Guide to the Alice Esty papers, 1600-1999, n.d. | MC038

Summary Information

Repository
Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Creator
Esty, Alice Theresa Hildagard Swanson, 1904-2000
Title
Alice Esty papers
ID
MC038
Date
1600-1999, undated
Extent
8.25 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
The papers of soprano Alice Esty include original and photo-reproduced manuscripts of unpublished musical compositions for solo voice and piano by several major composers of the twentieth century, including Francis Poulenc, Virgil Thomson, Ned Rorem, Darius Milhaud, Germaine Tailleferre, Paul Bowles, Claire Mann, Henri Sauguet, and Ben Weber. Many of these compositions represent collaborative efforts between musicians and poets, including Frank O'Hara, Kenneth Koch, e.e. cummings, and Guillaume Apollinaire, and some include Esty's performance annotations. Related correspondence is also included, as are letters with close friends and other composers such as William Matthews, Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale. Also included are the transcripts of Thomas Parkman Cushing's letters and diaries, the originals of which are presumed lost. Cushing (1787-1854), an affluent and important shipping merchant in Boston during the mid-nineteenth century, was the founder of Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts.

Preferred Citation

Alice Esty papers, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.

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Historical Note

Alice Theresa Hildagard Swanson was born on November 8, 1904. She graduated from Bates College in 1925 with an A.B. degree. She then moved to New York to pursue a career in the performing arts. She studied singing, worked as a model for the Art Students League, and worked as an actress with the newly formed Group Theater, under the direction of Lee Strasberg and Harold Clurman, and with the Provincetown Players, an avant-garde theater. She performed on Broadway in such productions as Come of Age, with Judith Anderson, and L'Aiglon, with Ethel Barrymore.

In the mid-1930s, Alice Swanson married William C. Esty, founder of the William Esty Advertising Agency.

Alice Esty continued her interest in the arts, and she began to commission works by many noted composers, poets, and visual artists. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, she spent considerable time in Paris, where she befriended many important composers and artists. Between 1955 and 1969, she regularly commissioned musical compositions, and then performed them in major recital halls, including Town Hall and Carnegie Hall. In 1994 and 1995, Mrs. Esty donated the scores for twenty-six of these commissioned works to the college, including ten compositions which were commissioned as an homage to Francis Poulenc and performed by Alice Esty at a Carnegie Hall recital in 1964.

A long-time patron of the arts and her alma mater, Alice Esty received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Bates College in 1984. She died on July 21, 2000.

Scope and Content Note

The papers include original and photo-reproduced manuscripts of unpublished musical compositions for solo voice and piano by several major composers of the twentieth century, including Francis Poulenc, Virgil Thomson, Ned Rorem, Darius Milhaud, Germaine Tailleferre, Paul Bowles, Claire Mann, Henri Sauguet, and Ben Weber. Many of these compositions represent collaborative efforts between musicians and poets, including Frank O'Hara, Kenneth Koch, e.e. cummings, and Guillaume Apollinaire, and some include Esty's performance annotations. The collection also includes Esty's correspondence with various luminaries of the avant-garde art world, including those composers from whom she commissioned works and others, such as William Matthews, Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale; programs for and reviews of her performances; and a few of her watercolors.

There are also the transcripts of Thomas Parkman Cushing's letters and diaries, the originals of which are presumed lost. Cushing (1787-1854), an affluent and important shipping merchant in Boston during the mid-nineteenth century, was the founder of Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts and the father of Martha Ann who married the first William Esty, the grandfather of Alice Esty's husband. He was a diligent and prolific chronicler, and between 1831 to1852 recorded in remarkable and minute detail information about the comings and goings of ships from Boston harbor and of notable people from his townhouse on Beacon Hill. The collection also contains transcripts of Martha Ann Cushing Esty's diaries from 1870-1882.

Organization and Arrangement

Organized into six series: I. Scores, II. Correspondence, III. Programs, IV. Printed materials, V. Personal items, VI. Thomas Parkman Cushing papers.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine, 04240
207-786-6354
muskie@bates.edu

Access Restrictions

Some original letters in the Correspondence series are restricted and cannot be consulted without the permission of the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Reference photocopies have been substituted in the main files for research purposes.

While Alice Esty commissioned both composers and writers for many of the scores included in the collection, the copyright of these materials is retained by the composers and the writers, and is not owned by Bates College. Some of these works remain unpublished and, therefore, under the Copyright Law (U.S. Code, Title 17), particularly Section 107, which allows for "fair use" of a copyrighted work, may be given more protection by the courts than published materials. Permission to publish must be obtained by the researcher from the artists themselves or the artists' estates. In addition to publication rights, other exclusive rights, including the right to perform any of the music in public and the right to record music represented in the scores, is retained by the composers and the writers. Bates College does not own and cannot grant these rights. For letters in the collection, copyright and literary rights are owned by the author of the letter or by that author's estate.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

Acquisition and Custody Information

Gift of Alice Esty (Bates 1925), 1993, 1994, 2000, 2001. Accession No.: xx-016.

