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Guide to the Peter Racine Fricker Papers, 1940s-1990
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Restrictions on Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography / Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Peter Racine Fricker Papers,
    Dates: 1940s-1990
    Collection number: PA Mss 17
    Creator: Fricker, Peter Racine, 1920-1990
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: Papers of British-American composer active from WWII through the 1980s, including a nearly complete collection of his published, manuscript and diazo scores as well as recordings of his compositions, extensive correspondence and materials related to his teaching activities at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
    Extent: 73 Boxes 50 linear feet
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English

    Restrictions on Access

    Faculty correspondence and College of Creative Studies administrative files are closed, see Curator for access.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Peter Racine Fricker Papers, PA Mss 17, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated in 1990 by Peter Racine Fricker. Additional materials were transferred from the Estate of Helen Fricker in 2005.

    Biography / Administrative Information

    One of the most important postwar British composers, Peter Racine Fricker was born in London in 1920 and was educated at London's St. Paul's School. In 1937 he entered the Royal College of Music where he studied theory with Reginald Morris and organ with Sir Ernest Bullock. He also studied at Morley College, where he met Michael Tippett. He left to serve in the Royal Air Force during WWII and after the war he returned to Morley College where he studied with Matyas Seiber until Seiber's death in 1960. In 1952 he succeeded Tippett as director of the college and in 1955 began teaching composition at the Royal College. In 1964 he accepted a one-year appointment to teach composition at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He accepted a full time appointment the following year and in 1970 became chairperson of the music department. He held a joint appointment in the Department of Music and the College of Creative Studies and taught composition, theory (particularly 20th century), and musicianship at UCSB until his retirement in 1989. He was also Composer-in-Residence for the Santa Barbara Symphony. His compositions won many awards, including the Koussevitzky Prize for his First Symphony in 1949. He was awarded the annual Faculty Research Lecturer award by the University in 1980 and was the first professor appointed to the Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Chair in Music.
    Fricker's works owed much to Bartok, Berg, Hindemith and Schoenberg and though his works are rarely serial, they are often freely atonal. His output was large numbering about 200 works, including seven film scores, five symphonies as well as numerous chamber, choral, and organ works.
    He died in Santa Barbara in 1990.

    Scope and Content

    The Peter Racine Fricker Papers is divided into 5 series,
    Title: Series I, Miscellaneous and Biographical Information;
    Title: Series II, Scores;
    Title: Series III, Sound Recordings and Film;
    Title: Series IV, UCSB Files;
    Title: Series V, Correspondence;
    Title: Series VI, Other Composer's Scores;
    The collection's strengths include nearly all of his manuscripts and published scores, extensive biographical information, and his correspondence.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Composers--United States
    Sound Recordings