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   H. Lawrence Freeman Papers, 1870-1982 [Bulk Dates: 1890-1954].

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Identification of specific item; Date (if known);H. Lawrence Freeman Papers, 1870-1982; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

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Series I: Musical Scores, 1894-1950, undated

The bulk of the H. Lawrence Freeman Papers consists of his musical scores, including many manuscripts in his own handwriting.

Subseries I.1: Manuscript Scores by H. Lawrence Freeman, 1893-1950

The heart of the collection, this series, contains Freeman’s original manuscript scores, including full scores, piano-vocal reductions, and orchestral parts in Freeman’s hand. Twenty-one operas are represented, along with songs, cantatas, a "symphonic poem," and a short ballet. For some operas, many drafts are present, from initial pencil piano-vocal sketches to beautifully bound ink copies of the full score. Freeman seems to have done almost all of his copying himself, leaving a wealth of autograph scores. Operas are organized alphabetically by title, with all drafts and parts of one work together in roughly chronological sequence.

African Kraal
Piano-vocal score,
1937

Box 1
Folder 1
Piano-vocal score,
undated
(ink)
Box 1
Folder 2
Role of Cuella,
undated
Box 1
Folder 3
American Romance--piano-vocal score, 1924-1929
Box 1
Folder 4
American Romance--full score, date

Box 2

Box 3
Athalia--piano-vocal score,
1916
(ink)
Box 3
Athalia--full score,
1917

Box 4
Athalia--Acts II and III--piano-vocal score,
1916
(pencil)

Box 5
Folder 1
Battle of the Gods--piano-vocal score,
1938
Box 5
Folder 2
Cycle of Zululand (4 Operas)
Chaka--piano-vocal score, 1917-1941

Box 6
Chaka--full score,
1949
(incomplete)

Box 7
Ghost-Wolves--piano-vocal score,
1941

Box 8
The Stone Witch--piano-vocal score, 1941-1942

Box 9
Umslopogaas and Nada--piano-vocal score, 1942-1943

Box 10
Dark Canyon--piano-vocal score, 1948-1950

Box 5
Folder 3
“Deep River”--piano-vocal score,
undated
Box 5
Folder 4
“Faith”--piano-vocal score,
undated
Box 5
Folder 5
“Go Down, Moses”--piano-vocal score,
undated
(incomplete)
Box 5
Folder 6
“If You But Loved Me”--parts for Bass and Cornet,
undated
Box 5
Folder 7
“Jesus, Lover of My Soul”--piano-vocal score,
undated
Box 5
Folder 8
Jezebel--piano-vocal score,
1944
(incomplete)

Box 11
Folder 1
“Jungle Birds”--orchestral parts,
undated
(from “O Sing a New Song)
Box 11
Folder 2
“Kentucky Home”--piano-vocal score,
undated
Box 11
Folder 3
“Kiss Me”--piano-vocal score,
undated
Box 11
Folder 4
Leah Kleschna--piano-vocal score,
1930
(unbound)
Box 11
Folder 5
Leah Kleschna--Act I--piano-vocal score,
1930

Box 12
Leah Kleschna--Act II--piano-vocal score,
1930

Box 13
Leah Kleschna--Act III--piano-vocal score,
1930

Box 14
“Like a Rose”--piano-vocal score,
undated

Box 11
Folder 6
“Lion Hunt”--full score,
undated
(unbound)

Box 15
Folder 1
“Lion Hunt”--orchestral parts,
undated

Box 16
Folder 1
“The Loves of Pompeii”--piano-vocal score,
undated
(song cycle)
Box 16
Folder 2
“Minstrels of the Past”--piano-vocal score,
undated
(scene 1)
Box 16
Folder 3
“Negro Lullaby”--piano-vocal score,
undated
Box 16
Folder 4
The Martyr
Piano-vocal score,
undated
(pencil)

Box 17
Piano-vocal score,
1893
(ink)

Box 18
Full score,
undated

Box 19
Orchestral parts,
undated
(three Folders)

Box 20
Folder 1 to 3
Role of “Pharoh,”
undated
Box 20
Folder 4
Role of “Rei,”
undated
Box 20
Folder 5
“My Son”--piano-vocal score,
undated
(cantata)

