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Guide to the Ross Hastings Collection,​ 1917-​2003

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Overview of the Collection

Repository:
Special Collections & Archives
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
(715) 836-2739
https://library.uwec.edu/archives/

Reference Code: USGZE UHC263

Accession Number: 06-99

Collection Number: University Historical Collection 263

Creators: Hastings, Ross and Janet Peterson

Title: Ross Hastings Collection.

Dates: 1917-2003

Quantity: 20.9 linear feet (5 archives boxes, 8.5 record cartons, 9 audiotape boxes, and 5 oversized boxes)

Location of Collection: A10/2b-e, A10/1h, A2/2d, A2/2d, A4/2b

Languages: Collection materials are in English.
Summary: Ross Hastings was a composer, arranger and music editor during the mid-twentieth century from Southern California. The collection includes personal and professional records.

Biographical / Historical Note

Ross Ray Hastings was born in Clara Barton Hospital, Los Angeles, California, on February 26, 1915, across the street from the Philharmonic Auditorium, which he was associated with in various ways until 1945. He received his early training from his father, Dr. Ray Hastings, who had a college degree and an honorary doctorate. After graduation, Ray Hastings spent a year in Germany and Paris, where he studied with the French organist Joseph Bonnet, and he was later an organist associated with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Temple Baptist Church for thirty years. Ross began learning to play the piano at seven and began writing music at thirteen. His father taught him harmony, which he mastered at fourteen, and by seventeen he was seriously composing. Formal music, with the exception of one semester at the University of Southern California, was unknown to him. He credited his father with most of what he knew of music.

He attended Page and Harvard Military schools and graduated from Alhambra High School in California at age 16 in 1931. After his graduation from high school he had odd jobs, such as ushering at the auditorium, soda jerking, chauffeuring, uncrating furniture, hanging pants for a men's outfitting concern, and doing outside contract work selling tickets for the Hollywood Bowl. In the summer of 1934 he and a friend, Henry Putnam, took jobs aboard a Dollar Line ship bound for the Orient. Ross shipped out as a wiper, cleaning floor plates in the engine room. He later expressed that his time at sea was one of the biggest thrills of his life. Upon returning, he attended the University of Southern California for one semester and went back to ushering at the Philharmonic Auditorium. Ross always said he also absorbed a great deal of knowledge through his years as an usher in the Philharmonic Auditorium, where all cultural programs that came to Los Angeles, musical and otherwise, were performed. Since the auditorium at that time was used for all of the city's major musical events, it became as much a part of his education as his attendance at the University of Southern California, according to former UWEC Symphonic Band Director, Donald S. George.

Ross married Louise Taylor in 1936, with whom he had two children, Verdi and Stephen. In 1937 he took a job with an upholstery company as maintenance man. He worked himself up to office manager, still continuing to work for the Philharmonic at night. In 1942 at the age of 27, while employed at the upholstery company, he won $6,000 (including the $5,000 grand prize) in the Great American Operetta Quest sponsored by the Chicago Tribune and Radio Station WGN with his composition “America Loves a Melody.”

In 1946 he moved to San Diego. For three years he served as orchestrator for the San Diego Symphony under Fabien Sevitzky, who performed Hastings’s Sketch for Orchestra. Hastings was assistant conductor to Dr. Sevitzky in 1950, and in 1958 the symphony commissioned his Sonatina for Orchestra which it performed under Maurice Abravanel. In 1955 Hastings migrated to New York, where he spent his winters composing. In 1956 Hastings’s setting of “George Washington’s Prayer for the Nation” was performed on Arlene Francis's Home Show. That same year the Bell Telephone Hour presented his setting of “The Prayer of St. Francis” as part of their annual Easter Show featuring Eileen Farrell.

After Ross and Louise divorced, he married Marion Gullick in 1958. For six summers, between 1957 and 1962, he returned to California to serve as music coordinator and staff arranger-orchestrator for the Hollywood Bowl Pops Concerts; Hastings prepared orchestrations for such conductors as Carmen Dragon, Andre Kostelanetz, and Meredith Willson. Hastings continued to win awards for his compositions. In 1960 he won the National Anthem Contest sponsored by the Park Avenue Christian Church of New York, and his “Sinfonia Brevis” for large orchestra won the National Composition Competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “God Be Merciful,” which won the 300th Anniversary contest of the First Presbyterian Church of Jamaica, N.Y., was performed under Ross Hastings' direction by a massed chorus of five choirs at a commemorative concert of sacred music in May 1962.

