Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Busch mss., 1895-1952, are the manuscript scores and papers of Fritz Busch, 1890-1951, German conductor and composer. Born in Siegen, Westphalia, he was active as a conductor in Riga, Gotha, Aachen, at the Stuttgart Opera, and at the Dresden Opera. In close sympathy with the work of Max Reger, in 1918 he conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at the Reger Festival in Jena. From 1934 to 1951 Fritz Busch was the director of the Glyndebourne Music Festival. He conducted opera in South America during 1942 to 1945 and at the Metropolitan in New York from 1945 to 1950. Shortly before his death in London, Busch had accepted the direction of the Staatsoper in Vienna.

The scores include: Johann Sebastian Bach, In dir ist Freude, orchestration by Fritz Busch, full score; Bach, Matthaus Passion, manuscript parts for 1st and 2nd piano; Bach, Matthaus Passion, holograph revisions for the Spanish text (Lilly M5 .B9B1244); Bach, Meine Seele erhebt den Herren, Choralvorspiel fur Orchester gesetzt von Fritz Busch; Bach, Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft, manuscript parts for flutes, clarinets and contrabassoon; Bach, H moll Messe, remarks by Donald Francis Tovey, added to the Kalmus score (Lilly M5 .B9B1232); Bach, H moll Messe, holograph instrumentation added to the Peters edition (Lilly M5 .B9B1232); Bach, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, fur Orchester gesetzt von Fritz Busch;

Ludwig van Beethoven, Fourth Symphony, manuscript part for horn, laid in the Peters edition (Lilly M5 .B9B460); Beethoven, Fifth Symphony, manuscript part for trumpet, laid in the Peters edition (Lilly M5 .B9B467a); Beethoven, Ninth Symphony, manuscript parts for horn, trombone, piccolo, clarinet and bassoon, laid in the Peters edition (Lilly M5 .B9B4125a); Beethoven, Overture No. 2 to Leonore (Fidelio), part for clarinet laid in the Breitkopf und Hartel edition (Lilly M5 .B9B472 No. 2);

Hector Berlioz, Overture to Benvenuto Cellini, manuscript part for clarinet laid in the Breitkopf und Hartel edition (Lilly M5 .B9B523);

Johannes Brahms, Klavierkonzert, Re minor, Op. 15, manuscript part for clarinet; Brahms, Overture Academica, manuscript part for contrabassoon; Brahms, Second Symphony in D major, manuscript parts for horn and viola laid in the Simrock edition (Lilly M5 .B9B873);

Anton Bruckner, VII Symphonie, manuscript of two pages arranged for twelve instruments;

Fritz Busch, Ritter-Marsch, Op. O, arranged for piano, Busch, Orchestral fragment in A, full score; Busch, String quartette in B flat, rough draft; Busch, String quartette in G, rough draft; Busch, String quartette in G, 1 movement, presto; Busch, Variations pour orchestre sur une chanson enfantine francaise, orchestra score;

Antonin Dvorak, Symphony with variations on an original theme, Op. 78, manuscript parts for cymbals and bass drum laid in the Simrock edition (Lilly M5 .B9D978);

Georg Frederich Handel, Concerto grosso, Op. 6, No. 8, manuscript parts for violin and viola;

Paul Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis of themes by C.M. von Weber, partially rewritten score and percussion part to accompany Associated Music Publishers edition (Lilly M5 .B9H88);

Josquin des Pres, La deploration de Jehan Okeghem, manuscript arranged for five voices with production and historical notes inscribed;

Gustav Mahler, Second Symphony, manuscript part for organ;

Felix Mendelssohn, Sueno de Verano, Ouvertura and Marcha, manuscript part for contrabassoon;

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Zwei Fantasia fur mechanische Orgel (K. 594, 608), bearbeitet fur Orchester von Hans Eppstein, full score;

Maurice Ravel, Bolero, manuscript part for clarinet;

