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Alvin Singleton archive, 1968-2014

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Bib ID 14410252 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Singleton, Alvin, 1940-
Title Alvin Singleton archive, 1968-2014
Physical Description 12 Linear Feet (9 flatboxes; 4 record storage cartons)
Language(s) English .
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History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Alvin Singleton was born in Brooklyn, New York and attended New York University and Yale. As a Fulbright Scholar, he studied with Goffredo Petrassi at Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy. After living and working in Europe for fourteen years, Singleton returned to the United States to become Composer-in-Residence with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (1985-88). He subsequently served as Resident Composer at Spelman College in Atlanta (1988-91), as UNISYS Composer-in-Residence with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (1996-97), and was the 2002–03 Composer-in-Residence with the Ritz Chamber Players of Jacksonville, Florida. In addition, he has served as Visiting Professor of Composition at the Yale University School of Music.

Singleton has amassed numerous awards throughout his compositional life. He is the recipient of a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship and was commissioned by The Serge Koussevitsky Music Foundation and American Composers Orchestra for the orchestral work When Given a Choice, which premiered at Carnegie Hall in April 2004. His other awards include the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis by the City of Darmstadt, Germany, twice the Musikprotokoll Kompositionpreis by the Austrian Radio, the Mayor's Fellowship in the Arts Award by the City of Atlanta, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Also in Spring 2004, Singleton joined the American Composers Orchestra as "Music Alive" Composer-in-Residence and Artistic Advisor for the IMPROVISE! Festival.

Singleton has composed music for theatre, orchestra, solo instruments, and a variety of chamber ensembles. TRUTH, a work for chorus, ensemble and dance based on the life of Sojourner Truth, was premiered in 2006 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota by the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and TU Dance. His music is published by Schott Music Corporation, and is recorded on the Albany Records, Elektra/Nonesuch, First Edition, Tzadik, and Innova labels. Singleton's latest CD "Sing to the Sun" was released in February 2007 on Albany Records and is the fourth all-Singleton disc. His recent work, Through It All, was commissioned by The ASCAP Foundation and Spivey Hall, and was premiered by the Grammy-nominated ensemble Imani Winds in February 2008.

In October, 2008, Singleton served as Composer-in-Residence in Tirana, Albania. He was invited by the cultural organization Eurynome Corp., who presented the Albanian premieres of selected works performed by the Orchestra of Albanian Radio and Television conducted by Oleg Arapi. Singleton also conducted a Masterclass at the Fine Arts Academy in Tirana. In November, 2008 Singleton's Brooklyn Bones, written in commemoration of the Fort Greene Park Prison Ship Martyrs Monument and setting an original text by Patricia Hampl, received its world premiere at the Brooklyn Technical High School in New York City, performed by the Monmouth Civic Chorus and Orchestra, tenor Cameron Smith, and conducted by Mark Shapiro.

His compositions have been performed by the symphony orchestras of Boston, Pittsburgh, Houston, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Detroit, Oregon, Baltimore, Syracuse, Louisville, and Florida, the American Composers Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, l'Orchestre de Paris, das Guerzenich-Orchester Koelner Philharmoniker and also the Kronos Quartet, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Nash Ensemble of London, the Asko Ensemble of Amsterdam, Ensemble des 20. Jahrhunderts of Vienna, the London Sinfonietta, Trio Basso of Cologne and the Bremer Tanztheater.

Important international festivals have also programmed Singleton's music. They include Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, OR, Tanglewood, Aspen, Bravo! Colorado, Music from Angel Fire in New Mexico, Cincinnati May Festival, Cabrillo Music Festival, Bang On A Can, the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Other Minds in San Francisco, Festival Miami, the Vienna Summer Festival, Pro Musica Nova in Bremen, the Styrian Autumn Festival in Graz, Nuova Consonanza Festival in Rome, the Brussels ISCM World music Days, and IRCAM in Paris.

