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The Roland Parry Collection

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Collection Overview

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Biographical Note/Historical Note

Content Description

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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Roland Parry Manuscripts
Dates: unknown (inclusive)
Collection Number: MS 023
Summary: Roland Parry’s original music manuscripts are the major part of this collection. Many of these manuscripts show the progression of his compositions from first melody sketches to the completed works. A collection of recordings (discs) of All Faces West, “A Song Saga of Western Pioneers On The March,” is included. Photographs, concert programs, newspaper clippings; in which are published articles by, or about Roland parry and his compositions and musical performances, are part of the collection. Gloria Parry Walter gives this explanation of the absence of correspondence in the Parry papers: Letters are non-existent in my father’s files because most of his business and communication with performers and admirers of his work was by telephone.
Repository: Stewart Library Special Collections
Address:
Weber State University
2901 University Circle
Ogden UT 84408

Collection Inventory +/-

Box 1: A Child is Born (working copies)

Fd 1 Intermezzo

Fd 2 Prophecy

Fd 3 Silent Night Prelude

Fd 4 Silent Night Prelude - Piano Part

Fd 5 May Thy Saving Grace be Upon the World

Fd 6 Hear O Ye Earth

Fd 7 For Unto Us a Child is Born

Fd 8 Bow Down Worship Baal

Fd 9 Golden God of Babylon

Fd 10 The Prophet's Rebuke

Fd 11 The Zeal of the Lord

Fd 12 It is Not Far to Bethlehem

Fd 13 Song of the Wisemen

Fd 14 Then Let the Angels Sing

Fd 15 Ring Out the Bells

Fd 16 Let Joy Resound in Song

Fd 17 And His Name Shall be Called Wonderful

Fd 18 A Child is Born (incomplete version)

Fd 19 A Child is Born (complete version)

Fd 20 A Child is Born (complete score)

Box 2: A Child is Born (working copies)

Fd 1 A Child is Born (complete score)

Fd 2 A Child is Born (complete score)

Fd 3 Songs from A Child is Born (published booklet)

Fd 4 A Child is Born (published booklet)

Fd 5 Award from Weber State College A Cappella A Child is Born 1975

Fd 6 Miscellaneous Materials - includes programs, notes and ephemera

Box 3: All Faces West

Fd 1 Orchestration - Bass

Fd 2 Orchestration - Bassoon I

Fd 3 Orchestration - Bassoon II

Fd 4 Orchestration - Cello

Fd 5 Orchestration - Cello

Fd 6 Orchestration - Clarinet I

Fd 7 Orchestration - Clarinet II

Fd 8 Orchestration - Flute I

Fd 9 Orchestration - Flute II

Fd 10 Orchestration - Horn I

Fd 11 Orchestration - Horn II

Fd 12 Orchestration - Horn III

Fd 13 Orchestration - Horn IV

Box 4: All Faces West

Fd 1 Orchestration - Oboe I

Fd 2 Orchestration - Oboe II

Fd 3 Orchestration - Trombone I

Fd 4 Orchestration - Trombone II

Fd 5 Orchestration - Trombone III

Fd 6 Orchestration - Trumpet I

Fd 7 Orchestration - Trumpet II

Fd 8 Orchestration - Trumpet III

Fd 9 Orchestration - Timpani and Percussion

Fd 10 Orchestration - Tuba

Box 5: All Faces West

Fd 1 Orchestration - Viola

Fd 2 Orchestration - Viola

Fd 3 Orchestration - Violin I

Fd 4 Orchestration - Violin I

Fd 5 Orchestration - Violin I

Fd 6 Orchestration - Violin II

Fd 7 Orchestration - Violin II

Fd 8 Orchestration - Violin II

Fd 9 Then Shall the Desert Blossom as the Rose , Jay Welch arrangement

Fd 10 Songs from All Faces West - published booklet

Fd 11 Miscellaneous Materials from All Faces West

Fd 12 Programs - All Faces West

Box 6: Oversize

All Faces West - working copies (Volume I)

