Guide to the Alan Stout manuscript scores

Collection Title: Alan Stout manuscript scores
Dates: 1961-1975
Identification: Stout
Creator: Stout, Alan
Extent: 38 Items
Language of Materials: English
Acquisition Information: Gift of John Buccheri, Nov. (?) 2008.
Conditions Governing Access: The collection is open for research use.
Preferred Citation: Alan Stout Manuscript Scores, Northwestern University Music Library.
Repository: Music Library
Deering Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL,
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/music
Email: musiclibrary@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3434

Biographical/Historical Information

Alan Stout (b. 1932) is an American composer. He studied concurrently at Johns Hopkins University (BS 1954) and the Peabody Conservatory. After a year at the University of Copenhagen, he completed his formal musical training at the University of Washington (MA 1959). His teachers included Henry Cowell, Wallingford Riegger, Vagn Holmboe, and John Verrall. In 1962 he joined the Northwestern University School of Music. His diverse musical interests are reflected in the various societies to which he belongs. He is a founding member of the International Gong Society and the International Double Reed Society, a patron of the Schoenberg Institute, and a member of the board of directors of the International Percy Grainger Society. In addition, he has completed numerous performance editions and realizations of unfinished works of composers such as Charles Ives, Anton Webern, and Percy Grainger. He is also an advocate of Scandinavian music.

A prolific composer, Stout has written over 100 works. His style exhibits a blend of American experimentalism and more traditional writing. Often based on a relaxed application of the 12-note system, his music makes use of tone clusters, transcriptions of natural phenomena, and rhythmic notations that allow performers a certain degree of rhythmic flexibility. A consistent concern for timbre is also characteristic of his music. Many of his works revise and re-use material from earlier compositions. The Music for Oboe and Piano (1966) and the Music for Flute and Harpsichord (1967), for example, rework sections of the Second Symphony (1951–1966). That work, as well as the George Lieder (1962), the Fourth Symphony (1970) and Passion (1975) were given premières by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Adapted from Kathryn Gleasman Pisaro's article in Grove Music Online.

Scope and Content

Manuscript scores (diazotype), most with cover labels and stamps from the American Composers Alliance Library, New York.

Arrangement of Materials

Arranged in 2 series: 1. Works with opus numbers, 1961-1966. 2. Works without opus numbers, 1966-1975.


Container List / Contents

  • Works with opus numbers, 1961-1966
    • String quartet no. 1, op. 1 (1952-1956), 1961Box 1, Folder 1
    • Two pieces for organ, op. 6 (1952-1953), 1961Box 1, Folder 2
        Scope and Contents: Arabesk -- Hymn.
    • Pieta : for organ, op. 7 (1952), 1961Box 1, Folder 3
    • Solemn prelude : for trombone and organ, op. 8 (1953), 1961Box 1, Folder 4
    • Epilogue for organ, op. 8a (1953), 1961Box 1, Folder 5
    • Quintet for clarinet and strings, op. 12 (1953-1958), 1961Box 1, Folder 6
    • Construction : for solo violin, op. 17 (1953), 1961Box 1, Folder 7
    • Music for Good Friday : suite for piano, op. 24 (1955-1958), 1961Box 1, Folder 8
    • Mass for cantori, mixed chorus, and organ, op. 25 (1955-1961), 1961Box 1, Folder 9
    • Ave Maria : op. 26c (1959), 1961Box 1, Folder 10
        Scope and Contents: For 2-part mixed chorus.
    • Variations for piano, op. 41 (1953-1958), 1961Box 1, Folder 11
    • Invention, op. 41a (1959), 1961Box 1, Folder 12
        Scope and Contents: For piano.
    • Ricercare & aria for organ, op. 43a (1952), 1961Box 1, Folder 13
    • Canon in four voices for any combination of voices & instruments, op. 44b (1961), 1961Box 1, Folder 14
        Scope and Contents: First line of text: Qui post me venturus est.
    • Gradual for Easter : op. 44c (1961), 1961Box 1, Folder 15
        Scope and Contents: For cantor, 2-part treble choir, and organ. First line of text: Haec est dies, quam fecit Dominus.
    • Dismissal : op. 44d (1961), 1961Box 1, Folder 16
        Scope and Contents: For cantor, 2-part treble choir, and organ. First line of text: Benedicamus Domino.
    • Sonata for piano, op. 45, no. 1 (1958), 1961Box 1, Folder 17
    • Piano sonata #2, op. 45, no. 2 (1958), 1961Box 1, Folder 18
    • Quintet for piano & string quartet, op. 46 (1952-1958), 1961Box 2, Folder 1
    • Sonata for violin and piano, op. 48 (1953-1958), 1961Box 2, Folder 2
    • String quartet no. 7, op. 57 (1959-1960), 1961Box 2, Folder 3
    • Kuritus = (Discipline) : for flute, violin, soprano & accompanying instruments (celeste, piano, harp, marimba, cymbals, tamtam), op. 59, no. 4 (1961), 1961Box 2, Folder 4
        Scope and Contents: Finnish words.
    • Fragment from Endymion (Keats) : for baritone, cello, harp, celeste, piano, op. 59, no. 8 (1952-1961), 1961Box 2, Folder 5
    • Fantasy for piano [op. 62, no. 2] (1962), 1962Box 2, Folder 6
    • Fantasy for 2 harpsichords (or pianos) and percussion (1 player), op. 62, no. 4 (1961-1962), 1962-1970Box 2, Folder 7
        Scope and Contents: Editions dedicated to William Bolcom (1962) and Joseph Stephens and Shirley Matthews (1970)
    • Sonata for organ, op. 62, no. 5 (1961), 1961Box 2, Folder 8
    • Three pieces for contrabass and piano, op. 63 (1961), 1961Box 2, Folder 9
        Scope and Contents: Editions for orchestral (C) and solo (D) tunings.
    • Septet for 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, [and] contrabass, op. 64 (1961), 1962Box 2, Folder 10
        Scope and Contents: Editions for orchestral (C) and solo (D) tunings.
    • Salvator mundi : motet, op. 68, no. 1 (1962), 1962Box 2, Folder 11
    • Custodi me : op. 68, no. 3 (1962), 1962Box 2, Folder 12
        Scope and Contents: Motet.
    • Ecce lignum crucis : op. 68, no. 4 (1962), 1962Box 2, Folder 13
        Scope and Contents: Motet.
    • Per lignum servi facti sumus : op. 68, no. 7 (1962), 1962Box 2, Folder 14
        Scope and Contents: Motet.
    • Ave Maria : op. 71a (1962), 1962-1968Box 2, Folder 15
        Scope and Contents: Editions for unaccompanied mixed chorus (1962) and 3-part women's or men's chorus (1968)
    • Varianti for piano, op. 72, no. 1 (1962), 1962Box 2, Folder 16
    • An allegory, Pride : for soprano, clarinet, cello, piano, percussion, op. 73, no. 3 (1963), 1966Box 2, Folder 17
        Scope and Contents: Poem by Lorenzo Handy.
  • Works without opus numbers, 1966-1975
    • Music for flute & cembalo (1965), 1966Box 2, Folder 18
    • Passion : for soloists, chorus and orchestra (1953-1975), 1975Box 2, Folder 19
        Scope and Contents: Vocal score.