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Preliminary Guide to the Phillip Rhodes papers, 1958-2004

Abstract

North Carolina born and raised composer, Duke alumn, and composer-in-residence and professor at Carleton College.

Collection comprises primarily scores, instrumental parts, notes, and recordings that follow the development of each of Rhodes' compositions. There are published and unpublished works for vocal and instrumental preformance, as well as correspondence, programs, newspaper clippings, and other publicity and related items. Included are also 34 CDs, 2 audiocassettes, and 1 videocassette, as well as photographs. The 2007 Addition (07-061)(1600 items, 2.5 lin. ft.; dated 1960s-2004) primarily contains professional files and correspondence related to Rhodes' career. Files include music festivals; premieres and other performances of Rhodes' works; correspondence with performers, other composers, and record companies; and some clippings and other memorabilia.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Rhodes, Phillip
Title
Phillip Rhodes papers, 1958-2004
Language of Material
English
Extent
71.5 Linear Feet, 7186 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection comprises primarily scores, instrumental parts, notes, and recordings that follow the development of each of Rhodes' compositions. There are published and unpublished works for vocal and instrumental preformance, as well as correspondence, programs, newspaper clippings, and other publicity and related items. Included are also 34 CDs, 2 audiocassettes, and 1 videocassette, as well as photographs.

The 2007 addition (07-061)(1600 items, 2.5 lin. ft.; dated 1960s-2004) primarily contains professional files and correspondence related to Rhodes' career. Files include music festivals; premieres and other performances of Rhodes' works; correspondence with performers, other composers, and record companies; and clippings and other memorabilia.

Addition (2008-0185)(50 items, .5 lin. ft.; dated 1959-2008) contains 41 CDs featuring audio recordings of performances of Rhodes compositions and arrangements, an original score for Sweet River Waltz, and notes and drafts related to compositions from 2007.

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Contents of the Collection

Accession comprises primarily scores, instrumental parts, notes, and recordings that follow the development of each of Rhodes' compositions. There are published and unpublished works for vocal and instrumental preformance, as well as correspondence, programs, newspaper clippings, and other publicity and related items. Included are also 34 CDs, 2 audiocassettes, and 1 videocassette, as well as photographs.

Madrigal, 1967

for orchestra and SATB chorus

Commissioned by the ELgin (ILL) Public Schools. Published (rental) by Theodore Presser, Bryn Mawr.

Box 1
Autumn Setting, 1969

for soprano and string quartet

Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation (Harvard University) and the Berkshire Music Center (Tanglewood Festival). Published by C.F. Peters, New York.

Box 1

Recordings

(Compact discs)
Three French songs
Box 2
Three scenes for voice and piano
Box 2
Three pieces for solo cello
Box 2
Duo for violin and cello
Box 2
Autumn setting for soprano and string quartet
Box 2
Remembrance
Box 2
Three pieces for band
Box 2
Cosmic fantasies
Box 2
March parody
Box 2
Devil's advocate
Box 2
Wind songs
Box 2
Dancing songs
Box 2
The lament of Michael
Box 2
Divertimento for small orchestra
Box 2
Witticisms and lamentations from the graveyard
Box 2
Prayers from the Psalms
Box 2
Five songs on children's poems
Box 2
String trio
Box 2
Museum pieces
Box 2
Concerto for bluegrass band and orchestra
Box 2
Quartet for flute, violin, cello and harp
Box 2
Cantata: On the morning of Christ's nativity
Box 2
Mountain songs
Box 2
Reflections: Eight fantasies for piano
Box 2
Partita for solo viola
Box 2
Visions of remembrance
Box 2
Ad honorem Stravinsky
Box 2
The face I carry with me
Box 2
Recording of two published excerpts from Nets to catch the wind
Box 2
Wedding song: a blessing
Box 2
Reels and Reveries
Box 2
Excerpt publication from Nets to Catch the Wind
Box 2
Excerpt publication from the Christmas Cantata, On the morning of Christ's nativity
Box 2
Fiddletunes
Box 2
Chorale and organ meditation
Box 2
Chorale fantasy for organ (O sacred head, now wounded)
Box 2
A love song (string quartet)
Box 2
From paradise lost
Box 2
The gentle boy
Box 2
The magic pipe
Box 2
Cassette tape recording of Martinomezzo
Box 2
Duo for violin and cello, 1967

Commissioned by the violinst, Paul Zukofsky. Published by C.F. Peters, New York.

