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Alfred Kastner papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7837

Scope and Contents

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


  • 1889-1948


Language of Materials

Materials are in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to public research.

Conditions Governing 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.

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.


1 box (0.5 linear ft)

1 carton (1 linear ft)


The original order of the collection has been retained.

Custodial History

Donated by Stella Castellucci in 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Stella Castellucci; 2009.


Prominent Harpists, (Section IV International Harp Collection Development Policy January 2011).

Processing Information

Processed; Melissa James; May 2011.

Register of Alfred Kastner papers
Melissa James
2011 May 18
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
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