around 8,600 items (39 boxes, 16 linear feet).
Organized into the following series: I. Regional Files, 1941-1982, II. Correspondence, 1933-1991, III. Music, 1930s-1950s, IV. Writings, 1944-1976, V. Datebooks, 1962-1991, VI. Photographs, 1941-1966, VII. Scrapbooks, 1926-1959, VIII. Miscellany, 1951-1989.
This collection is comprised of materials related to the career of American conductor and composer William Remsen Strickland. It includes correspondence, concert programs, publicity materials, newspaper and magazine clippings, music manuscripts by Strickland and other composers, articles, speeches and notes, photographs, scrapbooks, datebooks, journals, and recordings.
William Remsen Strickland (1914-1991) was born in Defiance, Ohio and began his musical career an an organist. He eventually shifted his focus to conducting and while serving in the U.S. Army (1941-1946) he founded the Army Music School Choir. In 1946 he co-founded the Nashville Symphony Orchestra which he led until 1951. Strickland spent the 1950s championing the works of American composers both at home and abroad. He led the Vienna Symphony, directed the New York Oratorio Society and traveled through Japan, the Philippines, Korea and Vietnam promoting American music. He made numerous recordings of contemporary compositions for the record label Composers Recordings, Inc. From 1962-1963 he directed the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. In the late 1960s he began studying the music of Charles Ives and created electronic realizations of several Ives compositions. He continued his experiments with electronic music after he retired to Connecticut.
Three Strickland songs have been cataloged separately and are shelved under ML96.S943.
Open to research.
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William Remsen Strickland Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.
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Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, Library of Congress.
Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Performing Arts Reading Room and at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.music/eadmus.mu009009.