters mostly deal with personal and music matters such as Serly's career as a composer, music teacher, conductor, writer of musical articles, and violinist. Serly describes his collaborations and professional involvement with such notable figures as Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, Louis Zukofsky, Bela Bartok, Zoltan Kodaly, Pietro Mascagni, Arturo Toscanini, Leopold Stokowski, Samuel Barber, Igor Stravinsky, Pierre Monteux, and Marian Anderson. Serly covers the role of the Works Progress Administration in American music life. He also discusses the rise of Nazism in Europe and its effect on the musical life there.

  • Extent: 65 items (118 leaves)
  • Creator: Serly, Tibor
  • Call Number: MSS SC 1332
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Letters from Tibor Serly to Henry Pleasants must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Mss. (handwritten and typed).
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Initial citation: MSS SC 1332; Tibor Serly letters to Henry Pleasants; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 1332, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Anderson, Marian, 1897-1993; Barber, Samuel, 1910-1981; Bartok, Bela, 1881-1945; Kodály, Zoltán, 1882-1967; Mascagni, Pietro, 1863-1945; Monteux, Pierre, 1875-1964; Pleasants, Henry; Pound, Ezra, 1885-1972; Serly, Tibor; Stokowski, Leopold, 1882-1977; Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971; Toscanini, Arturo, 1867-1957; Williams, William Carlos, 1883-1963; Zukofsky, Louis, 1904-1978; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Composers--Biography; Conductors (Music)--Biography; National socialism and music--History; Poets--Biography
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Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Serly (Tibor) letters to Henry Pleasants
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Finding aid prepared by Morgan Crockett
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-30T04:02-0600
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Biographical History

Composer, conductor, and instrumentalist.

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