McPhee, Colin, 1900-1964

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McPhee was born on Mar. 15, 1900 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; graduated from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD (1921) and studied in Paris with Paul Le Flem (1924-6) and in New York with Edgard Varèse (ca. 1927); he was based in the US from 1926, except for the years he spent in Indonesia; went to Bali in the early 1930s after having heard recordings of Indonesian music, where he composed the toccata Tabuh-Tabuhan; his books A house in Bali (1946), Dance in Bali (1948), and Music in Bali (1966) gained him an international recognition as an authority on Balinese culture; he also wrote 2 symphonies, concerti, scores for 2 experimental films, piano pieces, and Balinese ceremonial music for orchestra; during the last 6 years of his life, McPhee was a UCLA faculty member; died on Jan. 7, 1946 in Los Angeles.

From the description of Collection of musical manuscripts, books, and scores, 1929-1962. (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 40176029

Commissioned by the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress. Composed 1954. Dedicated to the memory of Serge and Natalie Koussevitzky.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Transitions : for orchestra / by Colin McPhee. 1954. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 52951672

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McPhee was born on Mar. 15, 1900 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; graduated from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD (1921) and studied in Paris with Paul Le Flem (1924-6) and in New York with Edgard Varèse (ca. 1927); he was based in the US from 1926, except for the years he spent in Indonesia; went to Bali in the early 1930s after having heard recordings of Indonesian music, where he composed the toccata Tabuh-Tabuhan; his books A house in Bali (1946), Dance in Bali (1948), and Music in Bali (1966) gained him an international recognition as an authority on Balinese culture; he also wrote 2 symphonies, concerti, scores for 2 experimental films, piano pieces, and Balinese ceremonial music for orchestra; during the last 6 years of his life, McPhee was a UCLA faculty member; died on Jan. 7, 1946 in Los Angeles.

From the guide to the Colin McPhee Collection, 1929-1962, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections)

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In the 1930s, Colin McPhee lived in Bali where he studied the sacred gamelan tradition and other musical genres. When he worked in New York during the 1940s, he was among the talented, young generation of composers that included Aaron Copeland and Henry Cowell. In California, where he died in 1964, he contributed greatly to the study of world music. McPhee was a faculty member of the Music Department at UCLA from 1960-1964. Besides his musical talents, he was an excellent photographer (as seen in the Archive's collection). His publications include A Club of Small Men (1948), A House in Bali (1947), and Music of Bali (1956). A review of a biography written by Carol Oja, Colin McPhee: Composer in Two Worlds, is available here. More information about the Archive's Colin McPhee Collection is available here.

From the guide to the Colin McPhee Collection, 1930-1964, (University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Ethnomusicology Archive)

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creatorOf Currier, Ruth, 1926-2011. To wish ... together ... fearsomely / by Ruth Currier ; Music by Colin McPhee Concerto for piano with wind octette accompaniment ; notated by Susie Watts Margolin, 1965 ; Allan Miles, supervisor. Ohio State University Libraries
creatorOf Colin McPhee Collection, 1930-1964 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Ethnomusicology Archive
creatorOf McPhee, Colin, 1900-1964. Transitions : for orchestra / by Colin McPhee. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
referencedIn Otto Luening papers, 1800-1996, 1870-1996 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
creatorOf Colin McPhee Collection, 1929-1962 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Performing Arts Special Collections.
referencedIn The John Kirkpatrick Papers, 1836-1993 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf McPhee, Colin, 1900-1964. Collection of musical manuscripts, books, and scores, 1929-1962. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf McPhee, Colin, 1900-1964. Correspondence with American Musicological Society, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf McPhee, Colin, 1900-1964. [Colin McPhee collection, 1900-1964]. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Serge Koussevitzky Archive, 1920-1976, (bulk 1924-1951) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Davis, George, 1906-1957. Papers, 1929-1974 (bulk, 1935-1950). Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
creatorOf Brooklyn Museum. Dept. of Photography. Records, Exhibition negatives: installations. Balinese Arts: Painted Cloth and Woodcarvings by Colin McPhee. 1936. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
creatorOf [Balinese music / collected by Colin McPhee]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf American Music Edition records, 1920-1997, 1951-1991 Music Library
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Chou, Wen-Chung, 1923-,. Interview conducted by Oliver Daniel, Sept. 27, 1976 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Aaron Copland Collection, 1841-1991, (bulk 1911-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf McPhee, Colin, 1900-1964. CBS radio show on US Indians / [music by Colin McPhee]. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn National Orchestral Association collection of rehearsal and concert recordings [sound recording], 1938-1968 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf Loring, Eugene, 1911-1982. Eugene Loring collection, ca. 1938-1980. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Yaddo records, 1870-1980 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Cowell, Sidney Robertson, 1903-1995. Sidney Robertson Cowell collection, 1901-1992 (bulk 1936-1990). Library of Congress
referencedIn Franziska Boas Collection, 1920-1988 Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Sidney Robertson Cowell Collection, 1901-1992, (bulk 1936-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
referencedIn Kirkpatrick, John, 1905-1991. The John Kirkpatrick papers, 1836-1993 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf McPhee, Colin, 1900-1964. Nocturne for chamber orchestra / by Colin McPhee. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf McPhee, Colin, 1900-1964. Collection of musical manuscripts, books, and scores, 1929-1962. University of California, Los Angeles
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Indonesia--Bali Island
Subject
Motion picture music--Scores
Music--Manuscripts
Orchestral music--Scores and parts
Music--Archival resources
Radio music
Composers--Archival resources
Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
Chamber orchestra music--Scores
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Arrangers
Composers
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Birth 1900-03-15

Death 1964-01-07

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