Ms. Coll. 104
Mekeel, Joyce. Collection of musical scores, 1961-1996: Guide
Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge MA 02138
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: Merritt Room
Call No.: Ms. Coll. 104
Repository: Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Mekeel, Joyce.
Title: Collection of musical scores,
Quantity: 1 collection (26 file boxes and 7 sound tape reels)
Abstract: Manuscript scores and related materials of the American composer and harpsichordist
Gift of Joyce Mekeel, 1997
Sarah Adams and Catherine Gibbes-Klenov
Access to the collection is unrestricted.
Joyce Mekeel. (b. New Haven, CT, 6 July 1931; d. Watertown (?) MA, 29 December 1997). American composer, harpsichordist, anthropologist, assistant professor.
She studied at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA (1952-1955); with Nadia Boulanger at the Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris (1955-57); at Yale University, receiving a B. M. in 1959 and a M.M. in theory and composition in 1960; and at Boston University, receiving a Ph.D. in 1983. Her other teachers included Earl Kim (composition); Ralph Kirkpatrick and Gustav Leonhardt (harpsichord); and David Kraehenbuehl (theory). From 1960-1964 she taught piano and theory privately in Princeton; from
1967-1970 she taught at the New England Conservatory of Music; and from 1970-mid 1990's was assistant professor of composition and theory at Boston
University where she was director of the Electronic Music Studio. She was awarded
fellowships to the MacDowell Colony in 1963, 1964, and 1974 and to Yaddo in 1974. Her other awards included the Ingram-Merrill grant in composition in 1964; the Sigma Alpha Iota Inter-American Music Award in
1965; the Radcliffe Institute grant from 1968-1970; a research grant in anthropology
in 1971 from Boston University; and a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1975. Her commissions included those from the Boston Musica Viva, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Louisville Orchestra, and the Fromm Foundation of Harvard University. Her works are known for treating conventional voices and instruments in unconventional
ways, such as requiring instrumentalists to walk, whisper, or sing, or singers to
shriek, declaim or gesticulate. The vocal pieces often employ multilingual texts.
This collection was donated to the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library at Harvard University
by Joyce Mekeel in 1997. The collection primarily includes manuscript and printed
scores, manuscript and printed parts, copies of scores, of Mekeel's compositions.
Also included are sketches, notes on composition and performance, correspondence,
concert announcements and programs, reviews, articles about the composer, composition
and theory notebooks.
- Series: I. Compositions by Joyce Mekeel
- Instrumental Ensembles
- 1. Box 11., String figures disentangled by a flute, 1968.
Flute and string orchestra.
For James Pappoutsakis.
MS score, ink, transparencies; copy with composer's corrections; photocopy of score;
ts of performance directions; performing parts, both for original and revised performance
by the Boston Sinfonietta
- 4. Box 3., Homages, 1973.
2 trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba.
For the Empire Brass Quintet.
MS score, ink, transparencies; 2 copies of score, 1 is composer's copy; photocopies
- 5. Box 15., Vigil, 1986; rev. 1976.
Date: 1986; rev. 1976.
MS score, pencil; MS score, ink, transparencies; composer's corrections; 3 copies
of score and photocopies; sketches; performance diagram
- 6. Box 1., Rune, 1977; rev.1983.
Date: 1977; rev.1983.
Flute and percussion.
For Fenwick Smith, Dean Anderson, andRichard Pittmann, conductor of Boston Musica Viva.
MS score, ink, master copy; copies, including one marked with composer's corrections;
- 7. Box 2., Fertile Vicissitudes, 1981.
Oboe and harp.
For Susan Allenand Peggy Pearson.
MS score, ink, master copy; MS score, ink, transparencies; copies; photocopies
- 8. Box 19-20., Tessera, 1981.
Harpsichord, and instrumental ensemble ( soprano saxophone, english horn contrabassoon,
horn, trumpet, 2 violins, viola, cello, doublebass).
For Mark Kroll, Theodore Antoniou, and Alea III.
MS score, ink, transparencies; MS score, master copy; 4 copies of score, 1 with composer's
corrections; photocopies of score; 13 copies of score designated for parts and marked
for performance; notes; sketches
- 9. Box 3., An Insomnia of owls, 1984; rev. 1985.
Date: 1984; rev. 1985.
MS score, pencil; MS score, ink, master copy; MS score, ink, transparencies; copy
and photocopies of score; sketches; notes
- 10. Box 5., Quilt, 1988.
For the Indian Hill Chamber Orchestra, Paul Gay, Conductor.
