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ARC.MUS.18 - Joseph Yasser Papers   ARC.MUS.18 - Joseph Yasser Papers - HTML file (64 K)
Creator/Author Yasser, Joseph.
Title Guide to the Joseph Yasser Papers,
Description The Joseph Yasser Collection at the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary consists almost entirely of the papers of Joseph Yasser (1893-1981), the Russian-American organist, music theorist and musicologist. Included are Yasser's subject files, 1895-1979, which contain photos, programs, correspondence (Russian and English), research notes and typescripts of several articles and scholarly papers. The papers also comprise Yasser's teaching materials, 1951-ca. 1960, and a few of his manuscript musical compositions and sketches, ca. 1920-1928. Also included in the collection are Yasser's two books: A Theory of Evolving Tonality (New York, 1932) and Medieval Quartal Harmony (New York, 1938), plus his pamphlet, Bibliography of Books and Articles on Jewish Music (New York, 1955) and Albert Weisser's pamphlet, Selected Writings of Joseph Yasser: an Annotated Bibliography (New York, 1970).
Description The Joseph Yasser Collection at the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary consists almost entirely of the papers of Joseph Yasser (1893-1981), the Russian-American organist, music theorist and musicologist. Included are Yasser's subject files, 1895-1979, which contain photos, programs, correspondence (Russian and English), research notes and typescripts of several articles and scholarly papers. The papers also comprise Yasser's teaching materials, 1951-ca. 1960, and a few of his manuscript musical compositions and sketches, ca. 1920-1928. Also included in the collection are Yasser's two books: A Theory of Evolving Tonality (New York, 1932) and Medieval Quartal Harmony (New York, 1938), plus his pamphlet, Bibliography of Books and Articles on Jewish Music (New York, 1955) and Albert Weisser's pamphlet, Selected Writings of Joseph Yasser: an Annotated Bibliography (New York, 1970).
Joseph Yasser (April 16, 1893- September 6, 1981) was born in the Polish city of Lódź, at that time part of the Russian Empire. In 1912 Yasser entered the Moscow Conservatory and after studying piano with A. Goedicke, organ with B. Sabaneev and music composition with N. Morozov, graduated with high honors in 1917. In 1919 he was appointed chief organist of the Imperial Opera (Bolshoi Theatre). From 1920-21 he toured Siberia as a pianist and lecturer with a state quartet. Yasser left the newly formed Soviet Union for Shanghai, China, where for the next two years, 1921-22, he directed the "Shanghai Songsters" choral society and preformed, and investigated Chinese melodies, instruments and particularly their tuning.
Yasser emigrated to the U.S. in 1923, settling in New York City. Yasser became organist and choir director at Congregation Rodeph Shalom in 1929. He would retire from this position in 1960. He is best known for his book, A Theory of Evolving Tonality (New York, 1932). The book was published the American Library of Musicology, an organization founded, in 1931, by both Yasser and Charles Seeger.
Yasser began teaching at the newly-founded Cantors Institute at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1951. Here he was an important mentor to younger musicians, especially composer/ pianist Herman Berlinski, to whom he taught organ. In 1960, Yasser retired from Rodeph Sholom and ca. 1960 from the Cantors Institute and, after retirement, he continued with his musicological and other pursuits.
LC Subject Yasser, Joseph,Papers.
Sabaneev, Boris Leonidovich,,1880-1918
Grechaninov, Aleksandr Tikhonovich,,1864-1956
Seeger, Charles,,1886-1979.
Schillinger, Joseph,,1895-1943
Thérémin, Léon,,1896-1993
Slonimsky, Nicolas,,1894-1995
Achron, Joseph,,1886-1943
Weinberg, Jacob,,1879-1956
Saminsky, Lazare,,1882-1959
Binder, Abraham Wolf,,1895-1966.
Berlinski, Herman
Sendrey, Alfred,,1884-1976
Weisser, Albert.
American Musicological Society
American Musicological Society. Greater New York Chapter.
Congregation Rodeph Sholom (New York, N.Y.)
Jewish Music Forum (New York, N.Y.)
Jewish Music Council (U.S.)
Moscow (Russia)--History--1917-1921.
Jews--United States--Music--History and criticism.
Synagogue music--United States.
Musicologists--United States--Biography.
Jewish composers.
Jewish musicians.
Music theorists--United States--Biography.
Local Subject Walton, Blanche Wetherill.
Mailamm (U.S.)
H.L. Miller Cantorial School.
Russian Group of Musicologists in New York City.
Novoye Russkoye Slovo (Newspaper)
Language In English and Russian.
Acquisition/Provenance Joseph Yasser Collection ;,2005.
Acquisition/Provenance Gift of the Lucy Moses School of Music of the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center, June 30, 2005.
Conditions on Use Permission to duplicate archival material or manuscript scores must be submitted in writing to Head of Special Collections.
Access restrictions Access may be restricted.
Identifier ARC MUS 18
Record number 415165

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