Box 7: Oversize

All Faces West - working copies (Volume II)

Box 8: Oversize

All Faces West - working copies (Volume III)

Box 9: Polynesia Maori Suite (Oversize)

Fd 1 Bound copy of entire score

Fd 2 Printed copy of entire score

Fd 3 Manuscript copy of finale

Box 10: Tone Poem Orchestrations

Fd 1 Orchestration - Bassoon

Fd 2 Orchestration - Cello

Fd 3 Orchestration - Clarinet I

Fd 4 Orchestration - Clarinet II

Fd 5 Orchestration - Flute I

Fd 6 Orchestration - Flute II

Fd 7 Orchestration - Horn I

Fd 8 Orchestration - Horn II

Fd 9 Orchestration - Horn III

Fd 10 Orchestration - Horn IV

Fd 11 Orchestration - Oboe

Fd 12 Orchestration - Percussion and Timpani

Fd 13 Orchestration - Trombone I

Fd 14 Orchestration - Trombone II

Fd 15 Orchestration - Trombone III

Fd 16 Orchestration - Trumpet I

Fd 17 Orchestration - Trumpet II

Fd 18 Orchestration - Trumpet III

Fd 19 Orchestration - Tuba

Fd 20 Orchestration - Viola

Fd 21 Orchestration - Violin I

Fd 22 Orchestration - Violin II

Box 11: Te Haka (A Maori War Dance)

Fd 1 (Manuscript copy of orchestration)

Fd 2 (Duplicated copy of orchestration)

Fd 3 Orchestration - Baritone

Fd 4 Orchestration - Bassoon I and II

Fd 5 Orchestration - Clarinet I

Fd 6 Orchestration - Clarinet II

Fd 7 Orchestration - Clarinet III

Fd 8 Orchestration - Alto Clarinet

Fd 9 Orchestration - Bass Clarinet

Fd 10 Orchestration - Cornets I and II

Fd 11 Orchestration - Flute

Fd 12 Orchestration - English Horn

Fd 13 Orchestration - Horns

Fd 14 Orchestration - Oboe I and II

Fd 15 Orchestration - Percussion

Fd 16 Orchestration - Alto Sax I

Fd 17 Orchestration - Alto Sax II

Fd 18 Orchestration - Baritone Sax

Fd 19 Orchestration - Tenor Sax

Fd 20 Orchestration - Timpani

Fd 21 Orchestration - Trombone I

Fd 22 Orchestration - Trombone II

Fd 23 Orchestration - Trombone III

Fd 24 Orchestration - Trumpet I and II

Fd 25 Orchestration - Tuba

Fd 26 Cadenza for brass soloists

Box 12: Instrumental Masters

Fd 1 Instrumental Masters:

Minuet for Woodwinds

Petit Scherzo for Woodwind Quintet

I'd Rather Have Fingers Than Toes

The Purple Cow

Sentimental Brass

Satan Sends the Wicked Winds

Encore for Viola

Fd 2 Duplicate copy of works contained in folder

Fd 3 Duets and Solos:

Piano Duet #1

Duet for Vilincello and Piano

Encore for Viola

Fd 4 Instrumental Masters:

Cantabile #1-5

Terpischore

When Spring is in the Air (Cantabile #9)

Fd 5 Instrumental Masters:

Sentimental Brass

Satan Sends the Wicked Winds

Fd 6 Printed copies of songs by Roland Parry - Series 1

Fd 7 Printed copies of songs by Roland Parry, All Faces West - Series 2

Fd 8 New songs by Roland Parry - Series 3 (includes working copies)

Fd 9 Songs by Roland Parry, A Child is Born , Series 4

Fd 10 Bound Scores:

