Walter J Kasura Russian Folk Music Collection

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Published Songs

Instrumental Music

Personal Papers

American Popular Music



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Finding Aid for Walter J Kasura Russian Folk Music Collection, 1960-1983 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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Collection Overview

Title: Walter J Kasura Russian Folk Music Collection, 1960-1983Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/5/61

Primary Creator: Kasura, Walter J. (1918-1983)

Other Creators: Grushko, Nicholas

Extent: 97.6 cubic feet

Arrangement:

Organized into three series. Series 1: Published Songs, Series 2: Instrumental Music--which contains Sub-Series 1: Russian, Belorussian, and Ukrainian Folk Song Arrangements, Sub-Series 2: Nicholas Grushko Arrangements, Sub-Series 3: Emanuil Sheynkman Arrangements, and Sub-Series 4: Prima Balalaika Music-- Series 3: Personal Papers, and Series 4: American Popular Music.

Processing of this collection was done by multiple people over multiple years; therefore, there is some differences in formatting within the finding aid. Originally, the collection was organized by EC number, some of which are indicated in the finding aid. Some of the records are also cataloged in the University of Illinois Library Catalog. Box 264 was found after the collection was finished--it fits intellectually in Series 2, Sub-Series 1 between Box 90 and 91. Box 265 was also found after the collection was finished--it fits intellectually in Series 2, Sub-Series 1 between Box 113 and 114. Original EC numbers 732 and 1058 are still missing.

Date Acquired: 05/12/1986. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Folk music, Music -- Russia, Vocal Music

Formats/Genres: Sheet music

Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of manuscripts, research notes, personal papers, and published works, including Russian and gypsy folk songs, other vocal and choral works, instrumental solos, scores and parts for orchestral and chamber performing ensembles (including many arrangements by Kasura), instrumental methods books, and reference books on performance practice, repertory, and historical development of the balalaika, domra, and Slavic folk orchestra.

Note to researchers: Many of these scores are written in Cyrillic, and there are some differences in transliteration. Here are some examples of the same Cyrillic combinations transliterated different ways: ch and zh; yaya and iaia; cz and ts; skaya and skaia; skogo and sky and ski(i). When searching for a particular piece, please use both options. For example "tanecz" and "tanets"; "Rimskogo-Korsakov" and "Rimsky-Korsakov."

See also record series number 35/3/68.

Biographical Note

Walter Kasura was born in New York City to Russian emigre parents. He studied music theory and arrangement under Alexander Ivanoff, a graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory.  He also received further guidance from the well-known Peter Biljo, who performed regularly on the CBS radio program "Around the Samovar."  His performing experience included a small group called the Moscow Balalaika Ensemble, the professional wing of the Balalaika and Domra Society.  He played club dates, parties, on radio and television, at leading hotels in Miami, Quebec, and New York, and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In 1977 the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra of New Jersey and the North Jersey Philharmonic with Leonard Davis as balalaika soloist performed one of his arrangements.  The latter concert drew a crowd of over 5,000 people.  In 1979 Walter was awarded a grant to teach balalaika and domra seminars at the University of Illinois and to direct in concert the University of Illinois Balalaika Orchestra.

Subject/Index Terms

Folk music
Music -- Russia
Vocal Music

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: Additions acquired from the Music and Performing Arts Library on May 3, 2016.

Acquisition Source: Walter J. Kasura Family

Acquisition Method: Gift


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Published Songs, c.1810-1970],
[Series 2: Instrumental Music, c. 1910-1980],
[Series 3: Personal Papers, c. 1905-1987],
[Series 4: American Popular Music, 1921-1938],
[All]

Series 4: American Popular Music, 1921-1938Add to your cart.
Consists of published ensemble arrangements and parts for American popular songs. Arranged alphabetically by title.
Box 269Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Angela Mia, 1928Add to your cart.

Composers: Rapee, E. and L. Pollack

Arranger: Skinner, F.

Folder 2: At a Perfume Counter, 1938Add to your cart.

Composer: Burke, J.

Arranger: Paul, W.

Folder 3: At Long Last Love, 1938Add to your cart.

Composer: Porter, C.

Arranger: Mason, J.

Folder 4: Bewildered, 1938Add to your cart.

Composer: Powell, T.

Arranger: Skinner, F.

Folder 5: Caravan, 1937Add to your cart.

Composers: Ellington, D. and J. Tizol

Arranger: Hudson, W.

Folder 6: Close Waltz, 1937Add to your cart.

Composer: Porter, C.

Arranger: Mason, J.

Folder 7: Cuban Pete, 1936Add to your cart.

Composer: Norman, J.

Arranger: Mason, J.

Folder 8: Deep Purple, 1934Add to your cart.

Composer: De Rose, P.

Arranger: Skinner, F.

Folder 9: Don't Play with Fire, 1936Add to your cart.

Composer: Ala, S.

Arranger: Mason, J.

Folder 10: East of the Sun, 1935Add to your cart.

Composer: Bowman, B.

Arranger: Jenkins, G.

Folder 11: Hawaiian War Chant, 1936Add to your cart.

