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William Stoney Papers, 1958-1996 | Music Special Collections

By Jessica Mirasol in November 2009.

Collection Overview

Title: William Stoney Papers, 1958-1996Add to your cart.

Collection Identifier: DCR MG 11

Primary Creator: Stoney, William (1920-)

Extent: 5.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

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 is currently living in New York.

Subject/Index Terms

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

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],
[All]

Series 5: Original CompositionsAdd to your cart.
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 WorksAdd to your cart.
UnitID: 1.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Four Setting of Poems by William BlakeAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Six MadrigalsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Six Songs of NatureAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Six Songs of Nature for Mezzo SopranoAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Six Songs of Nature: A Setting of Selected Poems by Emily DickinsonAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Six Songs of Nature for Mezzo Soprano: A Setting of Selected Poems by Emily DickinsonAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Blake SongsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Blake Songs- Piano VersionAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Blessed Are the Poor In SpiritAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: The Broken HeartAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: A Celebration of Life: That Happy Land and Other Poems of Sara Henderson Hay for Soprano, Violin, Clarinet, and PianoAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Christ, Our PassoverAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Confined LoveAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Consider the LilliesAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Country SongAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Donne, John The Baite, The Broken Heart, The MessageAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Easter IntroitAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: For I Was HungryAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Go and Catch a Falling StarAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Holy ThursdayAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Hymn AnthemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Judge Not and Ye Shall Not Be JudgedAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: LullabyAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: The Moon Was But a Chin of GoldAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: The Paul Bunyan BalladAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Pigeon EnglishAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Psalm 22 for Chorus and OrganAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: The Road Not TakenAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: See What I Mean?Add to your cart.
Folder 25: The Shape God WearsAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: StonesAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Take Heed That Ye Do Not Your Alms Before MenAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Te Deum, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 4: That Happy LandAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: To My Small Son, BeachcombingAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: The Triple FooleAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Woman and SnakeAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Instrumental WorksAdd to your cart.
UnitID: 2.
Sub-Series 1: SonatasAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Sonatina for Baritone HornAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Sonatina for Baritone HornAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Sonatina for Baritone Horn (or Trombone) and PianoAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Cello SonataAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Harpsichord SonataAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Sonatine for HarpsichordAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Sonatine for HarpsichordAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Sonata for Harpsichord, November, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 16: First Piano Sonata for HarpsichordAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Piano Sonata No. 1Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Piano Sonata No. 2- Work CopyAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Sonata No. 2 for PianoAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Sonata for Piano No. 3Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Sax Fair CopyAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Saxophone- Piano PartAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Saxophone- Solo PartAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Sonata for Saxophone and Piano- Work Copy, Summer, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Trumpet SonataAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Trumpet SonataAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Violin Sonata (Movement I)Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Sonata for Violin and PianoAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Sonata for Violin and PianoAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Sonata for Violin and Piano (Score and Parts)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Sonata for Violin and Piano (Score and Parts)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Sonata for Violin and Piano (Score and Parts)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Viola SonataAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Other WorksAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Folder 6: 12 Organ TriosAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: About the TownAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Adagio Affetuoso for Viola and PianoAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Bianca Neve (Snowfall)Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Brass Trio, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Brass TrioAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Computer Pieces, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Descriptive Pieces, February 17, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Descriptive Pieces for Piano (copy)Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Descriptive Pieces (Masters)Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Divertimento for Two Clarinets and PianoAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Divertimento for Two Clarinets (1st Movement)Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Make MusicAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: Marimba HolidayAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Organ Pieces (Master Copy)Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Piano Fantasy [The Marriage Fantasy]Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Prelude and FugueAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Prelude and Fugue for String OrchestraAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Prelude and Fugue (Viola, Cello, Bass)Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Prelude and Fugue (Violin I and II)Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Preludes for PianoAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Quartet for Diverse Instruments (Flute, Violin, Cello, Piano) PartsAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Quartet for Diverse Instruments- Original Pencil CopyAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Quartet for Diverse Instruments- Xerox of Rehearsal CopyAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Serenade for a WeddingAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Serenade for a WeddingAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Short Pieces for PianoAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Slow Movement for OrchestraAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: String Quartet- Final DraftAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: String QuartetAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: String Quartet- 5th MovementAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Symphony in DAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: THLAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: ToccataAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Trio #1 (Violin, Cello, and Piano) Score and PartsAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Trio #1 (Violin, Cello, and Piano)Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Trio #1 (Violin, Cello, and Piano)Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Trio for Violin Cello and Piano (Piano Score and Parts)Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Trio #1 (Violin, Cello, and Piano) Score and PartsAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Triptych for Classical GuitarAdd to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Woodwind Quintet No. 2 ScoreAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Woodwind Quintet No. 2Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Woodwind QuintetAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Woodwind Quintet No. 2 ScoreAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Woodwind Quintet No. 2 PartsAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Woodwind Quintet No. 2 “Extra Stuff”Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Woodwind Quintet ScoreAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Woodwind QuintetAdd to your cart.

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[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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