The death of Dr Alan Krueck robbed the musical world of the man who had not only been the pioneering modern day advocate of Raff's music but who had remained in the forefront of the efforts to to see Raff's oeuvre accorded a much more prominent place in the history of 19th century music. He worked tirelessly to secure performances and recordings and to deliver papers to seminars and conferences. He conducted his student ensembles in performances of the symphonies and issued four CDs of piano music on his own AK Coburg label. During the 1970s he took a sabbatical year specifically to carry out research in Germany and Switzerland into Raff's life and music, with the intention of publishing the result of his researches the first definitive study of the composer. Sadly this ambition remained unrealised, but substantial papers survive from the project. In the last fifteen years of his life he took justifiable pride in seeing all this activity bear fruit in a significant upsurge in the number of concert performances of Raff's music worldwide and in the tremendous growth in recordings of his music which the development of CDs made possible. The enthusiastic encouragement and selfless generosity with his time and researches which he showered on the later generation of Raff enthusiasts, who emerged in the late 1990s to take his work forward, was rewarded by the universal affection and esteem in which they held him as the doyen of Raff advocates.
Alan Krueck was born on 15 November 1939 in Rochester, NY, received his BA from nearby Syracuse University in 1961 and, five years later, a Doctorate in Musicology from the University of Zürich in Switzerland. He also held a Masters in German Language and Literature. Shortly after his return to the USA, he joined the faculty of California University of Pennsylvania, where he remained for the rest of his career as a Professor in the Departments of Music and Modern Languages, retiring in 2004. He died suddenly on 24 June 2010.
The Alan Krueck Archive will eventually include all Dr Krueck's surviving articles, papers and usable research documents concerning Raff and his music. The analyses of Raff's twelve symphonies which he prepared for his unpublished book are very significant additions to the body of Raff scholarship. Also to be included are the various fascinating papers which he read at musicological conferences, his prefaces to several new editions of Raff scores, his reviews of concerts featuring music by Raff and his CD insert notes for Raff recordings.
The archive currently comprises:
Analysis of Raff's symphonies:
Symphony in E minor WoO.18 (lost)
Symphony No.1 An das Vaterland
Symphony No.7 In den Alpen
Die Jahreszeiten Symphony Cycle
Symphony No.8 Frühlingsklänge
Symphony No.10 Zur Herbstzeit (fragment)
Symphony No.11 Der Winter
Papers to musicological conferences:
Researching Raff: Considerations and Revelations
Identity Crisis - or The Vienna Preissymphonie Competition of 1862
A tale of two Lenores - or is it three?