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Music Scores


Orchestra



Box 1 Moment, 1968

(written to get into graduate school, never performed or published)


Box 1 21-p. MS pencil – signed


Box 1 Printed version, ownership signature of AS, 3 copies


Box 1 Printed version


Box 1 A Yellow Rose Petal, 1982

(first orchestral commission, by the Houston Symphony Orchestra)


Box 1 32-p. heavily annotated printed score


Box 1 Published version


Box 1 1-p. MS notes


Box 1 Photocopy of annotated score


Box 1 Mock-up for contest, with names redacted. Second printed copy


Box 1 Shadows, 1987

(written while AS was composer in residence for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)


Box 1 12-p. MS pencil score


Box 1 Photocopy version


Box 1 11-p. MS pencil sketches


Box 1 1-p. MS notes to score


Box 1 32-p. photocopy, lightly annotated


Box 1 Published version


Box 1 33-p. MS transparency


Box 1 A Yellow Rose Petal, 1982

(first orchestral commission, by the Houston Symphony Orchestra)


Box 1 32-p. heavily annotated printed score


Box 1 Published version


Box 1 1-p. MS notes


Box 1 Photocopy of annotated score


Box 1 Mock-up for contest, with names redacted. Second printed copy


Box 1 Shadows, 1987

(written while AS was composer in residence for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)


Box 1 12-p. MS pencil score


Box 1 Photocopy version


Box 1 11-p. MS pencil sketches


Box 1 1-p. MS notes to score


Box 1 32-p. photocopy, lightly annotated


Box 1 Published version


Box 1 33-p. MS transparency


Box 1 Eine Idee ist ein Stueck Stoff, 1988

(In memoriam James Baldwin & Gustav Mahler, for string orchestra)


Box 1 7-p pencil MS score


Box 1 2-p pencil draft/notes for the above


Box 1 7-p MS sketch of score


Box 1 Printed copies for individual parts


Box 1 Mockups for printed version


Box 1 Even Tomorrow, 1991


Box 1 23-p. MS pencil score


Box 1 Printed score, 2 copies


Box 1 Parts masters, printed


Box 1 AS's mock-up, 36 pp


Box 1 Photocopy of annotated score



Box 2 Even Tomorrow (1991, continued) (See Box 1)


Box 2 Sinfonia Diaspora, 1991


Box 2 32-p. pencil MS score


Box 2 Printout of score


Box 2 2 copies of published score


Box 2 Durch Alles, 1992


Box 2 23-p. MS pencil score and sketches, with occasional personal notes (telephone and fax numbers)


Box 2 Printed score, 3 versions


Box 2 Published version, 3 copies, one bound, two not Cara mia Gwen (1993)


Box 2 21-p. MS pencil score


Box 2 10-p. MS pencil sketches


Box 2 Printed score, 5 versions, plus Xerox


Box 2 Photocopy of pencil score


Box 2 Photocopied scores



Box 3 56 Blows (Quis Custodiet Custodes?), 1994

(Philadelphia Orchestra commission; occasioned by the police beating of Rodney King)


Box 3 22-p. MS pencil score


Box 3 6-p. MS pencil sketch


Box 3 Xeroxes of score


Box 3 Published version, 2 copies


Box 3 Printed version


Box 3 MS title page and instrumentation notes


Box 3 BluesKonzert, 1995

(for piano and orchestra)


Box 3 4-p. MS pencil score for piano


Box 3 Published version


Box 3 Photocopied scores, 38 pp each


Box 3 1 unmarked copy


Box 3 1 annotated copy


Box 3 Photocopies of parts


Box 3 Umoja - Each One of Us Counts, 1996

(Narrator & orchestra, text by Rita Dove, written for Atlanta Olympics, 1996)


Box 3 50-p. MS pencil score, full orchestra, Atlanta, May 10, 1996



Box 4 PraiseMaker, 1998

(Chorus and orchestra, text by Susan Kouguell)


Box 4 Approx. 50-p. MS pencil score


Box 4 Accompanying MS notes on instrumentation


Box 4 published score


Box 4 Brooklyn Bones, 2008

(for tenor, chorus, and orchestra, text by Patricia Hampl)


Box 4 published version


Box 4 Miaka Kumi, 2010


Box 4 Published score


Box 4 Different River, 2012


Box 4 Published score


Improvising Orchestra


Box 4 Mestizo II, 1970

(written while AS was in graduate school at Yale)


