Saunders, Frederick Albert - Correspondence with Carleen Hutchins S2570-101.1

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Correspondence during South Hadley period. Numerous letters each year, except from 1954-55. Replies by Carleen Hutchins were made by postcard and were not preserved.


Type of resource mixed material
Date created 1960 - 1963
Language English
Digital origin reformatted digital


Creator Saunders, Frederick A. (Frederick Albert), 1875-1963

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Biographical/Historical note This group evolved slowly. After CMH had finished her first viola in 1949 (the only one she planned to make) Louise Rood (Professor of viola at Smith College who played chamber music with FAS) and Helen Rice (of Amateur Chamber Music Players fame) introduced her and the viola to Saunders. He looked the instrument all over, tapped it, blew in the f-holes and said "Young lady I shall be interested in your next one." He gave CMH several reprints which indicated that he had never made any drastic changes to the violins he studied. So CMH offered to make one that he could cut up. This worked so well, she made several more. Saunders did over 300 tests on these using mainly his "loudness test" (see Notebooks). Shipping instruments back and forth from Montclair to South Hadley with suggestions for experiments gradually developed into quite a program over the next ten years, with CMH adding her ideas for tests and changes. The violas in the experiments and the regular ones she was making during this time were checked twice a year with Helen Rice's musical friends who met in Stockbridge, MA or in NYC. R E
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Location M1711
Repository Stanford University. Libraries. Department of Special Collections and University Archives

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Musical Acoustics Research Library collection, 1956-2007

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