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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Memorabilia

Books

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Mary Jeanne van Appledorn:

An Inventory of her Collection, 1912-2009, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

CreatorTexas Tech University. Music Department
Title:Mary Jeanne van Appledorn Collection,
Dates:1912-2009
Abstract:The collection contains materials from Mary Jeanne van Appledorn, a well noted professor of music at Texas Tech University.
Collection #U 333.1
Quantity:18 boxes manuscripts (18.0 linear feet) and 45 boxes miscellaneous formats (23 linear feet)
LanguageEnglish
Repository:Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Mary Jeanne van Appledorn was born October 2, 1927 in Holland, Michigan, to John and Elizabeth van Appledorn. Neither of her parents were professional musicians; her father was, however, organist of the Ninth Street Christian Reformed Church and active in music circles in Holland. As a child, van Appledorn studied piano, as did her older sister Ruth. Following the death of her father in 1944, she and her mother moved to Topeka, Kansas (where her sister was a music teacher at Alma College) for van Appledorn's senior year of high school. Van Appledorn graduated from Topeka High School in 1945 as valedictorian.

Van Appledorn studied both piano and theory at the University of Rochester's prestigious Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Van Appledorn earned the George Eastman Honorary Scholarship each year, and in 1948 received her Bachelor of Music with Distinction (piano); she studied under Cecile Straub Genhart. Van Appledorn received her Master of Music Degree (theory) from the Eastman School of Music in 1950; from 1948 she was a Teaching Fellow of the Eastman School of Music. In the fall of 1950 Van Appledorn accepted a position at Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University). She received her Ph.D. (music) from the Eastman School of Music in 1966, and was awarded a Graduate Fellowship from 1961-1962. She was also awarded the Delta Kappa Gamma International Scholarship from 1959-1960; one of three awards granted to outstanding women for furthering and completing the doctorate degree. Dr. van Appledorn's dissertation for this degree is titled A Stylistic Study of Claude Debussy's Opera Pelleas et Melisande (completed in 1965).

During her studies at Eastman, Dr. van Appledorn received training in composition from renowned composers Bernard Rogers and Alan Hovhaness.

In 1982 Dr. van Appledorn was one of nine faculty members of Texas Tech University to receive a faculty development leave, during which she studied computer-synthesized sound techniques at the Studio for Experimental Music, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dr. Barry Vercoe, professor.

As an educator, Dr. van Appledorn taught at Texas Tech University from 1950-2008. Dr. van Appledorn taught a wide range of courses during this time, from undergraduate music theory to graduate composition courses. Dr. van Appledorn served as chairman of the Division of Music Literature and Theory (1950-1968) in the school of music, and played an important role in the development of the curriculum of the undergraduate and graduate music degrees, alongside Chairman of the School of Music, Gene Hemmle.

Dr. van Appledorn also served as chairman of the Graduate Studies Committee of the Department of Music. She founded and served as chairman of the annual Symposium of Contemporary Music at Texas Tech (1951-1981), and obtained the commission of many new works by renowned composers such as Dr. Howard Hanson (Streams in the Desert, 1969). In 1989 she was named a Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Texas Tech University.

As a composer, van Appledorn has had a very successful career. She composed music in many genres, both instrumental and vocal. She received her first awards for composition (Mu Phi Epsilon National Composition Contests) for Set of Five (1951) for piano and Contrasts for Piano (1953). Other honors include the Premier Prix, Dijon, awards from the Texas Composers Guild and ASCAP, and other commissions from the Music Teachers National Association and National Intercollegiate Bands. Many of Dr. van Appledorn's compositions have been published by Carl Fischer, Oxford University Press, and E.C. Schirmer Music Company, among others. Numerous recordings of her compositions have been made by world-renowned musicians and ensembles, and her music has been performed in festivals and concerts both nationally and internationally.

