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A. Margaret 'Stormy' Bok materials (MSS 72)


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Born in Braintree, Mass., Agnes Margaret Storm attended the University of Connecticut. A registered nurse, she met Cary William Bok, son of Mary Louise Curtis Bok (founder of the Curtis Institute of Music), while he was in the hospital. They married in 1961 and had one daughter, Mary Louise, who lived only one day. Cary Bok died in 1970. Bok joined the board of the Curtis Institute in 1962, and her involvement grew into lifetime committment — as trustee, member of the board of overseers, honorary trustee, and a member of the Mary Louise Curtis Bok board. Curtis awarded her an honorary degree in 1983. A. Margaret Bok passed away in October 2018 at the age of 98.

Estate of A. Margaret "Stormy" Bok

The following duplicate commercial recordings of existing library holdings were not kept: Requium / Faure / In Memoriam: Mary Curtis Zimbalist (LP, 1970) The Three Piano Concertos / Tchaikovsky / Graffman / Ormandy / The Philadelphia Orchestra (CD, 2005) Gary Graffman / The Complete RCA and Columbia Album Collection (CD, 2013)

Finding Aid Author
Kristina Wilson
Access Restrictions

Administrative records are restricted

Collection Inventory

Administrative records, circa 1970s-2004.

Barber, Sam, 1935.

  1. Inscribed on recto: "To remind you of the Shelly music and Sam"
  2. Inscribed on verso: "Panthea to Asia: (within a cloud on the top of a snowy mountain) "nor is it I alone Thy sister, thy companion, thine own chosen one, But the whole world which seeks thy sympathy. Hearest though not the sounds i' the air which speak the love of all articulate beings? Feelest though not the inanimate winds enamoured of thee? List!" [Music Act II Scene 5 "Prometheus Unbound"]
Greeff, Charles A. , circa 1950.
Hofmann, Josef , 1926 May.

Inscribed "To my esteemed friend Edward Bok / Who brought sweet music into the wilderness / Josef Hofmann / Merion, in May, 1926"

Menotti, Gian Carlo, 1933.

Inscribed "To Amelia's godmother with love / Gian-Carlo / Camden 1935"

Scalero, Rosario, 1950 December.

Inscribed "To Mary and Efrem Zimbalist All my love to your boys / Rosario Scalero / December 1950

Commencement , 1938 May 17.
Curtis String Quartet , circa 1941.
Mary Louise Curtis Bok Zimbalist, E. Power Biggs, and Paul Callaway, circa 1960.
Season Premiere Gala, 2007 November 5.
Oil on board portrait of Mary Louise Curtis Bok in traditional Chinese dress, 1918.

The Hunting Song / F. Mendelssohn (composer) / La Jongleuse / M. Moszkowski (composer) / Josef Hofmann (pianist), circa 1930s.
Prelude in C# Minor / S. Rachmaninoff (composer) / Josef Hofmann (pianist), circa 1930s.
Excerpts from Amelia Goes to the Ball / GC Menotti (composer) / Curtis Symphony Orchestra / Sylvan Levin (conductor), 1937 May 2.
Scope and Contents

  1. Margaret Daum (Amelia)
  2. William Martin (The Lover)
  3. Conrad Mayo (The Husband)
  4. Elise MacFarlane (friend)
  5. Charlotte Daniels (maid)
  6. Wilburta Horn (maid)
Scope and Contents

  1. Opening and closing announcements
  2. Overture
  3. Duet for soprano and alto
  4. Amelia's aria
  5. Duettino
  6. The Prayer
  7. Tenor aria
  8. Trio
  9. Fugue and finale
Amelia's Aria from Amelia Goes to the Ball / GC Menotti (composer) / Rêves and Chansom Italienne / Ravel (composer) / Addio from La Boheme / Puccini (composer), circa 1937.
Symphony in One Movement / S. Barber (composer) / NBC Symphony / Artur Rodzinski (conductor), 1938 April 21.
The Old Maid and the Thief / GC Menotti (composer) / Philadelphia Opera Company , 1941 February 11.
Scope and Contents

  1. Gabrielle Hunt (Miss Todd Old Maid)
  2. Robert Gay (Wanderer Thief)
  3. Frances Greer (Laetitia Miss Todd's Maid)
  4. Hilda Morse (Miss Pinkerton Miss Todd's Spinster Neighbor)
Piece for Flute / E. Zimbalist (composer) / Nancy Palleson (flautist), circa 1958.
Maurizio Pollini recital, 1970 January 18.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

  1. Phantasie in C "Wanderer", D760 (Schubert)
  2. Sonata in B flat minor, Opus 35 (Chopin)
Commencement, 1957 May 11.
Box 6
Commencement, 1970 May 18.
Box 6
Zimbalist memorial, 1985 April 1.
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Pugnani, Beethoven, Zimbalist, undated.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

  1. Sonata in E Major for Violin and Piano (Pugnani-Zimbalist)
  2. Sonata in C Minor for Violin and Piano (Beethoven)
  3. Sonata in G Minor for Violin and Piano (Zimbalist)
  4. Improvisation on a Japanese Tune (Zimbalist)
  5. Concert Phantasy on Rimsky-Korsakov's 'Le coq d'or' (Zimbalist)
Zimbalist violin music, circa 1930s.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

  1. Legende with Ludsky (Wieniawski)
  2. Souvenir with Ludsky (Drdla)
  3. The Nile with Alma Gluck
  4. The Lost Chord with Alma Gluck
  5. God Be With You Until We Meet Again with Alma Gluck
  6. Chant Negre
  7. The Guitarist with Emanuel Bay (Drdla)
  8. Gypsy Love Song with Emanuel Bay (Herbert)
Performance with the Boston Symphony, 1946 March 30.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

  1. Don Juan (Strauss)
  2. Khowantchina (Moussorgsky)
  3. Hymn and Fuguing Tune No. 2 (Cowell)
  4. Violin Concerto (Brahms)
Sonatas for Violin, 1976.
Scope and Contents

Also features Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. and Roy Malan

Zimbalist & Brahms, undated.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

  1. Miniatures and Impressions for Piano and String Quartet (Zimbalist)
  2. Piano Quintet in F Minor Opus 34 (Brahms)
Speech by Martha Davenport .
Box 6
Luncheon .
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Zimbalist interview.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

with Nancy Zimbalist and Vladimir Sokoloff

Procession of the Birth-day Congratulators for Mrs. Mary Louise Curtis Bok by William Strasser, 1935.
Box 6
Related Materials

William Strasser papers (MSS 35)

Musical Courier, 1937 May 8.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Honoring the 'Golden Jubilee' of pianist and Curtis director Josef Hofmann

MLCB Curtis class notebook , 1942-1943.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Kept by MLCB while sitting in on her friend Edith Evans Braun's Elements of Music class at Curtis.

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Photostat copy of Happy Birthday to Mary composition / book , 1951 August 6.
Box 6
Letter and Certificate of Registration of Claim for copyright for Happy Birthday to Mary , 1952 January 3.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Issued to Mary Louise Curtis Bok Zimbalist

Elegie pour Deux Pianos by Francis Poulenc (score), 1960.
Box 6
Four Songs by Efrem Zimbalist (score), 1979.
Box 6

Inscribed "To Stormy with love and affection, Billy"

Day book, 1979 January-1980 January .
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Personal journal with some Curtis-related information

Mrs. Cary William Bok Fellowship commemorative plaque, February 2000.
Box 6

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