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John F. Kennedy Memorial Library
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

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Otto Klemperer, German conductor and composer, was born in Breslau, Germany, May 14, 1885. After studying in Frankfurt and Berlin, he became, after 1918, one of the leading German conductors of his generation. From 1933-1939, he was conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. The Klemperer Collection was presented to the University in the mid-1970's. It is comprised of 215 orchestral scores,or approximately 12 linear feet, including works by Bach, Bartok, Beethoven, Bloch, Brahms, Britten, Bruckner, Busoni, Kelius, Gluck, Grieg, Handel, Hindemith, Krenek, Liszt, Mahler, Malipiero, Mendelssohn, Milhaud, Mozart, Musorgsky, Pfitzner, Prokofiev, Respighi, Schönberg, Schubert, Richard Strauss, Stranvinsky, Tchaikovsky, and Wagner. Many include Klemperer's conducting notations.

Catalog system: Collection information is available through online LibGuides; some books and periodicals are in the main library catalog; some finding aids are available as PDFs

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