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William Stoney Papers, 1958-1989 | Music Special Collections

By Jessica Mirasol in November 2009.

Collection Overview

Title: William Stoney Papers, 1958-1989

ID: 00.1/DCR MG 11

Primary Creator: Stoney, William (1920-2014)

Extent: 5.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: This collection has been arranged into the following series: Series I: Personal Performance Materials; Series II: Personal Interest/Reference Materials; Series III: Teaching Materials and University Affiliations; Series IV: Sketches and Working File; and Series V: Original Compositions.

Date Acquired: 10/00/1999. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Acoustic guitar, Baritone (Musical instrument), Flute, Hampton Roads Region (Va.), Marimba, Music--United States--20th century, Old Dominion University, Organ (Musical Instrument), Saxophone, Stoney, William, 1920-, String quartet, Trombone, Trumpet, Viola, Violin, Violoncello, Vocal Music--20th century, Wind quintets (Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Horn, Oboe) - - 20th century

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The bulk of the materials in the William Stoney Papers represent his work as an active composer. The materials include working sketches and sketchbooks and original compositions in various points of the publishing process. Other materials included in the collection relate to Stoney’s teaching and performance activities. Additional scope and content notes providing further detail can be found at the series level.

Biographical Note

William Shannon Stoney was born in Charleston, South Carolina in 1920 and was raised in Anniston, Alabama. He was the son of James Moss Stoney and Mary Clifton (Roberts) Stoney. Mary died when her son, William, was a young boy. His father, an Episcopal bishop, subsequently married Nora Louisa Green who helped raise William and his two brothers. When he was about eight years old Nora Stoney arranged for her cousin, Irma Green, to give William piano lessons. He later won a piano scholarship to the Birmingham Conservatory of Music in Anniston and continued to take private piano lessons, although his parents stopped the private lessons after two years because they thought he was too involved with music. However, he continued to practice on his own and played at his father's church.

In 1942 Stoney obtained a bachelor's degree in piano from the Birmingham Conservatory of Music. That same year he joined the Air Force and served in Italy and Japan. In 1948 he graduated from Yale with a Bachelor of Music in Piano. In 1952, a week after he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, where he studied with Philip Greeley Clapp, Stoney was notified that he had fulfilled the requirements for a Master's Degree in Music from Harvard. He studied with Randall Thompson at Harvard. Major influences on his music include Bach, Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc, Stravinsky, Hindemith, Schoenberg, and the Japanese pentatonic scale.

From 1952 through 1954 he taught music theory and piano at two colleges in Minnesota. In 1955 he taught for a year in Naples, Italy followed by a year in Hounslow, England. From 1957 to 1962 he was a member of the faculty at Central Missouri State College where, in addition to music theory and piano, he taught organ and even designed a pipe organ. He was hired at Virginia's Hampton University as department chair, choir director and professor of music theory and composition in 1963. He taught an introduction to music, piano, harmony, counterpoint, form and analysis, history, and composition there until he retired in 1985. He was a founding member and the first president of the Tidewater Composers' Guild, an organization concerned with fostering the composition, publication, and performance of new music among local composers. William Stoney died on December 28, 2014.

Subject/Index Terms

Acoustic guitar
Baritone (Musical instrument)
Hampton Roads Region (Va.)
Music--United States--20th century
Old Dominion University
Organ (Musical Instrument)
Stoney, William, 1920-
String quartet
Vocal Music--20th century
Wind quintets (Bassoon, Clarinet, Flute, Horn, Oboe) - - 20th century

Administrative Information

Repository: Music Special Collections

Accruals: An additional gift was made by Ann Stoney in 2009.

Access Restrictions: Open to researchers without restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from Special Collections and University Archives, and the holder of the copyright, if not Old Dominion University Libraries.

Acquisition Source: William Stoney

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box [insert number], Folder [insert number and title], William Stoney Papers, Special Collections and University Archives, Old Dominion University Libraries.

Processing Information: The addition to this collection was processed by Jessica Mirasol in October 2009.