Box 21
Folder 1
The Octoroon--piano-vocal score,
1902

Box 22
The Octoroon--piano-vocal score,
1904

Box 23
The Octoroon--full score,
1908

Box 24
The Octoroon--Orchestral Prelude,
undated

Box 33
“The Octoroon’s Farewell,”
undated
(song)

Box 16
Folder 5
“O Sing a New Song”--piano-vocal score,
1934
(fragments)
Box 16
Folder 6
“Parted”--piano-vocal score,
undated
(on back “My African Maid”)
Box 16
Folder 7
Plantation--piano-vocal score,
undated
(incomplete)
Box 16
Folder 8
The Prophecy--piano-vocal score,
undated
(incomplete)
(pencil)
Box 16
Folder 9
The Prophecy--piano-vocal score,
undated
(ink)
Box 16
Folder 10
“Salome”--ballet with chorus--piano-vocal score,
1934
Box 16
Folder 11
“The Slave”--piano reduction,
1919
(symphonic poem)
pencil

Box 26
Folder 1
“The Slave”--piano reduction,
1919
(ink)
Box 26
Folder 2
“The Slave”--orchestral parts,
undated
Box 26
Folder 3
“Sometime”--Violin I part,
undated
Box 26
Folder 4
“Steal Away”--piano-vocal score,
undated
Box 26
Folder 5
“Swing Low”--piano-vocal score,
undated
Box 26
Folder 6
“Tribulation”--piano-vocal score,
undated
Box 26
Folder 7
The Tryst--piano-vocal score,
undated
Box 26
Folder 8
The Tryst--orchestral parts,
undated
Box 26
Folder 9
Unidentified Score Fragments,
undated

Box 27
Folder 1
Uzziah--piano-vocal score, 1931-1933
Box 27
Folder 2
Uzziah--piano-vocal score, 1931-1933
(bound)

Box 25
Valdo--full score,
1895

Box 63
Valdo--full score,
1936

Box 64
Vendetta--piano-vocal score,
undated

Box 30
Folder 1
Vendetta--piano-vocal score,
1928
(bound by Acts)

Box 28
Vendetta--full score,
1923

Box 29
Vendetta--orchestral parts,
undated

Box 30
Folder 2
Voodoo--piano-vocal score,
1912
Box 30
Folder 3
Voodoo--piano-vocal score,
undated
(bound by Acts)

Box 31
Box 31
Voodoo--full score, circa
1930

Box 32
The Wolf--piano-vocal score,
undated
(pencil)

Box 30
Folder 5
The Wolf--piano-vocal score,
undated

Box 21
Folder 4
“Zulu King: Witch Hunt”--full score,
1939
(unbound)

Box 15
Folder 2

Subseries I.2: Other Scores, 1894-1942, undated

This subseries includes photocopies of three of Freeman’s manuscript scores: "The Slaying of the Lion," Voodoo (Act III only), and "Zulu King (Witch Hunt)." It also houses all published scores by Freeman present in the collection. Most of the published scores are originals, but some are in photocopy form. All scores in this subseries are songs, not operas or symphonic works, and many are arrangements of well-known spirituals. Two of the earliest published songs (1896-1897, with only photocopies extant) were also published by a "Harry Freeman" in Chicago – they may have been self-published, or the name may be a coincidence. Two songs from 1925 were published by Valdo Freeman. The songs are arranged chronologically by publication date. Also included are printed scores by other composers. Selections range from Brahms to arrangements of spirituals; the bulk are early-twentieth-century songs by African-American composers such as T.H. Burleigh, W.C. Handy and Noble Sissle. They are arranged alphabetically by the composer’s last name.

Copies of Manuscript Scores by H. Lawrence Freeman
“The Slaying of the Lion,”
undated

Box 34
Folder 1
Unidentified score copy,
undated

Box 35
Folder 1
“Voodoo, Act III,”
undated

Box 34
Folder 2
“Yazoo River,”
undated

Box 35
Folder 2
“Zulu King,”
undated

Box 34
Folder 3
Printed Scores, 1894-1943
By H. Lawrence Freeman, 1894-1935

Box 35
Folder 3
By Other Composers,1905-1943
(2 Folders)
Box 35
Folder 4 to 5

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