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Lou Harrison Papers: Writings
MS 132 Ser.5  
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box-folder 1:1-2:34, 2:46; 3:1-14

Writings by Lou Harrison 1934-2002

Physical Description: 86 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains writings by Lou Harrison.
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Juvenila 1934

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"About Carl Ruggles" - published copy 1946

Scope and Content Note

See also MS 132 Ser.2 Writings: Notebook 151.
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"My young friend …", 1954

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"On the Separation of War from State", 1955

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"Sonata No.2 for Violin and Piano" [Ives' Uln. Sonatas], 1957

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"During 1957 or 58 I had the great pleasure of a visit by Henry and Sidney Cowell …" [Cowells' Music 1957], 1957-1958

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"Gentlemen and ladies, when we are children we play …" [Crackpot], 1959

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Letter to Eisenhower, 1959

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"Introduction", 1960-1969

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"Plan for aid preservation & expansion of the Chinese Opera in the U.S. …", 1960-1969

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"Refreshing the Auditory Perceptions" East-West Music Encounters, Toyko, April 1961

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Address to East-West Music Encounter, Tokyo - edited by Bruce Kennedy, April 1961

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"Nova Odo", 1962

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"Creative ideas in the Classic Music", 1962

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"On the twentieth of this month, Alan Hovhaness …", 1962

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"Society, Musician, Dancer, Machine - A Set of Opinions Entirely Attributed to Lou Harrison, in 1966", 1966

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"Bill has convinced me …", 1967

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"Transcription to David Ming Yueh Liang" [1968], 2511

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"Soon Liang Tsoi Ping will be sixty …", 1969

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"Some Notes on the Music of Mouth-Organs; to Honor, with admiration & affection, Dr. Lee Hye-Ku in his sixtieth year", 1969

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"Instruction Manual; The Colvig-Harrison Monochord", 1970-1979

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"The Moon Lantern" [puppet show script]; "The White Snake Lady" clipping, program, letters, 1971

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Lou Harrison's Music Primer: Various Items About Music to 1970, 1971

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Harry Partch "Genesis of a Music", The World of Music, 1973

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"This afternoon you called me … " [To Bill Colvig], 1973

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"Warm Wonderful Harry Partch in Recent Times", 1973

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"Inscription in a book, to Ned Rorem", 10/31/1973

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Obituary for Pauline Benton, November 1974

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"Item: In Christian times Europe insisted that everyone had to buy …", 1974

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"Such Melodies and Clutter - thoughts around Ives", 1974

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"Schoënberg in Several Ways", 1974

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"Item: Isosyllabic Verse Forms" [1975], 2518

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"Asian music & the United States", 1975

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"Item: Five-tone, Six-tone & Seven-tone Modal forms within the Traditional matrix of two tetrachords separated by a nine to eight", 1975

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"Happy Birthday Virgil", 1977

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"Lorle Kranzler is an extraordinary woman …", 1977

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Address to 7th Symposium on Arts, Contemporary Arts and the Futurama" National Academy of Arts, Korea, 1978

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"An Account of Three Trips During the Fall of 1978" 1978

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"Oberlin College courser: A music published in 1978, the first available manual …" [Gamelan] 1982

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"A note in answer to Dr. Henry Noye' kind verses", 1982

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"Thoughts About 'Slippery Slendro' " 1985

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"Title Pending" [On Harry Partch], 1985

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"Oh, my Poet, Robert Duncan and Lord of Speech", 1988

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"Lou Harrison Acceptance Speech for Honorary Degree Mills College", 1988

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"I Do Not Quite Understand You Socrates", 1988

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"Cloverleaf; A Little Narrative with Several 'Off-ramps' ", 1/1: The Quarterly Journal of the Just Intonation Network , v.5:2, 1989

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Ives' "Universe Symphony", 1990-1999

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"Entune: in which are cursorily examined …", 1990

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"Item for Chalmers" 1990

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"Item: Blessed be translators, for they give us worlds", 1991

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"An interview with Remy Charlip", 1992

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"Learning from Henry", 1995

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"To Fred Tulan - Olivier Messiaen …", 1996

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"A Line between the Word and the Way: a celebration of the life and works of Lou Harrison" 1997

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"What a wonderful, rambunctious program M.T.T. has envisioned for the concert of American 'visionaries' …" 1998

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"Microfest 2001 Keynote Address", 1/1 The Journal of the Just Intonation Network, v.10:4, 2001

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"About my Fourth Symphony", Current Musicology no.67-68, 2002

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"Tunings and civilizations", 2002

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"Cipher notation", undated

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"Hanya Holm", undated

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"Item - Some Chings in which I feel affinities …", undated

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"Lytton & Thon Bridges …" [Isosyllabic composition], undated

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"Meditation for Glanville Downey", undated

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"Tunings", undated

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"When estimating the height of the mountain you have just climbed …", undated

