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2010 Preservation Grant Award (ARSC Grants Committee)

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The ARSC Grants Committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the Grants for Preservation of Classical Music Historical Recordings. The program for these grants was founded in 2004 by Al Schlachtmeyer and the ARSC Board of Directors, to encourage and support the preservation of historically significant sound recordings of Western Art Music by individuals and organizations.

Columbia University Libraries

a grant of $5000 for the Columbia University Libraries, to assist in preserving and making accessible unique recordings selected from those in the Composers Forum Collection, which includes over 600 hours on reel-to-reel tape recorded at concerts between 1952 and 1968 in Columbia University’s McMillan Theater (now Miller Theater) and at the New York Public Library’s Donnell Library. These concerts were designed particularly to support young and adventurous composers and included works by William Bolcolm, George Edwards, John Harbison, Lejaren Hiller, and Otto Luening. The recordings include question-and-answer periods moderated by Virgil Thomson, Milton Babbitt, Otto Luening, and others.

H. W. Marston and Company

a grant of $5000 for H. W. Marston and Company to assist with the first stage of The Bell Telephone Laboratories Project: to preserve the recordings as “flat transfers” in digital format of their earliest Hi-Fi and Stereo recordings: 1931 - 1932. The materials include discs of  the first “live” recordings of the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Leopold Stokowski at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, as well as recordings made at the Riverside Church (organ and carillon), Princeton University (organ), and the Roxy Theater in New York. The preservation copies will later be edited in a format suitable for distribution to appropriate sound archives and for publication of the best and most important examples on CD


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