John Verrall papers, 1929-1993  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Verrall, John, 1908-2001
Title
John Verrall papers
Dates
1929-1993 (inclusive)
Quantity
5.25 cubic feet (10 boxes)
Collection Number
(Accession No. 5280-003)
Summary
Music compositions and other materials from a composer and professor of music at the University of Washington.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

The papers are open to all users.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

John Verrall was born in Britt, Iowa, in 1908 and died in Seattle in 2001. He was a composer and professor of music at the University of Washington from 1948 to 1973. He received a B.M. from the Minneapolis College of Music in 1929 and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1934. Verrall studied composition with Zoltan Kodaly at the Liszt Conservatory of Music in Budapest. He also studied with Aaron Copland, Roy Harris, and Frederick Jacobi. Before becoming an editor for G. Schirmer and the Boston Music Company, he taught at Hamline University from 1934 to 1942 and at Mount Holyoke College from 1942 to 1946. Verrall received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1947 and a D.H. Lawrence Fellowship in 1964. He taught composition at the University of Washington from 1948 until his retirement in 1993.

Verrall composed works in a variety of different genres, ranging from solo piano works for children to large orchestral and operatic pieces. He wrote seven string quartets, and composed or arranged a large number of works for the solo french horn with accompaniment. For the Washington Centennial Celebration, he wrote a choral symphony in honor of Chief Joseph; it was premiered by the Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra in 1989. Many of his compositions used a nine-pitch scale consisting of two tetrachords on either side of a central pitch that was alterable (C-Db-Eb-E, F or F#, G-Ab-Bb-B).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The John Verrall papers consist almost entirely of musical compositions and arrangements by John Verrall. The music is primarily made up of the composer's facsimile editions printed by the American Composers Alliance (ACA). There are also published musical scores but only a few handwritten manuscripts. However, many of the printed copies have handwritten notes. Some published works are labled "analysis copy" and contain highlighting and musical analysis, presumably by Verrall. Other pieces consist of copy masters for proofreading and editing. Pieces with significant correction markings or added notation have been noted on the inventory. Some pieces contain penciled-in performance markings and bowings.

Also included are Verrall's arrangements of works by other composers, most notably Bach, Mozart, Edvard Grieg, and Stephen Heller; compositions of other composers; an article by John Beale entitled "The Music of John Verrall"; and Verrall's personal catalog of his compositions, which sometimes contains information about the premiere performances and the performers of the compositions.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The creator's literary rights have not been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Preferred Citation

John Verrall Papers. Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, Washington.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Biographical Information: "The Music of John Verrall," by James Beale, 1958Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/33

Music ScoresReturn to Top

Divided into two subseries for instrumental music and vocal music. These subseries are further divided by size and type of ensemble, and, in the case of chamber and solo music, by general instrumentation. Chamber music is considered to be music for ten or fewer instruments. Works for a single instrument and piano accompaniment are filed with solos.

Unless otherwise noted in the description, researchers may assume that non-solo works have both the score and the instrumental parts, and accompanied solos have the part and accompaniment. Instrumentation has been noted when it is not apparent in the title of a work or when it deviates from standard instrumentation for the ensemble. If not described, scores are printed or facsimile copies without a discernable publisher. Non-standard instrumentation has also been noted.

