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SERIES 1: MUSIC COMPOSITIONS
SUBSERIES A: CONCERTOS
Guitar Concerto(sketch) . Unbound, many blank leaves. Undated. [41 lvs; pencil and ink manuscripts].
Sketches for Concerto for Orchestra. Score and sketches.
Piano Concerti (1-3) (sketches). Loose lvs: Piano Concerto 1 A 1st state(1 lf) & Concerto no 2 for piano(2 lvs). Also: folder entitled Piano Concerto enclosing 15 manuscript leaves and 16 blank lvs. Undated. [34 total lvs in pencil and ink].
Piano Concerti (1-3) sketches. (Cont.) Some of the music is arranged into packets, several of which are entitled "Scene 4: Ballets of the Bachelors and the Bride (piano concerto)." Undated. [49 lvs, printer ink, ink and pencil].
Concerto for Piano and Touch, (with winds, percussion, and orchestra). Undated. [pen manuscript, 3 lvs].
Small Concerto. Scored for piano and orchestra.
I. Computer-generated score, with handwritten notes in orange pencil. Music dated 1964, notes dated 6/25/88. [13 lvs].
II. Computer-generated score, with some handwritten notes in red pen. Undated. [7 lvs]
III. Published version of Small Concerto. Includes notes on the piece and critical reviews of the work's performances. EAR Press, Berkeley, California, 1979. [6 lvs]
IV. Xerox copy of III. [12 lvs].
Small Concerto (cont.)
I. Copies of pages from Small Concerto, possibly the pre- printing version. Leaves are in no noticeable order. [59 lvs].
II. Folder containing the original from which the copies in I. were made, and a complete, organized copy of Small Concerto. [16 lvs].
Small Concerto(cont.) manuscripts and copies of all the individual instrumental parts. [ink manuscript with scattered pencil notes, 67 lvs].
Concerto(Uncataloged) for 2 pianos and orchestra. Long folded copy of manuscript with notes in pencil [14 lvs, connected] Also: Xerox copy [14 lvs, separate].
Concerto for Violin. 25-leaf bound printed copy of this piece with violin part and piano reduction. (1990)
Concerto for Violin(cont.)
I. 8-leaf bound copy of manuscript with notes in red pencil.
II. 2 lvs, unbound, of hand-written (ink and red pencil) notes on Concerto.
III. 14-leaf "bound" score of Concerto with attached hand- written (ink) additions. Notes in red pencil.
Concerto for Violin(cont.).
I. 38-leaf printed copy of complete Concerto score with notes in colored pencil.
II. 17-leaf copy of computer-generated score of 1st movement of Concerto.
III. 18-leaf computer-generated score of part of 1st movement of Concerto with notes in red pen.
IV. 8-leaf computer-generated score of part of Concerto with notes in red pen.
V. Copies of parts for orchestra [31 lvs].
Concerto for Violin(cont.). Notes in yellow folder. Some pages photocopied, some in pen, some in pencil, and some Type-written [65 lvs].
SUBSERIES B: OTHER ORCHESTRAL WORKS
Chamber Symphony sketches. Hand-written sketches in ink and red pencil. [30 lvs].
From Calls and Singing. 2 bound printed copies of work, copy has markings in red pencil. St. Heironymous Press 1975.
Large Vocal Torch Cycle. For voice and orchestra. German text. Sketches. [16 lvs, ink and pencil]
Music for Piano & Orchestra. 1 manuscript score and 1 photocopy. [5 lvs ink and pencil].
Fragment found with Music for Piano and Orchestra. [2 lvs ink and pencil]
Symphony in III.. Printed score with notes in red ink, accompanied by related letter from publisher
Symphony in III. (Cont.) Printed score, unbound.
Symphony, 1976. Handwritten manuscript with notes in red pencil and 1 photocopy of manuscript. (18 lvs ink and pencil).
Symphony, 1976. (Cont.) Manuscript parts. (69 lvs, ink)
Soigneur de Gravité--Frammento d'un Opera. Manuscript score. Work written for orchestra taken from Shere's opera, Handler of Gravity.
SUBSERIES C: STAGE WORKS
The Box of 1914.
