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Rudolf Matz Musical Score Collection and Personal Papers

 

Rudolf Matz (1901-1988) is remembered for his accomplishments as a cellist, as a composer, and as a teacher. Acquired in 1986, the Matz Collection was a gift of Rudolf and Margita Matz. Boxes 1-35 of the collection contain music scores; included are nearly 200 original manuscripts and published editions of Matz's own compositions, including Matz's 32-volume cello method, Prve Godine Violonvella (First Years of the Violoncello).

 

In addition to his works composed for the cello, a significant portion of Rudolf Matz's manuscripts consists of orginal compositions for a variety of instruments. The methods serises of the collection includes lesser known composers, such as Battanchon, Hessel, Kal'ianov, and Mokragnatz.

 

In addition to the musical score collection, there is an additional collection of Matz's personal papers are preserved by the Special Collections and University Archives.

 

Described by Leonard Rose as "perhaps the greatest cello theoretician in the world," violoncellist, composer, and pedagogue Rudolf Matz was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1901. When he attended the Lycee Classique at the age of ten, his mother also enrolled him in preparatory classes at the Zagreb Academy of Music. Matz began his study of the cello with Umberto Fabbri and later studied with Juro Tkalcic, but the teacher who most influenced his development as a cellist and who was crucial to the evolution of his ideas on cello technique was violinist Vaclav Huml. In addition to receiving cello instruction at the Academy, Matz also studied conducting and composition. At the time of his death in 1988 he had written more than 300 instrumental and vocal compositions.

 

Rudolf Matz devoted his life to the promotion and development of musical activity in his native country, organizing musical societies and a variety of performing groups, including the Musical Society of Intellectuals, the Zagreb Chamber Orchestra (later I Solisti di Zagreb), Sklad, and the Zagreb Chamber Choir. He was also popular as a teacher of cello master classes and served as a jury member at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in 1966, 1970 and 1974. Matz was also a pioneer in establishing the field of music therapy as a profession in Croatia.

 

The musical score collection contains approximately 650 scores owned by or relating to cellist Rudolf Matz. The collection includes around one hundred manuscript compositions inMatz's hand. A notable portion of the collection extends beyond cello repertoire, including works for violin, piano, wind, and voice.

 

The violoncello music collection of Rudolf Matz (1901-1988); includes his own compositions (195 folders) and a large collection of works by eastern European composers, in addition to other cello works and works for violin, piano, wind and brass instruments and voice; also includes manuscripts and notes in Croat for his Prve godine violoncella. An unprocessed portion of the collection includes scattered holdings of journals, correspondence with Luigi Silva, primarily from the 1950s, Lev Aronson, and other correspondence, photographs, clippings and newspaper articles, performance posters and programs, music and athletic awards and citations.

 

Not all items from this collection have been digitzed. New items are being added regularly.

 

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