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Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I:Correspondence, 1950-1986

Series II: General Notes, Programs, and Funeral Items 1953-1979

Series III - Compositions, Arrangements, Settings, Harmonizations by A. E. Hall

Series IV: Audio Recordings of A. E. Hall's Works 1961-1990

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Arthur E. Hall papers, 1950-1990, bulk 1950-1979 MS 454



Title: Arthur E. Hall papers
Dates: 1950-1990, bulk 1950-1979
Abstract: Arthur E. Hall (1901-1978), one time Chairman of Rice University's Shepherd School of Music (1953-1973), is known as a composer of orchestral, choral and chamber ensemble music. His papers include correspondence, original compositions, arrangements, settings, and harmonizations by Hall, as well as audio recordings of his performances.
Identification: MS 454
Quantity: 6.5 Linear Feet
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Arthur E. Hall (1901-1978), one time Chairman of Rice's Shepherd School of Music (1953-1973), is known as a composer of orchestral, choral and chamber ensemble music.

He was educated at Yale University and studied at Juilliard, Colorado College and was awarded an M. M. from Baylor University in 1949. He came to Houston after the war (1946) and became organist and music director for Christ Episcopal Cathedral. Hall came to Rice in 1953 as the University's first music instructor and subsequently became associate professor. He became full professor in 1969, going on to become Chairman of the School of Music.

Hall was a prolific composer and won several awards including ones from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), the Houston Symphony Award, the Charles Ives Award as well as others and was also honored by Yale University and Rice University after his retirement. While at Rice University, he encouraged establishment of the Lyric Art String Quartet and the Woodwinds of Houston, two chamber music organizations. A number of his compositions have been published.

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Scope and Contents

Arthur E. Hall's papers include correspondence, original compositions, arrangements, settings, and harmonizations, as well as audio recordings of his performances.The original composition material includes some of Hall's music manuscripts of compositions, arrangements, settings and harmonizations that reflect his prolific composing skills. Some of the works are arranged alphabetically; other work is separated into Orchestra and parts. There are also scores for quartets and quintets.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Arthur E. Hall papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

corrrespondence
programs (documents)
scores
sheet music
Composition (Music)
Composers
audiotapes
Arrangement (Music)
Shepherd School of Music.
Rice University.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Arthur E. Hall Papers, 1950-1990, MS 454, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

The Arthur E. Hall papers were a gift from Mrs. Arthur E. Hall received in 1996 and 1997.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:Correspondence, 1950-1986
0 .5 linear ft. (1 box)

Scope and Contents note
Contains letters, copyright registrations, invoices, sheet music and other items that passed between Mr. Hall and music publishers. Other correspondence pertains to organizations, such as ASCAP and Yale's School of Music and Rice's School of Music. There are also Rice-related Christmas cards as well as letters and cards of sympathy on his death.
Subseries: Music publishers correspondence/materials, 1950s-70s:
Box Folder
1 1 Abingdon Press
2 Belwin-Mills
3 Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers
4 Concordia Publishing House
5 Mark Foster Music Co.
6 Galaxy Music Corp.
7 H. W. Gray Co., Inc.
8 Leeds Music Corp.
9 Oxford University Press
10 E.C. Schirmer
11 Southern Music Co.
12 Western International Music
13 World Library of Sacred Music
14 ASCAP
15 Endowment of the Arts Program
16 General, 1963-86
17 Rice-related Christmas cards, 1960s-70
18 Symphony North, 1973-81
19 Yale School of Music, 1975
20 Sympathy on the death of A.E. Hall, 1978

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Series II: General Notes, Programs, and Funeral Items 1953-1979
0.25 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents note
This series contains miscellaneous items such as notes, recital and concert programs. Retirement information including some tax documents and funeral memorial book and floral tributes are included.
Box Folder
2 1 Notes, misc. materials, 1953-79
2 Misc. recital and concert programs, 1967-71
3 Retirement, 1970-79
4 Funeral memorial book and floral tributes, 1978

