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Joseph Wetzels scores and other material

 Collection — oversize: 1
Identifier: MSS 7873

Scope and Contents

The Joseph Wetzels scores and papers consists predominantly of music scores, namely for piano-string quartet used by the Belgian Piano-String Quartet, string quintet, piano-string trio, string quartet, and folk songs in the form of printed score, manuscript parts, or photocopies. The collection also contains documents relating to the Belgian Piano-String Quartet in the form of repertory lists, concert programs, and photographs, 1918-1942.


  • 1918-1942


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

Biographical note

Joseph Wetzels (1896-1953) is a noted violoncellist who lived and worked in Utah.

Joseph Wetzels was born August 25, 1896 in Verviers, Belgium. He attended the Conservatory of Verviers and graduated in 1915 with a First Prize in violoncello, chamber music, and solfege (the equivalent to an American B.M.).  A year later, in 1916, he received a BA from the College of Verviers, and then a First Prize in violoncello at the Royal Conservatory of Liege in 1917. Wetzels received additional study with Pablo Casals in Barcelona, Maitre Jacques Gaillard in Brussels, and studied composition with Sylvain Dupuis in Liege. Over the course of his life, he performed with the Bilbao Symphony in Spain (1921-1927), the Orchestre National de Belgique (1928-1940), the Greeley Philharmonic (1945-1949), and the Utah Symphony Orchestra (1949-1953), often in the capacity of first cellist, assistant conductor, or both. His most notable accomplishment was founding the Belgian Piano-String Quartet in 1928, which toured Europe and America to critical acclaim as an official representative of the Belgian government.  In 1939, he was decorated by the King of Belgium as "Chevalier de l’Ordre de Leopold II de Belgique."  He died in Salt Lake City, December 16, 1953.


1.5 linear Feet (1 oversized Xerox box)

Language of Materials



The collection has been arranged into two series: 1. Performance scores and manuscripts, 1918-1942; and 2. Belgian Piano-String Quartet memorabilia, 1928-1942.

Custodial History

Donated by Marian Robertson Wilson in October 1991.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Marian Robertson Wilson; October 1991.


Important Belgian cellist who performed with the Utah Symphony under LeRoy Robertson, (Section IV.a.ii Music Special Collections Development Policy September 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; Lindsay Weaver; June 2011.

Register of Joseph Wetzels scores and papers
Lindsay A. Weaver
2011 June 17
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