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
1814-1999, 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The papers of soprano Alice Esty include original and photo-reproduced manuscripts of unpublished musical compositions for solo voice and piano by several major composers of the twentieth century, including Francis Poulenc, Virgil Thomson, Ned Rorem, Darius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 Brook, 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 Brook, 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
  • Brook, Claire
  • 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
  • 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 1877-1997, 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 Nathalie 1946   

1 2

 Arrieu, Claude, 1903-1990 Le sable du sablier circa 1958   

1 3

 Ashwander, Donald Felo De Se undated   

1 4

 Auric, Georges, 1899-1983 Alphabet 1924   

1 5

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

1 6

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

1 7

 Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750 Birthday Cantata. Sheep May Safely Graze 1942   

1 8

 Bacon, Ernst, 1898-1990 Five Poems by Emily Dickinson 1944   

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 nach Gedichten von Ottmar Lechler 1966   

1 12

 Barab, Seymour Autumn Song undated   

2 1

 Barab, Seymour Four Songs 1955   

2 2

 Barber, Samuel, 1910-1981 Four Songs, op. 13. A Nun Takes the Veil 1941   

2 3

 Barber, Samuel, 1910-1981 In the Dark Pinewood undated   

2 4

 Barber, Samuel, 1910-1981 Three Songs, op. 2. The Daisies 1936   

2 5

 Berg, Isak, 1803-1886 Herdegossen undated   

2 6

 Berkeley, Lennox, 1903-1989 Automne 1963   

2 7

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

20 1

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

2 8

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

20 2

 Berkeley, Lennox, 1903-1989 Night Covers up the Rigid Land 1939   

2 9

 Blacher, Boris, 1903-1975 Aprèslude 1958   

2 10

 Blitzstein, Marc From Marion's Book 1962   

2 11

 Bloch, Ernest, 1880-1959 Poèmes d'Automne. L'abri 1918   

2 12

 Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 Five Songs about Spring circa 1941   

2 13

 Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 Green Songs 1935   

2 14

 Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 The Heart [Grows Old] circa 1954   

2 15

 Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 Night without Sleep 1943   

2 16

 Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 On a Quiet Conscience undated   

2 17

 Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 Roman Suite [Gothic Suite] 1960   

3 2

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

20 3

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

3 2

 Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 Songs of an Old Woman [Farther from the Heart] undated   

3 3

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

3 4

 Bowles, Paul, 1910-1999 Two Skies 1942   

2 13

 Brahms, Johannes, 1833-1897 Gipsy Songs (Zigeunerlieder) circa 1930   

3 5

 Britten, Benjamin, 1913-1976 Fish in the Unruffled Lakes 1947   

3 16

 Britten, Benjamin, 1913-1976 The Holy Sonnets of John Donne 1946 

3 7

 Brook, Claire (as Claire Mann) Autobiography 1955   

3 8

 Brook, Claire (as Claire Mann) Chanson 1954   

3 9

 Brook, Claire (as Claire Mann) Chanson innocente 1955   

3 10

 Brook, Claire (as Claire Mann) Cradle Song 1949   

3 11

 Brook, Claire (as Claire Mann) The Friendly Beasts undated   

3 12

 Brook, Claire (as Claire Kessler) Fulfillment 1946   

3 13

 Brook, Claire (as Claire Mann) God Be in My Head 1956   

3 14

 Brook, Claire (as Claire Mann) If I Have Made, My Lady 1954   

3 15

 Brook, Claire (as Claire Mann) Lauds 1956   

3 16

 Brook, Claire (as Claire Kessler) Love is More Thicker than Forget circa 1955   

3 17

 Brook, Claire (as Claire Kessler) pour les enfants et pour les raffinées undated   

3 18

 Brook, Claire (Four Songs from) "Six Significant Landscapes" 1995   

3 19

 Bucht, Gunnar, 1927- Dagen Svalnar, orch. acc. 1956   

3 20

 Bucht, Gunnar, 1927- Dagen Svalnar, piano acc. 1956 

3 21

 Bucht, Gunnar, 1927- Sex Årstidssånger 1965   

4 1

 Bucht, Gunnar, 1927- Sex Årstidssånger. Bound performance copy 1965   

20 4

 Carter, Elliott, 1908-2012 Poems of Robert Frost. Dust of Snow; The Rose Family 1943   

