Elizabeth Gyring Papers, 1930-1980  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Gyring, Elizabeth
Title
Elizabeth Gyring Papers
Dates
1930-1980 (inclusive)
Quantity
12 containers., (5 linear feet of shelf space.), (300 items.)
Collection Number
Cage 475
Summary
Music manuscripts, recordings, correspondence, legal and other papers.
Repository
Washington State University Libraries, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections.
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman WA
99164-5610
Telephone: 509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Elizabeth Gyring was born in Vienna, Austria in 1909. She was the daughter of the well-known laryngologist Leopold Rethy, himself an amateur musician and founder/conductor of the Wiener Aertzte Orchester. She pursued her musical studies at the State Academy of Music in her native Vienna and graduated with distinction. She enjoyed the encouragement of the composer Alban Berg, a friend of the family, and of some of Vienna's leading musicians. Performances of her works in Berlin and Vienna received favorable critical notices. In 1939 she emigrated to the United States with her husband Otto Geiringer and eventually became an American citizen. She resided in New York City until her death in 1970.

Elizabeth Gyring's music utilizes the dense chromaticism of the Late Romantic style. Both versatile and prolific, with over 160 works to her credit, she composed music in nearly all traditional forms including a full-length opera, two symphonies, seven string quartets, numerous chamber music works for various combinations of instruments, concerti, cantatas, songs, choral pieces, works for solo piano, organ and other instruments. She was a member of the American Composers Alliance in New York City. A few of her works were published during her lifetime by Henri Elkan and the Boston Music Company. The bulk of her compositions were made available through the American Composers Facsimile Edition, New York. Despite a number of performances of her music in New York and Philadelphia, as well as a few radio performances, Elizabeth Gyring's music has been for the most part neglected.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

About three-quarters of the music manuscripts (Series 1) listed in the BMI catalogue (folder G) are contained in the collection. Along with holograph scores, the series also includes photocopies and transparencies of scores. Series 2, Correspondence and Papers, includes original correspondence (some are photocopies), publishing contracts, lists of compositions compiled by Elizabeth Gyring, her will, legal papers, several articles on music, biographies of the composer, printed scores, tape recordings, reviews and programs.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. Cage 475, Elizabeth Gyring Papers . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series 1: Music ManuscriptsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Works listed in the BMI catalogue:
Box/Folder
1 / 2
Adagio for Orchestra
1944.
1 / 3
Adagio for Chamber Orchestra
undated
1 / 4
Adagio cantabile for Clarinet, with Piano
1961
1 / 5
Adagio and Rondo from Concerto for Oboe and Strings
undated
1 / 6
Allegro for Organ
1961
1 / 7
Allegro for Woodwid Quartet
undated
1 / 10
Andante for Solo Oboe and String Orchestra
undated
1 / 11
Andante cantabile for French Horn and Piano
December, 1953.
1 / 15
Beloved Land
December 1941
1 / 18
Ten Canons for Two and Three Woodwinds
July, 1941.
1 / 20
Capriccio for 4 Clarinets in B flat
February, 1963.
1 / 23
Concert Piece for Piano
1958.
1 / 24
Concert Piece for Clarinet B flat and Piano
1942.
1 / 25
Concert Piece for Double Bass and Piano
September 1965.
1 / 26
Concert Piece for Oboe and Piano
undated
1 / 27
Concertino for Clarinet, with String Quartet
1960.
1 / 28
Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra
undated
1 / 29
Daffodils
undated
2 / 30
Divertimento No. 1 for Flute, Clarinet, Horn and Strings
undated
2 / 31
Divertimento No. 2 for Flute, Clarinet, Horn and Strings
undated
2 / 32
Divertimento No. 3 for Flute, Clarinet, Horn and Strings
undated
2 / 33-34
Duo No. 1 and Duo No. 2 for Clarinet in B flat and Viola
1965.
2 / 35
The Eagle
1942.
2 / 37
Three Easy Choruses
undated
2 / 38
Enoch; chorus for women's voices and organ
undated
2 / 39
Fable
undated
2 / 40-55
Fantasies for Organ, 1-16
1957-1959.
2 / 56
Fantasy for String Quartet
January 1959.
2 / 58
Fugue in Old Style
undated
3 / -59
Fugues, 1-16
1962-1964.
3 / 74
Furioso
December, 1952.
3 / 75
Happy Birthday; A Little Joke on a Familiar Theme
undated
3 / 77
Heresy for a Classroom
1942; 1945.
3 / 79
Hymn
undated
3 / 80
A Hymn of Gratitude
March, 1948.
3 / 83
Introduction and Fugue
undated
3 / 84
Kyrie, Sanctus, Agnus Dei and Gloria
November, 1955.
3 / 85
Larghetto for String Quartet
undated
3 / 86
Larghetto for Orchestra
August, 1944.
3 / 87
Largo for Double Bass and Piano
October, 1965.
3 / 88
Little Serenade for Piano
1949.
3 / 90
Little Woodwind Quartet
undated
3 / 91
Two Marches for 2 Pianos, Timpany and Triangle
1945.
3 / 92
Two Military Marches for Orchestra
1943.
4 / 93
My Country (Symphonic Cantata)
undated
4 / 94
New York
1942.
4 / 95a
Night at Sea and Day in Court
April, 1954.
4 / 95b/c
Night at Sea and Day in Court
April, 1954.
4 / 96
Nonett
undated
4 / 97
O Boys! O Boys!
1942.
5 / 98
Oktett
undated
5 / 99
Four Orchestral Pieces
undated
5 / 101
Two Piano Pieces
undated
5 / 102
Four Pieces for Violin and Piano
undated
5 / 103
Prelude for Organ
undated
5 / 104-106
Preludes and Fugues for Organ, 1-3
1959.
5 / 107
Two Psalms for Mixed Chorus
undated
5 / 108
String Quartet in A flat
undated
5 / 110
String Quartet No. 2 in c minor
January, 1946.
6 / 111
String Quartet No. 3 in c minor
undated
6 / 112
String Quartet No. 4
August, 1943.
6 / 113
String Quartet No. 5
May, 1953.
6 / 114
String Quartet No. 6
June, 1960.
6 / 115
String Quartet No. 7
1960.
6 / 116
Woodwind Quartet
November, 1952.
6 / 117
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings
undated
6 / 118
Woodwind Quintet
October, 1961.
6 / 120
The Reign of Violence is Over
May 1943.
6 / 121
Rondo for Piano
1949.
6 / 122
Rondo for Orchestra
October, 1942
6 / 123
Rondo giocoso
undated
7 / 125
Scherzo for Orchestra No. 1
undated
7 / 126
Scherzo for Orchestra No. 2
undated
7 / 127
The Secret of Liberty
March 1945.
7 / 128
Sextet
undated
7 / 129
Sextet
undated
8 / 131
Five Short Pieces for B flat Clarinet and Piano
July, 1941.
8 / 132
Sinfonietta No. 1 for String Orchestra
March, 1948.
8 / 133
Sinfonietta No. 2 for String Orchestra
July, 1948.
8 / 134
Solo for Clarinet [in B flat]
November, 1952.
8 / 135
Sonata No. 1 for Piano and Clarinet
undated
8 / 136
Sonata for Organ No. 1
January, 1957.
8 / 137
Sonata No. 1 for Piano
June, 1956.
8 / 138
Sonata No. 2 for Piano
undated
8 / 139
Sonata for Violin and Piano
undated
8 / 140
Song from Henry the Eighth
undated
8 / 141
Song from The Tempest
undated
8 / 144
Suite for Oboe and Piano
1942.
8 / 146
Symphonic Poem
undated
9 / 147
Symphony (No. 1)
undated
9 / 148
Symphony No. 2
undated
9 / 149
Theme and Variations for Organ
1959.
9 / 150
Theme con Variazione for Pianoforte
undated
9 / 151
Theme and Variations for Two Pianos
undated
9 / 152
Theme, Variations and Fugue for Organ
1959.
9 / 153
Trio for Clarinet in A, Bassoon and Piano
1962.
9 / 154
Trio for Oboe, Clarinet in B flat and Piano
May, 1951.
10 / 155
Trio for Piano, Clarinet in B flat and Viola
1964.
10 / 157
Trio-Fantasy
February, 1954.
10 / 159
Violin Concerto
1941
10 / 162
Waltz for Violin and Piano
undated
10 / 163
We Take Those Things We Gave Away
November, 1950.
Works not included in catalogue:
Box/Folder
10 / A
Sonate fuer Klavier in 3 Saetzen
undated
11 / B
Two Pieces for Orchestra
September, 1953.
11 / C
Two Scherzi for String Orchestra
undated