Container(s) Description Dates
Instrumental Music
Orchestral
Box/Folder
3/1-2
The Chief Joseph Legend
No string parts. One ACA facsimile score and one score with corrections. Text and lyric sheets.
1988
3/3
Commentaries on Themes from Edvard Grieg
Score and parts with print masters of parts.
undated
1/1-2
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Photocopies and ACA facsimiles.
1957
1/3
Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Two Piano Version
Score only, ACA facsimile.
1984
3/4
Concerto for Viola and Orchestra
Full score and piano reduction score, viola part only. ACA facsimile.
1974
4/1
Dark Night of Saint John: Suite in Four Parts for Chamber Orchestra
ACA facsimile score, 2 copies of 1989 revised score with parts.
1957, 1989
box-folder:oversize
8/1-2
Lyric Symphony
Two ACA facsimile scores, with corrections and additions.
1990
Box/Folder
1/4
Olympic Sunset
1988
1/5
A Pastoral Elegy
Oboe, flute, three clarinets, bassoon, horn, trumpet, three trombones, tuba. Score, facsimile parts, print master parts.
1970
4/2-5
Portrait of Saint Christopher
Two ACA facsimile scores and multiple copies of parts with corrections and additions.
1956
3/5
Prelude: In Praise of Peace
ACA facsimile score in concert pitch with additions. Multiple copies of parts.
undated
4/6-8
Radiant Bridge: Fantasy for Orchestra Based on Indian Shaker Rhythms
Three copies of ACA facsimile score with additions and parts.
1974-1976
3/6
A Song of David: Elegy for Orchestra
Score only, with additions.
undated
3/7
Suite No. 1 for Orchestra
Two ACA facsimile scores with multiple copies of parts.
1976
1/6
Summerland Fantasy, A Bucolic Prelude for Orchestra
ACA facsimile score.
1985
3/8
Symphony for Chamber Orchestra No.3
Three scores: two photocopies and one print master. Multiple copies of some parts.
1967
1/7
Symphony for Young Orchestras
Published by Boston Music. Alternate title is Symphony in the Phrygian Mode. Two identical scores with parts; one has alternate title pasted on.
1954
4/9
Variations on an Ancient Tune
Score only.
1956
5/1
A Winter's Tale
Score only, published by Independent Music.
1947
Wind Ensemble
Box/Folder
5/2
Holiday Moods: Suite for Band
Condensed score and partial parts. Published by Boston Music.
1948
5/3
A Northern Overture for Band
Condensed score and parts. Published by Boston Music
1950
1/8
Passacaglia for Concert Band
ACA facsimile.
undated
Chamber Music
Strings
Box/Folder
5/4
Divertimento for Strings
Two violins, viola, violoncello, contrabass. Published by Highgate Music.
1967
1/9
Prelude and Allegro for Strings
Two violins, viola, violoncello, contrabass.
circa 1950-1959
5/5
Quartet No. 1 (Introduction and Finale)
Score and miniature facsimile score with additions and parts.
undated
5/6
Quintet for Piano and Strings
Two violins, viola, violoncello, pianoforte. ACA facsimile.
1952
1/10
String Quartet No. 2
Published by Valley Music.
1940-1945
1/11
String Quartet No. 3
With corrections, published by Theodore Presser / Oliver Ditson.
1950
1/12
String Quartet No. 4
Published by Theodore Presser / Oliver Ditson.
1952
5/7
String Quartet No. 5
Includes original finale with corrections. Independent Music facsimile score is from 1952. Also includes photocopied parts from 1988 revision.
1952, 1988
5/8
String Quartet No. 6
Print master score and photocopied score and parts.
1956
1/13
String Quartet No. 7
ACA facsimile.
1961
5/9
String Trio
Published by Valley Music.
1941
5/10
Three Nocturnes for Violin, Cello, and Piano
ACA facsimile score, photocopied scores with corrections and parts.
1987
Woodwinds
Box/Folder
5/11
Divertimento for Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon
Two copies of score. Three sets of parts - photocopy, print master, ACA facsimile.
1971
1/14
Introduction and Rondino for 3 Clarinets
ACA facsimile.
1957
7/1
Septet for Wind Instruments
Flute, oboe, two clarinets, horn, two bassoons. ACA facsimile, two scores with corrections and parts.
1965
5/12
Serenade for Five Instruments
Flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon. Published by Theodore Presser / Mercury Music.
1947
1/15
Serenade No. 2 for Wind Quintet
Published by Theodore Presser / Tritone Music.
1974
1/16
Suite for 3 Clarinets in Bb
1984
Brass
Box/Folder
2/1
Suite for Brass Sextet
Two trumpets, horn, trombone, baritone, tuba. Published by Merion Music.
1956
Keyboard
Box/Folder
6/1
Prelude, Intermezzo and Fugue for 2 Pianos
Score only. ACA facsimile.
1964
6/2
Duo Sonata (for Piano, Four Hands)
