Matthew de Lacey Davidson Music and Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Music Compositions and Research

Family Papers, Poetry, and Visual Art



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Finding Aid for Matthew de Lacey Davidson Music and Papers, 1929-2022 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

By Thornton Miller, Kendall McFarlin

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Collection Overview

Title: Matthew de Lacey Davidson Music and Papers, 1929-2022Add to your cart.

ID: 26/20/249

Primary Creator: Matthew de Lacey Davidson (1964 -)

Extent: 1.5 cubic feet

Arrangement: Materials are arranged in two series: Series 1) Music Compositons and Research and Series 2) Family Papers, Poetry, and Visual Art. Series 1 is further arranged into two subseries: Sub-Series 1) Original Scores, Recordings, and Programs and Sub-Series 2) Biography, Correspondence, and Research. CDs in Series 1 have been arranged first by a three-digit numeric code assigned by Davidson and alphabetically thereafter. Davidson's papers have been arranged alphabetically by subject.

Date Acquired: 06/26/2023. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Compositions-Music, Jazz, Music, School of, Piano, University of Illinois Alumni Association

Formats/Genres: Experimental Music

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of recordings and scores of original compositions, recordings of collected LPs, correspondence with composers, original research, poems and visual art, and family records documenting the life and career of Matthew de Lacey Davidson.

Biographical Note

Mathew de Lacey Davidson (b. 1964) is a composer and performer. Davidson was educated at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, the University of Toronto, and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied composition with Salvatore Martirano. His oeuvre includes works in musical theater, chamber music, solo piano music (notably rags), as well as orchestral and electronic music. He has also published articles on ragtime and early jazz, and he is a contributor to The Syncopated Times. Davidson’s interests go beyond just music, he has written poetry, novels, short stories, as well as a non-fictional novel on his experiences in social work. His cartoons have been published in New Zealand, Canada, and the United States.

Subject/Index Terms

Compositions-Music
Jazz
Music, School of
Piano
University of Illinois Alumni Association

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: An additional box of CDs and two scrapbooks were received from Davidson on July 20, 2023. A box of music compositions, programs, CDs, DVDs, books, unpublished short stories, and aticles were receieved from Davidson on March 28, 2024.

Acquisition Source: Matthew de Lacey Davidson

Acquisition Method: gift.

Related Materials: Salvatore Martirano Music, Personal Papers, and Sal-Mar Construction