Box 3
Programs
Box 3
Correspondence
Box 3
Notebooks
Box 3
Class materials
Box 3
Programs and program notes from concerts Rhodes sponsored and on which his music was played, 1967
Box 4
Programs for concert band works
Box 4
Dancing songs, 1984-1985

For children's voices and Orff instrumentarium.

Commissioned by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. Published by Schott (London).

Box 4
Programs and program notes
Box 4
Scores
Box 5
Scores
Box 6
Correspondence
Box 6
Remembrance, 1967

For concert band.

Published by Theodore Presser (rental).

Box 7
Cosmic fantasies, 1983

For concert band.

Originally titled Adventure fantasies for young players.

Published by J. Ballerbach.

Box 8
Three Kentucky songs, 1973

For treble choir and piano.

Commissioned by the Kentucky Music Educators Association. Published by the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

Box 8
Wind songs, 1979

For children's choir and Orff instrumentarium.

Commissioned for the Northfield Public Schools with funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Published by Schott (London).

Box 8
Correspondence
Box 8
Scores
Box 9
Programs
Box 9
The Devils' advocate, 1972

Commmissioned by Paul R. Bryan for Duke University Symphony Band.

Box 10
Cosmic fantasies for concert band, 1983
Box 10
March parody (with variations), 2001-2002

For concert band.

Box 10
Correspondence
Box 10
The Devils' advocate, 1972
Box 11
Remembrance, 1967

For concert band.

Box 11
Three pieces for band, 1967

Commmissioned by the National Band Association.

Published by J. Ballerbach.

Box 11
Correspondence
Box 11
Shakespeare in song, 1999-2000

For high voice, clarinet and piano.

Texts from the Shakespeare plays. Commissioned by tenor, James McDonald, Professor of Voice, Indiana University.

Box 12
Cluck ol' hen from Three Appalachian settings, 2005

Published by earthsongs music, Corvallis, Oregon.

Box 12
Two Appalachian settings, 1995-2002

For string quartet.

Box 12
Correspondence
Box 13
Fanfare and reflections on the Carleton College Alma Mater, 2002

For brass choir.

An "occasional" piece commissioned by Carleton College to mark the retirement of Stephen R. Lewis, Jr. as President of the College (1987-2002).

Box 13
Meditations upon Lactantius' "De ave phoenice", 2002-2003

For bassoon and harp.

Commissioned by Jackson Bryce through the David Bryn-Jones Endowed Professorship.

Box 13
Three Gershwin settings, 2000-2004

Ffor violin and piano.

Someone to watch over me commissioned by Anna Jean Rhodes and Alan J. Lipsky to celebrate their marriage. Summertime fantasy and I got (fascinating) rhythm commissioned by Kathryn Ananda-Owens and Hector Luis Valdivia for concert use.

Box 13

Beginning in 1973 (and continuing for a number of years), the Berea College Country Dancers and the McLain Family Bluegrass Band were engaged by the CIncinnati Symphony Orchestra to tour with the orchestra's summer programs. It was a good, old-fashioned event: the CSO softball team would play the local team in the afternoon, followed by a picnic supper, and ending with a concert (usually outdoors) in the evening. Enclosed is the program book from 1974.

Since I was at the time Composer-in-Residence for the Kentucky State Arts Commission, I was hired by the CSO to do the orchestral arrangements for both groups.