Processing Information

Partial arrangement and description by Kurt Kuss, Special Collections Librarian, 1997.

Final arrangement and description by Peter Marsters, 2008

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Apollinaire, Guillaume, 1880-1918
  • Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999
  • Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962
  • Cushing, Thomas Parkman, 1787-1854
  • Esty, Alice Theresa Hildagard Swanson, 1904-2000--Archives
  • Fizdale, Robert
  • Gold, Arthur
  • Koch, Kenneth, 1925-2002
  • Mann, Claire
  • Matthews, William, 1950-
  • Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974
  • O'Hara, Frank, 1926-1966
  • Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963
  • Rorem, Ned, 1923-
  • Sauguet, Henri, 1901-1989
  • Tailleferre, Germaine, 1892-1983
  • Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989
  • Weber, Ben, 1916-1979

Subject(s)

  • Music--Manuscripts--Maine--Lewiston

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Collection Inventory

 MC038/01 Scores 1600-1997, undated   223.0 score(s)

Scope and Content Note

Consists of scores from Alice Esty's private collection. Includes scores commissioned by Alice Esty herself.

Organization and Arrangement

Scores are arranged in alphabetical order by composer and then by title of composition.

Box Folder

 Ahnfelt, Oscar, 1813-1882 Tryggare Kan Ingen Vara undated   

1 1

 Arrieu, Claude, 1903-1990 La Sable du Sablier 1958?   

1 2

 Arrieu, Claude, 1903-1990 Nathalie ca. 1946   

1 3

 Ashwander, Donald Felo De Se undated   

1 4

 Auric, Georges, 1899-1983 Alphabet 1956?   

1 5

 Auric, Georges, 1899-1983 Quatre poèmes de Georges Gabory ca. 1928   

1 6

 Auric, Georges, 1899-1983 Six poèmes de Paul Eluard 1948   

1 7

 Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750 Schafe Konren Sicher Weiden undated   

1 8

 Bacon, Ernst, 1898-1990 It's All I have to Bring undated   

1 9

 Badings, Henk, 1907-1987 8 Songs 1965-1966   

1 10

 Badings, Henk, 1907-1987 Burying Friends 1963   

1 11

 Badings, Henk, 1907-1987 Sechs Lieder 1966   

1 12

 Barab, Seymour Autumn Song undated   

1 13

 Barab, Seymour Minstrel's Song 1955?   

1 14

 Barab, Seymour A Nun Takes the Veil 1941   

1 15

 Barab, Seymour In the Dark Pinewood undated   

1 16

 Barab, Seymour Three Songs: The Daises ca. 1936   

1 17

 Berg, Isak, 1803-1886 Herdegossen undated   

1 18

 Berkeley, Lennox, Sir, 1903-1989 Automne 1963   

2 1

 Berkeley, Lennox, Sir, 1903-1989 Automne. Bound performance copy 1963   

20 1

 Berkeley, Lennox, Sir, 1903-1989 Five Poems by W.H. Auden op. 53 1958   

2 2

 Berkeley, Lennox, Sir, 1903-1989 Five Poems by W.H. Auden op. 53. Bound performance copy 1958   

20 2

 Berkeley, Lennox, Sir, 1903-1989 Night Covers up the Rigid Land Undated   

2 3

 Blacher, Boris, 1903-1975 Apreslude 1958   

2 4

 Blitzstein, Marc From Marion's Book 1960   

2 5

 Bloch, Ernest, 1880-1959 Poemes D'Automne 1906   

2 6

 Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 Five Songs about Spring (From Love Like Wildfire); attached is copy of Two Skies composed by Paul Bowles with text by Jane Bowles 1941-1942   

2 8

 Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 Green Songs 1935   

2 9

 Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 Night Without Sleep 1943   

2 10

 Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 On A Quiet Conscience 1945   

2 11

 Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 Roman Suite 1960   

2 12

 Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 Roman Suite. Bound performance copy 1960   

20 3

 Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 Song for My Sister 1943   

2 13

 Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 Songs of An Old Woman 1942   

2 14

 Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 The Heart 1954   

2 15

 Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 This Place of Fire 1945   

2 16

 Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 Two Skies (see also folder: Five Songs about Spring) 1942   

2 17

 Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 Violet 1941   

2 18

 Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897 Zigeunerlieder 1886   

2 19

 Britten, Benjamin, 1913-1976 At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners 1945   

