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Selected Compositions of Frank H. Smith

Call Number: Misc. Ms. 56

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of photocopies of the holograph scores for 19 musical compositions by Frank H. Smith. In addition, the collection contains a small amount of biographical material, including academic records, programs, an obituary, and a photocopy of a letter from Henry Cowell regarding Frank H. Smith.


  • 1951-1963


Language of Materials

Materials chiefly in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to researchers by appointment. There are no restricted materials in the collection. Please contact the Special Collections staff to schedule an appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection is the physical property of the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library of Yale University. Copyrights belong to the composers and authors, or their legal heirs and assigns.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was established in the Music Library of Yale University by Wencke Frimmin-Dahl Smith in 1963.


In 6 series as follows: I. Chamber Music. II. Choral Music. III. Flute Music. IV. Piano Music. V. Vocal Music. VI. Miscellaneous.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Compositions by the American composer and flutist Frank H. Smith (1923-1958)

Biographical / Historical

Frank Hugh Smith, Jr. was born in San Diego, California on July 24, 1923. He served in the Air Force from 1942 to 1946. Smith was a versatile musician; his primary instrument was flute, but he also played the piano, conducted, and composed. After his discharge from the military, he went to France, where he studied at the Fontainebleau School and the Paris Conservatoire; his teachers included Nadia Boulanger and Marcel Moyse. In 1950, he married Wencke Frimmin-Dahl; they went on to have two children. In 1953, Smith received a bachelor's degree from the Yale School of Music. After further study in Europe, he returned to New Haven, earning a master's from Yale in 1956. At the time of his death on September 5, 1958, he was working on a doctorate at Boston University, and was about to become assistant director of the Yale Band.

Selected Compositions of Frank H. Smith
Edited Full Draft
Compiled by Jean Elizabeth Roberts
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Music Library Descriptive Practices
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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