4 2

 Chanler, Theodore, 1902-1961 The Doves 1946   

4 3

 Chausson, Ernest, 1855-1899 Mélodies pour chant et piano 1890s   

4 4

 Chausson, Ernest, 1855-1899 Vingt mélodies 1910   

4 5

 Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990 Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson 1951   

4 6

 De Frumerie, Gunnar, 1908-1987 Tre Sånger Till Text Av Pär Lagerkvist 1946   

4 7

 De Golier, Ralph J., 1886-1961 To a Sleeping Child 1921   

4 8

 Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918 37 Songs 1951 

9 1

 Delannoy, Marcel, 1898-1962 La voix du silence 1959-1960   

4 9

 Delannoy, Marcel, 1898-1962 La voix du silence. Bound performance copy 1960   

20 5

 Dougherty, Celius, 1902-1986 New England Pastoral 1948-1949   

4 10

 Dougherty, Celius, 1902-1986 Primavera 1948   

4 11

 Dowland, John, 1563?-1626 Pilgrimes Solace. From Silent Night undated   

4 12

 Duke, John, 1899-1984 Bells in the Rain 1948   

4 13

 Duparc, Henri, 1848-1933 11 Songs for Voice and Piano 1952   

4 14

 Duparc, Henri, 1848-1933 Lamento circa 1911   

4 15

 Dutilleux, Henri, 1916-2013 San Francisco Night 1963   

4 16

 Dutilleux, Henri, 1916-2013 San Francisco Night. Bound performance copy 1963   

20 6

 Euphrosyne (pseudonym of Julia Nyberg), 1785-1854 Vårvindar Friska undated 

4 12

 Fauré, Gabriel, 1845-1924 Album of Twenty Songs, Vol. III 1946   

4 17

 Fauré, Gabriel, 1845-1924 Vingt Mélodies, 1er-2e recueil 1900s   

5 1

 Fellowes, Edmund H., 1870-1951 Forty Elizabethan Songs, Books I and III 1921-1926   

5 2

 Ginastera, Alberto, 1916-1983 Five Argentine Popular Songs 1959   

5 3

 Godard, Benjamin, 1849-1895 Jocelyn. Angels Guard Thee (Berceuse) 1920   

5 4

 Goehr, Alexander, 1932- Warngedichte 1967   

5 5

 Goehr, Alexander, 1932- Warngedichte. Bound performance copy 1967   

20 7

 Gruen, John Greetings from the Chateau 1962   

5 6

 Gruen, John Three Jiménez Songs 1958   

5 7

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

5 8

 Henschel, George, 1850-1934 O Hush Thee, My Babie undated   

5 9

 Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963 Motets. Cum factus esset Jesus 1960   

5 10

 Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963 English Songs. Echo; Envoy; To Music, to Becalm His Fever 1944-1946   

5 11

 Hindemith, Paul, 1895-1963 Lieder mit Klavier, op. 18 1922   

5 12

 Hüe, Georges, 1858-1948 Croquis d'Orient. Lâne Blanc undated   

5 13

 Hundley, Richard The Astronomers 1970   

5 14

 Hyson, Winifred Gestures 1977   

5 15

 Jones, Charles, 1910-1997 Anima 1968   

5 16

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

20 8

 Keel, Frederick, 1871-1954 Elizabethan Love Songs, first set 1909   

9 2

 Lalo, Edouard, 1823-1892 Le Roi d'Ys. Air de Margared circa 1890   

6 1

 Larsson, Lars-Erik, 1908-1986 Nio Sånger 1946   

6 2

 Lessard, John, 1920-2003 Ariel's Song undated   

6 3

 Lessard, John, 1920-2003 Interior 1951   

6 4

 Lessard, John, 1920-2003 Mother Goose 1950   

6 5

 Lessard, John, 1920-2003 Orpheus 1944   

6 6

 Lessard, John, 1920-2003 Whenas in Silks My Julia Goes 1951   

6 7

 Macmurrough, Dermot, 1872-1943 The Shepherdess 1927   

6 8

 Martin, Frank, 1890-1974 Dédicace de P. de Ronsard au poète Robert de la Haye 1945   

