Guide to the Bernard Gilmore Papers MS.F.036

Finding aid prepared by Audra Eagle Yun
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, 92623-9557
© 2012

Title: Bernard Gilmore papers
Identifier/Call Number: MS.F.036
Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 9.0 Linear feet (14 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1957-2008
Abstract: This collection consists of material related to the career of Dr. Bernard Gilmore, a French horn player, performer, composer, and Professor Emeritus of music at the University of California, Irvine. Materials include originals and drafts of over 45 musical compositions and arrangements by Gilmore, as well as performance programs and biographical information.
Language of Collection Materials: Collection materials are primarily in English.
Creator: Gilmore, Bernard, 1937-


The collection is open for research.

Collection Scope and Content Summary

This collection consists of material related to the career of Dr. Bernard Gilmore, a French horn player, performer, composer, and Professor Emeritus of music at the University of California, Irvine. Materials include originals and drafts of over 45 musical compositions and arrangements by Gilmore, as well as performance programs and biographical information.


This collection is arranged in three series:
  • Series 1. Musical scores
  • Series 2. Event programs
  • Series 3. Biographical and personal
The musical scores are grouped together by title as received by the donor. The event programs and biographical and personal materials are sorted chronologically.

Processing History

Processed by Matthew Caffrey and Audra Eagle Yun, 2011-2012.

Historical Background

Dr. Bernard Gilmore is a French horn player, performer, composer, and Professor Emeritus of music at the University of California, Irvine. Gilmore received his B.A and M.A. in composition from UCLA, and his D.M.A. in conducting from Stanford University. He married pianist Phyllis Markin in 1959.
Dr. Gilmore performed in Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Edwuard van Beinum and under Georg Solti in a performance of Stravinsky's Sacre du Printemps, as well as with the Boston Pops Tour Orchestra on a ten-week tour of the United States. Gilmore taught at Cornell University and Oregon State University before joining the faculty of UC Irvine in 1982.
During his tenure at UC Irvine, Gilmore composed numerous works, among them Bird of Time, (1983), a work for violin and orchestra, written for violinist Zina Schiff and premiered in Irvine with the Irvine Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gilmore. It was performed later that year in New York at the Abraham Goodman House in an arrangement for violin and piano. In 1998 he was commissioned by the University of Wisconsin to compose a piece for their symphonic band’s tour of the British Isles. Gilmore’s Isles Tryptych was the featured work for this tour. Three Miniatures for Violin and Piano was written for faculty members Haroutune Bedelian and Lorna Griffitt in 1992 and subsequently recorded by this duo. Coffee Date, a one act comic opera was presented at UCI in 1998 with vocalists and piano, and was later performed with vocalists and chamber orchestra in 2003. Breed Street (2007), a work for orchestra evoking the spirit of the Breed Street Synagogue in Los Angeles, was his last piece written at UCI. It was performed by the UCI Orchestra conducted by Stephen Tucker in 2006, shortly before Gilmore retired. A retrospective of his smaller works was presented at his retirement concert given that same year. It included numerous chamber and solo works written for UCI students and faculty, including Two Songs from Torah, sung by Awet Andemicael who originally commissioned the compositions for her Masters Recital in 1999. At that same concert Pianojazz (1990), a large-scale jazz-influenced work for solo piano, was performed by UCI faculty jazz pianist Kei Akagi. Dr. Gilmore's compositions influenced the work of other composers including Mark Riley, Jason Barabba, Tim Melbinger, Kendra d’Ercole, Maxim Vladimiroff, and Darren Wilsey.
Gilmore’s signature piece, Five Folk Songs for Soprano and Band, written in 1963, enjoyed numerous performances nationwide and internationally. This composition was the first major work written expressly for soprano and band and was awarded the citation of Best Original Composition at the College Band Directors National Association (CBNA) Biennial Conference in 1967. It has been commercially recorded by the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony, conducted by Eugene Corpora. In 2007 it was performed by the Illinois State University Carbondale Wind Ensemble, both on their campus and at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Christopher Morehouse. The work was arranged for orchestra and soprano and performed in San Diego in 2008 under the direction of David Amos.

Acquisition Information

Gifts of Phyllis Gilmore, 2011-2012.

Preferred Citation

Bernard Gilmore Musical Scores. MS-F036. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

Publication Rights

Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Gilmore, Bernard, 1937-
University of California, Irvine -- Faculty -- Archives.
University of California, Irvine -- Songs and music.
University of California, Irvine. Dept. of Music -- Archives..
Instrumental music
Musical works


Musical scores Series 1.

