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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

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



Descriptive Summary

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
Extent: 6.50 linear feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Biographical Note

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.

Excerpted from Rice Thresher, April 25, 1974

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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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Arrangement

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

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

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

Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University - History - Sources.
Rice University - Faculty.
Shepherd School of Music - History - Sources.
Subjects
Composition (Music) - Archives.
Composers.
Music manuscripts.
Arrangement (Music).
Formats
Correspondence.
Programs.
Audio cassettes.
Audiotapes.
Sheet music.

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Related Material

See also Rice University Archives, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, 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.

Processed by Lee Pecht 1996

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

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

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.
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 ft.

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 ft. (1 box)

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
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 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 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 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 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 ft.

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
Mobiles, 1974
String Quartet #5
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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