The Robert Parris Papers
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.
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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 composer's widow, Anna Parris, in March 2001. It was converted to a gift in December 2015.
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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.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Robert Parris, List of Works, "Printed June 1994, from ACA," Robert Parris, List of Works, "Printed April 2000,", undated||series 1||box 1||folder 1|
|Variations for Piano Solo, autographed manuscript score, ca. 1952-1954||series 1||box 1||folder 2|
|Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, original manuscript parts (10), 1956||series 1||box 1||folder 3|
|Dirge for the New Sunrise, sketches, 1969-1970||series 1||box 1||folder 4|
|Unknown sketch, 1970-1971||series 1||box 1||folder 5|
|Unknown sketches, 1971||series 1||box 1||folder 6|
|Book of Imaginary Beings, sketches, 1970-1972||series 1||box 1||folder 7|
|Pasture Management, sketch of unpublished work, 1972||series 1||box 1||folder 8|
|Walking Around, sketches and textual materials, ca. 1971-1973 and undated||series 1||box 1||folder 9|
|Dreams, sketches, 1976||series 1||box 1||folder 10|
|"Clarinet Piece Sketches", 1976||series 1||box 2||folder 1|
|Unknown sketches, 1976||series 1||box 2||folder 2|
|"Concerto," sketches, 1977||series 1||box 2||folder 3|
|Rite of Passage, sketch, 1977-1978||series 1||box 2||folder 4|
|Three Lyrics by Ben Johnson, sketches for "Follow a Shaddow," "The Houre Glasse," and "Passacaglia", 1978-1979||series 1||box 2||folder 5|
|Transcription for harpsichord: J.S. Bachs Third Brandenburg Concerto, sketches and autograph, 1983||series 1||box 2||folder 6|
|Book of Imaginary Beings, Part II, sketches, 1983||series 1||box 2||folder 7|
|Three Duets, autographed sketch, 1984-1985||series 1||box 2||folder 8|
|Metamorphic Variations, sketches, 1985-1986||series 1||box 2||folder 9|
|Symphonic Variations, sketches for all three movements, 1986-1987||series 1||box 2||folder 10|
|Cadenza (Mozart: Concerto, K. 467; 1st Movement), sketch and onion skin printing master, 1988 and undated||series 1||box 3||folder 1|
|Macbeth, sketch, 1988||series 1||box 3||folder 2|
|Thirteen Pieces, sketches, 1988-1990||series 1||box 3||folder 3|
|Nocturnes, sketches, 1991-1992||series 1||box 3||folder 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 1||box 3||folder 5|
|Nocturnes, Book II, sketches, 1993-1994||series 1||box 3||folder 6|
|A Gloss on Chopins Etude, op. 25, no. 4 for Violin and Piano sketches and manuscript original score and part, 1996||series 1||box 4||folder 1|
|Manuscript violin part for unknown work, 1996||series 1||box 4||folder 2|
|Love in the 20th Century, hand written notes and textual materials, undated||series 1||box 4||folder 3|
|Restatement of Romance, sketches and textual materials, 1997 and undated||series 1||box 4||folder 4|
|The Timid Lover, sketches and textual materials, 1997 and undated||series 1||box 4||folder 5|
|The Far Side of Your Moon, sketches and textual materials, 1997 and undated||series 1||box 4||folder 6|
|Con Los Ojos Cerrados, sketches and textual materials, 1997 and undated||series 1||box 4||folder 7|
|Silver Wedding, sketches and textual materials, 1997-1998 and undated||series 1||box 4||folder 8|
|The Mask, sketches and textual materials, 1997 and undated||series 1||box 4||folder 9|
|The Silence that is in the Starry Sky, sketches and textual materials, 1997 and undated||series 1||box 4||folder 10|
|Jahreszeiten, sketches and textual materials, 1997 and undated||series 1||box 4||folder 11|
|Curfew, sketches and textual materials, 1997 and undated||series 1||box 4||folder 12|
|Love is More Thicker than Forget, sketches and textual material, 1997 and undated||series 1||box 4||folder 13|
|Je Vous Rve, sketches, 1997-1998 and undated||series 1||box 4||folder 14|
|Anima anima ricorda lui, sketches and textual materials, 1998 and undated||series 1||box 4||folder 15|
|Serenade, sketches, 1998||series 1||box 4||folder 16|
|Love in the 20th Century (Twelve Songs and a Serenade), manuscript original score, 1997-1998||series 1||box 4||folder 17|
|Love in the 20th Century, manuscript original parts, undated||series 1||box 4||folder 18|
|Love in the 20th Century, manuscript original reduction for piano, 1997-1998||series 1||box 4||folder 19|
|Roethke Songs, sketches and textual materials, 1995-1999 and undated||series 1||box 5||folder 1|
|Roethke Songs (Three Settings of Poems by Theodore Roethke), manuscript original score, 1999||series 1||box 5||folder 2|
|Roethke Songs (Three Settings of Poems by Theodore Roethke), 2 spiral bound scores, 4 additional copies, 1999||series 1||box 5||folder 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 1||box 5||folder 4|
|Prelude, op. 28 no. 4: Chopin (With parts inverted), manuscript original score, undated||series 1||box 5||folder 5|
|Unknown sketch, undated||series 1||box 5||folder 6|
|The Messengers (retitled "Angels"), sketches, ca. 1973-1974 [envelope labeled "Messengers (Angels) I"], 1973-1974||series 1||box 6||folder 1|
|The Messengers, sketches, 1973-1974 [envelope labeled "Messengers II"], 1973-1974||series 1||box 6||folder 2|
|The Unquiet Heart, sketches, 1980-1981||series 1||box 6||folder 3|
|Chamber Music for Orchestra, sketches, onion skin masters, and notes, 1983-1984||series 1||box 6||folder 4|
|Parabolae Salomonis, sketches, textual materials, and printing master cover page/front matter, 1995 and undated||series 1||box 7||folder 1|
|Unknown sketches, "op. 46", undated||series 1||box 7||folder 2|
|Chamber Music for Orchestra, oversized sketches/autographed sketches, 1984||series 1||box 8||folder 1|
|Symphonic Variations, oversized sketches and printing masters, 1987||series 1||box 8||folder 2|
|Unknown oversized sketch, undated||series 1||box 8||folder 3|
ACA Score Collection, printing masters
Irving Lowens papers. The collection includes a file of correspondence (1970-1978) that addresses critical, personal, and professional matters. Also included are two drafts of substantive writings by Parris. Elsewhere in Lowens' papers are his reviews of Parris' works as performed in the DC area.
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Selected Search Terms
This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Maryland Libraries' Catalog. Researchers desiring related materials about these topics, names, or places may search the Catalog using these headings.
- Composers--United States--20th century
- Parris, Robert, 1924-1999