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Scope and Content

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Guide to the John Verrall Papers
1929-1993



Record Group No.: 19.15.5280
Accession No.: 5280-003
Creator: Verrall, John, 1908-2001
Title: John Verrall papers
Date Span: 1929-1993
Quantity: 5.25 cubic feet (10 boxes)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
John Verrall at the piano, undated. Photo: James A. Young. Special Collections, UW Libraries, UW23557z

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Biographical Note

John Verrall was born in Britt, Iowa, in 1908 and died in Seattle in 2001. He was a composer and professor of music at the University of Washington from 1948 to 1973. He received a B.M. from the Minneapolis College of Music in 1929 and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota in 1934. Verrall studied composition with Zoltan Kodaly at the Liszt Conservatory of Music in Budapest. He also studied with Aaron Copland, Roy Harris, and Frederick Jacobi. Before becoming an editor for G. Schirmer and the Boston Music Company, he taught at Hamline University from 1934 to 1942 and at Mount Holyoke College from 1942 to 1946. Verrall received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1947 and a D.H. Lawrence Fellowship in 1964. He taught composition at the University of Washington from 1948 until his retirement in 1993.

Verrall composed works in a variety of different genres, ranging from solo piano works for children to large orchestral and operatic pieces. He wrote seven string quartets, and composed or arranged a large number of works for the solo french horn with accompaniment. For the Washington Centennial Celebration, he wrote a choral symphony in honor of Chief Joseph; it was premiered by the Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra in 1989. Many of his compositions used a nine-pitch scale consisting of two tetrachords on either side of a central pitch that was alterable (C-Db-Eb-E, F or F#, G-Ab-Bb-B).

Arrangement

Arranged by type of document.

Scope and Content

The John Verrall papers consist almost entirely of musical compositions and arrangements by John Verrall. The music is primarily made up of the composer's facsimile editions printed by the American Composers Alliance (ACA). There are also published musical scores but only a few handwritten manuscripts. However, many of the printed copies have handwritten notes. Some published works are labled "analysis copy" and contain highlighting and musical analysis, presumably by Verrall. Other pieces consist of copy masters for proofreading and editing. Pieces with significant correction markings or added notation have been noted on the inventory. Some pieces contain penciled-in performance markings and bowings.

Also included are Verrall's arrangements of works by other composers, most notably Bach, Mozart, Edvard Grieg, and Stephen Heller; compositions of other composers; an article by John Beale entitled "The Music of John Verrall"; and Verrall's personal catalog of his compositions, which sometimes contains information about the premiere performances and the performers of the compositions.

Restrictions on Access

The papers are open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

The creator's literary rights have not been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info

Most of the Verrall papers were donated by John Kunz on November 29, 2001. A few additional scores, including a program and an annotated copy of the prologue and first act of The Cowherd and the Sky Maiden, were transferred from the University of Washington Music Library on March 22, 2004.

Processing Info

Processed in 2004 by Nicholas Netzel.

In processing the papers, efforts were made to keep the highest quality and most complete version of each work.

Separated Material

Twenty-one duplicate scores, including some parts, were transferred to the University of Washington Music Library, June 4, 2004.

Preferred Citation

John Verrall Papers. Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries, Seattle, Washington.


Inventory

  
Box/FolderDate
2/33Biographical Information: "The Music of John Verrall," by James Beale1958

