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George Tremblay Collection

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Abstract

Title:
George Tremblay Collection
Author/Creator:
Tremblay, George
Collection number:
05-83-TREMBLAY
Size:
13.75 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1960-1982
Inclusive dates:
1923-2008
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:

George Amede Tremblay (1911-1982) was a Canadian born composer and teacher who relocated to the United States in 1920, settling in Los Angeles by 1925. He is known primarily for his work as a pedagogue of the serial technique of composition. In 1965 he discovered the definitive cycle, a serial technique that he explored in his own compositions as well as in his book The Definitive Cycle of the Twelve Tone Row (NY: Criterion Music Corp., 1974). The George Tremblay Collection consists of both personal and professional papers including scores, performance reviews, correspondence, musings, recordings, and notes on the definitive cycle related to Tremblays work as a composer and teacher in the Los Angeles area, and his involvement with the American Composers Alliance, Broadcast Music Inc., and the Fleischer Collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

George Tremblay 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

George Amede Tremblay was born on January 14, 1911 in Ottawa, Canada. His early musical training came from his father who was organist and general music director at the Basilica in Ottawa. He began to improvise when he was only three-years old on a small portable reed organ. Eventually he mastered the art of improvisation, which was a skill that served him well throughout his life.

The Tremblay family moved to the United States in 1920, initially settling in Salt Lake City before moving to California in 1923, and then Los Angeles in 1925. Tremblay became an American citizen in 1939. In Los Angeles, Tremblay studied composition with David Patterson and Arnold Schoenberg, who had a decisive influence on Tremblays music. Using the twelve tone row in its simplest form, the chromatic scale, Tremblay established a definitive cycle that yielded two hundred eighty-eight related rows out of the original. He pursued this definitive cycle in his own works.

Tremblay devoted a large portion of time to his students. In 1965, he founded the School for the Discovery and Advancement of New Serial Techniques in Los Angeles. The school provided film and television composers with a center for consultation and for experimental studies. Tremblay suffered a series of illnesses: two heart attacks, cancer in 1971, and a serious liver ailment. These health problems had a significant impact on his teaching and creative schedules. George Tremblay died on July 14, 1982 in Tijuana, Mexico.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The George Tremblay Collection covers the period from 1923 to 2008; the bulk of the materials date from 1960 to 1982. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including scores, performance reviews, correspondence, musings, recordings, and notes on the definitive cycle of the twelve tone row related to Tremblays work as a composer and teacher in the Los Angeles area and his involvement with the American Composers Alliance, Broadcast Music Inc., and the Fleischer Collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Mrs. Patricia Tremblay (George Tremblays widow) gave the collection in fourteen gifts between February 2005 and August 2010, and deeded the collection to the University of Maryland in November 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by David Brenneman, May 2011

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Nicole Horstman, November 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Scores, 1928-1982 and undated (8.50 linear feet)

