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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Correspondence, Professional, 1950-1995

Series II: Rice University, 1978-1995

Series III: Teaching Materials, 1957-1995

Series IV: Personal, 1950-1995

Series V: Compositions (scores and recordings), 1943-1993

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Paul Cooper Papers, 1943-1995



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Cooper, Paul
Title Paul Cooper Papers
Dates: 1943-1995
Abstract: Paul Cooper’s papers document his professional career as a composer, music critic, author and teacher, at Rice University, University of Michigan, and University of Cincinnati. Formats include correspondence, compositions (scores), course notes and outlines, photographs, notes, performance, programs, and sound recordings; dates range from 1943-1995.
ID MS 463
Extent 28 boxes
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Biographical Note

Paul Cooper (1926-96), composer-in-residence and Lynette Autrey Professor of Music at Rice University, was internationally known as a composer, music critic, author and teacher. He earned degrees from the University of Southern California and studied at the Conservatoire Nationale and the Sorbonne in Paris, and made his professional debut in 1953 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. He was a music critic in Los Angeles and Ann Arbor, MI and taught at the University of Michigan (1955-68) and the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati before joining the Rice faculty in 1974. Cooper held guest professorships in Stockholm and Copenhagen. He received Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships, grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Ford, Rockefeller and Rackham Foundations and the National Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and 25 consecutive ASCAP awards beginning in 1966. He served as cultural representative to Yugoslavia for the US State Department in 1965, and in 1976 began his involvement with the Music Teachers National Association. He served on the boards of Meet-the-Composer [Texas], Houston Composers Alliance, Voices of Change, Texas Composers Forum, and Phi Beta Kappa Alumni of Houston. Cooper was married to the former Christiane Ebert, a noted poet with whom he collaborated on oratorios, song cycles, instrumentals and chamber works. They have two children.

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Scope and Contents

Paul Cooper’s papers document his professional career as a composer, music critic, author and teacher, at Rice University, University of Michigan, and University of Cincinnati. Formats include correspondence, compositions, course notes and outlines, photographs, notes, performance, programs, and sound recordings; dates range from 1943-1995.

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Arrangement

This material has been arranged into the following series:
Series I: Correspondence, Professional, 1950-1995
Series II: Rice University, 1978-1995
Series III: Teaching Materials, 1957-1995
Series IV: Personal, 1950-1995
Series V: Compositions (scores and recordings), 1943-1993

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No access restrictions; this material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Paul Cooper papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Cooper, Paul -- archives
Subjects
Composers -- archives
Music education -- archives
Subject (Organizations)
Shepherd School of Music (Rice University) -- history.
Formats
Correspondence
Music compositions
Music scores
Programs
Sound recordings
Photographs
Notes

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Paul Cooper Papers, MS 463, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Correspondence, Professional, 1950-1995

Subseries A: General, 1950s-1990s
box folder
1 1 1950s
2 1960s
3 1970s
4 1980-83
5 1984-85
6 1986-89
7 1990s
8 n.d.
Subseries B: Named correspondents, 1952-1995
box folder
1 9 Ross Lee Finney, 1966-95, n.d.
box folder
2 1 Re: Boulanger, 1952-53
2 Publishers-Dodd, Mead & Co., 1968-75
3 Publishers-Wilhelm Hansen, 1971-88
4 Publishers-Harper & Row, 1975-87
5 Publishers-copyright cleared to Harper & Row, 1978
6 Publishers-general, 1963-95
7 ASCAP [American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers], 1970-88
8 MTNA [Music Teachers National Association] Executive Board, 1972-84
9 MTNA National Commissioning, 1976
10 MTNA-general, 1970s-80s

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Series II: Rice University, 1978-1995

box folder
3 1 [PC’s] Reports to the President, 1982, 88, 90-92, 94-95
2 Recommendations, 1983/84-84/85
3 Tenure and Chair meetings, 1983/84-84/85
4 Composition/Theory staff meetings, 1988
5 Departmental meetings, 1990-91
6 Theory department, 1991-92
7 Fondren Library Committee, 1983-84
8 Music degree programs, 1984
9 Correspondence [Rice only], 1978-79, 81-86, 88-89, 91-93, 95
10 Lectures, 1981, 83, 85
box folder
4 1 Shepherd School faculty minutes, 1983-84
2 Shepherd School faculty minutes, 1984-85
3 Shepherd School -misc.
4 Phi Beta Kappa (Greater Houston Assoc.), Rice chapter, 1983/84
5 Phi Beta Kappa, Rice chapter, 1984/85
6 SYZYGY, 1983-84
7 SYZYGY, “Meet the Composer,” 1991-92
8 SYZYGY concert programs
9 Festival of American Contemporary Music
10 Rice-related concert programs