  
Box/FolderDate
Music Scores
Arrangement: Divided into two subseries for instrumental music and vocal music. These subseries are further divided by size and type of ensemble, and, in the case of chamber and solo music, by general instrumentation. Chamber music is considered to be music for ten or fewer instruments. Works for a single instrument and piano accompaniment are filed with solos.
General Notes: Unless otherwise noted in the description, researchers may assume that non-solo works have both the score and the instrumental parts, and accompanied solos have the part and accompaniment. Instrumentation has been noted when it is not apparent in the title of a work or when it deviates from standard instrumentation for the ensemble. If not described, scores are printed or facsimile copies without a discernable publisher. Non-standard instrumentation has also been noted.
Instrumental Music
Orchestral
3/1-2 The Chief Joseph Legend 1988
Scope and Content: No string parts. One ACA facsimile score and one score with corrections. Text and lyric sheets.
3/3 Commentaries on Themes from Edvard Grieg undated
Scope and Content: Score and parts with print masters of parts.
1/1-2 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra 1957
Scope and Content: Photocopies and ACA facsimiles.
1/3 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Two Piano Version1984
Scope and Content: Score only, ACA facsimile.
3/4 Concerto for Viola and Orchestra 1974
Scope and Content: Full score and piano reduction score, viola part only. ACA facsimile.
4/1 Dark Night of Saint John: Suite in Four Parts for Chamber Orchestra 1957, 1989
Scope and Content: ACA facsimile score, 2 copies of 1989 revised score with parts.
8/1-2 Lyric Symphony    OVERSIZE1990
Scope and Content: Two ACA facsimile scores, with corrections and additions.
1/4 Olympic Sunset 1988
1/5 A Pastoral Elegy 1970
Scope and Content: Oboe, flute, three clarinets, bassoon, horn, trumpet, three trombones, tuba. Score, facsimile parts, print master parts.
4/2-5 Portrait of Saint Christopher 1956
Scope and Content: Two ACA facsimile scores and multiple copies of parts with corrections and additions.
3/5 Prelude: In Praise of Peace undated
Scope and Content: ACA facsimile score in concert pitch with additions. Multiple copies of parts.
4/6-8 Radiant Bridge: Fantasy for Orchestra Based on Indian Shaker Rhythms 1974-1976
Scope and Content: Three copies of ACA facsimile score with additions and parts.
3/6 A Song of David: Elegy for Orchestra undated
Scope and Content: Score only, with additions.
3/7 Suite No. 1 for Orchestra 1976
Scope and Content: Two ACA facsimile scores with multiple copies of parts.
1/6 Summerland Fantasy, A Bucolic Prelude for Orchestra 1985
Scope and Content: ACA facsimile score.
3/8 Symphony for Chamber Orchestra No.3 1967
Scope and Content: Three scores: two photocopies and one print master. Multiple copies of some parts.
1/7 Symphony for Young Orchestras 1954
Scope and Content: Published by Boston Music. Alternate title is Symphony in the Phrygian Mode. Two identical scores with parts; one has alternate title pasted on.
4/9 Variations on an Ancient Tune 1956
Scope and Content: Score only.
5/1 A Winter's Tale 1947
Scope and Content: Score only, published by Independent Music.
Wind Ensemble
5/2 Holiday Moods: Suite for Band 1948
Scope and Content: Condensed score and partial parts. Published by Boston Music.
5/3 A Northern Overture for Band 1950
Scope and Content: Condensed score and parts. Published by Boston Music
1/8 Passacaglia for Concert Band undated
Scope and Content: ACA facsimile.
Chamber Music
Strings
5/4 Divertimento for Strings 1967
Scope and Content: Two violins, viola, violoncello, contrabass. Published by Highgate Music.
1/9 Prelude and Allegro for Strings circa 1950-1959
Scope and Content: Two violins, viola, violoncello, contrabass.
5/5 Quartet No. 1 (Introduction and Finale)undated
Scope and Content: Score and miniature facsimile score with additions and parts.
5/6 Quintet for Piano and Strings 1952
Scope and Content: Two violins, viola, violoncello, pianoforte. ACA facsimile.
1/10 String Quartet No. 2 1940-1945
Scope and Content: Published by Valley Music.
1/11 String Quartet No. 3 1950
Scope and Content: With corrections, published by Theodore Presser / Oliver Ditson.
1/12 String Quartet No. 4 1952
Scope and Content: Published by Theodore Presser / Oliver Ditson.
5/7String Quartet No. 51952, 1988
Scope and Content: Includes original finale with corrections. Independent Music facsimile score is from 1952. Also includes photocopied parts from 1988 revision.
5/8 String Quartet No. 6 1956
Scope and Content: Print master score and photocopied score and parts.
1/13 String Quartet No. 7 1961
Scope and Content: ACA facsimile.
5/9 String Trio 1941
Scope and Content: Published by Valley Music.
5/10 Three Nocturnes for Violin, Cello, and Piano 1987
Scope and Content: ACA facsimile score, photocopied scores with corrections and parts.
Woodwinds
5/11 Divertimento for Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon 1971
Scope and Content: Two copies of score. Three sets of parts - photocopy, print master, ACA facsimile.
1/14 Introduction and Rondino for 3 Clarinets 1957
Scope and Content: ACA facsimile.
7/1 Septet for Wind Instruments 1965
Scope and Content: Flute, oboe, two clarinets, horn, two bassoons. ACA facsimile, two scores with corrections and parts.
5/12 Serenade for Five Instruments 1947
Scope and Content: Flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon. Published by Theodore Presser / Mercury Music.
