Skip to main content

Ernst von Dohnányi Music Collection

Identifier: FSUML-2020-003

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of recordings, manuscripts, correspondence, concert programs, and photographs created and acquired by the Hungarian composer Ernst von Dohnányi.


  • Creation: 1897-1960


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is currently in process. Portions of this collection are open to all researchers. Users may access this collection by making an appointment with the Music Special Collections staff at

Biographical / Historical

Ernst von Dohnányi (in Hungarian, Dohnányi Ernő) taught piano and composition at FSU from 1949 until his death in 1960. Born in 1877 in what is now Bratislava, Hungary, Dohnányi found early musical success with both his compositions and his exceptional work as a pianist. His first serious composition, his Piano Quintet in C, op. 1 was highly praised by Brahms. By the time he came to FSU in 1949, he had an international reputation without peer. He was described by the Miami Herald (7/27/1958) as the "last surviving representative of the romantic age of Brahms, Schumann and Wagner."


1 Linear Feet : manuscript or facsimile scores and sketches

2 scrapbook

2 binders : Concert programs (1900-1960)

2 binders : Correspondence (1948-1960)

3 binders : Documents (1897-1960)

1 binders : Photographs

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Edward Kilenyi

Related Materials

  • Ernst von Dohnanyi Collection, HP 2007-055.
  • Grymes, James A. "Ernst von Dohnanyi: a bio-bibliography", 2001.
  • Separated Materials

    Much of the Dohnányi collection that formerly resided at FSU, as cataloged in Jay Grymes's Ernst von Dohnányi: a Bio-Bibliography (ML134 .D55 G79 2001), was owned by Dohnányi's heir and was held by FSU on indefinite loan. In October 2015 the Hungarian National Museum acquired this portion of the collection.

    Ernst von Dohnányi Collection
    Description rules
    Describing Archives: A Content Standard
    Language of description
    Script of description

    Repository Details

    Part of the Allen Music Library Special Collections Repository

    FSU College of Music
    122 N. Copeland St.
    Tallahassee FL 32306
    850-644-3982 (Fax)