Harold Zabrack – Gaylord Music Library Special Collections


Biographical Sketch

Harold A. Zabrack was born on June 30, 1928 in St. Louis and died on February 2, 1995 in Creve Coeur, MO. Described as a “young lion” among pianst in the 1950s he studied piano with Rudolph Ganz, Max Wald and Carl Seemann at the Chicago Musical College (B.M. 1949; M.M. 1951). Zabrack was on the faculty from 1949-51. He was the recipient of a Fullbright grant in 1955-57 and went to West Germany. He continued studying for a doctorate at Indiana University in 1958-59. He then studied composition with Nadia Boulanger at Fontainebleau in 1962. Returning to St. Louis Zabrack accepted a teaching position on the faculty of Webster College (now Webster University) from 1962-65. He was composer-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony. In 1974 he left St. Louis to teach at Westminster Choir College. He won two ASCAP awards in 1977 and 1978. Zabrack maintained a solo career from the 1952 through the late 1980s appearing as a soloist in New York, St. Louis, San Diego, Milwaukee, Baton Rouge, and Vancouver. Zabrack published papers in The Journal of the American Liszt Society, Clavier, and The American Music Teacher as well as many piece of music mainly for piano.

Finding list of the Harold Zabrack Archive

(prepared 3/7/03)

Contained in Miscellaneous Box : Series I – V

Series I: Writings and lectures

  1. (Folder) Music and Musicians of Brazil (mss)
  2. (Folder) Orchestral Impressionism of Ravel and Debussy (mss)
  3. (Folder) Misc. (mss)
  4. (Folder) off-prints of published articles

Series II: Correspondence Series III: Articles and Reviews

  1. (Envelope) Britton, James, “The Treacherous World of Concert” San Diego and Point Magazine (July 1958): 48-50+
  2. (Folder) Newspaper clippings

Series IV: Programs and Brochures

  1. (Folder) Recital programs

Series V: Pubished Music

  1. Scherzo: Hommage a Prokofieff (Boosey and Hawkes, 1967)
  2. Etudes (for piano) (Kenyon Publications, 1979) (2 copies)
  3. Contours for Piano (Kenyon Publications, 1979)

List of manuscripts

Note: Manuscript titles are transcribed from the items themselves and are not necessarily consistent throughout the list.

  • Czerny goes to Hollywood (for 2 pianos)
  • Danse (for piano)
  • Elegie (for piano)
  • Etude (for piano)
  • Fantasia for French horn and organ
  • Fantasie for piano
  • Five piano pieces
  • Fugue (for piano)
  • Grapes (SATB)
  • How Do I Love Thee (voice and piano)
  • Palladas? (for voice and piano); I., Vanity of Vanities, II. The Last Journey, III. ?, IV. United (Silentiarius), V. Grapes
  • Piano concerto no. 1
  • Piano concerto no. 1 (two piano reduction) (photocopy)
  • Piano concerto no. 2 (Symphonic variation?) [tracing]
  • Piano sonata no. 1, op. 6
  • Piano suite
  • Prelude no. II for flute and piano
  • Psalm 23 (SATB)
  • Sonata for two pianos
  • Symphonic variation for Piano and Orchestra (photocopy)
  • Symphonic variations for piano and orchestra (2-piano reduction) [tracing]
  • Three piano pieces, op. 5
  • Three 12 tone dialogues for piano, op. 3
  • Toccata for piano solo
  • Variations, op. 1 for piano
  • Misc. sketches