1/15 Serenade No. 2 for Wind Quintet 1974
Scope and Content: Published by Theodore Presser / Tritone Music.
1/16 Suite for 3 Clarinets in Bb 1984
Brass
2/1 Suite for Brass Sextet 1956
Scope and Content: Two trumpets, horn, trombone, baritone, tuba. Published by Merion Music.
Keyboard
6/1 Prelude, Intermezzo and Fugue for 2 Pianos 1964
Scope and Content: Score only. ACA facsimile.
6/2 Duo Sonata (for Piano, Four Hands)1983
Scope and Content: Two scores with corrections.
6/3 Sonata for Two Pianos 1984
Scope and Content: Three scores - facsimile, photocopy, photocopy with corrections.
6/4 Suite for Two Pianos 1967
Scope and Content: With corrections and additions.
Mixed Wind and Strings
6/5-6 Concert Piece for Strings and Horns undated
Scope and Content: Two horns, two violins, viola, violoncello, contrabass. ACA facsimile score and Independent Music facsimile parts.
6/7 Dark and Light: Five Fantasy Pieces for Horn and Strings undated
Scope and Content: Horn, two violins, viola, contrabass. Manuscript score only.
6/8 Introduction, Variations and Adagio 1974
Scope and Content: Flute, oboe, violin, violoncello, pianoforte. ACA facsimile.
6/9 Nonette (String Quartet and Woodwind Quintet)1970
Scope and Content: ACA facsimile with additions.
2/2 Pastorale 1960
Scope and Content: Two flutes, two violas, three violoncellos
2/3 Rhapsody for Horn in F and Strings 1979
Scope and Content: Horn, three violins, viola, violoncello, contrabass. ACA facsimile.
Instrumental Solo
Strings
2/4 Fantasy Variations for Violin and Piano 1989
6/10 Sonata No. 1 for Viola and Piano 1956
Scope and Content: ACA edition with corrections, Dow Music Publisher editions.
2/5 Sonata No. 2 for Viola and Piano 1963
Scope and Content: With analysis. Published by Edition Peters.
6/11 Sonata for Cello and Piano 1929
Scope and Content: Score only, includes some manuscript pages.
2/6 Sonatina for Violin and Piano 1958
Scope and Content: Published by Dow Music.
2/7 Sonatina for Viola and Piano 1962
Scope and Content: Published by Dow Music. Includes two analysis copies.
2/8 Sonatina for Cello and Piano 1958
Scope and Content: Published by Dow Music.
Woodwinds
2/9 Brief Elegy undated
Scope and Content: For unaccompanied clarinet. Print master and photocopy.
8/3 Four Characteristic Pieces for Flute and Piano    OVERSIZE1991
Scope and Content: Print masters.
2/10 Nocturne for Bass Clarinet or Bb Clarinet and Piano undated
2/11 Sonata for Flute and Piano 1976
Scope and Content: Published by Theodore Presser / Tritone Music.
6/12 Sonata for Oboe and Piano 1956
Scope and Content: Part and loose pages of facsimile score and print masters.
Brass
2/12 Eusebius Remembered: Fantasy for Horn or Tenor Saxophone and Piano 1976
Scope and Content: Score, horn part, and saxophone part.
2/13 Invocation to Eos for Horn in F or Saxophone in Eb and Piano 1983
Scope and Content: Two scores, horn part, saxophone part.
8/4 Five Bagatelles for Horn and Piano    OVERSIZE1993
Scope and Content: Print masters.
8/5 Sonata for Horn and Piano    OVERSIZEundated
Scope and Content: Print master and correction copy.
2/14 Three Fantasy Legends 1990
Scope and Content: Horn, pianoforte. ACA facsimile.
Keyboard
2/15 All in a Day: 6 Short Pieces for Piano 1950
Scope and Content: Published by Theodore Presser / Oliver Ditson. Photocopy and six indvidual pieces.
2/16 Autumn Sketches 1968
Scope and Content: Published by New Valley Music.
2/17 Canzona for Organ 1968
Scope and Content: Includes two analysis copies. Published by Edition Peters.
2/18 Four Pieces for Piano 1954
Scope and Content: Two copies. Published by University of Washington Press.
9/1 Memories of Earlier Days: Three Pieces for Piano    OVERSIZE1986
Scope and Content: ACA fascsimile and print masters.
2/19 The Mosquito and the Frog 1955
Scope and Content: Published by Carlton Music.
6/13 Ostinato Jubilato for Carillon 1968
Scope and Content: Two copies. Includes notes.
6/14 Prelude and Fughetta for Carillon 1958
2/20 Preludes en Suite 1950
Scope and Content: Photocopies, facsimiles, and print-masters.
6/15 Sketches and Miniatures: 10 Pieces for Piano 1954
Scope and Content: Published by Valley Music. Four copies, including two analysis copies and print masters.
9/2 Sonata No. 1 for Piano Solo    OVERSIZE1989
Scope and Content: ACA facsimile and print master.
6/16 Sonata No. 2 for Piano 1986
Scope and Content: ACA facsimile.
6/17 Theme and Variations 1984
Scope and Content: ACA facsimile. Alternate title: Eleven Variations on an Original Theme.
9/3 Three New Preludes for Piano    OVERSIZE1985
Scope and Content: Print master.
Vocal Music
Opera
7/2-7 The Cowherd and the Sky Maiden 1952
Scope and Content: Full score and piano/vocal score, with corrections and additions.
9/4 The Wedding Knell, Based on a Tale by Nathaniel Hawthorne    OVERSIZE1952
Scope and Content: Flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon, viola, violoncello, bells, pianoforte. Full score and piano/vocal score, with corrections and additions.
Choral
2/21 Christ Crucified for Me undated
7/8 They Shall Never Thirst undated
Scope and Content: Three copies.
2/22 Ah Come, Sweet Night 1947
Songs
9/5 Colonial Heritage: Three Songs for Voice and Piano    OVERSIZE1978
Scope and Content: For high or low voice.
2/23 The Promise of the Cross undated
2/24 Songs of Nature: Four Songs for Voice and Piano from Rural Poems by John Gracen Brown 1979
2/25 A Sojourn of the Spirit 1978
Scope and Content: Words: John Gracen Brown.
2/26 To You 1982
Scope and Content: Words: Walt Whitman.

