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Arthur Berger Papers

 Collection — other: 1 record center box, 1 flat box
Identifier: 03-MWalB00294A

Scope and Contents

Files in this collection were created from 1948-2004.  Materials include books, reprints, reel-to-reel audiotapes, LP records, a memorial CD, concert programs, photographs, reviews, essays, and musical compositions.  Most of these items were created during Arthur Berger's tenure at Brandeis, and many of them pertain to his role as a professor.  Of note is his biography of Aaron Copland published in 1953, as well as a collection of music reviews from various New York newspapers published by Music Reporter.  The latter contains several reviews by Berger, which are indexed on the last two pages.


  • 1948-2004, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collecctions Department, Brandeis University. Please contact the department for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce or publish material from the collection should be directed to the Robert D. Farber University Archives & Special Collections Department, Brandeis University,

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Berger (1912-2003) was an established music composer and critic before he joined the Brandeis faculty in 1953. He received his musical education at New York University, Harvard University, and the Sorbonne in Paris. Through his membership in the Young Composers Group, Berger befriended Aaron Copland and became Copland's principal biographer. He also became a prominent American music critic who received awards from the Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Arts, and Fulbright foundations, among many others. He founded the scholarly journal Perspectives on New Music in 1962.

From 1939-1953, Berger worked as a full-time teacher and music critic until joining Brandeis University's new graduate music program in 1953. He specialized in teaching orchestra, chamber, and solo piano music, all areas in which he was renowned as a critic. Berger retired from Brandeis in 1980, becoming the Irving Fine Professor of Music Emeritus. He went on to teach at the New England Conservatory of Music until 1999.


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Arranged in four series: 1. Publications, 1953-1966; 2. Sound Recordings, 1959-1972, undated; 3. Subject Files, 1948-2004, undated; 4. Student Compositions, 1961-1971, undated. The materials are arranged alphabetically. For more information about each series, please consult the series descriptions in the box and folder listing. 1 record center box, 1 flat box.

Other Descriptive Information

Addenda to this collection may not be listed in the finding aid, but may be available for research use. Please contact us for more information.

Jeremy Naidus and K.A. Abramson. BiogHist written by Matthew Chernick, Brandeis graduate student
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Repository Details

Part of the Brandeis University Repository

415 South St.
Waltham MA

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