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Series 1: Music Compositions and Research, 1975-2022Add to your cart.
Consists of original music scores and recordings, research conducted by Davidson, programs featuring performances of Davidson's music, correspondence with composers including Stephen Sondheim and William Bolcom, and biographical information on Davidson, documenting his career as a pianist, composer, and researcher. Materials are arranged into two subseries: 1) Original Scores, Recordings, and Programs and 2) Biography, Correspondence, and Research.
Sub-Series 1: Original Scores, Recordings, and Programs, 1975-2016Add to your cart.
Consists of Original Scores, Recordings of Original Music, and Programs documenting performances of David's music. Materials are arranged first using a three digit-code assigned by Davidson and then alphabetically. NOTE: The dates listed for the burned CDs frequently correspond to the last modfied date of the file on the CD, which may or may nor correspond to the work's publication date or of the performance date.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: 001 - The Graceful Ghost, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 2: 002 - Voodoo Queen, 1995Add to your cart.
Item 3: 003 - Sugar's Nightmare, 1996Add to your cart.
Item 4: 004 - I Had 5 Long Years, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 5: 005 - Quatre mélodies québécoises, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 6: 006 - KGNU Interview, 1992Add to your cart.
Item 7: 007 - Symphony No. 1 in 20 Keys, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 8: 008 - The Singing Lesson, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 9: 009 - Le poème inattendu, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 10: 010 - Quartetto dell'Arte, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 11: 011 - R. Schumann, Quintet for Piano and Strings, orchestrated by Davidson; Music for Viola and Orchestra by Davidson, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 12: 012 - Trois œuvres de Rameau; Menuet; Nicklettes; and Music for Piano with Orchestra, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 13: 013 - Trio Sonata for Flute, Violin, and Harp; and Bergamasques, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 14: 014 - Davidson Performances, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 15: 015 - Dekalb, IL Concert, 1991Add to your cart.
Item 16: Études, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 17: The Graceful Ghost: Contemporary Piano Rags, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 18: The Graceful Ghost: Contemporary Piano Rags, 2007Add to your cart.
Item 19: I Had 5 Long Years, world premiere, 2009Add to your cart.
Item 20: New Zealand Music and Early Works, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 21: On the Highwire: Piano Rags, Waltzes and Tangos by Donald Ashwander, performed by Davidson, 2000Add to your cart.
Item 22: Pianoforte Anachronisms, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 23: Quatre mélodies québécoises, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 24: Space Shuffle and Other Futuristic Rags, 1992Add to your cart.
Item 25: Stolen Music: Chamber and Electronic Music, 1996Add to your cart.
Item 26: Stolen Music, 2000Add to your cart.
Item 27: Sugar's Nightmare: Piano Rags to Jazz, 1898-1995, 1996Add to your cart.
Item 28: Syncopated Lady, 1999Add to your cart.
Item 30: Voodoo Queen: Piano Rags, Jazz and Blues, 1995Add to your cart.
Item 31: Whippin' the Keys: 75 Years of Novelty Piano Ragtime, 2001Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Compositions - Ashwander, Donald - The Brooklyn Stop and Start and Sunday Night, Manhattan, 1975-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Compositions - Bolcom, William - Epithalamium: A Ray, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Compositions - Davidson, Matthew - 5 Vignettes for Piano and Three Elusive Rags, 1982-1990Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Concert Programs and Business Card, 1983-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Compositions - Ravel, Maurice - Á la manière de Borodine, 2020Add to your cart.
American Composers Edition (BMI) by Matthew Davidson.
Folder 10: Compositions - Funèbre, Marche - Fragments for Woodwind Quintet , 2020Add to your cart.
American Composers Edition (BMI) by Matthew Davidson.
Folder 11: Composition - Rzewski, Frederic - Winnsboro Cottonmill Blues for two pianos, undatedAdd to your cart.
Arranged by composer Frederic Rzewski and sent to Davidson in 1992.
Folder 12: Compositions - Ashwander, Donald, 1971-1988Add to your cart.
Compositions by Donald Ashwander include "Empty Porches;" "Mobile Carnival rag-tango;" "Perdido Bay Moon Rag;" "Waterloo Rag;" "On The Highwire;" "Saratoga Rag;" "Summer Garden;" "October;" "Old Streets;" "Forgotten Ballrooms." Used by Davidson for recordings and performances at the University of Illinois.
Folder 13: Composition - Morath, Max - In Seperate Rooms (An American Song Cycle), 1990Add to your cart.
This score was the first performance given by Davidson (piano) and Rebecca Toon (soprano) at the University of Illinois in 1992.
Folder 14: Concert Program, 1993Add to your cart.
Concert program from Max Mortah's stage show in Sandwich, Illinois.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Compositions - Davidson, Matthew - Millet Music, Sylvan Catch, and Winnsboro Cottonmill Blues, 1987-2016Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Millet Music in Honeyrock Catalog, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Scrapbook of Concert Programs and Album Notes, 1992-2015Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Tracklists for CDs, 2023Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Radio Program CD and DVD Performance, 2001Add to your cart.
Includes a CD "The Grand Piano" radio program about the music of Davidson by Leslie Gerber for WMHT-FM, and a DVD of  performances of music by Davidson that are played by himself and Rudolf Haken that can obly be viewed at the Sousa Archive.
Sub-Series 2: Biography, Correspondence, and Research, 1982-2022Add to your cart.
Consists of original research (which includes sound file examples on CD and written drafts), correspondence with major composers, and biographical information on Davidson. Materials are arranged first by a three-digit numeric code that was assigned by Davidson and then alphabetically.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 32: 016 - Swanee Smiles, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 33: 017 - Aunt Hagar, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 34: 018 - Stomp Off, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 35: 019 - Stardust, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 36: 020 - 78 RPM Record Collection, 2017-2018Add to your cart.
Item 37: 78 RPM Record Collection, 2017-2018Add to your cart.
Item 38: Aunt Hagar's Children Blues, 78 RPM Reord Collection, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 39: Stardust etc, 78 RPM Record Collection, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 40: Stomp Off, Let's Go, etc., 78 RPM Record Collection, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 41: Swanee Smiles, etc., 78 RPM Record Collection, 1994Add to your cart.
Item 42: Biography and Other Sundry Archival Materials, 2014Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence with Donald Ashwander, 1991-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence with Stephen Sondheim, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Research - The Syncopated Times, 2023-2024Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Biography, Copies of Programs, Performance Notes, and Reviews, 1983-2011Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence with William Bolcom, 1983-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence with Max Morath, 1992-1994Add to your cart.
Folder 8: General Correspondence, 1990-2009Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Letters of Recommendation, 1992-2008Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Research - The Effort Before the Prize, 2022Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Research - Moonlight Memories: Brunswick Hot Dance Bands on the Early 1920s, c. 2022Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Research - "The Remarkable Robert I. Pinsker Meets the Extraordinary Lemuel Fowler", 2022Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Research - Society of Composers, Inc., 2012Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Research - The Syncopated Times, 2021-2022Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Research CDs - Barnhart, JeffAdd to your cart.
CD titles include "Thanks for the Melody;" "We Wish We Were Twins;" "Doorways: The Entertainer, vol. 1."
Series 2: Family Papers, Poetry, and Visual Art, 1929-2022Add to your cart.
Consists of original poetry and visual art by Davidson as well as genealogical research and photogaphs featuring his family members. Materials are arranged alphabetically.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 43: Cinéma d'animation amateur, 2006Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Family Photographs, 1929-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Family Papers - Lew Davidson's Acting Career, 1953-2002Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Early Education, 1969-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Poetry - Open Heart Forgery, 2018-2022Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Poetry - "Reluctance", 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Visual Art for His Reputation Precedes Fun, 2009Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Writing - Short Stories and Novels, 2018-2020Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Writing - Short Stories, 1987-2023Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Books - "What Souls Might Bear Poems", 2017Add to your cart.
Written and signed by Davidson.
Folder 4: Books - "Please Don't Forget Me Poems", 2017Add to your cart.
Written and signed by Davidson.
Folder 5: Books - "Open Heart Forgery: 10th Anniversary Anthology", 2020Add to your cart.
Written and signed by Davidson.
Folder 6: Books - "A Barren Stage: Collected Poems, Essays, Short Stories, and Novels", 2021Add to your cart.
Written and signed by Davidson.

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