6 9

 Martin, Frank, 1890-1974 Dédicace de P. de Ronsard au poète Robert de la Haye. Bound performance copy 1945   

20 9

 Matthews, William, 1950- Claritas 1984   

6 10

 Matthews, William, 1950- Donald Hall Songs 1988   

6 11

 Matthews, William, 1950- Ex Libris 1997   

6 12

 Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974 L'amour chante circa 1965   

6 13

 Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974 L'amour chante. Bound performance copy circa 1965   

20 10

 Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974 Petites légendes, 2me recueil 1954   

6 14

 Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974 Préparatif à la mort en allégorie maritime 1963   

6 15

 Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974 Préparatif à la mort en allégorie maritime. Bound performance copy 1963   

20 11

 Naginski, Charles, 1909-1940 The Pasture 1939   

6 16

 Nordoff, Paul, 1909-1977 Love 1943   

6 17

 Oldham, Arthur, 1926-2003 The Commandment of Love 1952   

6 18

 Peri, Jacopo, 1561-1633 Euridice. Gioite al canto mio circa 1900   

6 19

 Phillips, Robert (Pianist) As Is the Sea Marvelous undated   

6 20

 Phillips, Robert (Pianist) The Cloak, the Boat, and the Shoes undated 

6 21

 Phillips, Robert (Pianist) The Onion Skin: Song of an Old Woman Cooking undated 

6 22

 Phillips, Robert (Pianist) Postscript 1956   

6 23

 Phillips, Robert (Pianist) Safe in Their Alabaster Chambers undated   

6 24

 Phillips, Robert (Pianist) There's a Certain Slant of Light undated   

6 25

 Phillips, Robert (Pianist) This is the Garden undated   

6 26

 Phillips, Robert (Pianist) Three Songs on Cinquains by Adelaide Crapsey undated   

6 27

 Pinkham, Daniel A Partridge in a Pear Tree 1948   

7 1

 Pinkham, Daniel The Song of Jephthah's Daughter 1963-1966   

7 2

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

20 12

 Pinkham, Daniel Three Lyric Scenes. Sing Agreeably of Love 1949   

7 3

 Porter, Quincy, 1897-1966 Seven Songs of Love on Poems by Robert Graves (incomplete) 1961   

7 4

 Porter, Quincy, 1897-1966 Seven Songs of Love on Poems by Robert Graves. (incomplete) Bound performance copy 1961   

20 13

 Porter, Quincy, 1897-1966 This Is the House that Jack Built 1938 

7 5

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

7 5

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 À Sa guitare 1935   

7 6

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Airs chanté 1930   

7 7

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Bleuet 1949   

7 8

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Fiançailles pour Rire 1940 

7 10

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 ...mais mourir 1948   

7 11

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Miroirs brûlants 1939   

7 12

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Parisiana 1954   

7 13

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Poèmes de Ronsard 1925   

7 14

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Priez pour paix 1938   

7 15

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Quatre poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire 1947   

7 16

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Tel jour, telle nuit 1946   

7 17

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Le travail du pientre 1956-1957 

7 18

 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963 Trois poèmes de Louise de Vilmorin 1947 

7 19

Trois poèmes de Louise Lalanne. Hier undated 

7 20

 Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937 Don Quichotte à Dulcinée. Chanson romantique 1934   

8 1

 Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937 Ronsard à son Âme 1924   

8 2

 Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937 Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé 1948   

8 3

 Reddick, William J., 1890-1965, arr. Standin' in de Need o' Prayer 1918   

8 4

 Remick, Bertha Zwei Lieder. Im Frühling-In the Springtime 1896   

8 5

 Rieti, Vittorio, 1898-1994 Plus ne suis 1963   

8 6

 Rieti, Vittorio, 1898-1994 Plus ne suis. Bound performance copy 1963   

20 14

 Rieti, Vittorio, 1898-1994 Two Songs between Two Waltzes 1964   

8 7

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- 14 Songs on American Poetry (see also folders 20, 21, 24, 25, and 26) 1963   

