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Guide to the Leonard Rosenman Papers
ca. 1949 - 1990

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Collection processed by Stephanie Aliano, Patti Kilroy, and Michael McCoy, under the supervision of NYU Steinhardt Associate Professor Ron Sadoff, from June 2008 through July 2009.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on July 11, 2017
Description is in English.

Scope and Content note

The Leonard Rosenman Papers, consisting of nearly 7,800 pages, chronicle the career of Leonard Rosenman in his roles as concert composer, film and television composer, and conductor. Two-thirds of the collection consists of manuscript scores of concert works, and one third comprised of scores, sketches, orchestrations, and parts for major motion pictures. The purposes of the scores fall under the broad categories of concert music, film music, and movies for television. The collection includes various autograph materials, including autograph scores, conductor short scores, sketches, vocal and orchestral parts, and lead sheets.


For each film, each cue is separated by "Winds," "Strings" and "Percussion," where "Winds" consists of parts for Woodwind and Brass instruments, "Strings" consists of all string instruments, "Percussion" consists of all percussive and rhythmic instruments. The "Score" for each film consists of all Cues combined (applicable to standard as well as oversized film material). When or if these parts of the cue are large, they may expand across numerous folders and are labeled to indicate this (e.g. "Folder 1 of 3").

For concert music, each piece may be separated into individual folders under the following conditions: when it is necessary to separate by "Winds," "Strings," "Percussion" and "Score" (applicable to pieces large and small), and when the material in which it was scored differs from other copies (i.e. manuscript paper, onion skin), in which case the difference will be indicated (e.g. "Onion skin"). Oversized Concert material is organized in a similar fashion.

Folders are arranged alphabetically by title within each series. The collection is arranged into two Series:

Series I: Film Scores and Parts
Series II: Concert Music

Missing Title

  1. Series I: Film Scores and Parts
  2. Series II: Concert Music
  3. Oversize - Series I: Film Scores and Parts
  4. Oversize - Series II: Concert Music