Moonlight and Mountains

When Spring is in the Air

Canyon Home

For Now You're Home

So Small is He

Where Loveliness has Gone

A Wonderful Evening for Singing

The Twenty Third Psalm

Whaka ropi ropi ai

Seasons Greetings

Fiery Run

Fd 11 Manuscript book containing working copies of World War II era songs

Fd 12 Printed copy of MIA Songs and Sociability Songs , including the following by Roland Parry:

Oh it's Joy to be a Junior Girl

Junior Roses

Song of Joy

Box 13: Song Masters

Fd 1 A Parting Guest

Fd 2 A Song Keeps Singing

Fd 3 A Wonderful Evening for Singing

Fd 4 All Faces West

Fd 5 Ballad of the Griesly Wife

Fd 6 Beyond

Fd 7 Campus Pep Songs

Fd 8 Cantabile

Fd 9 Cantabile 1

Fd 10 Cantabile 2

Fd 11 Cantabile 3

Fd 12 Cantabile 4

Fd 13 Cantabile 5

Fd 14 Cantabile 6

Fd 15 Cantabile 7

Fd 16 Cantabile 8

Fd 17 Cantabile 9

Fd 18 Cantabile 10

Fd 19 Cantabile 11

Fd 20 Cantabile 12

Fd 21 Come Join the Dancing

Fd 22 Duet for Violin, Cello, and Piano

Fd 23 Ee Te Tau (Let's Name the Wedding Day )

Fd 24 Encore for Viola

Fd 25 Finale of Polynesia

Fd 26 Finale of Polynesia Maori

Fd 27 Finale of the Prophecy

Fd 28 Fiery Run

Fd 29 Fluttering of a Thousand Wings

Fd 30 Fly Lower Birds

Fd 31 For Now You're Home

Fd 32 For We too are a Driven People

Fd 33 Go Weber State, Go

Fd 34 Golden God of Babylon

Fd 35 He Restoreth My Soul

Fd 36 He Waiata Maori

Fd 37 Helen

Fd 38 Hoe Down

Fd 39 Honolulu Blues

Fd 40 How Can Such a Strong Man be Weak in the Knees

Box 14: Song Masters

Fd 1 I Shall Come Running

Fd 2 I Shall Feel Quite Forlorn When It's Gone

Fd 3 I'll Walk the Way with Beauty

Fd 4 Invocation

Fd 5 It is not Far to Bethlehem

Fd 6 It's a Pleasure to be Here

Fd 7 Keep Me the Country

Fd 8 Kin Peiai Te Pouri

Fd 9 Let Me Grow Lovely Growing Old

Fd 10 Life is a Gift

Fd 11 Living is Giving

Fd 12 May the Saving Grace be Upon You

Fd 13 Me Waiata Kia Ora Ai Te Aroha

Fd 14 Mercy for Us

Fd 15 Moonlight and Mountains

Fd 16 Moving On

Fd 17 My Canyon Home

Fd 18 Piano Duet #1

Fd 19 Red Noses

Fd 20 Scum of the Earth

Fd 21 Sentimental Brass

Fd 22 So Small is He

Fd 23 Song for Home

Fd 24 Song of the Wisemen

Fd 25 String Fantasy in Minature

Fd 26 Surely We Can't Stay Here

Box 15: Song Masters

Fd 1 Terpsichore

Fd 2 That Purple Cow

Fd 3 The Faltering Cow

Fd 4 The Little Black Boy

Fd 5 The Little Brown Boy

Fd 6 The Lord is my Shepherd

Fd 7 The Lord's Prayer

Fd 8 The Twenty Third Psalm

Fd 9 The Zeal of the Lord

Fd 10 Then Let the Angels Sing

Box 16: Song Masters

Fd 1 Then Ring Out the Bells

Fd 2 Then Shall the Desert Blossom

Fd 3 Things Will be Lovely in the Spring

Fd 4 Those Wicked Winds

Fd 5 Tone Poem for Violin Soloist and String Ensemble

Fd 6 Tribute to a Quiet Man

Fd 7 Victory Bell

Fd 8 Wan Kei Yin

Fd 9 War Against the White Man

Fd 10 We're Young and We're Strong

Fd 11 Whaka ropi ropi ai

Fd 12 When Loveliness Goes By

Fd 13 When Spring is in the Air

Fd 14 Where are the Flowers I've Dreamed About

Fd 15 Where E'er You Are

Fd 16 Where Loveliness Has Gone

Box 17: Song Masters (Oversize)

