John C. French collection of sheet music based on the writings of Edgar Allan Poe
- 1865 - 1957
- Rachmaninoff, Sergei, 1873-1943 (Person)
2.24 Cubic Feet (7 flat boxes (15.5 x 12 x 3 inches) containing 210 pieces of sheet music)
Biographical / Historical
In the large majority of cases, the title given to the music composition is exactly the title that Poe gave to the corresponding poem or story, meaning that an alphabetical order of musical title already closely mirrored an alphabetical order of Poe titles. In a few cases, however, the composer altered the name used by Poe or else used a completely different title altogether. In the original order, therefore, these pieces were separated from other musical works relating to the same Poe piece. In the current order in the Finding Aid, all works relating to the same Poe work are grouped together despite any differences in the titling of the corresponding musical works.
Series are labeled according to the Poe title and are arranged in alphabetical order. Two additional series are included at the end: "Other Poe Works" containing poems and stories for which there is only a single corresponding musical work (listed alphabetically by Poe title). And compilations containing musical works that refer to more than one Poe title (listed alphabetically by the title of the musical composition).
The physical arrangement of the items in the folders and boxes remains in the original order, organized alphabetically by the title of the musical composition rather than the Poe title.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection is described at the item level according to an indexing system implemented by a previous librarian. It consists of a detailed entry for each piece and may include information such as publication, plate number, or number of copies. Almost all entries at the item level were copied exactly as they appeared in the index, thereby replicating the capitalization and punctuation contained therein. Publication information is supplied when known.
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