2 20

 Britten, Benjamin, 1913-1976 Fish in the Unruffled Lakes 1937   

2 21

 Brook, Claire Four Songs from "Six Significant Landscapes" Undated   

2 22

 Bucht, Gunnar, 1927- Dagen Svalnar 1956   

2 23

 Bucht, Gunnar, 1927- Sex Arstidssanger 1942   

2 24

 Bucht, Gunnar, 1927- Sex Arstidssanger. Bound performance copy 1942   

20 4

 Carter, Elliott, 1908- Dust of Snow 1943   

2 25

 Carter, Elliott, 1908- The Rose Family 1943   

2 26

 Chanler, Theodore, 1902-1961 The Doves 1946   

3 1

 Chausson, Ernest, 1855-1899 Sept Melodies, Quatre Melodies, Deux Duos, La Caravane 1879-1887   

3 2

 Chausson, Ernest, 1855-1899 Vignt Melodies 1910   

3 3

 Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990 Twelve Poems of Emily Dickenson 1950   

3 4

 De Frumerie, Gunnar, 1908-1987 Lat Mig Ga Vilse U Ditt Ljus 1946   

3 5

 De Golia, Ralph J. To a Sleeping Child 1921   

3 6

 Delannoy, Marcel, 1898-1962 La Voix du Silence 1958   

3 7

 Delannoy, Marcel, 1898-1962 La Voix du Silence. Bound performance copy 1958   

20 5

 Dougherty, Celius, 1902-1986 New England Pastoral 1948   

3 8

 Dougherty, Celius, 1902-1986 Primavera 1948   

3 9

 Dowland, John, 1563?-1626 From Silent Night 1612   

3 10

 Duke, John, 1899-1984 Bells in the Rain 1945   

3 11

 Duparc, Henri, 1848-1933 Extase 1874   

3 12

 Duparc, Henri, 1848-1933 Lamento 1883   

3 13

 Duparc, Henri, 1848-1933 Le Manoir de Rosemonde 1879   

3 14

 Dutilleux, Henri, 1916- San Francisco Night 1963   

3 15

 Dutilleux, Henri, 1916- San Francisco Night. Bound performance copy 1963   

20 6

 Faure, Gabriel, 1845-1924 Album of Twenty Songs Undated   

3 16

 Faure, Gabriel, 1845-1924 Nocturne 1886   

3 17

 Faure, Gabriel, 1845-1924 Vignt Melodies Undated   

9 1

 Ford, Thomas What then is Love, Sings Corydon 1607   

3 18

 Ginastera, Alberto, 1916-1983 Five Argentine Popular Songs 1943   

4 1

 Godard, Benjamin, 1849-1895 Angels Guard Thee 1892   

4 2

 Goehr, Alexander, 1932- Warngedichte op. 22 1966-1967   

4 3

 Goehr, Alexander, 1932- Warngedichte op. 22. Bound performance copy 1966-1967   

20 7

 Gruen, John, 1926- Greetings from the Chateau 1962   

4 4

 Gruen, John, 1926- Three Jiminez Songs 1958   

4 5

 Haieff, Alexei, 1914-1994 In the Early Hours 1954   

4 6

 Henschel, George, Sir, 1850-1934 O Hush Thee, my Babie Undated   

4 7

 Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963 Cum Factus Esset Jesus Annorum Duodecim 1959   

4 8

 Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963 Echo 1942   

4 9

 Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963 Eight Lieder 1920   

4 10

 Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963 Envoy 1942   

4 11

 Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963 Die Trunken Tanzerin 1922   

4 12

 Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963 To Music, to Becalm his Fever 1944   

4 13

 Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963 Wie Sankt Franciscus Schweb ich in der Luft 1922   

