Re: Carl Anton Wirth
Dear Ms. Wirth,
My name is Elise DeCamp, and I am currently a PhD student in the Anthropology Department at Indiana University in Bloomington. My graduate course F731 taught by Prof. Jason Jackson on Curatorship has involved completing research with two other classmates on a collection of Javanese instruments which your father, Carl Anton Wirth, sold to what is
now (since 1980) the Mathers Museum in 1966.
I found your e-mail address through your participation in the Saxquest discussion forum, and I wondered if you would be willing to help me out with some general biographical details of his life along with a few questions. This information is for the class research project and will not be published. I will only include in this project as much as you feel comfortable sharing.
Here are the basic questions I compiled:
1.) Where and on what date was Mr. Wirth born? Where did he grow up?
2.) Any information on his education, professional career, compositions, and non-musical interests? Any professional contacts/students he had who could provide extra biographical data?
3.) When did he gain an interest in Indonesian music? What inspired this interest?
4.) Where and for how long did he stay in Indonesia? Did he relate much to you or in some other written form about his work in West Java? What can you tell me of his relationships with the people there and what he drew from the experience? Did he return
to Java at a later date?
If you know of any other pertinent information on the influence Indonesian music has had on his compositions, I would welcome your input. My group project is due in three weeks, so if you could get this information to me within the coming week or so, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you for you time.