Max Reger, Burleske, Op. 58, Op. 94, No. 2, and Op. 58, No. 3, instrumentation by Fritz Busch, orchestral score with parts; Reger, Du bist mir gut, Op. 66, No. 4, photocopy of manuscript; Reger, Im Spiel der Wellen, Op. 128, manuscript arrangement for piano by Fritz Busch; Reger, Phantasie uber den Choral "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott," Op. 27, orchestral arrangement by Fritz Busch, manuscript score and parts; Reger, Phantasie uber den Choral "Wie Schon leucht't uns der Morgenstern," fur Orgel, Op. 40, No. 1, fur grossen Orchester gesetzt von Fritz Busch, orchestral score and part for bassoon; Reger, Praludium u. Fuge (G moll), arranged for violin, photocopy of manuscript; Reger, Schonster Herr Jesu, arranged for four voices with text of five verses, photocopy of manuscript;

T. Rotscher, supposed author, Venetian Night Overture, manuscript arranged for ten instruments written for the 1936 Glyndebourne-Mozart Festival;

Franz Peter Schubert, C Major Symphony, manuscript portion laid in the Peters edition (Lilly M5 .B9S25a); Schubert, Der treue Soldat, manuscript of errata leaves laid in the Peters edition (Lilly M5 .B9S28); Schubert, Der treue Soldat (Busch- Tovey), manuscript piano-vocal score with additional notes; Schubert, Der treue Soldat (Busch-Tovey), manuscript draft for full orchestra and voices of Scene One, incomplete; Schubert, Tanz Suite (Polonaise, Op. 75, Ecossaisen, Trio, Valses nobles, Op. 77), instrumentation by Fritz Busch, full score and parts;

Robert Schumann, Fuge uber den Namen Bach fur Orgel oder Pedalflgel, fur Orchester gesetzt von Fritz Busch;

Bedþich Smetana, Il Vltava, manuscript part for violin; Richard Sturzenegger, Omaggio, suite for soprano, flute and string quintet, photocopy of piano arrangement;

Thomas Tallis, Spem in alium, manuscript parts for clavier and voices;

Donald Francis Tovey, Concerto for violoncello, manuscript scores for cello and piano, for cello and orchestra, and for cello solo; Tovey, Fuga a 3 voca, manuscript;

Giuseppe Verdi, Overture to Luisa Miller, revised by Fritz Busch, manuscript of orchestra score, photocopy of instrumental parts;

Tomas Luis de Victoria, Humn XXIV, Tristes erant Apostoli, manuscript arrangement for four-part chorus by Max Reger;

Richard Wagner, Das Rheingold, manuscript part for cello; Wagner, Gotterdammerung, viola and cello parts for portions of the opera;

Unidentified works: Allegretto alla polacca, for four voices and orchestra; fragmentary piano-vocal score for cast of Valerio, Isabella, Joseph Leonore, Schneller and Narrator; The Glyndebourne King in G, an arrangement of God Save the King; Hin zur Krippe, score for four voices; Miscellaneous fragments, 26 items; Pesante, viola part in manuscript; Piano duet, fragmentary score; Quintet in C major for strings and piano, with sketches for a Te Deum in G for chorus and orchestra; Sonata for cello and piano in F; Waltzer No. 3 with trio; Work for five voices and piano; Work on three staves; Work for 38 instruments, apparently unfinished.

The correspondence includes: Hermann Abendroth to Henri Melotte, Nov. 9, 1917, in German, concerning Melotte's book on Schubert's 7th Symphony; Olle Farrell to Herr Jersholt, Apr. 23, 1952, in Swedish (Lilly M5 .B9V411); Max Reger to Fritz Busch, no date, written on verso of Victoria, Hymn XXIV, in German; Max Reger to editors and others, Apr. 30, 1914-Apr. 25, 1916, in German, concerning publication of his works, in typed transcripts (some original, some carbons), 109 letters with musical interpolations.

The writings include: Susie Danziger, Program note on revised version of Mahler's Urlicht (Lilly M5 .B9M292); Henri Melotte, Die Blasinstrumente in der Schubertschen Symphonie No. 7 C dur, dedicated to Fritz Busch, carbon copy of typescript with manuscript muscial interpolations; Unidentified, Auzuge aus Aufsatzen uber Auffuhrungspraxis Handelscher Werke, insbes. Messias, typescript with musical interpolations; Unidentified, Notes on organ part of Bach's B minor Mass, typescript in English with numerous holograph corrections and additions, carbon copy of German translation.

For further description see The Fritz Busch Collection, an acquisition of Indiana University, by Dominique-Rene de Lerma, Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington, 1972 (Lilly Z997 .B977).

Collection size: 212 items

Related manuscripts: Busch mss. II

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