MS score, ink, master copy; MS score, ink, transparencies; Print parts; sketches;
notes; 2 copies of score, 1 marked by composer; photocopies of score; correspondence
- 11. Box 14., Obscurities of order, 1988.
English horn and orchestra.
For the Boston University Honors Woodwind Quintet.
Print parts; multiple photocopies of each part; 6 copies of score, 2 marked by composer
- 13. Box 3., Shadows, 1989.
For flute, clarinet, horn, trumpet, viola, contrabass.
Commissioned by the All-Newton Music School.
MS score, pencil; MS score, ink, master copy; copy of score marked by composer; sketches
and notes; photocopies
- 14. Box 18., Intrada, 1990.
2 trumpets, organ.
Print score, 3 copies
- 15. Box 1., Pantoum, 1991.
Violin and piano.
For Luise Vosgerchianand Roman Lefkowitz.
Print score, master copy with annotations; 3 copies; sketches; notes
- 18. Box 10.Boston bells, n.d.
sketches; charts; notes for piece apparently not completed
- Instrumental Solos
- 19. Box 6., Gifts of the ebb tide, 1965[?].
For Robert Helps.
MS score, pencil; MS score, ink, tranparencies; Notes and sketches; 2 copies of score,
one with composer's corrections
- 20. Box 3., The Shape of silence, 1969.
In memoriam Theodore Roethke.
Print score, Peters edition No. 66739 (3); spiral-bound copy; copies with composer's annotations; concert
- 24. Box 5., Nonceform, 1987; rev. 1988.
Date: 1987; rev. 1988.
MS score, pencil; MS score, ink, master copy; 8 copies of score, 1 marked by composer;
photocopy of score; correspondence; sketches
- Vocal Works
- 29. Box 7., Dark rime, 1966.
Soprano and piano.
Text of Rainer Maria Rilke.
MS score, pencil; MS score, ink, transparencies
- 31. Box 4., Embouchures II, 1971.
3 trumpets, 3 trombones.
MS score, ink, transparencies; MS parts; ts of performance directions; performance
diagram; copies of score (8); copies of score, parts, and directions; notes
- 32. Box 2., Corridors of dream, 1972.
Mezzo, alto flute, clarinet, viola, cello, harpsichord, percussion.
Text by Wassily Kandinsky, Manfred Peter Hein, Wolf Dietrich Schnurre, August Stramm, Hans Magnus Enznesberger.
Commissioned by the Goethe Institute for Boston Musica Viva.
MS score, pencil; MS score, ink, transparencies; ts of texts; photocopy of MS pencil
score with composer's annotations; 5 copies of score, 1 is composer's copy
- 33. Box 10., Toward the source, 1974; rev. 1975.
Date: 1974; rev. 1975.
SATB and orchestra.
Text from Psalms, prayers, hymns.
"For the people of Concord, past and present"
MS score, ink, transparencies; MS parts, ink, transparencies; sketches; copies of
score (2); notes; ts of texts; personnel lists; correspondence; misc. material, pamphlets,
etc. about Concord
- 34. Box 2., Serena, 1975.
Mezzo, speaker, prepared piano.
Text by Petronius Arbiter, Ungaretti, Basho, Thomas Mann.
Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation.
MS score, ink, master copy; MS score, ink, transparencies; 5 copies of score, 1 marked
by composer ; ts and photocopies of texts; notes
- 35. Box 9., Alarums and excursions, 1978.
Actress/mezzo, flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, percussion.
Texts from August Stramm, e.e. cummings, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Emily Dickinson, Aeschylus, George Seferis, Sanskrit texts, and Japanese haiku.
For Kathy Lenel, Richard Pittman, and the Boston Musica Viva.
MS score, pencil; MS score, ink, transparencies; MS score, master copy; 7 copies
of score; photocopies of text and score; sketches; notes; directions for piano preparation
- 36. Box 13., Fools bells, 1982 [?].
Date: 1982 [?].
Prepared piano, percussion, chorus.
In collaboration with Jay O'Callahan.
For Youth Pro Musica, Roberta Humez, Conductor.
MS score, pencil; MS score, ink, master copy; copies of score; sketches; notes; correspondence;
promotional material on O'Callahan and Youth Pro Musica
- 37. Box 8., Journeys of remembrance, 1986.
Actress/mezzo, soprano, baritone, flute, clarinet, English horn, violin, viola, cello,
Text from Mark Twain, Carl Jung, Jorge Luis Borges, Sigmund Freud, John Gardner.
For Richard Pittmanand the Boston Musica Viva.
