Marie Barker Nelson music recordings, 1994-1996

Overview of the Collection

Nelson, Marie Barker
Marie Barker Nelson music recordings
1994-1996 (inclusive)
3 compact discs
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The Marie Barker Nelson music recordings (1994-1996) consist of audio recordings of music written by Utah composer Marie Barker Nelson. A Salt Lake City native, Dr. Nelson studied at the Yale School of Music and earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree from the University of Utah where she studied under Ramiro Cortés and Vladimir Ussachevsky.
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Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
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Salt Lake City, UT

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Marie Barker Nelson (b. 1926) grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she studied piano with Becky Almond and Gladys Gladstone. She graduated from the University of Utah with a major in music, and later received a degree from the Yale School of Music where she studied with renown composer Paul Hindemith. She earned her Master of Arts under the guidance of LeRoy Robertson and her Ph.D. under Ramiro Cortés and Vladimir Ussachevsky at the University of Utah. Maurice Abravanel was instrumental in bringing about the first performance of Nelson's tone poem The Medead by the Utah Symphony in 1977. Another work, Once in Israel was premiered by the Pro Musica chorus and orchestra. Among her other works are five musical plays for children which have been performed by the Pioneer Children's Theater, and also two adult musicals, Someone who Cares, and Porter. Her string quartet has been performed at UCLA as well as in Salt Lake City , and she was a first place winner in the Utah State Fair composition competition.

Nelson has composed numerous songs including arrangements of I Wonder and I Wander and Mary's Lullaby, and a commissioned work, Gloria for mixed chorus and organ, all introduced at Pro Musica's Christmas concerts in Salt Lake City. In 1992 she had several performances of her Sonata for Trombone and Piano (at the Contemporary Music Consortium) and a song cycle commissioned by the Salt Lake Vocal Ensemble, entitled Song of the Goddesses. She currently works with Bruce Reich.

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The Marie Barker Nelson music recordings (1994-1996) consist of audio recordings of music written by Utah composer Marie Barker Nelson.

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This collection is arranged by chronologically.

Related Materials

See also the Marie Barker Nelson papers (Accn 1664).

Processing Note

Processed by Lorraine Crouse in 1998.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 American chamber music

Compact disc
Features Marie Barker Nelson's composition Song of the Goddesses (1992): 1 Gaia 3:19 2 Artemis 2:40 3 Hera 1:28 4 Aphrodite 2:45 5 Demeter 2:39 6 Persephone 2:03 7 Gaia - Reprisal:01 other composers featured: Robert Stewart, Thomas M. Sleeper, Albert Tepper, and Jerome David Goodman. MMC Chamber Music Series.
2 Music for orchestra

Compact disc
Features a recording of Marie Barker Nelson's composition The Medead (1977) 9:18. Other composers featured include: Daniel Burwasser, William Thomas McKinley, Heskel Brisman, Elaine Erickson, and the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conducted by Robert Stankovsky, Robert Black, and Bystrik Rezucha. Modern American Classics Volume I
3 New century volume v

Compact disc
Features Marie B. Nelson's composition Hodeeyaada. This three-movement tone poem is inspired by a Native American version of the creation myth (Hodeeyaada is Navajo for In the Beginning of Time) and dedicated to the memory of Maurice Abravanel. Other composers represented on the disc are David Hawthorne, Bruce Polay, Greg Bullen, and Edward Paul Mascari. Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Stankovsky. Manhattan Chamber Sinfonia, conducted by Glen Cortese. MMC New Century Series

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Subject Terms

  • American composers
  • Composers--Utah

Form or Genre Terms

  • Sound recordings