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Mischa Schneider Collection of Test Pressing Recordings,

State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library

112 Baird Hall
Buffalo, New York 14260-4750
United States
Phone: 716 645-2924
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Schneider, Mischa, 1903-1985

2 boxes

51 12-inch sound recordings

1 linear foot

1 folder

English.

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.

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Collection Details

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.


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. 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], Mischa Schneider Collection of Test Pressing Recordings, circa 1940-1980, Music Library, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Collection Subjects & Formats

Series II.: Recordings issued by Marlboro Recording Society,

Arrangement: Arranged in numerical order by Marlboro Recording Society publisher number.

Size: Item 30-45

Box: 1

Item: 30

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: Marlboro Recording Society: MRS-1, 1970?


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Box: 1

Item: 31

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: Marlboro Recording Society: MRS-2, 1970?


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Box: 1

Item: 32

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: Marlboro Recording Society: MRS-3, 1970-1979


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Box: 1

Item: 33

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: Marlboro Recording Society: MRS-4, 1970


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Box: 1

Item: 34

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: Marlboro Recording Society: MRS-5, 1970-1979


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Box: 1

Item: 35

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: Marlboro Recording Society: MRS-5, 1970-1979


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Box: 1

Item: 36

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: Marlboro Recording Society: MRS-6, 1971


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Box: 1

Item: 37

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: Marlboro Recording Society: MRS-6, 1971


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Box: 1

Item: 38

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: Marlboro Recording Society: MRS-7, 1977?


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Box: 1

Item: 39

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: Marlboro Recording Society: MRS-8, 1975-1979?


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Box: 2

Item: 40

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: Marlboro Recording Society: MRS-10, 1977


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Box: 2

Item: 41

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: Marlboro Recording Society: MRS-11, 1970-1976?


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Box: 2

Item: 42

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: Marlboro Recording Society: MRS 12, 1976?


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Box: 2

Item: 43

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: Marlboro Recording Society: MRS 12, 1976?


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Box: 2

Item: 44

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: Marlboro Recording Society: MRS-13, 1980?


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Box: 2

Item: 45

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: Marlboro Recording Society: MRS-13, 1980?


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Series III.: Recordings issued by other labels and an unpublished recording,

Arrangement: Arranged in alphabetical order by manufacturer name and then by publisher number. The one unpublished item is at the end of the sequence.

Size: Item 46-51

Box: 2

Item: 46

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: Heliodor: 2549-004 (Wergo 60036), 197-?


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Box: 2

Item: 47

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: His Master's Voice (RCA Red Seal): LHMV 13, 1955


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Box: 2

Item: 48

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: His Master's Voice: LHMV 18, Unknown


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Box: 2

Item: 49

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: London: LL.1283, 1955


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Box: 2

Item: 50

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: London: LL.1284, 1955


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Box: 1

Item: 51

Extent: 1 33 rpm sound disc ; 12 inches (2 sides)

Released on: Unpublished: Not applicable, Not applicable


Date: undated

Scope and Content

Series IV.: Music in the Air scripts,

Arrangement: Arranged in numerical order.

Size: Item 52

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.

Box: 2

Item: 52

Extent: 1 folder ( 4 scripts)


Date: circa 1953