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Alfred Heinemann Papers

Identifier: SCA-0020-001
The collection contains compositions and personal papers of Alfred Heinemann covering his lifelong work as composer, pianist, and lecturer. The majority of the material relates to his work as a composer. Included are compositions from 1920-1964 in various stages of completion. There is also: correspondence; legal papers; a list of compositions and notes on works; performance programs; academic lectures; clippings; musical story ideas and outlines; drawings; a manuscript for a children’s instructional piano book; and a poem written about Alfred Heinemann by his daughter.


  • 1920-2010


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Collection is open for research. Staff may restrict access at its discretion on the basis of physical condition.


5.5 Linear Feet (9 document boxes, 1 oversize box)


Alfred Heinemann (1908-1995) was a German composer, concert pianist, and lecturer. The collection is comprised of Heinemann’s compositions from 1920 to 1964 and is in various stages of completion. The collection also includes notes on the compositions, lecture notes, programs from performances, correspondence, an audio recording of a performance of Heinemann’s String Quartet and personal papers.


Alfred Heinemann was a German composer, concert pianist and lecturer. Born in Bueckeburg, Germany on April 10, 1908, he began playing piano at age 3 and started composing by age 10.

In 1936, Heinemann immigrated to Johannesburg, South Africa. By 1944, he moved to Cape Town and it was at this time that he conducted the Cape Town Municipal Youth Orchestra. While in Cape Town, Heinemann also taught Composition and Orchestration at Stellenbosch University, conducting numerous piano recitals and lectures. The Cape Town Symphony Orchestra performed several of Heinemann’s compositions including Galaxy, Pax Hominibus, and March of the Neanderthal Men.

Alfred Heinemann immigrated to the United States in 1949 and took up residence just outside of Queens, New York. The same year, Heinemann won a competition for best new composer in Queens with his Concert Overture. The piece was performed for the first time by the Queens Symphony Orchestra on September 29, 1949. In 1956, Heinemann’s String Quartet was performed at the Barnard Hall of Columbia University by the “Music of Our Time” String Quartet.

In 1967, Heinemann joined the staff of Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) as a member of their foreign department. He retired in 1975 and moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he volunteered for 8 years teaching Music Appreciation at the Washington Adult Center. He continued to perform and lecture at various community centers in the Phoenix area. Alfred Heinemann died on October 9, 1995 at age 87.

His major works include Piano Concerto (1941), Violin Concerto (1942), March of the Neanderthal Men (1946), Symphony (1959-1964), the opera Torso (1958) and the ballets Galaxy (1941), Roulette (1946), La Manie des titres et des abbreviations (1953) and Kobold (1963).

Sources Consulted:

Heinemann, Gerda. “Alfred Heinemann Obituary”. The Arizona Republic, October 11, 1995.

Slonimsky, Nicolas, and Nicolas Slonimsky. Baker's biographical dictionary of musicians. New York: Schirmer Books, 1978.