Fd 1 And His Name Shall be Called Wonderful

Fd 2 Good Morning Brother Brigham

Fd 3 Hear Oh Ye Earth

Fd 4 Intermezzo

Fd 5 Let Joy Resound in Song

Fd 6 Moving On

Fd 7 Shades of Priestcraft

Fd 8 Silent Night Prelude

Fd 9 The Rebuke

Fd 10 The Slender Feet of Music

Fd 11 This is the Place

Box 18: Song Masters (Oversize)

Fd 1 Then Shall the Desert Blossom as the Rose (Bob Bruner arrangement)

Fd 2 Then Shall the Desert Blossom as the Rose (working copy)

Fd 3 Then Shall the Desert Blossom as the Rose (working copy)

Box 19: Photographs

Fd 1 All Faces West (3) - Roland Parry and Igor Gorin

Fd 2 All Faces West (2) - cast

Fd 3 All Faces West (7) - cast and scenes

Fd 4 All Faces West (2) - cast and scenes

Fd 5 All Faces West (1) - David O. McKay and star of play

Box 20: News clippings, 1951-1959

News clippings, 1951-1959

Box 21: Miscellaneous materials

Miscellaneous materials of Roland Parry and Igor Gorin

Box 22: Recording

Disc of All Faces West

Box 23: Recording

All Faces West

Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-

Roland Parry, musician and composer of a wide variety of music forms and professor of music at Weber State College, was born in 1897 in Ogden, Utah. After a year of college at the University of Utah, he spent four years in New Zealand as an L.D.S. missionary. While he was there, the urge to create and arrange new music became very strong, and that urge never left him. Several of his songs are still sung in New Zealand. He and James Elkington translated the first L.D.S. songs into the Maori language.

Returning home he met and married Helen Talmage, daughter of James E. Talmage. In 1935 he obtained a Master of Arts degree at Brigham Young University. He already had become a teacher at Weber College before receiving this degree.

There was no music department at Weber College when he joined the faculty in 1930. Roland Parry pioneered the development of a music department at Weber. As the College expanded, and when several other capable musicians joined the faculty, Mr. Parry decided to put his full energy into his teaching, leaving the administrative demands of the Music Department in the hands of someone else. He felt that by so doing he could do more composing in his off-campus hours. Such planning proved to be the best thing for him and the College.

His oratorio, A Child is Born, began to take shape in those earliest years. It was a different texture of music—seven choirs placed distantly apart from the stage, from the balcony, from the sides of the auditorium and from the orchestra pit, each unit singing its different arrangement in monophonic, polyphonic or homophonic texture. The Assembly Hall on Temple Square proved to be the perfect place for this novel type of production when the Weber State singers and community choirs performed it as one of the Centennial Celebration offerings for four performances in 1946.

At this time it was called antiphonal singing for want of a more truly correct name. The new word stereophonic comes closer to this new texture. It has, in the near past, been called directional music. Mr. Parry coined the word stereophony—perhaps for this texture of music.

The W.S.C. Fine Arts Building with its magnificent auditorium was dedicated at Christmas time, 1964. A major production of A Child is Born was chosen for that dedicatory occasion.

A year of intensive study was spent at the University of Southern California. Then, two years of special post-graduate work at Columbia University and civic achievement in musical composition earned Mr. Parry the rank of full professor in 1960. Membership in the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers came in that same year.

