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Harold Brown Collection

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/19427

Abstract

Title:
Harold Brown Collection
Author/Creator:
Brown, Harold
Collection number:
13-15-HBROWN
Size:
2.00 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1935-1952
Inclusive dates:
1935-1952
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:

Harold Brown was a composer and violist/violinist born in New York in 1909. He attended Columbia College where he studied Composition and Conducting under many notable pedagogues including Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Bernard Wagenaar, and Leon Barzin. He also studied with Nadia Boulanger at Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris as part of the Mosenthal Fellowship. Brown became a well-loved teacher at both the high school and college level. He taught many things including Composition, Orchestration, Music Theory, and Chorus as well as working as a freelance string player. This collection contains a selection of his compositions for Choir, Orchestra, String Orchestra, Chamber Ensembles, and Piano.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

Harold Brown 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. Please make an appointment with the curator: Vincent J. Novara Tel: 301.405.9220, Email: vnovara@umd.edu

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Harold Brown (October 31, 1909-September 26, 1979) was a composer and violist/violinist born in New York. He attended Columbia College where he studied Composition and Conducting under many notable pedagogues including Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Bernard Wagenaar, and Leon Barzin. He also studied with Nadia Boulanger at Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris as part of the Mosenthal Fellowship. Brown became a well-loved teacher at both the high school and college level. He taught many things including Composition, Orchestration, Music Theory, and Chorus as well as working as a freelance string player.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Harold Brown collection contains a selection of his compositions for many different ensemble types spanning from 1935 to 1952. There are pieces for Chorus, Orchestra, String Orchestra, Chamber Ensembles, and Solo Piano including a piano reduction made by Brown of a Friscobaldi Orchestral Fugue.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Harold Brown collection was given to the American Composers Alliance at the University of Maryland by Sig Rosen. The collection has since been separated from the ACA into its own collection at UMD SCPA by Sig Rosen.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Alex Boatright, November 2012

Encoded by:

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

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is arranged into four series.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Orchestral Music, 1937-1945 and undated (1.00 linear foot)

This series contains orchestral compositions (5) by Harold Brown. It has been arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Suite for String Orchestra [Score and parts], 1937 series 1box 1folder 1
Symphony No. 1 [Score and string parts for only the first movement], 1938 series 1box 1folder 2
Orchestral Suite No. 1 [Score and parts], 1940 series 1box 1folder 3
Divertimento for Small Orchestra [Score and Parts], 1945 series 1box 1folder 4
Four Symphonic Movements [Score], 1950 series 1box 1folder 5

Series 2: Piano Music, undated (1.00 linear foot)

This series contains piano compositions (2) by Harold Brown. It has been arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Four Little Preludes for Piano Solo [Score], 1935 series 2box 2folder 1
Prima Parte Friscobaldi Fuga for Piano [Score], 1952 series 2box 2folder 2

Series 3: Chamber Music, 1935 and undated (1.00 linear foot)

This series contains chamber compositions (4) by Harold Brown. It has been arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Quintet for Strings [Score and parts], 1935 series 3box 2folder 3
Three Songs for Soprano and Piano [Score], 1947 series 3box 2folder 4
String Quartet no 1 [Score], 1952 series 3box 2folder 5
Two Experiments for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon [Score], 1952 series 3box 2folder 6

Series 4: Choral Music, 1935 and undated (1.00 linear foot)

This series contains choral compositions (1) by Harold Brown. It has been arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Choral Setting no. 1, 1940 series 4box 2folder 7

Related Material

The American Composers Alliance Archives and Score Collection are available for research at Special Collections in Performing Arts.

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