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Verdehr Trio collection

Identifier: UA-17.320

Scope and Content

The Verdehr Trio collections contains musical compositions either written or commissioned by the Trio.The collection variously includes handwritten scores, full scores, and individual parts. If there is no written distinction, the folder comprises a full score. Among the composers represented are Leslie Bassett, William David Brohn, David Diamond, Elena Firsova, Jere Hutcheson, Gian-Carlo Menotti, James Niblock, and Gunther Schuller. Many items of correspondence are also included between composers and Walter Verdehr.

The collection also contains concert programs, travel schedules, and articles published about Verdehr performances. In addition, a number of domestic and foreign posters are contained in the materials.

Two boxes are comprised of audio-visual materials, with tapes 56 - 68 being found separately in box 4167. These tapes include performances, practices, and interviews with the composers. Many of the tapes are of the same performance, from multiple angles around the stage. These were edited to form the "Making of a Medium" series; both the uncut footage and the final product are usually included.


  • Creation: 1940 - 2007


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Historical Note

The Verdehr Trio was formed in 1972 by Elsa Ludewig-Verdehr, clarinet, and Walter Verdehr, violin. Pianists were David Renner or Deborah Moriarty. In 1980, Gary Kirkpatrick joined as the permanent pianist. Later, Silvia Roederer became the permanent pianists. The Trio began commissioning works in 1976.

The mission of the Verdehr Trio, which they call "The Making of a Medium," is to create a repertoire of works that can be performed by a trio of clarinet, violin, and piano. As of 2012, the Trio hae commissioned over 200 new pieces from musicians all over the world.The repertoire expanded to include works for two or three solo instruments with orchestra or wind symphony, including concertos and other large-scale works. The repertoire ranges from arrangements of 18th Century music to music of the 21st Century. Many of the commissions were financially supported, in part, by Michigan State University.

The Trio has traveled extensivly in the U.S. and abroad. They have also made numerous video interviews with many of the composers they have commissioned, which have been released on DVD. Their DVD and CD series "Making of a Medium", has been very successful. In addition, they have also traveled extensively both in the US and abroad to perform their pieces.


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Custodial History

Transferred by the MSU Fine Arts Library.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

General Note

Research guide available at

Verdehr Trio Collection
4 Published And Cataloged
June 2013
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US