My work with the MCLain Family Band eventually led to the Concerto for Bluegrass Band and Orchestra (a.k.a. Bluegrass Festival Suite) which was commissioned jointly by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Kentucky Arts Commission to celebrate the national bicentennial. This work has subsequently been performed more than 200 times from Alaska to Florida. (PR)

1. The parson's farewell;
Box 13
2. The hare's maggott
Box 13
Leapfrog
Box 13
Appalachian square dance
Box 13
Live it up, honey, 1974
Box 14
High hopes, 1974
Box 14
Movin' on to higher ground, 1974
Box 14
One step at a time, 1974
Box 14
Silver creek, 1974
Box 14
You sing for me, 1978
Box 14
Come out tonight, 1978
Box 14
Back up and push, 1978
Box 14
On the road, 1978
Box 14
Bound for gloryland, 1980
Box 14
Scores
Box 15
Programs
Box 15
Scores
Box 16
Programs
Box 16
Notes
Box 16
Scores
Box 17
Scores
Box 18
Three scenes for voice and piano (Mezzo sop.), 1964-1965
Box 19
Kyrie, 1966-1967

SSA, a cappella

Published score, C. F. Peters, New York.

Box 19
Ensemble Etudes, 1967

For string quartet and woodwind quintet.

Box 19
Three pieces for solo cello 1965-1966

This piece was the first publication of Rhodes' music by C.F. Peters, New York.

Box 19
Ensemble Etudes, 1967

For string quartet and woodwind quintet.

Box 20
Three pieces for solo cello 1965-1966
Box 20
Three Bs, 1971

For orchestra.

For the Louisville-Jefferson County Youth Orchestra.

Box 20
Suite no. 2 for five winds, 1962
Box 21
Recollections of a summer past, 1962

For high voice and piano.

Poetry by Millard C. Dunn, Duke 1962.

Box 21
Four movements for chamber orchestra, 1962

Winner of Tanglewood Orchestra Prize, 1962

Box 21
Original score of String trio, 1964-1965

For violin, viola, and cello.

BMI Student Composers Award, 1965. Later revised and published in 1973.

Box 21
Notebook
Box 21
Three French songs, 1961

For SATB, a cappella.

Poetry by Millard C. Dunn, Duke 1962. Published in 2000 by J. Ballerbach, San Antonio

Box 22
Manuscript scores of three unfinished large pieces, 1962 and 1967 and an orchestration class assignment from Duke, 1962
Box 22
An arrangement of Grenada for a high school friend, Patricia Blanton, as her talent piece in the Miss North Carolina Pagent, 1963
Box 22
Five songs on children's poems, 1972

For soprano and piano.

For the Kentucky Arts Commission.

Box 22
Partita, 1978

For solo viola.

Commissioned by the violist, Ann Woodward. Published by C.F. Peters, New York.

Box 22
Correspondence
Box 22
March, 1961

For woodwind quintet.

Box 23
Notes on an unfinished brass trio, Tanglewood, 1965
Box 23
Unidentified notebook, Work notes on early pieces, 1962-1966
Box 23
Score of Fugue in C minor; awarded the Frances E. Osborne Kellogg Fugue Prize (Yale School of Music, 1965)
Box 23
String Trio, 1965 (rev. 1973)

For violin, viola and cello.

Published by C.F. Peters, New York.

Box 23
Notebooks
Box 23
Prayers from the psalms, 1972

For soprano, SATB chorus and organ.

For the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church of Bethesda, MD.

Box 24
Museum pieces, 1973

For clarinet and string quartet.

Commissioned by the J.B. Speed Art Museum of Louisville. Published by C.F. Peters, New York.

Box 24
Divermento for small orchestra, 1971

Commissioned by the Kentucky Chamber Orchestra. Published by C.F. Peters, New York.

Box 25
Witticisms and lamentations from the graveyard,1972

For SATB, a cappella.

For the Berea College Choir. Published by C.F. Peters, New York.

Box 25
Ceremonial fanfare and chorale, 1977

For double brass choir.

To celebrate the inauguration of Robert Edwards as President of Carleton College.

Box 25
Anniversary Waltz for Pat and Peter, 1970 (not finished)
Box 26
"Benediction" setting, 1973

For SATB, a cappella.

For the Berea College Choir.

Box 26
Cantata: "On the morning of Christ's nativity", 1976

For soprano and tenor soli, SATB chorus, flute, oboe, trumpet, bassoon and harp.

