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Sigurd Raschèr Collection

The Sigurd Raschèr Collection represents one of the finest collections of manuscript materials documenting the development of the saxophone's role within 20th-century classical music in the country. Donated by Raschèr's daughter, Carina, to the Archives & Special Collections at Fredonia in 2004, the collection traces the life and work of the preeminent classical saxophonist, Sigurd M. Raschèr and offers musicians, composers and scholars alike the opportunity to engage with Raschèr's brilliant and prolific career, including his connection with the Fredonia School of Music.

Extending over 75 linear feet, the collection includes autograph scores, manuscript correspondence, photographs, audio materials and, not least, several of Raschèr's own instruments, including the contrabass seen alongside Raschèr in this photograph dated June 1964.

In 2010-2011, there was a comprehensive audio preservation and restoration project to digitize the audio materials contained in the collection which existed in a variety of formats, including: 78 RPM shellac, instantaneous transcription disc, 45 RPM disc, LP album, 1/4" reel to reel, cassette tape and CD.

The Raschèr Collection is still undergoing processing. Plans to release a comprehensive finding aid are forthcoming. Please check back for updates.

For information on other music collections held by the Archives & Special Collections at Fredonia, click here.

The Raschèr Reader

​Fredonia and Reed Library are pleased to announce the release of The Raschèr Reader, a compendium of writings by the classical saxophone pioneer, Sigurd M. Raschèr. Compiled and edited by Dr. Lee Patrick, the book contains writings by Raschèr spanning seven decades. The Raschèr Reader presents topics such as saxophone pedagogy, the history of instruments, interpretation, teaching, and the essence of music. Articles from various music publications such as The InstrumentalistWoodwind WorldEtude Magazine, and The Saxophone Symposium are included. Also contained in the Reader are letters and typescripts from Raschèr’s private collection which are published here for the first time. This is a truly fascinating compilation of writings not limited to the saxophone and music, but also including ideas on education, farming and nuclear energy, among other topics. In addition, there are press materials and articles written about Raschèr by other writers. The Reader also contains many photos, some published for the first time.

The Raschèr Reader is available in linen hard cover with foil imprinting. This book is an invaluable resource for every saxophonist and music library. It is also sure to be of great interest to many others for its many universal ideas expressed by an artist with tremendous clarity of thought, humor and wisdom.

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