Marie Nelson Bennett papers, 1939-2013

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Bennett, Marie Nelson
Title
Marie Nelson Bennett papers
Dates
1939-2013 (inclusive)
Quantity
125.25 linear feet
Collection Number
ACCN 1664
Summary
The Marie Nelson Bennett papers (1939-2013) contain copies and originals of Bennett's work. It also contains a biography prepared by Bennett herself, giving detail about her work in general, as well as details about specific pieces of her work. Bennett received a Ph. D. in composition from the University of Utah. In 1995 she was nominated for the Kennedy Center Freidham award for orchestral composition and in 1996 she received a Merit of Honor from the University of Utah Emeritus Alumni Association.
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: 8015818863
special@library.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Languages
English

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Marie Nelson Bennett (B. 1926) began making up piano songs at the age of six and arranging vocal songs in junior high. At seventeen, she began attending the University of Utah, where she majored in music, minored in Theater and Art; she graduated in 1947. She began attending Yale and, with the help of Paul Hindemith, graduated with a bachelors of Music in two years. Later she received a Ph.D in composition from the University of Utah. After her husband's and daughter's deaths, in 1981, Bennett and her eldest son were left to run her husband's Salt Palace Travelodge; Bennett still found time to compose. In 1994, the Boston composer, William Thomas McKinley, "discovered" Bennett. He asked if he could record Bennett's work and began lining up premieres for her in Town Hall in New York City. She continued to compose symphonies, concertos, operas, and other works. In 1995 she was nominated for the Kennedy Center Freidheim award for orchestral composition. In 1996 she was awarded a Merit of Honor from the University of Utah Emeritus Alumni Association. In 2003 she married Wallace Grant Bennett.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Marie Nelson Bennett papers (1939-2013) contain copies and originals of Nelson's work. It also contains a biography prepared by Bennett herself, giving detail about her work in general, as well as details about specific pieces of her work. These works include Bennett's Symphony No. 1 through Symphony No. 8, Concerto No. 1 through Concerto No. 4, operas, choral works and arrangements, sonatas, piano music, organ music, guitar music, vocal solos, Christmas music, and orchestral arrangements.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library's Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Donated by Marie Barker Nelson Bennett (box 1) in 1997.

Donated by Marie Barker Nelson Bennett (boxes 2-48) in 2005.

Donated by Marie Barker Nelson Bennett (box 49) in 2009.

Donated by Marie Barker Nelson Bennett (box 50) in 2010.

Donated by Marie Barker Nelson Bennett (box 51) in 2016.

Processing Note

Processed by Jennifer Sessions in 2006.

Addendum processed by Betsey Welland in 2010.

Addendum (box 51) processed by Betsey Welland in 2018.

Related Materials

See also the Marie Nelson Bennett photograph collection (P0468) and the Marie Nelson Bennett music recordings (A0437) in the Multimedia Division of Special Collections.

Forms part of the Aileen H. Clyde 20th Century Women's Legacy Archives.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

General MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Words and Music of Jan Nelson
1982
1 2
Ellis Webster Barker Biography
1995

The Medead Original Sketches and ScoresReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
Biographical Information and Work Summary
2005
2 2
Original Sketches
1977
2 3
Original Piano Score
1977
2 4
Original Orchestral Score
1977
3 1
First Pen and Ink Score
Not revised.
1977
3 2
Score with corrections by Ramiro Cortes
1977
3 3
Ardean Watts Utah Symphony Score
1977

The Medead General MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 1
Corrected Blue Score
1977
4 2
Final Green Score
1977
5 1
Parts
1977
6 1-3
Derivations of The Medead
Viola and piano pencil score and final score; flute and piano pencil score and final score; and flute, harp, and strings original score editions two and three and final score.
1977
6 4
Story of the Symphony and Miscellaneous
1994