8 8

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

8 9

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Dear Heart... 1948   

8 10

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Doll's Boy 1944   

8 11

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Echo's Song (Slow, Slow, Fresh Fount) 1948 

8 12

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Eclogues 1952   

8 13

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Flight for Heaven. To The Willow Tree circa 1959   

8 14

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- For Poulenc 1963   

8 15

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

20 15

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Jail Bait Blues 1947   

8 16

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- A Journey 1976   

8 17

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

8 18

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Mongolian Idiot 1947   

8 19

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- My Papa's Waltz (see also folders 8 and 21) 1959   

8 20

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Night Crow (see also folder 8) 1959 

8 21

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- On a Singing Girl 1946   

8 22

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Poems of Love and the Rain. Love's Stricken "Why" 1947   

8 23

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Root Cellar (see also folder 8) 1959   

8 24

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Sally's Smile (see also folder 8) 1953   

8 25

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Snake (see also folder 8) 1959-1963   

8 26

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- The Surly One 1959   

8 27

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- Two Poems of Theodore Roethke (see also folder 21) 1959, 1969   

8 28

 Rorem, Ned, 1923- The Waking (see also folder 8) 1961   

8 29

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

8 30

 Rosenberg, Hilding, 1892-1985 Tio Kinesiska Sånger circa 1959   

8 31

 Rosenthal, Manuel, 1904-2003 Le jour d'un mort 1963   

8 32

 Rosenthal, Manuel, 1904-2003 Le jour d'un mort. Bound performance copy 1963   

20 16

 Roussel, Albert, 1869-1937 Mélodies, op. 50. Coeur en péril 1934   

8 33

 Roussel, Albert, 1869-1937 Odes anacréontiques 1927   

8 34

 Sacco, John, 1905-1987 The Polliwog undated   

8 35

 Saint-Saens, Camille, 1835-1921 Samson et Delila. Amour! Viens aider (Oh! Love Thy Help) 1889   

8 36

 Sauguet, Henri, 1901-1989 Celui qui dort 1963   

21 1

 Sauguet, Henri, 1901-1989 Celui qui dort. Bound performance copy 1963   

20 17

 Sauguet, Henri, 1901-1989 Vie des campagnes 1961   

21 2

 Sauguet, Henri, 1901-1989 Vie des campagnes. Bound performance copies 1961   

20 18

 Schubert, Franz, 1797-1828 52 ausgewählte Lieder undated   

21 3

 Schumann, Robert, 1810-1856 Heitere Gesänge, op. 125, no. 1. Die Meerfee undated   

21 4

 Schumann, Robert, 1810-1856 Sämtliche Lieder, Bd. 2 undated   

9 3

 Smith, Russell, 1927-1998 Africa undated   

21 5

 Smith, Russell, 1927-1998 The Avowal undated   

21 6

 Smith, Russell, 1927-1998 Epitaph undated   

21 7

 Smith, Russell, 1927-1998 Small Poem undated   

21 8

 Smith, Russell, 1927-1998 Songs of Innocence 1957   

21 9

 Strauss, Richard, 1864-1949 Der Rosenkavalier 1943   

9 4

 Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971 Romansy, op. 6 circa 1916-1943   

21 10

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

21 11

 Tailleferre, Germaine, 1892-1983 L'adieu du cavalier 1963   

21 12

 Tailleferre, Germaine, 1892-1983 L'adieu du cavalier. Bound performance copy 1963   

20 19

 Tailleferre, Germaine, 1892-1983 Pancarte pour une porte d'entrée 1959-1961   

21 13

 Tailleferre, Germaine, 1892-1983 Pancarte pour une porte d'entrée. Bound performance copy 1961   

20 20

 Thomas, Ambroise, 1811-1896 Mignon. Me voici dans son boudoir 1877   

21 14

 Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989 Songs for Alice Esty on poems by Kenneth Koch (aka Mostly about love) 1959   

