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Leon Breeden Collection, 1940-2010 | Music Library

By Maristella Feustle

Collection Overview

Title: Leon Breeden Collection, 1940-2010Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1950-1982
ID: 06/003
Primary Creator: Breeden, Leon (1921-2010)
Extent: 220.0 Boxes
Date Acquired: 00/00/2002
Subjects: Jazz, One O'Clock Lab Band, University of North Texas. College of Music
Languages: English

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Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of Leon Breeden's extensive, and often self-selected archival materials from his entire career, during which time the One O'Clock Lab Band and the UNT Jazz Studies program rose to international prominence. Also present are personal recordings and writing, compositions, memorabilia, photos, and materials from his time at Texas Christian University, in New York City, and at Grand Prairie High School.

Biographical Note

Director of UNT's 1:00 Lab Band from 1959-1981, under whom the band and the jazz program rose to international prominence.

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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: Leon Breeden
Acquisition Method: Gift.

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 3: Compositions and arrangementsAdd to your cart.
Box 1: Compositions and arrangements by BreedenAdd to your cart.
Barcode 714613.
Item 1: Breeden: Big 'D', Texas March, 1947 AugustAdd to your cart.

Introductory note: "Dallas, Texas is located in the uppermost part of the state and is a center for commercial enterprises of all kinds. It is one of Texas' largest cities and has the 'Big City' atmosphere, especially to the people of the many small cities and towns surrounding it. The name 'Big D' has been used for many years as a friendly nickname for the city; therefore the name of this march uses that nickname because it is part of the color of Texas' cities. This march is dedicated to the prosperous people of  prosperous city. Dallas, Texas."

Autograph score in pencil, 20 pages.

"No. 4 in 'The Texas Series'."  Inside cover lists series of marches:

1. Cowtown, U.S.A. (Ft. Worth)

2. The Largest of the Largest (Houston)

3. Over the Rio Grande (El Paso)

4. Big D (Dallas)

5. Lone Star Capitol (Austin)

Physical Description: 18 x 12 in.
Item 2: Breeden: Career Overture (Overture to a Career), 1942Add to your cart.
Autograph score in black ink, bound in hardcover. Begun October 11, 1942, completed October 18, 1942. 36 pages.
Physical Description: 14 x 11 in.
Item 3: Breeden: Cowtown, U.S.AAdd to your cart.

March for concert band. Autograph score in pencil. 27 pages, spiral bound.

Note on inside cover: "Cowtown, U.S.A. was premiered on the National Broadcasting Company network August 6, 1948."

"I was never able to find the time to complete the four remaining planned marches when my work at TCU became extremely complex!"

"Note: The sweeping woodwinds relates to the strong winds that often sweep down 7th Street in downtown Fort Worth! I recall almost being blown over several times as I turned the corner of 7th and Throckmorton and/or Main Streets!"

Physical Description: 12 x 18 in.
Item 4: Breeden: Cowtown, U.S.A.Add to your cart.
Sketch in pencil, parts for solo cornet, horns. Also several out-of-order pages, no instrument identified, on National Broadcasting Company holograph paper. Found inside "Easter Parade" (Item 9).
Item 5: Breeden: Gay Nineties Medley, 1950 DecemberAdd to your cart.

Arranged by Leon Breeden for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Thor Johnson, Director.

Autograph score in pencil, 45 pages of music, followed by page "trying new stamp pad." Medley includes "Bicycle Built for Two," "In the Good Old Summertime," "Shine on Harvest Moon," "East Side, West Side," "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," "Give My Regards to Broadway."

Physical Description: 10.5 x 13.5 in.
Item 6: Breeden: Indian FantasyAdd to your cart.
Condensed score and clarinet 1 part found in second copy of "Small Symphony" (Item 7).
Physical Description: 9.25 x 12 in.
Item 7: Breeden: Small Symphony - 1760, 1943-1945Add to your cart.

Copy of manuscript, 65 pages. 2 copies. Violin 1 and clarinet 1 parts enclosed in 2nd copy. Parts: "Composed at Fort Bliss, Texas - 1943 and dedicated to my wife."

Also found enclosed: Condensed score and Clarinet 1 for "Indian Fantasy" by Breeden. (See Item 6.)

Physical Description: 15 x 11.25 in.
Item 8: The Cry of the Wild GooseAdd to your cart.

Arranged by Leon Breeden for the Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler, Director.

Autograph score in pencil, 30 pages of music. Original sheet music for "The Cry of the Wild Goose" by Terry Gilkyson (American Music, Inc., 1949) enclosed.

Physical Description: 10.5 x 13.5 in.
Item 9: Easter ParadeAdd to your cart.

Originally by Irving Berlin. Arranged by Leon Breeden for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Autograph score in pencil, 22 pages.

Found inside: Sketch and parts for Cowtown, U.S.A. (See Item 4.)

Physical Description: 10.5 x 13.5 in.
Item 10: When Day is Done, 1939Add to your cart.
Arrangement, in envelope labeled "TCU Band Library." Autograph parts in ink and pencil. Parts for violins 1, 2, cello 1, 2, flutes 1, 2, oboe, saxophones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, trumpet 3, 4, trombones 1, 2, 3, horns (2 copies), piano, bass, drums, timpani, harp.
Physical description: 9.5 x 12.25 in.
Box 2: Compositions and arrangements by BreedenAdd to your cart.
Barcode 714796.
Item 1: When Day is Done, 1939Add to your cart.

Autograph score in ink. 26 pages, bound. First trumpet part in pencil enclosed in back.

Introductory note: "This arrangement was written in 1939 during my first year of college at Texas Wesleyan College at Fort Worth, Texas. It was performed by Don Gillis and the 'Musical Variety' Orchestra about one month after it was written."

Physical Description: 11 x 13.5 in.
Item 2: Mayer, Herbert: Hollywood ConcertoAdd to your cart.
Orchestration by Leon Breeden. Autograph score in pencil, spiral bound. 69 pages.
Physical Description: 21 x 13.5 in.
Item 3: Mayer, Herbert: Hollywood Concerto, 1949Add to your cart.
Orchestrated by Leon Breeden. Copy of manuscript, 68 pages.
Physical description: 20 x 13 in.
Box 3: Compositions by othersAdd to your cart.
Barcode 714797.
Folder 1: "Breeden," by Henry Wolking - transposed score in pencil, 1987 August 14Add to your cart.
"Dedicated to Leon Breeden and Reunion '87." Program notes included. For 5 saxophones, 5 trumpets, 5 trombones, piano, guitar, bass, drums
Folder 2: "Breeden," Henry Wolking - partsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Incantation for Jazz Band, Op. 39 by John LaMontaine, 1968Add to your cart.

"Commisioned by the Repertory Dance Theatre, University of Utah, under a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation."

Full score, ozalid copy.

Box 4: Alf Clausen scoresAdd to your cart.
Ozalid copies of scores to compositions by Alf Clausen. Barcode 714798.

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