Stanley Fletcher Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Sound Recordings

Music

Professional Records and Correspondence



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Finding Aid for Stanley Fletcher Papers, 1923-1987 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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Collection Overview

Title: Stanley Fletcher Papers, 1923-1987Add to your cart.

ID: 12/5/55

Primary Creator: Fletcher, Stanley (1910-1988)

Extent: 7.75 cubic feet

Arrangement: Organized in three series: 1) Sound Recordings, 2) Music and Essays, and 3) Professional Records and Correspondence. Series 1 is arranged chronologically and series 2 is arranged by music genre. Series 2 has six subseries: 1) Piano and Vocal, 2) Piano, 3) Manuscripts and Collections, 4) Opera, 5) Small Ensembles and Orchestra, and 6) Memoirs and Essays. Series 3 has four subseries: 1) Essays and Pedagogical Writings, 2) Concert Programs and Publicity, 3) Correspondence and Personal Journals, and 4) Business Records.

Date Acquired: 01/22/2010. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Depression, 1929 United States, Faculty Papers, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Music, Music, School of, Smith Music Hall, Star Course, World War II

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of reel to reel audio tape recordings of performances and lectures by Stanley Fletcher and other members of the music faculty at the University of Illinois between 1950 and 1980. Also includes original music and two essays documenting Fletcher's work as a composer and faculty member at the University of Illinois between 1923 and 1987.

Biographical Note

Stanley Fletcher was born in Manchester, England in 1910 and moved with his parents to Springfield, MA in 1922 where he received his early musical training. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Fletcher studied piano under Guy Maier, later studying with Artur Schnabel in Berlin. In 1935 he won the Kinley Fellowship at the University of Illinois and joined the piano faculty two years later. During his time as a professor he collaborated with fellow School of Music faculty member and violinist Paul Rolland in creating a series of manuals for teaching string techniques to children. Fletcher also composed and arranged several pedagogical collections of piano music to critical acclaim. As a performer, Fletcher was commended as an outstanding exponent of Chopin, Beethoven, contemporary music, and chamber music. He received major honors not only for his work as a concert artist, but also for his scholarly contributions to musical journals on the subject of music education. Upon retirement in 1971, Fletcher devoted himself to composing; the best known of his compositions is his folk opera, the Five Dollar Opera, first performed in El Paso, Texas. Fletcher died in 1988 in Albuquerque, NM.

Subject/Index Terms

Depression, 1929 United States
Faculty Papers
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Music
Music, School of
Smith Music Hall
Star Course
World War II

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: Sound recordings acquired from April Fletcher on October 26, 2012 and from Jessica Whipple on June 23, 2014 and February 28, 2016. Two additions were also received from Amaryllis Fletcher on May 5, 2016 and September 12, 2017. The second addition is a set of newspaper articles written by Stanley Fletcher during his music studies in Berlin between 1932 and 1933. Addition consisting of personal journals, pedagogical writings, correspondence, concert programs, photographs, and royalty contracts acquired from April Fletcher on June 19, 2018. Two pieces of Christmas music donated by Jessica Whipple in October, 2018.

Acquisition Source: Champaign County Historical Archives

Acquisition Method: Transfer and gift.


Box and Folder Listing


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Series 3: Professional Records and Correspondence, 1931-1989Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Essays and Pedagogical WritingsAdd to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Notes - Guy Maier's class in Interpretation; Fletcher's class in Appreciation, 1931-35Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Music journal publications, 1941-57Add to your cart.
Includes "Music-Reading Reconsidered as a Code-Learning Problem" from the Journal of Music Theory, 1957; "Preliminary Notes for a Semantics of Music" from Papers from the Second American Congress on General Semantics, 1941; and "The Piano Studio" from Northwest Music Review, 1948.
Folder 3: Writings on teaching, 1943-68Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Music Fun for the Family" essay, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Observational notes on musical interest and learning in children, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Essay on music literacy in schools, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Copies of "Singing Stories" published in Highlights For Children, 1953-54Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Course 330A Piano Pedagogy prep notes, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 9: The Scale Series, ca. 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 10: The Problems of Hearing in Performance - lecture for Pedagogy class, ca. 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Class prep notes, handouts, and quizzes, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Fletcher essays on the University of Ilinois, 1962-66Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Teaching notes, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Book draft, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Book draft - Chapters 3, 4, and 5, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Book draft - Chapters 7, 10, 11, and notes for 12, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Rejected book drafts, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Book outline, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Chord tests, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: "The Ensemble Road to Music", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Essay drafts, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Extra pages from Pedagogy course notes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: "FIngering, Facility, and Music", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: "How Well Do You Know Your Keyboard?", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Lecture on Spanish music, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Notes on Guy Maier's class on technique, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Notes - "Schumann and Being up to Date", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Reference notes on rhythm, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: "Rhythm and Touch" draft, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: "Subjective Hazards" - possible book chapter, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 31: Tribute to Gordon Binkerd, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Writings on performance and pedagogy, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "Singing Stories" (for Highlights for Children) drafts, sketches, and storyboard, ca. 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Singing Tommy" draft, undatedAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Concert Programs and PublicityAdd to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Concert programs, 1927-1944Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Concert programs, 1945-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Concert programs, 1954-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Concert programs, 1960-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Concert programs, 1967-1974Add to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Concert programs, 1975-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Concert programs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: "A Student in Berlin" - Five-part news story in the Springfield Union, 1932-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Concert announcements and reviews, 1933-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Concert reviews by Marian Lundquist (Fletcher), 1934-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Newsclippings and press releases, 1936-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 7: The Highway (Northland College Alumni News) article on Fletcher receiving honorary degree, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 8: School performance programs, 1980-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Photographs - headshots and performance, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Radio spot ads for Fletcher's All Chopin Concert Series, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Scrapbook - programs and newsclippings, 1936-1944Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Photographs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Includes publicity shots of Julius Cohen and Stanley Fletcher
Sub-Series 3: Correspondence and Personal JournalsAdd to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Berlin journals, 1932-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 12: England journals, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Journals, 1936-1938Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Journals, 1939-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Correspondence, 1942-1945Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Concert correspondence, 1944-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Mailing lists for concert announcements, ca. 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence with Anis Fuleihan, 1946-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Gadsen Concert Series correspondence, 1947-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Correspondence re: Music Fun for the Family, 1950-1956Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence with publishers, 1951-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondence and notes re: Highlights for Children, 1951-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence re: Singing Stories, 1952-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Summy-Birchard correspondence, 1955-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence re: String Project with Paul Rolland, 1968-1971Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Boosey and Hawkes correspondence and royalties, 1969-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Gordon Binkerd correspondence, 1970-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Baer Family correspondence, 1971-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Boosey and Hawkes correspondence, 1972-1986Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Nell Wainwright correspondence, 1980-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Correspondence re: lyric rights, 1981-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 32: Correspondence re: First Perpetual Motion copyright, 1983-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Address cards, undatedAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 4: Business RecordsAdd to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Copyrights (Fletcher and Rolland), 1945, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 35: List of performances, 1927-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Royalty contracts, 1950-1979Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Illinois Piano Teachers Conference materials, 1952-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Summy-Birchard Company contract, 1956-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Royalties - G. Schirmer, 1959-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Carolyn Powell's writings for Illinois Piano Teachers Conference, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 41: Royalties - Mills Music, 1960-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Materials re: Fletcher and Izler Solomon at the Indianapolis Symphony, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Retirement certificate from U of I Board of Trustees, 1971Add to your cart.

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