BCA-006: Jerome Gross and Bert Henry papers on the Schillinger System

This collection is comprised of materials documenting correspondence, coursework, and memorabilia produced and collected by Bert Henry and Dr. Jerome Gross, as students and proponents of the Schillinger System of Musical Composition (SSOMC). The Schillinger System of Musical Composition was invented by Russian composer and theorist Joseph Schillinger. The system is modeled on mathematical processes and includes theories of rhythm, harmony, melody, counterpoint, form, and semantics. Additional archival materials on the Schillinger System may also be found in the Lawrence Berk papers on the Schillinger System (BCA-007).


Series 01: Correspondence & Schillinger memorabilia
This series is comprised of Jerome Gross and Bert Henry’s correspondence with the Schillingers, as well as clippings and other memorabilia related to Joseph Schillinger and the Schillinger System of Musical Composition (SSOMC). Correspondence topics include Dr. Gross’ progress in the Schillinger correspondence course, and Bert Henry’s Schillinger Center of Cleveland. Memorabilia includes articles and essays by and about Joseph Schillinger and his methods, as well as publicity materials.
Series 02: Schillinger Correspondence Course lessons
This series is comprised of lessons from Jerome Gross' correspondence course with Joseph Schillinger. Included here are lessons 57-103, 130-185, and 258-274 in the areas of Theory of Melody, Special Theory of Harmony, The Correlation of Harmony and Melody, Theory of Counterpoint, and Theory of Orchestration.
Series 03: Exercises
This series is comprised of exercises which appear to have been completed by Jerome Gross and Bert Henry in the areas of: Theory of Counterpoint, Art of the Fugue, and Theory of Orchestration.
Series 04: Other materials
Musical exercises and mathematical equations.