Leo Kraft Papers
- 1933 - 2013
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
4.5 Linear Feet (10 boxes including 1 flat box) : Correspondence is the largest series, comprising approximately 50% of the collection, located in five boxes. The Performances series contains programs and performance reviews that are located in three boxes, comprising approximately 30% of the collection. The Contracts, Personal, and Oral Exercises series complete the remaining 20% of the collection.
The larger body of Kraft’s work is comprised of chamber music, but he has also contributed orchestral, piano, vocal, and electronic music to his works. His music is published by Seesaw Music and Carl Fischer, and recorded on the CRI, Capstone, Albany, and Centaur labels. His works have been performed internationally.
In addition to his tenure at Queens College, Kraft served as Distinguished-Composer-in-Residence from 1989 to 1992 at New York University. He has authored several important music theory textbooks, and he was a contributing author and editor for the New Music Connoisseur. He was also inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2012.
Kraft was devoted to his family and community. He has contributed to the important body of work by Jewish composers, with pieces that include Hebrew poetry. He was an active member and contributor to the Westchester Jewish Choral Society and the American Society for Jewish Music.
Arrangement of Materials
1. Correspondence 2. Performances 3. Contracts 4. Personal 5. Oral Exercises
The contents of each series are ordered chronologically. Materials included without a specific date range are noted.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Howe, H. (2012). Review of Leo Kraft's 90th birthday concert. New Music Connoisseur,(20)1, 18. Kraft, L. (1999). A new approach to ear training (2nd ed.). New York: W.W. Norton.
Leon, L. (2013, August). "At the Piano Bench" with Leo Kraft. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/LcEKQQyLCQA Levin, N. (2019). Artists: Leo Kraft, 1922 - 2014. Retrieved from https://www.milkenarchive.org/artists/view/leo-kraft/
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