Niles, John Jacob, 1892-1980

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Niles was born in Louisville in 1892. Coming from a musical family, Niles began to play the dulcimer at an early age. As a teenager he worked with a surveying team in eastern Kentucky. During this time he kept a notebook in which he recorded lyrics and music of old folk songs known in the area. Niles served as a U.S. Army pilot in World War I and made numerous reconnaissance flights until he suffered serious injuries in a plane crash. After the war he studied music at the University of Lyon and the Schola Cantorium in Paris. Niles completed his musical education at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. He renewed his search for folk songs in Appalachia as he accompanied noted photographer Doris Ulmann on her travels through the mountain region. He set traditional songs in new arrangements and composed many original songs.

From the description of John Jacob Niles papers, 1900-1981. (University of Kentucky Libraries). WorldCat record id: 13800564

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referencedIn Cochran, Robert, 1943-. Vance Randolph research material collection, 1865-1980. University of Arkansas - Fayetteville, University Libraries
referencedIn Johnstone, John Lowther. John Lowther Johnstone land accounts, 1808-1816. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Robins, Linda. [Linda Robins, soprano, Susan Atkinson, mezzo soprano, Nita Venable, mezzo soprano] [sound recording] : [in recital : Room 135, Music Building, 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 17, 1974]. University of Central Oklahoma, Chambers Library
creatorOf Niles, John Jacob, 1892-1980. John Jacob Niles papers, 1900-1981. University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Niles, John Jacob, 1892-1980. Cycle for a chorus of women's voices and a soprano solo : with piano or orchestra accompaniment / words and music by John Jacob Niles. Eastern Kentucky University, Crabbe Library
referencedIn Southern Folklife Collection Artist Name File, 1940-2005 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
creatorOf Niles, John Jacob, 1892-1980. Mary the Rose : an adoration cantata for the adoration of the nativity / the words and the music by John Jacob Niles. Eastern Kentucky University, Crabbe Library
referencedIn Alliance for Guidance of Rural Youth. Alliance for Guidance of Rural Youth records, 1887-1963, 1914-1946 (bulk). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Niles, John Jacob, 1892-1980. Lamentation : oratorio : Lo how the lovely places prosper / J.J. Niles ; orchestra arr. K. Wright. University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Horace Mason Reynolds papers, 1895-1965. Houghton Library
creatorOf Niles, John Jacob, 1892-1980. Rhapsody for the merry month of May / lyrics and music by John Jacob Niles. Eastern Kentucky University, Crabbe Library
creatorOf Luster, Teresa. [Teresa Luster, soprano, and Jim Henline, baritone, in recital] [sound recording] : [Monday, April 20, 1970 / assisted by Carol Carson and David Sisson at the piano]. University of Central Oklahoma, Chambers Library
referencedIn Wright, Kenneth, 1913-2008. Kenneth Wright papers. University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn The Bell Telephone Hour collection of sound recordings [sound recording], 1940-1968 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Niles, John Jacob, 1892-1980. [Rhapsody for the merry month of May] / [John Jacob Niles]. Eastern Kentucky University, Crabbe Library
creatorOf Niles, John. John Niles his book : Manuscript music book, 1811. Brown University, John Hay Library
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence, 1881-1981 (inclusive), 1940-1979 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn Alliance for Guidance of Rural Youth Records, 1887-1963 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn Thompson, S. mss., 1911-1976 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
referencedIn Tom Scott papers, 1912-1970, 1942-1960 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
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associatedWith Alliance for Guidance of Rural Youth person
associatedWith Alliance for Guidance of Rural Youth. corporateBody
associatedWith Boone Tolliver Records. corporateBody
associatedWith Coke, Van Deren, 1921-2004. person
associatedWith Eisenstaedt, Alfred. person
associatedWith G. Schirmer, Inc. corporateBody
correspondedWith Houghton Mifflin Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Johnstone, John Lowther. person
associatedWith Kossuth, George. person
associatedWith Niles, Rena Lipetz. person
correspondedWith Reynolds, Horace Mason, 1896-1965 person
associatedWith Scott, Tom, 1912-1961 person
associatedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
correspondedWith Thompson, Stith, 1885- person
associatedWith Ulmann, Doris, 1884-1934. person
associatedWith Wright, Kenneth, 1913-2008. person
associatedWith Wright, Kenneth W., person
associatedWith Wright, Orville, 1871-1934. person
associatedWith Wright, Wilbur, 1867-1912. person
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Choruses, Secular (Women's voices, 3 parts) with piano--Scores
Christmas music
Aeronautics--History
Cantatas--Sacred--Scores
Folk songs, English
Choruses, Secular (Mixed voices)--Scores
Oratorios--Excerpts, Arranged
Cantatas, Secular (Mixed voices)--Scores
Masques with music--Scores
Song cycles--Scores
Music--Manuscripts
Horn music
World War, 1914-1918--Aerial operations
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Birth 1892-04-28

Death 1980-05-01

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