The manuscript/papers collection of Florencio G. Asenjo (1927–2013), an Argentinian-born composer and mathematician are now housed in the Archives of the University of Pittsburgh, where he served on the mathematics faculty from 1963 to 2001. A gift of his son, Julian Asenjo, the collection preserves the musical legacy of the composer, and illustrates the dynamics of cultural dissemination and the interchange of diverse musical traditions in the twentieth century.
The musical output of Dr. Asenjo is predominately in symphonic repertoire, which has been performed by orchestras and musical ensembles worldwide. Despite some commercial recordings made in the last ten years by Albany Records, the music of Florencio G. Asenjo is still unknown to researchers, musicians, and audiences.
The Asenjo Collection contains twenty-three music compositions which include the autograph score, sketches, transparencies, and final copy of the score and parts for each composition. In addition, the collection preserves Dr. Asenjo’s papers that contain personal documents, including correspondence (letters to/from Igor Stravinsky and Ernest Ansermet), program notes from concerts, newspaper clippings, and photographs which complement the information available about the composer, his work and the context in which he developed his creative activity.
Wider knowledge of the composer’s music and publications would add significantly to the renaissance of interest in Asenjo’s music, resulting in additional recordings and the creation of performing editions of the music. This presentation provides an overview of the collection, its storage and preservation, as well as essaying its potential for research, study and performance.