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The Robert Parris Papers

Abstract

Title:
The Robert Parris Papers
Author/Creator:
Parris, Robert
Collection number:
0
Size:
2.50 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1976-1999
Inclusive dates:
1952-1999
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:

Robert Parris (1924-1999) was known both as a composer and music critic. He earned his B.S. in composition from the Julliard School of Music in 1948, continued studies at Tanglewood from 1950-51, and went on to complete a Fulbright Scholarship from 1952-53. Parris studied with a number of composers including, Peter Mennin, William Bergsma, Jacques Ibert, Aaron Copland, Otto Luening, and Arthur Honegger. Local to the Washington, DC metro area, Parris worked as music critic for both the Washington Post and Washington Star from 1961-1975. After teaching at Washington State College and University of Maryland, Mr. Parris joined the music faculty at George Washington University in 1963. A large number of Parris compositions were published by the American Composers Alliance. This collection consists of original scores, sketches, and printing masters of works composed during Parris career.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

The Robert Parris Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/21142
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. Please make an appointment with the curator: Vincent J. Novara Tel: 301-314-7614, Email: vnovara@umd.edu.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Robert Parris was born in Philadelphia, PA, on May 21, 1924. He completed B.S. and M.S. music education degrees at the University of Pennsylvania and went on to earn his B.S. in composition from the Julliard School of Music in 1948. Mr. Parris continued his compositional studies at Tanglewood from 1950-51, and took part in a Fulbright Scholarship from 1952-53. His varied educational experiences allowed Parris to study with a number of composers including, Peter Mennin, William Bergsma, Jacques Ibert, Aaron Copland, Otto Luening, and Arthur Honegger.

Local to the Washington, DC metro area, Parris worked as a music critic for both the Washington Post and Washington Star from 1961-1975. After teaching at Washington State College and University of Maryland, Mr. Parris settled in the DC metro area and became a member of the music faculty at George Washington University in 1963.

Mr. Parris had works premiered by the National Symphony Orchestra, and he received several commissions from other major performing ensembles including, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, New York, the Contemporary Music Forum, and the National SO. A large number of Parris compositions were published by the American Composers Alliance.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Robert Parris Papers cover the period from 1952 to 1999; the bulk of the materials date from 1976 to 1999. The collection consists of sketches, drafts, notes and edits, and textual materials used and created during his compositional process. Arrangement is chronological.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Robert Parris Papers were placed on deposit by the composers widow, Anna Parris. [2006]

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Amanda Holgate, June 2009.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Nicole Horstman, May 2013.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into one series.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Compositions, 1952-1999 (2.50 linear feet)

