Penn Library

Hidden in Plain Sight:
Musical Treasures in the Penn Library

Curated by Marjorie Hassen

Otto E. Albrecht Music Library
University of Pennsylvania

Marian Anderson Collection

Heitor Villa-Lobos, 1887-1959
Cantilena: Um canto que saiu das Senzalas
Autograph Manuscript, 1938
Pronunciation cues in the hand of Marian Anderson
In: Marian Anderson Collection of Music Manuscripts
Ms. Coll. 199, Folder 1843

Marian Anderson met the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos while on a tour of South America in 1938, and it is likely that this arrangement of a "song from the slave quarters" was made during her visit. He later composed his Poema de Itabira with Anderson in mind, dedicating the work to her.

Table of Contents
Manuscript Collections:
Manuscript Collections:
Sheet Music
Conducting Scores
Music Manuscripts:
15th-18th Centuries
Music Manuscripts:
19th & 20th Centuries
Landmarks of Music Theory

Basil Rathbone, 1892-1962
Telegram to Sol Hurok
28 February 1939
In: Marian Anderson Papers
Ms. Coll. 200, Folder 4633

This telegram, from the actor Basil Rathbone to Marian Anderson's manager, Sol Hurok, was sent in response to the decision of the Daughters of the American Revolution to bar the contralto from performing in Constitution Hall. The public outrage that followed led to First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt's resignation from the D.A.R. and to Anderson's subsequent performance at a free concert on Easter Sunday, when she sang from the Lincoln Memorial.

Marian Anderson, 1897-1993
Manuscript Diary, 1951
In: Marian Anderson Papers
Ms. Coll. 200, Folder 7970

Marian Anderson maintained a diary for much of her life, recording important events as well as the details of her daily routine and expenses. Among the activities she has noted here, for 1 February 1951, is a recording session with the cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, where they recorded Stephen Foster's "My Old Kentucky Home" and James Bland's "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny." She also comments on her attendance at a performance of Wagner's Die Walküre at the Metropolitan Opera, which she called "impressive in spots."

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