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Alfred Reed Collection

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/3961

Abstract

Title:
Alfred Reed Collection
Author/Creator:
Reed, Alfred
Collection number:
0
Size:
2.00 Linear Feet
Bulk dates:
1953-1966
Inclusive dates:
1953-1966
Collection Area:
Special Collections in Performing Arts
Repository:
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact
Abstract:

Alfred Reed (1921-2005) was a composer, arranger, and conductor in the U.S. His birth name was Alfred Friedman but by the time he was ten, he was playing trumpet professionally under the name Alfred Reed. From 1938 to 1942, he was a staff composer, arranger, and assistant conductor for the Radio Workshop in New York. His next positions were as associate conductor of the 529th U.S. Air Force Band, and as staff composer and arranger for NBC and ABC. In 1953 he became conductor of the Baylor University Symphony Orchestra, where he also earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music. From 1955 until 1966 he was executive editor at Hansen Publications. After that he taught at the University of Miami, where he began a program in music business, the first of its kind. He retired in 1993. Reed wrote over 250 works, mostly for wind band. He also appeared as a guest conductor with wind ensembles throughout the world. This collection consists of 11 sketches, 7 condensed manuscript scores, and 19 full manuscript scores for several of Reed's original compositions and arrangements. All documents are in Reed's hand.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Alfred Reed Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Alfred Reed (1921-2005) was a composer, arranger, and conductor in the U.S. His birth name was Alfred Friedman but by the time he was ten, he was playing trumpet professionally under the name Alfred Reed. He went on study theory and harmony with John Sacco and Paul Yartin. From 1938 to 1942, he was a staff composer, arranger, and assistant conductor for the Radio Workshop in New York. His next positions were as associate conductor of the 529th U.S. Air Force Band, and staff composer and arranger for NBC and ABC. In 1953 he became conductor of the Baylor University Symphony Orchestra, where he also earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music. From 1953 until 1966 he was executive editor at Hansen Publications. After 1966 he taught at the University of Miami, where he began their program in music business, the first of its kind. He retired in 1993. Reed wrote over 250 works, mostly for wind band. He also appeared as a guest conductor with wind ensembles throughout the world.

Most materials in this collection date from Reed's years at Baylor University and Hansen Publications. They reflect his interests at the time. For example, at Baylor Reed led the "Golden Wave" marching and symphonic bands, considered gems of the music program there. It is no surprise that many of the compositions in this collection are written for similar ensembles. Arrangements of popular show tunes predominate possibly because such works would have been most popular with college age and alumni audiences. Choric Song, for band and chorus was probably written for Martha Barkema's chorus at Baylor, also a well-known and well-respected ensemble. Hansen was particularly interested in such repertoire because they tried to market to groups with young musicians.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Alfred Reed Collection covers the period from 1953-1966. The collection consists of 11 sketches, 7 condensed manuscript scores, and 19 full manuscript scores for several of Reed's original compositions and arrangements. All documents are in Reed's hand. In many cases, there is a brief note in Reed's hand that gives a little bit of history about the documents in question.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Alfred Reed, June 1979

Processing Information

Processed by:

Christina Taylor Gibson, April 2008

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Colleen McKnight, May 2008.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is comprised of one series.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Scores, 1953-1966, and undated (2.00 Linear Feet)