  
Box/FolderDate
Arrangements for Instrumental Music
Wind Ensemble
5/13 A Christmas Fantasy 1950
Scope and Content: Arranged by Verrall. Includes choral parts.
5/14 Prelude, Arietta and Fugue, Bach1970
Scope and Content: Multiple copies of score and parts.
Instrumental Solo
Brass
8/6 Concerto No 1. in D Major for Horn and Orchestra, Mozart (K 412)undated
Scope and Content: Horn, pianoforte. Score includes print master and photocopy.
8/7 Concerto No 2. in Eb Major for Horn and Orchestra, Mozart (K 495)1981
Scope and Content: Horn, pianoforte. Score - print master.
8/8 Concerto No 3. in Eb Major for Horn and Orchestra, Mozart (K 447)1985
Scope and Content: Horn, pianoforte. Score - print master.
8/9 Concerto No 4. in Eb Major for Horn and Orchestra, Mozart (K 495)undated
Scope and Content: Horn, pianoforte. Score - print master.
8/10 Three Characteristic Pieces for Horn in F and Piano, Stephen Heller1984
2/27 Three Lyric Pieces by Edvard Grieg undated
Scope and Content: Horn, pianoforte.
Keyboard
2/28 Andante from Concerto No. 17, Mozartundated
9/6 Caprice, J.N. Hummel, Op. 49    OVERSIZEundated
Scope and Content: Print master.
2/29 Etude (after Clementi, Gradus ad Parnassum)undated
9/7 Flower-Fruit and Thorn-Pieces, Nuits Blanches, La Naiade, Stephen Heller, Op. 82    OVERSIZE1983
Scope and Content: Print master.
6/18 Study (after Czerny Opus 740 No. 3)undated
9/8 Twelve Selected Preludes, Stephen Heller, Op. 81    OVERSIZE1987
Scope and Content: Print master.
9/9Unidentified    OVERSIZEundated
Scope and Content: Possibly by Stephen Heller. Print master.

  
Box/FolderDate
Compositions of Others
Instrumental Keyboard Solo Music
2/30 Idilio, by Theodore Lackundated
9/10 Selected Sonatas, Domenico Scarlatti (the Affective Greats)    OVERSIZEundated
2/31 Choral Music: Favorite Christmas Carols undated

  
Box/FolderDate
2/32Correspondence Regarding String Quartet No. 6 1971, 1992

  
Box/FolderDate
2/34Programsundated

  
Box/FolderDate
9/11Poster: Chief Joseph Legend, Premiere    OVERSIZEundated

  
BoxDate
10Notecards: Verrall's Index of Compositionsundated
Scope and Content: Includes information on composition dates and premieres of some of his works.

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Verrall, John, 1908-2001--Archives.
Verrall, John, 1908-2001--Manuscripts--Facsimiles.
Organizations:
University of Washington--Faculty.
University of Washington. University Archives.
Subjects:
Arrangement (Music)
College teachers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives.
Composers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives.
Music teachers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives.
Music--Manuscripts.
Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles.
Genre Headings:
Posters.
card indexes.
correspondence.
programs.
scores.
writings.
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