Hastings’ career as an editor began in 1962 when he joined the staff of the Music Publishers Holding Corporation (Warner Bros.) where he was appointed assistant to the editor-in-chief. He resigned from MPHC in 1970 to become a part-time editor for Alfred Music Co. In 1973 he became chief editor at Bourne Co., a publisher specializing in educational music. He was with Bourne until he retired in 1979 to devote his time to composing. In 1981 UW-Eau Claire commissioned him to write a Christmas piece to involve the Symphony Band, Symphony Orchestra, and all the choral ensembles. The Joy of Christmas was premiered on December 9, 1989, at UW-Eau Claire's annual Holiday Concert and has been performed at each Holiday Concert since. After a year of illness, Ross Hastings died peacefully at home on July 5, 1991. His papers were donated to UW-Eau Claire in 1993 by his widow, Marion, according to his wishes. (Based on “Biographical Sketch of Ross Hastings” by Marion Hastings and additions.)

Content Description

The collection includes biographical information and personal and professional records from Ross Hastings career as a musician, composer and editor. The collection is divided into 10 series: Personal and Miscellaneous; Scrapbooks; Awards, Acknowledgements and Concert Publications; Correspondence; Photographs; Musical Compositions; Arrangements; Writings; Sound Recordings; and Special Projects.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Donated to the University Archives and Special Collections, University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire by Marion Hastings in 1993. Additions donated by Alexandra Barchunova in August 1998 and Jennifer Snyder in January 1999.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire.

Preferred Citation: Ross Hasting Collection, 1917-2003. UHC 263. Special Collections & Archives. McIntyre Library. University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.

Processing Note: Weeded by Heather Muir. Additions processed by Andrea Stepanik in April 2010.

Arrangement: By series.

Subjects

Personal Names:
Hastings, Ross
Peterson, Janet

Corporate Names:
University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire – Music
Music Publishers Holding Corporation (Warner Bros.)
Alfred Music Company
Bourne Company

Subject Terms: Composer Collection

Geographical Terms:
Los Angeles (Calif.)
Eau Claire (Wis.)

Detailed List of Contents

Series 1: Personal and Miscellaneous

Series contains Hastings’ personal items, including artifacts, 1998 exhibit materials, biographical sketches and an in-progress listing of his works compiled by Janet Peterson. Several personal items are on permanent display in the Haas Fine Arts Center such as a stopwatch, a miniature Bible, and notebooks.

Dates: 1931-2003

Extent: 2.75 linear feet (1 record carton and one oversized box)

Container

Contents

Dates

Box/Folder 2/5

Biographical Sketches by Marion Hastings

ca. 1995

Box/Folder 6/12

Note attached to Meredith Wilson Album “… and then I wrote the Music Man”

undated

Box/Folder 6/13

Lyrics to “A Little Child Shall Lead Them”

undated

Box/Folder 6/14

Sound Recordings – Sound Sheets

ca. 1980s

Box/Folder 7/19

High School Yearbook

1931

Box/Folder 8/21

Marion G. Hastings (Mrs. Ross Hastings) correspondence includes: permission to use all copyrighted materials of Ross Hastings and initial inventory of items

1996

Box/Folder 9/42

Miscellaneous musical compositions.

1948-1954

Box/Folder 9/4

Additional List of Works arranged by Hastings.

2000

Box/Folder 9/16

Beginner’s Harmony Writing Book owned by Ray Hastings.

1917

Box/Folder 9/17

“Overture to Tannhauser” Sheet Music, owned by Ray Hastings.

undated

Box/Folder 9/21

Composition Sales Agreement between Hastings and Bourne Co. for the piece, “Surely The Lord Is In This Place.”

1990

Box/Folder 9/49

“America Loves a Melody” – Play written by Ross and Louise Hastings, with music and lyrics by Ross Hastings.

1942

Box/Folder 10/30

Contracts

1956-1980

Box/Folder 10/31

Bills of Sale

1963-1982

Box/Folder 10/26

Miscellaneous Sheet Music Forewords

Undated

Box/Folder 11/9

Childhood Harmony Exercises

1929-1930

Box/Folder 11/33

Large scores in the archives of Arturo Toscanini, NY

undated

9/1Box/Folder 11/39

Information on School Bands

ca. 1985

Box/Folder 11/34

Ross Hastings Exhibit Materials

1998

Box/Folder 11/38

List of Ross Hastings’ Works – In Progress, Compiled by Janet Patterson

1998

Series 2: Scrapbooks

Series contains scrapbooks reflecting Hastings’ career and personal life. They contain biographical information, photographs, articles, letters, cards and flyers. All scrapbooks include an original and photocopy.

