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Name of Creator:Nadeau, Roland L.
Title:A Note to You recordings
Reference Code:A125
Location Code:36/2
Extent:2 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Scope and Content Note:This collection is comprised of 66 cassette tapes and 34 CDs that are almost all undated, though there are tapes from 1975 to 1998. The bulk of the tapes are music and performances that were featured on the show. There are also sixteen recorded broadcasts of "A Note to You" shows. For most of the cassette tapes, there is an accompanying CD. Pieces of interest include recordings of the show "The Sound in the Fury," interviews with Australian composers Vincent Plush and Barry Conyngham, Professor Nadeau's reviews of shows he saw in Boston and a broadcast of a show he did that compared Russian and American Movie Traditions. For some recordings, the cassette label contains more information regarding its contents.
Historical Note:"A Note to You" was a classical music radio show broadcasted by WGBH and Northeastern University from Ryder Hall on Northeastern's campus. Roland Nadeau, who also started the Music Department at Northeastern, created the show in the interest of educating children on classical music. Initially, the show was broadcast on WHDH. It grew into a family show where Professor Nadeau would lecture and interview guests and use music to enhance his ideas and moved to WGBH in 1973. Running from 1963-2000, its 37-year run was one of public radio's longest-running classical music programs and was syndicated internationally and all over the United States, at its peak it was carried by over 100 public radio stations, the Armed Forces Radio, Voice of America and Australian Public Radio. After Nadeau's death in 1997, long time contributor and fellow Northeastern Professor Virginia Eskin took over until 2000 when the show was retired and the format was revived with Professor Eskin as the host of "Music Matters." Nadeau, who created and hosted "A Note to You," was the University's first Distinguished Professor, the title later changed to Matthews Distinguished Professor, largely because of his involvement in the show, which, in his words, led to many listeners [hearing] the name of Northeastern University for the first time. "A Note to You" has received awards including the Ohio State Award for the broadcast, “War,” which was also nominated for a Peabody. The show "Which Way's Witch? A June Foray Halloween Spell" won International Festivals of New York Gold and Bronze Medals, a Major Armstrong Award, The Golden Reel Award, and a National Programing Award and “The Sound in the Fury” was a finalist for best music special.
Language and Scripts:Materials entirely in English
System of Arrangement:Arranged in one alphabetical sequence
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Al-wadi, Solhi
  • Brophy, Gerard, 1953-
  • Buis, Janet
  • Conyngham, Barry
  • Dreyfus, George
  • Eskin, Virginia
  • Fuller, Sherm
  • Gonzaga, Chiquinha, 1847-1935
  • Gould, Glenn
  • Grainger, Percy, 1882-1961.
  • Herman, Gerald
  • Holmes, Leslie
  • Jacobs, Kenneth
  • Nadeau, Roland
  • Payne, Joseph
  • Plush, Vincent
  • Eskin, Virginia
  • Herman, Gerald
  • Nadeau, Roland

  • Kronos Quartet
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)
  • Old Stoughton Musical Society (Mass.)
  • Voice of America (Organization)
  • WGBH (Radio station : Boston, Mass.)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.) Division of Fine Arts
  • WGBH (Radio station : Boston, Mass.)

  • Classical music for kids
  • Classical music radio programs.
  • Radio programs.

Conditions Governing Access:The collection is unrestricted
Immediate Source of Acquisition:Transferred from Academic Technology Services and gifts of Mrs. Roland Nadeau
Custodial History:Much of the material was held by the Academic Technology Services before being transferred to the Archives
Accruals:Further accruals are expected
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Copyright restrictions may apply.
Related Archival Materials:

For internal communication, grant applications, scripts, program schedules, and newsletters regarding 'A Note to You," consult the collection of Professor Gerald Herman (M168, boxes 2 and 3), a frequent contributor to the show who also helped run the program. For information on Roland Nadeau and administrative matters for the show from 1983-1989, please consult the College of Arts and Sciences collection (A23, box 19).

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Martha Pearson, April 4, 2014