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"Gamelan Builders' Notes", undated

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(re: Gamelan - for the Met.Concert), undated

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Instruments, undated

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"As to my personal musical interests …", undated

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"Ruggles", undated

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"The Composer, the Public & the Copyright", undated

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"Thin shinning stretch …", undated

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Harrison, Lou - "Tens to a Friend - P.G.", 1995

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Poems & Pieces

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Early draft 1976-2002

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"Gending Antony", "Gending Claude" 1976-2002

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"Gending Pak Chokro" 1976-2002

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"Gending Pindar" 1982

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"Gending Bill" 1980-2002

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Ovid's Changes 1983-1986

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"Gending Alexander" - For Michael Zinn, Mills College, Feb. 1981

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"Ladrang James & Joel" undated

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"Munakata Shiko" undated

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"Gending Dennis", "Aphrodite" undated

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"Mark Bulwinkle" undated

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"Repose for James" 5/22/1999

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"Main Bersama Sama" undated

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Bound maquette - Artichoke Press edition 2003

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Writings by Others 1942-1996

Physical Description: 12 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains by others regarding Lou Harrison and his music, performances and life.
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Gidlow, Elsa


Percussion concert - 2 pgs typescript, corrected photocopy 1942


Plays - "Don Juan in Limbo"; "The Masks"; "Preface to Peace" - typescripts [1942-1960]

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Harlan, Calvin - "Lou Harrison, American Composer" by Calvin Harlan, 1963

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Wade, James - "The Noble, Lyrical Art of Lou Harrison" by James Wade 1976

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Kress, Maggie - "Interview with Frank Campbell, Elizabeth's son, Taos, August 198" by Maggie Kress 1982

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Kress, Maggie - "Interview: Lou Harrison and Bill Colvig about Elizabeth Campbell", Oakland, CA", Maggie Kress, 1982

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Dithrich, William - The Mills Gamelon designed and built by William Colvig and Lou Harrison, assisted by students of Mills College. Text and drawings by William Dithrich 1983

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Colvig, William - "Gays in the Military; a Personal Report" by William Colvig 1992

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Colvig, Willliam - "An American Gamelan" 1996

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Berstein, David - "Lou Harrison Interview" undated

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Ho Ming Chung - "Characteristics of Chinese Music" Ho Ming Chung, Nat'l Chengchi University, Mushan, Taipei, China undated

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Yates, Peter - "The American Artist" by Peter Yates undated

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Research on Charles Ives, Henry Cowell 1902-1996, undated

Physical Description: 26 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains research materials collected by Harrison on Charles Ives and a couple of folders of material on Henry Cowell.
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Biographical material undated 1942-1976

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Correspondence 1933, 1946

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Programs 1939, 1946

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Reviews, clippings 1902-1994

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"A Conneticut Yankee in Music" by Louise Fletcher undated

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"Charles Ives: Compiled References (1888-1935)", 1944

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"Charles Ives, His Music" Reinbert de Leeuw, 1969

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"A Charles Ives Primer" Robert Oudel & Johannes Riedel, 1970

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"Preface to Larry Austin Commentary", 1980

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"Ives' Concord Sonata" by Fred Fischer, 1981

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"Second Pianoforte Sonata - Concord, Mass, 1840-1860", 1947

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"Universe Symphony", undated

Scope and Content Note

These sketches correspond by squared measure numbers to the score of Johnny Reinhard
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"Universe Symphony" (1913-1926) Realized by Johnny Reinhard, 1996

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"Three Places in New England; an Orchestral Set", 1935

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"Psalm XXIV", 1951

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"The All Enduring", undated

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"Four Transcriptions from 1st movement of 2nd Pianoforte Sonata", undated

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"String Quartett" - Cello, Viola, Violin 1, 2, undated

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"2nd Violin Sonata", undated

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"Chamber Music", v. 6 (hard cover), undated

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"Third Symphony" (parts), undated

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"Third Symphony" (hard cover), undated

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"Some More Music" by Henry Cowel1, undated


Incomplete - oversize photostats - poor condition
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"One Moment Please"; "How Come?"; "The Pool Sacrifice" by Henry Cowell, undated


Incomplete - oversize photostats - poor condition
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"Universe Symphony" Sketches", undated


Incomplete - oversize photostats - poor condition
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Research on Virgil Thomson 1940-1992, undated

Physical Description: 10 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains materials collected by Harrison on Virgil Thomson.
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Biographical: Obiturary, memorials, 1989-1992

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"Composer & Critic", undated

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"The Philosophy of Style", undated

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"List of Works by Virgil Thomson, 1920-1971", undated

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"Eleven Chorale Preludes for Organ, op.122" full score, undated

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"La Valse Gregorienne", 1940

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"Sonata de Chiesa", undated

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"The Cat for two voices and Piano", poem by Jack Larson, 1981

