Guide to the James Simon Collection, 1931-1945 

AR 5930

Processed by Julie Dawson

Leo Baeck Institute

Center for Jewish History

15 West 16th Street

New York, N.Y. 10011

Phone: (212) 744-6400

Fax: (212) 988-1305



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Center for Jewish History, Publisher.
Finding aid encoded in EAD 2002 by Julie Dawson on 2011-11-10. Finding aid written in English.
April 16, 2012  Links to digital objects added in Container List.

Creator:Simon, James
Title:James Simon Collection
Abstract:The collection is primarily made up of the unpublished musical compositions of James Simon. There is one folder of biographical information.
Languages:This collection is in German.
Quantity:0.50 linear feet : 52 folders
Identification:AR 5930
Repository: Leo Baeck Institute Archives
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Biographical Note

James Simon was born in 1880 in Berlin. He studied music in Berlin and Munich and is regarded as a "lost" late romantic composer. In 1933 he emigrated via Switzerland to Amsterdam, where he stayed until his deportation in 1941 to Theresienstadt. He was killed in Auschwitz in 1944.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection is primarily made up of the unpublished musical compositions of James Simon. There is one folder of biographical information.

The compositions were apparently sent to Toni Appelbaum / Apel, who emigrated from Berlin to the United States with her husband and daughter in 1937. Virtually all the compositions are affectionately and intimately inscribed to Toni. Folder one contains several postcards from Simon to Toni, Simon's obituary, several photographs, and a program advertising his work.

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

Open to researchers.

Access Information

Collection is digitized. Follow the links in the Container List to access the digitized materials.

Use Restrictions

There may be some restrictions on the use of the collection. For more information, contact:
Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Identification of item, date (if known); James Simon Collection.; AR 5930; box number; folder number; Leo Baeck Institute.

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Other Finding Aid

Original inventory of songs is in folder 1.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

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Container list:

11Clippings, correspondence, photographs, programs1931-1945
12"Abendstunde," words by Walter Cale1931
13"Echo in der Nacht," words by Franz Evers1931
14"Nie kann ich ganz dir wiedergeben," words by Friedrich Gundolf1931
15"Wenn sich das Dämmern...," words by Friedrich Gundolf1931
16"Beglückerin," words by Friedrich Gundolf1932
17"Himmlische Liebe," words by Ruth Schaumann1932
18"Inbrunst," words by Ruth Schaumann1932
19"Singende Flammen," words by Christian Morgenstern1933
110"Wo bist du" words by Christian Morgenstern (2 copies)1933
111"Präludium," words by Christian Morgenstern1933
112"Morgenstimmung," words by Christian Morgensterin1933
113"Dies ist ein Lied für dich allein," words by Stefan George1933
114"Heimkehr," words by Manfred Hausmann1933
115"Du hast ein Licht entzündet," words by Anneliese Braun1934
116"Liebeslied," words by Rainer Maria Rilke (2 copies)1934
117"Es rauscht durch unseren Schlaf," words by Else Lasker-Schüler1934
118"Gefesselt," words by Carl Hauptmann1934
119"Weltende," words by Lasker-Schüler1934
120"Die Nacht kam her so wundervoll," words by Rudolf Alexander Schröder1934
121"La lune blanche," words by Paul Verlaine1935
122"Un grand sommeil noir," words by Paul Verlaine1935
123"Himmelfahrtstag," words by Max Dauthendey1935
124"Venus Fantasia," words by Richard Dehmel1935
125"Neujahrswunsch," words by Anneliese Braun1936
126"Mond" words by Hans Bethge (2 copies)1936
127"Lichte Nacht," words by Rudolf Majut1936
128"Da meine Seele in mir zaget," from the Book of Jonah1936
129"Angedenken," words by Johann Wolfgang Goethe1936
130"Verheissung," from Book of Jeremiah1936
131"So gross soll der Garten sein," words by Lenz Grabner1937
132"Sie sehn sich nicht wieder," words by Friedrich Hebbel1937
133"Ende," words by Hans Bethge1938
134"Ich hatte eine Nacht voll Gram," words by Karl Wolfskehl (2 copies)1939
135"Ich schlaf, ich traume" words by Paul Fleming, with accompanying letter to Toni1939
136"Lesen wohl die Engel," words by K.D. Belmont1939
137"Litanei," words by Stefan George, "Litaney," no author1939, undated
138"Hoffnung hintergehet zwar" for acapella choir, words by Gottfried Keller1941
139"Ich höre Hörner blasen," words by Guido Gezelle1942
140"O Lied" words by Guido Gezelle1941
141"Jetzt kommt schon der Morgen herauf," words by Jean Gebserundated
142"Gedenken," for piano1931
143"Nachträgliche Chanukah-Variation für Toni," for pianoundated
144"Notturno, 5. Miniatur," for clarinet and piano1936
145"So würden wir uns mit Brasilien abfinden," for clarinet and piano1936
146"Festordnung am 3.II.1940," for piano1940
147"Aus Mändels "Sieg der Zeit und Wahrheit" for voice, oboe, stringsundated
148Orchestral sketches "Tongedicht" and "Jeremia"1931-1937
149Misc. sketches based on the works of classical composers: Mozart, Schumann, Bach, etc1930s
150Misc. compositional notes1930s
151Misc. compositional notes to certain titled pieces above1930s
152"Hymne an die Nacht," words by Novalis. Published by Madrigal Verlag, Berlinundated
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