Guide to the Bernard Gilmore papers MS.F.036

Finding aid prepared by Audra Eagle Yun, 2012; updated by Sara Seltzer, 2014.
Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
(cc) 2017
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
University of California, Irvine
Irvine 92623-9557

Contributing Institution: Special Collections and Archives, University of California, Irvine Libraries
Title: Bernard Gilmore papers
Creator: Gilmore, Bernard
Identifier/Call Number: MS.F.036
Physical Description: 9.7 Linear Feet (15 boxes and 1 oversize folder)
Date (inclusive): 1957-2008, undated
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, performance programs and posters, biographical information, and audio recordings of Gilmore's music.
Language of Material: Collection materials are primarily in English.


The collection is open for research.
Access to original audio recordings is restricted; researchers may request use copies.

Publication Rights

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

Preferred Citation

Bernard Gilmore papers. 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.

Acquisition Information

Gifts of Phyllis Gilmore, 2011-2013.

Processing History

Processed by Matthew Caffrey and Audra Eagle Yun, 2011-2012. Additions made by Sara Seltzer, 2014.

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.

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, performance programs and posters, biographical information, and audio recordings of Gilmore's music.

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged in four series:
  • Series 1. Musical scores
  • Series 2. Event programs
  • Series 3. Biographical and personal
  • Series 4. Audio recordings
The musical scores are grouped together by title as received by the donor. The event programs and biographical and personal materials are sorted chronologically. Audio recordings are arranged alphabetically.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

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


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

box 14, folder 36

Five Folk Songs for Soprano and Symphonic Wind Band (annotated) 1966

box 14, folder 37

Five Folk Songs for Soprano and Symphonic Wind Band, piano reduction by the composer 1966

box 14, folder 38

Ozymandias, for baritone, percussion, 2 pianos and 2 harps 1984


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

folder XOS 1

Concert posters undated


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


Audio recordings Series 4.


3 Miniatures (Master) with Noise Reduction undated

box 15, item MS-F036-001-U

Use copy


3 Miniatures (Master) without Noise Reduction undated

box 15, item MS-F036-002-U

Use copy


3 Miniatures undated

box 15, item MS-F036-003-U

Use copy


5 Pieces for Piano undated

box 15, item MS-F036-004-U

Use copy


6-27 Final Version MIDI undated

box 15, item MS-F036-005-U

Use copy


Bird of Time (Flute) 1982 April 4

box 15, item MS-F036-006-U

Use copy


Branda-Laura undated

box 15, item MS-F036-007-U

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Brass Quintet - Cut Version undated

box 15, item MS-F036-008-U

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Brass Quintet (Synthesized Recording) undated

box 15, item MS-F036-009-U

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Cantata - Black Poets (MIDI) undated

box 15, item MS-F036-010-U

Use copy


Cantata - Black Poets (MIDI) 2 undated

box 15, item MS-F036-011-U

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Chao Fanfare (Dedication Fare) undated

box 15, item MS-F036-012-U

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Coffee Date (May 30, 1998)

box 15, item MS-F036-013-U

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Coffee Date - Master (MIDI) undated

box 15, item MS-F036-014-U

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Colloquies for Flute and Bb Clarinet (Fujimura and Gweon) 1997 17 May

box 15, item MS-F036-015-U

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Colloquies for Flute and Clarinet Original (March 8, 1997)

box 15, item MS-F036-016-U

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Duo Flute and Viola - NY Performance undated

box 15, item MS-F036-017-U

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Faculty Composers Concert, 5 Pieces: Tracks 1-5 undated

box 15, item MS-F036-018-U

Use copy


Fantasy Variations on the St. Anthony Chorale (MIDI) Master undated

box 15, item MS-F036-019-U

Use copy


Gilmore Works - PianoJazz undated

box 15, item MS-F036-020-U

Use copy


Ha Nahash Arum (The Cunning Serpent), (Noise Reduction) undated

box 15, item MS-F036-021-U

Use copy


Isles Triptych 1998 July 13

box 15, item MS-F036-022-U

Use copy


Jazz Idioms (Noise Reduction) undated

box 15, item MS-F036-023-U

Use copy


La Folia, Alternate Title: Gilmore Works - La Folia undated

box 15, item MS-F036-024-U

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Lord Byron, MIDI undated

box 15, item MS-F036-025-U

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Mi Komocha - Soprano and Piano undated

box 15, item MS-F036-026-U

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Mi Komocha and Ma Tovu undated

box 15, item MS-F036-027-U

Use copy

box 15, item MS-F036-028-U

Music by UCI Composers (Noon Recital May 21, 1991); (PianoJazz: Track 1); (Brass Quintet: Tracks 4-6)

box 15, item MS-F036-028-U

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Noon Concert (May 17, 1994); (Songs of Solitude: Tracks 9-12)

box 15, item MS-F036-029-U

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Norman Western Piano - PianoJazz (Part 1), (Track 2) undated

box 15, item MS-F036-030-U

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Norman Western Piano - PianoJazz (Part 2) undated

box 15, item MS-F036-031-U

Use copy


Ozymandias undated

box 15, item MS-F036-032-U

Use copy


Pastorale (MIDI) undated

box 15, item MS-F036-033-U

Use copy


Piano Jazz (Noise Reduction) undated

box 15, item MS-F036-034-U

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Piano Jazz (Delores Stevens March 7, 1992)

box 15, item MS-F036-035-U

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Piano Jazz (Midi Master) undated

box 15, item MS-F036-036-U

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PianoJazz UNLV; Alternate Title: Piano Jazz I (#6-B) undated

box 15, item MS-F036-037-U

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Quintet - Piper at the Gates of Dawn undated

box 15, item MS-F036-038-U

Use copy


Quintet for Winds (MIDI Master) undated

box 15, item MS-F036-039-U

Use copy


Requiem, Summer 1995 (May 18, 1997)

box 15, item MS-F036-040-U

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Requiem, Summer 1995 (MIDI)

box 15, item MS-F036-041-U

Use copy


Sierra Winds - Cantata (Piper at the Gates of Dawn: Tracks 11-12) undated

box 15, item MS-F036-042-U

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Songs of Solitude 1994 May 17

box 15, item MS-F036-043-U

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St. Anthony Variations undated

box 15, item MS-F036-044-U

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Swing Sets (ASU) 1996 October 26

box 15, item MS-F036-045-U

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Swing Sets (ASU) with Noise Reduction 1996 October 26

box 15, item MS-F036-046-U

Use copy


Swing Sets (Good MIDI Master) undated

box 15, item MS-F036-047-U

Use copy


The Arroyo Singers - Composers Concert (Three Little Madrigals: Tracks 17-20), (Noise Reduction) 1990 June 10

box 15, item MS-F036-048-U

Use copy


UCI Orchestra - Pastoral (Part 1), (Tracks 1-2) undated

box 15, item MS-F036-049-U

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UCI Orchestra - Pastoral (Part 2) undated

box 15, item MS-F036-050-U

Use copy


Bernard Gilmore Compositions Scores and Parts (August 18, 2011) August 18, 2011

box 15, item Scores and Parts

Use Copy