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Horace James Perkins (1901-1986)
Compositions and papers ca. 1953-1964

MSS 0027

Contents Listing


Part I: Scores

Orchestral works by H.J. Perkins
1. Variations on an English folk song setting of William Byrd: O Mistress Mine (c. 1940) 1 full score, 1 piano reduction
2. Concerto in G minor for piano and orchestra (1947) 1 full score, no parts
3. Concerto in G minor for violin and orchestra (1953-55) 1 full score, 2 piano reductions, 2 violin parts and set of parts
4. Chantyman Suite (First version c. 1933; second version c. 1960) 3 scores and set of parts
5. Prelude in D minor and Gavotte in F (pre-1953) 1 score
6. Dances of the Tree Fairies for string orchestra (c. 1948) 1 full score and set of parts
7. Minuet in G (c. 1922) 1 score
8. Waitpinga Suite (First version 1953 and Revised version) 2 full scores (one of each version) and set of parts (First version)
9. Overture: The Olympians later retitled Festival Entract in the form of an overture (c. 1957) 2 scores
10. In Tudor Times: Suite in variation form on an English folk song setting by William Byrd (c. 1940) 1 full score and set of parts
11. The Paladin Suite for orchestra (1929) 1 full score and set of parts
12. Pageant of the Old World to the New (1958) 1 full score, 1 piano reduction and set of parts
13. Motet, Canon and Chanson (1956) 1 full score and set of parts
14. Australian Legend (1949) 1 full score and set of parts
15. Elegiac Symphony (1951) 1 full score and set of parts
16. Pickwick Sinfonia (3rd Symphony) (1964) 1 full score, notes (ms) and set of parts
17. Romantic Symphony (No. 2 in D minor) (1959-60) 1 full score and set of parts
18. From the Southern Seas (1964) 1 full score (photostat) and set of parts
19. Southern Paean (1953-54) 1 full score and set of parts
20. The Argonauts (c. 1942) 2 scores and set of parts
21. Piano works by H.J. Perkins (arranged according to Thematic Catalogue)

  • Scherzo (1921) 1 score & photocopy
  • Allegro maestoso (1924) 2 scores
  • Romance [I] 1 score
  • Bush Tracks (1925) 1 score
  • Romance [II] (Dec. 1925) 1 score
  • A Fairy Tale (c. 1925); The Princes Song; Elves (c. 1925) 1 score
  • Cantabile non troppo lento (1926) 1 score
  • Intermezzo (1927) 1 score
  • Prelude on a Bach Choral / by ‘Malboona’ Section 13 South Australia (pre-1938) 1 score
  • Allegretto (pre-1938) 1 score
  • Romance [III] 1 score
  • Ballad (pre-1938) 1 score
  • Prelude (pre-1938) 1 score
  • The Pipes of Pan (pre-1938) 1 score
  • Wisteria (pre-1938) 1 score
  • Con molto maestra: tranquillo 1 score
  • Largo/Allegro con brio (pre-1938) 1 score
  • Scherzando (pre-1938) 1 score
  • Allegretto [II] 1 score
  • Molto allegro scherzando 1 score
  • Legends from a Far Country (1931) 1 score
  • Legend (post-1938) 1 score and 1 copy
  • Sandra Leigh (post-1938) 1 score
  • We’re All Bound to Go: fantasy on a sea chanty (post-1938) 1 score and 1 copy
  • Andante 1 score
  • Intermezzo I
  • Children’s Suite: suite of five short pieces for piano. Christmas Eve; Midnight Walze; The Violinist; Sneezing Fit; The Shearer’s Dance; The Gypsy Fiddler; Joy and Sorrow; The Bells (c. 1945) 1 score
  • Bagatelle (post-1950) 2 scores & 1 pencil variation
  • Lowland Song (1950) 1 score and 1 copy
  • Legend (in C major) (c. 1964) 1 score

Additions

  • Andanta
  • The Poet 1 score
  • II: A Lover’s Tale 1 score
  • Interlude 1 score
  • IV: The Ambassador 1 score
  • Con violenza 1 score

Chamber music by H.J. Perkins
22. Works for cello and piano

  • Folk Dance 1 score and part
  • Dinewan the Emu; Bahloo the moon; Alcheringa 1 score and cello parts