4 14

 Hue, Georges, 1858-1948 Lane Blanc 1905   

4 15

 Hundley, Richard 1931- The Astronomers 1981   

4 16

 Hyson, Winifred 1925- Gestures 1977   

4 17

 Jones, Charles, 1910-1997 Anima 1968   

4 18

 Jones, Charles, 1910-1997 Anima. Bound performance copy 1968   

20 8

 Jones, Robert, 1577-1617 Love is a Bable 1601   

4 19

 Keel, Frederick, 1871-1954 Elizabethan Love Songs 1909   

9 2

 Kessler, Claire Fancailles pour Rire/Love is More Thicker than Forget Undated   

4 20

 Kessler, Claire Fulfillment 1946   

4 21

 Lalo, Edouard, 1823-1892 Le Roi D'ys 1875-1888   

4 22

 Larrson, Lars-Erik, 1908-1986 Nio Sanger 1946   

4 23

 Lessard, John, 1920- Ariel's Song 1941   

4 24

 Lessard, John, 1920- Interior 1951   

4 25

 Lessard, John, 1920- Mother Goose 1950   

4 26

 Lessard, John, 1920- Orpheus 1944   

4 27

 Lessard, John, 1920- Whereas in my Silks my Julia Goes 1951   

4 28

 MacMurrough, Dermot, 1872-1943 The Sheperdess 1924   

5 1

 Mann, Claire Autobiography 1955   

5 2

 Mann, Claire Chanson 1954   

5 3

 Mann, Claire Chanson Innocente 1955   

5 4

 Mann, Claire Cradle Song 1949   

5 5

 Mann, Claire God Be in My Head 1956   

5 6

 Mann, Claire If I had Made, My Lady 1954   

5 7

 Mann, Claire Lauds 1956   

5 8

 Mann, Claire Love is More Thicker Than Forget 1959   

5 9

 Mann, Claire Pour les Enfants et Pour les Raffines Undated   

5 10

 Mann, Claire The Friendly Beasts Undated   

5 11

 Martin, Frank, 1890-1974 Dedicace au poete de P. de Ronsard 1945   

5 12

 Martin, Frank, 1890-1974 Dedicace au poete de P. de Ronsard. Bound performance copy 1945   

20 8

 Matthews, William Claritas 1984   

5 13

 Matthews, William Ex Libris 1997   

5 14

 Matthews, William Donald Hall Songs 1988   

5 15

 Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974 L'Amour Chante 1964   

5 16

 Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974 Le Beau Navire undated   

5 16a

 Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974 L'Amour Chante. Bound performance copy 1964   

20 10

 Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974 Preparatif a la Mort en Allegorie Maritime 1963   

5 17

 Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974 Preparatif a la Mort en Allegorie Maritime. Bound performance copy 1963   

20 11

 Naginski, Charles, 1909-1940 The Pasture 1939   

5 18

 Nordoff, Paul, 1909-1977 Love _____ 1943   

5 19

 Oldham, Arthur, 1926-2003 Ihesu, God's Son 1951   

5 20

 Pasternack, Josef, 1881-1940 Two Folk Songs of Little Russia Undated   

5 21

 Peri, Jacopo, 1561-1633 Giote al Canto Mio 1600   

5 22

 Phillips, Robert 1936-1990 As is the Sea Marvelous Undated   

5 23

 Phillips, Robert 1936-1990 Postscript Undated   

5 24

 Phillips, Robert 1936-1990 Safe in their Alabaster Chambers Undated   

5 25

 Phillips, Robert 1936-1990 The Cloak, the Boat, and the Shoes Undated   

5 26

 Phillips, Robert 1936-1990 The Onion Skin: Song of An Old Woman Cooking Undated   

5 27

 Phillips, Robert 1936-1990 There's a Certain Slant of Light Undated   

5 28

 Phillips, Robert 1936-1990 This is the Garden Undated   

5 29

 Phillips, Robert 1936-1990 Three Songs on Cinquains Undated   

5 30

 Pinkham, Daniel A Partridge in a Pear Tree 1948   

5 31

 Pinkham, Daniel Sing Agreeably of Love 1949   

5 32

 Pinkham, Daniel The Songs of Jeptha's Daughter 1963   

5 33

 Pinkham, Daniel The Songs of Jeptha's Daughter. Bound performance copy 1963   

20 12

 Porter, Quincy, 1897-1966 Seven Songs of Love 1962   

5 34

 Porter, Quincy, 1897-1966 Seven Songs of Love. Bound performance copy 1962   

20 13

 Porter, Quincy, 1897-1966 Twelve Songs for Helen on Nursery Rhymes 1938   

5 35

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 1904 1931   

6 1

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 A Sa Guitare 1935   

6 2

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Air Champetre 1928   

6 3

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Aux Officers de la Garde Blanche 1938   

6 4

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Avant le Cinema 1931   

6 5

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Bleuet 1940   

6 6

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Dans L'Herbe 1940   

6 7

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 La Courte Paille 1960   

6 8

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Le Travail du Peintre 1956   

6 9

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 ...Mais Mourir 1947   

6 10

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Miroirs Brulants 1939   

6 11

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Parisiana 1954   

6 12

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Priez Pour Paix 1938   

6 13

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Poemes de Ronsard Undated   

6 14

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Quatre Poemes 1931   

6 15

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Tel Jour, Telle Nuit 1937   

6 16

 Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937 Don Quichotte a Dulcinee 1933   

6 17

 Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937 Ronsard a son ame 1935   

6 18

 Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937 Trois Poemes 1913   

6 19

 Reddick, William J., 1890-1965 Standin' in the need o' prayer Undated   

6 20

 Remick, Bertha Im Fruhling; In the Springtime Undated   

6 21

 Rieti, Vittorio, 1898-1994 Plus Ne Suis 1963   

6 22

 Rieti, Vittorio, 1898-1994 Plus Ne Suis. Bound performance copy 1963   

20 14

 Rieti, Vittorio, 1898-1994 Two Songs Between Two Waltzes 1957   

6 23

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- 14 Songs on American Poetry 1956-1959   

7 1

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- A Journey 1976   

7 2

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Catullus On the Burial of His Brother 1947   