Finding Aid Revision History: October 28, 2009 Major revisions were made to the existing finding aid in order to incorporate a new addition of materials.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Personal Performance Materials, undated],
[Series II: Personal Interest/ Reference Materials, 1983-1986, undated],
[Series III: Teaching Materials and University Affiliations, undated],
[Series IV: Sketches and Working Files, 1984, undated],
[Series V: Original Compositions, 1958-1989, undated],

Series I: Personal Performance Materials, undated
William Stoney was a performer as well as a composer. Because church music played an important role in his early music career, there are materials appropriate for church services. This series includes music that he used for his performances and as inspiration for his compositions. Materials are all written by other composers. There are no original compositions located in this series.
UnitID: I.
Box 1
Folder 1: Calloway, Ann Alleluia, Vidimus, Stellam, undated
Folder 2: Appert, Donald Three Songs of Praise, undated
Folder 3: Bach, J.S. Organ Works, undated
Folder 4: Church Music, undated
Folder 5: Diamond, Neil Anthem, undated
Folder 6: Dorn, Paul The Lamb, undated
Folder 7: Espinola, Tom Phase for 4 Speakers, Solo Improvising Flute, and Chamber Orchestra Text, undated
Folder 8: Espinola, Tom Phase for 4 Speakers, Solo Improvising Flute, and Chamber Orchestra, undated
Folder 9: Poulenc, Francis Sonata for Flute and Piano, undated
Folder 10: Service Responses, undated
Folder 11: Slonimsky, Nicolas Studies in Black and White, undated
Series II: Personal Interest/ Reference Materials, 1983-1986, undated
This series contains information relating to William Stoney’s personal interests including information about the Tidewater Composers Guild, a personal journal, and a thesis written by Cathie Gaherty about his life and work. There are also materials concerning publicity and reviews throughout the later part of Stoney’s career.
UnitID: II.
Box 1
Folder 12: Gaherty, Cathie The Life and Work of William Shannon Stoney: Distinguished Hampton Roads Composer, undated
Folder 13: Journal, undated
Folder 14: Programs, Program Notes, Etc., undated
Folder 15: Reference Articles, undated
Folder 16: Reviews, Publicity and Newspaper Articles, 1983-1986
Folder 17: Tidewater Composers Guild, undated
Series III: Teaching Materials and University Affiliations, undated
William Stoney spent much of his career teaching music theory, piano, composition, and various performing groups. Materials in this series center on his teaching activities and include charts and teaching aids used in the classroom. There is a small amount of information relating to universities in which he was employed.
UnitID: III.
Box 1
Folder 18: 5 and 6 Tone Notes, undated
Folder 19: Charts- 12-Tone Scales Theory, undated
Folder 20: Chord Construction Development, undated
Folder 21: Composing Charts, undated
Folder 22: Composing (Tonality Charts, Etc.), undated
Folder 23: Composition Notes, undated
Folder 24: Configurations, undated
Folder 25: Correspondence with Students, undated
Folder 26: DCR Event Materials, undated
Folder 27: Faculty Recital Program Hampton Institute, undated
Folder 28: Harmonic Configurations, undated
Folder 29: Musical Composition, undated
Folder 30: The Old Dominion Trio, undated
Folder 31: Photographs, undated
Box 2
Folder 1: Special Discovered Sounds, undated
Folder 2: Teaching Aids, undated
Folder 3: Theory, undated
Folder 4: Theory, undated
Folder 5: Theory, undated
Folder 6: Theory Charts, undated
Series IV: Sketches and Working Files, 1984, undated
Stoney kept several notebooks with sketches and possible motives for later development. He also kept extensive notes about pieces upon which he was working. This series contains working drafts, sketches, and sketchbooks for his original compositions.
UnitID: IV.
Box 2
