Richard Benda papers
Richard Benda was a pianist and teacher renowned for his strategy in teaching the Joseph Schillinger system of musical composition. The Richard Benda papers contain manuscript notebooks and transcriptions of his teaching material concerned with the Schillinger system. Also included are lessons and lecture material in the form of notes and recordings.
- Approximately 1950-1960
- Benda, Richard, -1978 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for use at the Peabody Archives.
Conditions Governing Use
Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.
7.59 Cubic Feet (3 record center boxes, 2 small flat boxes, 1 large flat box, 6 full-size legal boxes)
Biographical / Historical
Richard Benda (1908-1978), born Richard Bender, was a well-known arranger, composer, pianist and teacher. He was especially renowned as a teacher of the Schillinger system of musical composition. He studied with Joseph Schillinger for five years and was one of a few who were personally authorized to teach the Schillinger system. He created a teaching program that is widely recognized as having made the system’s applications practical and approachable. Benda taught at the New School for Social Research and the Manhattan School of Music in New York City. He also regularly wrote articles in the International Musician about the Schillinger system, sharing his education and research.
Scope and Contents
The Richard Benda papers contain manuscript notebooks and transcriptions of Benda’s teaching material concerned with the Schillinger system of musical composition. Also included are lesson and lecture material in the form of notes and recordings. Materials were created in approximately the 1950s.
Notebooks in Series 1 were originally accompanied by the folders in Series 2. These material were separated during processing. Contact the Peabody Archives for the original order. The Schillinger Studies notebooks in Series 1 were originally housed in binders. These have been removed from the binders and placed in folders. All material remains in original order.
Other Finding Aids
A list of cross-references between series 1 and 2 exists offline. Please contact the Peabody Archives for more information.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Rose Bender, wife of Richard Benda, in 2005.
Processed by Tracey Melhuish in 2007.