7 3

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Dear Heart...(from Chamber Music) 1948   

7 4

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Doll's Boy 1944   

7 5

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Ecologues 1952   

7 6

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Jail Bait Blues 1947   

7 7

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Let's Take a Walk You... 1952   

7 8

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Love's Stricken "Why" 1947   

7 9

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Mongolian Idiot 1947   

7 10

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- My Papa's Waltz 1959   

7 11

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- On a Singing Girl 1946   

7 12

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Orchids 1959   

7 13

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Poulenc 1963   

7 14

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Poulenc. Bound performance copy 1963   

20 15

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Root Cellar 1959   

7 15

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Sally's Smile 1953   

7 16

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount 1948   

7 17

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Snake 1959   

7 18

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- The Surly One 1959   

7 19

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- The Waking 1961   

7 20

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- To The Willow Tree 1950   

7 21

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Two Poems of Theodore Roethke 1959   

7 22

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Untitled, The Waking (no. 2), Night Crow (all attached) 1959   

7 23

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- You, The Young Rainbow 1948   

7 24

 Rosenberg, Hilding, 1892-1985 Tio Kinesiska Sanger 1945   

7 25

 Rosenthal, Manuel, 1904-2003 Le Jour d'un Mort (Hommage; Francis Poulenc) 1963   

7 26

 Rosenthal, Manuel, 1904-2003 Le Jour d'un Mort (Hommage; Francis Poulenc). Bound performance copy 1963   

20 16

 Rosseter, Philip, 1567 or 8-1623 What Then is Love, but Morning 1601   

7 27

 Roussel, Albert, 1869-1937 Coeur En Peril 1934   

7 28

 Roussel, Albert, 1869-1937 Qu'il Faut Boire 1926   

7 29

 Sacco, John, 1905-1987 The Polliwog Undated   

7 30

 Saint-Saens, Camille, 1835-1921 Oh! Love The Help 1877   

7 31

 Sauguet, Henri, 1901-1989 Celui Qui Dort 1963   

7 32

 Sauguet, Henri, 1901-1989 Celui Qui Dort. Bound performance copy 1963   

20 17

 Sauguet, Henri, 1901-1989 Vie des Campagnes (includes separate copy of Les Images) 1961   

7 33

 Sauguet, Henri, 1901-1989 Vie des Campagnes (includes separate copy of Les Images). Bound performance copies 1961   

20 18

 Schubert, Franz, 1797-1828 Der Schmetterling Undated   

7 34

 Schubert, Franz, 1797-1828 Gott Im Fruhling 1816   

7 35

 Schumann, Robert, 1810-1856 Die Meerfee 1853   

7 36

 Schumann, Robert, 1810-1856 Jasminenstrauch 1828   

7 37

 Schumann, Robert, 1810-1856 Samtliche Lieder Undated   

9 3

 Smith, Russell, 1927-1998 Africa Undated   

7 38

 Smith, Russell, 1927-1998 Epitaph Undated   

7 39

 Smith, Russell, 1927-1998 Small Poem Undated   

7 40

 Smith, Russell, 1927-1998 Songs of Innocence 1949   

7 41

 Smith, Russell, 1927-1998 The Avowal Undated   

7 42

 Strauss, Richard, 1864-1949 Der Rosenkavalier 1911   

7 43

 Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971 La Novice 1908   

8 1

 Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971 La Rosee Sainte 1908   

8 2

 Strickland, Lily, 1887-1958 My Lover is A Fisherman 1922   

8 3

 Tailleferre, Germaine, 1892-1983 L'Adieu du Cavalier 1963   

8 4

 Tailleferre, Germaine, 1892-1983 L'Adieu du Cavalier. Bound performance copy 1963   

20 19

 Tailleferre, Germaine, 1892-1983 Pancarte pour une porte d'entree 1959   

8 5

 Tailleferre, Germaine, 1892-1983 Pancarte pour une porte d'entree. Bound performance copy 1959   

20 20

 Thomas, Ambroise, 1811-1896 Mignon: Gavotte 1866   

8 6

 Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989 Songs for Alice Esty 1959   

8 7

 Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989 Songs for Alice Esty. Bound performance copy 1959   

20 21

 Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989 Two by Marianne Moore 1963   

8 8

 Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989 Two by Marianne Moore. Bound performance copy 1963   

20 22

 Trimble, Lester, 1923-1986 Petit Concert 1969   

8 9

 Unknown Lydia Undated   

8 10

 Unknown Untitled Undated   

8 11

 Unknown Untitled Undated   

8 12

 Unknown Untitled Undated   

8 13

 Unknown Untitled Undated   

8 14

 Unknown Untitled Undated   

8 15

 Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901 Aida 1871   

9 4

 Vieu, Jane, 1871-1955 Pour Mieux T'aimer Undated   

8 16

 Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883 Lohengrin 1898   

9 5

 Warlock, Peter, 1894-1930 Rest, Sweet Nymphs 1923   

8 17

 Warlock, Peter, 1894-1930 The Distracted Maid 1922   

8 18

 Weber, Ben, 1916-1979 A Bird Came Down the Walk op. 57 1963   

8 19

 Weber, Ben, 1916-1979 A Bird Came Down the Walk op. 57. Bound performance copy 1963   

