Music Manuscripts, 1785-1948

Overview of the Collection

Washington State University Libraries
Music Manuscripts
1785-1948 (inclusive)
2 containers., (1 linear feet of shelf space.)
Collection Number
Cage 291
Music scores, principally by early 20th century American composers, such as Mrs. Beach, R.R. Bennett, and W.G. Still; European composers, such as Gounod, Mendelssohn; and Poulenc, are also included.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Most of the items are by American composers working in the first half of the twentieth century. A few, which are autographed fragments or autographed reproductions, are of historical rather than musical interest. Notable exceptions to the above are the holographs of a short work for brass ensemble by Mendelssohn, a cadenza for the Mozart Piano Concerto (KV 491) by Gounod, and a bohemian manuscript of parts for a Missa Brevis from the late eighteenth century.

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Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. Cage 291, Music Manuscripts . Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The thirty-four manuscripts are arranged alphabetically by composer.

Acquisition Information

These manuscripts of diverse composers were acquired by the Washington State University Libraries at various times. Many resulted from solicitations by President E. O. Holland who was keenly interested in expanding the Library's "treasures."

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

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

Container(s) Description Dates
1 / 1 Beach, Mrs. H. H. A. (Amy), 1867-1944. Barcarolle, arranged for violin and piano by the composer from Op. 28, n.d. 5 page holograph score. Signed, with inscription. undated
1 / 2 Bennett, Robert Russell, 1894. Abraham Lincoln, a likeness in symphony form; Berlin. 186 page full score (for large orchestra), signed. For the Victor Talking Machine Symphony Contest. Jan. 1929
1 / 3 Bloch, Ernest, 1880-1959. Symphony America, last movement, start of the Anthem. 1 leaf signed photocopy of page 166 of the full score. Inscribed by the composer. Feb. 4, 1946
1 / 4 Brockway, Howard, 1870-1951. Ein Traum, Op. 30. 3 page holograph score. For solo voice and piano. Words by Heinrich Heine. undated
1 / 5 Burleigh, Henry T., 1866-1949. Deep river. 4" by 10" holograph of first six measures. Signed, with inscription. undated
1 / 6 Cain, Noble, 1896-1977. Say thou lovest me! 6 page holograph score. Set for a capella choir by the composer (SATB). Words by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Sonnet 21). undated
1 / 7 Chasins, Abram, 1903. A valentine; Los Angeles. 4 page holograph score. For solo voice and piano. Words by Elissa Landi. 1936
1 / 8 Cline, J. de Forest. Washington my Washington. Two manuscript copies, 1 page each. For piano, with text by the composer. Inscribed by the composer. undated
1 / 9 Clokey, Joseph W., 1890-1960. Two kings; Long Beach, California. 8 page holograph score. For mixed chorus (SATB) with trumpets and trombones. Inscribed by the composer Dec. 21, 1932
1 / 10 Daniels, Mabel Wheeler, 1878-1971. Dum dianae vitrea (When Diana's silver light), Op. 38 #2. 8 page holograph score. For three-part chorus of women's voices (SSA). Words from a Benediktheuern Manuscript (1100-1200). Included is an extra typed copy, by the composer, of the text in Latin and English with manuscript corrections. Inscribed to the Radcliffe Choral Society. undated
1 / 11 Dykema, Peter William. The arrow and the song. 3 page holograph score. For trio of women's voices (SSA) with piano accompaniment. Words by Henry W. Longfellow. undated
1 / 12 English, Granville, 1895-1968. Kings. 5 page holograph score (photocopy). For solo voice with piano. Words by Joyce Kilmer. undated
1 / 13 Farwell, Arthur, 1877-1952. Song of the deathless voice, after a song of the Dakotas. 3 page holograph score. For solo voice and piano. Signed, with inscription dated Nov. 4, 1944. undated
1 / 14 Foss, Lukas, 1922. Grotesque dance [and] four two-voice inventions. 7 pages and 14 pages. Both are photographic reproductions signed by the composer. For piano solo. 1938
