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Cosmos Andrew Sarchiapone papers, circa 1860-2011, bulk 1940-2011

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Series 3: Writings , circa 1947-2000s
4.2 Linear feet
Box 2-6, 44, OV 50-51

Writings date from circa 1947-2000s and include general writings and notes, fifteen notebooks, music compositions, and writings by others. Music compositions by Cosmos and others are found in both written format and recorded on thirty-six sound tape reels. Additional writings and lectures are also found in the Art Projects Series.
The series is arranged as 4 subseries
  • 3.1: General Writings and Notes, circa 1947-2000s
  • 3.2: Notebooks, circa 1976-circa 2003
  • 3.3: Music Compositions, 1953-1970s
  • 3.4: Writings by Others, 1960s-2000s
3.1: General Writings and Notes, circa 1947-2000s
0.9 Linear feet
Box 2-3, OV 50
General writings and notes include applications, autobiographical essays, a book layout, recorded dreams, essays, a list, lecture notes, and various scattered notes. The notes are largely unorganized and relate to art projects, coursework, and art materials and techniques; some are illustrated with diagrams and sketches. The book layout found here is a diagram on eight large pages outlining Cosmos's art projects and photographs to be presented as a single publication. No such publication was realized.
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Applications, Creative Artists Public Service Program, Cooper Union, Guggenheim, etc., circa 1981-2003
2
9
Autobiographical Notes, circa 2000
2
10
Book Layout Featuring Cosmos's Art Projects, 1980s
Oversized material housed in OV 50
2
11
Dreams, circa 1973-1994
2
12
Essay from High School Art Survey Course, circa 1947, 1980s
2
13
Essay, "Plagiarism", 2000s
2
14
List of Names, 1970s
2
15
Illustrated Notes from Painting Course with Jeffery Tolbert at Cooper Union, circa 1996-1999
2
16
Notes from Courses with Milton Glaser and Meyer Schapiro, 1960s
2
17
Various Notes, 1970s-2000s
2
18-20
Various Notes, 1970s-2000s
3
1-4
Oversized Book Layout from Box 2, Folder 11
OV 50
3.2: Notebooks, circa 1976-circa 2003
0.4 Linear feet
Box 3
Fifteen notebooks contain writings about projects, dreams, and miscellany. Several notebooks from circa 1976-1977 contain writings related to Cosmos's opera Vox Humana #3 and use stenography.
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Notebooks, circa 1976-1977
3
5-6
Notebook, "Perception Notes", circa 1979
3
7
Notebook, "S. Haven", circa 1995
3
8
Notebook, "Tolbert and Color", circa 1996
3
9
Notebook, circa 1997
3
10
Notebook, circa 2000
3
11
Notebook, circa 2001
3
12
Notebook, circa 2002
3
13
Notebook, circa 2003
3
14
3.3: Music Compositions , 1953-1970s
2.4 Linear feet
Box 3-5, 44, OV 51
Musical compositions arranged here were primarily written by Cosmos, although there are a few scattered unidentified printed and hand written sheet music compositions written by others. The compositions are found in script, notebooks, and 36 sound tape reels.
Cosmos's music compositions are both independent works and scores produced for dance and theater performances, including many Off-Off Broadway productions. Descriptive labeling on the 36 sound recordings match the names of productions for which Cosmos wrote scores (users, please note that content has not been verified.) Recordings of plays include both musical scores and dialogue.
Additional unidentified sound recordings of Cosmos's music compositions may be found in Sound Recordings and Born Digital Material. Scripts for many productions are found in Writings by Others. Music compositions written as a component of an art project such as Vox Humana #3 and Queen of the Night Aria are arranged with the files for the art project.
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"Divertimento for Woodwind Quintet", 1956
Oversized material housed in Box 44, Folder 2
3
15
"Flute Quartet," Bennington College, 1958
1 Sound tape reel
3
16
"Gethsemane", circa 1956
Oversized material housed in Box 44, Folder 2
3
17
"The Gloria", 1960s
3
18
"Piano Concerto #4", 1970s
Includes 1 sound tape reel
3
19
"Praeleqere for Violin and Piano", 1953
Oversized material housed in Box 44, Folder 2
3
20
"Window's Song", 1960s
3
21
"World's Fair Song", 1970s
3
22
Scores
Churchyard, Paul Taylor Dance Company, 1970