This series contains sketches, condensed manuscript scores, and full manuscript scores for several of Reed's original compositions and arrangements. All documents are in Reed's hand. Scores are arranged alphabetically by composer and title.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Adler, Richard and Jerry Ross. "Overture," The Pajama Game, arranged by Alfred Reed -- Manuscript conducting score, undated series 1box 1folder 1
Bernstein, Elmer. Symphonic Paraphrase on Themes from The Man with the Golden Arm, arranged by Alfred Reed -- Manuscript conducting score, undated series 1box 1folder 2
Forster, B.Y. and George Shearing. Lullaby of Birdland, arranged by Alfred Reed -- Manuscript conducting score, undated series 1box 1folder 3
Gaertner-Kreisler. Viennese Melody, arranged by Alfred Reed, undated series 1box 1folder 4
Greensleeves, arranged by Alfred Reed for concert band, 1961 series 1box 1folder 5
Note by Alfred Reed, 1961 series 1box 1folder 5item 1.0
Manuscript condensed score, 1961 series 1box 1folder 5item 2.0
Gunter-Neumann, Klaus. Wonderland by Night, arranged by Alfred Reed -- Manuscript conducting score, undated series 1box 1folder 6
Kosma, Joseph. Autumn Leaves, arranged by Alfred Reed -- Manuscript conducting score, undated series 1box 1folder 7
Landes, Bernie. The Elephant's Tango, arranged by Alfred Reed -- Manuscript conducting score, undated series 1box 1folder 8
Mancini, Henry. Mancini!: A Medley for Concert Band, arranged by Alfred Reed -- Manuscript conducting score, 1965 series 1box 1folder 9
Mercer, Jonny and Gene de Paul. Lil Abner, arranged by Alfred Reed -- Manuscript condensed score, 1956 series 1box 1folder 10
Moral y Risel, Barry. The Clarinet Boogie, arranged by Alfred Reed -- Manuscript conducting score, undated series 1box 1folder 11
Reed, Alfred. Clarinette Valsante for clarinet choir, 1960, 1965, and undated series 1box 1folder 12
Note by Alfred Reed, February 23, 1965 series 1box 1folder 12item 1.0
Original sketches, 1960 series 1box 1folder 12item 2.0
Manuscript full score, undated series 1box 1folder 12item 3.0
Reed, Alfred. The Lumberjack Overture -- Manuscript conducting score, undated series 1box 1folder 13
Reed, Alfred. Poetry and Power: A Ceremonial Concert March for Symphonic Band -- Manuscript condensed score, 1965 series 1box 1folder 14
Reed, Alfred. Proem: A Symphonic Prelude based on "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair", 1965, 1963 series 1box 1folder 15
Note by Alfred Reed, February 23, 1965 series 1box 1folder 15item 1.0
Original composition sketch, 1963 series 1box 1folder 15item 2.0
Slavonic Folk Suite, arranged by Alfred Reed -- Manuscript condensed score, undated series 1box 1folder 16
Verdi, G. "Bolero": Sicilian Vespers from the Symphonic Suite Verdiana, arranged by Camarata, transcribed for band by Alfred Reed -- Manuscript conducting score, undated series 1box 1folder 17
Wilson, Meredith. Highlights from the Music Man, arranged by Alfred Reed, 1958-1959, 1965, and undated series 1box 1folder 18
Note by Alfred Reed, February 23, 1965 series 1box 1folder 18item 1.0
First sketch, undated series 1box 1folder 18item 2.0
Developed composition sketch, undated series 1box 1folder 18item 3.0
Final original manuscript of condensed score with letter from Meredith Wilson to Sam Snetiker [3 Sept. 1959] inserted, 1958 series 1box 1folder 18item 4.0
Reed, Alfred. Ceremony of Flourishes, 1961-1965 series 1box 2folder 1
Note by Alfred Reed, February 23, 1965 series 1box 2folder 1item 1.0
Original sketches, 1961-1962 series 1box 2folder 1item 2.0
Manuscript condensed score, 1962 series 1box 2folder 1item 3.0
Manuscript full score, 1962 series 1box 2folder 1item 4.0
Reed, Alfred. Chorale Prelude in e minor, 1953, 1965, and undated series 1box 2folder 2
Note by Alfred Reed, February 23, 1965 series 1box 2folder 2item 1.0
Original published condensed score, 1953 series 1box 2folder 2item 2.0
Manuscript condensed score, undated series 1box 2folder 2item 3.0
Manuscript full score, undated series 1box 2folder 2item 4.0
Reed, Alfred. A Festive Overture, 1965, and undated series 1box 2folder 3
Note by Alfred Reed, February 23, 1965 series 1box 2folder 3item 1.0
Condensed draft, incomplete, undated series 1box 2folder 3item 2.0
Manuscript prepared for International Music Corp, undated series 1box 2folder 3item 3.0
Manuscript of 40 bars excluded from final version, undated series 1box 2folder 3item 4.0
Draft sketches, undated series 1box 2folder 3item 5.0
Manuscript complete score, not final version, undated series 1box 2folder 3item 6.0
Reed, Alfred. A Sacred Suite, 1961-1966 series 1box 2folder 4
Note by Alfred Reed, February 23, 1965 series 1box 2folder 4item 1.0
Original sketches, 1961 series 1box 2folder 4item 2.0
Note by Alfred Reed, May 20, 1966 series 1box 2folder 4item 3.0
Manuscript full score, 1962 series 1box 2folder 4item 4.0
Reed, Alfred. Seascape, 1965-1966, and undated series 1box 2folder 5
Note by Alfred Reed, February 23, 1965 series 1box 2folder 5item 1.0
Original sketches, titled "Intermezzo", undated series 1box 2folder 5item 2.0
Note by Alfred Reed, May 20, 1966 series 1box 2folder 5item 3.0
Manuscript full score, titled "Eventide", undated series 1box 2folder 5item 4.0
Reed, Alfred. A Song of Threnos, 1961, 1965, and undated series 1box 2folder 6
Note by Alfred Reed, February 23, 1965 series 1box 2folder 6item 1.0
Manuscript original sketch, undated series 1box 2folder 6item 2.0
Manuscript composition sketch, 1961 series 1box 2folder 6item 3.0
Manuscript full score, 1961 series 1box 2folder 6item 4.0
Reed, Alfred. Choric Song: A Romantic Idyl for Mixed Chorus and Band, 1963 series 1box 3folder 1
Photocopy of manuscript score for chorus, piano (reduced band), and band parts, 1963 series 1box 3folder 1item 1.0
Complete manuscript score, chorus and band, 1963 series 1box 3folder 1item 2.0

Related Material

This collection is part of the American Bandmasters Association Research Center

Recordings and published scores of Alfred Reed's compositions are available at the University of Maryland, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library. Please search the UMD catalog for specific titles.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.