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JOSEPH EMONTS EPHEMERA COLLECTION
Former Cellist of the New York Philharmonic and Firestone Symphony Orchestras
Collected and Archived by Edward J Hines
Emonts, ca 1938INTRODUCTION
Cellist Joseph Emonts (1895-1964) was born in Liege, Belgium, where he studied at the Royal Conservatory and was awarded a gold medal for virtuosity. His instructors included Alfred Massau, Jean Gerardy and Jacques Gailliard. After World War I, Emonts performed as a member of the Queen's Trio and was first cellist of the Theatre de la Monnaie. He later moved to Algiers where "he performed regularly with Camille Saint-Saens."






Emonts-1930 Returning to Europe, Emonts toured during 1924-25. He then moved to New York City where he performed with the New York Symphony Orchestra, which later became the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. Emonts was a regular performer in the Lewisohn Stadium summer concerts series of the 1930's. In the early 1950's, Emonts performed with the Firestone Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Harold Barlow) on the popular television show The Voice of Firestone.






Emonts, ca 1956 From the 1938 until his death, Emonts lived and taught from his home in North Bellmore, New York, a suburb of New York City on the shores of Long Island. The material of this collection ended up in several cardboard boxes which I purchased at a yard sale in 1970. Emonts and I literally lived 'around the block' from each other. Although I passed his home many times while growing up, I never met him or knew who he was until I acquired his personal papers--which have remained in my possession for over 40 years.






This unusual collection chronicles the life of one musician through his concert programs, scores, letters, contracts and rare items from the early days of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. All items have a preview for a larger view and you are invited to download PDF files of anything in this collection for review, study, research or discussion.

Please feel free to contact me with your comments, questions or observations about this collection. --Edward J. Hines, Wendell, Massachusetts


NEW: RARE 1956 PERFORMANCE


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1. Au Trocadero, Liege, Belgium; concert program (with map attachment); Alice Favier, Blanche Vignola, Rachel Defrance, Frediani, Andrien, Defeld, Descamps, Bruls, P. Scheepers, Melckior, Renelli, Dehezelle, Henrotte, Lavoye, Emonts, Kenvyn, Massart, Brusson, Ledent, Bolland, Pacque, Verlaine; one of two documents glued to hand drawn maps,

1917 2 pages
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2. Groot Kunstconcert, Hasselt, Belgium; concert program; Louis Roels, Jean Quitin, Antonie Philips, Emonts

1918 2 pages
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3. Programme de la Soiree, Liege, Belgium; concert program; Andrien Emonts, Suzanne Gilissen, Maria Vidick, Renelly Puel, Jose Beckmans, Antoine Delvoye, J. Emonts; Program autographed by Lieutenant-General Jacques, General Major Baltia of 14th Regiment de Ligne; one additional unidentified autograph.

1919 3 pages
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4. Cyclist's Pesant Club Liegeois Societe Royale, Liege, Belgium; concert program (in French); Julien Stiennon, Andrien Emonts, Charles Segers, Francois Salden, Hubert Sullon, Alphonse Thomas, Jules Jamoule and Emonts.

1919 3 pages
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5. Casino de Spa, Soiree Extraordinaire; concert program; Francois Gaillard, Gallemaert, Marcelle Ballard, J. Emonts, Mireille Flour, Engell's Eccentric Dancers, Les Valeureux Liegeois Orchestra

1924 3 pages
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6. Ville de Blankenberghe; concert announcement and program; (with map attachment); includes letters of endorsement from Casino de Spa; Clavareau, Montulet, Emonts; second of two documents glued to hand drawn maps of Africa.