There has been a consistent flow of composition throughout the years—more than one hundred songs of wide variety, three musical comedies, two cantatas, two overtures, one symphony, and the two major compositions:

A Child is Born has been presented more than fifty times throughout northern Utah. All Faces West has been presented forty-seven times in Utah and nine times in New Zealand with a New Zealand cast and directed by the composer. This became a traditional annual event in Ogden commemorating the Twenty-fourth of July, with three or four performances each year, and continuing for eighteen years.

Igor Gorin, one of the great singers of the world, has sung the Parry songs year after year all over the globe in concert, on record, on radio, and on television. On the Telephone Hour broadcast with Mr. Gorin and the Symphony Orchestra, fifteen minutes was devoted to All Faces West. Wallace McGill, producer of the Telephone Hour has this to say: “I have the album of All Faces West, and I can’t count the times I’ve played the Prayer. This music has always impressed me as having a certain spiritual quality which I find difficult to describe, but I know it touches people emotionally. We are happy that the reaction to our Telephone Hour Presentation was so favorable.”

The Miracle of the Gulls was performed in Town Hall, New York, by the New York University Choir and Symphony Orchestra in 1951, Dr. Kurtzveil conducting. It was performed in the San Diego Bowl Festival in 1960 by the California Mormon Choir with Frederic Davis conducting.

The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, The United States Army Band, The California Mormon Choir in the Los Angeles Philharmonic Hall, Voice of America—all of these have performed this music which is so indigenous to Utah.

Professor Parry, feeling the racial injustice in the world today, completed two numbers reflecting this feeling—one is the ten-minute art song, The Little Black Boy, the poem by William Blake, and the other a cantata realistically titled Scum of the Earth.

Helen Talmage Parry, Roland’s wife, has written inspirational lyrics for many of his best compositions.

“The Book of Golden Deeds” of the National Exchange Club honored the Parrys in 1953 for their achievement, All Faces West. In 1964 Governor Clyde of Utah presented the Distinguished Citizens Citation to the Parrys because of the national and international recognition that has come to Utah through their musical achievements.

After his retirement in 1965, Roland Parry continued to compose prolifically. During this period his beautiful Art Songs were written, as were of a group of “Cantabiles”, especially for the piano. Lyrical and melodious, they are considered to be among his best loved compositions although they have not been widely performed. A monumental creation, The Polynesian Symphony, came forth and was completed shortly before his death. It has never been performed in its entirety. Roland Parry died on October 18, 1977 in Ogden, Utah, still actively engaged in composition.

Content Description +/-

Roland Parry’s original music manuscripts are the major part of this collection. Many of these manuscripts show the progression of his compositions from first melody sketches to the completed works.

A collection of recordings (discs) of All Faces West, “A Song Saga of Western Pioneers On The March,” is included.

Photographs, concert programs, newspaper clippings; in which are published articles by, or about Roland parry and his compositions and musical performances, are part of the collection.

Gloria Parry Walter gives this explanation of the absence of correspondence in the Parry papers:

Letters are non-existent in my father’s files because most of his business and communication with performers and admirers of his work was by telephone.

Collection Use +/-

Restrictions on Access:

Permission to publish or perform any of the musical scores or lyrics must be obtained from Helen Talmage Parry, Gloria Parry Walter, or their heirs.

Administrative Information +/-

Arrangement:

This collection is arranged by composition.

PROVENANCE

Most of the Parry papers are musical scores composed in the course of his career as a teacher and composer of music.

Acquisition Information:

Donated

Processing Note:

Process date unknown

Creator:

Parry, Roland

Language:

Material in English

Sponsor:

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Quantity:

23 boxes

Language of the Finding Aid:

Finding aid encoded in English

Author of the Finding Aid:

Sarah Langsdon

EAD Creation Date:

2011

Standard:

Finding aid based on DACS

Subjects +/-

Subject Terms:

All Faces West
Then Sahll the Desert Blossom as the Rose

Personal Names:

Parry, Roland

Geographical Names:

Ogden, Utah
Western States

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