Lowndes Maury Papers, 1933-2001  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Maury, Lowndes, 1911-1975
Title
Lowndes Maury Papers
Dates
1933-2001 (inclusive)
Quantity
10.0 linear feet
Collection Number
Mss 456
Summary
Lowndes Maury was a composer born in Montana who went on to work in Hollywood as a pianist, composer-arranger, and conductor. The collection consists mainly of his original compositions, prepared for a variety of clients and instrumentations.
Repository
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
59812-9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
library.archives@umontana.edu
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for creating this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historic Publications and Records Commission. Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Lowndes Maury was born in Butte, Montana, in 1911 to H. Lowndes Maury and Anne Perkins Maury. He learned piano from his mother. In 1931, he graduated from the University of Montana--Missoula and went on to study piano and composition in Chicago. He also studied with Arnold Schoenberg in Boston.

Beginning in the 1930s, he built a career in Hollywood as a pianist, composer-arranger, and conductor. For a time he worked as a composer, arranger, pianist, and organist on twelve radio shows simultaneously, including the Eddie Cantor and Jack Haley shows Life with Father and The Life of Riley. He wrote film scores for Universal Pictures studios, for U.S. Air Force training films, and for the Mr. Magoo cartoons. He was also a contract pianist for Twentieth-Century Fox studios.

He also composed considerable "serious" music. Among his major works is the cantata Proud Music of the Storm (Walt Whitman), commissioned for the dedication of the new music building at the University of Montana in 1953. Other commissioned works included "Summer of Green," a rhapsody for alto flute and string orchestra, which was premiered by the New Zealand National Orchestra; "Night Life," for Kurt Reher, principal cellist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; and Man is My Song, a cantata written for the First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles.

In later years, he established the Lou Muary Piano School in North Hollywood. There his interest in the pedagogy of music resulted in two volumes of student and artist piano pieces called New Soundings. He also developed a new approach to music notation with Ralph Cromleigh, a computer analyst for Teledyne Systems, and brought out four volumes of Magic Lines and Spaces.

His Variations on a Beethoven Theme was commissioned and recorded by harpsichordist Igor Kipnis, and his violin sonata In Memory of the Korean War Dead was recorded by the composer with violinist Myron Sandler.

In 1964, he was cited by the Montana Territorial Centennial Committee for distinguished service in the field of original composition. In 1974, the University of Montana awarded him an honorary Doctor of Letters.

He died in 1975.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains biographical information, a small portion of Maury's correspondence about his works, press releases and a catalog of his published works, the original copies of the vast majority of his published compositions and some unpublished ones, and a posthumous audio recording of some major performances of his works. The collection documents the work of a mid-twentieth-century composer who worked in a variety of contexts: Hollywood, music education, and serious composition.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

[Name of document or recording number], Lowndes Maury Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana--Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Biographical, 1967-1976Return to Top

1 folder

This series contains biographical descriptions of Lowndes Maury, one promotional piece and two different obituaries.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
1967-1976

Series II:  Correspondence, 1970-1983Return to Top

2 folders

This file contains a small portion of Lowndes Maury's correspondence, some general exchanges from late in his life and a file regarding the premiere of his Concerto for English Words and Percussion.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/2
General
1978-1983
1/3
Concerto for English Words and Percussion Premier
1970

Series III:  Speeches and Writings, undatedReturn to Top

1 folder

This series contains one folder of speeches, press releases, and a catalog of Lowndes Maury's compositions.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/4
undated