Box 1, Folder 1

La Folia, solo violin 1990

Box 1, Folder 2

Three Miniatures for Violin and Piano, violin and piano 1992

Box 1, Folder 3

Crossroads, piano (2 versions) 2004

Box 1, Folder 4

Colloquies for Alto Flute and English Horn, flute and oboe 1999

Box 1, Folder 5-6, Box 1, Folder 8, Box 1, Folder 5

Three Little Madrigals, two alto and two soprano section (SSAA) choir, flute, clarinet, horn, piano 1969

Box 1, Folder 7, Box 1, Folder 6

Colloquies for Flute and Clarinet, flute and clarinet duo 1993

Box 5, Folder 7

Colloquies II for Bassoon and Cello, bassoon and cello 2002

Box 1, Folder 8-9, Box 1, Folder 7

Songs of Solitude, clarinet, violin-viola, soprano, piano 1994

Box 12, Folder 1

Two Songs from Torah, soprano and piano 1994

Box 12, Folder 2-3

Brass Quintet, brass quintet 1990

Box 12, Folder 4

Two Impressions for Brass Quintet, brass quintet undated

Box 12, Folder 5

Requiem, Summer 1995, soprano and chamber ensemble 1995

Box 12, Folder 6

Swing Sets, sextet 1996

Box 13, Folder 1, Box 12, Folder 7

Coffee Date, piano and vocalists 1998

Box 3, Folder 3-6, Box 13, Folder 2-4

Coffee Date, chamber orchestra 2006

Box 13, Folder 5

Ozymandias, baritone, percussion, piano, harp 1984

Box 2, Folder 1-3

Piper at the Gates of Dawn, quintet for winds, chamber orchestra 1974 and 1993

Box 2, Folder 4

Sons Coming, Sons Gone, orchestra and vocal 1966

Box 2, Folder 5

Jazz Idioms for Woodwind Quintet, woodwind quintet 1990

Box 3, Folder 1-2, Box 4, Folder 3-6

Distant Sundays, symphonic band 1999

Box 5, Folder 5-6, Box 4, Folder 1-2

Fantasy -- Variations on the St. Anthony Chorale, wind band 1992

Box 5, Folder 1, Box 5, Folder 1-2

Dedication Fanfare, trumpet and trombone 1991

Box 5, Folder 3

Lord Byron's Love Letter, orchestra and 3 vocalists 1986

Box 5, Folder 4

Pastorale, orchestra 1997

Box 6, Folder 1-3

Isle's Triptych, symphonic band 1998

Box 6, Folder 4

Duo for Flute and Viola, flute and viola 1969

Box 6, Folder 5, Box 8, Folder 4

Five Folk Songs for Soprano and Band, vocal and piano 1963 and 2002

Box 6, Folder 6

Manhattan Tower, New York's My Home, soprano, alto, tenor, bass (SATB) choir 1957

Box 6, Folder 7

Piano Jazz, piano 1990

Box 6, Folder 8

Five Folk Songs for Soprano and Orchestra, orchestra and vocal 2008

Box 7, Folder 1-3

God's Chosen, orchestra, vocalist, and soprano, alto, tenor, bass (SATB) choir 1981

Box 8, Folder 1

"Hungry Black Child" cantata sketches and notes 1992

Box 8, Folder 2

Four Poems of Dylan Thomas, orchestra and vocal 1961

Box 8, Folder 3

Memorial Music, orchestra 1974

Box 8, Folder 5

Suite for Viola and Percussion, viola and percussion 1985

Box 9, Folder 1-4

Ha Nahash Arum (The Cunning Serpent), chamber, solo, and narrator 1987

Box 10, Folder 1

Dover Beach, soprano, clarinet, and string trio 1971

Box 10, Folder 2

Bird of Time, violin and piano, orchestra and violin 1983 and 1984

Box 10, Folder 3

Symphonic Movement, orchestra 1971

Box 10, Folder 4

Five Pieces for Piano, piano 1973

Box 11, Folder 1

Concertino for Trumpet, Xylophone, and Orchestra, trumpet, xylophone, and orchestra 1986

Box 11, Folder 2

Let's Call the Whole Thing Off, soprano, alto, tenor, bass (SATB) choir 1958

Box 11, Folder 3

Three Poems of Love, chorus and chamber orchestra 1970

Box 11, Folder 4

Breed Street, orchestra 2006

Box 14, Folder 1

Dialogue for Violin and Piano, violin and piano 2005


Event programs Series 2.


Small programs

Box 14, Folder 7-8


Box 14, Folder 9


Box 14, Folder 10


Box 14, Folder 11-12


Box 14, Folder 13


Box 14, Folder 28-29



Programs and memorabilia

Box 14, Folder 6


Box 14, Folder 15


Box 14, Folder 16


Box 14, Folder 17


Box 14, Folder 18


Box 14, Folder 19


Box 14, Folder 20


Box 14, Folder 21


Box 14, Folder 22


Box 14, Folder 23


Box 14, Folder 24


Box 14, Folder 25


Box 14, Folder 26-27


Box 14, Folder 30


Box 14, Folder 3

Memorabilia, unsorted 1968-2012

Box 14, Folder 4

Arizona State University, composer biographies and program notes circa 1996

Box 14, Folder 5

SCI National Conference 1997

Box 14, Folder 14

Harrogate International Festival July-August 1998


Biographical and personal Series 3.

Box 14, Folder 2

Retirement concert May 10, 2006

Box 14, Folder 32

Articles, meetings, and programs 1994-1996

Box 14, Folder 31

Supporting materials for tenure, addendum to biography and other supporting material 1997-1999

Box 14, Folder 33

Supporting materials for tenure, creative work 1987-1990

Box 14, Folder 34

Supporting materials for tenure, professional competence and university service 1984-1990

Box 14, Folder 35

Supporting materials for tenure, creative work, programs 1982-1986