B0848. Philip Lieson Miller. German Lieder: Songs by Beethoven, Berg, Franz, Liszt, Brahms, Mahler, Marx, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Pfitzner, Reger, Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Wagner, and Hugo Wolf (German Library), with Texts in German with Translations in English. Foreword by Hermann Hesse. New York, Continuum, 1990. 336pp. Index of Composers; Index of Titles and First Lines. Softbound. - 082640328X
"Philip Lieson Miller, a musicologist and for many years a distinctive presence on the New York cultural scene, retired as chief of the music division of the New York Public Library in 1966, he was nearly as much of an institution as the library itself. He was instrumental in building its collections into one of the world's finest and largest repositories of recordings and music lore, second in this country only to that of the Library of Congress. Under his guidance the archives grew to some 70,000 recordings, ranging from wax cylinders of Metropolitan Opera performances, vintage 1901 to 1903, to the best of the latest LPs.
He wrote extensively on music. He was ubiquitous as a commentator, arranger or presenter at library concerts, music exhibitions and countless events with rare recordings or opera stars, in person or on the radio.
He oversaw the move of the music collections from their cramped quarters to the spacious Library and Museum of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. The move, completed in the spring of 1965, was a miracle of logistics. It permitted researchers and the public alike to search for treasures and sample them in a listening room, luxuries for which the main library on Fifth Avenue lacked the space.”
- Wolfgang Saxon, THE NEW YORK TIMES, 29 Nov., 1996