Composers: Noble, J. and Leleiohaku

Arranger: Murphy, S.

Folder 12: I Could Use a Dream, 1937Add to your cart.

Composer: Spina, H.

Arranger: Mason, J.

Folder 13: I Have Eyes, 1938Add to your cart.

Composers: Robin, L. and R. Rainger

Arranger: Mason, J.

Folder 14: If It's the Last Thing I Do, 1937Add to your cart.

Composers: Cahn, S. and S. Chaplin

Arranger: Mason, J.

Folder 15: It's the Dreamer in Me, 1938Add to your cart.

Composer: Dorsey, J.

Arranger: Hathaway, C.

Folder 16: I've Got You Under My Skin, 1936Add to your cart.

Composer: Porter, C.

Arranger: Mason, J.

Folder 17: Let Me Whisper, 1938Add to your cart.

Composers: Rosell, E., Del Rio, M., and R. Gasparre

Arranger: Mason, J.

Folder 18: Let's Waltz for Old Time's Sake, 1937Add to your cart.

Composer: Stept, S.

Arranger: Mason, J.

Folder 19: Lost, 1936Add to your cart.

Composers: Ohman, P., Mercer, J., and M.O. Teetor

Arranger: Skinner, F.

Folder 20: Lost in Meditation, 1938Add to your cart.

Composers: Ellington, D., Tizol, J., and L. Singer

Arranger: Singer, L.

Folder 21: Love is Like a Cigarette, 1936Add to your cart.

Composer: Jerome, R.

Arranger: Weirick, P.

Folder 22: Lovely Lady, 1935Add to your cart.

Composer: McHugh, J.

Arranger: Skinner, F.

Folder 23: My Margarita, 1938Add to your cart.

Composer: Grever, M.

Arranger: Hathaway, C.

Folder 24: One Song, 1937Add to your cart.

Composer: Churchill, F.

Arranger: Weirick, P.

Folder 25: Please Be Kind, 1938Add to your cart.

Composers: Cahn, S., and S. Chaplin

Arranger: Mason, J.

Folder 26: Ride Tenderfoot Ride, 1938Add to your cart.

Composer: Whiting, R.

Arranger: Mason, J.

Folder 27: Shadows on the Moon, 1938Add to your cart.

Composer: Romber, S.

Arranger: Skinner, F.

Folder 28: Somewhere with Somebody Else, 1938Add to your cart.

Composer: Burke, J.

Arranger: Hathaway, C.

Folder 29: Song of India, 1937Add to your cart.

Composer: Rimsky-Korsakov, N.

Arrangers: Dorsey, T., and Red Bone

Folder 30: A Strange Loneliness, 1937Add to your cart.

Composers: Burk, R., and S. Mysels

Arranger: Weirick, P.

Folder 31: Tears in My Heart, 1937Add to your cart.

Composers: Whitcup, L., and T. Powell

Arranger: Weirick, P.

Folder 32: There's a Gold Mine in the Sky, 1937Add to your cart.

Composers: Kenny, C., and N. Kelly

Arranger: Weirick, P.

Folder 33: There's a Lull in My Life, 1937Add to your cart.

Composer: Gordon, M., and H. Revel

Arranger: Skinner, F.

Folder 34: This Time It's Real, 1938Add to your cart.

Composers: Shivers, W., Bernier, B., and B. Emmerich

Arranger: Mason, J.

Folder 35: Ti-Pi-Tin, 1938Add to your cart.

Composer: Grever, M.

Arranger: Hathaway, C.

Folder 36: The Toy Trumpet, 1937Add to your cart.

Composer: Scott, R.

Arranger: Ades, H.

Folder 37: Two Bouquets, 1938Add to your cart.

Composers: Kennedy, J., and M. Carr

Arranger: Mason, J.

Folder 38: The Waltz Lives On, 1937Add to your cart.

Composers: Robin, L., and R. Rainger

Arranger: Mason, J.

Folder 39: Wang Wang Blues, 1921Add to your cart.

Composers: Mueller, G., Johnson, B., and H. Busse

Arranger: Murphy, S.

Folder 40: When the Poppies Bloom Again, 1936Add to your cart.

Composers: Towers, L., Morrow, M., and D. Pelosi

Arranger: Weirick, P.

Folder 41: Where In the World, 1938Add to your cart.

Composers: Gordon, M., and H. Revel

Arranger: Hathaway, C.

Folder 42: Who Are We to Say, 1938Add to your cart.

Composer: Romberg, S.

Arranger: Skinner, F.

Folder 43: You Can't Run Away from Love, 1937Add to your cart.

Composer: Warren, H.

Arranger: Mason, J.

Folder 44: You Went to My Head, 1938Add to your cart.

Composers: Meyer, J., Bernier, B., and B. Emmerich

Arranger: Lippman, J.


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Published Songs, c.1810-1970],
[Series 2: Instrumental Music, c. 1910-1980],
[Series 3: Personal Papers, c. 1905-1987],
[Series 4: American Popular Music, 1921-1938],
[All]

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