This series contains bound scores, printing masters, sketches, and row information. Materials are arranged in the original order of donation.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Chaparral Symphony, undated series 1box 1folder 1
Concert for Violoncello and Piano, undated series 1box 1folder 2
Duo for Viola and Piano, undated series 1box 1folder 3
Early Keyboard, undated series 1box 1folder 4
Epithalamium, undated series 1box 1folder 5
Fantasy and Fugue for Bassoon and Piano, undated series 1box 2folder 1
Fantasy and Two Fugues for Organ, undated series 1box 2folder 2
Five Pieces for Four Players, undated series 1box 2folder 3
Eine Kliene Orgelstu?gke, undated series 1box 2folder 4
For Sister Gertrude, undated series 1box 2folder 5
For Verabels Birthday, undated series 1box 2folder 6
String Quartet: In Memoriam, undated series 1box 2folder 7
Opera Row, undated series 1box 2folder 8
Opus 1, nos. 5, 6, and 8 and Opus 4, no. 2, undated series 1box 2folder 9
Opus 2, nos. 1, 2, and 3, undated series 1box 2folder 10
Petite Etude, undated series 1box 2folder 11
Piano Sonata: To Verabel, Op. 8, undated series 1box 2folder 12
Trio for Piano, Violin, and Cello, undated series 1box 3folder 1
Prelude, undated series 1box 3folder 2
Prelude and Dance, undated series 1box 3folder 3
Band Piece, undated series 1box 3folder 4
Quartet for Piano and Strings, undated series 1box 3folder 5
Serenade, undated series 1box 3folder 6
Serenade, undated series 1box 4folder 1
Sextet, undated series 1box 4folder 2
Sonata for String Bass and Piano, undated series 1box 5folder 1
Sonata No. 3, undated series 1box 5folder 2
Pencil of God, undated series 1box 5folder 3
String Quartet No. 1, undated series 1box 5folder 4
String Quartet No. 2, undated series 1box 5folder 5
String Quartet No. 3, undated series 1box 5folder 6
String Quartet No. 4, undated series 1box 6folder 1
String Trio, undated series 1box 6folder 2
The Phoenix, undated series 1box 6folder 3
Two Piano Sonatas, undated series 1box 6folder 4
Wind Quintet, 1940 series 1box 6folder 5
Wind Quintet, 1950 series 1box 7folder 1
Wind Quintet, 1944 series 1box 7folder 2
Symphony in One Movement, undated series 1box 8folder 1
Symphony No. 2, undated series 1box 9folder 1
Symphony No. 3, undated series 1box 10folder 1
Random Scores/Sketches, undated series 1box 11folder 1
The Phoenix: Random sketches, undated series 1box 12folder 1
The Phoenix: Duplicate sketches and various modifications, undated series 1box 12folder 2
The Phoenix: Act II starts, undated series 1box 12folder 3
The Phoenix: Act I sketches, undated series 1box 12folder 4
String Quartet No. 4, undated series 1box 12folder 5
Chaconne, undated series 1box 12folder 6
Georges Sketch Pad, undated series 1box 12folder 7
The Phoenix: Unfinished, undated series 1box 13folder 1
The Phoenix: Sketches of acts II or III, undated series 1box 13folder 2
Miscellaneous 1, undated series 1box 13folder 3
Miscellaneous 2, undated series 1box 13folder 4
20 Issues of New Music ranging from April 1928 to July 1949, 1928-1949 series 1box 14folder 1
3 Issues of New Music Orchestra Series, undated series 1box 14folder 2
Schoenberg: Quintet for Wind Instruments, undated series 1box 14folder 3
Schoenberg: String Quartet No. 1, undated series 1box 14folder 4
Schoenberg: String Quartet No. 2, undated series 1box 14folder 5
Berg: Lyric Suite, undated series 1box 14folder 6
Berg: Wozzeck, undated series 1box 14folder 7

Series 2: Compositions, 1938-2006 and undated (0.50 linear feet)

This series contains programs, performance reviews, and notes. Materials are arranged chronologically in order of composition.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Prelude and Dance, undated series 2box 15folder 1
String Quartet No. 1, undated series 2box 15folder 2
Two Piano Sonatas, undated series 2box 15folder 3
Chaparral Symphony, undated series 2box 15folder 4
Modes of Transportation, undated series 2box 15folder 5
Wind Quintet No. 1, undated series 2box 15folder 6
In Memoriam, undated series 2box 15folder 7
String Quartet, undated series 2box 15folder 8
Symphony in One Movement, undated series 2box 15folder 9
Wind Quintet No. 2, undated series 2box 15folder 10
Symphony No. 2, undated series 2box 15folder 11
Serenade for 12 Instruments, undated series 2box 15folder 12
Sonata No. 3 for Piano, undated series 2box 15folder 13
Quartet for Piano and Strings, undated series 2box 15folder 14
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello, undated series 2box 15folder 15
String Quartet No. 3, undated series 2box 15folder 16
Epithalamium, undated series 2box 15folder 17
String Quartet No. 4, undated series 2box 15folder 18
American Primitive, undated series 2box 15folder 19
Five Pieces for Four Players, undated series 2box 15folder 20
String Trio, undated series 2box 15folder 21
Sonata for String Bass and Piano, undated series 2box 15folder 22
Fantasy and Fugue, undated series 2box 15folder 23
Sextet, undated series 2box 15folder 24
Symphony No. 3, undated series 2box 15folder 25
The Phoenix, undated series 2box 15folder 26

