Strickland, William

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Title: 1st Baronet

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Biographical Note

William Remsen Strickland was born in Defiance, Ohio, in 1914. After beginning his musical career as an organist, he shifted his focus to conducting. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941-1946, attending the Army music school and subsequently founding the Army Music School Choir, whose performances featured compositions by musicians serving in the armed forces, including Cecil Effinger, Homer Keller, and Kent Kennan. Upon exiting the Army in 1946, Strickland co-founded the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, which he led until 1951. He also conducted several concerts and recordings of modern music at Dumbarton Oaks, including the first recording of his friend Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with Eleanor Steber.

In 1952 and 1953, Strickland traveled to Vienna on a Fulbright scholarship to begin his life-long campaign of championing the works of American composers abroad. For nearly three years, Strickland led the Vienna Symphony in performances of works by Samuel Barber, Aaron Copland, Henry Cowell, Mary Howe, Edward MacDowell, Robert Ward, and others. From 1955 to 1959, Strickland was the musical director of the New York Oratorio Society, which he led in performances of Stravinsky, Honegger, Barber, and Cowell, in addition to the group's annual Christmas concerts of Handel's Messiah. Under the auspices of the U.S. State Department, he continued his efforts to promote American music, traveling to Japan, the Philippines, Korea, and Vietnam in 1958 and 1959. In addition to working with local orchestras to perform concerts, Strickland made numerous recordings of contemporary compositions for the record label Composers Recordings, Inc. (CRI).

Strickland returned to Europe in 1963, conducting performances and recordings in Finland, Poland, and Sweden, as well as directing the Iceland Symphony Orchestra from 1962-63. In the late 1960s, he established a residence in Portugal and turned his attention to his study of the music of Charles Ives, whom he had long considered the quintessential American composer. A planned book on Ives never came to fruition, and Strickland instead focused on creating electronic realizations of several Ives compositions, which he felt were impossible to perform as the composer intended. After retiring to Connecticut, Strickland continued his experiments with electronic music, recording in 1979 An Electronic Visit to the Zoo and Sound Hypnosis . He died in 1991.

From the guide to the William Remsen Strickland Collection, 1926-1991, (bulk 1946-1970), (Music Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Mary Howe papers, 1884-1972 The New York Public Library. Music Division.
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Library of Congress. Music Division
referencedIn Mary Howe collection of noncommercial recordings [sound recording], 1945-1955 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Henry Cowell collection of noncommercial recordings [sound recording], 1940-1953 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
creatorOf William Remsen Strickland Collection, 1926-1991, (bulk 1946-1970) Library of Congress. Music Division
referencedIn Joseph Shipley, Jr., collection, Shipley, Joseph, Jr., collection, 1803-1864, 1813-1855 William L. Clements Library
referencedIn Vol IV, ff. 196Henry V. Durell, Secretary to G Stepney(?): Letters to H. Davenant: 1705.includes:ff. 2, 4-12, 15, 17 John Tucker, Under Secretary of State: Letters to H. Davenant: 1703.ff. 3, 19-61, 74, 83 Erasmus Lewis, Under Secretary of State:... British Library
referencedIn Quincy Porter Papers, 1897-1975 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Records of the U.S. Marine Corps. 1775 - 9999. General Photograph File of the U.S. Marine Corps. 1927 - 1981. Action between the Bon Homme Richard and Serapis off Flamborough Head, England, on 23 September 1779. Copy of painting attributed to William Strickland.
referencedIn (XIII. ff. 190). 12 Aug. 1745-31 May, 1746.includes:f. 7 John Manners, 3rd Duke of Rutland: Suit v. Duncombe: 1745-1746. f. 7b John Bromley: Suit v. Child: 1743-1745. f. 16b William Tooms: Suit v. Couset: 1745. ff. 22, 27 Thomas Lingood: Suit v. E... British Library
referencedIn CIVIL WAR AND COMMONWEALTH PAPERS. Vol. I B. Warrants, mostly for payment and receipted, orders, certificates and letters of the Council of State, the Revenue, Army, Navy and Admiralty Committees etc.; 1605-1675, n.d. Some of the accompanying transcr..., 1605-1675 British Library
referencedIn Vol. vii. Oct.-Dec. 1732.Edward Weston, Under Secretary of State: Letters to Sir T. Robinson: 1730-1748.George Tilson, under-secretary of state: Letters to T. Robinson: 1730-1736.Colonel William Stanhope, 1st Earl of Harrington: Letters to Sir T. Rob... British Library
referencedIn The John Kirkpatrick Papers, 1836-1993 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn Joint Army and Navy Committee on Welfare and Recreation, Sub-Committee on Music Papers, 1941-1946 Library of Congress. Music Division
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correspondedWith Barber, Samuel, 1910-1981 person
associatedWith Berg, Alban, 1885-1935 person
correspondedWith Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965 person
associatedWith Dumbarton Oaks Chamber Orchestra. corporateBody
correspondedWith Effinger, Cecil, 1914-1990 person
correspondedWith Howe, Mary, 1882-1964 person
correspondedWith Hull, Anne person
associatedWith Impuriaru Firuhāmonikku Kōkyōgakudan (Japan) corporateBody
associatedWith Ives, Charles, 1874-1954 person
correspondedWith Keller, Homer, 1915-1996 person
correspondedWith Kennan, Kent Wheeler, 1913-2003 person
associatedWith Kirkpatrick, John, 1905-1991 person
correspondedWith Krenek, Ernst, 1900-1991 person
correspondedWith Menotti, Gian Carlo, 1911-2007 person
associatedWith Nashville Symphony Orchestra. corporateBody
associatedWith Nihon Firuhāmonī Kōkyō Gakudan. corporateBody
associatedWith Oratorio Society of New York. corporateBody
correspondedWith Pleasants, Henry person
correspondedWith Pleasants, Virginia person
associatedWith Porter, Quincy, 1897-1966 person
correspondedWith Rorem, Ned, 1923- person
correspondedWith Schoenberg, Arnold, 1874-1951 person
associatedWith Shipley family family
associatedWith Sinfóniúhljómsveit íslands. corporateBody
associatedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
correspondedWith Sowerby, Leo, 1895-1968 person
correspondedWith Thorne, Francis person
correspondedWith United States. Joint Army and Navy Committee on Welfare and Recreation. Sub-Committee on Music corporateBody
correspondedWith Ward, Robert, 1917- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire
London, England
North Erpingham, Hundred of, Norfolk
Marsh-Gibbon, Buckinghamshire
Ewelme, Oxfordshire
Hamburg, Germany
Quainton, Buckinghamshire
London, England
Whitchurch, Herefordshire
Coverham, Yorkshire
Stroud, Gloucestershire
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Conductors (Music)--United States--Correspondence
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