20 23

 Weber, Ben, 1916-1979 Evening on the Mosette 1960   

8 20

 Weber, Ben, 1916-1979 Five Songs 1941   

8 21

 Weber, Ben, 1916-1979 Into the Garden 1967   

8 22

 Weber, Ben, 1916-1979 Lament 1966   

8 23

 Weber, Ben, 1916-1979 Mourn! Mourn! Op. 53 1960   

8 24

 Weber, Ben, 1916-1979 The Ways 1962   

8 25

 Webern, Anton, 1883-1945 Der Tag Ist Vergangen op. 12 1915   

8 26

 Webern, Anton, 1883-1945 Funf Lieder 1908   

8 27

 Webern, Anton, 1883-1945 Im Windesweben op. 3 1908   

8 28

 Webern, Anton, 1883-1945 Vier Lieder 1915   

8 29

 Wilda, Bela Summer the Lovely 1940   

8 30

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 MC038/02 Correspondence 1946-1999, n.d. 

Scope and Content Note

This series contains original letters written to Esty from the various composers from whom she commissioned the musical scores contained in Series I. Also includes correspondence with other composers, as well as with miscellaneous friends and admirers. There are several letters which include written agreements between Esty and the composer in the acceptance of the rights to the original scores. Many of the letters are in French, including those received from Claude Arrieu, Henri Sauget, and Germaine Tailleferre. The miscellaneous category includes telegrams and notes from friends.

Organization and Arrangement

Correspondence is arranged alphabetical by author.

Access Restrictions

The originals of some letters are restricted, and may only be consulted with permission of the Director of Archives and Special Collections. Reference photocopies of these letters have been provided in the main files.

Box Folder

Arrieu, Claude, 1903-1990 1958, 1965   

10 1

Auric, Georges, 1899-1983 1958-1960   

10 2

Badings, Henk, 1907-1987 1964-1970, n.d.   

10 3

Berenguer, Bruno 1995   

10 4

Berkeley, Lennox, Sir, 1903-1989 1958-1964   

10 5

Bernac, Pierre, 1899-1979 1963-1968   

10 6

Blitzstein, Marc, 1905-1964 1959-1960   

10 7

Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 1954-1961   

10 8

Bucht, Gunnar, 1927- 1965-1968   

10 9

Buckland, Sidney 1989-1996   

10 10

Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962 1955   

10 11

Delannoy, Marcel, 1898-1962 1959-1960   

10 12

Dutilleux, Henri, 1916- 1963   

10 13

Edmunds, John, 1913-1986 1961   

10 14

Esty, William Cole, 1895-1954 1960   

10 15

Fizdale, Robert, 1920-1995 and Arthur Gold, 1917-1990 1955-1988, n.d.   

10 16

Flanagan, William, 1923-1969 1959   

10 17

Glaze, Andrew 1975   

10 18

Glazer, Frank, 1915- 1986,1991   

10 19

Goehr, Alexander, 1932- 1966-1968   

10 20

Hundley, Richard, 1931- See Scores "The Astronomer"   

10 21

Hunt, Alexandra 1999   

10 22

Johnson, Graham, 1950- 1993   

10 23

Letters Re: Performance 1955   

10 24

Martin, Mrs. Frank 1964   

10 25

Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974 1964-1968   

10 26

Miscellaneous 1960-1992   

10 27

Moore, Marianne, 1887-1972 1964   

10 28

Munsey, John 1968   

10 29

Phillips, Robert, 1936-1990 1961   

10 30

Pinkham, Daniel, 1923-2006 1963-1965   

10 31

Porter, Quincy, 1897-1966 1961-1963   

10 32

Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 1956-1959   

10 33

Rieti, Vittorio, 1898-1994 1957   

10 34

Roethke, Theodore, 1908-1963 1960   

10 35

Rorem, Ned, 1923- (See OVERSIZE) 1959-1997   

10 36

Sarfaty, Regina 1961   

10 37

Sauget, Henri, 1901-1989 1961-1963   

10 38

Schuyler, James, 1923-1991 1956, 1992, n.d.   

10 39

Talma, Louise to Povla Frijsh 1946   

10 40

Tailleferre, Germaine, 1892-1983 1962-1963   

10 41
Box

Tommasini, Tony Undated   

Box Folder

Trimble, Lester, 1923-1986 1965-1967   

10 43

Villami, Victoria 1995, 1999   

10 44

Weber, Ben, 1916-1979 1960-1964   

10 45

Withall, Ted 1955   

10 46

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 MC038/03 Programs 1942-1998, n.d. 

