Scope and Contents
The Frank Simon score collection contains 209 manuscript and published scores for band or chamber wind ensembles, mostly from the early 20th century. The collection is subdivided into four series: John Philip Sousa, Herman Bellstedt, Frank Simon Part Books, and Assorted Composers. The first series contains work by Sousa. In some cases, folders contain published scores and parts by Sousa. In other cases, there is sheet music by Sousa alongside a manuscript score, presumably with arrangements by Frank Simon. Most of the scores in the Bellstedt series are arranged by Bellstedt, even when the original tune is by someone else. In select instances manuscript parts seem to indicate rearrangement by Simon. The partbooks in the third series probably date from Simon's years with the ARMCO band, given the nature of the repertoire. The last series contains a wide variety of scores, many of them imcomplete. Altogether the Frank Simon score collection represents the wide variety of material performed by Frank Simon's ensembles and published by Frank Simon.