Giorgio Ciompi papers, 1900s-1992

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Summary

Creator:
Ciompi, Giorgio
Abstract:
This collection consists of scrapbooks, programs, photographs, memorabilia, and sound recordings documenting the professional career and interests of violinist Giorgio Ciompi. Items include concert programs, photographs, and ephemera from various performances with different orchestras, including Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony (1947-1952), as well as several years of attendance at the Pablo Casals Festival in Puerto Rico (1965-1972). Also represented are assorted materials from Ciompi's residency and teaching at Duke University, including photographs and programs from the Ciompi Quartet.
Extent:
5 Linear Feet
Language:
Materials in English.
Collection ID:
RL.12014

Background

Scope and content:

This collection consists of scrapbooks, programs, photographs, memorabilia, and sound recordings documenting the professional career and interests of Giorgio Ciompi. Items include concert programs, photographs, and ephemera from various performances with different orchestras, including Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony (1947-1952), as well as several years of attendance at the Pablo Casals Festival in Puerto Rico (1965-1972). Also represented are assorted materials from Ciompi's residency and teaching at Duke University, including photographs and programs from the Ciompi Quartet. In addition, there are published reference materials about Toscanini and Casals, as well as musical scores and musician autographs collected by Ciompi. There are commercially issued LP recordings of Albeneri Trio, Toscanini and the NBC Symphony, and other musical performances. There is also a plaster copy of Beethoven's death mask and a baton used by Toscanini, later gifted to Ciompi.

Biographical / historical:

Giorgio Ciompi (1918-1983) was an Italian violinist, who immigrated to the United States following World War II and joined Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra. He also formed part of the Albeneri Trio, which toured the United States and Europe in the 1950s. Ciompi and his family moved to Durham in 1964, where he joined Duke University as an artist-in-residence and founded the Ciompi Quartet. He continued performing and teaching music until his death in 1983.

Acquisition information:
The Giorgio Ciompi Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as a gift in 2022.
Processing information:

Processed by Meghan Lyon, May 2022

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2022-0034

Arrangement:

Arranged into series: Volumes and scrapbooks; Autograph collection; Arturo Toscanini materials; Pablo Casals materials; Ciompi photographs; Ciompi's professional materials; Music scores; Music recordings.

Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Subjects

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Subjects:
Musicians -- Portraits
Violinists -- United States
Format:
Scores
Phonograph records
Albums
Names:
Duke University. Department of Music
Ciompi Quartet
Albeneri Trio
Cleveland Institute of Music
Toscanini, Arturo, 1867-1957
Casals, Pablo, 1876-1973

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[Identification of item], Giorgio Ciompi Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.