Washington Composers Collection 1931-1979
Cage 442

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Washington Composers Collection
Cage 442
Date [inclusive]
120.0 items
Manuscript scores, correspondence and printed and other materials relating to twenty Washington State composers including William Brandt, Demar Irvine, Lockrem Johnson, George F. McKay, and Glenn Spring.

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Biographical Sketch:

Hans Moldenhauer was born in Mainz, Germany on December 13, 1906 and emigrated to the U. S. in May, 1938. He settled in Spokane, Washington in early July, 1939. His work as a scholar, collector, pedagogue and pianist has been nationally and internationally acknowledged. He is the author of several books and, together with his wife Rosaleen, wrote the definitive biography of composer Anton von Webern. The collection of autograph music manuscripts, letters and related materials, inaugurated by him and known as The Moldenhauer Archives, "Music History from Primary Sources," is one of the largest in existence. Parts of this collection, including the Washington Composers Collection, have been donated to the WSU Libraries and form part of the Moldenhauer Archives at WSU.

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Scope and Contents note

The material consists of letters, manuscript scores and/or preliminary sketches, arranged in alphabetical order, by composer. Most of the letters were written by the composers to Dr. Moldenhauer in response to his request for material for the collection. Spanning a time period of almost half a century, the collection contains material by such composers as George Frederick McKay and John Verrall. WSU Music Department faculty member William Brandt is represented by several works, and a manuscript orchestral score by Kemble Stout, former Chairman of the Music Department, is also included. One of the two operas in the collection is Lockrem Johnson's A Letter to Emily, which enjoyed considerable popularity at one time. There are also reel-to-reel tapes of performances of Brandt's  Toccata and of Glenn Spring's  Missa Brevis.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries

Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The manuscripts and papers of 20 Washington composers were acquired by the Washington State University Libraries from Dr. Hans Moldenhauer in December 1979 (MS 80-2).

Processing Information note

The material was processed in October 1981 by John Mueter.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Composers -- Washington (State) -- Correspondence.
  • Music, Performing Arts

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

 Beale, James MacArthur, Jr., 1924- Papers circa 1953-1958 

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20 P. reproduction of the Seventh Piano Sonata Op. 20; pencil sketch of the  String Quartet and a donor letter.

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 Benshoof, Kenneth, 1933- Papers circa 1957 

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Seventeen p. ms. score of the Piano Trio, Feb. 1957; ms. reproduction of an untitled work for viola and piano; sketches and a donor letter.

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 Brandt, William Edward, 1920- Papers 1959-1975 

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Nineteen p. ms. reproduction of the Toccata, 1974; also lst draft sketch and 5" reel-to-reel tape of the first performance of this work; 3 other scores; letters and programs.

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 Cadzow-Hokanson, Dorothy, 1916- Papers 1944 and 1958 

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Two 1. ms. score of Prelude (for piano), 1944; 2 1. ms. orch. score of  Cow Town (excerpt), 1945; 2 letters.

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 Carpenter, Charles Wayne, 1942- String quartet #1 1963 

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Sixteen p. ms. score, signed.

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 Cowell, John, 1922- Papers 1960-1961 

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Fourteen p. ms. reproduction of Rhapsody (for piano), 1960; pencil sketches for two other works; programs and several letters.

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 [Joel Salsman, 1941- ] Credo undated 

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Pencil sketches (4 1.) and a diagram, 60-1/2" by 11-1/2".

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 Hallock, Peter R., 1924- Ye choirs of new Jerusalem undated 

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Nine 1. ms. score; also 2 letters.

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 Harriet Mary, Sister, S.N.J.M., 1916- Trois mélodies dans la nuit 1959 

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Text by Paul Claudel.

Ten p. ms. score and pencil sketch for one of the songs; 6 letters and a program.

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 Hildreth, Daisy Wood, 1894- Papers undated 

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Three 2 1. ms. scores of songs for solo voice and piano: Rest,  Midnight and  Carmel; printed score of  Within a Flower; 5 letters.

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 Irvine, Demar, 1908- Papers 1955-1958 

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Fifteen p. ms. reproduction of Sonatina (for piano); 26 p. pencil full-score for  Reynard the Fox, 1955; one letter.

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 Johnson, Lockrem Harold, 1924-1977 A letter to Emily; chamber opera in one act and two scenes 1950 

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Sixty-five p. ms. piano-score; copy of the libretto; one letter.

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 Kechley, Gerald, 1919- The Golden Lion; opera in one act and six scenes 1958 

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One hundred twenty p. ms. score; 2 letters.

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 McKay, George Frederick, 1899-1970 Papers 1931-circa 1956 

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Three ms. scores: Sonata No. 2 for Organ, 1940, 43 pp.;  Six Pieces on Winter Moods and Patterns, undated 17 pp.,  Folksong Variants, 1953, 24 pp.; 4 printed scores; letters and assorted papers.

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 Miles, Frank T., 1869-1953. Concert waltz 1895 

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Three 1. orch. score, dated Feb. 23, 1947; 3 1. reproduction of the piano-reduction and ms. parts for a piano-trio version of same; 3 concert programs.

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 Norman, Theodore, 1910- Two twelve-tone pieces for guitar undated 

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Two 1. printed score. Inscribed and dated June 8, 1955.

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 Spring, Glenn, 1939- Missa brevis 1968-1972 

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Two full-score reproductions, 31 pp. and 35 pp.; pencil sketches for same; program and 5" reel-to-reel tape of the first performance; resume of the composer and a list of works.

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 Stout, Kemble, 1916- Andante for orchestra undated 

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Thirteen p. ms. score.

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 Tufts, Paul, 1924- Sonata for cello and piano 1959 

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Twenty-five p. ms. score, in pencil; donor letter.

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 Verrall, John Weedon, 1908- Papers 1958-1960 

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Twenty two p. ms. score of the String Quartet #7 and 8 1. ms. score of the  Suite for Orchestra; 3 letters.

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