The Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles)

Collection, 1935: 1 folder (21 leaves)

The Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles, California) exists to bring together all the resources and activities required to advance understanding of the visual arts taken in their widest possible significance. The Research Library at the Getty Research Institute focuses on the history of art, architecture, and archaeology with relevant materials in the humanities and social sciences. The range of the collections begins with prehistory and extends to contemporary art. The work of the Research Institute takes its place within the collaborative context of the Getty Center as a whole, which includes the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the international projects and research of the Conservation Institute, and the philanthropic outreach of the Getty Foundation.

Correspondence -- 5 items (1935-2008)

John Cage to Pauline Schindler -- 4 items (1935)
Arnold Schoenberg to Wassily Kandinsky -- 2 items (1911-1912)
The Getty Research Institute (Ted Walbye) to Arnold Schönberg Center -- 3 item (2005-2008)

Four items out of twenty-four personal, intimate letters from John Cage to Pauline Schindler, wife of American architect Rudolf Schindler, dated from 1934 to 1959, mostly written while Cage lived in Los Angeles. The letters brim with youthful exuberance and verge on the poetic. Interspersed, Cage describes his music studies with Wendell Hoss (French horn) and Arnold Schoenberg (counterpoint), his relationship with Richard Buhlig and his own early compositional work. His accounts of concerts illustrate Cage’s active involvement and interest in the Los Angeles music scene and his musical tastes. Additionally, Cage mentions his relationship with and impending marriage to Xenia.