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Reginald Smith Brindle Collection

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Music Scores and Recordings

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Collection Overview

Title: Reginald Smith Brindle Collection, 1920-2000Save to your list.

Predominant Dates:1948-1998

ID: IGRA/RSB

Primary Creator: Brindle, Reginald Smith (1917-2003)

Extent: 14.61 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement:

Series I: Music Scores and Recordings, 1949-2000

    Subseries A: Works Primarily Composed or Arranged by Brindle, 1949-2000

    Subseries B: Works by Other Composers, 1989-1998

Series II: Publications, Presentations, and Correspondence, 1920-1998

Series III: Programs and Reviews, 1951-1992

Date Acquired: 02/12/2014

Forms of Material: Audio recordings, Electronic records, Paper records, Photographic material, Publications

Languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish;Castilian, German, Greek,Modern(1453-)

Abstract

Reginald Smith Brindle was an English composer best known for his works for guitar, but he also wrote works for percussion, orchestras, and electronic instruments, as well as numerous articles and books on modern music, including serialism, composition, and percussion. The Reginald Smith Brindle Collection documents Brindle’s professional life as a composer, arranger, professor, and author. The collection includes original scores, recordings of his music, letters, photographs, newspaper clippings, articles, notes for performers of his compositions, and an unpublished autobiography.

Biographical Note

Reginald Smith Brindle was born on January 5, 1917 in Cuerdon, Lancashire, England, to Robert Smith Brindle, a livestock breeder, and Jane Brindle, a homemaker. He attended Hutton Grammar School in Preston, Lancashire, where he skipped several grades and from which he graduated at age fifteen. Apprenticed to a local architect by his father after graduation, he joined the military as a member of the Royal Engineers, serving in Africa and Italy. In Florence, he met his future wife, Giulietta Borsi, whom he married in 1947; they had one son and three daughters. He studied music at the University College of North Wales in Bangor and independently in Italy, and was professor at his alma mater and at the University of Surrey.

Brindle took an early interest in music despite the fact that his parents had only limited musical ability or interest. During his early childhood, he experimented with and took lessons in several instruments, including piano, flute, organ, and guitar. At Hutton, he learned the clarinet and saxophone, and he played in jazz bands semi-professionally on weekends between graduation and his enlistment in the army.

After the war, he remained in Italy until his discharge; during this time, he won the award for the Rome Army Arts Festival in 1946 and enrolled in an Army sponsored music course in Florence. Returning to England when his service ended, he studied music at the University College of North Wales in Bangor from 1946 to 1949, then returned to Florence in 1949, where he supported himself as a journalist, import-export manager, radio announcer, and translator. He also studied composition with Ildebrando Pizzetti and Luigi Dallapiccola. Dallapiccola was a member of the scuola dodecafonica or twelve-tone school of Florence, which also included the composers Bruno Bartolozzi, Sylvano Bussotti, and Luciano Berio.

Brindle's studies in Italy led to his composition of a number of works in the Italian serialist school, as well as modern editions of works by earlier composers, but he did not stay with one tradition or instrument for long. Over the course of his career, he composed works for percussion, organ, saxophone, choir, orchestra, and electronic tape. Inspiration for his works came from Greek myth, spirituals, the Old and New Testaments, the writings of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Dylan Thomas, and Basho, the tapestries of Jean Lurçat, the paintings of Joan Miró and Pablo Picasso, and Egyptian monumental architecture. He wrote pieces for the guitarist Julian Bream and studied guitar with Andrés Segovia.

Returning to England in 1957, he became a lecturer at the University College of North Wales. From 1970, he was professor of music at the University of Surrey, until 1985 when he retired. His achievements, in addition to his teaching and composition, include many articles and several highly respected books on modern music, including serialism, percussion, and composition. Reginald Smith Brindle passed away on September 9, 2003 in Caterham, Surrey, England

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Reginald Smith Brindle Collection documents Brindle’s professional life as a composer, arranger, professor, and author. The collection includes scores, recordings of his music, correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, articles, and notes for performances. The collection contains multiple versions of the same composition, sometimes in the form of revisions, sometimes as versions for different instruments. Correspondence and lecture notes are sparse, and teaching materials are not part of this collection. It is divided into three series: Music Scores and Recordings (1949-2000), Publications, Presentations, and Correspondence (1920-1998), and Programs and Reviews (1951-1992).

Series I, Music Scores and Recordings, has been divided into two subseries. Subseries A, Works Composed or Arranged by Brindle (1949-2000), consists of approximately 325 music scores and recordings of Brindle’s compositions, with the bulk of them having been produced between 1960 and 1995. Most of the recordings were produced in England, while his compositions were written and published in Italy and Great Britain. Also included in this series is correspondence with performers and publishers related to these compositions. Subseries B, Works by Other Composers (1989-1998) contains scores and recordings Brindle used as source materials for his own compositions, as well as arrangements and recordings given to him by other composers of their own work. Each subseries is arranged alphabetically by existing title.

Series II, Publications, Presentations and Correspondence features Brindle's articles on music, notes for his books, poetry, and an unpublished autobiography. It also includes correspondence with the Italian composer Bruno Bartolozzi, the Clements Memorial Prize committee, the English guitarist Julian Bream, his publishers in England and Italy, and the BBC. Most of the items in this series are excerpts from magazines, drafts for articles to be published, and notes for lectures or awards ceremonies. The bulk of material in this series is dated 1948 to 1998, and is arranged alphabetically.

