Donald Garvelmann Collection
Donald Garvelmann, a New York pianophile, collector, pianist and music
publisher who died in 2001, was one of the great amateur enthusiasts of the
keyboard. He amassed not only a remarkable collection of rare piano scores from
the 19th and 20th centuries, but also a truly formidable knowledge of piano
literature. He contributed liner notes to many recordings of rare repertoire
(including Michael Ponti's complete Scriabin survey for Vox), and was
instrumental in generating interest in the music of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji.
As a friend of Sorabji who both met and corresponded with him, Garvelmann
obtained Sorabji's permission for pianist Michael Habermann to give many first
performances and recordings of Sorabji's piano works.
Garvelmann's enthusiasm for unjustly neglected piano repertoire was channeled
into Music Treasure Publications, of which he was the sole director. During its
existence, MTP offered high-quality reprints, with extensive annotations, of
concertos by Moscheles (No.3), Scharwenka (No.1), Litolff (No.3), and Henselt (F
Minor), as well as solo pieces by Herz and Thalberg. IPAM houses the remaining
MTP stock of these scores. Copies are now available through IPAM at reasonable
cost. Specific details may be obtained by contacting the Curator.
10 am to 3 pm
Monday through Thursday
9 am to 5 pm
Monday through Friday
Donald Manildi, Curator
International Piano Archives at Maryland
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
8115 Alumni Dr.
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 USA