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Guide to the Noah Creshevsky (b. 1945) Collection 1966/2005

Overview of the Collection

Title:

Noah Creshevsky (b. 1945) Collection

Dates:

1966-2005

Collector:

Creshevsky, Noah

Size:

1.00

Repository:

Music Library

Deering Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL, 60208
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/music
Email: musiclibrary@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3434

Abstract:

Noah Creshevsky (b. 1945, Rochester, New York) is an American composer of primarily electronic music. He has taught at Juilliard, Hunter College, and Princeton University. Creshevsky has received awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and ASCAP. His music has been published, performed, broadcast, and recorded around the world. The Noah Creshevsky Collection spans the years 1966-2005. It fills one box and documents Creshevsky's compositional career. The collection consists of articles written by and about him as well as compact discs, scores, and texts of his works.

Biographical Information

Noah Creshevsky (b. 1945, Rochester, New York) is an American composer of primarily electronic music. His composition teachers included Nadia Boulanger, Virgil Thomson (at the State University of New York at Buffalo), and Luciano Berio (at the Juilliard School). He has taught at Juilliard, Hunter College, and Princeton University. Currently he is Professor Emeritus at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College, where he has also served as director of the Center for Computer Music.

Creshevsky has received awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and ASCAP. His music has been published, performed, broadcast, and recorded around the world.

A hallmark of Creshevsky's music is his electronic manipulation of recognizable sounds. He writes, "Much of my musical vocabulary consists of familiar bits of words, songs, and instrumental music which are deconstructed into minute fragments, subjected to a variety of electronic processes, and finally reassembled in ways that bear little or no discernible relationship to their original sources. The result is a sound at once nearly human and tangentially electronic, but never fully one or the other. Allusions to Middle Eastern, Asian, and Western sacred, secular, popular, and classical instrumental and vocal music seek to produce hypothetical performers of indeterminate identity—simultaneously male and female, Western and non-Western, ancient and modern, familiar and unfamiliar."

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Personal Name:

Creshevsky, Noah--Archives

Topical Term:

Composers--United States--Archives

Electronic music--Archives

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The Noah Creshevsky Collection consists of materials donated by Creshevsky to the Music Library between 2002 and 2005. Some material in the possession of the Music Library was also incorporated into the collection.

Processing Information

Jennifer Ward, December 2006 and April-May 2007.

Separated Materials

Two inches of duplicate and extraneous material were separated and discarded.

Conditions Governing Access

None.

Scope and Contents

The Noah Creshevsky Collection spans the years 1966-2005. It fills one box and documents Creshevsky's compositional career. The collection consists of articles written by and about him as well as compact discs, scores, and texts of his works.

The folder of press clippings includes a March 2004 review from "Gramophone" and an article about Creshevsky's sixtieth birthday celebration in the newsletter of the Institute for Studies in American Music.

The Writings folder contains an article by Creshevsky that was published in "Contemporary Music Review." In this article, Creshevsky discusses his compositional techniques and his strategies for using an "expanded sonic palette."

The bulk of the collection highlights Creshevsky's music. Twenty-one CDs are housed in the Noah Creshevsky Collection. The CDs were compiled between 1992 and 2004 and feature music from most of Creshevsky's career. There are also ten scores that date between 1966 and 2004 and texts of some of his works with voice. These musical materials are non-commercial unless otherwise noted in the container list.

INVENTORY

Compact discs

Box 1

1

Man & Superman (Centaur Records: CRC 2126 )

1992

Note:

Variations — Electric string quartet — Memento Mori — Electric partita — Talea.

Box 1

2

Auxesis (Centaur Records: CRC 2194)

1995

Note:

Politics as usual [by Charles Amirkhanian] — Borrowed time — Private lives — Coup d'etat.

Box 1

3

Who (Centaur Records: CRC 2476)

2000

Note:

Fanfare — Sha — Twice — Who — Et puis — Gone now — Breathless — Nude ascending.

Box 1

4

Jubilate

2001

Box 1

5

Canto di Malavita

2002

Box 1

6

Hoodlum priest

2002

Box 1

7

Vol-au-vent

2002

Box 1

8

Hyperrealism (Mutable Music: Mutable 17516-2)

2003

Note:

Canto di Malavita — Jacob's Ladder — Vol-au-vent — Hoodlum priest — Novella — Ossi di morte — Jubilate — Born again.

Box 1

9

Music by Noah Creshevsky

2003

Note:

Omaggio — Vol-au-vent — Canto di Malavita.

Box 1

10

Music by Noah Creshevsky

2003

Note:

Cantiga — I wonder who's kissing her now (2003).

Box 1

11

Try

2003

Box 1

12

The tape music of Noah Creshevsky, 1971-1992 (EM Records: EM1042CD)

2004

Note:

Strategic defense initiative — Highway — Circuit — Drummer — Great performances — Sonata — In other words (Portrait of John Cage) — Cantiga.

Box 1

13

Music by Noah Creshevsky

2004

Note:

Sequenza — Denouement.

Box 1

14

Two psalms by Noah Creshevsky

2004

Note:

Psalmus XX111 [sic] — Jubilate.

Box 1

15

Music by Noah Creshevsky (Disc 1)

n.d.

Note:

Vier Lieder — Circuit — Broadcast — Chaconne — In other words (Portrait of John Cage)— Great performances — Portrait of Rudy Perez — Highway — Sonata.

Box 1

16

Music by Noah Creshevsky (Disc 2)

n.d.

Note:

Nightscape — Celebration — Drummer — Foto-Musik 1: The prize — Foto-Musik 2: Diva — Strategic defense initiative.

Box 1

17

Music by Noah Creshevsky (Disc 3)

n.d.

Note:

Cantiga — Independence Day — Ossi di morte — Chamber concerto — Credo — Jacob's ladder.

Box 1

18

Music by Noah Creshevsky (Disc 4)

n.d.

Note:

Estancia — Shadow of a doubt — Novella — Great performances (a good performance).

Box 1

19

Music by Noah Creshevsky (Disc 5)

n.d.

Note:

Vanishing point — Favorite encores.

Box 1

20

Omaggio

n.d.

Box 1

21

Three Psalms

n.d.

Note:

Psalmus XXIII — Once (Psalm 150) — Jubilate.

Press clippings

Box 1

Folder 1

Press Clippings

2004-2005

Writings

Box 1

Folder 1

Wrirings

2001

Scores

Box 1

Folder 3

Scores

1966-2004

Box 1

Folder 3

Vier Lieder

1966

Note:

My sweet old etcetera — Sing song — Next to of course God — A caution to everyone

Box 1

Folder 3

Chaconne

1984

Box 1

Folder 3

Great performances (Alexander Broude)

1978

Box 1

Folder 3

Crosstalk

1985

Box 1

Folder 3

Trio

1986

Box 1

Folder 3

Three wordless songs

1988

Note:

Yes me – Milestones in a life — Psalm 23.

Box 1

Folder 3

Jubilate

2001

Box 1

Folder 3

Circuit

2001

Box 1

Folder 3

Once

2004

Box 1

Folder 3

Psalmus XXIII

2004

Text transcriptions

Box 1

Folder 4

Text Transcriptions

n.d.

Box 1

Folder 4

In other words

Box 1

Folder 4

Highway