Leroy J. Robertson music recordings, 1920s-1970s  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Robertson, Leroy J.
Title
Leroy J. Robertson music recordings
Dates
1920s-1970s (inclusive)
Quantity
Phonograph records and reel-to-reel audiotapes
Collection Number
A0241
Summary
The Leroy J. Robertson music recordings (1920s-1970s) consist of audio recordings of pieces composed by Robertson as well as other music including hymns, carols, classical music and compositions by other American composers, some of which Robertson conducted or arranged. A respected composer of works for chamber music, orchestra, violin, cello, piano and voice, Leroy J. Robertson taught music at Brigham Young University (BYU), the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Utah before retiring in 1964.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 801-581-8863
SPCreference@lists.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Materials must be used on-site; no use of original material, access copies will be made available for viewing. Five business days advanced notice required. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law, condition of the material, or by donor.

This collection is open to public research on library premises but no copies may be made.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Leroy J. Robertson (1896-1971) was born in Fountain Green, Utah, on 21 December 1896, the son of Utah-born Mormon parents. His first musical experiences were simple and personal--he fashioned tunes on a homemade fiddle and played by ear on the parlor organ in his home. In grammar school, after a few rudimentary music lessons, he organized a small orchestra of young friends and taught them to play music of his own devising. He graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in boston under George Whitefield Chadwick in 1923. His later studies were under Ernest Bloch in San Francisco and in Roveredo Capriasca, Switzerland; Hugo Leichtentritt in Berlin; and Arnold Schoenberg in Los Angeles. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Brigham Young University (BYU) and Ph.D. degree from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He was professor and chairman of the music department at BYU; lecturer of composition at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and professor and chairman of the music department at the University of Utah from 1948 until his retirement in 1964. Upon retirement, Robertson received the first Distinguished Research Professorship at that institution.

Robertson was an honorary member of Phi Beta Kappa; a fellow of the Utah Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Letters; a member of the Executive Music Committee of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; and a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishrs (ASCAP). Robertson's compositions include works for chamber music and orchestra; concertos for violin, cello, and piano; solos, vocal, and instrumental; choral compositions and an "Oratorio from the Book of Mormon" for chorus, soloists, organ, and orchestra. While the Reichhold prize for his "Trilogy" was by far the most impressive, Robertson has a long list of other awards to hs credit. In 1923, he won the Endicott prize for his "Overture in E Minor"; his "Quintet in A Minor for Piano and Strings" won first place in a contest conducted by the Society for Publicaiton of American Music in 1936; his "String Quartet" was chosen by the Critics Circle in New York in 1944; and his "Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra" was given an award by the Utah Institute of Fine Arts in 1945. He received the National Federation of Music Clubs Award of Merit in 1959. Robertson died on 25 July, 1971 in Salt Lake City.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Leroy J. Robertson music recordings (1920s-1970s) are phonograph records and reel-to-reel audiotapes of pieces composed by Robertson as well as other music including hymns, carols, classical music and compositions by other American composers, some of which Robertson conducted or arranged. Several pieces are performed by Utah musical groups including the Utah Symphony and the University of Utah Orchestra.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
disc
1-2 American Serenade

Phonograph record
Performed by Feri Roth with Normal Lee Madsen, Sally Peck and Marian Robertson.
undated
3-6 American Serenade

Phonograph record
Performed by Utah Symphony Strings.
undated
7-8 American Serenade

Phonograph record
Performed by the Roth Quartet
undated
9 American Serenade, Caprice, Nocturne

Phonograph record
Performed by Roth, Madsen, Peck, and M. RobertsonRecorded by the University of Utah Radio Committee.
undated
10 American Serenade test pressing

Phonograph record
Performed by the Weicher Quartet
1961
11 Fantasia for Organ

Phonograph record
Performed by Robert Cundick, organ.
1955
12 Novelette: Carl Fuerstner (piano)

Phonograph record
undated
13 Oratorio from the Book of Mormon test pressing

Phonograph record
undated
14-17 Passacaglia

Phonograph record
Performed by the Utah Symphony Orchestra.Conductor: Maurice Abravanel
1955
18-19 Prelude, Scherzo and Ricercare parts 1-4

Phonograph record
Performed by the Utah Symphony Orchestra.
1948
20 Punch and Judy

Phonograph record
Performed by the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) Symphony Orchestra.Conductor: Maurice Abravanel
1951
21 Punch and Judy

Phonograph record
Standard Hour NBC, Los AngelesConductor: Maurice Abravanel
undated
22 Punch and Judy

Phonograph record
Standard Hour NBC, Los Angeles
1949
23-24 Quartet in E minor

Phonograph record
Performed by the Roth Quartet.
undated
25-26 Quartet in E minor

Phonograph record
Performed by the Roth Quartet.
undated
27 Quartet in E minor

Phonograph record
Performed by the Roth Quartet.
undated
28-29 Quintet in A minor for piano and strings parts 1-4

Phonograph record
Performed by the Roth Quartet and Carl Fuerstner, piano.
undated
30 Quintet in A minor for piano and strings part 5 and G minor Etude

Phonograph record
G minor Etude performed by Reid Nibley, piano.
undated
31-32 Quintet in A minor for piano and strings