Series 3: Definitive Cycle, 1963-2006 and undated (0.75 linear feet)

This series contains notes on books 1 and 2 of The Definitive Cycle of the Twelve Tone Row, row information, copyright letters, and publication information. Materials are arranged in the original order of donation.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Book 1 Notes (1 of 2), undated series 3box 16folder 1
Book 1 Notes (2 of 2), undated series 3box 16folder 2
Building a Row, undated series 3box 16folder 3
Book 1 Rows, undated series 3box 16folder 4
Chromatic Row, undated series 3box 16folder 5
Universal Row, undated series 3box 16folder 6
Miscellaneous Row Sheets, undated series 3box 16folder 7
Copyright Letters, undated series 3box 16folder 8
Publication, undated series 3box 16folder 9
Larry Fotine, undated series 3box 16folder 10
Book 2 Notes (1 of 3), undated series 3box 16folder 11
Book 2 Notes (2 of 3), undated series 3box 16folder 12
Book 2 Notes (3 of 3), undated series 3box 16folder 13
Book 2 Students Notes, undated series 3box 16folder 14
Book 2 Ostinato, undated series 3box 17folder 1
Miscellaneous, undated series 3box 17folder 2
2 Copies of The Definitive Cycle of the Twelve Tone Row, by George Tremblay. Criterion Music Corp., 1974 series 3box 17folder 3

Series 4: Correspondence, 1936-2008 and undated (1.00 linear foot)

This series contains both general and business correspondence. It has been divided into two sub-series.

Subseries 4.1: Correspondence - General, undated (26 folders)

This subseries contains letters to and from George, Patricia, the University of Maryland Libraries, the American Composers Alliance, Rashida Music, and others. It also contains notes and signatures from such composers as Aaron Copland, Edgard Varese, John Cage, and others. Materials are arranged in the original order of donation.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Letters, 1962series 4.1box 18folder 1
Letters, 1963-1964series 4.1box 18folder 2
Letters, circa 1970series 4.1box 18folder 3
Patricia and UMD Libraries, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 1
Patricia, UMD, and ACA, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 2
Modes of Transportation/Larry Fotine, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 3
Quincy Jones and Rashida Music, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 4
Symphony in One Movement, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 5
Letters, George and Patricia, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 6
Letters, Patricia and Cynthia, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 7
Identity of Letter Writers, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 8
University of California Los Angeles, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 9
California State University Long Beach, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 10
Ingolf Dahl, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 11
Bob Mallary, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 12
Arnold Schoenberg, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 13
Gilles Tremblay, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 14
Lawrence Morton, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 15
Aurelio de la Vega, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 16
Gertrude Tremblay-Baker, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 17
Lucien la Porte, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 18
Letters to George, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 19
Postcards to George, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 20
Miscellaneous Notes and Signatures, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 21
From Georges Students, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 22
Miscellaneous Correspondence, undatedseries 4.1box 19folder 23

Subseries 4.2: Correspondence - Business, undated (3 folders)

This subseries contains letters to and from George, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the American Music Center, Inc., the University of Southern California School of Music, and others. Materials are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Letters to George, undatedseries 4.2box 19folder 24
Letters from George, undatedseries 4.2box 19folder 25
Letter from Patricia, undatedseries 4.2box 19folder 26

Series 5: Musings, 1945-2005 and undated (0.50 linear feet)