Scope and Content Note

Consists of original programs from recitals given by Alice Esty and others between 1942 and 1998. The programs are mostly from concerts given at Carnegie Recital Hall. Each program lists the music presented and the composer, as well as acknowledgements to those accompanying Esty in concert. Many of Esty's performances included commissioned works based on poetry. Her concerts were tributes to their talents, as well as to the talent of the composer who created the "song cycles." This series also contains programs for other performers as well as various art exhibitions and theater performances.

Organization and Arrangement

Programs are arranged in chronological order.

Box

New York Philharmonic (Carnegie Hall) Dec. 10-11, 1942   

12

Frijsh, Povla (Town Hall) Jan. 24, 1943   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by Celius Dougherty (The Colony Club) Mar. 30, 1944   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by Marion Engle (Marion C. Wheeler School) May 11, 1945   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by Marion Engle (Mary C. Wheeler School) Oct. 26, 1945   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by Wolfgang Martin (The Colony Club) Dec. 8, 1947   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by David Stimer (Stamford Rehabilitation Center) May 11, 1951   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by David Stimer Nov. 20, 1953   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by David Stimer. Recital of French Songs 1953   

12

A Recital of Contemporary Music (Carnegie Recital Hall) Sept. 15, 1955   

12

A Recital of Contemporary Music (Recording) 1955   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by David Stimer (Carnegie Recital Hall) Dec. 10, 1956   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by Francis Poulenc (Ecole Normale de Musique) Apr. 1, 1957   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by David Stimer (Thomaston High School Auditorium) May 26, 1957   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by David Stimer (Carnegie Recital Hall) Feb. 21, 1958   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by David Stimer (Carnegie Recital Hall) Mar. 26, 1959   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by David Stimer (Carnegie Recital Hall) Apr. 3, 1960   

12

Phillips, Robert (Carnegie Recital Hall) (stored in Printed Materials box b/c of its size) Dec. 16, 1960   

13

Maureen Forrester (Town Hall) Feb. 1, 1961   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by David Stimer (Carnegie Recital Hall) Mar. 13, 1961   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by Robert Fizdale (Thomaston High School Auditorium) Apr. 29, 1961   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by David Stimer (Carnegie Recital Hall) Mar. 29, 1962   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by David Stimer (Carnegie Recital Hall) Apr. 11, 1963   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by David Stimer (Carnegie Recital Hall) Jan. 13, 1964   

12

Theater program -- Samuel Barber "Vanessa" (Metropolitan Opera) Apr. 3, 1964   

Art program -- George Spaventa (Poindexter Gallery) Apr. 21-May 16, 1964   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by David Stimer (Carnegie Recital Hall) Apr. 22, 1965   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by Warren Wilson (Carnegie Recital Hall) May 19, 1966   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by Warren Wilson (Carnegie Recital Hall) Apr. 20, 1967   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by Warren Wilson (Carnegie Recital Hall) Apr. 18, 1968   

12

Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale (The Pierre, New York) Apr. 21, 1968   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by Warren Wilson and Walter Trampler (Carnegie Recital Hall) May 21, 1969   

12

Art program -- Daniel Lifschitz (Touchstone Gallery) May 8-May 29, 1976   

12

Theater program - Metropolitan Opera (Lincoln Center) Feb. 1977   

12

Art program -- Kazimir Malevich (National Gallery of Art) Sept. 16-Nov. 4, 1990   

12

Mareda Gaither-Graves accompanied by Warren George Wilson (Merkin Concert Hall) Oct. 28, 1990   

12

Walter Tumbull accompanied by Warren Wilson (Merkin Concert Hall) Jun. 30, 1996   

12

"Alice- Love Ned and Paul" 1997   

12

Various artists performing "Evidence of Things Not Seen (Carnegie Recital Hall) Jan. 22, 1998   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by David Stimer Undated   

12

Alice Esty accompanied by David Stimer. Recital of French songs Undated   

12

"A Picnic Cantata." Text by Paul Bowles and James Schuyler Undated   

12

Theater program -- "Blood Wedding" Undated   

12

Theater program -- "The Servant of Two Masters" (Piccolo Teatro di Milano) Undated   

12

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 MC038/04 Printed materials 1814, 1955-1992, n.d. 

Scope and Content Note

This series contains newspaper clippings regarding both Esty's own performances as well as her contemporaries; magazine issues that include reviews and relevant articles; and concert-related ephemera, such as tickets.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in alphabetical order by folder title.