Folder 7: #3 Practice Book- Chordal Configurations, undated
Folder 8: Cadenza for Coraline, undated
Folder 9: Cello Sonata, undated
Folder 10: Duo Violins, undated
Folder 11: Flute Sonata: Miscellaneous Preliminary Sketches/ Unknown or Incomplete Sketches, undated
Folder 12: Flute Sonata: Slow Movement, undated
Folder 13: For Thematic Material, undated
Folder 14: Guitar Sketch, undated
Folder 15: Mixed Sketchbook, undated
Folder 16: Motives and Themes, undated
Folder 17: Organ, undated
Folder 18: Pencil Draft of That Happy Land/ Beginning of a Proposed String Quartet, undated
Folder 19: Pencil Sketch of Flute Sonata, undated
Box 3
Folder 1: Piano Sonata, undated
Folder 2: Piece for Piano and Orchestra, undated
Folder 3: Probability Composing, undated
Folder 4: Psalm 22, undated
Folder 5: Quartet for Diverse Instruments Work Sketch, undated
Folder 6: Rhythm, Harmony, and Melody, undated
Folder 7: Sonata #2: First Movement Revisions, undated
Folder 8: The Special Book, undated
Folder 9: String Quartet Notes, undated
Folder 10: String Quartet Sketch Materials, undated
Folder 11: Summer, 1984
Folder 12: Texts: Linda Bolton, undated
Folder 13: Themes, Motives, Sketches, undated
Folder 14: Trumpet Piece, undated
Folder 15: Unknown Sketches, undated
Folder 16: Unknown Sketches and Working Files, undated
Box 4
Folder 1: Unknown Sketches and Working Files, undated
Folder 2: Unknown Sketchbook, undated
Folder 3: Unknown Sketchbook, undated
Folder 4: Workbook, undated
Folder 5: Working Pieces, undated
Series V: Original Compositions, 1958-1989, undated
Throughout his career William Stoney composed several pieces both for choral and instrumental groups. Materials in this series have been divided to delineate these differences and then been arranged alphabetically. Instrumental works have been divided into sonatas listed by instrument and all other pieces.
UnitID: V.
Sub-Series 1: Choral Works, 1958, undated
UnitID: 1.
Box 4
Folder 6: Four Setting of Poems by William Blake, undated
Folder 7: Six Madrigals, undated
Folder 8: Six Songs of Nature, undated
Folder 9: Six Songs of Nature for Mezzo Soprano, undated
Folder 10: Six Songs of Nature: A Setting of Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson, undated
Box 5
Folder 1: Six Songs of Nature for Mezzo Soprano: A Setting of Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson, undated
Folder 2: Blake Songs, undated
Folder 3: Blake Songs- Piano Version, undated
Folder 4: Blessed Are the Poor In Spirit, undated
Folder 5: The Broken Heart, undated
Folder 6: A Celebration of Life: That Happy Land and Other Poems of Sara Henderson Hay for Soprano, Violin, Clarinet, and Piano, undated
Folder 7: Christ, Our Passover, undated
Folder 8: Confined Love, undated
Folder 9: Consider the Lillies, undated
Folder 10: Country Song, undated
Folder 11: Donne, John The Baite, The Broken Heart, The Message, undated
Folder 12: Easter Introit, undated
Folder 13: For I Was Hungry, undated
Folder 14: Go and Catch a Falling Star, undated
Folder 15: Holy Thursday, undated
Folder 16: Hymn Anthems, undated
Folder 17: Judge Not and Ye Shall Not Be Judged, undated
Folder 18: Lullaby, undated
Folder 19: The Moon Was But a Chin of Gold, undated
Folder 20: The Paul Bunyan Ballad, undated
Folder 21: Pigeon English, undated
Folder 22: Psalm 22 for Chorus and Organ, undated
Folder 23: The Road Not Taken, undated
Folder 24: See What I Mean?, undated
Folder 25: The Shape God Wears, undated
Box 6
Folder 1: Stones, undated
Folder 2: Take Heed That Ye Do Not Your Alms Before Men, undated
Folder 3: Te Deum, 1958
Folder 4: That Happy Land, undated
Folder 5: To My Small Son, Beachcombing, undated
Folder 6: The Triple Foole, undated
Folder 7: Woman and Snake, undated
Sub-Series 2: Instrumental Works, 1966-1989, undated
UnitID: 2.
Sub-Group 1: Sonatas, 1966-1982, undated
Box 6
Folder 8: Sonatina for Baritone Horn, undated
Folder 9: Sonatina for Baritone Horn, undated