This series consists of sketches, drafts, notes and edits, and textual materials used and created during Robert Parris compositional process. The arrangement of the collection is chronological.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Robert Parris, List of Works, Printed June 1994, from ACA, Robert Parris, List of Works, Printed April 2000,, undated series 1box 1folder 1
Variations for Piano Solo, autographed manuscript score, ca. 1952-1954 series 1box 1folder 2
Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, original manuscript parts (10), 1956 series 1box 1folder 3
Dirge for the New Sunrise, sketches, 1969-1970 series 1box 1folder 4
Unknown sketch, 1970-1971 series 1box 1folder 5
Unknown sketches, 1971 series 1box 1folder 6
Book of Imaginary Beings, sketches, 1970-1972 series 1box 1folder 7
Pasture Management, sketch of unpublished work, 1972 series 1box 1folder 8
Walking Around, sketches and textual materials, ca. 1971-1973 and undated series 1box 1folder 9
Dreams, sketches, 1976 series 1box 1folder 10
Clarinet Piece Sketches, 1976 series 1box 2folder 1
Unknown sketches, 1976 series 1box 2folder 2
Concerto, sketches, 1977 series 1box 2folder 3
Rite of Passage, sketch, 1977-1978 series 1box 2folder 4
Three Lyrics by Ben Johnson, sketches for Follow a Shaddow, The Houre Glasse, and Passacaglia, 1978-1979 series 1box 2folder 5
Transcription for harpsichord: J.S. Bachs Third Brandenburg Concerto, sketches and autograph, 1983 series 1box 2folder 6
Book of Imaginary Beings, Part II, sketches, 1983 series 1box 2folder 7
Three Duets, autographed sketch, 1984-1985 series 1box 2folder 8
Metamorphic Variations, sketches, 1985-1986 series 1box 2folder 9
Symphonic Variations, sketches for all three movements, 1986-1987 series 1box 2folder 10
Cadenza (Mozart: Concerto, K. 467; 1st Movement), sketch and onion skin printing master, 1988 and undated series 1box 3folder 1
Macbeth, sketch, 1988 series 1box 3folder 2
Thirteen Pieces, sketches, 1988-1990 series 1box 3folder 3
Nocturnes, sketches, 1991-1992 series 1box 3folder 4
Transcription for Trombone and Organ from J.S. Bachs Cantata #50 Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft und das Reich und die Nacht, sketch, 1992 series 1box 3folder 5
Nocturnes, Book II, sketches, 1993-1994 series 1box 3folder 6
A Gloss on Chopins Etude, op. 25, no. 4 for Violin and Piano sketches and manuscript original score and part, 1996 series 1box 4folder 1
Manuscript violin part for unknown work, 1996 series 1box 4folder 2
Love in the 20th Century, hand written notes and textual materials, undated series 1box 4folder 3
Restatement of Romance, sketches and textual materials, 1997 and undated series 1box 4folder 4
The Timid Lover, sketches and textual materials, 1997 and undated series 1box 4folder 5
The Far Side of Your Moon, sketches and textual materials, 1997 and undated series 1box 4folder 6
Con Los Ojos Cerrados, sketches and textual materials, 1997 and undated series 1box 4folder 7
Silver Wedding, sketches and textual materials, 1997-1998 and undated series 1box 4folder 8
The Mask, sketches and textual materials, 1997 and undated series 1box 4folder 9
The Silence that is in the Starry Sky, sketches and textual materials, 1997 and undated series 1box 4folder 10
Jahreszeiten, sketches and textual materials, 1997 and undated series 1box 4folder 11
Curfew, sketches and textual materials, 1997 and undated series 1box 4folder 12
Love is More Thicker than Forget, sketches and textual material, 1997 and undated series 1box 4folder 13
Je Vous Rve, sketches, 1997-1998 and undated series 1box 4folder 14
Anima anima ricorda lui, sketches and textual materials, 1998 and undated series 1box 4folder 15
Serenade, sketches, 1998 series 1box 4folder 16
Love in the 20th Century (Twelve Songs and a Serenade), manuscript original score, 1997-1998 series 1box 4folder 17
Love in the 20th Century, manuscript original parts, undated series 1box 4folder 18
Love in the 20th Century, manuscript original reduction for piano, 1997-1998 series 1box 4folder 19
Roethke Songs, sketches and textual materials, 1995-1999 and undated series 1box 5folder 1
Roethke Songs (Three Settings of Poems by Theodore Roethke), manuscript original score, 1999 series 1box 5folder 2
Roethke Songs (Three Settings of Poems by Theodore Roethke), 2 spiral bound scores, 4 additional copies, 1999 series 1box 5folder 3
Duet from Cantata 78: Jesu, der du meine Seele, arranged for 2 recorders, Wir Eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten, printing master, undated series 1box 5folder 4
Prelude, op. 28 no. 4: Chopin (With parts inverted), manuscript original score, undated series 1box 5folder 5
Unknown sketch, undated series 1box 5folder 6
The Messengers (retitled Angels), sketches, ca. 1973-1974 [envelope labeled Messengers (Angels) I], 1973-1974 series 1box 6folder 1
The Messengers, sketches, 1973-1974 [envelope labeled Messengers II], 1973-1974 series 1box 6folder 2
The Unquiet Heart, sketches, 1980-1981 series 1box 6folder 3
Chamber Music for Orchestra, sketches, onion skin masters, and notes, 1983-1984 series 1box 6folder 4
Parabolae Salomonis, sketches, textual materials, and printing master cover page/front matter, 1995 and undated series 1box 7folder 1
Unknown sketches, op. 46, undated series 1box 7folder 2
Chamber Music for Orchestra, oversized sketches/autographed sketches, 1984 series 1box 8folder 1
Symphonic Variations, oversized sketches and printing masters, 1987 series 1box 8folder 2
Unknown oversized sketch, undated series 1box 8folder 3

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