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Alan Shulman scores

 Collection — oversize: 1
Identifier: MSS 7851

Scope and Contents

Collection contains Alan Shulman's viola manuscript scores including "Theme and Variations for Viola", 1939.


  • 1939


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 Alan Shulman scores must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Alan Shulman (1915-2002) was a composer who wrote a prominent piece of viola music.

Alan Shulman was born on June 4, 1915 in Baltimore, Maryland. He studied the cello at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore until 1928. His family then moved to Brooklyn where he continued his studies. In 1932, he enrolled at the Juilliard School where he was taught by cellist Felix Salmond and the composer Bernard Wagenaar. He graduated from Julliard in 1947 and then studied with the cellist Emanuel Feuermann and the composer Paul Hindemith.

Alan Shulman was one of the founding members of Arturo Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra in 1937 and he performed with it until 1942. He then joined the United States Maritime Service, which provided training for the merchant marine. He returned to the NBC Symphony in 1948 and performed with it and its successor, the Symphony of the Air, until 1957. In 1938, he, along with his brother the violinist Sylvan Shulman, formed the the Stuyvesant String Quartet in which he performed, along with various other ensembles. The Stuyvesant ensemble, which performed until 1954, gave the American premiere of the Shostakovich Piano Quintet at Carnegie Hall in 1941, and was known for its performances and recordings of contemporary works. The Shulman brothers also performed in the New Friends of Rhythm, a symphonic jazz group that made many recordings from 1939 to 1947, and included some of Mr. Shulman's original works and arrangements in its repertory. He was also a member of the Philharmonia Trio from 1962 to 1969, and the Haydn Quartet from 1972 to 1982. A "Theme and Variations for Viola and Piano," 1940, and orchestrated later, was his first composition worthy of the concert hall. It has since become a staple of the American viola repertoire.

Mr. Shulman taught at Sarah Lawrence College, the Juilliard School, the State University of New York at Purchase, Johnson State College in Johnson, Vermont, and the University of Maine in Orono. He was a founding member of the Violoncello Society in 1956, and its president from 1967 to 1972.

He died July 13, 2002.


1 oversize box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



This collection retained its original order.

Custodial History

Donated by Alan and Jay Shulman in 1996.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Alan and Jay Shulman; May 1996.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth West; May 2011.

Register of the Alan Shulman papers
Elizabeth West
2011 May 25
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