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Bernard Zaslav papers on the viola

Identifier: MSS 8301

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Bernard Zaslav's papers on the viola which consist of solo and chamber music scores, his own compositions and arrangements, and correspondence with other musicians. The collection also includes photographs and other promotional material for his performing groups. Dated approximately 1770-2014 with the bulk of the materials being from approximately 1900-2014.


  • Publication: approximately 1770-2014
  • Publication: Majority of material found within 1900-2014


Language of Materials

Materials in English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Bernard Zaslav papers on the viola must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Bernard Zaslav was born in Brooklyn, New York and graduated from Julliard School of Music. He studied violin there with Sascha Jacobsen and Mischa Mischakoff. He later studied viola with Lillian Fuchs at Yale Summer School. In 1948 Zaslav joined the Cleveland Orchestra for two seasons and afterwards played in many prominent symphony orchestras in the New York area. His main area of expertise however, was chamber music. He played with the Kohon String Quartet in New York, the Fine Arts Quartet in Wisconsin, and the Vermeer Quartet in Northern Illinois where he taught. Additionally he joined the Stanford String Quartet at Stanford University in 1985 where he was on the faculty. In 1962 he created the Zaslav Duo (piano and viola) with his wife, Naomi Zaslav which has performed and recorded around the world.

Zaslav was also a firm advocate for new music and was one of the original members of the Composers Quartet which performed and recorded many new works of American composers at the time.


6 oversize boxes (9.96 linear ft.)

3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

2 items (Two 3 foot long cylinders)


Arranged in four series: 1. Bernard Zaslav's personal music library, approximately 1770-2014. 2. Bernard Zaslav's correspondence and music from composers and other musicians, approximately 1800-2011. 3. Bernard Zaslav's collection of photographs and other visual materials, 1962-1985. 4. Miscellaneous excerpts from Bernard Zaslav's personal music library, approximately 1950-1999.

Custodial History

Materials donated by Bernard Zaslav and Dwight R. Pounds in 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Bernard Zaslav and Dwight R. Pounds; 2014.


Prominent Violist (Section IV Primrose International Viola Archive Collection Development Policy January 2011).

Processing Information

Processed; Caryn Jackson, student manuscript processor, and David Day, curator; 2014.

  • Added to MSC--10/28/14 Wichtl, Georg/Wichtl's Young Violinist Discarded (extra copy)--10/13/14 Bloch, Ernest/Meditation and Processional for Viola and Piano Berger, Melvin/Basic Viola Technique Hummel, J.N./Fantasie for Viola & String Orchestra with 2 clarinets Proto, Frank/Soundscapes for Solo Viola Genzmer, Harald/Sonate für Viola Solo Genzmer, Harald/Zweite Sonate für Bratsche und Klavier Bloch, Ernest/Suite for Viola and Piano Added to Stacks--10/28/14 Boccherini, Luigi/Sonate c-Moll für Viola und Basso continuo Honnegger/Sonata
Register of Bernard Zaslav papers on the viola
Caryn Jackson
2014 November 11
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States