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"The Feast of Love" undated

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"The Peace Place"; "Sonata for Flute Alone"; "Concerto for Flute", 1972

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Research on Korean Music 1960-1962, undated

Physical Description: 5 boxes

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series contains history books, drafts, notes, scores, glossary and other reference materials on Korean culture and music.
Much of the material is in Chinese and Korean and is not translated. When possible a very simple translation or description has been provided.
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Correspondence, 1961-1962

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Toyko East-West Music Encounters 1962

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Notes - loose notes, partial notebook pages, 1961-1962

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"Music Notebook - Kwang Moon Note" 1961-1962

Scope and Content Note

Contents description: "Kooygori", "Yumbul Taryong", "Nova Odo, pt. III"; "Tanso: Sangyoungsam"; Cabrillo rehearsals
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"Historical material in detail"; "Korea", 1961-1962

Scope and Content Note

Contents description: (pg. 12) "Gofrantoj, Gesinjoroj - Vi spertos"; "Confucian"; "Hyaugak - Su-je-chin", etc.
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"History of Korean Music" by Lou Harrison

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Draft pages with corrections, annotations, 1961-1962

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Typescripts - 2 copies, 1961-1962

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"Buddhist Chant" - drafts with corrections, 1961-1965

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Illustration boards - Choregraphic Figures, pl.1-15, 17-28, decorations, 1960-1965

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"List of Tapes of Korean Classic Music", Music Room of Korean Information Center, 1961-1962

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Notebook undated

Scope and Content Note

Contents description: "The modes, the Orkestra, 3 ways"; "The world dies of 'Managers' Analects"
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"Music-Note" notebooks (5) 1961-1962

Scope and Content Note

Contents description: "Piri Sketches"; "Sujectrum & Tasurms"; "The Civil Homage - The Confucian Hymn (final page)"; "The Military Homage",
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"Beethoven Music Book" - notebook, 1961-1962

Scope and Content Note

Contents description: "I. Hyi Mun"; "II Ki Myong"; "III Kwi Yin"; "IV Hong Ka"; "V Chip Nyong", etc.
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"Music for Dancing", 1961-1962

Scope and Content Note

Contents description: "Old Six Beat", "The Grand Opening", "Minor Preliminaries", "Mourning for Heaven", "Celebrating the Southern Branch", "Buddhist Chant"
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"Kayako Sanjo, no.1" by Kim Yoon-Duk Sanjo, arranged by Hwang Byong-Ki, 1962

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"The Korean Folk-Tale", v.1, May 1956


Decription: Photocopied pages, notes
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"Music for the Shrine of the Royal Ancestors, Civil Homage", no.1, undated

Scope and Content Note

Contents description: "Hyi Mun", "Nak Yang Chun"
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"Brief History of Seoul, Korea" , 1961-1962

Scope and Content Note

Contents description: Publication with holograph letter & captions written inside "Dear Bob, I have reached Cathay …"
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Woven cloth covered music notebook, undated

Scope and Content Note

Contents description: "3 variations on Plum Blossoms", Shau Lyu; "Wild Goose", "Heavenly Happiness", Ming (Kuy style), etc.
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Song sheets undated


Description: In Korean and Chinese
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Music class workbook - teaching material, undated

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Korean song books (3), undated

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Possibly a vocabulary book in Chinese, undated

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Songs in Chinese with simple translations in Korean, undated

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New songs for flutes, undated


Description:6 unbound pamphlets
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Korean music booklet produced by Music College Department, Seoul National University, undated

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"Handmade Fabric" music book by the City Music Training Center, undated

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"Hail One Thousand Years" for flutes, undated

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"Lyre" produced by Music Department, Seoul National University, undated

box:folder 11:9

Song book undated


Description: Chinese characters in black, Korean in red, first page shows all sounds or notes used in booklet
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"Fifty Korean Folksongs", undated

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Song books, undated


Description: Written in Chinese with Korean lyrics, sounds; all paper bound
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"Tables of the McCune-Reischauer System for the Romanization of Korean", October 1961

Scope and Content Note

Reprinted from Transactions of the Korea Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society , v.38
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Three pamphlets, undated

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Possibly song sheets, undated

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"Lyrics for Southern Music", undated

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"Ikuma Dan - Collected Songs" - inscribed, 1961

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Music Journal, undated

box:folder 12:5

Song book, undated

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"Glossary of Korean Music" by Sa Hoon Chang, Edited by Dr. Hae Koo Lee; Compiled by: Radio Management Bureau Ministry for State Council Administration, undated

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"Letter of Appreciation" from Won Woo Lee, Minister, Ministry of Public Information, October 15, 1962

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"Korea music or Music in Korea" - notes, drafte, scores, 1961-1962

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"Ka Kok; No Rae, Tae Keum, Keo Moon Ko", undated

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"Su Chae Chon" (All under the Heavens) by Chong He Kim, 1962

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"Unchanging Spring, Perpetual Youth", undated