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Salzedo, Carlos, 1885-1961

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1885-1961

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 Juilliard 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.

Citation

Oxford Music Online, website viewed Feb. 24, 2011 (famous American harpist and composer; b. 6 April 1885 in France; was the premier prix winner in two instruments at the Paris Conservatoire when graduating at the age of 16; moved to New York in 1909 and became the first harpist of the Metropolitan Opera for four years under the direction of Toscanini; established the Trio de Lutece in 1913 and the Salzedo Harp Ensemble in 1917; helped Varese organize the International Composers’ Guild in 1921; active in ISCM, the Pan American Association of Composers, Pro-Musica, and the New Music Society of California under Cowell’s direction; taught at Juilliard and organized the harp department in 1924 at the Curtis Institute of Music; founded the Salzedo Harp Colony in 1931; served as President of the American Harp Society and editor of the Eolian Review)

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Dewey Owens collection on Carlos Salzedo

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7763
Scope and Contents 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...
Dates: 1904-1984

Carlos Salzedo papers

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 8299
Scope and Contents Legal documents, correspondences, LPs, newspaper clippings, photographs, concert flyers, and concert programs.
Dates: approximately 1920-2000

Carlos Salzedo suit

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 8505
Scope and Contents Contains suit pants and suit jacket that belonged to Carlos Salzedo. The suit is beige and linen. Matierals dated approximately 1940-1950.
Dates: approximately 1940-1950

Salzedo Harp Colony records, circa 1924-2000

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7835 Series II
Scope and Contents Contains materials collected by Carlos Salzedo and Alice Chalifoux throughout the seventy-one years of the Salzedo School in Camden, Maine. Early materials were collected by Carlos Salzedo until his death in 1961. Materials after this date were collected by Alice Chalifoux. Collection includes concert programs, issues of the American Harp Journal, news clippings, correspondence, group photographs, list of pupils, and other documents from Carlos Salzedo's desk. National Harp Association by-laws,...
Dates: circa 1924-2000

Jacques Salzedo papers on Carlos Salzedo

 Collection — Box: 1, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8302
Scope and Contents The collection includes materials Jacques Salzedo, son to Carlos Salzedo, has aquired on behalf of the estate of Carlos Salzedo. There are letters from Warner Bros. Publications and The Song Writers Guild of America regarding Salzedo's copyrights and licenses. There is also an undated manuscript of La Cathedrale Engloutie by Claude Debussy transcribed for 7 harps by Salzedo. Finally there is a topic outline for a master's theis ont he performance practices of Carlos Salzedo. Dates range...
Dates: Approximately 1950-1991

Sylvia Meyer papers on Salzedo Centennial, 1985-1998

 Series — Box: 9
Identifier: MSS 7764 Series 4
Scope and Contents Series contains reports, letters, and other materials relating to the American Harp Journal's publishing of the Salzedo Centennial anniversary in 1985.
Dates: 1985-1998