Finding Aid for the Henry F. Gilbert Collection

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Henry F. Gilbert Collection
Collection number: 115-M
Creator: Gilbert, Henry F.
Extent: 1 box
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: Sheet music and orchestral scores by Henry F. Gilbert.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Property rights in the physical objects belong to the UCLA Music Library. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish if the Music Library does not hold the copyright.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Henry F. Gilbert Collection, 115-M, Performing Arts Special Collections , University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

The composer Henry Franklin Belknap Gilbert was born in Somerville, Massachusetts on September 26, 1868. The product of a musical family, Gilbert studied violin, piano, composition, and theory at the New England Conservatory under Edward MacDowell, a leading composer at the turn of the twentieth century. Gilbert's travels within and outside the United States exposed him to the music of non-European cultures, which inspired him to compose from some of those sources. He wrote works influenced by African-American spiritual or gospel music, as well as the music of Native Americans. His compositions are noted for their American themes and inspiration. Gilbert wrote songs, choral works, and works for band and opera, with his most successful works being orchestral. Works given major performances during his lifetime include "Dance in Place Congo," a one-act opera performed in 1918 by the Metropolitan Opera Ballet and Orchestra. Other prominent works include "Negro Rhapsody" and "Comedy Overture on Negro Themes," the latter conducted by Gliere in Russia in 1914. Henry Gilbert's "Symphonic Piece" was performed by the Bostom Symphony Orchestra under Koussevitsky in 1926, and "Nocturne" was performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra shortly before his death on May 19, 1928, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Scope and Content

Sheet music and orchestral scores by Henry F. Gilbert.
The collection is organized into the following series:
  • Series 1. Sheet Music, c.1897-1930. 1 box
  • Series 2. Orchestral Scores, c.1897-1930. 1 box

Container List

 

Series 1. Sheet Music c.1897-1930

Physical Description: 1 box
Box 1

Celtic Studies: four songs by Henry F. Gilbert 1905

Composer: Gilbert, Henry
Publisher: Wa-Wan Press

Scope and Content Note

I. Poem by John Todhunter.
Box 1

Celtic Studies: four songs by Henry F. Gilbert 1905

Composer: Gilbert, Henry F.
Publisher: Wa-Wan Press

Scope and Content Note

IV. Poem by a Viking Skald.
Box 1

Fish Wharf Rhapsody 1909

Composer: Gilbert, Henry F.
Publisher: Wa-Wan Press
Box 1

Give Me The Splendid Silent Sun 1914

Composer: Gilbert, Henry F.
Publisher: H. W. Gray Co.
Box 1

O Were My Love Yon Lilac Fair 1897

Composer: Gilbert, Henry F.
Publisher: H. F. Gilbert

Note

Also includes "professional copy" of song.
Box 1

Perdita 1897

Composer: Gilbert, Henry F.
Publisher: H. F. Gilbert

Note

"Professional copy."
Box 1

Perdita 1897

Composer: Gilbert, Henry F.
Publisher: H. W. Gray Co.
Box 1

Rocking Chair Songs -- "A Funny Fact" 1915

Composer: Gilbert, Henry F.
Publisher: Rocking Chair Syndicate
Box 1

The Curl 1897

Composer: Gilbert, Henry F.
Publisher: H. W. Gray Co.
Box 1

The Curl 1897

Composer: Gilbert, Henry F.
Publisher: H. F. Gilbert
Box 1

The Lament Of Deirdre 1903

Composer: Gilbert, Henry F.
Publisher: H. W. Gray Co.
Box 1

The Owl 1910

Composer: Gilbert, Henry F.
Publisher: Wa-Wan Press
Box 1

The Pirate Song 1930

Composer: Gilbert, Henry F.
Publisher: H. W. Gray Co.
Box 1

Two South American Gypsy Songs 1906

Composer: Gilbert, Henry F.
Publisher: H. W. Gray Co.

Scope and Content Note

No. 2: "La Zambulidora."
 

Series 2. Orchestral Scores c.1897-1930

Physical Description: 1 box
Box 1

The Dance In Place Congo, "Symphonic Poem (after George W. Cable)"; op. 15 1922

Composer: Gilbert, Henry F.
Publisher: H. W. Gray Co.
Box 1

Two Episodes For Orchestra 1897

Composer: Gilbert, Henry F.
Publisher: Henry F. Gilbert

Scope and Content Note

Legend -- Negro Episode.