1924 4 pages
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7. Salle des Comtes de Mean Concert Program; Charles Scharres, J.Emonts, Mme. Dambiermont-Navarre


1925 1 page
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8. Giulietta Armenaki Aeolian Hall; concert program
Giulietta Armenaki, Loretto O'Connell, R. Rafina, D. Avlonitis, G.M. Curci, J. Emonts

1926 1 page
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9. Federation des Veterens Francais de la Grande Guerre Inc, Grand Concert et Bal Annuel; Hotel Plaza, New York; concert program book, 26 pages; Lucienne Boyer, Doris Miles, Leon Rothier, Louis Chartier, Leon Barzin, M. Van De Putte, Wilfrid Pelletier, H. Maurice Jacquet, Maurice Wolfsie, Raymonde Delanaunois, Emonts;

1926 3/26 pages
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10. Symphony Society Letter of Appointment; Emonts' appointment letter to the Symphony Society of New York signed by Walter Damrosch; one year prior to the merging of the Symphony Society and the New York Philharmonia Orchestra

1927 1 page
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11. La Revue Musicale (1927-1928) 7 covers;
1927:November; 1928: January, February, March, April, August and October. Contents and back cover from October, 1928 also included. Each issue approx 40 pps.

1927-28 9 pages
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12. Stadium Concert Contracts (1928-38) 9 items
Contracts for summer performances at Lewisohn Stadium, NYC; 1928, 1930-36, 1938. Note: change in salary 1928-33; signature change 1934-35; temporary address, 1935; change of address, 1938.

1928 9 pages
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13. New York Philharmonic Contracts (1928-38) 1 of 9 items

1928 1 page
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14. Old World Trio Concert Program; 1 page; Allentown PA, April 10, 1929; Anton Rovinsky, Maximilian Rose, Joseph Emonts, Mary Elizabeth O'Neil Emonts

1929 1 page
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15. La Scala a Berlino (Estratto dall' opuscolo L' Orchestra d' archi di via Paolo Andreani, 6 - Stagione 1928-1929); Milano - Settembre, 1929; Program Book, 34 pages; includes cover, forward, 13 photographs and caricature by Riccardo Polo

1929 14 pages
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16. New York Philharmonic 1930 European Concert Itinerary; first European concert tour; Toscanini music director; Paris, Zurich, Milan, Turin, Rome, Florence, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Leipzig, Dresden, Berlin, Brussels, London.

1930 1 page
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17. Societe Philharmonic de Bruxelles; Grande Salle De Concerts Du Palais Des Beaux-Arts; May 30, 1930; Sous la direction de Mr. Arturo Toscanini;
Concert Book, 18 pages, 9 3/4" x 12 1/2" Beethoven-Symphony # 3; Franck-Les Eolides; Debussy-Prelude a l'Apres-midi d'un Faune; Berlioz-Scherzo de la Reine Mab; Strauss-Till Eulenspiegel

1930 1 page
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18. La Propaganda Musicale Magazine; June, 1930 Cover only; approx 16 pages, Toscanini on cover

1930 1 page
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19. Young Men Hebrew Association Concert Program; January 25, 1931, Theresa Kaufmann Auditorium, New York City; Alexander Richardson, Kermit Schulman, Joesph M. Proskauer, Alfred E. Smith, A. W. Binder, Emonts

1931 1 page
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20. Ensemble Symphonique Concert Program; October 28, 1932, Sleepy Hollow Country Club, Scarborough-on-Hudson, NY; Bernhard Levitow, Conductor; Genevieve Davis Monroe, George Rasely Assisting Artists

1932 2 pages
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21. Five Chamber Music Evenings at the Residence of Mr. & Mrs. Henry Hadley; Chamber Music Announcement; Gordon String Quartet, Emonts Trio, Grande Trio, Perole Quartet, Hans Lange Quartet

1933-34 3 pages
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22. An Evening of Chamber Music Program
Performers include Mildred Dilling, harp; Frances Blaisdell, flute and Emonts.

1933 1 page
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23A. Henry Hadley Theme Song Score
Handwritten (original?) orchestral score (2 pages) of Hadley's introductory song; probably performed at the Lewisohn Stadium Concert series, New York City, during the early 1930's.
1933 3 pages
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23B. Henry Hadley 1933 Theme Song Recording MP3

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24. Emonts-Dilling-Blaisdell Trio Endorsements
Letters of support from John McChesney of the Salisbury Forum, Lakeville, CT; Jessie Hewitt of the Ethel Walker School. Simsbury, CT; George Van Santvoord of the Hotchkiss School, Lakeville, CT

1934 1 page
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25. Brick Church Concert Programs, New York City, February 23, and March 2, 1934
Programs from Friday Noon Hour of Music. Marie Bard, contralto; Harry Katzman, violin; Viola Silva, Contralto, Clarence Dickinson and Emonts.

