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Recordings of Evenings for New Music,

State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library

112 Baird Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260-4750
United States
Phone: 716 645-2924
Fax: 716 645-3906

State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Dept.

12 linear feet

(162 reel to reel tapes,

278 audio compact discs

96 DVDs)

English.

The collection contains recordings of 93 of the approximately 173 concerts presented at the Evenings for New Music concerts from 1964-1980. Approximately 464 works were recorded as well as some spoken introductions to works by their respective composers. The original recordings were made on reel-to-reel tapes. The contents were transferred to cassettes in the 1980s and then digitally reformatted in 2007 onto CDs (service and in-house masters) and DVDs (preservation masters).

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Collection Details

Original collection of reel to reel tapes processed by John Bewley, 2006; reformatted contents processed 2013.

Gift of State University of New York at Buffalo Music Dept.

The reel to reel tapes are currently housed in Music Library Storage (B-32). The preservation masters are located in the Music Library's Treasure Room.

The Evenings for New Music concert series was a product of the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts, established to give young professional performers and composers the opportunity to focus on the production of new music. Lukas Foss, Music Director for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra 1963-1971, approached Gordon Smith, director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery 1955-1973, to develop ideas for a Center of New Music in Buffalo. In discussions with Allan Sapp, Director of the University at Buffalo Music Department, and the Rockefeller Foundation, a proposal was submitted to the Foundation for the development of the Center. Modeled after the Evenings-on-the-Roof concert series in Los Angeles, the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts was “founded on notions of providing performing ensembles, of making definitive renditions of new and complicated music feasible, of bringing composers and performers into the closest working relationships, of developing a corpus of recordings and privately-held scores, of establishing a central locus for the study of new techniques of composition notation and performance practice.” The proposal was accepted and the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts began operation in 1964.

Directors of the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts included the founders, Lukas Foss and Allan Sapp, who acted as Co-Directors from 1964-68; Lejaren Hiller, Co-Director with Lukas Foss from 1968-74; Jan Williams, Co-Director with Renée Levine from 1974-76; Renée Levine, Center Coordinator from 1964-74 and Co-Director from 1974-78; and Morton Feldman, Music Director from 1976-1980. Performers and composers selected to be fellows at the Center were given the title of Creative Associate.

There were two main concert series produced by the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts: Evenings for New Music concerts and Creative Associate Recitals. Evenings for New Music concerts were performed in Buffalo and also performed, often with changes in programs, at various venues in New York City, including Carnegie Hall, Cooper Union, and the WBAI Radio Free Music Store, at other State University of New York campuses, and at venues in other states, including New Jersey, New Hampshire, Michigan, Indiana, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.

The collection contains recordings of approximately 464 works performed at 93 of the Evenings for New Music concerts 1964-1980. This finding aid contains a description of the recordings of concerts held by the Music Library. Not all concerts were recorded so the inventory in this finding aid does not represent a complete description of all the concerts presented in the series. A fuller listing can be seen in the compiled of the concert programs.

There are more than 200 composers represented in the collection. They include most of the major composers of the first half of the twentieth century, including Cage, Boulez, Babbitt, Schoenberg, Berg, Webern, Stockhausen, Stravinsky, Copland, and Feldman. The composers were often present at the concerts and rehearsals of their works so many of the performances were conducted under the supervision of the composer. The list of composers who appeared as performers in the concerts is equally impressive, including Earle Brown, Bussotti, Cage, Crumb, Del Tredici, Foss, Hiller, Pousseur, Riley, Rzewski, Sahl, and Wuorinen. The performers included some of the most prominent specialists in contemporary music, including Eberhard Blum, Ursula Oppens, Paul Zukofsky, Julius Eastman, Jan Williams, David Tudor, Stuart Dempster, Robert Dick, and Joan La Barbara.

The collection is arranged in two series:
I. Service copy compact discs reformatted from reel to reel tapes
II. Reel to reel tapes not reformatted

No further accruals are expected to this collection.


Collection Access & Use

Materials can be examined by qualified researchers in the Music Library during hours of operation during which Music Librarians are present. In order to insure access, researchers are advised to contact the Music Library in advance of visits.

Copyright for the materials in the collection does not reside with the Music Library. Additionally, performers' permissions were not acquired at the time of the recordings. Therefore, patrons wishing to publish any item, or part of an item from this collection for any purpose, are responsible for securing requisite permissions.