Two scores with corrections.
1983
6/3
Sonata for Two Pianos
Three scores - facsimile, photocopy, photocopy with corrections.
1984
6/4
Suite for Two Pianos
With corrections and additions.
1967
Mixed Wind and Strings
Box/Folder
6/5-6
Concert Piece for Strings and Horns
Two horns, two violins, viola, violoncello, contrabass. ACA facsimile score and Independent Music facsimile parts.
undated
6/7
Dark and Light: Five Fantasy Pieces for Horn and Strings
Horn, two violins, viola, contrabass. Manuscript score only.
undated
6/8
Introduction, Variations and Adagio
Flute, oboe, violin, violoncello, pianoforte. ACA facsimile.
1974
6/9
Nonette (String Quartet and Woodwind Quintet)
ACA facsimile with additions.
1970
2/2
Pastorale
Two flutes, two violas, three violoncellos
1960
2/3
Rhapsody for Horn in F and Strings
Horn, three violins, viola, violoncello, contrabass. ACA facsimile.
1979
Instrumental Solo
Strings
Box/Folder
2/4
Fantasy Variations for Violin and Piano
1989
6/10
Sonata No. 1 for Viola and Piano
ACA edition with corrections, Dow Music Publisher editions.
1956
2/5
Sonata No. 2 for Viola and Piano
With analysis. Published by Edition Peters.
1963
6/11
Sonata for Cello and Piano
Score only, includes some manuscript pages.
1929
2/6
Sonatina for Violin and Piano
Published by Dow Music.
1958
2/7
Sonatina for Viola and Piano
Published by Dow Music. Includes two analysis copies.
1962
2/8
Sonatina for Cello and Piano
Published by Dow Music.
1958
Woodwinds
Box/Folder
2/9
Brief Elegy
For unaccompanied clarinet. Print master and photocopy.
undated
box-folder:oversize
8/3
Four Characteristic Pieces for Flute and Piano
Print masters.
1991
Box/Folder
2/10
Nocturne for Bass Clarinet or Bb Clarinet and Piano
undated
2/11
Sonata for Flute and Piano
Published by Theodore Presser / Tritone Music.
1976
6/12
Sonata for Oboe and Piano
Part and loose pages of facsimile score and print masters.
1956
Brass
Box/Folder
2/12
Eusebius Remembered: Fantasy for Horn or Tenor Saxophone and Piano
Score, horn part, and saxophone part.
1976
2/13
Invocation to Eos for Horn in F or Saxophone in Eb and Piano
Two scores, horn part, saxophone part.
1983
box-folder:oversize
8/4
Five Bagatelles for Horn and Piano
Print masters.
1993
8/5
Sonata for Horn and Piano
Print master and correction copy.
undated
Box/Folder
2/14
Three Fantasy Legends
Horn, pianoforte. ACA facsimile.
1990
Keyboard
Box/Folder
2/15
All in a Day: 6 Short Pieces for Piano
Published by Theodore Presser / Oliver Ditson. Photocopy and six indvidual pieces.
1950
2/16
Autumn Sketches
Published by New Valley Music.
1968
2/17
Canzona for Organ
Includes two analysis copies. Published by Edition Peters.
1968
2/18
Four Pieces for Piano
Two copies. Published by University of Washington Press.
1954
box-folder:oversize
9/1
Memories of Earlier Days: Three Pieces for Piano
ACA fascsimile and print masters.
1986
Box/Folder
2/19
The Mosquito and the Frog
Published by Carlton Music.
1955
6/13
Ostinato Jubilato for Carillon
Two copies. Includes notes.
1968
6/14
Prelude and Fughetta for Carillon
1958
2/20
Preludes en Suite
Photocopies, facsimiles, and print-masters.
1950
6/15
Sketches and Miniatures: 10 Pieces for Piano
Published by Valley Music. Four copies, including two analysis copies and print masters.
1954
box-folder:oversize
9/2
Sonata No. 1 for Piano Solo
ACA facsimile and print master.
1989
Box/Folder
6/16
Sonata No. 2 for Piano
ACA facsimile.
1986
6/17
Theme and Variations
ACA facsimile. Alternate title: Eleven Variations on an Original Theme.
1984
box-folder:oversize
9/3
Three New Preludes for Piano
Print master.
1985
Vocal Music
Opera
Box/Folder
7/2-7
The Cowherd and the Sky Maiden
Full score and piano/vocal score, with corrections and additions.
1952
box-folder:oversize
9/4
The Wedding Knell, Based on a Tale by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon, viola, violoncello, bells, pianoforte. Full score and piano/vocal score, with corrections and additions.
1952
Choral
Box/Folder
2/21
Christ Crucified for Me
undated
7/8
They Shall Never Thirst
Three copies.
undated
2/22
Ah Come, Sweet Night
1947
Songs
box-folder:oversize
9/5
Colonial Heritage: Three Songs for Voice and Piano
For high or low voice.
1978
Box/Folder
2/23
The Promise of the Cross
undated
2/24
Songs of Nature: Four Songs for Voice and Piano from Rural Poems by John Gracen Brown
1979
2/25
A Sojourn of the Spirit
Words: John Gracen Brown.
1978
2/26
To You
Words: Walt Whitman.
1982

