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Henry Denecke, Jr. interview recordings and transcripts

Identifier: PA012L

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes audio cassette tapes and transcriptions of interviews done by Peter Kogan of Henry Denecke, Jr. Because they are both timpanists, the focus of the interviews was on drumming. Denecke discusses his training under his father, his career as a timpanist, and details of maintaining drums, sticks, etc. He also discusses his career as a conductor, notably with the Northwest Sinfonietta, the Winnipeg Symphony, and the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Symphony.


  • May 1993

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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to copy materials in this collection must be obtained from Peter Kogan and Henry Denecke, Jr.

Biographical History

Henry Denecke, Jr. was timpanist with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestrafor eleven years, ending in 1952. Previously he had played with the Cleveland Symphony and the Pittsburgh Symphony.

Peter Kogan is the Principal Timpanist of the Minnesota Orchestra. In the introduction to the final transcript, Kogan says: "About three years ago, I was coming off stage from a morning children's concert, when Marv Dahlgrenintroduced me to a distinguished elderly gentleman with a proud bearing: Henry Denecke, Jr., his teacher and former timpanist of the Minneapolis Symphony. What a surprise! I began wondering about the wealth of knowledge and career experience he must have had. So last May I found myself at his doorstep with a borrowed tape recorder and a camera in hand."


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This collection includes audio cassette tapes and transcriptions of an interview of former Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra timpanist by current Minnesota Orchestra timpanist, Peter Kogan.

Physical Location

Zone B, R6, D4, Shelf 15


Collection was transferred to the archives in March 1994.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Leslie Czechowski, May 2003.

Henry Denecke, Jr. interview recordings and transcripts
Finding aid created by Leslie Czechowski
9 April 2003
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