1934 2 pages
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26. Schola Cantorum Concert Program, New York, Aprill 11, 1934
Hugh Ross, conductor; Ernest Bloch, guest conductor; Friedrich Schorr, baritone; Everett Tutchings, Organist: Choir of Pius X School (College of the Sacred Heart); Program includes the American premiere of Ernest Bloch's Avodath Hakodesh.

1934 15 pages
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27. Belgian Trio: Seawane Club Concert Programs, Hewlett, New York
Leopold Busch, violin; Clary De Vreux, piano and Emonts.

1934 3 pages
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28. Seawane Club News, Hewlett, New York
Country club events; golf, tennis scores; who's who, concert announcements; Rudy Vallee's name appears as a new member.

1934 4 page
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29. Letter Confirming Belgian Trio Performance
Confirmation of performance with William Hain at Carrollcliff (NY?)

1934 1 page
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30. Nassau Philharmonic Youth Concert Program, Rivoli Theatre, Hempstead, NY
G. Porter Smith, conductor; Mischel Piastro, guest artist.

1936 4 pages
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31. Madison Square Garden All Star Benefit Concert Program
Sponsored by the Committee for Relief and Liberation of Victims of Nazi Persecution in Europe, May 3, 1936. Masters of Cermonies: Harry Hershfield, Donald Brian, Bob Hope, Joe Laurie Jr; Appearances: The International Troupe, Ernie Mack, Benay Venuta, Georgie Price, Mme. Sara Sokolsky-Fried, Sid Gary, Milton Berle, Miss Vicki Chase, Duke McKale, June and Cherry Preisser, Jack pearl, Edwin Franko Goldman, George M. Cohan, Ben Yost's varsity Eight, Rubinoff, Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians, Eddie Cantor, Georgie Tapps, Jan Peerce, Tamiris and Dancers, Gould and Shefter, Mack and Sill.

1936 12 pages
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32. New York Philharmonic Carnegie Hall Concert Schedule
Official schedule for the 1937-38 season issued by the office of Maurice Van Praag, Orchestra Personnel Manager.

1937 1 page
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33. Music Festival Dance Jubilee, Medical Fund Benefit, Local 802, American Federation of Musicians; Madison Square Garden, NYC, November 27, 1939; Official program book which is a veritable Who's Who of late 1930's American concert and popular music. Endorsements from all major musicians, groups and organizations of the day including Louis Armstrong, Blue Barron, Les Brown, Bennie Carter, Bob Crosby, Jimmy Dorsey, Tommy Dorsey, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Sammy Kaye, Guy Lombardo, Glen Miller, Ozzie, Harriet and David Nelson, Louis Prima, Paul Whiteman, N.B.C Orchestra and many others.

1939 101/125 pages
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34. New York Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, November 2, 1941 Concert Program
John Barbirolli, conductor; Robert Casadesus, guest pianist;

1941 8 pages
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35. Queens Odd Fellows and Rebekahs Fifth Annual Entertainment and Dance Program
Lost Battalion Hall, Elmhurst, New York; May 5, 1950; presented by the Veterans Relief Committee of World War 2 of Queens, NY; entertainment by Kirk and Fay; music by Harry Lefcourt and His Red Jackets

1950 4/40 pages
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36. Hempstead High School Winter Concert Program, March 14, 1952
Franco Autori, Luther Richman, Earl Slocum, guest conductors; William Nowinski, Frederick Wilkins, guest artists.

1952 8 pages
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37. Nassau Trio Concert Program, Elks Hall, Hempstead, New York, May 27, 1952.
Concert sponsored by the Ethical Culture Society of Long Island. Jean Spitzer, violin; Milton Glasser, piano and Emonts

1952 4 pages
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38. Long Island Choral Society Concert Program
Cathedral House Auditorium, June 6, 1952; Norman Hollett, conductor; Emonts, guest artist; Cecilia Gniewek, accompanist.

1952 8 pages
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39. Emonts Biography (Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York)


1939 2 pages
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40. Emonts Obituary (NY Times)
1964 1 page
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