Bales, Richard, 1915-1998

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Text is from Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address, 4 March 1865. Originally composed for piano for a ballet, 1946. This orchestral version (4 extracts) 1947. First performance Washington, D.C., 29 May 1949, National Gallery Orchestra, the composer conducting, Noel Smith speaker. Dedicated to the memory of the composer's father.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Episodes from a Lincoln ballet / Richard Bales. [194-?] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 42881110

Commissioned by the American Institute of Architects. Composed 1957. First performance Washington, D.C., 26 May 1957, National Gallery Orchestra, the composer conducting. Later published by Alexander Broude under the title "American Design."--Fleisher Collection.

From the description of National Gallery suite no. 3 : after watercolor renderings from the Index of American Design / by Richard Bales. c1957. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 42881128

Composed 1987, in memory of Robert Edward Latham (1903-1986), a Master at the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. First performance Alexandria, 14 November 1987.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Elegy for a master / by Richard Bales. [19--?] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 42881096

Composed 1956.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of The Union : a cantata on music of the North during the years 1861-65 / by Richard Bales. [195-?] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 42881220

Composed 1953.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of The Confederacy : a cantata based on music of the South during the years 1861-65 / by Richard Bales. [195-?] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 42676048

Composed originally for string quartet, 1936, now withdrawn. This version for string orchestra 1939. First performance Philadelphia, 6 November 1941, American Little Symphony, the composer conducting. Revised 1942. First performance of revised version, Washington, D.C., 25 February 1942, National Symphony Orchestra, the composer conducting. Received First Prize from the Arts Club of Washington Contest for a string work, 1941.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Music for strings / Richard Horner Bales. c1942. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 42881119

Originally composed as Poem for Violin and Piano, 1937. Transcribed for chamber orchestra by the composer, 1946. First performance Washington, D.C., 30 March 1947, National Gallery Orchestra, the composer conducting.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Primavera : for chamber orchestra (after Violin poem, 1937) / by Richard Bales. [194-?] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 42881200

No. 3, Bunker Hill originally published in A Select Number of Plain Tunes Adapted to Congregational Worship, by Andrew Law, ca. 1775. This transcription 1946. First performance Washington, D.C., 6 October 1946, National Gallery Orchestra, Richard Bales conductor. No. 1, David's Lamentation, originally published in the first edition of William Billing's The Singing Master's Assistant, Boston, 1778.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Three songs of early America : [transcribed] for small orchestra / by Richard Bales. [194-?] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 42881216

Originally composed for string quartet, 1935 (withdrawn). Revised 1944. First performance Washington, D.C., 26 August 1944, National Gallery Orchestra. Dedicated to Bruce and MacGill James.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Theme and variations : for string orchestra / Richard Bales. [194-?] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 42881211

Composed 1944. First performance Washington, D.C., 25 March 1945, National Gallery Orchestra, the composer conducting. Dedicated to Samuel H. Kress.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of National Gallery suite no. 2 : after three paintings in the Kress Collection, National Gallery of Art / by Richard Bales. 1944. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 42881126

Arranged 1950-55.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of The Republic : a patriotic cantata on music and documents of the American Revolution and early days of the Republic, for narrator, soprano, baritone, mixed chorus and orchestra / Richard Bales. [1955] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 42881207

Commissioned by the National Gallery of Art for the film 'Your National Gallery.' Composed 1943. First performance Washington, D.C., 26 September 1943, United States Navy Band Symphony Orchestra, Charles Brendler conductor. Dedicated to David Edward Finley, Director of the National Gallery of Art.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of The National Gallery of Art : suite no. 1 from the film score / Richard Bales. 1943. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 42881123

