Willson, Meredith, 1902-1984

Alternative names
Birth 1902-05-18
Death 1984-06-15

Biographical notes:

Inspired by the city of San Francisco. Composed 1934-36. First performance San Francisco, 19 April 1936, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the composer conducting.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Symphony no. 1 (F minor) : a delineation of the spiritual personality that is San Francisco / Meredith Willson. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 57367831

Composed 1936-1940. First performance Hollywood, 4 April 1940, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Albert Coates conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Symphony no. II in E minor : the missions of California / Meredith Willson. [19--]. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 60768314

Composer, conductor, lyricist.

From the description of Reminiscences of Meredith Willson : oral history, 1959. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122565091

Author, composer, musician, and lyricist, best known for his musical comedy, The Music Man.

From the description of Papers of Meredith Willson, 1948-1957. (University of Iowa Libraries). WorldCat record id: 233119017

Meredith Willson, composer, lyricist, librettist, and co-author of story. Franklin Lacey, co-author of story.

From the description of The music man: typescript, 2000. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122517250


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  • Orchestral music, Arranged--Scores and parts
  • Radio music
  • Choruses, Secular, with orchestra--Vocal scores with piano
  • Musicals--Vocal scores with piano
  • Musicals--Scores
  • Musicals
  • Musicals--Excerpts--Scores and parts
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  • Popular music--1951-1960
  • Symphonies--Scores and parts
  • Musical revues, comedies, etc.--Vocal scores with piano
  • Composition (Music)
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  • Motion picture music
  • Musical comedies--Librettos. Fourteen ninety-one
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  • Musical sketches
  • Popular music
  • Symphonic poems--Scores
  • Authors, American
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