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Alfred Reed manuscript scores collection

 Collection 0051-SCPA
Alfred Reed (1921-2005) was a composer, arranger, and conductor in the U.S. His birth name was Alfred Friedman but by the time he was ten, he was playing trumpet professionally under the name Alfred Reed. From 1938 to 1942, he was a staff composer, arranger, and assistant conductor for the Radio Workshop in New York. His next positions were as associate conductor of the 529th U.S. Air Force Band, and as staff composer and arranger for NBC and ABC. In 1953 he became conductor of the Baylor University Symphony Orchestra, where he also earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music. From 1955 until 1966 he was executive editor at Hansen Publications. After that he taught at the University of Miami, where he began a program in music business, the first of its kind. He retired in 1993. Reed wrote over 250 works, mostly for wind band. He also appeared as a guest conductor with wind ensembles throughout the world. This collection consists of 11 sketches, 7 condensed manuscript scores, and 19 full manuscript scores for several of Reed's original compositions and arrangements. All documents are in Reed's hand.

Dates

  • 1953-1966
  • Majority of material found within 1953-1966

Use and Access to Collection

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Duplications of any kind are not permitted.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Duplications of any kind are not permitted. However, the University of Maryland Libraries is granted permission for the use in scholarly research by the Libraries’ patrons under fair use in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act absent duplication or reproduction of the manuscripts.

Extent

2.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Alfred Reed manuscript scores covers the period from 1953-1966. The collection consists of 11 sketches, 7 condensed manuscript scores, and 19 full manuscript scores for several of Reed's original compositions and arrangements. All documents are in Reed's hand. In many cases, there is a brief note in Reed's hand that gives a little bit of history about the documents in question.

Biography

Alfred Reed (1921-2005) was a composer, arranger, and conductor in the United States. His birth name was Alfred Friedman but by the time he was ten, he was playing trumpet professionally under the name Alfred Reed. He went on study theory and harmony with John Sacco and Paul Yartin. From 1938 to 1942, he was a staff composer, arranger, and assistant conductor for the Radio Workshop in New York. His next positions were as associate conductor of the 529th U.S. Air Force Band, and staff composer and arranger for NBC and ABC. In 1953, he became conductor of the Baylor University Symphony Orchestra, where he also earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Music. From 1953 until 1966, he was executive editor at Hansen Publications. After 1966, he taught at the University of Miami, where he began their program in music business, the first of its kind. He retired in 1993. Reed wrote over 250 works, mostly for wind band. He also appeared as a guest conductor with wind ensembles throughout the world.

Most materials in this collection date from Reed's years at Baylor University and Hansen Publications. They reflect his interests at the time. For example, at Baylor Reed led the "Golden Wave" marching and symphonic bands, considered gems of the music program there. It is no surprise that many of the compositions in this collection are written for similar ensembles. Arrangements of popular show tunes predominate possibly because such works would have been most popular with college age and alumni audiences. Choric Song, for band and chorus was probably written for Martha Barkema's chorus at Baylor, also a well-known and well-respected ensemble. Hansen was particularly interested in such repertoire because they tried to market to groups with young musicians.

Arrangement

This collection is comprised of one series.
  1. Scores

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Alfred Reed, June 1979

Related Material

This collection is part of the American Bandmasters Association Research Center

Recordings and published scores of Alfred Reed's compositions are available at the University of Maryland, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library. Please search the UMD catalog for specific titles.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following index of band collections or the index of composer papers.
Title
Alfred Reed manuscript scores collection
Status
Completed
Author
Christina Taylor Gibson, April 2008
Date
2008-01-04
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Contact:
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