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Dominick Argento papers

 Collection
Identifier: PA164

Collection Scope and Contents

Collection includes scores, manuscripts, recordings, correspondence, and other materials created and collected by composer Dominick Argento.

Dates

  • circa 1950-2018

Language of Materials

English

Italian

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is unprocessed with limited descriptive information available at this time. For more information, or to access the collection, please contact the Performing Arts Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical Note

Dominick Argento (1927-2019) was born in York, Pennsylvania. He obtained degrees from the Peabody Institute and the Eastman School of Music, and spent a year in Florence on a Guggenheim Fellowship, before settling in Minneapolis in 1958. Once in Minnesota, he began teaching at the University of Minnesota School of Music and quickly developed relationships with performance groups local to the Twin Cities.

Notably, Argento helped shepherd the Minnesota Opera’s (then Center Opera) inaugural performance in 1964. His one-act opera, The Masque of Angels, was commissioned to mark the occasion. Argento completed commissions from numerous other performing ensembles both locally and nationally throughout his career, composing five commissioned works for the Minnesota Opera alone. His song cycle, From the Diary of Virginia Woolf, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1975.

The materials in the collection illustrate the composer’s impressive creative output as well as his collaborative relationships with other musicians and musical groups, including Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence, Dale Warland and the Dale Warland Singers, the Minnesota Opera, Dallas Opera, and the New York City Opera.

Extent

45 Linear Feet (28 record cartons, 21 flat boxes, 2 book trays)

Abstract

The collection includes correspondence, scores, manuscripts, signed photographs, audio recordings (open reel and audio cassette) and other ephemera created and collected by composer Dominick Argento.

Physical Location

MLAC Cavern

Acquisition

Collection donated to the Performing Arts Archives by Dominick Argento in 2018.

Related Materials

Related collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries include: Minnesota Opera records (PA102): Minnesota Orchestra records (PA012); Charles M. Nolte papers (Tretter Collection 182); University of Minnesota Radio and Television Broadcasting records (ua-01039); University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts records (ua00882); University of Minnestoa Office of the President records (ua-00841); University of Minnesota Information Files collection (ua-01158).

Processing Information

The collection is unprocessed with limited descriptive information available at this time. For more information, or to access the collection, please contact the Performing Arts Archives.
Title
Dominick Argento papers
Author
Kathryn J Hujda
Date
February 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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