Hoodeeyaada Sketches and ScoresReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
7 1
Initial Sketches
Original orchestration.
1994
7 2
Piano Score
1994
8 1
Preliminary Orchestral Score
1994
8 2
Intermediate Edition One
1994
9 1
Intermediate Edition Two
1994
9
Intermediate Edition Three
1994
Folder
10 1
Intermediate Edition Four
1994
10 2
Intermediate Edition Five
1994
10 3
Intermediate Edition Six
1994
10 4
Final Score
1994
10 5
Other Derivations of Hodeeyaada
Second Movement.
1994
10 6
Other Derivations of Hodeeyaada
, Second Movement, for flute and piano, and viola and piano.
1994
10 7
Program Notes and Miscellaneous
1993-1996
10 8
Parts
1994
10 9
Parts for Strings
1994
11 1-6
Parts
1994

The Rocky Mountains Sketches and ScoresReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
12 1-2
Early Sketches
1997
12 3
Original Piano Score
1997
12 4
Intermediate Piano Score
1997
12 5
Final Piano Score
1997
12 6
Original Orchestral Score
Written in pencil.
1997
13 1
First Edit of Orchestral Score
1997
13 2
Second Edit of Orchestral Score
1997
13 3
Third Edit of Orchestral Score
1997
13 4
Fourth Edit of Orchestral Score
1997
13 5
Fifth Edit of Orchestral Score
1997
13 6
Sixth Edit of Orchestral Score
1997
13 7
Seventh Edit of Orchestral Scores
1997
13 8
Intermediate Orchestral Score
1997
13 9
Final Orchestral Score
1997
14 1
Orchestral Parts
1997
14 2
Other Derivations of the Rocky Mountians
"Winter", second movement, for flute and piano.
1997
14 3
Program Notes and Miscellaneous
1997

Symphonic Fantasy on Orpheus Lex Sketches and ScoresReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
14 4
Early Sketches
1994
14 5
Original Piano Score
1994
14 6
Intermediate Piano Score
1994
14 7
Original Orchestral Score
1994
15 1
Symphonic Fantacy on Orpheus Lex First Orchestral Edit
1994
15 2
Second Orchestral Edit
1994
15 3
Third Orchestral Edits
1994
15 4
Fourth Orchestral Edit
1994
15 5
Fifth Orchestral Edits
1994
15 6
Sixth Orchestral Edits
1994
15 7
Seventh Orchestral Edit
1994
15 8
Final Orchestral Score
Recorded by Seattle Symphony.
1994
16 1
New Version for the World Premire
1994
16 2
Parts
1997
16 3
Program Notes of the World Premiere Performance and Miscellaneous
1994-2003
16 4
Early Sketches
1997
16 5
Original Piano Scores
1997

Ode to Antigone Score and EditsReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 17

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
17 1
Original Orchestral Score
1997
17 2
First Edit
1997
17 3
Second Edit
1997
18 1
Final Score
For Gary Sheldon at Arts Festival.
1997
18 2
Final Score
For Joseph Silverstein.
1997
18 3
Final Score
For Roger Briggs.
1997
19
Parts for Winds and Strings
1997
Folder
20 1
Parts for Winds, Percussion, and Harp
1997
20 2
Arrangement for Trumpet and Piano
1997
20 3
Program Notes, Reviews, and Story of the Symphony
1996-1998

Universe Sketches, Scores, Edits, and MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 21

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
21 1
Early Sketches
1998
21 2
Original Piano Score
1998
21 3
Partial Original Orchestral Score
1998
21 4
First Edit
1998
21 5
Second Edit
1998
21 6
Third Edit
1998
21 7
Final Orchestral Score
1998
21 8
Program Notes and Miscellaneous
1998

Symphony of the Millennium Sketches and Original ScoresReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
22 1
Early Sketches of Fanfare
2000
22 2
Early Sketches for Peace
2000
23 1
Early Sketches for Armageddon
2000
23 2
Original Piano Score
2000
23 3
Original Orchestral Score for Armageddon
2000
24 1
Original Orchestral Score for Peace
2000
24 2
Original Orchestral Score for Fanfare
2000
24 3
First Orchestral Edit
2000
24 4
Second Orchestral Edits
2000
24 5
Third Orchestral Edits
2000
24 6
Fourth Orchestral Edit
2000
25 1
Fifth Orchestral Edit
2000
25 2
Final Score On Recording
2000
25 3
Final Corrected Score
2000
25 4
Program Notes and Miscellaneous
2000
25 5
Derivations for Millennial Peace for Flute and Piano
2000
25 6
Derivations for Millennial Peace for Violin and Piano
2000
25 7
Parts
2000

