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James Rex Riley papers

James Rex Riley papers, 1970-1987
James Rex Riley papers
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  • Contains manuscripts of Dr. Riley's compositions and performance recordings of his works. Manuscripts are in either large or small format, in spiral notebooks. Performances are on 7-inch reel to reel tapes, 5-inch reel to reel tapes or audio cassette format. There are photocopies of some of the manuscripts and multiple copies of some performances
  • (cont.) Box 1: 24 9-inch reel to reel tapes: Concert music for winds and percussion, 1977 and 1981. Dedicatory hymn and fuguing tune, 1978. Faculty recital, Mississippi State University, 1970. Four essays for brass quintet, San Antonio Symph. Brass Quintet, 1981. Jazz improvisation: blues. JMU Contemporary Music Festival, 1982 Virginia Composers. Stick games, ISU Percussion Ensemble. Tangents, tape part. Textures for trombone and piano, 1974. T.V. music. Two choruses from 5 satirical madrigals, WSU Chamber Singers, 1971
  • Box 2 (tapes and personal papers): 2 7-inch reel to reel tapes: Visiones, WSU Saxophone Quartet, 1975. Woodwind quintet, WSU, 1974. Folder 1. JMU Alma Mater; Folder 2. Published compositions (Conversation piece for trumpet, 1983; Dialogue for trumpet and percussion, 1974; Three acts for five trombones, 1973. Stick games, 1980; Visiones, 1976. Folder 3: Personal: Includes a resume, copy of the funeral program, and clippings. Flat Box 1: Large manuscripts (most original; others photocopies): Celebration for band; Concert music for winds & percussion; Masquerade; Spheres; String of pearls; Sun song; Superstar; Three songs for the day; Tropical latitudes; and Valley ayres. Flat Box 2: Small manuscripts (most originals; others photocopies): Dedicatory hymn and fuguing tune; Devil's dirge; Four scenes for orchestra; Gemini; Pastime; Preludes & fugues; Sassy Sam; Second string quartet; Third string quartet. Flat Box 3: 18 5-inch reel to reel tapes of performances: Concert music for winds and percussion, WSU Wind Ensemble, 1975 and Cincinnati Conservatory Wind Ensemble, 1977. Conversation peice, solo (Charles Bergine), 1979. Dedicatory hymn and fuguing tune, 1978; Dialogue, WSU, 19172; Four scenes for orchestra, WSU, 1973; Pastime. San Antonio Symohony Woodwind Quintet; Pirouettes, 1982-83; Second string quartet, WSU, 1974; Stick games, ISU Percussion Ensemble; Third string quartet, Concord Quartet, 1977; Textures, 1971. Also in Box 3: 20 cassette tapes, some of Dr. Riley's work; others are by various composers, and some are of professional orchestras for classroom use; and Dr. Riley's card file of items in his file
Biographical or historical data
James Rex Riley was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1938. He graduated from Centennary College, then studied composition with Samuel Adler and Hunter Johnson at North Texas State University and at the University of Texas at Austin where he earned his doctorate. He taught at the University of Texas, Mississippi State University and Wichita State University, and came to JMU in Sept. 1981. He won a number of prizes, including three ASCAP awards, and received commissions from such organizations as the San Antonio Chamber Music Society as well as from James Madison University. He died March 29, 1987, after struggling several years with brain cancer.
Cataloging source
James Rex Riley papers
Multiple copies of manuscripts and performances are not listed below. See finding aid for more specific information concerning copies
Box 1: 14 7-inch reel to reel tapes. Box 2: 2 7-inch reel to reel tapes. Flat box: 1: large score manuscripts.
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1 1/2 Hollinger boxes and 3 flat boxes.
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections librarian
These materials, most of which had been in Dr. Riley's office at the time of his death, were donated to the Music Department by his widow, Susan Riley.

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