Box 4 26-p. MS pencil score


Box 4 Published version with MS annotations


Chamber Orchestra


Box 4 Kwitana, 1974


Box 4 43-p. MS pencil score


Box 4 7-p. MS pencil sketches


Box 4 45-p. MS pencil scores for different instruments


Box 4 29-p. MS pencil sketches


Box 4 4 pp. typescript notes


Box 4 Again (1975, revised 1979)


Box 4 14-p. MS pencil score of 1975 version


Box 4 17-p. transparency of 1975 version


Box 4 Photocopy of 1979 score, 3 copies


Box 4 Published version, 1975-79


Box 4 Printed copy of 1975 version


Wind Band



Box 5 Ridgeview Centrum

(written for middle school, Bandquest)


Box 5 Published version


Box 5 Where the Good Sounds Live

(for concert band)


Box 5 Published score, plus copy of same


Chamber Ensemble


Box 5 Fughetta, 1964

(for clarinet trio)


Box 5 Printed score


Box 5 Pathos-Bathos, 1965

(for oboe and piano)


Box 5 Printed copy (AS's own, of MS score)


Box 5 18- MS pencil score – signed by AS


Box 5 4-p. Transparency of Pathos


Box 5 String Quartet No. 1, 1967


Box 5 Published score with pencil annotations


Box 5 Woodwind Quintet, 1968-69


Box 5 Printed score with overlaid cancels with MS corrections


Box 5 22-p. MS pencil score, (partial?)


Box 5 Be Natural , 1974

(for any combination of three bowed string instruments, awarded the Kranischsteiner Musikpreis, City of Darmstadt, Germany, July 30, 1974)


Box 5 1 pg MS score plus instructions


Box 5 1 large folio transparency score


Box 5 2 pp Xeroxes


Box 5 4 pp MS notes


Box 5 Extension of a Dream (1977, revised 1987)

(for two percussionists) (dedicated to the South African anti-apartheid martyr, Steve Biko)


Box 5 16-p. MS pencil score


Box 5 11-p. mock-up of score, plus 2 prelims


Box 5 Photocopies of score


Box 5 Published version


Box 5 Such a Nice Lady, 1979

(for chamber ensemble; first performed at Carnegie Recital Hall, Dec. 12, 1979; written in Graz, Austria)


Box 5 12-p. transparency of pencil score


Box 5 5-p. MS pencil score for string parts


Box 5 Clarinet part, 3 pp, pencil MS score


Box 5 Piano part, 7 pp, MS score


Box 5 Printed full scores, heavily annotated


Box 5 MS color pencil notes on rhythm patterns, plus 40-p. MS pencil sketches


Box 5 Et Nunc, 1980


Box 5 8-p. printed score


Box 5 Photocopy score, 3 copies


Box 5 8-p. lightly annotated printed version of score


Box 5 8-p. heavily annotated printed version of score


Box 5 La Flora, 1983

(for chamber ensemble)


Box 5 13 leaves of MS transparencies



Box 6 Apple, 1984

(for clarinet quartet)


Box 6 27-p. MS pencil score


Box 6 Published version


Box 6 Photocopy of printed score with post-it note edits


Box 6 Photocopies and printed versions of different parts


Box 6 Akwaaba, 1985

(for chamber ensemble)


Box 6 Several printed scores, one partially annotated in pencil


Box 6 Original drawing of illustration used for cover


Box 6 Secret Desire to be Black, 1988

(String Quartet No. 2)


Box 6 21-p. MS pencil score


Box 6 Published versions, plus printed copies


Box 6 1-p. MS notes


Box 6 Published version (European American Music), plus photocopies


Box 6 Somehow We Can , 1994

(String Quartet No. 3)


Box 6 15-p. MS pencil score, plus sketches


Box 6 Photocopy of pencil score


Box 6 Published version


Box 6 Ein Kleines Volkslied, 1997

(for chamber ensemble)


Box 6 9-p. MS pencil score


Box 6 Published version


Box 6 In Our Own House, 1998

(for soprano saxophone, trumpet, snare drum, and piano)


Box 6 4-p. MS pencil score


Box 6 Published version


Box 6 Photocopy of pencil score


Box 6 Fifty Times Around the Sun, 1999

(for clarinet and piano)


