John Garvey Music and Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Sheet Music

University of Illinois Jazz Band Records

Russian Folk Orchestra Records

Personal Papers



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Finding Aid for John Garvey Music and Papers, 1910-1997 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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Collection Overview

Title: John Garvey Music and Papers, 1910-1997Add to your cart.

ID: 12/5/38

Primary Creator: Garvey, John (1921-2006)

Extent: 3.5 cubic feet

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in four discrete series: Series 1. Sheet Music, Series 2. University of Illinois Jazz Band Records, Series 3. Russian Folk Orchestra Records, and Series 4. Personal Papers. Series 1 is further arranged into two sub-series: Sub-Series 1. University of Illinois Jazz Band Sheet Music and Sub Series 2. Walden String Quartet Sheet Music and Chamber Music. Materials in Series 3 were arranged and numbered by the archivist in 2016. Series and Sub-Series were added in 2017 by the archivist, before then all materials were arranged by date of acquisition. Materials acquired after 2017 are arranged chronologically.

Date Acquired: 03/22/2005. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Jazz, Music, School of, Russian Folk Orchestra, Russian Folk Songs, Stringed Instruments, Walden Quartet

Formats/Genres: Papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of sheet music, manuscripts, score fragments, photographs, newspaper clippings, correspondence, audio recordings, and administrative records that document the career of John Garvey, founder of the University of Illinois School of Music Jazz Program, the Russian Folk Orchestra, and the Walden String Quartet.

Biographical Note

John C. Garvey was born March 17, 1921 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and attended Temple University, studying violin under Alfred Lorenz. He joined the faculty of the UIUC School of Music in 1948 when the Walden String Quartet was brought to the University from Cornell University, as quartet-in-residence. Garvey continued as the principal teacher of viola, and as a member of the quartet, until the 1970s.

After coming to Illinois, he developed a large number of other musical interests. He conducted the School of Music's chamber orchestra, started the jazz band in 1960 and remained the principal faculty member in the jazz field until his retirement in 1991, and became very active in the School's activities in new and experimental music. In addition to doing much of the conducting at the biennial Festival of Contemporary Arts in the 1960s and early 1970s, Professor Garvey also arranged guest residencies at UIUC for important innovators and composers of new music, such as Harry Partch and John Cage.

In the 1970s, Garvey traveled to Russia and Southeast Asia, to study performance of indigenous musics. He became an expert in Russian instrumental folk music and established the University's Russian Folk Orchestra, which he conducted for over a decade, and which toured widely in the USA and abroad. He also studied South Indian vocal music with visiting professor from India, Dr. Ranganayaki Ayyangar. Intimate involvement with Indonesian music and dance was characteristic of the late part of his career, as he traveled repeatedly to Java and Bali in order to observe performances, engage in research, and begin collecting art and artifacts from these countries. This part of his collection was donated in 2003 to the University's Spurlock Museum.

John Garvey and the UI Jazz Band were acknowledged by the Smithsonian Institute as one of the major contributors of recorded jazz during the period from 1966 through 1975. A publication compiled by the Smithsonian included Garvey and his band along with jazz noteables Count Basie, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock, Charles Mingus, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Sarah Vaughan, and other legendary musicians.

Related Materials:

John Garvey and the University of Ilinois Jazz Band web log

Subject/Index Terms

Jazz
Music, School of
Russian Folk Orchestra
Russian Folk Songs
Stringed Instruments
Walden Quartet

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: March 22, 2005; January 7, 2010; November 28, 2016; and May 9, 2017.

Access Restrictions: None.

Acquisition Source: Music and Performing Arts Library

Acquisition Method: Boxes 1-10 were acquired in 2005 in Washington D.C. Boxes 11-13 were transfered to the Sousa Archives from MPAL, which aquired the transferred boxes ca. 1970. Additional materials came from MPAL in 2010. The Russian Orchestra photographs were a gift from Bruce and Susan Woods in 2016 when they donated the Emanuil Sheynkman Papers and Russian Music. Additional Materials created by John Garvey and collected by Bruce and Susan Woods were donated by Bruce and Susan Woods in 2017.

Related Materials:

For materials relating the the University of Illinois Jazz Band see the Morgan Powell Music Manuscripts and Medicare 7,8 or 9 Dixieland Cooperative Jazz Band Record. See Also: John Garvey and the University of Illinois Jazz Band web blog at http://garveyband.blogspot.com/

For Materials related to The Walden String Quartet and the Festival of Contemporary Arts see the Walden String Quartet Administrative Records, the School of Music Audio Department Sound Recordings, and the Stanley Fletcher Papers.

For Materials related to the Russian Folk Orchestra see the Walter J Kassura Russian Folk Music Collection, the John Garvey Music Collection, and the Emanuil Sheynkman Papers and Russian Music at the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. See Also the Ralph T. Fisher Papers University Archives https://archives.library.illinois.edu/archon/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=1329&q=Ralph+T.+Fisher.

For materials related to Garvey's travels to South East Asia, Bali, and Indonesia see The Robert E. Brown Papers and Center for World Music Records, The Bruno Nettl Papers, and The Shirley Meyer Blankenship Music and Papers at The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. See Also materials held at the Spurlock Museum at http://www.spurlock.illinois.edu/collections/notable-collections/

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid revised January 7, 2009, to reflect the accession of one cubic foot of Garvey Music and Papers from the University of Illinois Music and Performing Arts Library acquired by that library circa 1970. Finding Aid Altered in May 2017 by Nolan Vallier to reflect series and subseries arrangement with the acquisition of new material collected by Bruce and Susan Woods.

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Series 4: Personal PapersAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: John Garvey Personal PapersAdd to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Fourth London Exhibition of Early Musical Instruments flyer and Arnold Dolmetsch Limited promotional flyer, 1979Add to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 6: John Garvey v. D.E. Mac Millan Court Proceedings and Documentary Evidence, 1954-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 7: John and Evelyn Garvey Divorce Proceedings, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 8: John Garvey Thailand Visa and Corespondence, 1979Add to your cart.
Corespondence in Indonesian.
Folder 9: Correspondence and Newsclipping on Michael Ossorgin from Bruce and Susan Wood, ca. 1995Add to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Expense Records, ca. 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Newsclippings, ca. 1969-1992Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence and Copy of Brass Bulletin, ca. 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Who's Who Certificate, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Proposal to Travel to Indonesia, 1986Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Bruce and Susan Wood's John Garvey CollectionAdd to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "The Music is Alive and Well Here" News Gazette Article by Melisa Merli, 2007Add to your cart.
Collected by Bruce and Sue Wood, documents the Jazz Scene in Champaign-Urbana after Garvey's Death.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Arts Midwest Application, 1997Add to your cart.
Completed by Bruce Wood.
Folder 13: John Garvey Memorial Binder (1 of 3), 2006Add to your cart.
Contains personal items of Garvey's collected and arranged by Bruce Wood.
Folder 14: John Garvey Memorial Binder (2 of 3), 2006Add to your cart.
Folder 15: John Garvey Memorial Binder (3 of 3), 2006Add to your cart.

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