Soundings Sketches and Original ScoresReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
26 1
Early Sketches
2004
26 2
Original Piano Score
2004
26 3
Original Orchestral Score
2004
27 1
Orchestral Edits
Contains edits two and three, edits one through three, and edits one through four.
2004
27 2
Preliminary Score, Final Score, and Program of Premiere
2004

Culinary Concerto for Clarinet Sketches and ScoresReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
28 1-2
Early Sketches
1998
28 3
Original Piano Score
1998
28 4
Final Piano Score
1998
29 1
Original Orchestral Score
1998
29 2
First Edit
1998
29 3
Second Edit
1998
29 4
Third Edit
1998
29 5
Orchestral Score for C D Recording
1998
29 6
Score for Clarinet and Orchestra
1998
29 7
Final Corrected Score
1998
29 8
Derivation for Concerto for Clarinet and Piano
1998
30
Culinary Concerto for Clarinet
1998
31
Culinary Concerto for Clarinet
1998

Concerto for Cello, Harp, Percussion, and Strings Inspirations, Sketches, and Scores, 1999Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
32 1
Inspirations
Inspirations came from Beethoven, Bach, and Brahms.
1999
32 2
Early Sketches
1999
32 3
Original Piano Score
1999
32 4
Final Piano Score
1999
32 5
Original Pencil Score
1999
33 1
First Edit
1999
33 2
Second Edit
1999
33 3
Third Edit
1999
33 4
Final Score for Recording
1999
33 5
Parts
1999
33 6
Program Notes and Miscellaneous
1999
33 7
Arioso for Violin, Cello, and Piano
1999
33 8
Sonata for Cello and Piano
1999
33 9
Arioso for Piano and Solo
1999

Shorelines Sketches and Original ScoresReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
34 1
Early Sketches
2002
34 2
Original Piano Score
2002
34 3
Original Orchestral Score
2002
35 1
First Edits
2002
35 2
Second Edits
2002
35 3
Third Edits
2002
35 4
Fourth Edits
2002
35 5
Preliminary Score
2002
35 6
Second Preliminary Score
2002
35 7
Final Orchestral Score
2002
35 8
Derviations
2003
35 9
Program and Pictures
2003

Excursions Edits, Scores, Sketches, and Derviations, 2004Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
36 1
First through Sixth Orchestral Edits
2004
36 2
Final Orchestral Score
2004
36 3
Excursions for English Horn and Piano
2004
36 4
Adagietto and Sicilliano for Flute and Piano
2004
36 5
English Horn Part
2004
36 6
Early Sketches
2004
36 7
Final Piano Score
2004
36 8
Original Orchestral Score
2004

Once in Israel Sketches, Scores, and MiscellaneousReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
37 1
Original Sketches
1980
37 2
Original Piano Score
1980
37 3
Chorus Score
1980
37 4
Solos Score
1980
37 5
Choir Score
1980
37 6
Original Orchestral Score
Orchestral score used by John Marlow Nielson for premiere.
1980
37 7
Final Orchestral Score
1980
37 8
Program Notes, Libretto, and Grades
1980-1983

Orheus Lex Libretto, Scores, and EditsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
38 1
Libretto by David Krames
2005
38 2
Final Piano and Vocal Score
2005
38 3
First Edit for Piano and Vocal Score
2005
38 4
Second Edit for Piano and Vocal score
2005
38 5
Third Edits for Piano and Vocal Score
2005
38 6
Fourth Edit for Piano and Vocal Score
2005
38 7
Piano and Vocal Score Work Sheets
2005
38 8
Final Orchestral Score
2005
39 1
Early Sketches
2005
39 2
Original Piano Score
2005
39 3
Original Orchestral Score for Act One
2005
40 1
Original Orchestral Socre for Act Two
2005
40 2
Final Orchestral Score for Act One
2005
40 3
Final Orchestral Score for Act Two
2005
41 1
Orheus Lex First Edit for Act One
2005
41 2
Second Edit for Act One
2005
41 3
Third Edit for Act One
41 4
Fourth Edit for Act One
2005
41 5
First Edit for Act Two
2005
41 6
Second Edit for Act Two
2005
41 7
Third Edit for Act Two
2005
41 8
Fourth Edit for Act Two
2005
41 9
Fifth Edit for Act Two
2005

