Scope and Content
Title: Paul Chihara Collection of Musical Works and
Date (inclusive): 1965-2005
Collection number: 154
Creator: Chihara, Paul
7 boxes ( 3.5 linear ft.)
University of California, Los Angeles. Library.
Performing Arts Special Collections
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Music manuscripts, published scores, sound
recordings, published reviews, and photographs.
Physical location: SRLF
Language of Material: Collection materials in
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[Identification of item], Paul Chihara Collection of Musical Works and
Papers, 154, Performing Arts Special Collections, University of California, Los
American composer, Paul Chihara (b. Seattle, WA, July 9, 1938) studied
composition with Robert Palmer at Cornell University (where he received an MA
and DMA in English Literature), Nadia Boulanger in Paris, Ernst Pepping in
Berlin, and Gunther Schuller at the Berkshire Music Center.
Chihara served as an associate professor of music at UCLA from 1966 through
1976. While at UCLA, he founded and directed the Twice Ensemble, conducted the
collegium musicum and was composer in residence for the Los Angeles Chamber
He served as the Andrew Mellon Professor at California Institute of
Technology in 1975, and taught at the California Institute of the Arts in 1976.
Chihara became the composer in residence for the San Francisco Ballet in 1980.
He re-joined the UCLA faculty in 1996, and served as Visiting Professor in
Chihara has received commissions from many world-renowned performing
institutions, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra,the Los Angeles
Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, and the Chamber Music Society
of Lincoln Center.
His compositional style reflects his interest in asian music, and utilizes
shifts in timbral coloring and limited pitch movement.
Scope and Content
The collection consists of music manuscripts, published scores, sound
recordings, programs, published reviews, correspondence and photographs.
Highlights of the collection include annotated scores and notes on
performance and composition by the composer.
The collection is arranged alphabetically by work title.
The collection is organized into the following series:
- Series 1. Birds of Sorrow (Symphony No. 2)
- Series 2. Clarion
- Series 3. Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra
- Series 4. Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra
- Series 5. Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra
- Series 6. Fantasy
- Series 7. Forest Music for Orchestra
- Series 8. Forever Escher
- Series 9. The Infernal Machine
- Series 10. Lie Lightly Gentle Earth
- Series 11. Minidoka
- Series 12. Magnificat
- Series 13. Mistletoe Bride
- Series 14. Nocturne for 24 Solo Voices
- Series 15. Oedipus Rag
- Series 16. Prince of the City
- Series 17. Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Viola, Violoncello
- Series 18. Scéne de Ballet (for six instruments)
- Series 19. Shinju = Lover's Suicide
- Series 20. Shogun
- Series 21. Sinfonia Concertante
- Series 22. String Quartet in One Movement
- Series 23. Tempest
- Series 24. Tree Music for Three Violas and Three Trombones
- Series 25. Trio for Violin, Bass Trombone and Harp
- Series 26. Miscellaneous Photographs
- Series 27. Miscellaneous Programs