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Inventory of the Arnold Elston Musical Compositions and Papers
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Inventory of musical compositions and lecture notes of Professor Arnold Elston held by the U.C. Berkeley Music Library


Part I: Dramatic and Orchestral Works.

Box 1-3, 12, item 1.

Great Age, Behold Us, cantata for chorus and large orchestra.

Additional Note

Text: St John-Perse, from his Chronique. Composed: 1963-1965.Scores, parts and transparencies.
Box 1

Full score, Ozalid

Box 2

Original transparencies of score

Box 3

Vocal scores

Box 12


Box 4-6, item 2.

The Love of Don Perlimplin, chamber opera.

Additional Note

Text: Garcia-Lorca. Composed: June, 1957-March, 1958, Eugene, Oregon, and Berkeley. Scores and transparencies of score only.
Box 4-5

Transparencies and full scores

Box 6

Includes Vocal score inscribed to Edgar Jones

Box 7, 8, item 3.

Sweeney Agonistes, chamber opera.

Additional Note

Text: T. S. Eliot from his Fragment of an Agon. Dedicated to Walter Piston. Composed: October, 1948-August, 1950. Scores, parts, and transparencies.
Box 9, 13, item 4.

Three Orchestra Pieces: Dithyramb, Paean, Furioso.

Additional Note

Composed: 1968-1970. Scores, parts, and transparencies.
Box 9

Ozalid copies of different versions

Box 13

Original MSS


Part II: Songs and choruses.

Box 10, item 5.

A Drunken man's praise of sobriety "Come, swish around."

Additional Note

Score. 1954. For soprano and piano. (And Edgar Jones' copy)
Box 10, item 6.

A Gallant's song "When the maiden leaves off teasing."

Additional Note

Text: Thomas Hardy. Score. September, 1948. For bass voice and piano.
Box 10, item 7.

In memory on Anton Webern "Last as first, for women's voices and brass (2 trumpets, horn, tenor, and bass trombone).

Additional Note

Text: Thomas Hardy from his The Dynasts. March 27, 1947.Scores.
Box 10, item 8.

Lament from Esther "Plenrons et gemissons," for soprano and piano.

Additional Note

Text: Jean Racine. December, 1942.
Box 10, item 9.

Two madrigals. 1) The Ecstatic, and 2) Spring omnipotent goddess, for S,S,MS,A,T,B.

Additional Note

Poems by C. Day Lewis and E. E. Cummings. Scores. Berkeley, March 22, 1971.Dedicated to Dan Heartz.
Box 10, item 10.

Que le Seigneur est bon, for soprano and piano.

Additional Note

Text: Jean Racine. Score. December, 1942;

See Item 8.
Box 10, item 11.

Some one came knocking, for soprano and piano.

Additional Note

Text: Walter De La Mare. Score. No date.
Box 10, item 12.

There is a way of life, motet for four-part women's chorus (a cappella).

Additional Note

Poem by Merrill Moore. Three scores. Eugene, Oregon, 1945.

Part III: Chamber music and piano music.

Box 10, item 13.

Rondo, for piano (1937).

Additional Note

Score, no place.
Box 10, item 14.

Sonatina, for two clarinets (B flat). April, 1946. Two scores.

Box 10, item 15.

String quartet (1961). Score and parts (and a score inscribed to Seymour Shifrin).

Box 10, item 16.

Trio, for violin, cello, and piano. Berkeley, 1967.

Additional Note

Scores and parts (and a copy inscribed to Lawrence Moe).

Part IV: Papers

Box 11, item 17.

Article: Athematic structure. Berkeley, no date.

Box 11, item 18.

Lecture: Beethoven - 200 years later. No place or date.

Box 11, item 19.

Lecture: Alban Berg's Wozzeck. San Francisco Opera performances, West Coast Premiere. No place or date.

Box 11, item 20.

Lecture: Claude Debussy. No place or date.

Box 11, item 21.

Notes: Andre Gedalge - subject and answer.

Box 11, item 22.

Article: The formal structure of Opus 6, no. 1 of Anton Webern.

Additional Note

Published in Perspective on New Music, vol. 6:1 (1967), 63-66.
Box 11, item 23.

Lecture: The Music of Anton Webern (1883-1945).Spring, 1957, no place.

Box 11, item 24.

Lecture: Music since 1945. University of Oregon, Eugene, July 10, 1969.

Additional Note

Lecture notes and program.
Box 11, item 25.

Paper: Webern as Teacher. No place or date.

Box 11, item 26.

Program and text of the cantata Great Age, Behold Us. Berkeley, April 19-20, 1968.

Box 11, item 27.

Statement by the composer concerning his chamber opera Sweeney Agonistes.

Box 11, item 28.

Libretto: A penny for your life. No place or date.

Box 11, item 29.

Reviews of his chamber opera The Love of Don Perlimplin. San Francisco Chronicle, May 11, 1958, p. 32 and May 18, 1958.

Box 11, item 29a.

Correspondence. The Love of Don Perlimplin (6)

Box 11, item 30.

Class lecture notes: 20th century music, Berkeley, Fall quarter, 1964.

Box 11, item 31.

Class lecture notes: two (2) notebooks, Berkeley, no date.

Box 11, item 32.

Class lecture notes: miscellaneous collection.

Box 11, item 33.

Ph. D. thesis: On Musical Dynamics.

Additional Note

Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. June, 1939. 167 pp.
Box 11, item 34.

Two (2) notebooks with red covers containing sketches of Three Orchestra Pieces, mvt. 3 "Furioso."

Box 11, item 35.

Sweeney Agonistes.


Reviews (3)


Correspondence (1)


Photographs (2)


Notes (from Edgar Jones' copy of the score)

Box 11, item 36.

Correspondence (14): Le Mal Court

Box 11, item 37.

Correspondence (3): Great Age Behold Us

Box 11, item 38.

Correspondence (3) and photographs (6) - Anton Webern

Box 11, item 39.

Correspondence (10) and photograph (1):


Letter from Ingolf Dahl (1)


Letters from Hans Moldenhauer (2)


Letter from Dave & Peggy Holden (1)


Letter from BBC (Brian Trowell) (1)


Letter from Roger Sessions (1)


Condolence letters (4) to Ann Elston: David Lewis, Jean & Bill Woods, Lowell Creitz of Pro Arte Qt. (incl. picture) and Lisl & Roger Sessions.

Box 11, item 40.

Miscellaneous concert programs and newspaper clippings

Box 11, item 40a.

Miscellaneous newspaper clippings-includes concert reviews and obituaries.

Box 11, item 41.

Photographs of Arnold Elston (7)


Part V: Concert Tapes (9)

Box 11, item 42.

Love of Don Perlimplin - June 12, 1958 - 2 tapes

Box 11, item 43.

Sweeney Agonistes - May 2, 1957

Box 11, item 44.

Great Age Behold Us - Sat., April 20, 1962

Box 11, item 45.

Paean - Feb. 8 and 9, no year

Box 11, item 46.

Piano Trio and Cantata: Great Age Behold Us (no performance date)

Box 11, item 47.

Piano Trio (Mesta) - no performance date

Box 11, item 48.

Piano Trio - Franaro (?) Trio, S.F. Chamber Music Society Concert - n.d.

Box 11, item 49.

Elston Quartet - n.d.

Box 11, item 50.

Seymour Shifrin - Str. Qt. no. 4 - Fine Arts Qt., Oct. 1967, Berkeley

Box 11, item 51.

S. Schifrin (sic)