Matthew de Lacey Davidson Music and Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Music Compositions and Research

Creative Writing and Visual Art

Personal Papers



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Finding Aid for Matthew de Lacey Davidson Music and Papers, 1920-2024 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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Collection Overview

Title: Matthew de Lacey Davidson Music and Papers, 1920-2024Add to your cart.

ID: 26/20/249

Primary Creator: Davidson, Matthew de Lacey (1964 -)

Extent: 2.5 cubic feet

Arrangement: Materials are arranged in three series: Series 1) Music Compositons and Research, Series 2) Writings and Visual Art, and Series 3) Personal Papers. Series 1 is further arranged into two subseries: Sub-Series 1) Original Music Recordings and Scores and Sub-Series 2) Music Research and Manuscript Scores by Other Composers. CDs in Series 1 have been arranged first by a three-digit numeric code assigned by Davidson and alphabetically thereafter. Series 2 and 3 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; at 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 3: Personal Papers, 1920-2024Add to your cart.
Consists of biographical information on Davidson, including memoirs and family photographs; correspondence; concert programs, reviews, and publishing catalogs of Davidson's music; digital surrogates of biographical materials, research, creative writing, visual art, and master sibelius files of Davidson's original music compositions; and CDs from Davidson's personal collection.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Biographical Notes, Concert Programs, Business Card, and Reviews, 1983-2011Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Concert Programs, 1983-2014Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence with William Bolcom, 1983-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Davidson's Elementary and High School Report Cards, 1969-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 5: General Correspondence, 1990-2009Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Letters of Recommendation, 1992-2008Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Honeyrock Publishing Catalog, 1992Add to your cart.
Contains an entry for Davidson's Millet Music. 
Folder 8: The (New) Graceful Ghost - CD Track Listing and Liner Notes, 2021Add to your cart.
Folder 9: On the Highwire - CD Tracklist and Liner Notes, 2022Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Reviews of Davidson's Books and Poems, 2018-2020Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Reviews of Davidson's CDs and Performances, 1983-2006Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Scrapbook of Album Covers and Correspondence, 1992-2015Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Sugar's Nightmare - CD Tracklist and Liner Notes, ca. 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Tracklists for CDs, 2023Add to your cart.
Includes tracklists for all CDs assigned a three-digit item code in Series 1 Sub-series 1 and 2.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Item 15: Biography and Other Sundry Archival Materials, 2014Add to your cart.

CD Data disc with master folder labeled "Davidson Memoirs," containing Finale files of original compositions; digital master files of compositions; digital master files of original research and writing, including memoire "My Time Has Come;" and digital surrogates of biographical memoires, photographs, and family papers.

Finale files include: Rzewski arrangement, 4 Dances 4 String Quartet, After Brahms, Bergamasques Violin Solo, Das Lied Ohne Worte, Etudes Book 1, Five Vignettes, Le Poeme Inattendu, Magyar Rondo, Menuetto, Music for Piano with Orchestra, Music for Viola and Orchestra, Nicklettes, Nicklettes (orchestra version), Papillons, Quartetto Dell-Arte, Quatre Melodies Quebecoises, Rameau, Schumann Symphony No. 5, Six Chorale Preludes, Sonatina Pastorale, Symphony No. 1, The Singing Lesson, Three Elusive Rags, Trio for Flute Viola and Harp, Trois Melodies Quebecoises, Zwei Moteten, and Love or Money.

Item 16: Doorways: The Entertainer, vol. 1. by Jeff Barnhart, CD, 2012Add to your cart.
Item 17: Thanks for the Melody, Jeff Barnhart and Spats Langham, CD, 2017Add to your cart.
Item 18: We Wish We Were Twins, Jeff Barnhart and Spats Langham, CD, 2015Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Book of Family Photographs Taken in New Zealand, ca. 1920-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Concert Programs, 1983-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Family Papers - Lew Davidson's Acting Career, 1953-2002Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Family Photographs, 1929-1999Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Production Photographs from Don't Let's Have a Revolution Today, V.U.W. Music Society Music Theater Work by Davidson, 1982Add to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Photo of Maternal Grandmother, ca. 1920Add to your cart.
Item 1: Pewter Photo Frame, ca. 1920Add to your cart.
Accession No. 2024.2620249.001.

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