I. Printed score
II. Libretto (10 copies)
III. Programs for performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on Jan 30, 1981.
IV. Photos of the performance.
V. Reviews of the perfomance by the S.F. Chronicle and Examiner.
VI. Related correspondance.
VII. Notes on performance.
The Box of 1914 (cont.) Score with markings. Also includes resume of Jeanne Thomas.
The Box of 1914 (cont.) "Intermediate version" of Box bound in folder with loose leaves including notes on the percussion parts and a photocopied resume of Shere.
The Box of 1914 (cont.) Notes and photos of performance on Jan. 30, 1981.
The Box of 1914(cont.) Unbound printed score with a photo of 1/30/8 performance.
The Box of 1914(cont.) Parts.
Box of 1914 printed score. The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even. Opera in three acts after the painting by Marcel Duchamp.
Ballet: Handler of Gravity. Master copy of printed score. Ear Press, Berkeley, CA 1979 [15 lvs].
Ballet: Handler of Gravity (cont.) One printed score, [Ink or copy?]. 1 manuscript.
I Like It To Be conversational opera, one printed study score.
I Like It To Be conversational opera. Computer-generated scores and parts, with markings in red pencil.
Ladies' Voices. One published, copy of score (copyright 1987), and one computer-generated score.
Ladies' Voices(cont.)Printed score, also several incomplete scores.
Ladies' Voices(cont.) Printed, bound score, cover dated: "Charles Shere 5 Sept 1987."
SUBSERIES D: CHORAL WORKS
Manieure de gravité. One-page piece for chorus à cappella "to accompany, precede or follow Handler of Gravity for organ or Soigneur de gravité for orchestra or ABCDEF for chorus and instruments or 5 pieces for piano after H of G." [9 copies].
Requiem with Oboe. 2 full scores for SSAATTBB chorus and oboe. Words of Requiem are both traditional Latin requiem text and 2 poems by Wallace Stevens--"Not Ideas about the Thing but the Thing Itself," and "Of Mere Being."
SUBSERIES E: CHAMBER WORKS
Boone. Work for 6 drums. [2-leaf computer-generated score and 3 photocopies of score].
Ces Désires du quatuor: Quartet no.1 for 4 musicians. One-leaf score and many copies of score in various sizes. [17 lvs]
Collaborative String Quartet--Music 205. One-leaf and one copy.[2 lvs].
Divertissement(for the wedding of Charles Boone and Josefa Vaughan). 1-leaf score, and 1 copy of piece for string quartet.
Eight Banalities. For violin and piano. 1 4-leaf manuscript, and 3 photocopies.
En Balaçant: Quartet no. 9 for 2 or 3 pairs of strings. 1-leaf score and copy.
Equals Quarter-tone Flat for horn and trombone. Dedication: For Nelson, 18 Nov., 1965. 1-leaf score and 1-leaf copy.
Fast Movement. 5-part sketch. [2 lvs].
For Lou Harrison. Piece for clarinets, bassoon, viola, violin, and cello. [1 lf, 2 lvs copies].
Fratture. For violin, cello, bass, piano, percussion, trumpet, clarinet. Bound manuscript score with markings. Biographical notes included in pocket. Also enclosed: unbound copy of score.
Octet. For 2 violins, viola, 2 cellos, piano, and clarinet (string quartet and clarinet quartet). Score and string parts
Parergon to Wind Quintet: Flute. Flute part score and letter containing alternate fingerings for flute. [17 lvs].
Parergon to Wind Quintet: Trio. Score for wind trio: English horn, bass clarinet, and bassoon [21 lvs].
Quartet #1. See Ces Desires, folder 2
Quartet #2. Sketch.
Quartet #3. Sketch.
Quartet #7 "Like a piece of...." 2 copies of 1-lf score.
Quartet # 9. See En Balaçant, folder 6.
Quartet Sketches. Various sketches enclosed in folder.
String Quartet. Manuscript score [12 lvs] and copy .
Screen: Quartet No. 3 for strings. Score [1 lf].
Tender of Gravity. Piece for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, harmonium, violin, viola, cello, and bass. Manuscript score [12 lvs], and copy [9 lvs].
Tongues. Printed conducting score.