23. Works for violin and piano

  • Mazourka in B minor (1920) 2 scores
  • Tempo di Valze (c. 1920) 1 score
  • The Paladin 2 scores and part
  • Elves (1948) 2 scores, 2 copies and 2 parts
  • Arab Song (c. 1949) 2 scores, 1 part, 3 copies and 2 parts
  • Elegy 1 score
  • Chaucerian Fantasy 1 score
  • Sonatina for violin and piano in G minor (c. 1960) 1 score
  • The Mopokes Call 2 scores and 2 parts
  • Waitpinga Polka (post-1953) 4 scores and 3 parts
  • Duo Sonata for two violins and piano (1964) 1 score and 2 sets of parts
  • Columbine (1964) 1 score ands set of parts
  • Sonata in D minor for violin and piano (1959) 1 score and part
  • Sonatina for viola 1 score
  • Scherzo in D minor for two violins and cello 1 score and 3 parts

24. Trio in C major for violin, cello and piano (1962) 1 score and parts

Choral music by H.J. Perkins
25. Knight and Witchery (1956-58) 1 vocal score, 1 full score and set of parts
26. The Arrow that Flieth by Day (1938) 1 full score, 1 vocal score
27. The Way of an Eagle (1935) 1 full score
28. Kubla Khan (Original version 1939-40) 1 full score and notes
29. Kubla Khan (Revised version 1948-50) 1 full score and notes, 1 piano score, 1 vocal score and set of parts
29a.Mottos from the Waverleys (n.d.) 1 score. Words by Walter Scott. Vocal part only.
29b. The Lady of Carlisle (n.d.) 1 score for soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices. From The Lay of the Last Mistrel by Walter Scott.


Vocal Music by H.J. Perkins
30. Choral - incomplete works
31. Princess Mirabel (1921) 1 score
31a. The Storm (n.d.) 1 score. 'A young peoples song'


Other
32. Arrangements
33. Vocal music
34. Incomplete works


Part II: Tapes

Tape 1
Side A

  • Concerto in G minor for violin and orchestra, 1953-55 (23’00) Ladislav Jasek, violin. Prague City Symphony Orchestra conducted by Joseph Hrncit. 23/1/1960
  • Duo sonatine for 2 violins and pianoforte, 1964 (10’30) Len Dommett, violin. Robert Cooper, violin. Noreen Stokes, pianoforte. ABC, c. 1965

Side B

  • Trio for violin, cello and pianoforte, 1962 (22’00) The Elder Trio. Ladi slav Jasek, violin. James Whitehead, cello. Lance Dossor, pianoforte. ABC Visound, 18/5/1965
  • Cello pieces, c. 1962 (11’00) 1. Bahloo the moon, 2. Dinewan the emu, 3. Alcheringa. James Whitehead, cello. Lance Dossor, pianoforte. ABC Visound, c. 1963

Tape 2
Side A

  • Romantic symphony, no. 2 in D minor, 1959-60 (28’00) South Australian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Henry Krips. ABC, 1960
  • Side B
  • Pickwick sinfonia, Symphony no. 3 (26’00) South Australian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Henry Krips. ABC recording of first performance, 19/8/1964

Tape 3
Side A

  • Kubla Khan: fantasy cantata for orchestra, choir and baritone, 1939-40, rev. 1948-50 (45’00) Peter Dawson, baritone. Adelaide Philarmonic Choir. South Australian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Norman Chinner. ABC recording of first performance, 29/7/1951

Side B

  • Break, break, break, 1923 (3’00) Kenneth Neate, tenor. Olga Krasnik, pianoforte. 1956
  • Young and old (2’05) Max Worthley, tenor. Jessica Dix, pianoforte. ABC PR 3132
  • Hymn, 1924, rev. 1948 (2’25) Max Worthley, tenor. Jessica Dix, pianoforte. ABC PR 3132
  • Winter (1’35) Max Worthley, tenor. Jessica Dix, pianoforte. ABC PR 3132
  • A farewell, c. 1947 (3’00) Fred Williamson, tenor. Jessica Dix, pianoforte. ABC AV 24550 B, 1957
  • Gentleness and poverty, from Part IV of ‘Knight and Witchery’ (4’00) Jennifer Eddy, soprano. Jessica Dix, pianoforte. Visound, [n.d.]
  • The choice, from Part IV of ‘Knight and Witchery’ (3’00) ) Jennifer Eddy, soprano. Jessica Dix, pianoforte. Visound, [n.d.]
  • Song of Tanunda (3’00) Tanunda Liedertafel. Farr, [n.d.]