Dr. van Appledorn has been included in a number of published biographies, not limited to: International Who's Who in Music, 10th, 11th and 12th editions, The World Who's Who of Women, ASCAP Biographical Dictionary, 4th edition, Bakers Biographical Dictionary, Scribner Music Library Dictionary of Composers, and the Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians.

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Scope and Content

This collection is divided up into five series: manuscript, books, recordings, artifacts, and oversize materials. It contains materials relating to the personal and professional life of Mary Jeanne van Appledorn.

The manuscript collection includes family photographs, personal and professional correspondence, class notes and materials from Eastman School of Music and Texas Tech University. Other materials in this series includes published works, programs of performances of her music, ASCAP correspondence and awards, information regarding the music curriculum development at Texas Tech University, minutes from the numerous committees she served on while at Texas Tech, materials used for her dissertation, material from various presentations made at conferences, and handwritten sketches and manuscripts of her compositions.

The book collection includes many books van Appledorn used as a student at the Eastman School of Music, Eastman School of Music yearbooks, and books she used as a professor at Texas Tech University.

The collection of recordings includes cassettes, CDs, reel to reels, records, video cassette tapes, and DVDs of her music, as well as other artists. The recordings vary from recordings of the composer at the piano, to professional CDs recorded by musicians and ensembles from around the world.

The artifacts collection includes plaques and awards given to van Appledorn throughout her career. The oversize materials contain scores and sketches of Dr. van Appledorn's compositions as well as scrapbooks, diplomas, and posters.

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Organization

The collection is organized alphabetically into five series: manuscripts, books, recordings, artifacts, and oversize materials. Due to the size of the inventory, this finding aid has been split up into four pages:
Manuscripts
Oversized
Audio/Visual Recordings
Memorabilia and Books

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Hemmle, Gene
Van Appledorn, Mary Jeanne,1927-
Subjects (Organizations)
Lubbock Symphony Orchestra (Lubbock, Tex.)
Texas Association of College Teachers
Texas Music Educators Association
Texas Technological College. Dept. of Music--Faculty
Texas Technological College. Dept. of Music--Records and correspondence
Texas Tech University. College of Music--Faculty
Texas Tech University. College of Music--Records and correspondence
Texas Tech University. Dept. of Music--Faculty
Texas Tech University. Dept. of Music--Records and correspondence
Texas Tech University. School of Music--Faculty
Texas Tech University. School of Music--Records and correspondence
Places
Lubbock (Tex.)
Subjects
Band music
Carillon music
Composers--Texas
Harpsichord music--20th century
Masses--scores
Music
Music in universities and colleges--Texas--History
Native American flute music
Organ music
Percussion ensembles--Scores and parts
Piano music
String orchestra music--Scores and parts
Suites (Carillon)
Women composers--Texas--Lubbock

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Related Materials in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:

Mary Jeanne van Appledorn Collection, 1956-2016

Mary Jeanne van Appledorn oral history interview [sound recording], 1976

Mary Jeanne van Appledorn oral history interview [sound recording], 2000

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mary Jeanne van Appledorn Collection, 1912-2009, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Collection accession #(s):
2000-0225-B, 2000-0311-C, 2000-0340-A, 2000-0357-B, 2005-0201-B, 2008-0116-B, 2008-0140-B

Gifts, 2000-2008

Processed by

Amanda Cox, 2009, and Heather Darnell, 2010

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Collection Inventory

Memorabilia

boxitem
241Texas Tech Department of Music, Award of Recognition for Distinctive Service as Chairman of the Texas Symposium of Contemporary Music, plaque, 1952-1961
2National Intercollegiate Bands, Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma Token of Appreciation, Commissioned Composer, “Lux”, Prsented by Dr. F. Lee Bowlingm, plaque, 1981
3Alpha Chi Omega Fraternity, Gamma Rho Chapter, Golden Tablet, June 1988
4Headliner Award, Sponsored by Women In Communications, Incorporated, plaque, June 1995
5University of Rochester, Diploma Cover, undated