1 / 15 Gounod, Charles Francois, 1818-1893. [Cadenza to the first movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto #24 in C. minor, KV. 491]. 2 page holograph score. Inscribed by Marcelina Czartoryska, in Polish, 1881. undated
1 / 16 Helfer, Walter, 1896-1959. Elegiac sonata, Michael Helfer. 16 page holograph score. For solo piano. 1863-1931
1 / 17 Howell, Mary Ann. Like a minuet; Interlochen. 3 page photocopy of holograph score. For piano solo. Inscribed and signed, dated Jan. 5, 1950. 1948
1 / 18 James, Philip, 1890-1975. Concertino in C major for piano and orchestra by Mozart being the Sonata Facile with Grieg's accompaniment for second piano transcribed for chamber orchestra by Philip James. 51 page holograph orchestra score, bound. May 17, 1930
2 / 19 Krone, Max T. In gratitude, a sonnet to my wife. 8 page holograph score. For 8-part mixed chorus (SSAATTBB). Text by M.T.K. undated
2 / 20 Lang, Margaret Ruthven, 1867-1972. The wild-brier, Op. 48. 4 leaf holograph score. For women's voices (SSAA) and piano. undated
2 / 21 Lassen, Eduard, 1830-1904. Ich hatte einst ein schones Vaterland. 16.5 x 26.7 cm holograph of first 2-1/2 measures, signed: "Bruxelles, le 27 Juillet, 1880, E. Lassen". undated
2 / 22 Malin, Don. This new Christmas carol. 8 page manuscript score. For chorus of mixed voices (SATB). Text from an old Christmas carol. undated
2 / 23 Mendelssohn, Felix, 1809-1847. Con moto. 1 page holograph score, unsigned. For four horns and trombone, 24 measures. undated
2 / 24 Moore, Douglas Stuart, 1893-1969. A prayer for England; New York. 8 page photographic reproduction of holograph score. For men's chorus (TTBB) and piano. Words by William Rose Benet. Dec. 1940
2 / 25 Patek, F. R. (?) Missa brevis et solen. 47 page manuscript, instrumental and vocal parts. "A Canto, Alto, Tenore, Basso. Violino Primo, Violino Secundo, Flauto Concertando, Viola di Alto Oblig. con Organo. De: Sig: Folkert. Eug. Pokorny ad Usum, F. R. Patek." undated
2 / 26 Poulenc, Francis Jean Marcel, 1899-1963. Impromptus; Paris. 22 page manuscript. Pour piano. Premier Livre: I. Vite-con fuco, II. Lent, III. Allegro Vivace, IV. Violent, V. Andante, VI. Brusque. September 1920-March 1921
2 / 27 Powell, Maud, 1867-1920. May night [by] Selim Palmgren, arranged by Maud Powell. 2 page holograph score. For violin and piano. Signed inscription, dated April 1, 1919. Bound into one volume with the manuscript score are the program of a recital and two printed scores, one signed by Maud Powell. undated
2 / 28 Read, Gardner, 1913. Passacaglia and fugue in d minor for organ, Op. 34. 21 page printed score, inscribed and signed; dated 10/10/43. Includes photostat of first page of the holograph score of the Chorale-Fantasia for organ, Op. 50. Aug. 28, 1936
2 / 29 Robinson, Earl, 1910. Abraham Lincoln comes home. 64 page photographic reproduction of the manuscript score. For soloists, chorus and piano. Text by Millard Lampell. undated
2 / 30 Sisler, Joseph. Songs prepared for a young pupil. 21 page manuscript score, bound. For solo voice; 11 songs with texts in Czech and 3 in English. ca. 1877
2 / 31 Spross, Charles Gilbert, 1874-1961. Love calls me. 3 page holograph score. For solo voice and piano. Words by Chauncey Piety. Printed copy included. undated
2 / 32 Still, William Grant, 1895-1978. La Guiablesse, ballet. 38 page printed score. Piano score with scenario. Text by Ruth Page. undated
2 / 33 Templeton, Alec, 1910-1963. Redwoods at Bohemian Grove. 5 page manuscript score. For piano solo. undated
2 / 34 Veasy, C. A., Jr. Mary and Elizabeth from "Ex Gallilaea". 27 page manuscript score. For orchestra, soloist(s) and chorus (SATB). undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Personal Names

  • Beach, H. H. A., Mrs., 1867-1944
  • Bennett, Robert Russell, 1894-
  • Gounod, Charles, 1818-1893
  • Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Felix, 1809-1847
  • Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963
  • Still, William Grant, 1895-


  • Composers -- Autographs
  • Musicians -- Autographs