[Specified item], Recordings of Evenings for New Music, 1964-1980, Music Library, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Collection Subjects & Formats

Series I. : Service copy compact discs reformatted from reel to reel tapes,

Arrangement: Chiefly arranged in chronological order of concerts.

Size: CD 1-139

Description of compact discs provided for access with notes about the original tape sources and location of the preservation copy. The In-house master compact discs are numbered in the same sequence, 1-139. Note that in some cases reel to reel tapes were not available at the time reformatting was performed so the Music Library's cassette copies were used as source material instead.

Box: 1

CD: 1-2

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Cassette Side 1-Cassette Side 8


Date: November 29, 1964

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 3

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Cassette Side 9-Cassette side 17


Date: January 10, 1965

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 4-5

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 1-Reel 2, Cassette Side 22


Date: March 4, 1965

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 6-7

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 3-Reel 4, Cassette Side 25


Date: March 5, 1965

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 8-9

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 5-Reel 7


Date: March 6, 1965

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 10-11

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 8-Reel 10


Date: April 25, 1965

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 12

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 11-Reel 13


Date: May 9, 1965

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 13

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 14-Reel 15


Date: May 10, 1965

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 14

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 16-Reel 18


Date: November 7, 1965

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 15

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 19-Reel 22


Date: December 18, 1965

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 16

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 23-Reel 25


Date: February 19, 1966

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 17-18

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 26-Reel 29


Date: March 20, 1966

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 19

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 30-Reel 32


Date: April 24, 1966

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 20

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 33


Date: November 6, 1966

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 21-22

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 34


Date: December 17, 1966

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 23

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 35-Reel 36


Date: February 12, 1967

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 24

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 37-Reel 38


Date: March 19, 1967

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 25-26

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 39-Reel 40


Date: April 29, 1967

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 27-28

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 41-Reel 43


Date: November 5, 1967

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 29

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 44-Reel 46


Date: December 16, 1967

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 30

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 47


Date: February 10, 1968

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 31

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 48-Reel 49


Date: March 3, 1968

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 32

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 50-Reel 51


Date: March 10, 1968

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 33-34

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 52-Reel 54


Date: March 17, 1968

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 35

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 55-Reel 56


Date: April 27, 1968

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 36-37

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 57


Date: April 27, 1968

Scope and Content

Program titled: New methods of computer composition and sound synthesis, a lecture by Lejaren Hiller. It is unclear how this was related to Evenings for New Music programming.

Box: 1

CD: 38

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 58-Reel 59


Date: November 3, 1968

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 39

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 60-Reel 61


Date: December 15, 1968

Scope and Content

Box: 1

CD: 40

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 62-Reel 63


Date: February 2, 1969

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 41-42

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 64


Date: March 29, 1969

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 43-44

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 65-Reel 66


Date: May 3, 1969

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 45-46

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 67-Reel 68


Date: November 8, 1969

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 47-48

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 69-Reel 71


Date: December 13, 1969

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 49

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 72-Reel 73


Date: February 8, 1970

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 50

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 74-Reel 76


Date: March 22, 1970

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 51-52

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 77


Date: May 3, 1970

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 53-54

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 78-Reel 79


Date: November 1, 1970

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 55

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 80-Reel 81


Date: December 6, 1970

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 56

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 82


Date: February 14, 1971

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 57

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 83


Date: February 14, 1971

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 58

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 84


Date: March 25, 1971

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 59-60

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 85, Reel 87


Date: May 1, 1971

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 61

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 86


Date: May 1, 1971

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 62-63

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 88-Reel 89


Date: October 30, 1971

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 64

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 90


Date: October 30, 1971

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 65-66

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 91-Reel 92


Date: December 12, 1971

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 67-68

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 93


Date: February 13, 1972

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 69

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 94


Date: March 19, 1972

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 70-71

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 95-Reel 96


Date: April 30, 1972

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 72

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 97


Date: April 30, 1972

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 73

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 98


Date: October 28, 1972

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 74-75

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 99-Reel 100


Date: December 3, 1972

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 76

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 101


Date: February 11, 1973

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 77-78

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 102


Date: March 31, 1973

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 79-80

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 103


Date: October 27, 1973

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 81-82

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 104


Date: November 17, 1973

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 83-84

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 105


Date: December 16, 1973

Scope and Content

Box: 2

CD: 85-86

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 106-Reel 107


Date: March 31, 1974

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 87-88

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 108


Date: May 5, 1974

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 89-90

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 109


Date: October 20, 1974

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 91-92

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 110


Date: December 8, 1974

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 93-94

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 146-Reel 147


Date: January 29, 1975

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 95

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 111


Date: February 15, 1975

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 96

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Cassette Side 292-Cassette Side 295


