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Guide to the Leonard Rosenman Papers MSS.212

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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. Additional entries and edits were created by Stacey Flatt in 2018.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 20, 2018
Description is in English. using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Edited by Abbie Auster for compliance with DACS and ACM Required Elements for Archival Description.  , September 2018

Scope and Contents

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 from 1945-1995. 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. Materials in this collection date from 1949 to 1996.


The collection is arranged into two series which have been separated by document size. Folders are arranged alphabetically by title within each series. There are two additional oversize series listed at the end.

Series I. Film Scores and Parts: 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").

Series II. Concert Music: 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.

Series I. Film Scores and Parts

Series II. Concert Music

Oversize -- Series I. Film Scores and Parts

Oversize -- Series II. Concert Music