Series VIII: Music, 1889-1976
Scope and Contents
Published music in the series includes individual songs and scores from both Theatre Guild productions and other sources, some with illustrated covers; songbooks; and compilations of classical works. Annotations on original folders and some music indicate the use of music by musicians who played for Theatre Guild productions on tour. Copies of published arrangements of "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "God Save the Queen" are included with some production scores, indicating the playing of these anthems during some performances in the United States and Great Britain. Composers and lyricists represented in this series include Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, George Gershwin, Dubose Heyward, Ira Gershwin, Meredith Willson, Arthur Guiterman, Macklin Marrow, Philip Moeller and others. Orchestrators and arrangers include Russell Bennett, Herbert Greene, Deems Taylor, and others. Additional materials may include typed and manuscript music cue sheets, typescript lyrics, song lists, and other notes. A prompt copy of the vocal score for Porgy and Bess is annotated with cues, blocking, etc., and includes a production program, property plot, ground plans, and light cues.
Conditions Governing Access
Boxes 1267-1269, 1289-1292, 1303, 1319, and 1328-1333 are restricted pending preservation treatment.
Boxes 1483-1490 (audiovisual materials): Restricted fragile. Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Art 1570-1572, 1599: Restricted fragile. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
Box 1597: Restricted fragile. Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
Broadside 1598: Restricted fragile. For further information consult the appropriate curator.
31.17 Linear Feet (122 boxes)
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English
Oversize and special formats of material (production designs, music, audiovisual material, for example) found within this series has been removed from the files and placed in either the Oversize section of the collection or with material in an appropriate series with which it is associated. In the list, references noting the location of the oversize or special format material follows the description of the material from which it was separated.
- From the Collection: Theatre Guild
- From the Collection: Helburn, Theresa, 1887-1959
- From the Collection: Langner, Lawrence, 1890-1962
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