Box 6 Published version


Box 6 Printed copy


Box 6 12-p. heavily annotated Xerox of score


Box 6 Second annotated Xerox


Box 6 Jasper Drag, 2000

(for clarinet, violin, and piano) (memorializing the 1998 racially motivated murder in Jasper, Texas)


Box 6 12-p. MS pencil score


Box 6 Photocopy of pencil score


Box 6 Printed version


Box 6 Vous Compra, 2002

(for trumpet and piano improvisers)


Box 6 2-p. MS pencil score (not published)


Box 6 Greed Machine, 2003

(for vibraphone and piano)


Box 6 Published score


Box 6 12-p. MS pencil score


Box 6 Ishirini, 2003

(for two violins)


Box 6 7-p. MS pencil score


Box 6 Printed version


Box 6 Xerox of MS pencil score


Box 6 Helga, 2003

(for violin, viola, and cello)


Box 6 Published score


Box 6 4-p. MS pencil score


Box 6 Published version



Box 7 Through It All, 2007

(for woodwind quintet)


Box 7 Published score and photocopy


Box 7 Almost A Boogie , 2010


Box 7 Halleluiah Anyhow, 2019

(String Quartet No. 4)


Box 7 Published version


Voices and Instruments


Box 7 Calm Sea

(for 11 to an unspecified number of pitched instruments and audience)


Box 7 2 pp MS notes


Box 7 Large printed score


Box 7 13-p. miscellaneous MS notes


Box 7 A Seasoning, 1971

(for female or male voice and chamber ensemble, text by Alvin Singleton)


Box 7 20-p. MS pencil score


Box 7 Photocopy of pencil score


Box 7 24-p. transparency of score


Box 7 Dream Sequence , 1976

(theater piece / oratorio, libretto by Alvin Singleton) (premiered in Graz with Maurice Peress conducting, 1976)


Box 7 80-p. MS pencil score (large file, complete?)


Box 7 18-p. MS pencil score


Box 7 6 pp notes and drawings


Box 7 MS scene diagram on 2 large sheets


Box 7 Full MS pencil score [MS score is in Brooklyn – not examined but to be included in the archive, per AS]


Box 7 Approx. 24 pp of MS notes


Box 7 Libretto text, 15 typed pp, annotated


Box 7 MS notes, 15 pp


Box 7 84-p. photocopy of full score, annotated


Box 7 91-p. MS transparency of score, 91 pp



Box 8 Necessity is a Mother , 1981

(for three female actors and double bass)


Box 8 17-p. MS pencil score


Box 8 11-p. mock-up of score


Box 8 1-p. MS notes: instructional text for actors


Box 8 5-p. mock-up for voice parts


Box 8 6-p. mock-up for bass


Box 8 German translation


Box 8 Reduced photocopy


Box 8 5-p. MS pencil sketches working out timing of parts


Box 8 Photocopy of timing calculations


Box 8 2-p. MS text notes


Box 8 2 large pages of MS notes


Box 8 5-p. MS pencil sketches


Box 8 1-p. MS pencil sketch, with annotations


Box 8 MS pencil notes, sketches


Box 8 Bernsteinlied, 1988

(for soprano, flute, and piano, composed for Lenny's 80th birthday)


Box 8 Published version, 2 copies


Box 8 4-p. MS pencil score


Box 8 4-p. MS pencil score


Box 8 Search, 1990

(for soprano, flute, and vibraphone, text by Marie Evans)


Box 8 Photocopy of pencil score


Box 8 2-p. MS pencil score


Box 8 6-p. MS pencil score


Box 8 Between Sisters, 1990

(based on Rita Dove poem "The House Slave," for soprano, alto flute, vibraphone, and piano)


Box 8 12-p. pencil MS score


Box 8 Photocopy of pencil score


Box 8 Annotated photocopy of MS score, plus published version


Box 8 5 pp of pencil sketches, plus printout of poem


Box 8 Sing to the Sun, 1995

(for children's chorus, narrator, and chamber ensemble, poems by Ashley Bryan) (dedicated to Lisa Cooper)


Box 8 17-p. pencil MS score


Box 8 Photocopy proofs with MS notes, highlighting


Box 8 Published version


Box 8 Xerox of score


Box 8 Photocopies from Bryan's book


Box 8 TRUTH, 2005


Box 8 Published score


Box 8 Say You Have This Ball of Meaning, 2005

(for baritone, harp, accordion, percussion, and string orchestra, text by Patricia Hampl)


