Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Heiden mss., ca. 1922-1998, consist of the of the music manuscripts, sketches, pencil scores and ink manuscripts, programs, clippings, and professional and personal correspondence of Bernhard Heiden and his wife, Cola de Joncheere.

Bernhard Heiden was born in Frankfurt, Germany on August 24, 1910. He began his formal music studies at the age of five learning by ear training and dictation with the Dalcroze method. This was soon followed by piano lessons, and by the age of six he was composing his first pieces. Although the piano was his main instrument, he also studied the violin and clarinet. From 1929-1933, he attended the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, and studied composition with Paul Hindemith. It was here that he met his wife Cola de Joncheere, a pianist and fellow student at the Hochschule. Cola was born in 1910 in DenHelder, Netherlands and studied piano with Edwin Fisher.

The Heidens immigrated to the United States in 1935 and settled in Detroit, where Cola taught piano and Bernhard taught at the Faculty Arts Center Music School. Heiden became a naturalized citizen in 1941, subsequently serving in the U.S. Army from 1943-1945 as the Assistant Bandmaster of the 445th Army Service Band, for which he wrote over 100 arrangements.

Heiden received his M.A. Degree in Musicology from Cornell University under Donald J. Grout. In 1946, he joined the faculty of the IU School of Music where he taught mainly composition and served as the chair of the composition department. He also taught classes on counterpoint, score reading, and analytic techniques of the twentieth century. In 1933, Heiden was awarded the Mendelssohn Prize in Composition; he later received two awards from the Fromm Foundation, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His works have been performed by the orchestras of Detroit, Chicago, Saint Louis, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Indianapolis and the New York Philharmonic and by many soloists and chamber ensembles.

The correspondence series includes letters from Paul Hindemith, Max and Quappi Beckmann, and George Rickey, among others.

Acquired: 2000

Collection size: 1,100 items

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