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Books

boxitem
12Apel, Willi. Harvard Dictionary of Music. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. (Book in fair condition, binding falling off), 1956
2Bach, Johann Sebastian. The Well Tempered Clavichord. Revised and Annotated by Ferruccio B. Buson. New York, New York: G. Schirmer, Incorporated. (Book in fair condition, binding torn and pages loose), 1939
2Barlow, Harold, Sam Morgenstern, and John Erskine. A Dictionary of Musical Themes. New York, New York: Crown Publishers. (Book in fair condition, binding duct-taped), 1948
2Beethoven, Ludwig van. Concerto Number 1 for Piano and Orchestra in C Major, Opus 15. London: Ernst Eulenburg Limited. (Book in good condition), undated
2Beethoven, Ludwig van. Symphony Number 1 in C Major, Opus 21. Vienna: Philharmonia Partituren. (Book in poor condition, binding torn and taped), undated
2Beethoven, Ludwig van. Symphony Number 5 in C Minor, Opus 67. Revised by Max Unger, with foreword by Wilhelm Altmann. Zurich: Ernst Eulenburg, Limited. (Book in fair condition, binding tearing), undated
2Beethoven, Ludwig van. Symphony Number 6 in F Major (Pastorale), Opus 68. New York, New York: Edwin F. Kalmus, Publisher of Music. (Book in fair condition, binding tearing and few pages loose), undated
2Beethoven, Ludwig van. Thirty-Two Sonatas for the Pianoforte, volume 1. Edited by Artur Schnabel. New York, New York: Simon and Schuster, Incorporated. (Book in fair condition, binding tearing), 1935
2Berlioz, Hector. Fantastic Symphony, Opus 14. New York, New York: E.F. Kalmus Orchestra Scores, Incorporated. (Book in poor condition, binding torn and taped, pages loose), undated
2Brahms, Johannes. Piano Works in Two Volumes: volume I. Scarsdale, New York: Edwin F. Kalmus, Publisher of Music. (Book in Good Condition), 1945
2Brahms, Johannes. Symphony Number 1 in C Minor, Opus 68. New York, New York: E.F. Kalmus Orchestra Scores, Incorporated. (Book in poor condition, binding torn and taped, pages loose), undated
2Burkhart, Charles. Anthology for Musical Analysis (fourth edition). New York, New York: CBS College Publishing. (Book in fair condition, a few pages falling out), 1986
2Burkhart, Charles. Anthology for Musical Analysis (fifth edition). Fort Worth, Texas: Harcourt Brace College Publishers. (Book in fair condition, a few pages falling out, back cover unattatched), 1994
2Davidson, Archibald T., and Willi Apel. Historical Anthology of Music. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. (Book in fair condition, binding falling apart), 1949
2Debussy, Claude. 1er Quatuor pour 2 Violons, Alto et Violoncelle. Paris: Durand and Cie. (Book in poor condition, binding torn and pages loose), 1929
2Debussy, Claude. Pelléas et Mélisande: Drama lyrique en 5 actes et 12 tableaux de Maurice Maeterlinck, Partition d’Orchestre. Paris: Durand and Cie. (Book in poor condition, binding torn and taped, pages loose), undated
2Eastman School of Music, The 1947 Score: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Edition. Rochester, New York: The University of Rochester. (Book in good condition), 1947
2Eastman School of Music, The Score: for nineteen hundred and forty-eight. Rochester, New York: The University of Rochester. (Book in good condition), 1948
2Eastman School of Music, The Score for 1949. Rochester, New York: The University of Rochester. (Book in good condition), 1949
2Eastman School of Music, The Score, 1960. Rochester, New York: The University of Rochester. (Book in good condition), 1960
2Franck, Cesar. Symphony in D Minor. New York, New York: Edwin F. Kalmus, Publisher of Music. (Book in good condition), undated
2Gleason, Harold. Examples of Music Before 1400. Eastman School of Music Series. New York, New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, Incorporated. (Book in fair condition, binding not secure), 1945
