Paul Martin Zonn Music and Papers



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Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

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Finding Aid for Paul Martin Zonn Music and Papers, 1950-2000 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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Title: Paul Martin Zonn Music and Papers, 1950-2000Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/5/35

Primary Creator: Zonn, Paul Martin, 1938- (1938-2000)

Extent: 14.2 cubic feet

Arrangement: The collection is organized into five series. The material is arranged alphabetically or chronologically by date, where applicable.

Date Acquired: 11/17/2004. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Faculty Papers, Music, School of, Music - United States, Music Composition

Formats/Genres: Papers

Languages: English


See also record series number 35/3/68.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of music, publicity, programs, correspondence, education materials, photographs and sound recordings that document Paul Martin Zonn's career as a composer, conductor, clarinetist, and educator.

Series 1: Music, ca. 1955 - 1998 (Boxes 1 - 26 and 41)

Contains Paul Zonn's original compositions, his jazz arrangements, and his Mandolin Ensemble arrangements, compositions written for him and his various performing ensembles, and method books. The music is arranged alphabetically by size and then by styles. Cross referencing between locations is indicated with the use of brackets, [ : ]. The first number identifies the box and the second identifies the folder. Of special note is his "Ultimate Nimbus" written for Clarinet Trio.

Series 2: Publicity, ca. 1950s - 2004 (Boxes 26 - 32, and 38 - 41)

Contains concert programs divided into important performances or performance venues, program notes, concert flyers, press releases, newpaper and magazine publicity, photographs, and sound recordings. The material is arranged by type and each type is then arranged chronologically. Legal sized material is in box 38 and oversized materials in boxes 39 and 41.

Series 3: Correspondence, ca. 1957 - 1999 (Boxes 33 - 34, and 38)

Contains correspondence between Paul Zonn and contemporary composers and educators, various performing ensembles, Universities, publishing companies and radio stations. The material is arranged alphabetically by the writer. Of note are commissions for compositions made by several professional orchestras and chamber ensembles.

Series 4: Education, ca. 1955 - 1998 (Boxes 35 - 37, 38, and 40)

Contains Paul Zonn's classroom materials, published articles, and grant and fellowship proposals. Also contained here is the work of his students. The material is arranged chronologically. Of note is a paper by Daniel Perantoni, former Professor of Tuba at the Unversity of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign.

Series 5: Ephemera, ca. 1930s - 2004 (Boxes 37 - 39)

Contains material from Paul Zonn's high school years, college transcripts and commencement programs, memorial service programs, family photographs and history, and autographs from two famous composers.

Biographical Note

Paul Martin Zonn (1938-2000), modern clarinetist, composer, conductor, educator, gourmet chef, and cutup, graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's degree in Music in1958, the University of Iowa with a Master of Arts degree in 1965, and a Master of Fine Arts in Composition in 1966. He then started his music career as a Fellow of the Center for Creative and Performing Arts at the State University of New York at Buffalo (1966-67), following with the post of Composer-in-Residence and Conductor of the Grinnell Symphony at Grinnell College (1967-70). He was then appointed Professor of Composition at the School of Music at the University of Illinois, where he retired in 1995 after serving as chairman for the Composition-Theory Division for several years.

Zonn began composing in his early teens and by the end of his life he had produced over 120 musical works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, jazz and mandolin bands, and a variety of instrumental solos. As an innovator in music, he performed, conducted and composed classical, jazz, country, bluegrass, and avant-garde music with equal enthusiasm. In describing his own music Zonn wrote, "My compositions have always been concerned with the very new and the old and the integration of diverse elements? I use the many languages of world music and try to bind them together." He received numerous awards during his lifetime from the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the University of Illinois' Center for Advanced Studies. He also performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Ravinia, and the Library of Congress.

Subject/Index Terms

Faculty Papers
Music, School of
Music - United States
Music Composition

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: November 17, 2004 and February 4, 2005.

Access Restrictions: None.

Acquisition Method: The music and papers were donated to the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by Wilma Zonn on November 17, 2004.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Music],
[Series 2: Publicity],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Education],
[Series 5: Ephemera],
[Series 6: Sound Recordings],

Series 5: EphemeraAdd to your cart.
Box 37: Ephemera & Zonn FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: High School Term Paper, ca. 1952-54Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Report Cards, 1944-50Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Transcripts: University of Miami, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Music Scholarship: University of Miami, 1957-58Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Commencement Program: University of Iowa, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Biography, ca. 1950s-98Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Resume, 1959 - ca. 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 25: 51st Infantry Division EM Identification Card, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Memorial Service and Related Dedication Concerts, 12/8/2000Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Memorial Concert Programs from various Universities, 2001-02Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Wilma Zonn, ca. 1970-85Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Poem by Andrea Zonn, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Publicity: Andrea Zonn - Strings, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Autograph - Milton Babbit, 1996Add to your cart.
Box 38: EphemeraAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Autograph: Hector Villa Lobos, 1958Add to your cart.
Box 39: PhotographsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 18: Zonn Family, 1970s-90sAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Paul & Wilma, 1959, 1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Wilma Zonn, 1955-80sAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Andrea Zonn, 1969-2004Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Paul Zonns` Parents & Grandparents, 1927, 1935, & 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Culinary Creations, 1970sAdd to your cart.

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