This series contains excerpts from Patricias journal and transcriptions from George and Patricias recorded morning conversations. Materials are arranged in the original order of donation.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Patricias Journal, undated series 5box 20folder 1
A Life in Music, undated series 5box 20folder 2
The Composer series 5box 20folder 2item 1.0
The Teacher series 5box 20folder 2item 2.0
Improvisation series 5box 20folder 2item 3.0
Other Composers series 5box 20folder 2item 4.0
Schoenberg series 5box 20folder 2item 5.0
Compositions series 5box 20folder 2item 6.0
Biography series 5box 20folder 2item 7.0
Definitive Cycle series 5box 20folder 2item 8.0
Piano Improvisation, undated series 5box 20folder 3
Intro - Misc. series 5box 20folder 3item 1.0
Improvisation CD series 5box 20folder 3item 2.0
Performance CD series 5box 20folder 3item 3.0
Articles, etc. series 5box 20folder 3item 4.0
Morning Words, undated series 5box 20folder 4
Morning Words series 5box 20folder 4item 1.0
Daily Life series 5box 20folder 4item 2.0
Definitions series 5box 20folder 4item 3.0

Series 6: Files, 1931-2006 and undated (0.50 linear feet)

This series contains photos of the Tremblay family, biography information, contracts, and official documents from the American Composers Alliance and other professional organizations. Materials are arranged in the original order of donation.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Portraits, undated series 6box 21folder 1
Photos, undated series 6box 21folder 2
Biography/Autobiography, undated series 6box 21folder 3
Books, Articles, etc., undated series 6box 21folder 4
Hans U. Schumann Bad Honeff, Germany, undated series 6box 21folder 5
Magazine Articles, undated series 6box 21folder 6
Schoenberg, undated series 6box 21folder 7
The Composer, undated series 6box 21folder 8
Compositions, undated series 6box 21folder 9
The Teacher, undated series 6box 21folder 10
Modes of Transportation Fotine, undated series 6box 21folder 11
Students, undated series 6box 21folder 12
David Raksin, undated series 6box 21folder 13
ACA, undated series 6box 21folder 14
BMI, undated series 6box 21folder 15
American Guild of Authors and Composers, undated series 6box 21folder 16
Fleischer Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia, undated series 6box 21folder 17
Contracts, undated series 6box 21folder 18
Deed of Gift University of Maryland, undated series 6box 21folder 19
Official Documents, undated series 6box 21folder 20
Georges Death, undated series 6box 21folder 21
Tape Restoration, undated series 6box 21folder 22
Georges Family, undated series 6box 21folder 23

Series 7: Recordings, 1958-1982 (1.00 linear foot)

This series contains data CDs, audio CDs, cassettes, LPs, and open reels of pieces composed by George Tremblay. Materials are arranged in the original order.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 8: Books, 1949-1982 (1.00 linear foot)

This series contains eight books and one stamp that mention George Tremblay. Materials are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Books, 1949-1982 series 8box 23folder 1
American Composers Today: A Biographical and Critical Guide, compiled and edited by David Ewen. The H. W. Wilson Company, New York, 1949 series 8box 23folder 1item 1.0
Music in the Southwest 1825-1950, by Howard Swan. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California, 1952 series 8box 23folder 1item 2.0
Listen Here!: A Critical Essay on Music Depreciation, by Vernon Duke. Ivan Obolensky, Inc., New York, 1963 series 8box 23folder 1item 3.0
An Amateur at the Keyboard, by Peter Yates. Pantheon Books, New York, 1964 series 8box 23folder 1item 4.0
Americas Music: From the Pilgrims to the Present, Rev. 2nd edition, by Gilbert Chase. McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1966 series 8box 23folder 1item 5.0
Twentieth Century Music, by Peter Yates. Pantheon Books, New York, 1967 series 8box 23folder 1item 6.0
American Composers: A Biographical Dictionary, by David Ewen. G. P. Putnams Sons, New York, 1982 series 8box 23folder 1item 7.0
Methode Concertante lmentaire Pour la Musique et le Plain-Chant, by M. Choron, Paris, undated series 8box 23folder 1item 8.0
1 Stamp with Tremblays name, undated series 8box 23folder 1item 9.0

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