Series IV:  Compositions, 1933-1970 Return to Top

9.5 linear feet

This series consists of Maury's compositions for a variety of instruments and ensembles. All are either manuscript originals of scores or the master copies of ensemble parts. The series contains the majority of Maury's published output, as well as other works that may not have been published or performed.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
2/1
Political Intrigue, Ballet, Pf.; The Celebration
1946 and 1955
2/2
Introduction and Sonatina for Oboe and String Orchestra, oboe, strings; Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
1946 and 1947
2/3
"Summer of Green," Rhapsody for Alto Flute and String Orchestra, alto flute, str.; Passacaglia for Chamber Orchestra
1963 and undated
2/4
Proud Music of the Storm Cantata for chorus, soloists, narrator
1953
2/5
"Man is My Song," Easter Cantata
undated
2/6
Fanfare, violin, violincello, 2 horns, harp, pianoforte
1967
2/7
Concerto for English Words, Brass and Percussion
1970
2/8
Sabbath Eve Service for Cantor (baritone), Choir and Organ
1949
2/9
Sonnet, "The World Is Too Much with Us"
1951
2/10
"A Christmas Carol;" "OBIT;" "Vertue;" "Lift Every Voice in Song;" Three Songs of Time and Its Passing
1951-1968
2/11
The Queen's Sarabande, Quartet of Brass
1941
2/12
Four Walks and a Fugue, Suite for String Quartet
1942
2/13
The Birthday Divertimento
1950
2/14
"Cock of the Walk," Sax Quartet, Avant Music
1963
2/15
Scene de Ballet, for Alto Piccolo in A-flat and String Quartet
1965
2/16
For Two Flutes
1967
2/17
Changes for 7 Flutes, Avant Music
1970
2/18
Elegy for Cello and Harp
undated
2/19
Three Essays in Style, for Woodwind Quintet
undated
2/20
"Tom Thumb and the Giant," Woodwind Quintet; Two Pieces for String Quartet
undated
2/21
Pastorale
1942
2/22
Concert Suites for Flute, Two Clarinets and Piano
1942
2/23
"The Three Bears;" "Springtime Digressions"
1950 and 1961
2/24
"Speculations," for Piano and Three Strings
1964
2/25
Sonatina for Violin, Bassoon, and Piano
1968
2/26
Eleven Sketches for Piano Trio
1968
2/27
"Pinocchio;" Quintette for String Quartette and Piano
undated
2/28
"Summer of Green," Rhapsody for Alto Flute, Cello, and Piano
1963
2/29
"Fiddle Boogie;" Serenade
1945 and 1950
2/30
Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano
1950
2/31
Sonata for Violin and Piano: In Memory of the Korean War Dead
1950 and 1968
2/32
Songs Without Words for Clarinet and Piano; "Summer of Green," Rhapsody for Alto Flute and Piano; "Reflection," for Flute and Piano, Antransa Music
1958-1965
2/33
Songs Without Words for Clarinet and Piano or Viola and Piano, Antransa Music; Flute Now, Six original compositions plus six arrangements of popular tunes
1965 and 1970
2/34
Basque Dance; Moto Perpetuo; "Night Life," for Cello and Pinao or Viola and Piano
undated
2/35
Prelude and Fugue for Trombone and Piano; "Reflection," for Flute and Harpsichord
undated
2/36
"Serious Cereal," fl.; "Lament, fl., Avant Music; Suite for the Solo Cello
1958-1975
2/37
"On Quiet Waters," Pf., "Music Box," pf.; Three Voice Invention; "A Waltzing Fugue"
1939-1949
2/38
Three Affirmations; Chorale Aria; Three Poets; "Mountain in the West;" "Space Trip;" Earliest Suite for Keyboard Instruments
1962-1971 and undated
2/39
Six Changes for Two Pianos; "A Song of the Plains;" Three Pieces for Piano Solo; Variations for Harpsichord on a Beethoven Theme; "Wind Sweep"
undated
2/40
"When Daisies Pied and Violets Blue;" Three Miniatures/"A Lover's Day;" "The WIND;" Three Songs of William Blake
1938-1948 and undated
2/41
Five Rilke Songs from "The Book of Hours"
1948
2/42
"Nocturne;" "Some Girls Are Prettier;" "Ring Out, Wild Bells;" "Cynara;" Three Songs; Arabesque
1950-1974 and undated
2/43
"Farandole;" "Landscape;" "Music, When Soft Voices Die;" "Tobacco's but an Indian Weed;" Three Elemental Songs
1968 and undated
3/1
Sonatina
undated
3/2
Summer of Green
undated
3/3
Flute Now
1970
3/4
Sonata for Flute and Piano
undated
3/5
Arabesque
undated
3/6
Scherzo
1933
3/7
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, arranged for two pianos
1933
3/8
Three Voices Invention
1942
3/9
Three Poets
undated
3/10
New Surroundings
undated
3/11
Quiet River
undated
3/12
Variations for Harpsichord on a Beetohoven Theme
undated
3/13
Three Miniatures, "A Lover's Day"
1938
3/14
Five Songs
undated
3/15
Five Rilke Songs
undated
4/1
Nocturne
undated
4/2
Ring Out, Wild Bells
1943
4/3
Cynara
1952
4/4
The Dog and the Bone
undated
4/5
Psalm 139: I Will Praise Thee
1951
4/6
A Christmas Carol
1951
4/7
Vertue
1952
4/8
Of Time and Its Passing
undated
4/9
Four Walks and a Fugue
undated
4/10
The Birthday Divertimento
undated
4/11
Three Contemporary Saxophone Quartets
undated
4/12
Changes for 7 Flutes
undated
4/13
Chaconne for Flute and Three Guitars
undated
4/14
Cock of the Walk
undated
4/15
Scarlattina
undated
5/1
Three American Songs
undated
5/2
Three Essays in Style
undated
5/3
Tom Thumb and the Giant
undated
5/4
Two Pieces for String Quartet
undated
5/5
"Introduction"
undated
5/6
"Allegro Molto"
undated
5/7
Man is My Song
undated
5/8
Fanfare
undated
5/9
Goddesses
1972
5/10
Peace is Man's Supremest Good
undated
5/11
Let the Rail-Splitter Awake
undated
5/12
Scene de Ballet
undated
5/13
Pastorale
undated
5/14
Concert Suite for Flute, Two Clarinets and Piano
undated
5/15
The Three Bears
undated
5/16
"Springtime Digressions"
1961
5/17
Speculations
1964
5/18
Eleven Sketches for Piano Trio
undated
6/1
Pinocchio
undated
6/2
Quintet for String Quartet Piano
undated
6/3
Fiddle Boogie
undated
6/4
Serenade
undated
6/5
Sonata for Violin and Piano
undated
6/6
Song Without Words
undated
6/7
Reflection
undated
6/8
Night Life
undated
6/9
Homage to Lorca
undated
6/10
A Song of the Plains