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Series III: Teaching Materials, 1957-1995

Subseries A: University of Michigan course notes and outlines, 1957-1967
box folder
5 1 1957
2 1958
3 1959
4 1962
5 1963
box folder
6 1 1964
2 1965
3 1966
4 1967
Subseries B: University of Cincinnati course notes and outlines, 1969-1974
box folder
6 5 Teaching project, 1969-70
6 Course notes and outlines, 1972
7 Course notes and outlines, 1974
Subseries C: Rice University course notes and outlines, 1976-1995
box folder
6 8 1976-79
9 1980s
box folder
7 1 1990s
2 n.d.
3 [PC’s] Sample examinations

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Series IV: Personal, 1950-1995

box folder
8 1 Vitae
2 Thesis (Master’s), 1953 and graduate recital programs, 1956
3 Literary writings
4 Music Literature for Sight Singing, 1973
5 The Keyboard Music of Paul Cooper, John Carbon, n.d.
6 Military
7 School papers
8 Seminar and class notes
9 Photographs
10 Honors
box folder
9 1 Newsclips
2 Insurance and household
3 Income tax
4 Grant applications
5 Correspondence
6 Correspondence
7 Correspondence
8 Catalogs listing Cooper’s works
9 Reviews written by Cooper
10 Reviews of Cooper’s works
box folder
10 1 Reviews of Cooper’s works
2 Programs from performances of Cooper’s works, 1950s
3 Programs from performances of Cooper’s works, 1960s
4 Programs from performances of Cooper’s works, 1970s
5 Programs from performances of Cooper’s works, 1970s
6 Programs from performances of Cooper’s works, 1980s
box folder
11 1 Programs from performances of Cooper’s works, 1980s
2 Programs from performances of Cooper’s works, 1980s
3 Programs from performances of Cooper’s works, 1990s
4 Programs from performances of Cooper’s works, n.d.
5 Posters advertising Cooper’s concerts

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Series V: Compositions (scores and recordings), 1943-1993

