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University of South Carolina Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco Collection

Identifier: SCU-MUS-0016

The collection houses libretti, correspondence, articles about Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, photographs of and theses about Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, an unpublished autobiography ("Una vita di musica"), writings by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, some published music, rare recordings, and many ozalid copies of autograph scores, often with personal inscriptions by the composer.


  • 1895-1968


17.25 Linear Feet (19 containers.)

Biographical / Historical

Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco was born in Florence on April 3, 1895 and died in Los Angeles, California on March 16, 1968. After training at the Florence Conservatory, he gained prominence in Italy between the World Wars. He was forced to relocate to the United States in 1939 when the Facists began persecution of Jews, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1946.

While perhaps best remembered at present for his solo guitar music, Castelnuovo-Tedesco composed in many genres and media, including among his works operas and oratorios, orchestral music, music for films, cantatas, concertos, music for solo piano, music for various bowed string instruments, for harp, ballets, choral music, and chamber music, among other items (see Nick Rossi's Catalogue of Works by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (Brooklyn, N.Y., 1977), for a nearly complete list of compositions).

Castelnuovo-Tedesco wrote a two-volume autobiography covering his life up to 1961, "Una vita di musica," (unpublished, in the USC collection).

Physical Location

This collection is housed in the Music Library, which is located in the School of Music at 813 Assembly Street in Room 208 (on the 2nd floor).


Dr. Nick Rossi, author and long-time friend of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, donated part of his collection to the University of South Carolina Music Library in March 1999. An anonymous purchase in 2000 provided many more ozalid scores.

Repository Details

Part of the Music Library Repository

813 Assembly Street, Room 208
School of Music, University of South Carolina
Columbia SC 29208 USA
803-777-1426 (Fax)

In Progress
Marlyse Hickman (September 1999); Mark Leach (2003); Kallan Williams (2008).
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Revision Statements

  • July 21, 2010; Sept. 10, 2015: Updated by Ashlie Conway (2010); Content moved to ArchivesSpace by Jen Wochner (2015)