Chronology of Compositions

Laendler, written officially 1920 A Little Serenade, written officially 1922 Sonata in E flat Major piano duet 1927 2nd movement, written officially Violin Concerto in G Minor, full score 1928 1st and 2nd movements, written officially Interludium in B Major, piano 1929 March & Trio in E Major, 1929 piano, written officially Piano Concerto in C Major 1929 orchestra , written officially piano score copied Fantasia in C sharp Minor, piano 1929 Piano Sonata in G Major, piano 1930 2nd copy 1941, written officially Violin Sonata in C Minor 1930 violin & piano, written officially Fantasia in D Minor, piano 1930 Arabian Dance in A Minor 1930 piano, written officially Postludium in D Minor 1930 1st copy written officially 1941 Violin Sonata in C Minor, piano 1931 written officially in 1942 Valse in E Major, piano, written officially 1931 Sonata [G or C] minor, piano 1931 Fugue & Variations in D minor, piano 1932 1st copy 1941, written officially String Quartet, full score, written officially 1932 Faust 1: Prologue in Heaven for Four 1932 Part Choir & Orchestra, piano & orchestra full score Sonata in A major, piano, written officially 1932 Variations (Fugue) B Flat Major, piano 1932 Variations (Fugue) E Flat Major 1932 piano, written officially Piano Sonata in C Minor 1933 piano, written officially Valse. B flat major, piano, written officially 1933 Sonata D minor, piano, written officially 1933 1. A spider, piano, written officially 1933 2. A dog* (two short pieces for piano) 1933 Violin Sonata E major, violin & piano 1933 Fantasia B major, piano 1934 Cello Sonata F minor, 1. M. 2. M. 1934 A Wasted Evening, piano 1935 Song for Baritone, voice & piano 1935 “The Emmigrant” Schiller Fantasia, piano 1935 2 movements, written officially Preludium, piano 1935 Faust Part 2 Act 1, piano score 1935 Piano Concerto 2 1935 only piano score finished and written officially Sonata in A Major, written officially 1935 Six Fragments 1936-1939 Maestoso 1938 Allegretto 1939 Violin Sonata in C Minor 1939 Technical Exercises, piano, written officially 1940 Postludium , piano, written officially 1940 For A Birthday, piano, written officially 1940 “There was no Way Out!”, voice & piano 1940 (Song for Alto Voice), poem by composer “And the Birds Shall Kiss You Awake 1940 In the Morning” piano, written officially “Late Moon Hour”, spoken voice, viola 1940 & piano, poem by composer, written officially M.E.N., suite for piano 1940 4 movements, written officially MAKET, opera 1940-1941 Overture, piano & orchestration written officially Ballet, piano & orchestration written officially Two Acts of 3 Scenes each, piano sketches Libretto by composer, completed 1950-51 Overture 1940 Scherzo, piano, written officially 1940 Valse grave, piano, written officially 1940 Self-portrait, piano 1940 String Quartet, strings, piano score 1940-1941 Strings written officially Concert for Piano & Percussion Instruments 1941 “Thanks” (on Greek theme) 1941 piano, written officially Six Small Pieces, piano, written officially 1941 “Lacrimosa”, piano, written officially 1941 organ, harmonium ad lib Rochade (study), piano, written officially 1941 GALAXY, piano score, written officially 1943 1941 Ballet in Three Scenes, for orchestra scene & parts script by composer, 1944 PIANO CONCERTO, piano & percussion 1941 instruments, written officially I MET MEPHISTOPHELES, piano score 1941 In the year 1. Orchestrated 1942 1000. Orchestrated 1942 1500. Orchestrated 1942 2000. Orchestrated 1942, parts 1943 Madame Mouse, spoken voice & violin 1941 Poem by E. Sitwell, written officially Ode for the Unborn, piano score 1942 organ ad lib Reflections, 3 piano pieces, written officially 1942 Licenza, piano, written officially 1941-1942 Wedding 1942 (March) 1942 piano, written officially VIOLIN CONCERTO, score, written officially 1942 Sinfonia da Ballo, strings 1942 Song Cycle for Tenor Solo 1942 choir & orchestra Zwinger–Scene for Alto Voice, voice & piano 1942 (Faust) [Gretchen] 1 ½ Act of a Comic Opera, piano score 1942 Including Gretchen scene [cathedrale] PAX HOMINIBUS, score and parts 1944 for choir and orchestra, completed 1953 Orchestra Concerto, score, piano 1944 written officially, score and parts 1945 ROULETTE, ballet 1945 Act I score and parts, written officially Acts II and III 1946 MARCH OF THE NEANDERTHAL MEN 1946 score and parts, written officially CONCERT OVERTURE 1946 Youth March 1946 Shofar: Symphonic Manifesto, piano score 1947 LA MANIE DES TITRES, Ballet 1953 ET DES ABBREVIATIONS String Quartet, score and parts, 1954 written officially (Revised & Updated from 1941 version) Madonna, words by composer 1956 TORSO, Opera 1958 KOBOLD, Ballet 1963 SYMPHONY 1959-1964 Counterpoint n.d. Dew Drops, written officially n.d Fantasie n.d Frottola, written officially n.d Mouse-Trap Rhyme n.d For Spoken Voice & Violin, written officially Original Ancient Greek Themes n.d. Palestrina n.d. Strict Counterpoint n.d.


The collection is arranged chronologically and by subject in two series:

Series I: Scores, 1920-1964

Subseries I: Major Works, 1940-1964 Subseries II: Minor Works, 1930-1956 Subseries III: Oversize Major and Minor Scores, 1941-1964 Subseries IV: Mixed Works, 1920-1945

Series II: Personal Papers, 1941-2010

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Queens College by Gelia Dolcimascolo, Alfred Heinemann’s daughter, in 2010.

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Legal Status

The Alfred Heinemann Collection is physically owned by the Queens College Libraries. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assignees. The collection is subject to all copyright laws. Queens College assumes no responsibility for the infringement of copyrights held by the original authors, creators, or producers of materials.



Alfred Heinemann Papers
Print and machine readable finding aids prepared by Fiona Gorham, Fall 2013, and approved by Alexandra Dolan-Mescal, Fall 2013
Fall 2013
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Part of the Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Department of Special Collections and Archives Repository

Queens College Libraries, CUNY
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