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David Wuliger Papers


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David Wuliger Papers

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David Wuliger Papers, 1921-1998 | Houston Symphony Archives

By Terry Brown

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Collection Overview

Title: David Wuliger Papers, 1921-1998Add to your cart.

ID: MS/013

Creator: Wuliger, David (1921-1998)

Extent: 2.42 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 07/18/2006. More info below under Accruals.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The bulk of the papers include approximately 180 pieces of correspondence with notable percussionists and conductors, military discharge papers, curriculum vitae, an autobiography, several 1955 pops programs, 16 photographs and published articles. Photographs were removed to the Photography Collection.

Of note are letters to and from Karl Glassman, timpanist of the NBC Symphony, and Saul Goodman, timpanist of the New York Philharmonic, Ernst Hoffmann, Leopold Stokowski, and an original music fragment by Stokowski.

Biographical Note

David Wuliger was born October 21, 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio. He studied at the Cleveland School of Music and the Berkshire Festival. His important teachers were Saul Goodman and Karl Glassman.

Wuliger played as timpanist at the Cleveland Orchestra during the summer season of 1942. In World War II, he served from 1942-46 in the 386th Army Service Forces Band. From 1946 to 1986 he was principal timpanist of the Houston Symphony. He appeared as soloist with the orchestra several times during his forty year tenure and also toured with the Boston Symphony in the summer of 1960.

In 1949 he became the head of the Percussion Studio at the University of Houston School of Music, retiring from UH in 1984. He died July 2, 1998.

Administrative Information

Accruals: Additional items from David Wuliger’s estate were donated by Ginny Garrett, his student, former percussionist extra player with the Houston Symphony and retired Houston Symphony Education Director. These items include copies of letters from Ernst Hoffman, Leopold Stokowski, and an original music fragment by Stokowski. Additional items were contributed by John Randolph in January and September 2014.

Acquisition Source: John Randolph, Ronald Holdman

Acquisition Method: The Archives received these papers as a gift of John Randolph and principal timpanist Ronald Holdman. John Randolph is the son of former Houston Symphony musician Herman Randolph and Sandra Randolph, and received the papers from David Wuliger’s estate.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1: David Wuliger Papers, 1942-1998],
[Box 2: Oversize items, 1974, 1984, 1986],

Box 2: Oversize items, 1974, 1984, 1986Add to your cart.
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Item 1: Newsclipping and concert program, 12/9/1974Add to your cart.
Houston Chronicle review of Wuliger performance with HS program cover and program page
Item 2: Newsclipping: Texas Monthly article, 11/1984Add to your cart.
Plaque featuring magazine article
Physical Description: Engraved metal plaque, mounted on wood
Item 3: Retirement presentation, 1986Add to your cart.
Framed retirement memento given to David Wuliger on the occasion of his retirement. Signed by Sergiu Comissiona.

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