PAULINE ALPERT COLLECTION
Ruth T. Watanabe Special Collections
Sibley Music Library
prepared by Carol M. Moen
(1924-1935; bulk 1924-1928)
Location: M 1A, 1, 2
Pauline (Edith) Alpert (1912- ) Pauline Alpert was born
December 27, 1912 in New York City. Her childhood in Rochester,
New York was evidently a musical one; her mother, Anna (Rosh)
Alpert, was an opera singer. Following her graduation from East
High School in Rochester, Alpert became a scholarship student in
piano at the Eastman School of Music, studying briefly under
Selim Palmgren (between 1923 and 1927). Alpert's career as a
performer was primarily focused on popular music venues,
including radio, solo concerts, theater, recordings and nightclub
work throughout the United States. She was billed as the
"Whirlwind Pianist," and noted for her technical
facility. Alpert recorded for RCA Victor, Sonora, Pilot-Tone, and
Rabson, in addition to motion picture shorts for Vitaphone and
more than 500 piano rolls for Duo-Art. Her radio and television
work for NBC and CBS included guest solo spots with Paul
Whiteman, Rudy Vallee, and Fred Allen, as well as her own
semi-weekly program for WOR radio in New York City. Alpert also
composed novelty pieces for the piano (published by Mills Music
Company), and made her own arrangements.
Two of Alpert's scrapbooks were donated by Artis Wodehouse on 4 August, 1995. Wodehouse received these scrapbooks from June Rogers, a childhood friend of Alpert's in Rochester, who in turn received them from Marlene Benet, the wife of Pauline Alpert's nephew, shortly after Alpert's death.
The collection contains two scrapbooks covering Pauline Alpert's early life and performing career as a classical and popular pianist. They include newspaper clippings of announcements and reviews, as well as concert programs.
There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.
The series contains 2 scrapbooks of newspaper clippings and concert programs, covering Pauline Alpert's career as a pianist from 1924 to 1935. The scrapbooks are numbered chronologically.
|Scrapbook 1||news clippings and concert programs, 1924-1930.|
|Scrapbook 2||news clippings and concert programs, 1933-1935.|
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