Julia Smith Collection | Music Library

By Katie Buehner and Maristella Feustle

Collection Overview

Title: Julia Smith CollectionAdd to your cart.
ID: 06/021
Primary Creator: Smith, Julia (1905-1989)
Extent: 67.0 Boxes
Date Acquired: 00/00/1989
Subjects: Copland, Aaron, 1900-1990, Girl Scouts of the United States of America., Parker, Cynthia Ann, 1827?-1864, Smith, Julia, 1905-1989
Languages: English

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Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of approximately 67 boxes of music books, scores, correspondence, memorabilia, manuscripts, photographs, and recordings relating to the career of composer and University of North Texas alumna, Julia Smith (1905-1989), as well as Smith's handwritten transcriptions of more than a dozen scores by Aaron Copland.

Biographical Note

Julia Smith was born in Denton, TX in 1905 and took her first piano lesson from her mother.  She later studied piano with Harold von Mickwitz of Dallas while she was a student at North Texas State Teachers' College.  She graduated in 1930 with a degree in English and went to New York to study piano performance at the Juilliard School of Music.  Her teacher, Carl Friedburg, encouraged her to pursue composition at the School.  Smith became a composition fellow and spent five more years at Juilliard studying with Rubin Goldmark and Frederick Jacobi. In 1938, Smith married architect Oscar Veilehr.  The following year, Smith's first opera, Cynthia Parker, received its premiere at her alma mater.  The opera was based on the legendary Texas abduction and recapture of its title character.  Cynthia Parker enjoyed a much-publicized premiere.  Smith's next opera, The Stranger of Manzano, was also premiered at NTSTC (1945).  Best known for her six operas and biography of Aaron Copland (1955), Smith spent over fifty years as a composer, pianist, and advocate of American music.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Music Library
Access Restrictions: Access to this collection is provided only by special arrangement. Please contact the Music Library for more information.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Music Library. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: Collection is housed in the UNT Music Library. Advance notice for use is required. Please contact the Music Library for further information.
Acquisition Source: Gift
Related Materials: See also: the Carl Friedberg Collection.
Finding Aid Revision History: This finding aid was initially compiled by Katie Buehner, and adapted for this finding aid platform by Maristella Feustle.

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 19: Aaron Copland ManuscriptsAdd to your cart.
Manuscript scores most likely transcribed in Julia Smith's hand.
Box 67Add to your cart.
Barcode 706916.
Folder 1: Preamble Hymn, 1949Add to your cart.

"For the United Nations, for orchestra with speaking voice."

Text from the Preamble to the United Nations Charter. Orchestral score, commisioned by the National Broadcasting Company.

Autograph score in pencil, 34 x 27.5 cm. 15 pages of music, with 2 additional pages of "Themes in Sextette."

Completed at Sneden's Landing (now Palisades), NY, August 16-September 5, 1949.

Folder 2: Symphony for Organ and Orchestra (First Symphony), ca. 1924Add to your cart.

Prelude and fragments of other movements.

Autograph score in pencil, 34 x 27.5 cm. Six pages of music with blank pages at end.

Folder 3: A Defeated Katherine, 1951 AprilAdd to your cart.

From the film The Heiress, based on the novel Washington Square by Henry James. Contents:

"A Defeated Katherine"

"The Heiress"

"The Garden Waltz"

"Fortune Hunting" (based on "Ring-Ching-A-Chin" folk song)

"The Proposal, Part 2"

Autograph score in pencil, 34 x 27.5 cm. 3 pages of music.

Folder 4: Music for Movies, 1942 December 19Add to your cart.

"To Darius Milhaud"

I. New England Countryside [from The City]

II. Barley Wagons [from Of Mice and Men]

III. Sunday Traffic [from The City]

IV. Story of Grover's Corners [from Our Town]

V. Threshing Machines [from Of Mice and Men]

Autograph score in pencil and black ink, 34 x 27.5 cm. 29 pages of music.

Completed at Oakland.

Folder 5: Fanfare for the Common Man, 1942Add to your cart.

For brass and percussion.

Autograph score in pencil, 34 x 27.5 cm. Two pages of music.

Folder 6: Quiet City, 1940 SeptemberAdd to your cart.

Dedicated to Ralph Hawkes

Autograph score in pencil, 34 x 27.5 cm. Six pages of music.

Completed in September of 1940, in Lennox, Massachusetts and New York City.

Copyright 1941 by Boosey & Hawkes.

Folder 7: Children's Suite, 1948Add to your cart.

From The Red Pony, based on stories by John Steinbeck.

I. Morning on the Ranch

II. The Gift

III. "Dream March or (+) Circus Music"

IV. Walk to the Bunkhouse

V. Grandfather's Story

VI. Happy Ending

Autograph score in pencil, 34 x 27.5 cm. 71 pages of music.

Folder 8: Our Town: Music from the Film Score, 1940Add to your cart.

"To Leonard Bernstein"

Autograph score in pencil, 34 x 27.5 cm. 4 pages of music.

Copyright 1945 by Boosey & Hawkes.

Folder 9: John Henry, 1940 February 25Add to your cart.

"CBS Commission." For chamber orchestra. "Written on Hal Roach Studios [illegible] paper."

Autograph score in pencil, 34 x 27.5 cm. Three pages of music.

Folder 10: Letter from Home, 1944Add to your cart.

"Complete piano score by J.S." "Original version for radio orchestra commissioned by the American Broadcasting Co."

Autograph score in pencil, 34 x 27.5 cm. 5 pages of music.

Folder 11: Quartet for Piano and Strings, 1950 October 20Add to your cart.

"To Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge."

Manuscript score in pencil and black ink, 34 x 27.5 cm. 26 pages of music.

Completed at Sneden's Landing (now Palisades), NY.

Note likely from Smith: "I copied this between Jan 1-15, '51."

Folder 12: Tone row sketch for Piano Quartet, ca. 1950Add to your cart.

Manuscript in pencil. Includes tone row and several transformations of tone row from Piano Quartet (1950). Row is represented as 11-tone row (Bb-Ab-Gb-Fb-D-B-C#-D#-E#-C-G-Bb), with "A" noted as the missing twelfth tone on same line.

20 x 26.5 cm.

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