21 15

 Thomson, Virgil, 1896-1989 Songs for Alice Esty on poems by Kenneth Koch (aka Mostly about love). Bound performance copy 1959   

20 21

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

21 16

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

20 22

 Trimble, Lester, 1923-1986 Petit concert (Five Philosophies) 1967   

22 1

 Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901 Aïda 1925   

9 5

 Vieu, Jane, 1871-1955 Pour mieux t'aimer undated   

22 2

 Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883 Lohengrin 1890s   

9 6

 Warlock, Peter, 1894-1930 A Book of Songs circa 1929   

22 3

 Warlock, Peter, 1894-1930 Lillygay. The Distracted Maid undated   

22 4

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

22 5

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

20 23

 Weber, Ben, 1916-1979 Five Songs, op. 15 1957   

22 6

 Weber, Ben, 1916-1979 Four Songs, op. 59. Lament; Into the Garden 1967   

22 7

 Weber, Ben, 1916-1979 Two Songs, op. 53 1960   

22 8

 Weber, Ben, 1916-1979 The Ways 1961-1962   

22 9

 Webern, Anton, 1883-1945 Fünf Lieder aus Der siebente Ring von Stefan George 1949   

22 10

 Webern, Anton, 1883-1945 Fünf Lieder nach Gedichten von Stefan George 1951   

22 11

 Webern, Anton, 1883-1945 Vier Lieder, op. 15 1953   

22 12

 Wilda, Béla Summer the Lovely 1940   

22 13

 Wylie, Elinor, 1885-1928 Velvet Shoes (text only; written on the back of Charles Naginski's The Pasture) undated 

6 16

 Zimbalist, Efrem Two Folk Songs of Little Russia undated 

22 14

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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 1958, 1965   

10 1

Auric, Georges 1958-1960   

10 2

Badings, Henk 1964-1970, undated   

10 3

Berenguer, Bruno 1995   

10 4

Berkeley, Lennox, Sir 1958-1964   

10 5

Bernac, Pierre 1963-1968   

10 6

Blitzstein, Marc 1959-1960   

10 7

Bowles, Paul 1954-1961   

10 8

Bucht, Gunnar 1965-1968   

10 9

Buckland, Sidney 1989-1996   

10 10

Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin) 1955   

10 11

Delannoy, Marcel 1959-1960   

10 12

Dutilleux, Henri 1963   

10 13

Edmunds, John 1961   

10 14

Esty, William Cole 1960   

10 15

Fizdale, Robert, and Arthur Gold 1955-1988, undated   

10 16

Flanagan, William 1959   

10 17

Glaze, Andrew 1975   

10 18

Glazer, Frank 1986,1991   

10 19

Goehr, Alexander 1966-1968   

10 20

Hundley, Richard 1970   

10 21

Hunt, Alexandra 1999   

10 22

Johnson, Graham 1993   

10 23

Letters Re: Performance 1955   

10 24

Martin, Mrs. Frank 1964   

10 25

Milhaud, Darius 1964-1968   

10 26

Miscellaneous 1960-1992   

10 27

Moore, Marianne 1964   

10 28

Munsey, John 1968   

10 29

Phillips, Robert 1961   

10 30

Pinkham, Daniel 1963-1965   

10 31

Porter, Quincy 1961-1963   

10 32

Poulenc, Francis 1956-1959   

10 33

Rieti, Vittorio 1957   

10 34

Roethke, Theodore 1960   

10 35

Rorem, Ned (See OVERSIZE) 1959-1997   

10 36

Sarfaty, Regina 1961   

10 37

Sauget, Henri 1961-1963   

10 38

Schuyler, James 1956, 1992, undated   

10 39

Talma, Louise to Povla Frijsh 1946   

10 40

Tailleferre, Germaine 1962-1963   

10 41

Tommasini, Tony undated   

10 42

Trimble, Lester 1965-1967   

10 43

Villami, Victoria 1995, 1999   

10 44

Weber, Ben 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   

12

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 ndated   

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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