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Arthur E. Hall papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS 454
Finding aid note: Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Scope and Contents

Arthur E. Hall's papers include correspondence, original compositions, arrangements, settings, and harmonizations, as well as audio recordings of his performances and materials from the Charles Ives family.The original composition material includes some of Hall's music manuscripts of compositions, arrangements, settings and harmonizations that reflect his prolific composing skills. Some of the works are arranged alphabetically; other work is separated into Orchestra and parts. There are also scores for quartets and quintets.

Dates

  • 1814-1990, bulk 1950-1979

Creator

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Arthur E. Hall papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Biographical / Historical

Arthur E. Hall (1901-1978), one time Chairman of Rice's Shepherd School of Music (1953-1973), is known as a composer of orchestral, choral and chamber ensemble music.

He was educated at Yale University and studied at Juilliard, Colorado College and was awarded an M. M. from Baylor University in 1949. He came to Houston after the war (1946) and became organist and music director for Christ Episcopal Cathedral. Hall came to Rice in 1953 as the University's first music instructor and subsequently became associate professor. He became full professor in 1969, going on to become Chairman of the School of Music.

Hall was a prolific composer and won several awards including ones from ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), the Houston Symphony Award, the Charles Ives Award as well as others and was also honored by Yale University and Rice University after his retirement. While at Rice University, he encouraged establishment of the Lyric Art String Quartet and the Woodwinds of Houston, two chamber music organizations. A number of his compositions have been published.

Extent

7 Linear Feet (9 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Overview

Arthur E. Hall (1901-1978), one time Chairman of Rice University's Shepherd School of Music (1953-1973), is known as a composer of orchestral, choral and chamber ensemble music. His papers include correspondence, original compositions, arrangements, settings, and harmonizations by Hall, as well as audio recordings of his performances and materials from the Charles Ives family.

Acquisition Information

The Arthur E. Hall papers were a gift from Mrs. Arthur E. Hall received in 1996 and 1997.

Additional materials were received in 2018 from Walter (Bill) Bailey of the Shepherd School of Music.
Title
Guide to the Arthur E. Hall papers, 1814-1990, bulk 1950-1979
Status
Completed
Author
Lee Pecht and Sharon Link
Date
2002
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Contact:
Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA