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Title: Scott Goldthwaite Papers, 1937-1963Add to your cart.

ID: 12/5/26

Primary Creator: Goldthwaite, Scott (1901-1981)

Extent: 1.5 cubic feet

Arrangement: Organized into four series, which are arranged in their original order. Series 1: Dissertation draft and notes. Series 2: Transcriptions of medieval manuscripts and translations of German texts. Series 3: Faculty papers. Series 4: Compositions.

Subjects: Faculty Papers, Music, Music, School of

Formats/Genres: Papers

Languages: English, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Papers of Wilburn Scott Goldthwaite, Professor of Music (1945-1970), including letters received from Harvard University School of Music, curriculum vitae of music faculty, and reports written as a student of music.

Biographical Note

Wilburn Scott Goldthwaite, b. Melrose, Mass. June 18, 1901; d. December 29, 1981, Urbana, Illinois. Son of James Wilburn and Emma (Chandler) Goldthwaite, studied at Yale under David Stanley Smith, Bruce Simonds, and others; while an undergraduate, served for two years as a correspondent for The Musical Digest. After receiving a Mus.B. degree, taught for one year (1926- 27) at Kent School, Kent, Conn. A year of special study at Harvard under Dr. Archibald T. Davison and Edward Burlingame Hill followed. In the fall of 1928, went to the University of Missouri as head of the theory department, beginning as Assistant Professor of music, later as Associate Professor. Part of the year 1932 was spent in Paris studying with Mile. Nadia Boulanger. Returned to Yale in 1938 for a year, taking degree of Mus.M. In 1938, joined the faculty of the University of Chicago as instructor and Curator of the Music Library. Made Assistant Professor of Music in 1943, and became Acting Chairman of the Department of Music in 1947. Did some work in bibliography and on some aspects of 18th century opera at Harvard 1941-42. Married Mildred Susan Bryant in 1937. Assisted in organizing the now defunct Revue Internationale de Musique in 1936; during summer of 1937, conducted chorus of one of Ford Motor Company's radio shows in New York; served as assistant music critic of Chicago Daily Tribune, 1942-44, assuming similar post with the Chicago Sun from 1944-46; published book reviews, pamphlets, many concert reviews; is supervising the revision of the music articles for the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Member of the Music Library Association, served as Chairman of Committee on Music Library Training, and on February 5th, 1948, was elected President of the Association. He worked with Otto

Gombosi on the 15th-century chanson, earning a Harvard Ph.D. in 1956.

Became professor of musicology at the University of Illinois from 1955 to 1970.?  His

musical interests were wide-ranging, and were represented by articles on the chanson, keyboard ornamentation, music in Hungary, and historicism in Webern's Symphony; by his

continued activity in composition and theory; and by his bouts as music critic of the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun (1941-5). He was at his best in helping students and younger colleagues. In the 1960s Scott directed the graduate program of the School of Music (UIUC) until he retired from the school in 1970.

