About the Foundation

Foundation mission
Foundation archives
Copyright and permissions
Preferred citation
Foundation history and prehistory
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Foundation mission

The Karl Weigl Foundation, founded in 1999, is dedicated to preserving the legacies of the exile composers Karl Weigl and Vally Weigl and to encouraging performance and appreciation of music suppressed during the Nazi period.

Foundation archives

The archives of the Karl Weigl Foundation hold musical materials (holograph scores and sketches, study scores, performance materials, and recordings); an extensive collection of primary biographical material (life documents, correspondence, and photographs); and published materials (books, brochures, newspaper and journal articles, and performance programs and reviews).
The Foundation welcomes inquiries and will provide photocopies of material in its possession for study or, if the material is not available elsewhere, for performance. Please contact info@karlweigl.org and provide all relevant information.

Copyright and permissions

The musical and literary works of Karl Weigl and Vally Weigl (including unpublished writings and correspondence) remain under copyright. The Foundation welcomes all inquiries about performance rights, the availability of performance materials, and the use of material from published and unpublished writings and correspondences. If necessary, the Foundation can facilitate contact with the appropriate publishers or institutions. Please provide all relevant information in your inquiry.

Preferred citation

[Name of item], Karl Weigl Foundation, San Rafael, California

Foundation history and prehistory: a chronological overview

The Karl Weigl Foundation funded a recording of all Weigl’s solo piano music, performed by Joseph Banowetz; the CD was released under the Naxos label.

The Karl Weigl Foundation helped fund performances of Weigl music at the First Taipei International Lyricism in 20th Century Music Festival, 1–15 April 2009.

The Karl Weigl Foundation was restructured as a nonprofit organization.

4–7 October 1999
To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Weigl’s death the Karl Weigl Foundation funded two concerts of Weigl songs and chamber music in Budapest, Hungary, which led to the subsequent two-CD recording.

The Karl Weigl Foundation funded two Karl Weigl Concerts and a Weigl symposium at Merkin Hall in New York.

The Karl Weigl Memorial Fund was transferred from Mannes College to the University of Indiana, Bloomington.
The Karl Weigl Performance Awards were established at the Aspen Festival and Music School, Baylor University, University of Indiana, and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York.

Kurt Adler sent an an open letter, dated 15 April 1973, to friends and supporters of Karl Weigl, announcing the release of the CRI recording of Weigl songs.

The Karl Weigl Memorial Fund added two new members: as consultant, Leopold Stokowski, and as associate, Ainslee Cox.
Kurt Adler sent an open letter, dated 16 April 1971, to friends and supporters of Karl Weigl to commemorate what would have been the composer's ninetieth birthday and give a brief overview of recent Weigl performances and memorial events.

The Karl Weigl Memorial Fund was established at the Mannes College of Music. The project was initiated by Ira A. Hirschmann and Mrs. Lionello Perera; the Board of Directors consisted of Ira Hirschmann, Frederic Waldman, Vally Weigl, Sidney Gelber (President of Mannes College), Carl Schachter (Dean of Mannes College), and Frederic Waldman; the Advisory Board comprised Adele Addison, Kurt Adler, Betty Allen, Ernst Bacon, Carl Bamberger, Sydney Beck, Paul Berl, Joseph Braunstein, Raphael Bronstein, James Browning, Pablo Casals, Oliver Daniels, David Diamond, Paul Doktor, Milton F. Feist, Claude Frank, Paul Fromm, Peter Paul Fuchs, Miriam Gidson, Robert Goldsand, Sidney Harth, Benar Heifetz, Gottfried Meindl, Julius Herford, Mieczyslow Horszowski, Mrs. Frederick Jacobi, Fritz Jahoda, Abraham Kaplan, Lili Kraus, William Kroll, David Le Vita, Alfred Loewenguth, Yehudi Menuhin, Hans Moldenhauer, Hermann Neumann, Charles A. Perrera, Maria Weigl Piers, W. Stuart Pope, Nadia Reisenberg, Alfred Rosé, Charles Rosen, Klaus Roy, George Schick, Frederica Schmitz-Svevo, Janos Scholz, Jeanette Scovotti, Donald D. Seligman, Theodore Shedlovsky, Eric Simon, Carleton Sprague-Smith, Izler Solomon, Daniel Sternberg, Frederick W. Sternfeld, Roman Totenberg, J. C. Wodiyer, His Highness Maharaja of Mysore, William Worfield, Piero Weiss, Richard Woitach, Joseph Walman, Florian Wiefler, and Zvi Zeitlin.

An open letter, dated March 1951, to friends and supporters of Karl Weigl to commemorate what would have been the composer's seventieth birthday was sent from the Office of the Dean [Daniel Sternberg], School of Music, Baylor University, Waco, Texas; the letter was signed by Bruno Eisner, Carleton Sprague-Smith, Lee WeiNang, Kurt Adler, Mieczyslav Horszowski, Agi Jambor, Maurice Eisenberg, Daniel Sternberg, Frederich Waldman, Albert Alphin, Alice Ehlers, Joseph Rosenstock, Jani Szanto, Alfred S. Swan, Madi Bacon, Ernst Bacon, Sydney Beck. Paul Doktor, George Schick, Constantin Stronghilos, Eric Zeisl, and Peter Paul Fuchs. (Read text)