Lewis Orchestral Horn


This orchestral horn was made by Steven W. Lewis in Chicago, Illinois, in 1982. It is a double F/B-flat Geyer model, Serial #SWL-75 Model LG, made of brass with a detachable bell, and a replacement lead pipe. Accessioned with original lead pipe and hard plastic case. This instrument is engraved:

S.W. Lewis
SEPT. 14, 1982

Steven W. Lewis (b. 1949) has been hand-constructing professional model horns since 1977. He has performed professionally, worked and apprenticed under the late master horn maker Jaroslaw Lechniuk, and has restored horns for professional musicians and educators worldwide.

This horn was made for Dr. Norman C. Greenberg (1925-2018), professor of anthropology and social science, and musician. Greenberg earned a bachelor's degree in music from the Julliard School of Music, a master's degree in anthropology and sociology from Columbia University and a doctoral degree in administration and anthropology-sociology from Columbia, plus did extensive postdoctoral coursework at various institutions.

Initially, Dr. Greenberg planned to have a career in music as a French horn player. His studies were interrupted when he enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II and spent 1942 to 1945 in the military. He completed those studies after the war and spent seven years as a freelance musician working for organizations such as the New York Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Radio City Music Hall Symphony , New York Brass Ensemble.

Dr. Greenberg was a principal on the Navajo Reservation for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and a teacher, then principal in the Albuquerque Public Schools. He was a professor at the George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University for eight years and retired as Professor Emeritus of Anthropology and Senior Advisor to the President for International Affairs after serving 20 years at Western Michigan University.

Many of his books, articles and music arrangements have been published. Dr. Greenberg has been a lecturer on anthropology, cross-cultural understanding and aesthetics to over 100 governments, municipalities, universities and colleges, and school systems in the United States, Europe, Asia and Africa. Dr. Greenberg held an appointment as Senior Research Associate at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Laboratory of Anthropology in Santa Fe. During his tenure in New Mexico, Greenberg also performed with the New Mexico Brass Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra and the Anasazi Brass.

Date Made: 1982

User: Greenberg, Norman

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Illinois, Chicago

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Credit Line: Gift of Dr. Norman C. Greenberg

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1999.0101.01Serial Number: SWL-75Catalog Number: 1999.0101.01Accession Number: 1999.0101

Object Name: horn

Physical Description: brass (overall material)Measurements: bell: 5 in x 12 in; 12.7 cm x 30.48 cmhorn: 3 3/4 in x 13 in x 15 in; 9.525 cm x 33.02 cm x 38.1 cmleadpipe: 5/8 in x 7 1/4 in x 13 3/8 in; 1.5875 cm x 18.415 cm x 33.9725 cm

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Record Id: nmah_609431

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