Ronald Roxbury music manuscripts
Scope and Contents
The Ronald Roxbury music manuscripts, approximately 1960-1986, contain holograph scores, manuscript facsimiles, and photocopied manuscripts of compositions and arrangements by Ronald Roxbury, an African American composer and musician. Many of the musical works are aleatory and are written in graphic or nonstandard notation.
- Creation: approximately 1960-1986
- Roxbury, Ronald, 1946-1986 (Person)
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The collection is open for use at the Arthur Friedheim Library Archives of the Peabody Institute. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Conditions Governing Use
This collection is only open for scholarly and educational use in person at the Arthur Friedheim Library Archives.
Biographical / Historical
Ronald Roxbury (1946-1986) was a composer, singer, flutist, and pianist. He was born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and grew up as an African American during an era of segregation. In 1969 he earned a Bachelor and Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied composition with Stefans Grové, Earle Brown, and Richard Rodney Bennett. The influence of his studies with Brown, a pioneer in graphic musical notation, are noticeable in a number of Roxbury's works featuring graphic or nonstandard musical notation, such as the graphic score An Attack of Flies on a Stalwart Bust of Nefertiti (1971). Roxbury also wrote several musical works that incorporate theatrical elements, such as Le werewolf s'amuse (1971) and Le sofa de solfège (1974).
Roxbury moved to New York in 1973. He was a member of the original company of Philip Glass's opera Einstein on the Beach and participated in the first production of Leonard Bernstein's Mass. Roxbury also performed with the Gregg Smith Singers and composed music for the ensemble, such as the one-act opera Leda and the Velvet Gentleman. Roxbury died of AIDS in 1986.
Source: Bland, William. "Ronald Clifton Roxbury." The Estate Project for Artists with AIDS, 2001. Page archived February 14, 2008; last accessed October 4, 2022. Available at https://web.archive.org/web/20080214110339/http://www.artistswithaids.org:80/artforms/music/catalogue/roxbury.html
1.09 Cubic Feet (2 oversize flat boxes)
Language of Materials
Ronald Roxbury (1946-1986) was a composer, singer, flutist, and pianist. He was born on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and grew up as an African American during an era of segregation. He studied composition at the Peabody Conservatory with Stefans Grové and Earle Brown, earning a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in 1969. Many of Roxbury's works feature graphic or nonstandard musical notation. He also wrote several musical works that incorporate theatrical elements, such as Le Sofa de Solfège and the one-act opera Leda and the Velvet Gentleman, written for the Gregg Smith Singers. The Ronald Roxbury music manuscripts contain holograph scores, manuscript facsimiles, and photocopied manuscripts of Roxbury's compositions and arrangements.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Rachel R. Roxbury, the composer's mother, in 1987.
Processed by Alexandra Patterson in 2015 and Matt Testa in 2022. William Bland, a friend and Peabody classmate of Roxbury's, inventoried the collection and helped broker the donation in 1987. Many of the estimated dates and inferred titles of Roxbury's works are taken from Bland's inventory.
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