Box 8 Published score


Box 8 Prayer , 2016

(for tenor solo, chamber choir, organ, harp, trumpet, and cello, text based on three spirituals and a traditional prayer)


Box 8 Published score


Chorus


Box 8 Epitaph, May 1966


Box 8 13-p. MS pencil score


Box 8 Photocopy of original pencil score


Box 8 Published version


Box 8 Alleluia, 1987

(for female chorus)


Box 8 3-p. MS pencil score


Box 8 Photocopy of pencil score, miscellaneous partial printed score on verso


Box 8 Printed version


Box 8 Fallen Crumbs, 1987

(for male chorus; text by Alvin Singleton)


Box 8 3-p. MS pencil score, with miscellaneous partially printed score on verso


Box 8 Photocopy of pencil score


Box 8 The World Is Here With Me, 1990

(for female chorus, written for graduation ceremony, Spelman College)


Box 8 11-p. MS pencil score


Box 8 Draft of score, w/ notes


Box 8 2 copies of final version, printed


Box 8 Gospel, 1998

(for chorus; text by Rita Dove)


Box 8 8-p. MS pencil score, plus pencil sketches


Box 8 Photocopy of pencil score


Box 8 Published version


Solo Instruments



Box 9 Cinque, 1969

(5 pieces for piano)


Box 9 10-p. MS pencil score, 10 pp


Box 9 2 published scores


Box 9 Copy done from MS


Box 9 11-p. solo piano MS transparency score


Box 9 Changing Faces, 1970

(for solo piano)


Box 9 Published score, in a collection solo piano pieces by several composers including AS, published 1986


Box 9 Argoru I , 1970

(for solo piano)


Box 9 7-p. MS pencil score


Box 9 Photocopy of pencil score


Box 9 10-p. transparency of score


Box 9 Argoru II , 1970

(for solo cello)


Box 9 4-p. MS pencil score


Box 9 Published score


Box 9 Argoru III, 1971

(for solo flute)


Box 9 4-p. MS pencil score


Box 9 Published score + photocopy


Box 9 Argoru IV, 1978

(for solo viola)


Box 9 Transparencies of MS score


Box 9 Published version


Box 9 Photocopy of MS score


Box 9 Le Tombeau du Petit Prince, 1978

(for solo harpsichord)


Box 9 6-p. MS pencil score, transparency


Box 9 Published version


Box 9 Photocopied score of harpsichord part, with annotations by harpsichordist


Box 9 "Correction copy" – printed from MS pencil score


Box 9 Inside-Out, 1983–84

(for piano four hands)


Box 9 9-p. MS pencil score


Box 9 Printed version


Box 9 Argoru V/a, 1984/ rev. 2004

(for solo bass clarinet)


Box 9 12-p. MS pencil score


Box 9 Photocopy of pencil score


Box 9 Published version


Box 9 Argoru V/b, 1984

(for solo alto flute, unfinished)


Box 9 9-p. MS pencil score, plus photocopies


Box 9 Mookestueck, 1999

(for 5-string electric viola) (written for Martha Mooke)


Box 9 1 large sheet of sketches for the piece, w/ notes


Box 9 1 smaller sheet notes


Box 9 3-p. pencil MS score, 1999, plus photocopies


Box 9 Argoru VII, 1994

(for solo vibraphone)


Box 9 6-p. MS pencil sketches


Box 9 Published version


Box 9 Argoru VIII, 2002

(snare drum solo)


Box 9 Published version


Box 9 6-p. MS pencil score, plus printed copies


Box 9 Baked in the Cake, 2011

(for solo piano)


Box 9 Photocopy of published score

Incomplete Pieces and Ideas


Box 9 Miscellaneous unpublished sketches, experimental


Box 9 Notes for early pieces, circa 1969


Box 9 Miscellaneous notes for theater concept

Oversize Press


Box 9 Oversize Press

Correspondence and Yale Papers



Box 10 Correspondence and Yale Papers

Articles, Programs, Reviews, Interviews, Photographs



Box 12 Programs, Reviews


Box 12 Special items: Bill Bradley Speech (56 Blows); Biko material



Box 13 Programs