Phonograph record
Performed by Ferli Roth, Harold Wolf, Sally Peck, Marian Robertson and Reid Nibley.
undated
33-34 Rhapsody for piano and orchestra

Phonograph record
Performend by Andor Foldes, piano.Conductor: Leon BarzinWABC boradcast
circa 1947
35-36 Rhapsody for piano and orchestra parts 2-6

Phonograph record
Performend by the WCBS Symphony and Andor Foldes, piano.Conductor: Leon BarzinWCBS broadcast "Invitation to Music"
1947
37-38 Symphony no. 2, Trilogy

Phonograph record
Performed by the Utah Symphony.Conductor: Maurice Abravanel
1947
39 Symphony no. 2, Trilogy parts 1-2

Phonograph record
Performed by the Utah Symphony.Conductor: Maurice Abravanel
1957
40-45 Symphony no. 2, Trilogy parts 1-3 (complete)

Phonograph record
Performed by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.Conductor: Karl KruegerWorld premiere with award presentation.Recorded from tapes.
1947
46-47 Concerto for violoncello

Phonograph record
Performed by the Utah Symphony Orchestra and Zara Nelsova, cello (entire concerto), Marian Robertson, cello, and Gladys Gladstone, piano (finale).Conductor: Maurice Abravanel
1956
48-49 Concerto for violoncello

Performed by the Utah Symphony Orchestra and Zara Nelsova, cello, and Marian Robertson and Gladys Gladstone, piano.Conductor: Maurice Abravanel
1956
50 Fugue in C minor

Performed by William L. Fowler and Robert Cundick, piano.
1952
51 Mozart's Sonata in G major and Robertson's Eb Etude

Sonata in G major performed by Mary Kroll, violin, and Marian Robertson, piano.Eb Etude performed by Carl Fuerstner, piano.
1946
52 Latter-day Organist: hymns, preludes, postludes

Performed by Alexander Schreiner, organ.Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) General Music Committee
undated
53 The Lord's Prayer and Battle Hymn of the Republic

Performed by the South High School a cappella choir, Salt Lake City, Utah.
1949
54-55 Ernest Toch's Symphony no. 2

undated
Reel
56-58 Alleluia and Chorale

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Performed by the University of Utah band.
undated
59-60 American Serenade

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Performed by the Utah Symphony Orchestra.Conductor: Maurice Abravanel
1943
61-64 Book of Mormon Oratorio

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Performed by the Utah Symphony Orchestra.Conductor: Maurice Abravanel
undated
65-66 Book of Mormon Oratorio (exerpts)

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Performed by the Summer Youth Chorus Program.
1958
67-69 Concerto for cello and orchestra

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Performed by the Utah Symphony Orchestra and Zara Nelsova.
1956
70-71 University of Utah Festival Overture

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Performed by the Utah Symphony Orchestra.Conductor: Maurice Abravanel
undated
72-74 Passacaglia

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Performed by the Utah Symphony Orchestra.
1955
75-77 Passacaglia

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Performed by the Utah Symphony Orchestra.
1959
78-80 Passacaglia

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Performed by the Utah Symphony Orchestra.
1960
81 Piano Etudes

Reel-to-reel audiotape
undated
83 Piano Rhapsody

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Performed by the Utah Symphony Orchestra and Andor Foldes, piano .
circa 1944
86-90 Punch and Judy

Reel-to-reel audiotape
undated
91-92 Quintet for Piano and Strings

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Performed by the Paganini Quartet and Wolman, piano.
undated
93-95 Saguaro Overture

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Performed by the Utah Symphony Orchestra.Conductor: Maurice Abravanel
undated
96-99 Symphony no. 2, Trilogy

Reel-to-reel audiotape
undated
100 Brahms' Violin Concerto, slow movement

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Performed by the University of Utah Symphony.Conductor: Leroy J. Robertson
circa 1953
101 Delius' Walk to Paradise Garden and Wagner's Rienzi

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Performed by the University of Utah Symphony.Conductor: Leroy J. Robertson
circa 1953
102 Mendelssohn's Symphony no. 5 in D minor

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Performed by the University of Utah Symphony.Conductor: Leroy J. Robertson
circa 1953
103 Mozart's Violin Concerto (exerpts)

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Performed by Harold Wolf and Ardean Watts
undated
104 Schumann'a 4th Symphony in D Major

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Performed by the University of Utah Symphony.Conductor: Leroy J. Robertson
undated
105 Summer Youth Chorus

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Performed with Alexander Schreiner, organ.
1958
106-107 Tchaikovsky's Symphony no. 6

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Performed by the University of Utah Symphony.Conductor: Leroy J. Robertson
undated
108 Folk Songs Collection

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Compiled by Dr. Cheney.
undated
109 O Little Town of Bethlehem

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Arranged by Leroy J. Robertson.Performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
undated
110 Selections from Verdi, Flowtow, Donizetti, Sibelius and Weber

Reel-to-reel audiotape
Conductor: Leroy J. Robertson
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • American composers
  • Orchestral music
  • Personal Names :
  • Abravanel, Maurice, 1903-1993 (contributor)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Sound recordings