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Morris Moshe Cotel papers

Identifier: PIMS-0010

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Scope and Contents

The Morris Moshe Cotel papers, 1963-1968, contain two manuscript facsimile scores of Cotel's early compositions and three folders of personal correspondence from Cotel to his first wife, Karen Schwartzman, while Cotel was living in Rome and Israel.


  • Creation: 1963 - 1968


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available for research use at the Peabody Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.

Biographical / Historical

Morris Moshe Cotel (1943-2008) was a composer who taught on the faculty of the Peabody Conservatory from 1972 to 2000. Born in Baltimore, Cotel took college courses at the Peabody Preparatory before earning bachelor's and master's degrees at Juilliard in 1964 and 1965. He won the American Rome Prize in 1966 and spent two years in Italy before residing in Israel beginning in 1968. Cotel experienced an awakening of his Jewish identity during this period. While on the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory, Cotel wrote several works with Jewish historical themes, including Night of the Murdered Poets, The Fire and the Mountains, and the opera Dreyfus. Cotel left the Peabody faculty in 2000 to become a rabbi and lived in Manhattan until his death in 2008.


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Morris Moshe Cotel (1943-2008) was a composer and pianist who was a member of the Peabody Conservatory faculty from 1972 to 2000. The Morris Moshe Cotel papers consist of letters from Cotel to his first wife, Karen Schwartzman, while Cotel was living in Rome and Israel in 1967 and 1968, as well as manuscript facsimile scores of two of his early compositions.


Correspondence is in original order, loosely chronological.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Karen Schwartzman in 2012.

Processing Information

Processed by Matt Testa in 2017.

Guide to the Morris Cotel papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

Peabody Institute
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Baltimore MD 21202 USA