Subject/Index Terms

Faculty Papers
Music
Music, School of


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[Series 1: Dissertation drafts and notes],
[Series 2: Transcriptions of medieval manuscripts and translations of German texts],
[Series 3: Faculty papers],
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Series 1: Dissertation drafts and notesAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Rhythmic Patterns and Formal Symmetry in the Fifteenth Century Chanson" dissertation, final draft with examples (1 of 4), 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 2: "Rhythmic Patterns and Formal Symmetry in the Fifteenth Century Chanson" dissertation, final draft with examples (2 of 4), 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "Rhythmic Patterns and Formal Symmetry in the Fifteenth Century Chanson" dissertation, final draft with examples (3 of 4), 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Rhythmic Patterns and Formal Symmetry in the Fifteenth Century Chanson" dissertation, final draft with examples (4 of 4), 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Hand-written dissertation draft, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Notes for dissertation with copies of sheet music consulted in writing, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Dissertation draft with notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Type-written dissertation draftAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Chansons consulted but not used in final dissertation, with guide to manuscript sources consulted, undatedAdd to your cart.
Series 2: Transcriptions of medieval manuscripts and translations of German textsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Medieval music transcriptions on  loose sheets, with notes and annotations, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Transcription drafts of medieval chansons with detailed notes on Goldthwaite's transcription process, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Binchois-Dufay and early generation compositions transcriptions, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Proof sheets for volume two of "Laborde Chansonnier" transcriptions, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Laborde Chansonnier," Book 1, no. 1-37/99-106 transcriptions, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: "Laborde Chansonnier," Book 1, no. 52-98 transcriptions, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Manuscript translation of Johannes Wolf's "Geschichte der Mensural-Notation", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Manuscript translation of Hugo Leichtentritt "Geschichte der Motette" (History of the Motet), Chapters 1-6, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Manuscript translation of Johannes Wolf "Handbuch der notationskunde," volume 1, section 4, Ars Nova, Chapter 1, undatedAdd to your cart.
Series 3: Faculty papersAdd to your cart.
Includes lecture notes from courses and lectures given by Goldthwaite at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois, course materials, correspondence and drafts of scholarly writing.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Medieval music transcriptions/notations - for MUSIC 414, vol. 1-4 (1 of 2), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Medieval music transcriptions/notations - for MUSIC 414, vol. 1-4 (2 of 2), undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: "Introduction to Symphonic Music," "Weberian Cantata #1, 3rd movement," "Musical Offering", undatedAdd to your cart.
Lecture notes
Folder 4: "The Passion According to St. Matthew," "Pre-Classical (Baroque) Forms," "Riemann: History of Musical Theory from the 9th to the 19th century", undatedAdd to your cart.
Drafts of lectures
Folder 5: "The use of General Reference Materials in Music Librarianship" lecture notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: "An Introduction to Chamber Music," notes for lecture at University of Chicago; and notes for lecture "Nationalism in English Music", 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "The Nature of Opera" and "Definitions of Opera" lecture notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Drafts of book reviews, 1945-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Humanities I at University of Chicago lecture notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: MUSIC 320: English Church Music, 1540-1695, University of Illinois, lecture notes, Fall 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence with composers and drafts of articles on contemporary composers, 1957Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Study proposal for research into education practices for high school choral music teachers, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Autographed photograph of Richard Bonelli and biographical note, 1937Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Articles and lecture transcriptions not by Goldthwaite, 1940-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Betty Tackett arrangements of modern music, undatedAdd to your cart.
Series 4: CompositionsAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Scott Goldthwaite "Overture for Orchestra" FS and P (1 of 4), 1938Add to your cart.
Manuscript version
Folder 6: Scott Goldthwaite "Overture for Orchestra" FS and P (2 of 4), 1938Add to your cart.
Manuscript version
Folder 7: Scott Goldthwaite "Overture for Orchestra" FS and P (3 of 4), 1938Add to your cart.
Manuscript version
Folder 8: Scott Goldthwaite "Overture for Orchestra" FS and P (4 of 4), 1938Add to your cart.
Manuscript version
Folder 9: Scott Goldthwaite "Overture in D Major" FS and P (1 of 2), undatedAdd to your cart.
manuscript version
Folder 10: Scott Goldthwaite "Overture in D Major" FS and P (2 of 2), undatedAdd to your cart.
manuscript version
Folder 11: Cesar Franck (arr. Scott Goldthwaite) "Choral in E" FS (1 of 3), undatedAdd to your cart.
manuscript version
Folder 12: Cesar Franck (arr. Scott Goldthwaite) "Choral in E" P (2 of 3), undatedAdd to your cart.
manuscript version
Folder 13: Cesar Franck (arr. Scott Goldthwaite) "Choral in E" P (3 of 3), undatedAdd to your cart.
manuscript version

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Dissertation drafts and notes],
[Series 2: Transcriptions of medieval manuscripts and translations of German texts],
[Series 3: Faculty papers],
[Series 4: Compositions],
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