Folder 10: Sonatina for Baritone Horn (or Trombone) and Piano, undated
Folder 11: Cello Sonata
Folder 12: Harpsichord Sonata, undated
Folder 13: Sonatine for Harpsichord, undated
Folder 14: Sonatine for Harpsichord, undated
Folder 15: Sonata for Harpsichord, 1966 November
Folder 16: First Piano Sonata for Harpsichord, undated
Folder 17: Piano Sonata No. 1, undated
Folder 18: Piano Sonata No. 2- Work Copy, undated
Folder 19: Sonata No. 2 for Piano, undated
Folder 20: Sonata for Piano No. 3, undated
Folder 21: Sax Fair Copy, undated
Folder 22: Saxophone- Piano Part, undated
Folder 23: Saxophone- Solo Part, undated
Folder 24: Sonata for Saxophone and Piano- Work Copy, Summer 1982, 1982
Folder 25: Trumpet Sonata, undated
Folder 26: Trumpet Sonata, undated
Folder 27: Violin Sonata (Movement I), undated
Folder 28: Sonata for Violin and Piano, undated
Box 7
Folder 1: Sonata for Violin and Piano, undated
Folder 2: Sonata for Violin and Piano (Score and Parts), undated
Folder 3: Sonata for Violin and Piano (Score and Parts), undated
Folder 4: Sonata for Violin and Piano (Score and Parts), undated
Folder 5: Viola Sonata, undated
Sub-Group 2: Other Works, 1979-1989, undated
Box 7
Folder 6: 12 Organ Trios, undated
Folder 7: About the Town, undated
Folder 8: Adagio Affetuoso for Viola and Piano, undated
Folder 9: Bianca Neve (Snowfall), undated
Folder 10: Brass Trio, 1979
Folder 11: Brass Trio, undated
Folder 12: Computer Pieces, 1979
Folder 13: Descriptive Pieces, 1989 February 17
Folder 14: Descriptive Pieces for Piano, undated
Folder 15: Descriptive Pieces, undated
Master copies
Folder 16: Divertimento for Two Clarinets and Piano, undated
Folder 17: Divertimento for Two Clarinets (1st Movement), undated
Folder 18: Make Music, undated
Folder 19: Marimba Holiday, undated
Folder 20: Organ Pieces (Master Copy), undated
Folder 21: Piano Fantasy [The Marriage Fantasy], undated
Folder 22: Prelude and Fugue, undated
Folder 23: Prelude and Fugue for String Orchestra, undated
Box 8
Folder 1: Prelude and Fugue (Viola, Cello, Bass), undated
Folder 2: Prelude and Fugue (Violin I and II), undated
Folder 3: Preludes for Piano, undated
Folder 4: Quartet for Diverse Instruments (Flute, Violin, Cello, Piano) Parts, undated
Folder 5: Quartet for Diverse Instruments- Original Pencil Copy, undated
Folder 6: Quartet for Diverse Instruments- Xerox of Rehearsal Copy, undated
Folder 7: Serenade for a Wedding, undated
Folder 8: Serenade for a Wedding, undated
Folder 9: Short Pieces for Piano, undated
Folder 10: Slow Movement for Orchestra, undated
Folder 11: String Quartet- Final Draft, undated
Box 9
Folder 1: String Quartet, undated
Folder 2: String Quartet- 5th Movement, undated
Folder 3: Symphony in D, undated
Folder 4: THL, undated
Folder 5: Toccata, undated
Folder 6: Trio #1 (Violin, Cello, and Piano) Score and Parts, undated
Folder 7: Trio #1 (Violin, Cello, and Piano), undated
Folder 8: Trio #1 (Violin, Cello, and Piano), undated
Folder 9: Trio #1 for Violin Cello and Piano (Piano Score and Parts), undated
Folder 10: Trio #1 (Violin, Cello, and Piano) Score and Parts, undated
Folder 11: Triptych for Classical Guitar, undated
Box 10
Folder 1: Woodwind Quintet No. 2 Score, undated
Folder 2: Woodwind Quintet No. 2, undated
Folder 3: Woodwind Quintet, undated
Folder 4: Woodwind Quintet No. 2 Score, undated
Folder 5: Woodwind Quintet No. 2 Parts, undated
Folder 6: Woodwind Quintet No. 2 “Extra Stuff”, undated
Folder 7: Woodwind Quintet Score, undated
Folder 8: Woodwind Quintet, undated

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Personal Performance Materials, undated],
[Series II: Personal Interest/ Reference Materials, 1983-1986, undated],
[Series III: Teaching Materials and University Affiliations, undated],
[Series IV: Sketches and Working Files, 1984, undated],
[Series V: Original Compositions, 1958-1989, undated],

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