||The George Lessner Papers, 1915-1989, undated, consist primarily of music manuscripts.
present are published scores, scripts, correspondence, programs, and clippings. The
are organized into two series: I. Music Manuscripts, 1915-1982, undated; and II. Personal
and Professional Papers, 1937-1989.
||Series I. Music Manuscripts (15 document boxes, 13 oversize boxes) contains the majority
the Lessner papers and is further divided into four subseries: A. Composed by George
Lessner, 1915-1982, undated; B. Composed by Alford Lessner, 1948-1954, undated; C.
Others, 1935-1949, undated; and D. Fragments and Unidentified Works, undated.
||The works in Subseries A. are arranged under four headings according to the genre
1. Classical Music Scores, 1915-1982, undated; 2. Film, Radio, and Television Scores,
1937-1953, undated; 3. Musical Theater Scores, 1945-1952, undated; and 4. Popular
1930-1941, undated. The classical music scores are further broken down into original
compositions by Lessner and works that are transcriptions or arrangements of works
originally composed by others. Some of the classical scores are titled in Hungarian
transcriptions of Lessner’s handwriting may not be accurate. Classical works by Lessner
include his opera The Nightingale and the Rose, works for full sympony
orchestra such as "The Merry Overture", art songs based on texts by
poets such as Paul Verlaine and Sándor Petöfi, and short compositions for solo piano.
the film, radio, and television scores are a large number of complete scores for episodes
the 1950’s children’s television show Bobo the Hobo and His Traveling
Troupe, and one score for a Walter Lantz cartoon starring Oswald the Rabbit,
"The Dumb Cluck." Lessner’s musical theater scores include two shows
that had brief runs on Broadway, Sleepy Hollow (1948), and Mr. Strauss Goes to Boston (1945). In the 1930s, Lessner composed
several popular songs that were printed as sheet music, including a song written for
Calloway, "Honey, I’se Cold, I Is."
||Subseries B. consists of works composed by Alford Lessner, George Lessner’s son, including
classical compositions, popular songs, and an unfinished work for jazz band. Subseries
contains works by other composers, such as Harry Revel and Robert Stolz. Subseries
contains fragments of scores and unidentified scores, which may be the work of George
||Series II. Personal and Professional Papers (1 document box) includes correspondence,
programs, and clippings from performances of George Lessner’s works, and correspondence,
clippings, and programs related to his wife, Lorraine Lessner, and son, Alford Lessner.
||The score of The Nightingale and the Rose in Boxes 17-18 is
coated with debris from deteriorating adhesive tape. Researchers may wish to wear
while handling individual leaves.