Includes 7 sound tape reels
Oversized material housed in Box 44, Folder 3
3
23-26
A Letter to Colette, H.M. Koutoukas, 1965
1 Sound tape reel
4
1
Federico Garcia Lorca Series, Astor Place Theater, 1965
1 Sound tape reel
4
2
Medea, H.M. Koutoukas, 1965
1 Sound tape reel
4
3
Molly's Dream, María Irene Fornés, 1967
4 Sound tape reels
4
4-5
The Next Thing, Michael Smith, 1969
1 Sound tape reel
4
6
Turtles Don't Dream, H.M. Koutoukas, 1965
4 Sound tape reels
4
7-8
The Wasteland, T.S. Eliot, Columbia University Arts Festival, 1965
4 Sound tape reels
4
9-10
When Clowns Play Hamlet, H.M. Koutoukas, 1968
1 Sound tape reel
4
11
The Winter's Tale, William Shakespeare, Syracuse University, 1955
1 Sound tape reel
4
12
Various Scores and Mixed Sound Recordings
1 Sound tape reel
Including Cretan Woman, by Robinson Jeffers; The Winter's Tale; and others
4
13
Various Scores and Mixed Sound Recordings, 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
Including Gorilla Queen, by Ronald Tavel; and others
4
14
Various Scores and Mixed Sound Recordings, 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
Including A Letter to Colette, The Next Thing, Turtles Don't Dream, and others
4
15
Various Scores and Mixed Sound Recordings, 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
Including Medea and others
4
16
Various Scores and Mixed Sound Recordings, 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
Including Molly's Dream and others
5
1
Various Scores and Mixed Sound Recordings, 1960s
2 Sound tape reels
Including The Wasteland and others
5
2
Various Scores and Mixed Sound Recordings, 1960s
2 Sound tape reels
Including The Winter's Tale and others
5
3
Music Writing Book (disbound), 1960s
5
4
Music Writing Books, 1960s
5
5-6
Various Music Compositions, 1950s-1970s
Oversized material housed in OV 51
5
7-14
Music Compositions by Others, 1950s-1970s
Oversized material housed in Box 44, Folder 4
5
15
Oversized "Divertimento for Woodwind Quintet" from Box 3, Folder 15
44
2
Oversized "Gethsemane" from Box 3, Folder 17
44
2
Oversized "Praeleqere for Violin and Piano" from Box 3, Folder 20
44
2
Oversized Churchyard from Box 3, Folder 23
44
3
Oversized Music Compositions by Others from Box 5, Folder 15
44
4
Oversized Various Music Compositions from Box 5, Folder 7
OV 51
3.4: Writings by Others, 1960s-2000s
0.5 Linear feet
Box 5-6
Writings by others consist primarily of book and article manuscripts about or relating to Cosmos and various theater and Off-Off Broadway scripts, many featuring Cosmos as the composer. Also found here is one sound tape reel with two plays by H.M. Koutoukas for which Cosmos is not known to have written the scores. Of note is Tom Bentkowski's article, titled "The Strange Universe of Cosmos," published in the March 13, 1978 issue of New York magazine. Bentkowski was an associate art director at the magazine in the 1970s.
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"The Artist's Dream Book," Steve Seaberg (Editor), 1967
5
16
Charley Chestnut Rides the I.R.T., Arthur Sainer, 1974
5
17
"Cosmos," Laurence G. Miller (student paper), 1979
5
18
Dialogue of Amargo, Federico Garcia Lorca, 1960s
5
19
Dreams for Sale: A Commercial Entertainment (unidentified author), 1960s
5
20
Hair, Gerome Ragni and James Rado, 1966
5
21
"Heart, Keep Thy Secret: The Story Edith Stein," Paul Sann, 1960s
6
1
The Last Triangle, H.M Koutoukas, 1960s
6
2
The Love of Don Perlimplin and Belisa in his Garden (unidentified author), 1960s
6
3
Molly's Dream, María Irene Fornés, 1968
6
4
Only a Countess May Dance When She's Crazy, H.M. Koutoukas, 1960s
6
5
"Peter Simon, Modern Healer" (unidentified author), 2000s
6
6
The Pinnotti Papers and One Man's Religion: A Dramatic Valentine, H.M. Koutoukas, 1960s
6
7
The Promenade of Buster Keaton, Federico Garcia Lorca, 1960s
6
8
Spring Pageant (unidentified author), 1960s
6
9
"The Strange Universe of Cosmos," Tom Bentkowski, circa 1978
6
10
Turtles Don't Dream, H.M. Koutoukas, 1960s
6
11
When Clowns Play Hamlet, H.M. Koutoukas, 1964
6
12
Other works by H.M. Koutoukas, including Omy Queen of the Faeries, and Tidy Passions, or Kill, Kaleidoscope Kill, 1960s
1 Sound tape reel
6
13
Notebook, Scott McLennon, 1976
6
14
Various Theater Scripts, 1960s-1970s
6
15
Various Writings, 1970s-2000s
6
16

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