Tape 4
Side A

  • Sonata for violin and piano, 1959 (26’00) (Scenes from the Australian country) Ladislav Jasek, violin. Lance Dossor, pianoforte. ABC PRX 4983, 1961

Side B

  • Arab song for violin and pianoforte (4’45)
  • Elves for violin and pianoforte, 1948 (3’55)
  • Columbine for violin and pianoforte, 1946 (2’10) Carmel Hakendorf, violin. Mary Warnecke, pianoforte. ABC PRX 4983, 1961
  • The mopoke’s call for violin and pianoforte (2’35)
  • Waitpinga polka for violin and pianoforte (3’45) Ladislav Jasek, violin. Henri Penn, pianoforte. ABC PR 3303, 1961

Tape 5
Side A

  • Sonata for clarinet and piano, c. 1958 (8’00) Cleve Martin, clarinet. Jessica Dix, pianoforte
  • Lowland song for piano, 1950 (3’30) Dorothy Oldham, pianoforte. SATE, [n.d.]

Side B

  • The widow of Wycombe, c. 1951 (6’05)
  • The lady of Carlisle, c. 1950 (7’00)
  • Spring, c. 1949 (6’30)
  • The storm for female choir (2’00) Adelaide Singers. Patrick Thomas. ABC
  • Mottos from the Waverleys, 1955 (11’00) Adelaide Singers. Patrick Thomas. ABC

Tape 6
Side A

  • Elegiac symphony, 1951 (38’00) South Australian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Henry Krips. Recording of tape of first performance, 6/1/1952

Side B

  • 12 incidental musics and themes circa 1500 AD from certain passages in ‘The Merchant of Venice’ for 30 piece orchestra, 1953 (7’00) Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Joseph Post. ABC PRX 3814, 1954
  • Pageant of the old world to the new for orchestra and choir. South Australian Symphony Orchestra, Festival Choir and Band, conducted by Henry Krips. 5/3/1958

Tape 7
Sides A & B

  • Knight and witchery, cantata for soprano, tenor, choir and orchestra, 1956-58 (50’00) Rae Cocking, soprano. Neville Hicks, tenor. South Australian Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Philharmonic Choir, conducted by Norman Chinner. ABC PRX 5076, 1961

Tape 8
Side A

  • Waitpinga suite for orchestra, 1932-33, rev. 1960 (22’00) South Australian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Henry Krips. ABC, [n.d.] Original version

Side B

  • Concerto in G minor for violin and orchestra, 1953-55, rev. 1960 (23’00) Carmel Hakendorf, violin. South Australian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Henry Krips. ABC 2XS 873, [1962]

Tape 9
Side A

  • Chantyman suite for orchestra, 1932-33, rev. 1960 (13’30) South Australian Symphony Orchestra. ABC, 1963 revised edn
  • Motet, canon, chanson 1956 (18’00) South Australian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Henry Krips. ABC Studio recording, [1963]

Side B

  • From Southern Seas: ballad for orchestra, 1964 (13’00) South Australian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ladislav Slovak. ABC recording of first performance in the Town Hall, 18/5/1965
  • Australian legend, 1949 (12’00) South Australian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Tibor Paul. ABC, [n.d.]


Part III: Print and ms material

1. [Text]: Horace James Perkins: thematic catalogue of his works / comp. By Michael Beare. Adelaide, 1988. 106 p.
2. Programmes featuring performances of Perkins compositions 1951-1965
3. Newspaper and magazine clippings and reviews (some photocopies)
4. Correspondence (photocopies) 1948-1949

  • To Horace Perkins from Canan 3/8/1948. 3 p.
  • Horace Perkins to Mrs Pilgrim 26/9/1949. 10 p.

5. Biographical and miscellaneous

  • Biographies of Perkins reproduced from Who’s Who in Australia and various texts and magazines
  • Examiners comments by Sir Percy Buck and Gordon Jacob
  • Two notebooks of Perkins, one containing extracts/quotes from texts on beauty etc., the other with 1 p. of aboriginal words and notes from ‘Old Australian legendary tales’
  • Talk to Youth Orchestral Committee on ‘Pickwick Sinfonia’ / HJ Perkins 19/8/1964 (Roneo copy, 3 p.)
  • [Synopsis]: Concerto in G minor for violin and orchestra / Horace Perkins (typescript, [1] p.)
  • [Flyer]: Horace Perkins scholarships in piano playing, with entry form ([1] p.)

6. Other

  • ‘Dr Henk Badings – and electronic music’: from APRA Bulletin v. 3 no. 3 (Sept. 1962) 1 p., photocopy
  • Ms notes from Henk Badings written on score sheets with ms music ca. 1962-63
  • [Score] Dreaming: a charming encore song / words by Jack Fewster; music by Seaton Bright (Adelaide and London: Jack Fewster Ltd., [193?])
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