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William Stoney Papers, 1958-1996 | Music Special Collections

By Jessica Mirasol in November 2009.

Collection Overview

Title: William Stoney Papers, 1958-1996

Collection Identifier: DCR MG 11

ID: 00.1/DCR MG 11

Primary Creator: Stoney, William (1920-2014)

Extent: 5.0 Linear Feet


This collection has been arranged into the following series:

     I. Personal Performance Materials

     II. Personal Interest/Reference Materials

     III. Teaching Materials and University Affiliations

     IV. Sketches and Working Files

     V. Original Compositions

Date Acquired: 00/00/2001. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: 20th century music, Acoustic guitar, Baritone (Musical instrument), Flute, Hampton Roads Region (Va.), Marimba, 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

20th century music
Acoustic guitar
Baritone (Musical instrument)
Hampton Roads Region (Va.)
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: The materials in this collection are available for room use only.

Use Restrictions: Copyright has not been assigned to the University Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the University Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Acquisition Source: William Stoney

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Box Number [insert number], William Stoney Papers, Old Dominion University Libraries, F. Ludwig Diehn Composers Room, Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center, Norfolk, VA

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 1: Personal Performance Materials],
[Series 2: Personal Interest/ Reference Materials],
[Series 3: Teaching Materials and University Affiliations],
[Series 4: Sketches and Working Files],
[Series 5: Original Compositions],

Series 5: Original Compositions
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
UnitID: 1.
Box 4
Folder 6: Four Setting of Poems by William Blake
Folder 7: Six Madrigals
Folder 8: Six Songs of Nature
Folder 9: Six Songs of Nature for Mezzo Soprano
Folder 10: Six Songs of Nature: A Setting of Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson
Box 5
Folder 1: Six Songs of Nature for Mezzo Soprano: A Setting of Selected Poems by Emily Dickinson
Folder 2: Blake Songs
Folder 3: Blake Songs- Piano Version
Folder 4: Blessed Are the Poor In Spirit
Folder 5: The Broken Heart
Folder 6: A Celebration of Life: That Happy Land and Other Poems of Sara Henderson Hay for Soprano, Violin, Clarinet, and Piano
Folder 7: Christ, Our Passover
Folder 8: Confined Love
Folder 9: Consider the Lillies
Folder 10: Country Song
Folder 11: Donne, John The Baite, The Broken Heart, The Message
Folder 12: Easter Introit
Folder 13: For I Was Hungry
Folder 14: Go and Catch a Falling Star
Folder 15: Holy Thursday
Folder 16: Hymn Anthems
Folder 17: Judge Not and Ye Shall Not Be Judged
Folder 18: Lullaby
Folder 19: The Moon Was But a Chin of Gold
Folder 20: The Paul Bunyan Ballad
Folder 21: Pigeon English
Folder 22: Psalm 22 for Chorus and Organ
Folder 23: The Road Not Taken
Folder 24: See What I Mean?
Folder 25: The Shape God Wears
Box 6
Folder 1: Stones
Folder 2: Take Heed That Ye Do Not Your Alms Before Men
Folder 3: Te Deum, 1958
Folder 4: That Happy Land
Folder 5: To My Small Son, Beachcombing
Folder 6: The Triple Foole
Folder 7: Woman and Snake
Sub-Series 2: Instrumental Works
UnitID: 2.
Sub-Series 1: Sonatas
Box 6
Folder 8: Sonatina for Baritone Horn
Folder 9: Sonatina for Baritone Horn
Folder 10: Sonatina for Baritone Horn (or Trombone) and Piano
Folder 11: Cello Sonata
Folder 12: Harpsichord Sonata
Folder 13: Sonatine for Harpsichord
Folder 14: Sonatine for Harpsichord
Folder 15: Sonata for Harpsichord, November, 1966
Folder 16: First Piano Sonata for Harpsichord
Folder 17: Piano Sonata No. 1
Folder 18: Piano Sonata No. 2- Work Copy
Folder 19: Sonata No. 2 for Piano
Folder 20: Sonata for Piano No. 3
Folder 21: Sax Fair Copy
Folder 22: Saxophone- Piano Part
Folder 23: Saxophone- Solo Part
Folder 24: Sonata for Saxophone and Piano- Work Copy, Summer, 1982
Folder 25: Trumpet Sonata
Folder 26: Trumpet Sonata
Folder 27: Violin Sonata (Movement I)
Folder 28: Sonata for Violin and Piano
Box 7
Folder 1: Sonata for Violin and Piano
Folder 2: Sonata for Violin and Piano (Score and Parts)
Folder 3: Sonata for Violin and Piano (Score and Parts)
Folder 4: Sonata for Violin and Piano (Score and Parts)
Folder 5: Viola Sonata
Sub-Series 2: Other Works
Box 7
Folder 6: 12 Organ Trios
Folder 7: About the Town
Folder 8: Adagio Affetuoso for Viola and Piano
Folder 9: Bianca Neve (Snowfall)
Folder 10: Brass Trio, 1979
Folder 11: Brass Trio
Folder 12: Computer Pieces, 1979
Folder 13: Descriptive Pieces, February 17, 1989
Folder 14: Descriptive Pieces for Piano (copy)
Folder 15: Descriptive Pieces (Masters)
Folder 16: Divertimento for Two Clarinets and Piano
Folder 17: Divertimento for Two Clarinets (1st Movement)
Folder 18: Make Music
Folder 19: Marimba Holiday
Folder 20: Organ Pieces (Master Copy)
Folder 21: Piano Fantasy [The Marriage Fantasy]
Folder 22: Prelude and Fugue
Folder 23: Prelude and Fugue for String Orchestra
Box 8
Folder 1: Prelude and Fugue (Viola, Cello, Bass)
Folder 2: Prelude and Fugue (Violin I and II)
Folder 3: Preludes for Piano
Folder 4: Quartet for Diverse Instruments (Flute, Violin, Cello, Piano) Parts
Folder 5: Quartet for Diverse Instruments- Original Pencil Copy
Folder 6: Quartet for Diverse Instruments- Xerox of Rehearsal Copy
Folder 7: Serenade for a Wedding
Folder 8: Serenade for a Wedding
Folder 9: Short Pieces for Piano
Folder 10: Slow Movement for Orchestra
Folder 11: String Quartet- Final Draft
Box 9
Folder 1: String Quartet
Folder 2: String Quartet- 5th Movement
Folder 3: Symphony in D
Folder 4: THL
Folder 5: Toccata
Folder 6: Trio #1 (Violin, Cello, and Piano) Score and Parts
Folder 7: Trio #1 (Violin, Cello, and Piano)
Folder 8: Trio #1 (Violin, Cello, and Piano)
Folder 9: Trio for Violin Cello and Piano (Piano Score and Parts)
Folder 10: Trio #1 (Violin, Cello, and Piano) Score and Parts
Folder 11: Triptych for Classical Guitar
Box 10
Folder 1: Woodwind Quintet No. 2 Score
Folder 2: Woodwind Quintet No. 2
Folder 3: Woodwind Quintet
Folder 4: Woodwind Quintet No. 2 Score
Folder 5: Woodwind Quintet No. 2 Parts
Folder 6: Woodwind Quintet No. 2 “Extra Stuff”
Folder 7: Woodwind Quintet Score
Folder 8: Woodwind Quintet

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal Performance Materials],
[Series 2: Personal Interest/ Reference Materials],
[Series 3: Teaching Materials and University Affiliations],
[Series 4: Sketches and Working Files],
[Series 5: Original Compositions],

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