Joseph Flummerfelt Music and Papers


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Musical Scores

Lecture and performance notes, Audio Recordings

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Collection Overview

Title: Joseph Flummerfelt Music and Papers, 1963-2013Add to your cart.

ID: 26/20/224

Primary Creator: Flummerfelt, Joseph (1937-2019)

Extent: 4.5 cubic feet

Arrangement: Organized into 2 series. Series 1: Musical Scores, 1861-2014; Series 2: Lecture and performance notes, Audio Recordings, 1939-2014. Series 1 is arranged alphabetically by composer and then by title. Series 2 is unarranged.

Date Acquired: 10/07/2019

Subjects: Choral music, Choral singing -- Instruction and study, Vocal music

Languages: English, German, Italian, French, Russian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of music scores, performance notes, and audio recordings owned by Joseph Flummerfelt

Biographical Note

Joseph Flummerfelt (1937-2019) was born in Vincennes, Indiana on February 23rd, 1937. He was born to John Ross Flummerfelt, a funeral director, and Mavorette Flummerfelt, a piano teacher. Early on in his life, Flummerfelt listened to his mother play organ at the Family Baptist Church and learned to pick up hymns by ear as the start to his music career. His first dream to conduct came when his family brought home a record player with a free copy of Handel's "Messiah." Flummerfelt graduated from DePauw University in 1958 where he received a Bachelor of Music and studied organ and church music. Flummerfelt also received his master's degree in Choral Conducting from the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music in 1962. He went on to become the Instructor of Choral Music at the University of Illinois from 1963-1964. After his departure from Illinois, he became the Director of Choral Activities at DePauw University until 1968. Eventually, he returned to Illinois to receive a Doctorate of Musical Arts in 1971. He served a multitude more of roles, including the Maestro del Coro for the Festival Dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy from 1971-1993 and the Director of Choral Activites at the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina from 1977-2013. He also was the artistic director and principal conductor at Westminster Choir College at Rider University. He held the role at Rider University for 33 years until his retirement in 2007.

In addition to his notable work as a director of multiple choir and music programs, Flummerfelt was an exceptional conductor with multiple noteworthy pieces. Flummerfelt made his conducting debut in 1988 with the New York Philharmonic by conducting Haydn's "Creation," and made subsequent appearances as a guest conductor with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, the Honolulu Symphony, and many more. Notable pieces that Flummerfelt has conducted include Britten's "War Requiem," Brahms' "Ein Deutsches Requiem," and "Delos," and have been recipients of numerous awards such as Grammy Awards and honors from the New York Times. In addition, Flummerfelt was given numerous honors such as Le Prix du President de la Republique from L'Acadamie du Disque Francais, and multiple honorary degrees. He passed away on March 1, 2019 from a stroke in his home near Indianapolis.

Subject/Index Terms

Choral music
Choral singing -- Instruction and study
Vocal music

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Acquisition Source: Andrew Megill

Acquisition Method: Transfer from School of Music.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Musical Scores],
[Series 2: Lecture and performance notes, Audio Recordings],

Series 2: Lecture and performance notes, Audio RecordingsAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Flummerfelt Lecture Notes, 1999-2014Add to your cart.
Stravinsky/Brahms Lecture; Essay on Gian Carlo Menotti; Tour Notes (for Germany); Text Use Companion (Faure, Requiem and Durufle, Requiem); Spoleto Festival USA (June 9, 1999) Performance Notes.
Folder 2: Penderecki Notes, 1974Add to your cart.
Penderecki Themes, "The Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to St. Luke"; A Typical Symphonie Choir Rehearsal Plan (St Luke's Passion); Penderecki Breakdown; Specific Dramatic Function of Choir; Penderecki Passion; "Outline of Scene"; Four Motets for a Time of Penitence; Choral Conductors Forum; Thematic Materials - St Luke Passion; "The Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to St. Luke".
Folder 18: Commencement Address, Westminster Choir College, May 3, 1989Add to your cart.
Harold Decker's Copy
Box 10Add to your cart.
Disc 1: University of Illinois Concert Choir, Spring 1964Add to your cart.

Side 1:

1. Missa Iste Confessor - Palestrina

2. Vere Languores - Victoria

Side 2:

1. Jauchzet Dem Herren - Schuetz

2. O Heiland, Reiss Die Himmel Auf - Brahms

3. Three Songs of Nature - Dvorak

      i. Melodies Steal into My heart

      ii. Golden Sunlight

      iii. Slender Young Birch

Disc 2: Montefalco, Aug 2, 2013Add to your cart.
Umbrian Serenades
Disc 3: Pierre Mashe (unsure on last name) Senior Recital, Feb 13, 1982Add to your cart.

1. Rachmaninoff - Elegie Op. 3 No. 1

2. Rachmaninoff - Humoresque

3. Elegy for left hand alone

4. Brahms - Capriccio

6-8. Haydn - Concerto in D

9. Zabrail (unsure on name) - Prelude

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