Subseries A: Standard sized scores
box folder
12 1 All the Day I Hear, 9-48
2 Canti for Viola and Piano, 1981
3 Celebration, 1983
4 Chorales of Nativity, n.d.
5 Concert for Three, 1977
6 Concerto for Antiphonal Organs, 1955
7 Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, 1982
8 Credo, 8-18-70
9 Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, 1987
10 Duo Concertante, n.d.
11 Elegies, 1991
12 Etude No. 1, n.d.
13 Folio of compositions for class, 1948-49
14 Folk Dances, n.d.
15 Four Impromptus, n.d.
16 From the Sacred Harp, 1982
17 Glory to God, 6-18-44
18 Impressions, 7-18-44
19 Jubilate, 1986
20 Last Call; Arias and Recitatives on Poems of C.E. Cooper, 1990
21 Love Songs and Dances, 1986
22 Minuet for Catie’s White Square, n.d.
23 Missa Brevis, n.d.
24 Momment Musical, 8-7-44
25 Music for a Festive Occasion, 1985
26 Mysterion, 1988
27 Nocturne No. 3, 7-16-44
box folder
13 1 Nun Danket, n.d.
2 Organ Concerto, 1982
3 Piano Sonata, 1948
4 Prayer, 12-10-43
5 Prelude for Two Pianos, 8-43
6 Quartet, 1953
7 Quartet No. 1, 1953
8 Quartet No. 2, 1954, revised 3-31-79
9 Quartet No. 4, 1964
10 Quartet No. 6, 1977
11 Quintet, n.d.
12 Quodlibet, 1989
13 Requiem for Organ & Percussion, 1978
14 Rhapsody on a Folk Theme, 7-7-44
15 Rondel Bergamasques, n.d.
16 Saxophone Concerto, 1982
17 Scherzo, n.d.
18 Serenade for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello and piano, 1993
19 Serenade on a Theme of Carrie Jacobs Bond, 3-47
20 Seven Songs, 11-20-46
21 Seventeen Haiku, 1989
22 The Seventh Psalm, 4-2-44
23 Silences, 1973
24 Sinfonia, 1989
25 Sinfonia for Strings, n.d.
26 Soliloquies for Violin and Piano, 1972
27 Sonata, 1952
28 Sonata da Camera for Harpsichord, n.d.
29 Sonata Fantasy for Two Pianos, 2-7-44
30 Sonata for Double Bass and Piano, 1964
box folder
14 1 Sonata for Flute and Piano, 1964
2 Sonata for Viola and Piano, 1961
3 Sonnets, n.d.
4 Sonnets for Piano, 7-31-47
5 String Quartet No. 1, n.d.
6 Suite for Piano, 2-47
7 Symphony in Two Movements, 1983
8 Symphony No. 6, 1987
9 Theme, Variations & Toccata, 1949
10 Three Alleluias for solo organ, 1993
11 Three Intermezzi, n.d.
12 Three Sonatas for piano, 1953
13 Tomorrow’s Songs, n.d.
14 Tre Voci, n.d.
15 Tre Voci, 1987
16 Umbrae, 1973
17 Variants IV, 1986
18 Variations for Violin and Piano, 1967
19 Versés, 1990
20 Violin Sonata 3, n.d.
21 Voyages; on a text by C.E. Cooper, 1983
22 We Pray to Thee, 7-5-44
23 Winter Poems, n.d.
box
15-23 Subseries B: Oversized working copies of scores
box
15 Canons d’Amour, 1981
Cello Sonata, n.d. [incomplete]
Canti for Viola and Piano, 1981
Chamber Music, 1982
The Color of Gold, n.d.
Concert for Five, 1964
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, 1977
Concerto for Flute and Oboe, n.d.
Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, 1980
Concerto for Organ and Orchestra, 1982
Credo, n.d. (see also Box 23)
Danse, 9-22-95
Descants, 1975
box
16 Dialogues for Violoncello and Double Wind Quintet, 1994
Double Concerto for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, 1987
Double Concerto, 1985-87
Duo Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, 1985
Duo Concerto, n.d.
Equinox for Chorus, Flute, Cello and Piano, 1976
box
17 Four Impromptus, 1983
[Four] Impromptus, 1983
Incidental Music for “The Woman of Andros,” n.d.
In Nomine, 1984
Jubilate, 1986 [with various instrumental parts]
Landscape Symphony No. 4, 1975
Last Call; Arias and Recitatives on Poems of C.E. Cooper, 1990
Love Songs and Dances, 1986
box
18 Love Songs and Dances, 1985-86
Mirrors, 1986
Music for a Festive Occasion, n.d.
Mysterion, 1988
Ode for Orchestra, 10-20-43
Ode for Orchestra, n.d.
O Men from the Fields!, 1948
box
19 Organ Concerto, 1982
Overture, 1953
Overture, 1953 [violin I]
Overture, 1953 [cello]
Piano Quintet, 1994
Piano Quintet, 1995
Prèlude pour le piano, 1993
Quartet No. 2, 1954, rev. 1979
Quodlibet, 1989
Saxophone Concerto, 1982
box
20 Serenade, 1993 [parts]
Seventeen Haiku, 1987, 89
Silences, n.d.
Sinfonia for solo piano, 1989
Sonata, 1961
Sonata for Cello and Piano, 1963
Sonata No. 2 for Piano, n.d.
Songs of Antigone, 1979
Symphony in Two Movements, 1982-83
box
21 Symphony No. 2, 8-56 [PC’s dissertation for Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Southern California]
Symphony No. 6, 1987
Toccata, 1989
To Everything, 1987
Three Alleluias for solo organ, 1993
Three Rondels Bergamasques, 1988
Di Tre Voci, 1984
Tre Voci, 1987
box
22 Variants IV, 1985
Variations on an Aire, 9-5-45
Umbrae (String Quartet No. 5), 1973
Voyagers, 1982-83
Winter Poems, 1984
Untitled and incomplete works (4)
box
23 Credo, 1970
Desk calendars, 1985-95
Dreaming, John Carbon, 1985
String Quartet No. 1, Mark Bradshaw, 1987
LP record album: CRI-SD 369A/B, 6-22-77
LP record album: Sinphonia for Strings, 1/3, 2/3
LP record album: Quartet No. 4, written in memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1964
LP record album: Test pressing #402
LP record album: Concerto for Antiphonal Organ, graduate recital, 2-10-56, USC
LP record album: Etude in E Major & Ode for Orchestra, 11-14-43
LP record album: Small demo
LP record album: Après un Reve, Gabriel Faure (commercial)
Subseries C: Recordings, n.d.
box
24 Cassettes and DATs
box
25 VHS and reel-to-reel: 5 in. and 7.5 in.
box
26 Reel-to-reel: 7 in.
box
27 Reel-to-reel: 7 in. and 10.5 in.
box
28 Reel-to-reel: 7 in. and 7.5 in.

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