Date: March 22, 1975

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 97

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 112


Date: May 4, 1975

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 98-99

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 113


Date: November 1, 1975

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 100

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 114


Date: December 6, 1975

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 101

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 115


Date: February 8, 1976

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 102

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 116


Date: February 10, 1976

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 103

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 148


Date: March 18, 1976

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 104-105

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 117-Reel 118


Date: March 21, 1976

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 106

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 119


Date: May 1, 1976

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 107-108

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 120


Date: October 16, 1976

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 109-110

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 121


Date: December 11, 1976

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 111

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 122


Date: February 13, 1977

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 112

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 123


Date: March 19, 1977

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 113

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 124


Date: March 20, 1977

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 114

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 125


Date: May 7, 1977

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 115

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 126


Date: October 15, 1977

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 116

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 127


Date: December 4, 1977

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 117-118

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 128-Reel 129


Date: February 12, 1978

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 119-120

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 130-Reel 131


Date: April 5, 1978

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 121

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 132


Date: May 7, 1978

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 122-123

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 133


Date: October 28, 1978

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 124-125

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 134


Date: December 16, 1978

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 126

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 135


Date: February 11, 1979

Scope and Content

Box: 3

CD: 127

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 136


Date: March 18, 1979

Scope and Content

Box: 4

CD: 128-129

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 137


Date: April 29, 1979

Scope and Content

Box: 4

CD: 130

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 138


Date: October 14, 1979

Scope and Content

Box: 4

CD: 131-132

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 139-Reel 140


Date: November 18, 1979

Scope and Content

Box: 4

CD: 133

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 140


Date: December 10, 1979

Scope and Content

Box: 4

CD: 134-135

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 141


Date: February 24, 1980

Scope and Content

Box: 4

CD: 136

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 142


Date: February 29, 1980

Scope and Content

Box: 4

CD: 137

Extent: 2 compact discs

Transferred from: Reel 145


Date: April 18, 1980

Scope and Content

Box: 4

CD: 138

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 149


Date: December 10, 1975

Scope and Content

Box: 4

CD: 139

Extent: 1 compact disc

Transferred from: Reel 150


Date: December 11, 1974

Scope and Content

Series II. : Reel to reel tapes not reformatted

Arrangement: Arranged in chronological order of concerts.concerts. Arranged

Size: Reel 151-162

Twelve tapes discovered and identified as containing Evenings for New Music content after the original reformatting project was completed. Some of the tapes contain concerts that were reformatted using the cassette copies that had been made for the Music Library. Other recordings are from WBAI concerts.

Reel: 151-153

Extent: 3 7-inch reels

Performed at Albright-Knox Art Gallery


Date: November 29, 1964

Scope and Content

Reel: 154-155

Extent: 2 7-inch reels

Performed at Albright-Knox Art Gallery


Date: January 10, 1965

Scope and Content

Reel: 156

Extent: 1 7-inch reel

Performed at Albright-Knox Art Gallery


Date: March 4, 1965

Scope and Content

Reel: 157

Extent: 1 7-inch reel

Performed at Albright-Knox Art Gallery


Date: March 5, 1965

Scope and Content

Reel: 158

Extent: 1 7-inch reel

WBAI Free Music Store


Date: December 11, 1974

Scope and Content

Reel: 159-160

Extent: 2 7-inch reels

There is no program accompanying the tapes. Content description is from an original program in the Archive for the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts. The content cannot be confirmed until the tapes are reformatted.


Date: October 28 1976

Scope and Content

Reel: 161-162

Extent: 2 7-inch reels

There is no program accompanying the tapes. Content description is from an original program in the Archive for the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts. The content cannot be confirmed until the tapes are reformatted.


Date: February 3 1977

Scope and Content