Series 2: Papers, 1949-1980Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Printed scores and tapes:
Box/Folder
11 / D
Five compositions published by Henri Elkan, Philadelphia. Waltz (for clarinet and piano); Scherzando (for clarinet solo); Little Serenade (for clarinet and piano); Arabesque (for bassoon solo); Chorale (for four clarinets).
1963-1964
11 / E
Two tape recordings (reel-to-reel) 1. Concertino for Clarinet, with String Quartet; Scherzando for Clarinet Solo; Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Viola; 2. Sonata No. 1 for Piano
undated
Correspondence and Papers:
Box/Folder
11 / F
Correspondence and Papers
1949-1980.
11 / F
1 3" x 3 3/4" photograph of the composer
11 / F
Correspondence
25 items.
11 / F
Legal documents
30 items.
11 / F
Other papers
40 items.
11 / G
BMI card catalogue.
164

Series 3: Phonograph Recordings, added March, 1995 by W. Brandt)Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
12 / 1
Adagio Cantabile for Clarinet and Piano
12 / 2
Concertino for Clarinet and String Quartet, WNYC-FM
Feb. 19, 1961
12 / 3
Two Piece for Piano: Concert Piece, Serenade and Adagio for Clarinet and String Quartet WNYC-FM
Feb. 13, 1960
12 / 4
Song Cycle: Blissful Eden. Choral Prelude for Organ
May 15, 1959
12 / 5a and 5b
Two songs for Soprano and String Quartet, from Henry VIII and The Tempest by Shakespeare. Two records
12 / 6
Woodwind Quartet (side one), Piece for Solo Clarinet, (side 2).
Aug. 1953
12 / 7
Canons for 2 and 3 woodwinds
12 / 8
In That Blissful Eden and At the Hacienda, sung by Shirley Brandt. 2 copies
12 / 9
The Humble Bee, Little Serenade and The American Flag
undated
12 / 10
The American Flag and Little Serenade
undated
12 / 11
Piano Piece
undated
12 / 12
The Humble Bee, sung by Celeste Carlesimo, 2 copies
undated
12 / 13
The American Flag, The Coasters, and Beloved Land
undated
12 / 14
Concert Piece for oboe and piano. WNYC.; unidentified piece for oboe piano
undated
12 / 15
Piece for Oboe and Piano. Rondo for Piano
undated
12 / 16
The Coasters, sung by Shirley Brandt
12 / 17
Blissful Evening. WNYC, 2 copies
Feb. 19, 1953.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Gyring, Elizabeth, 1909-1970 --Archives (creator)
  • Moldenhauer, Hans
  • Occupations :
  • Composers--United States--Correspondence