undated
6/11
When Daisies Pied and Violets Blue
undated
6/12
Five Rilke Songs from "The Book of Hours"
undated
6/13
Cynara
undated
6/14
Three Elemental Songs
undated
6/15
Pround Music of the Storm, Piano reduction, sections 1-7, 2 copies
1953
6/16
Pround Music of the Storm, Full score for overture
1953
6/17
Pround Music of the Storm, Narrator part
1953
6/18
Pround Music of the Storm, Piano reduction, complete, bound, 2 copies
1953
7/1
Pround Music of the Storm, Soprano Solo
1953
7/2
Pround Music of the Storm, Alto Solo
1953
7/3
Pround Music of the Storm, Tenor Solo
1953
7/4
Pround Music of the Storm, Bass Solo
1953
7/5
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts
1953
7/6
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts
1953
8/1
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, violin I
1953
8/2
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, violin II
1953
8/3
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, violin II
1953
9/1
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, viola
1953
9/2
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, viola
1953
9/3
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, viola
1953
10/1
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, cello
1953
10/2
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, cello
1953
10/3
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, bass
1953
11/1
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, flute I, II, III
1953
11/2
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, Oboe I, II, III
1953
11/3
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, Clarinet I, II, Bass Clarinet
1953
11/4
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, Basson I and II
1953
11/5
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, Horn I, II, III, IV
1953
11/6
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, Trumpet I, II, III
1953
11/7
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, Trombone I and II, Tuba
1953
11/8
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, Percussion I and II, Timpani, and Piano
1953
12/1
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, incomplete choral arrangement
1953
13/1
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, copies of choral arrangement
1953
14/1
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, 15 copies of choral arrangement
1953
15/1
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, 17 copies of choral arrangement
1953
16/1
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, 16 copies of choral arrangement
1953
17/1
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, 25 copies of choral arrangment
1953
18/1
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, 24 copies of choral arrangment
1953
19/1
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, 24 copies of the choral arrangement
1953
20/1
Pround Music of the Storm, Orchestral parts, 23 copies of the choral arrangement
1953
29OS/4
Proud Music of the Storm, original, handwritten copy
1955
21/1
Concerto for English Word, Brass, and Percussion
1970
21/2
Libertto
1970
21/3
Complete rehersal piano parts, 2 sets
1970
21/4
Complete brass and percussion parts: Trumpets-4, Horns-4, Trombones-2, Bass Trombone-1, Tubas-2, Percussion-5
1970
21/5
Full Score
1970
22/1
Concerto for English Words, Brass, and PercussionChorus parts
1970
22/2
Concerto for English Words, Brass, and PercussionChorus parts
1970
22/3
Concerto for English Words, Brass, and PercussionChorus parts
1970
23/1
Concerto for English Words, Brass, and PercussionChorus parts
1970
23/2
Concerto for English Words, Brass, and PercussionChorus parts
1970
23/3
Concerto for English Words, Brass, and PercussionChorus parts
1970
24/1
Concerto for English Words, Brass, and PercussionChorus parts
1970
24/2
Concerto for English Words, Brass, and PercussionChorus parts
1970
24/3
Concerto for English Words, Brass, and PercussionChorus parts
1970
25/1
Concerto for English Words, Brass, and PercussionChorus parts
1970
25/2
Concerto for English Words, Brass, and PercussionChorus parts
1970
25/3
Concerto for English Words, Brass, and PercussionChorus parts
1970
26/1
Concerto for English Words, Brass, and PercussionChorus parts
1970
26/2
Concerto for English Words, Brass, and PercussionChorus parts
1970
26/3
Concerto for English Words, Brass, and PercussionChorus parts
1970
27/1
Concerto for English Words, Brass, and PercussionChorus parts
1970
27/2
Concerto for English Words, Brass, and PercussionChorus parts
1970
27/3
Concerto for English Words, Brass, and PercussionChorus parts
1970
29OS/3
Concerto for English Words, Brass, and Percussionprinted and bound copy
1970
28/1
The Celebration
1955
28/2
Libretto
1955
28/3
Piano Scores, 2
1955
28/4
Orchestral parts: flute, oboe, clarinet-2, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion-2, violin A-2, violin B-2, violin C-2, viola-2, viola-2, cello-2, bass-2, piano/vocal - "Serenade" movement-2
1955

Series V:  Audio, 2001Return to Top

2 audio compact discs

These audio recordings are collection of Lowndes Maury's works recorded during his lifetime. In 2001, these recordings were digitally re-mastered and put on compact discs by his daughter, Elizabeth H. Maury.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
29OS/1
Lowndes Maury Recording Project, Volume 1
2001
29OS/2
Lowndes Maury Recording Project, Volume 2
2001

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Motion picture music
  • Piano--Study and teaching
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Montana--Missoula--Alumni and alumnae
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Music
  • Sound Recordings
  • Occupations :
  • Composers--United States