Text from John Milton's ode of the same name. Published by C.F. Peters, New York.

Box 26
Newspaper clippings
Box 26
Programs
Box 27
Newspaper clippings
Box 27
Correspondence
Boxes 28-35
About faces ballet, 1970

For chamber orchestra.

Commissioned by the Kentucky Dance Theater. Published (rental) by C.F. Peters, New York.

Box 36
Concerto for bluegrass band and orchestra (a.k.a. Bluegrass Festival Suite), 1974

Commissioned by the NEA and the Kentucky Arts Commission. Published by EMI, New York (G. Schirmer, agent).

Box 37
Mountain songs (a ballad cycle), 1976

For high voice and piano.

Commissioned by the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Published by C.F. Peters, New York.

Box 38
Relections: Eight fantasies for piano, 1976-1977

Commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts. Published by C.F. Peters, New York.

Box 38
The lament of Michal, 1970

for soprano and orchestra

Commissioned by the Louisville Orchestra. Published (rental) by C.F. Peters, New York.

Box 39
Visions of remembrance, 1978-1979

for soprano, mezzo soprano and 12 instruments

Commissioned by Carleton College for the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Published by C.F. Peters, New York (rental).

Box 39
Visions of remembrance, 1978-1979

for soprano, mezzo soprano and 12 instruments

Commissioned by Carleton College for the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Published by C.F. Peters, New York (rental).

Box 40
Quartet, 1975

for flute, violin, cello and harp

Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation (Harvard University) for Seculum Musicae of New York. Published by C.F. Peters, New York.

Box 41
Newts to catch the wind, 1986

SATB with percussion

Commissioned by three professional choruses through the National Endowment for the Arts. Excerpt publicaton by C.F. Peters, New York

Box 42
Ad honorem Stravinsky, 1981

for SATB, a cappella

Published by C.F. Peters, New York

Box 43
In praise of wisdom, 1982

SATB and brass choir

Commissioned by West Virginia Wesleyan College for their 100th Anniversary.

Box 43
The face I carry with me on poems of Emily Dickinson, 1982

Soprano, flute, viola, cello and piano

Commissioned by the Chicago Ensemble.

Box 43
Inaugural processional, 1987

Commissioned by Carleton College for the inauguration of Stephen R. Lewis, Jr. as its ninth president.

Box 44
Concert programs
Box 44
Official performance notices from publishers
Box 44
Martinomezzo (A birthday card), 1991

for clarinet with extension

For Martino "Festschrift" publication in Perspectives of new music.

Box 44
Reels and reveries (Variations for orchestra), 1991 (rev. 1992)

Commissioned by the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra to dedicate a new arts center. Published (rental) by C.F. Peters, New York.

Box 44
Reels and reveries (Variations for orchestra), 1991 (rev. 1992)

Commissioned by the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra to dedicate a new arts center. Published (rental) by C.F. Peters, New York.

Box 45
Mary's lullaby, 1993

A Christmas piece for soprano, violin, and organ.

Box 45
Chorale and organ meditation, 1994

SSAA, organ

Commissioned by the First United Church of Christ, Northfield for the dedication of a new organ.

Box 45
Fiddletunes, 1994-1995

for solo violin and synthesized strings

Published by C.F. Peters, New York.

Box 45
Wedding song: a blessing, 1990

Soprano, violin, and organ

Box 46
Chorale fantasy, 1995

for organ

On "O sacred heart, now wounded"

Box 46
A love song, 1998

for string quartet

Originally written for our son's wedding (a revised version later used in Two Appalachian settings for string quartet.)

Box 46
Excerpt publication from the Christmas cantata, On the morning of Christ's nativity, 1998

Published by C.F. Peters, New York.

Box 46
Excerpt publication from Nets to catch the wind, 1998

Published by C.F. Peters, New York.

This work was originally commissioned throught the National Endowment for the Arts by a consortium of three professional choruses: The Paul Hill Chorale (Washington, DC), the Gregg Smith Singers (New York), and the Oregon Repertory Singers (Portland).

