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Solti receiving his honorary degree from Harvard University, 7 June 1979. The inscription reads: To his masterly interpretations he brings intelligent concern for the composer’s purpose; for a worldwide audience he quickens the universal appeal of music. Harvard University Archives, HUPSF Commencement 1979 (1a).
The Sir Georg Solti Archive at the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library includes hundreds of scores heavily marked and annotated by Solti, like those presented in this exhibition. With the growth of the artistic disciplines of the history of performance and performance practice, the conducting scores are of special interest and importance to musicians and scholars, as they provide insight into the workings of an inspired and accomplished musical mind. To view a complete list of scores in the collection, search Harvard’s HOLLIS catalog for “Sir Georg Solti Archive.”
The Archive joins Loeb Music Library’s already rich Solti resources, that include his complete recorded legacy for British Decca Records from 1947-1997. These recordings document his collaboration with virtually every significant instrumentalist, singer and orchestra for the last half century. The library also holds numerous live broadcast recordings from 1937 on, including documentation of Solti’s performances at the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera in the 1960s, and video recordings of the maestro in rehearsals and performances made at the apex of his career. In addition, Loeb Music’s print collection widely documents the achievements of his musical contemporaries – from conductors to composers and solo performers – providing rich context for the study of Solti’s work.
In keeping with the University’s efforts to provide broad access to resources, the collection will be digitized and made available online, as permissions allow, through Loeb Music’s collection of Digital Scores and Libretti and the Music Treasures Consortium portal hosted by the Library of Congress.
The Sir Georg Solti Archive will remain accessible at the Loeb Music Library for study by scholars and performers; to use materials from the collection, researchers must register for a Special Collections Request Account and place requests through the system. For more information see Access to Special Collections.
Questions about the collections are always welcome. Contact the Loeb Music Library directly at email@example.com.