Towards a works list for Julia Perry

UPDATE: All of the PDFs I have are now posted at the Julia Perry Working Group on Humanities Commons at https://hcommons.org/groups/julia-perry-working-group/documents/. I’ve also  uploaded a more complete works list to the Working Group site.

I know, I said I wasn’t going to do work on Julia Perry, but that doesn’t mean I can’t help other people research her music and life. Or maybe make an edition or two. So here is a list of the copies of manuscripts I have, a beginning of a works list for her. This list is compiled from the Walker Hill Collection at the American Music Research Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder, and other documented sources (such as the presumed lost Viola Sonata, which is referenced in documents of the Conservatoire Américain de Fontainebleau). You’ll notice that these do not have dates–I’ll try to add those as I I discover them. I have PDF copies of all of these; please email me if you want any of them.

As far as permissions for recording or creating editions of Perry’s works, well, the situation is difficult. In her 1992 book Piano Music by Black Women Composers: A Catalog of Solo and Ensemble Works, Helen Walker Hill lists Lucie Perry Bigbie as the representative of Perry’s estate. I have not been able to locate  this person anywhere, which leads me to think that Perry’s works may be orphan works. However, I searched the Copyright Office’s Public Catalog, and there is also no record of many of her works being copyrighted, which puts them in the public domain.

A Partial Works List for Julia Perry

“Alleluja” for Medium Voice and Organ. Full Score. Manuscript. Dedicated to Virginia Shuey.

“Be Merciful Unto Me, O God” for Chorus of Mixed Voices, with Soprano and Bass Solos. Piano-vocal score. Printed.

The Beacon, for 2 English Horns, 2 Tenor Saxophones, 2 Bassoons, and 2 Trumpets. Full Score. Manuscript.

“By the Sea,” for High Voice and Piano. Text by Perry. Full Score. Printed.

“Carillon Heigh-ho” for four-Part Chorus of Mixed Voices (divided). Full Score, with piano for rehearsal only. Printed.

The Cask of Amontillado. Opera in One Act. Libretto by Julia Perry and Virginia Card. Full Score. Printed.

Contretemps for Orchestra. Full Score. Manuscript.

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in Two Uninterrupted Speeds. Full Score. Manuscript.

Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra. Full Score. Manuscript.

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. Full Score. Manuscript.

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. Piano-violin reduction. Manuscript.

A Dance for Chamber Orchestra. Full Score. Manuscript.

Divertimento for Five Wind Instruments. Full Score. Printed. Edited by Helen Walker Hill and Christopher Hahn.

Fisty, a play. Typed text.

Frammenti: dalle lettere di Santa Caterina for “piccolo orchestra, coro e solo voce (soprano)’. Full Score. Manuscript.

“Free at Last.” Voice and piano. Printed.

“Graves of Untold Africans.” Typed text.

Homonculus C. F. for Percussion and Harp. Printed.

Homage to Vivaldi for Orchestra, Full Score. Manuscript.

“How Beautiful are the Feet.” Voice and Piano/organ. Full Score. Printed.

“Hymn to Pan” for SATB and organ or piano. Full Score. Manuscript.

“I’m a Poor Li’l Orphan in this Worl,’“ for Voice and Piano. Full Score. Printed.

“Lord! What Shall I Do.” Voice and Piano. Full Score. Printed.

“Miniature” for Piano. Full Score. Printed.

“Parody,” for Voice and Piano. Text by Patricia Sides. Full Score. Manuscript.

“Pastoral,” for Flute, 2 Violins, 2 Violas, Cello, and Bass. Full Score. Printed.

“Our Thanks to Thee,” Anthem for Thanksgiving, or General Use for Chorus of Mixed Voices, with Contralto Solo. Vocal-organ score. Printed.

“Popping Popcorn,” for Piano. Full Score. Manuscript.

Prelude for Piano. Full Score. Manuscript.

“Quartette” for Wind Quintette (Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Saxophone, Bassoon). Full Score. Manuscript.

Quinary Quixotic Songs (formerly Tryptich) for Bass-Baritone and Five Instruments (Flute, Bb Clarinet, Viola, Baritone Horn, Piano). Full Score. Printed. Edited by Helen Walker Hill and Christopher Hahn.

The Selfish Giant: a Sacred Musical Fable in III Acts. Piano-vocal score. Manuscript.

“Serenity” for Bb Clarinet. Full Score. Manuscript.

“A Short Service,” from The Mystic Trumpeter, for Tenor and Trumpet. Full score. Manuscript.

“Short Piece for Orchestra.” Full score. Manuscript.

Sonata for Viola and Piano. Lost.

“Song of Our Saviour,” for Chorus of Mixed Voices Unaccompanied. Full score with piano for rehearsal only. Printed.

Soul Symphony. Parts. Manuscript.

Soul Symphony II, III. Full Score. Manuscript.

Soul Symphony. Full Score. Printed. Edited by Helen Walker Hill and Christopher Hahn.

“Spreading Peanut Butter,” for Piano. Full Score. Manuscript.

A Suite Symphony for Orchestra. Full Score. Manuscript.

Symphony No. 4. for Orchestra. Full Score. Printed. Edited by Helen Walker Hill and Christopher Hahn.

Symphony No. 13 for Wind Quintet (Flute, Oboe, Bb Clarinet, Eb Alto Saxophone, Bassoon). Full Score. Printed. Edited by Helen Walker Hill and Christopher Hahn.

Symplegades (opera). Sketches. Manuscript.

Symphony in One Movement for Violas and String Basses. Full Score. Manuscript.

Three Spirituals for Full Orchestra. Full Score. Printed.

Three Spirituals for Full Orchestra. Parts, some identified and some not. Manuscript. Two files.

“Ye, Who Seek the Truth,” for Chorus of Mixed Voices, with Tenor Solo. Vocal-organ score. Printed.

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5 Comments on “Towards a works list for Julia Perry

  1. I would absolutely love to try to make some new editions of her works! Would you be willing to share these PDFs with me?

  2. Dear Dr. Leonard,
    I am very interested in Julia Perry’s Serenity for Bb clarinet. Would it be possible for you to send me a pdf? Also I am interested in her symphony no. 13 which you list as printed. Could you help me find where I can buy a copy?
    Sincerely,
    Charles Neidich

  3. Hello,
    I am looking for Julia Perry’s Piano Concerto for a project and I would like to ask you whether you have the score in your possession or where could I find it.
    Thanks for your help.

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