The J. K. Adams Fund for French Music

Dr. John Adams seated in front of a piano
Dr. John K. Adams

John Kenneth Adams, School of Music Distinguished Professor Emeritus, established the J. K. Adams Fund for French Music at the Music Library in 2003. This fund provides for the acquisition, preservation, and programming of French music. Professor Adams donated several beautiful editions from his own collection and has added other items acquired during his travels to Paris.

In November 2004, Professor Adams presented "Monsieur Croche, The Dilettante Hater: A Talk with Music" in the USC Music Library. The event celebrated Adams' gift to the Music Library of a rare first edition (1921) of Claude Debussy's volume of music criticism, Monsieur Croche, Antidilettante. The volume, on Edogawa Japanese paper, is number 15 of a print run of 50 and includes an otherwise unknown portrait of the composer.

Cover page from the score of Esclarmonde
Esclarmonde Score
Cover Page

Professor Adams also gave the library a limited-edition series of copperplate engravings (1930) by Bernard Naudin (1876-1976). These engravings illustrate Ludwig von Beethoven in the context of his turbulent relationship with the Immortal Beloved (assumed to be Countess Therese von Brunsvik) and of the countess' proported connection to the Appassionata sonata. Other donated items include a piano-vocal score of Massenet's Esclarmonde (1899), Debussy'sBallet pour Enfants (1913), Six Sonates (1915), and a beautifully illustrated piano score of his unorchestrated ballet La Boîte à Joujoux(1920).

Adams, who retired from the School of Music in 2002, continues to teach and perform widely. Professor Adams maintains a web site athttp://www.johnkennethadams.com.

Persons who wish to honor Professor Adams or who share his interest in French music are invited to contribute funds as well as materials to enhance this collection. Please contact us.

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