Tongues. Scenario for a concerto for poet speaking in tongues, live electronics, taped sounds and chamber orchestra. 3 photocopied scores.
Tongues(cont.) Notes, photos, letters, reviews, and program sketches.
Tongues (cont.) Score, letters, reviews, and notes.
Trio 6.20. Unfinished sketch dated 1985 [14 lvs].
Tristan and Isolde: Prelude and Transfiguration. Parts for viola, violin 1. [4 lvs].
Vie Lactée. Score of piece, as well as score of Screen. Notes on Vie Lactée, En Balaçant, and Screen. [16 lvs].
SUBSERIES F: INSTRUMENTAL WORKS
Five Pieces after Handler of Gravity. For piano. Proofs of Five Pieces, and correspondence between the composer and printer regarding these proofs. Computer-generated scores of the pieces.
For Piano, November 1965. Two 1-lf scores of piece.
Handler of Gravity. Score of work for organ taken from text and drawing by Marcel Duchamp.
Rose. For clarinet (in A) solo. One leaf of music with markings. An identical leaf with no markings
Seven Bagatelles. Score of pieces composed December 5, 1996 while looking at a number of paintings by Patrick McFarlin. Dedication: "For Eliane Lust."
Sonata for Piano. Manuscript and photocopy. [15 lvs--i]
Three Pieces for Piano. Manuscript copy of score. Computer- generated score. Printed copy of score (copyright Ear Press, Berkeley, 1991).
SUBSERIES G: SONGS
Alice's Pizza. Dedication: " To Alice" [Waters?] Manuscript of song for 2 voices. Some pages computer-generated, some hand- written, and some photocopied. Dated 26 March 1986 [7 lvs].
Bachelor Apparatus. Score of work and pre-printing score. [3 lvs].
Certain Phenomena of Sound. For high soprano and violin. Several scores of work written to words of a Wallace Stevens poem, some with notes in pencil or red ink. Poster announcing premiere of the work and other modern music performances at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Certain Phenomena of Sound(cont.)drafts of score. Program from premiere on Feb. 13, 1984.
Le Chien et la Rose: Poème perpetuel for voice and piano. Words By Tristan Tzara. Score and Copy, 1-leaf each.
Classify combs. For soprano and viola. Fragment of music dated 14 Oct. 1973. "Classify combs by the number of their teeth."
Dirt and Not Copper for tenor, bassoon, and trombone. Words from Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein. Dated 1975 1-leaf.
Ground Glass for soprano, piano, violin, flute, and cello. Sketch, 1-leaf.
Her hair does not move. Piece for voice alone.1-leaf. [*Note: the manuscript is very faded.]
J'ai tendu des cordes. "Dedication: 18 VII 64 for Sister & Michael." One-leaf piece for voice from the text by Rimbaud.
Nothing Elegant. For soprano, oboe, and cello. On same paper sketch of Mildred's Umbrella for SAT.
Peeled Pencil, Choke. One-measure fragment and instructions.
Songs, various. Various songs and texts. Includes: Dirt and Not Copper; A White Hunter for heldentenor, piano, bassoon, and trombone (both from Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein); Peeled Pencil, Choke; A Carafe, That is a Blind Glass for voice and instruments (7 Nov. 1983); Nothing Elegant; Eye Glasses; Shoes; It was Black, Black Took. [18 lvs].
Three more Stein songs: Red Roses; It Was Black, Black Took; and You Can Only Say What You Know for voice, violin, bass clarinet, and piano. Ear Press, Berkeley, 1997.
1914 (Mallarme: Le livre) for vocalist and piano. Dedication: "for Jim 10x64." Manuscript and 4 photocopies.
SERIES 2: SOUND RECORDINGS
Duchamp mix 1.
Rehearsal Tongues. Reel 1: rehersal 8/22/80.
Rehearsal Tongues.R eel 2: rehearsed 8/22/80.
Rehearsal Tongues. Reel 3: rehearsed 8/22/80.
Tongues performance tape. 8/23/80.
Schematic score, Tongues.
SERIES 3: MISCELLANY
List of Shere's works. Also a chronological list (1954-82) appended at the end of list. [131 leaves].
Writings/Papers: Modern Concert an appealing...
Writings/Papers: Remolif and Shere There and Near.