2Hardy, Gordon and Arnold Fish. Music Literature: A Workbook for Analysis: Volume II, Polyphony. New York, New York: Dodd, Mead and Company. (Book in poor condition, front and back cover unattached, pages loose), 1970
2Haydn, Joseph. String Quartet in C Major, Opus 76, Number 3. Zurich: Ernst Eulenburg, Limited. (Book in poor condition, binding torn and taped, cover and pages tattered and loose), undated
2Haydn, Joseph. Thirty Celebrated String Quartets in C Major, Opus 76, Number 3. Miami, Florida: Belwin Mills Publishing Corporation. (Book in fair condition, pages loose because staples removed), undated
2Joplin, Scott. Complete Piano Works: Rags, Waltzes, and Marches. Edited by Vera Brodsky Lawrence. New York: The New York Public Library. (Book in good condition), 1981
2Lang, Phillip J. Scoring for the Band. New York, New York: Mills Music, Incorporated. (Book in poor condition, binding duct-taped, pages loose), 1950
2McHose, Allen Irvine. The Contrapuntal Harmonic Technnique of the 18th Century, Eastman School of Music Series. New York, New York: F.S. Crofts and Company. (Book in poor condition, binding unattached and pages loose), 1947
2Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix. Violin Concerto in E Minor, Opus 64. London: Ernst Eulenburg Limited. (Book in good condition), undated
2Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix. Violin Concerto in E Minor, Opus 64. New York, New York: Edwin F. Kalmus, Publisher of Music. (Book in poor condition, binding torn and taped, pages loose), undated
2Ottoman, Robert W. Music for Sight Singing. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Incorporated. (Book in fair condition, cover page taped), 1956
2Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics. Bach: Fifteen Two-Part Inventions for the Piano. Edited by Ferruccio Busoni. Translated by Frederick H. Martens. New York, New York: G. Schirmer, Incorporated. (Book in poor condition, pages loose, cover torn and taped), 1939
2Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics. Fifty Selected Songs by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, and Strauss for Low Voice, volume 1755. Translated by Florence Easton. New York, New York: G. Schirmer, Incorporated. (Book in poor condition, binding duct-taped, pages loose), 1951
2Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics. Sonata Album: Twenty-Six Favorite Sonatas for the Piano by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, volume 329, Book I. Edited by Sigmund Lebert and Hans von Bülow. New York, New York: G. Schirmer, Incorporated. (Book in poor condition, binding duct-taped, pages loose), undated
2Schirmer’s Library of Musical Classics. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Nineteen Sonatas for the Piano. Edited by Richard Epstein, with a biographical sketch by Philip Hale. New York: New York, G. Schirmer, Incorporated. (Book in fair condition, front and back cover missing), 1939
2Soderlund, Gustave Fredric. Direct Approach to Counterpoint in 16th Century Style. New York, New York: F.S. Crofts and Company. (Book in good condition), 1947
2Soderlund, Gustave Fredric. Examples of Gregorian Chant and Works by Orlandus Lassus, Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina, and Marc Antonio Ingegneri, Third Edition. New York, New York: F.S. Crofts and Company. (Book in poor condition, front and back cover not attached, pages loose), 1947
2Stravinsky, Igor. Album of Igor Stravinsky Masterpieces: Selected Compositions for Piano Solo. New York, New York: Edward B. Marks Music Corporation. (Book in fair condition, cover torn), 1941
2Ward, William R. Examples for the Study of Musical Style. Edited by Frederick W. Westphal. Dubuque, Iowa: Wm. C. Brown Company Publishers. (Book in fair condition, binding duct-taped), 1970
2Ward, William R. Examples for the Study of Musical Style. Edited by Frederick W. Westphal. Dubuque, Iowa: Wm. C. Brown Company Publishers. (Book in good condition), 1970

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