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Eda Rothstein Rapoport papers, 1915-1968 

Creator: 
Rapoport, Eda Rothstein, 1890-1968.
Phys. Desc: 
11.25 linear feet (24 music file boxes 12 manuscript boxes and 1 oversized box)
Call Number: 
MS#1051
Location: 
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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Biographical Note

Eda Rapoport was a Jewish American composer and pianist. Born December 25, 1890 in Daugavpils, Latvia, she later immigrated to the United States, where she lived much of her life in New York. Considered a prolific composer of her day, she arranged several hundred compositions for piano, violin, voice, and symphony orchestra. Rapoport died on May 9, 1968 at her home in Manhattan.

Scope and Contents

The Eda Rapoport Papers are comprised primarily of music manuscripts authored by Rapoport, many of which are autographs. While most of the manuscripts are undated, they are accompanied by bound albums, which contain vinyl recordings of concerts given by Rapoport throughout her career. Most of the records are labeled according to the date and piece performed, and span between 1939 and 1966. The collection also features a small selection of printed music, originally intended for commercial distribution. The first series (original accession) also contains diaries of her musical life, 1932-1948, kept by her husband, Boris Rapoport.