MS score, pencil; MS score, ink, master copy; MS score, ink, transparencies; 2 copies
of score; sketches and notes; performance directions; sources of texts; photocopies
of text; correspondence; rehearsal schedule with personnel list
- 38. Box 7., Klange, 1986.
Tenor and piano.
Text of Wassily Kandinsky.
For Robert Gartside.
MS score, pencil; MS score, ink, master copy; 3 copies of score, 1 with composer's
corrections; ts of texts; photocopies of score and text; notes on text.
- 39. Box 2., Kinderszenen, 1988.
Soprano, violin, clarinet, cello, piano.
Texts are parodies of folk texts, children's rhymes, carols, etc.
For Joan Heller.
MS score, ink; 5 copies of score, 1 marked by composer; sketches; notes
- 40. Box 18., Light, 1990.
SATB and organ.
Text by T.S. Eliot.
Commissioned by the American Guild of Organists for 1990 National Convention in Boston.
MS score, pencil; 15 copies of score, printed by computer; sketches; notes on text;
- 41. Box 18.Sojourner, n.d.
Piece planned as cantata for solo voice, narrator, and percussion ensemble.
Text from Alice Walker'sMeridian.
Notes, sketches, texts, correspondence, background information for piece apparently
- Stage Works
- 42. Box 10., Androcles and the lion,
MS parts, pencil: baritone saxophone, flute, clarinet, trumpet, percussion.
- 43. Box 18., Moveable feast,
Unspecified voices and instruments.
Written in collaboration with Paul Erls and Lyle Davidson.
Performance diagram; performance directions, critiques, and description; performance
notes; notes on text; correspondence.
- 44. Box 4., Pleasure of merely circulating,
Dancers and percussion.
MS choreography; notes
- Electronic Works
- 45. Box 21-22., Sigil,
Date: 1980-81; rev. 1997.
Actor, actress, English horn, clarinet, contrabassoon, 2 horns, tuba, 2 violins, viola,
cello, electronics (2 microphones, mixer, 4 loudspeakers).
Text from Gertrude Stein, David Boehm, Giuseppe Ungaretti, Theodore Roethke, Albert Camus, Thomas Mann, Jose Luis Borges.
MS score, pencil; MS score, ink, transparencies; MS score, master copy; copies and
photocopies of score; sketches; notes; copies of text; photocopies of sources for
texts; 14 copies of score designated as parts, 1 copy designated for composer
- Series: II. Compositional Materials and Works apparently incomplete or in progress
- 46. Box 26.Composition notebook labelled 'Theory',
Blue cover, spiral-bound, 6 p. in pencil
- 47. Box 26.Composition notebook,
Orange cover, spiral-bound
- 48. Box 26.Silence,
Texts; notes; sketches
- 49. Box 26.Primavera,
Texts, ts and photocopies
- 50. Box 26.A Clean world,
Performance diagrams and description; ts of texts; notes; sketches
- 51. Box 26.Assorted ts, prints, and photocopies of texts for unidentified work or works in progress,
- 52. Box 26.Assorted texts for unidentified work(s),
- 53. Two boxes of cards containing notes and texts.
- Series: III. Biographical Materials
- 54. Box 24., Concert programs, program notes, promotional posters,
- 55. Box 26, Folder 1., Identity papers from residency in Paris,
- 56. Box 25.Photocopies of reviews.
- 57. Box 23, Folder 1.Photocopies of reviews.
- 58. Box 23, Folder 2.Reviews, originals.
- 59. Box 23, Folder 4.Photocopies of reviews.
- 60. Box 23, Folder 5.Photocopies of reviews.
- 61. Box 23, Folder 6.Reviews, originals.
- 62. Box 26, Folder 7.Publicity packets assembled by Mekeel.
3 packets containing copies of programs, reviews, certificate of membership in Who's Who of American Women.
- 63. Box 23, Folder 3.Articles and profiles about Joyce Mekeel.
- 64. Box 26.Professional and personal correspondence.
- Series: IV. Audio Materials (7 Reel-to-Reel Tapes)
- 67. Tessera, April 22, 1982,
Date: April 22, 1982,
Alea III, Theordore Antoniu, Mark Kroll, harpsichord
- 69. Corridors of Dream,
Boston Musica Viva
- 71. Phrases, Gifts of the Ebb Tide, Dark Rime, March 12, 1996,
- Series: V. Compositions by Others
- 72. Box 26, Folder 7.Arthur Honegger, Songs (photocopies).
- 73. Box 26, Folder 7 .Ervin Schulhoff, Duos for violin and cello (photocopies).
- 73. Box 12., Voyage in a White Building by B. Van Nostrand, 1969.
Copy of score.