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Series III - Compositions, Arrangements, Settings, Harmonizations by A. E. Hall
0.5 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents note
This series includes some of Hall's original music manuscripts of compositions, arrangements, settings and harmonizations that reflect his prolific composing skills. Some of the works are arranged alphabetically; other work is separated into Orchestra and parts. There are also scores for quartets and quintets.
Box
3 Subseries A: Compositions by A.E. Hall
"Adeste Fideles"
"Adieu, Sweet Amarillis"
"Ah, Could My Eyes Behold Thee"
"Alterations"
"America, the Beautiful"
"Annie Laurie"
"Arpeggiando"
"The Ballad of the Dalarna Coat"
"The Bridge at Avignon"
"The Christ Child'
"The Circle/Reflections"
"Come Away Death/O Mistress Mine"
"Contemplation"
"Divertimente"
"Euterpe"
"Fantasie for Harp and Strings"
"Fum, Fum, Fum"
"Gloria"
"God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen"
"Good Christian Men, Rejoice"
"Good-Day, Dear Heart"
"Good King Wencelas"
"Greensleeves"
"Hark! The Herald Angels"
"I Know a Maiden Wondrous Fair"
"In These Delightful Pleasant Groves"
"I Saw Three Ships"
"I Will Plant My Own Tree"
"Jesu, Joy"
"The Kings"
"Let Go! Why Do You Stay Me"
"Magnificat"
"Messe Brevis"
"Minuetto"
"Modus Operandi 2475"
"My Heart Doth Beg"
"Novelet"
"On Christmas Night/Le Divine Enfant"
"One Smiling, Summer Morning"
"The Perfect Gift"
"Pues Bien, Yo Necesito"
"Reflections"
"Rest, Sweet Nymphs"
"Rice's Honor"
"Scherzo III"
"The Self Same Star"
"Shoot, False Love, I Care Not"
"Silent Night"
"Sing With the Spirit"
"The Sixth Sense"
"Sonata for Flute and Harp"
"Sonata for Flute and Piano"
"Sonata No. 22"
"So Well I Know Who's Happy"
"Suite for Piano"
"Thyrsis, Sleepest Thou?"
"Toccata for Harp"
"Toccata on C#"
"Were I a Poet"
Box
4 Subseries B: Compositions by A.E. Hall; includes scores and orchestral parts:
"M.O. 2475"
"A Christmas Triptych"
"Christmas Joy"
"The Sound of Christmas"
"Seven Preludes to the Nativity"
Box
5 Subseries C: Compositions by A.E. Hall; includes scores and orchestral parts:
"Mobiles"
"Eine Woche"
"String Quartet #1"
'String Quartet #2"
"String Quartet #3"
"String Quartet #4"
"String Quartet #5"
"String Quartet #6"
Box
6 Subseries D: Compositions by A.E. Hall; includes scores and orchestral parts:
"Sonata for Flute and Piano"
"Woodwind Quintet"
"Quintet for Clarinet and Strings"
"Quintet for Oboe and Strings"
"Quintet for Flute and Strings"
"Quintet for Piano and Strings"
Box
7 Subseries E: Compositions by A.E. Hall; includes scores and orchestral parts:
"Symphony #1"
"Symphony #2"
"Overture for Chamber Orchestra"
"Quintet for French Horn and Strings"
"Suite for Flute, Violoncello, Harpsichord"
"Concerto in G Minor" (by Vivaldi)
"Duett No. XVIII" (by Handl)
"Theme and Variations for String Orchestra"
"Movement a la Scherzo"
"Illyria" or "Twelfth Night"
"Iolanthe"

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Series IV: Audio Recordings of A. E. Hall's Works 1961-1990
0.75 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents note
Reel to reel audiotapes and audiocassettes.
Box
8 "Flute Sonata" n.d.
"Woodwind Quintet" 1968
"Horn Quintet" 1969
"Quintet for Flute; String/Quartet in C Major, Quartet #2" 1966
"Suite for Flute, Cello and Harpsichord," "String Quartet in E Minor 'From My Life'" 1961; 1962
"Suite for Orchestra 'Die Woche'" 1971
"String Quartet #5"
"Mobiles" 1974
"Concord Sonata"
"Arthur Hall Retrospective"
"Piano Suite" 1963
"Oboe Quintet" 1970
"Circle and Reflections" 1972
"Suite for Piano" 1990
"Overture" 1972
"Quartet #2"
"Quartet #5"
"Rice's Honor," "Sammy O"

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