Larry Austin Collection, 1955-2014Add to your cart.

By Adam La Spata and Maristella Feustle

Collection Overview

Title: Larry Austin Collection, 1955-2014Add to your cart.
ID: 06/ 100
Primary Creator: Austin, Larry
Extent: 88.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection is arranged into series by type of material.
Date Acquired: 03/24/2016


A collection of compositions and recordings of musical works by Larry Austin (1930 - 2018), a composer and former music professor at UNT.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists 88 boxes of musical works by Larry Austin and includes his compositions, sound recordings, and videos/films.

Biographical Note

Larry Don Austin was born on September 12, 1930 in Duncan, Oklahoma. By the time of the 1940 U.S. Census, his family had relocated to Vernon, Texas.

Austin earned a bachelor's degree in music education and a master's degree in music from what is now the University of North Texas, studying with Violet Archer (University of North Texas). He later studied with French composer Darius Milhaud (Mills College), and American composer Andrew Imbrie (University of California-Berkeley), collaborating in California in the 1960s with composers John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and David Tudor. Austin also co-founded the groundbreaking journal of new and experimental music, Source: Music of the Avant Garde, whose archives also reside in the Music Library. He was a member of the UNT College of Music faculty from 1978 until 1996, and served as director of the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia from 1983 to 1991, and in 1995 and 1996. In 2009, he received the Lifetime Achievement award from the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS). His works have been performed nationally and internationally by ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic and the National Philharmonic of Warsaw, and he remained active as a composer well after his retirement from UNT. Larry Austin died in Denton, Texas on December 30, 2018.

Subject/Index Terms

Access Information

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 and remote storage. Advance notice for use is required. Please contact the Music Library for further information.

Reading Room or Duplication Requests

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Administrative Information

Repository: Music Library
Acquisition Source: Larry Austin
Acquisition Method: Gift.
Related Materials: See also: the Source: Music of the Avant Garde Collection, and the Merrill Ellis Music Collection.
Preferred Citation: Larry Austin Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections
Finding Aid Revision History: August 17, 2018.
Other Note:

Persons seeking assistance with any of Larry Austin’s compositions are invited to contact his daughter:

Thais Austin

555 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Unit 901

Washington, DC 20001




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