Box

Book - "I, etcetera" by Susan Sontag, Signed: "To Helen/ with love/ Alice Esty" 1978   

13

Book catalog -- Mid-Century Book Society Dec. 1962   

13

Concert flyer -- William Flanagan and Ned Rorem Nov. 16, 1959   

13

French newspaper -- Spectacles: Arts (OVERSIZE) Mar. 27-Apr. 2, 1957   

19

Literary caricatures -- David Levine, New York Review of Books Undated   

13

Magazine -- Le Guide Du Concert et Du Disque Mar. 22, 1957   

13

Magazine -- Musical America Feb. 1964   

13

Magazine -- Musical Courier Apr. 1958   

13

Magazine -- Opera Monthly Feb. 1990   

13

Magazine -- Opera News Apr. 3, 1965   

13

Magazine -- Paris Weekly Information Mar. 27-Apr 2, 1957   

13

Magazine -- This Week in Paris Mar 20-Mar 26, 1957   

13

Magazine -- This Week in Paris Mar. 27-Apr. 2, 1957   

13

Music catalog -- Ned Rorem, "New Recordings" Undated   

13

Newspaper--The Aspen Flyer; inscribed "Souvenir l'Aspen and of a lovely musical time--Milhaud" (OVERSIZE) July 7, 1967   

19

Newspaper clippings 1955-1992   

13

Obituraries 1963, 1969   

13

Opera guide -- Alla Scala Theater 1956-1957   

13

Phonograph -- Gold and Fizdale, signed by Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale (OVERSIZE) 1953   

19

Score cover -- Alissa; Milhaud, Darius Undated   

13

Short biography of Alice Esty Undated   

13

Ticket -- The Good Samaritan Concert Jun. 3, 1814   

13

Ticket book -- La Contatrice Apr. 1, 1957   

13

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 MC038/05 Personal items 1949-1968, n.d. 

Scope and Content Note

This series contains various items relating to Alice Esty's personal life. It includes various journals with handwritten notes on songs and poems as well as typewritten poems with graphite annotations. These are in several different languages, the most prominent of which are German and French. It also contains miscellaneous personal items, such as an insurance appraisal of her New York apartment and assorted photos.

Organization and Arrangement

Alphabetical by folder title.

Box

Appraisal of property 1968   

14

Book of poems Undated   

14

Chanson D'Avril -Bizet- Undated   

14

Chinese paper Undated   

14

Composer lists Undated   

14

Journal -- lyrics Undated   

14

Julliard list of short courses Fall 1949   

14

List of names Sept. 1963   

14

Notebook -- French Restaurants. Inscribed: "Have a wonderful time- Xenia" Undated   

14

Notebook -- Lyrical notes Undated   

14

Notes on T.S. Eliot's "Four Quartets" Undated   

14

Photos Undated   

14

Photos to Barry S. Brook Postmarked 1966   

14

Pink Flower Painting (OVERSIZE)   

18

Play -- "Love Before Breakfast: An Instellar Interlude," James Schuyler Undated   

14

Play -- "Epithalamion," James Schuyler Undated   

14

Play -- "The Museum Tax" Undated   

14

Poetry Undated   

14

Purple Flower Painting (OVERSIZE)   

18

Receipt for Britten Score 1967   

14

Red Leaves Painting (OVERSIZE)   

18

Set List. 2 Copies, for John Gruen and Alice Undated   

14

Sketchbook (OVERSIZE) 1975-1977   

17

Sketchbook--Egypt (OVERSIZE) 1980   

17

White Flowers Painting (OVERSIZE)   

17

Yellow Flowers Painting (OVERSIZE)   

17

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 MC038/06 Thomas Parkman Cushing papers 1831-1853, 1870-1882 

Scope and Content Note

This series contains the transcripts of Thomas Parkman Cushing's letters and diaries, the originals of which are presumed lost. The dates range from 1831 to 1853 and contain information relating to the day-to-day business life of Thomas Cushing. The collection also contains transcripts of Thomas's daughter Martha Ann Cushing Esty's diaries from 1870 to 1882. This diary regards the growth of her children.

Organization and Arrangement

The series is arranged alphabetically by folder title and then chronologically.

Box

Diary May 25, 1831- Sept. 29, 1836   

15

Diary May 8, 1836- Dec. 20, 1843   

15

Diary Jan. 24, 1845- Dec. 27, 1846   

15

Diary Dec. 28, 1846- Apr. 30, 1848   

15

Diary May 1, 1848- Aug. 26, 1850   

15

Diary Aug. 27, 1850- Oct. 16, 1852   

15

Diary Oct. 19, 1852- Aug. 4, 1853   

15

Diary of Martha Cushing Esty Apr. 5, 1870- Aug. 8, 1882   

16

Letters Mar. 6, 1846- Apr. 9, 1847   

16

Letters Apr. 10, 1847- Dec. 25, 1848   

16

Letters Jan. 3, 1849- Dec. 9, 1850   

16

Letters Dec. 9, 1850- Nov. 5, 1853   

16

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