Wasatch Breezes Parts, Edits, and ScoresReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
41 10
Original Score
1951
41 11
Original Parts
1953
41 12
String Quartet, New Score and Edits
1953
41 13
New Parts
1953

Musical Plays and Choral WorksReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
42 1
Who Wants Wings
1968
42 2-4
A Christmas Carol
1969
42 5
Treasure Island
1970
42 6
The Prince and the Pauper
1971
43 1
Strike One You're Out
1972
43 2
Picadilly Giant
1970
43 3
Someone Who Cares Musical Score
1977
43 4
Someone Who Cares
An adult play, with script by Iris Sundergard, libretto, and early sketches.
1977
43 5
Porter
1985
43 6
Night
Incidental music for a play by Shalon Shy, performed at Yale, and directed by Marillyn Barker Johnson.
1949
43 7
Choral Works A Bird Came Down the Walk
Four part mixed chorus.
1949
43 8
My Beehive Queen
Girls chorus for SSA.
1965
43 9
Little Jesus
For soprano, second saprano, and alto (SSA).
1977
43 10
Oh It's Highland High
For a mixed chorus.
1978
43 11
Please Don't Die My Queen
For a mixed chorus.
1978
43 12
God Made the Morning Star
For SSA.
1978
43 13
A Season for Strength
For SSA.
1983
43 14
Lengthen Our Stride
For SSA.
1983
43 15
A House, Lot and a Thousand Dollars
For soprano, alto, tenor, and base (SATB).
1984
43 16
To Thee Our Lord Jesus
For SATB.
1985
43 17
Mary's Lullabye
For SSA, with a score.
1985

Choral Works, Choral Arrangements, and SonatasReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
44 1
Choral Works Song of the Goddess
For SATB, with a score.
1992
44 2
Gloria for Mixed Chorus and Organ
Early sketches and score.
1992
44 3
Mary Sings
For SATB and solo.
1999
44 4
Rotary Centennial Celebration Song
For mixed chorus, with early sketches and score.
2005
44 5
Choral Arramgements Sigma Pi Sweetheart
From for SSAAT.
1946-1949
44 6
The Four Jays Radio Program on KDYL
1944-1946
44 7
All Things You Are
For TTBB.
1968
44 8
My Special Friend
Arranged by Jack Sanders.
1990
44 9
Blue Skies
Arranged for Pro Musica, with parts for SATB.
1991
44 10
Sonata for Trombone and Piano
Early sketches, final score, and parts.
1993
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
45 1
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano
Early sketches and final score.
1999
45 2
Songs for the Moon Sonata for Flute and Piano
Early sketches and final score.
2000
45 3
Culinary Concerto for Flute and Piano
Final score.
1998-1999
45 4
In Memorium for Trumpet and Piano
Early sketches, first and second draft, and final score.
2002
45 5
Midnight Waltz for Flute and Piano
Final score and flute part.
1979
45 6
The Medead for Flute and Piano
2002
45 7
The Medead for Viola and Piano
Final score and viola part.
2002
45 8
Reflection for Violin and Piano
Early sketches, first draft, final score, and violin part.
2003
45 9
Siciliano for Flute and Piano
Final score and flute part.
1983
45 10
Millennial Peace for Flute and Piano
Early sketches, final score, and violin part.
2001
45 11
Millennial Peace for Violin and Piano
Early sketches, final score, and violin part.
2001
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
46 1
The River of Life From Hodeeyaada Symphony
Final score and flute part.
1994
46 2
The River of Life for Viola and Piano
Early sketches, final score, and viola part.
1994
46 3
Ode To Antigone for Trumpet and Piano
Early sketches, final score, and trumpet part.
1997
46 4
Winter from The Rocky Mountains for Flute and Piano
Early sketches, final score, and flute part.
1997
46 5
Sabastian Lee's Variations for Cello and Piano
By Marie Barker Nelson, and commissioned by David Freed.
1979
46 6
Arioso for Cello and Piano
Early sketches, final score, and cello part.
1975
46 7
Arioso for Viola and Piano
Final score and viola part.
1978
46 8
Adagio for Cello
From Sonata, with final score.
1974
46 9
Adagio for Viola
From , with final score.
1974
46 10
"Sonata for Cello and Piano"
From "Concerto for Cello, Harp, Percussion and Strings" and final score.
1999
46 11
Piano Music: Music for KUED children's show "Number Seven Sunny Street"
1965
46 12
"Baby Birds" from "Number Seven Sunny Street"
1965
46 13
"A Summer Day" Suite for Piano
Contains "Early Morning," "Noon," and "Late Evening."
1973
46 14
"Arioso" from "Arioso for Cello and Piano"
1976
46 15
"Two Part Invention"
1977
46 16
"Pastorale"
1978
46 17
"Legacy Music"
Composed for first LDS Women's Conference.
1982
46 18
"Shorelines"
From "Shorelines Concerto" for orchestra. Premiered by Vedrana Subotic at Intermezo Concert Series.
2003
46 19
"Winter" from "The Rocky Mountains Symphony"
2002
46 20
"Ode to Antigone"
2003
46 21
"The Holly and the Ivy"
Arranged from SATB arrangement.
2004
46 22
"Siciliano" from "Excursions"
2005
46 23
"Adagietto" from "Excursions"
2005