Series III, Programs and Reviews, consists of reviews of, and programs for, performances of his music. The majority of the performances reviewed took place in Italy and Great Britain. The bulk of of this material us dated 1960-1992, and the series is arranged alphabetically.

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & Archives

Alternate Extent Statement: 50.9 GB

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions: Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Alban Smith Brindle

Preferred Citation: For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials guide.

Processing Information: Philip Walsh, 2018


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[Series I: Music Scores and Recordings, 1949-2000]
[Series II: Publications, Presentations, and Correspondence, 1920-1998]
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Series II: Publications, Presentations, and Correspondence, 1920-1998Save to your list.
Box 3Save to your list.
Folder 18: Architecture and MusicSave to your list.
Folder 19: Autobiography, ca.1985Save to your list.
Folder 20: Autobiography, ca.1985Save to your list.
Folder 21: Beethoven and Primitive Cell Structures, 1992, 1998Save to your list.
Folder 22: Biography for Performances, 1966Save to your list.
Folder 23: Brindle Biography by David Wright, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 24: Bruno Bartolozzi, 1979Save to your list.
Folder 25: The Classical Guitar Correspondence and Program Notes, 1980Save to your list.
Folder 26: Clements Memorial Prize, 1953-1954Save to your list.
Folder 27: Composition, 1983Save to your list.
Folder 28: Correspondence, 1948-1956Save to your list.
Folder 29: Correspondence, 1956-1959, 1975-1990Save to your list.
Box 4Save to your list.
Folder 1: Correspondence Bruno Bartolozzi, 1968-1991Save to your list.
Folder 2: Correspondence-Guitarcosmos, 1979Save to your list.
Folder 3: Cosmos and Via Crucis-Notes and Correspondence, 1960Save to your list.
Folder 4: Curriculum VitaeSave to your list.
Folder 5: Dallapiccola Exhibition, 1964-1966, 1978Save to your list.
Folder 6: Diferencias Sobre El Canto Del Caballero, 1968Save to your list.
Folder 7: Farfisa Electronics Organs Price List, 1979Save to your list.
Folder 8: Fernando Sor, 1989Save to your list.
Folder 9: Genesis DreamSave to your list.
Folder 10: Guitar Biography Manuscripts, 1987Save to your list.
Folder 11: Guitar Ensembles and Guitar OrchestraSave to your list.
Folder 12: HymnsSave to your list.
Folder 13: Incomplete Manuscript on Composing for GuitarSave to your list.
Folder 14: Indeterminancy-Il FronimoSave to your list.
Folder 15: Julian Bream Correspondence, 1970, 1978, 1983-1984Save to your list.
Folder 16: Lecture Guitar Cosmos, 1982Save to your list.
Folder 17: Lectures: "Music and Technology" and "My Guitar Music", 1983, 1990Save to your list.
Folder 18: Magazine Articles, 1986-1987, 1998Save to your list.
Folder 19: Mark of Musicianship, Gitarre and Laute, March 1987Save to your list.
Folder 20: Meisterklasse Teil 3, 1987Save to your list.
Folder 21: Music EducationSave to your list.
Folder 22: Musical Excerpts for Unknown ManuscriptsSave to your list.
Folder 23: Musical Times, 1956Save to your list.
Folder 24: My Sor Editions-Consequence of a Segovian ConversationSave to your list.
Folder 25: The New Music, 1971-1972Save to your list.
Folder 26: Nuccio D'Angelo, Magie, 1993Save to your list.
Folder 27: Perfomance Psychology Articles 1-23 as Published, 1982-1984Save to your list.
Folder 28: Performance Psychology Correspondence and Manuscripts, 1985-1992Save to your list.
Folder 29: Performance Psychology Revisions, 1982-1986Save to your list.
Folder 30: Performance Psychology Revisions, 1982-1986Save to your list.
Folder 31: Poetry, 1958, 1973, 1989-1995Save to your list.
Folder 32: Score LengthsSave to your list.
Folder 33: Scores for Research, 1920, 1992Save to your list.
Box 5Save to your list.
Folder 1: Speeches and Award Presentations, 1973-1980Save to your list.
Folder 2: University of LondonSave to your list.
Folder 3: Via Crucis, 1963Save to your list.
Folder 4: Writings and Lectures on Contemporary Music, 1958-1962, 1966-1976Save to your list.
Folder 5: Writings and Lectures on Contemporary MusicSave to your list.
Folder 6: Writings on Early Music, 1960Save to your list.
Box 9Save to your list.
Folder 18: African American SpiritualsSave to your list.
Folder 19: Concertazioni A Quattro, 1970Save to your list.
Folder 20: House DrawingSave to your list.
Folder 21: Lecture Indeterminacy, 1970-1976, 1983Save to your list.
Folder 22: Lecture IndeterminacySave to your list.
Folder 23: Scores for ResearchSave to your list.
Folder 24: Serenata per Violino E Chitarra, 1952Save to your list.
Box 14Save to your list.
Item 1: Le Chant Du Monde, Musée Jean Lurcat, Angers, France, photographic transparenciesSave to your list.
Item 2: Reginald Smith Brindle at the organ, photographic printSave to your list.
Item 3: Reginald Smith Brindle and unidentified individuals, photographic printSave to your list.

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