Box 46
Opera-Oratorio: From paradise lost, 1972

for narrator, soprano, tenor, baritone soloists, SATB chorus, and large orchestra

Text from John Milton's epic poem.

Commissioned by the Courier-Journal and Louisville Times Foundation for the Louisville Orchestra. Recorded on First Edition Records in 1972 as a 2-Record Set, LS-723, 723. Published (rental) by C.F. Peters, New York.

Boxes 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 20
The gentle boy, Opera in one act,1980 (rev. 1987)

for soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone soloists, SATB chorus, and chamber orchestra

Based on the Hawthorne short story of the same name.

Winner of the National Opera Association's New Opera Competition in 1986.

Boxes 4-6, 14-17
The magic pipe, Opera in one act,1990-1991

for soprano, mezzo, tenor, baritone soloists, SATB chorus, and two pianos

Based on the Hawthorne short story, "Feathertop."

Commissioned by Carleton College to celebrate its 125th anniversary. One of three finalists in the National Opera Association's New Opera Competition, 1994.

Boxes 44, 46-48
Videocassette of a performance of The magic pipe
Box 47
Proposed grand opera project - unfinished - called Odysseus, 1974-1977

Enclosed are working notes, draft of manuscript full score (composed excerpts intended to show opera people.

Libretto (by Dr. Benjamin Bradford.

Box 46

Addition (dated 1960s-2004) primarily contains professional files and correspondence related to Rhodes’ career. Files include music festivals; premieres and other performances of Rhodes’ works; correspondence with performers, other composers, and record companies; and some clippings and other memorabilia.

Festival and conference files
Box 48
Festival and conference files
Box 49
Recording company files
Box 50
Performance ensembles files
Box 50
Grant applications
Box 50
Festival and conference files
Box 51
Festival and conference files
Box 51
Professional files
Box 51
Concert programs and memorabilia, 1960s
Box 51
Concert programs and memorabilia, 1970s
Box 51
Concert programs and memorabilia, 1980s
Box 51
Concert programs and memorabilia, 1990s
Box 51
Concert programs and memorabilia, 2000s
Box 51
Professional correspondence
Box 52
Newspaper clippings and articles, 1962-1968
Box 53
Programs
Box 53
Newspaper clippings and articles
Box 53

Addition (2008-0185)(50 items, .5 lin. ft.; dated 1959-2008) contains 41 CDs featuring audio recordings of performances of Rhodes compositions and arrangements, an original score for Sweet River Waltz, and notes and drafts related to compositions from 2007.

Works written from 1959-1969 (10 CDs)
Box 54
Works written from 1970-1979 (14 CDs)
Box 54
Works written from 1980-1989 (4 CDs)
Box 54
Works written from 1990-1999 (1 CD)
Box 54
Works written from 2000- (2 CDs)
Box 54
Operas and Oratorios (5 CDs)
Box 54
Bluegrass Orchestral Arrangements (1 CD)
Box 54
Works for Concert Band and Large Wind Ensemble (4 CDs)
Box 54
Score: Sweet River Waltz
Box 54
New Compositions, 2007
Box 54

Historical Note

Composer-in-Residence and Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Carleton College where he joined the faculty in 1974. His principal teachers have been William Klenz, Iain Hamilton, Donald Martino, and Mel Powell. Born in Forest City, North Carolina in 1940, he received degrees from Duke University and the Yale University School of Music. Rhodes has been the recipient of numerous commissions and composition awards, including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Rockefeller Fund for Music, a citation and award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Guggenheim Fellowship, two Tanglewood Orchestra Prizes, two McKnight Foundation Fellowships, two Fromm Foundation Commissions (Harvard), and a Bush Foundation Fellowship for Artists. Rhodes' compositions are published by C. F. Peters, E.M.I., Theodore Presser, J Ballerbach, and Schott, and recorded on labels including CRI, Centaur Records, First Edition (Louisville), Innova, New World Records, and Vienna Modern Masters.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Phillip Rhodes papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Phillip Rhodes papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2006, 2007.

Processing Information

Processed by Christina Ramos, Alice Poffinberger; John Mayrose, June 2007

Encoded by John Mayrose, June 2007

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

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