Harry Begian Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Detailed Description

Clinics and Conference Presentations

Sound Recordings

Correspondence

Administrative Records and Research

Teaching Notes and Scholarly Papers

Music

Photographs, Ephemera and Uniforms

Correspondence: Church Functions and Congressional Records

Books



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Collection Overview

Title: Harry Begian Papers, 1926-97Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/9/25

Primary Creator: Begian, Harry (1921-2010)

Extent: 25.5 cubic feet

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into seven series: Series 1, Clinics and Conference Presentations; Series 2, Sound Recordings; Series 3, Correspondence; Series 4, Administrative Records and Research; Series 5, Teaching Notes; Series 6, Music; and Series 7, Photographs and Uniforms. Materials are arranged in alphabetical and chronological order.

Date Acquired: 12/10/1995. More info below under Accruals.

Formats/Genres: Papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, concert recordings, program notes, convention materials, research materials, and published articles that document Harry Begian's career as a conductor, teacher, guest speaker, and scholar from 1946-2005. In addition to administrative materials from his University career, this collection contains his personal teaching materials such as class notes, lesson plans, and conducting exercises. This collection also contains two boxes of his personal arrangements for high school and University bands.

Biographical Note

Harry Begian (1921-2010), University band conductor, composer, arranger, and pedagogue, has appeared as a guest conductor and speaker for numerous high school, University, and professional concert bands throughout the United States and internationally.  Dr. Begian started his career as a band director during WWII at McKenzie High school in Detroit before he was drafted.  After he finished serving in the war, he went on to become the director of the Cass Technical High School Symphonic Band from 1947-1964, making it one of the finest high school bands in the country.

Dr. Begian was director of bands at Wayne State University, his alma mater, from 1964-1967, and director of bands at Michigan State University from 1967-1970 before his 14 year tenure as director of bands at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1970-1984.  After his retirement from the University of Illinois, he went on to become the director of the Purdue University Symphonic Band from 1985-1987.

In addition to being a professional conductor and composer, Dr. Begian is also widely recognized for his pedagogical techniques, and he has published 17 articles on rehearsal analysis and conducting strategies.  He has also been the subject of two dissertations, as well as numerous interviews published in the Instrumentalist.  Dr. Begian has been the recipient of various awards, including the National Band Association's Citation of Excellence, The Edwin Franko Goldman Award, and the Notre Dame St. Cecelia Award among others.


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Series 6: MusicAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Orchestra Score Collection, compiled by James Hile, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Praise Jerusalem!, 1987-88Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Kovia Yeroosaghem (Praise Jerusalem) Analysis by Dr. Harry Begian, 1987-90Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Begian, Harry: Private Library - Orchestral Scores, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Private Record Collection complied by James Hile, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Programs: Begian as performer, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Armenian, 1910, 1921, 1964, 1968, 1986, 1994Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Scores: Armenian Dances, 1973Add to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Antic Hay" - Wilfred Berg, "Spanish Caprice" - Leonard B. Smith - Conductor's ScoresAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Armenian Music to be Translated, 1950, 1953, 1961Add to your cart.
Box 16Add to your cart.
Folder 6: College Songs - New and Enlarged Edition, 1918Add to your cart.
Box 21Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Flute and Piccolo MusicAdd to your cart.
Box 22: ScoresAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Bach, J.S. "Jesu, Jesu, du bist Mein"Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Bach, J.S. "Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring"Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Gounod, ""Dio Posenti" from FaustAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Herbert, Victor, "Trio for Trumpets"Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Khachaturian, "Concerto for Piano" (Score)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Khachaturian, "Concerto for Piano" (Instrumental Parts)Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Lehar, Franz, "Vilia" from The Merry WidowAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Mascagni, P. "Regina Coeli" from Cavalleria RusticanaAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Mendelssohn, "Lift Thine Eyes"Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Mozart, "Le Nozze di Figaro"Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Pergolesi, "Glory to God in the Highest" (Choir and Band)Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Rossini, "Una voce Poco Fa" from The Barber of SevilleAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Sarasate, "Zigeunerweisen"Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Sousa, J.P. "Northern Pines"Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Suppe, "Die Schone Galathee"Add to your cart.
Folder 16: "Three Christmas Carols"Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Verdi, "Di Provenza il Mar" from La TraviataAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Verdi, "Ritorno Vincitor" from AidaAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Wagner, "Elsa's Dream" from LohengrinAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Wagner, "Parsifal"Add to your cart.
Box 23: Oversized ScoresAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Reed, Alfred,  "Kovia Yeroosaghem" ("Praise Jerusalem")Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Wagner, "Elsa's Dream" from LohengrinAdd to your cart.
Box 26Add to your cart.
Folder 4: White, "Lyric Suite for Euphonium and Band" Manuscript Parts (1 of 2), ca. 1970Add to your cart.
NOTE: Manuscript euphonium part is missing.  This folder includes a photocopy of the  published euphonium part for reference.  See Also: Oversized Score - White, "Lyric Suite for Euphonium and Band", 1978: Record Series 12/9/25, Series 6, Box 27, Folder 3.
Folder 5: White, "Lyric Suite for Euphonium and Band" Manuscript Parts (2 of 2), ca. 1970Add to your cart.
See Also: Oversized Score - White, "Lyric Suite for Euphonium and Band", 1978: Record Series 12/9/25, Series 6, Box 27, Folder 3.
Folder 10: Anthem Treasures: A Collection of Choice Anthems - Both new and Old, 1882Add to your cart.
Composer: Stillman and Straub
Box 27: Oversized ScoresAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Prelude no. 15, op. 87, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Shostakovich, arr. Arnold
Folder 2: Prelude no. 15, op. 87, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Shostakovich, arr. Arnold
Folder 3: Lyric Suite for Euphonium and Band, 1978Add to your cart.
See Also: Manuscript Parts - White, "Lyric Suite for Euphonium and Band", ca. 1970: Record Series 12/9/25, Series 6, Box 26, Folders 4 and 5.
Composer/Arranger: White
Box 29Add to your cart.
Folder 3: "Little Suite--Children at Play Movement" - Roy Harris, Conductor's ScoresAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 5: Lorva Horovel fr. Armenian Dances, Pt. II - A. ReedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Armenian Dances Part II No. 1 and 2 -Alfred ReedAdd to your cart.

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[Series 5: Teaching Notes and Scholarly Papers],
[Series 6: Music],
[Series 7: Photographs, Ephemera and Uniforms],
[Series 8: Correspondence: Church Functions and Congressional Records, 1961-1973, 1961-62, 1964-68, 1973, 1983],
[Series 9: Books],
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