Organ and Guitar Music and Vocal SolosReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
47 1
Organ Music: "Gloria"
1992-2004
47 2
Guitar Music: "Three Episodes for Guitar"
2002
47 3
Vocal Solos: "Sister Song"
1939
47 4
"Kappa Rhapsody"
1946
47 5
"Lullabye"
1953
47 6
"If You Believe In Yourself"
1960
47 7
"Wondering"
1964
47 8
"The Legacy"
1982
47 9
"Sweet Are The Rights Of My Womanhood"
1987
47 10
"The Gift Of Mother"
1997
47 11
"My Little Girl, My Little Boy"
1998
47 12
"Simone" and "Ava"
2003-2005
47 13
"Once In Israel: Oratorio"
1980
47 14
"Orpheus Lex"
2005
47 15
"Porter"
1985

Christmas Music and Orchestral ArrangementsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
48 1
"Who Wants Wings"
1968
48 2
"Treasures"
1973
48 3
"A Christmas Story"
1970
48 4
"Strings Of Christmas"
1982
48 5
"A Christmas Gift"
1984
48 6
"Mary's Lullabye"
1985
48 7
"An Old Fashioned Christmas"
1985
48 8
"I Wonder As I Wander"
1990
48 9
"Gloria"
1992
48 10
"The Holly And The Ivy"
1995
48 11
"I Saw Thre Ships"
1999
48 12
"Mary Sings"
1999
48 13
"Good King Wenseclas"
2001
48 14
"It Came Upon A Midnight Clear"
2002
48 15
Orchestral Arrangements: "A Marvelous Work"
2002
48 16
"Called To Serve"
2002

Musical Scores and General MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
49 1
A Filigree of Flowers Trio for Flute, Clarinet, and Piano
2009
49 2
Medea for Viola and Chamber Orchestra
2008
49 3
Article
.
2009
49 4
News Clipping
2009
50 1
Orpheus Lex, Opera in Two Acts Conductor's Score
2010
50 2
Orpheus Lex Chorus Score
2010
50 3
Orfeo in Idaho Materials
This folder includes correspondence from Harold Rosenbaum, concert program and announcement, a review of the concert by Barry O'Neal, and biographies of Marie Nelson Bennett and David Kranes.
2010
50 4
Pulitzer Prize Entry Form
2010
51 1
"On Easter Morn"
2013
51 2
"The First Noel"
2013
51 3
"The Holy and the Ivy"
2011
51 4
"I Wonder as I Wander"
51 5
"Mary Sings"
1992
51 6
"In Memorium"
2013
51 7
"The River of Life"
2013
51 8
"Silent Night"
2013
51 9
"Winter" from The Rocky Mountains
2013
51 10
Biographical Sketch
2013

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Composers--Utah
  • Music--Manuscripts--Utah

Personal Names

  • Bennett, Marie Nelson--Archives