Arrangements for Instrumental MusicReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Wind Ensemble
Box/Folder
5/13
A Christmas Fantasy
Arranged by Verrall. Includes choral parts.
1950
5/14
Prelude, Arietta and Fugue, Bach
Multiple copies of score and parts.
1970
Instrumental Solo
Brass
Box/Folder
8/6
Concerto No 1. in D Major for Horn and Orchestra, Mozart (K 412)
Horn, pianoforte. Score includes print master and photocopy.
undated
8/7
Concerto No 2. in Eb Major for Horn and Orchestra, Mozart (K 495)
Horn, pianoforte. Score - print master.
1981
8/8
Concerto No 3. in Eb Major for Horn and Orchestra, Mozart (K 447)
Horn, pianoforte. Score - print master.
1985
8/9
Concerto No 4. in Eb Major for Horn and Orchestra, Mozart (K 495)
Horn, pianoforte. Score - print master.
undated
8/10
Three Characteristic Pieces for Horn in F and Piano, Stephen Heller
1984
2/27
Three Lyric Pieces by Edvard Grieg
Horn, pianoforte.
undated
Keyboard
Box/Folder
2/28
Andante from Concerto No. 17, Mozart
undated
box-folder:oversize
9/6
Caprice, J.N. Hummel, Op. 49
Print master.
undated
Box/Folder
2/29
Etude (after Clementi, Gradus ad Parnassum)
undated
box-folder:oversize
9/7
Flower-Fruit and Thorn-Pieces, Nuits Blanches, La Naiade, Stephen Heller, Op. 82
Print master.
1983
Box/Folder
6/18
Study (after Czerny Opus 740 No. 3)
undated
box-folder:oversize
9/8
Twelve Selected Preludes, Stephen Heller, Op. 81
Print master.
1987
9/9
Unidentified
Possibly by Stephen Heller. Print master.
undated

Compositions of OthersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Instrumental Keyboard Solo Music
Box/Folder
2/30
Idilio, by Theodore Lack
undated
box-folder:oversize
9/10
Selected Sonatas, Domenico Scarlatti (the Affective Greats)
undated
Box/Folder
2/31
Choral Music: Favorite Christmas Carols
undated

Correspondence Regarding String Quartet No. 6, 1971, 1992Return to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/32

Programs, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder 2/34

Poster: Chief Joseph Legend, Premiere, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box-folder:oversize 9/11

Notecards: Verrall's Index of Compositions, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 10

Includes information on composition dates and premieres of some of his works.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Arrangement (Music)
  • College teachers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • Composers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • Music teachers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • Music--Manuscripts
  • Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
  • Personal Names :
  • Verrall, John, 1908-2001--Archives
  • Verrall, John, 1908-2001--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Washington--Faculty
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • card indexes
  • correspondence
  • Posters
  • programs
  • scores
  • writings
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • University of Washington. University Archives

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • University Archives/Faculty Papers (University of Washington)