State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library
51 12-inch sound recordings
1 linear foot
The Mischa Schneider
Collection of Test Pressing Recordings contains fifty-one sound recordings on
12-inch discs. The content includes eighteen recordings of performances by the
Budapest String Quartet and twelve recordings issued by the Marlboro Recording
Processed by John Bewley, 2013.
Gift of the estate of Mischa Schneider.
Mischa Schneider (Mojzesz Sznejder) was born in Vilnius, Lithuania
February 5 1904 (stated as 1903 in some sources and in the authorized form of
his name). He studied cello with Julius Klengel in Leipzig and in Paris with
Diran Alexanian. In 1930 he became the cellist with the Budapest Quartet. The
group was established around 1917 by the original members, Emil Hauser, Imre
Poganyi, Istvan Ipolyi and Harry Son. Mischa was joined in the quartet by his
brother Alexander in 1932. Eventually the personnel of the group stabilized as
Josef Roisman, first violin, Alexander Schneider, 2nd violin, Boris Kroyt,
viola, and Mischa Schneider, cello. Mischa Schneider's last performance with
the quartet was in 1965. He continued teaching but never performed again. He
died in Buffalo, New York October 3 1985.
The Mischa Schneider Collection of Test Pressing Recordings contains
fifty-one sound recordings on 12-inch discs. The content includes eighteen
recordings of performances by the Budapest String Quartet and twelve recordings
issued by the Marlboro Recording Society. Some of the test pressings bear dates
but it is not clear if the dates indicate date of the pressing or date of the
recording. All recordings have been marked as undated in the container list.
The collection was one component of a larger collection of recordings donated
to the library by the family of Mischa Schneider. It is unclear how the test
pressings were identified and separated from the original gift. Some of the
recordings seem to be commercial releases rather than true test pressings.
These have been left in the collection until further research demonstrates
whether or not they are actually test pressings.
Some of the Columbia recordings include annotations on the labels or sleeves that state the name of the engineer for the recording, including Thomas Shepard, Thomas Frost, and Sam Carter. The commercial releases associated with the test pressings have been identified where possible. In some cases it is not clear from the information provided which performance or recording date is represented on a disc. In at least one case no commercial recording of a work by the Budapest String Quartet has been identified.
The collection also includes a portion of a recorded interview between Dr. Luther Evans (the tenth Librarian of Congress, 1945-1953) and Mischa Schneider. The interview contains comments about the association between the Budapest String Quartet and the Library of Congress. It was broadcast April 13 1950 on WQQW-FM. One additional folder contains the only non-audio content, four scripts for the radio program Music in the Air. The program featured Columbia Records recordings and the scripts include mention of some of the recordings in the collection.
The collection is arranged in four series:
I. Recordings issued by Columbia Records, including CBS, Sony, and Odyssey
II. Recordings issued by Marlboro Recording Society
III. Recordings issued by other labels and an unpublished recording
IV. Music in the Air scripts
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
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. Therefore, patrons wishing to publish any item, or part of
an item from this collection for any purpose, are responsible for securing
[Specified item], Mischa Schneider Collection of Test Pressing
Recordings, circa 1940-1980, Music Library, The State University of New York at
Four printed scripts for the announcer of the radio show, Music in the Air, featuring Columbia Records. A few of the recordings mentioned in the scripts are contained in the collection.