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creatorOf Bales, Richard, 1915-1998. Primavera : for chamber orchestra (after Violin poem, 1937) / by Richard Bales. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Bales, Richard, 1915-1998. Episodes from a Lincoln ballet / Richard Bales. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Bales, Richard, 1915-1998. Correspondence with Marian Anderson, 1966. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Bales, Richard, 1915-1998. Elegy for a master / by Richard Bales. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Foster, Stephen Collins, 1826-1864. Five movements from the social orchestra / Stephen Foster ; arr. by Richard Bales. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Philadelphia Orchestra. Transcription of WFLN radio broadcast [sound recording], 1976 March 8. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Foster, Stephen Collins, 1826-1864. Two pieces from the social orchestra : 1. Anadolia ; 2. Jennie's own Schottish / Stephen C. Foster ; arr. by Richard Bales. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Bales, Richard, 1915-1998. The National Gallery of Art : suite no. 1 from the film score / Richard Bales. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Bales, Richard, 1915-1998. National Gallery suite no. 2 : after three paintings in the Kress Collection, National Gallery of Art / by Richard Bales. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Hewitt, James, 1770-1827. The Battle of Trenton : a favorite historical military sonata dedicated to General Washington / by James Hewitt ; orchestrated by Richard Bales. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Bales, Richard, 1915-1998,. Oral history interview with Richard Bales, 1989 January 11. National Gallery of Art Library
creatorOf Hanson, Howard, 1896-1981. Vermeland / by Howard Hanson ; arr. for string orchestra by Richard Bales. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Bales, Richard, 1915-1998. The Confederacy : a cantata based on music of the South during the years 1861-65 / by Richard Bales. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Hopkins, Albert A. (Albert Allis), 1869-1939. Silver bell waltz : President Lincoln's favorite waltz / by A.A. Hopkins ; orchestrated by Richard Bales. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
referencedIn Mary Howe collection of noncommercial recordings [sound recording], 1945-1955 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Porter, Quincy, 1897-1966. The Quincy Porter papers, 1897-1975 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Byrd, William, 1539 or 40-1623. The Earle of Salisbury's pavane ; A gigg / William Byrd ; arr. Richard Bales for orchestra. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Bales, Richard, 1915-1998. The Union : a cantata on music of the North during the years 1861-65 / by Richard Bales. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Foster, Stephen Collins, 1826-1864. Old folks quadrilles : from the social orchestra (1853) / by Stephen Foster ; ed. and arr. for string orchestra by Richard Bales. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Philadelphia Orchestra. Transcription of WFLN radio broadcast [sound recording], 1964 November 30 and 1965 March 15. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Bales, Richard, 1915-1998. Three songs of early America : [transcribed] for small orchestra / by Richard Bales. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Bales, Richard, 1915-1998. National Gallery suite no. 3 : after watercolor renderings from the Index of American Design / by Richard Bales. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Bales, Richard, 1915-1998. The Republic : a patriotic cantata on music and documents of the American Revolution and early days of the Republic, for narrator, soprano, baritone, mixed chorus and orchestra / Richard Bales. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Foster, Stephen Collins, 1826-1864. Village festival : a set of quadrilles from the social orchestra (1853) / by Stephen Foster ; ed. and arr. for string orchestra by Richard Bales. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Jullien, Louis Antoine, 1812-1860. Jullien's American quadrille : 1853 / reconstructed and edited (from the piano music) by Richard Bales. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Bales, Richard, 1915-1998. Correspondence with Eugene Ormandy, 1965. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Barry, Mabel,. Oral history interview with Mabel Barry, 1992 October 6. National Gallery of Art Library
creatorOf Powell, John, 1882-1963. Papers of the John Powell Foundation, 1945-1986. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Bales, Richard, 1915-1998. Music for strings / Richard Horner Bales. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
referencedIn Meyers, Emerson. Emerson Meyers papers, 1865-1990. Historical Society of Washington, Dc
referencedIn Porter, Quincy, 1897-1966. The Quincy Porter papers, 1897-1975 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
referencedIn Quincy Porter Papers, 1897-1975 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Bales, Richard, 1915-1998. Theme and variations : for string orchestra / Richard Bales. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
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associatedWith Barry, Mabel, person
associatedWith Billings, William, 1746-1800. person
associatedWith Brown, J. Carter (John Carter), 1934-2002. person
associatedWith Byrd, William, 1539 or 40-1623. person
associatedWith Finley, David E. (David Edward) person
associatedWith Foster, Stephen Collins, 1826-1864. person
associatedWith Hanson, Howard, 1896-1981. person
associatedWith Hewitt, James, 1770-1827. person
associatedWith Hopkins, Albert A. (Albert Allis), 1869-1939. person
associatedWith Howe, Mary, 1882-1964 person
associatedWith Jullien, Louis Antoine, 1812-1860. person
associatedWith Law, Andrew, 1749-1821. person
associatedWith Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865. person
associatedWith Meyers, Emerson. person
associatedWith National Gallery of Art (U.S.) corporateBody
associatedWith Philadelphia Orchestra. corporateBody
associatedWith Porter, Quincy, 1897-1966. person
associatedWith Powell, John, 1882-1963. person
associatedWith Viebranz, A.C., person
associatedWith Walker, John, 1906 Dec. 24-1995. person
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United States
United States
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Variations (String orchestra)--Scores and parts
String orchestra music--Scores and parts
Suites--Scores and parts
Cantatas, Secular--Scores and parts
Chamber orchestra music--Scores and parts
National music
Cantatas--Scores and parts
Ballets--Excerpts--Scores and parts
Orchestral music, Arranged--Scores and parts
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Birth 1915

Death 1998-06-25

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