Dates: 1917-1991

Extent: 4.0 linear feet (6 archives boxes and one oversized box)

Container

Contents

Dates

Box/Folder 1/1-1/2

Contains newspaper articles about Ray Hastings, including his portrait and biography within a list of “The World’s Best Known Musicians.” Includes some of his musical theory examinations, a book on “Organ Technic, newspaper articles on performances by Ray Hastings, along with articles Ray saved pertaining to famous composers and compositions. Also includes a letter from Edwin Lemare

1917-1936

Box/Folder 1/3

Includes copies Ray’s commencement certificate and program, early performances, an article on joint performance by Ray and Ross and the results of an intelligence quotient test that placed a 16 year-old Ross within genius range. Also contains an outline for a music history article by Ray.

1915-1934

Box/Folder 1/4

Scrapbook entitled, “The First Nineteen Years,” with letters, articles and certificates marking the early milestones of Ross Hastings’ life.

Undated

Box/Folder 2/1

Scrapbook containing letters of encouragement and appreciation to Ray and Ross Hastings, and newspaper articles as Ross began making his name in the music business.

1934-1935

Box/Folder 2/2, 2/3, 2/7

Scrapbooks containing letters of returned manuscripts, composition revisions and suggestions, an article by Ray Hastings, Applied Common Sense,” newspaper articles about Ross’ cantata, “Christ the Victor,” and a letter of congratulations to Ross from bandleader Giuseppe Creatore for winning a music contest.

1935-1938

Box/Folder 2/4

Includes photos from school performances, newspaper articles about concerts and a program from a performance of Ross' work in Evansville, IN.

ca. 1951-1975

Box/Folder 2/6

Scrapbook containing copies of newspaper articles about Ross winning the “Chicago Theater of Air” contest.

1942

Box 3

Scrapbooks containing programs and newsletters from the Hollywood Bowl, several churches and other venues Ross Hastings conducted, a photo of Hastings conducting at the Hollywood Bowl and newspaper articles about these performances.

1954-1973

Box 4

Scrapbooks containing programs and pamphlets from several church performances, newspaper articles and documentation related to the donation of his papers to UWEC.

1974-1998

Box/Folder 5/1

Contains copies of the scrapbook from 1974-1979, located in Box 4.

1974-1979

Box/Folder 5/2

Contains copies of the scrapbook from 1980-1984, located in Box 4.

1980-1984

Series 3: Awards, Acknowledgements and Concert Publications

Series contains recognitions of Hastings’ work, including his high school diploma, organization memberships, newspaper clippings, and posters and sheet music from concerts.

Dates: 1925-1989

Extent: 0.6 linear feet (1 archives box and 6 folders)

Container

Contents

Dates

Box/Folder 6/2

Letter sent to Headmaster of Military Academy

1925

Box/Folder 6/3

Diploma: Page Military Academy

1927

Box/Folder 6/4

Certificate of Membership – Phi Mu Alpha

1977

Box/Folder 6/5

San Diego Band Programs

1949-1952

Box/Folder 6/6

Hollywood Bowl Magazine

1962

Box/Folder 6/7

List of Members – N.Y. Musicians Club “The Bohemians”

1987

Box/Folder 6/8

Bureau of Census Nametag

1960

Box/Folder 6/9

News Articles: “America Loves a Melody” Operetta Grand Prize Winner

1942

Box/Folder 6/10

News Article: Ross Hastings Composition Blanchette Memorial Bridge Overture

1981

Box/Folder 6/11

Sheet Music Covers

undated

Box/Folder 8/31

Newspaper clippings from a 1942 Chicago musical composition contest that Hastings won. Clippings about concerts led by Hastings in the 1980s, along with a banquet to honor him. A 1957 newsletter announcing the hiring of Hastings to orchestrate for the Hollywood Bowl. Also includes a statement of advice to aspiring composers entitled, “Enclosed Is The Manuscript Of My ----“

1942-1989

Box/Folder 8/30

Copies of Membership and Graduation Certificates

1927-1977

Box/Folder 9/19

Hastings Acknowledgement in “Who’s Who” Monthly Supplement

1942

Box/Folder 10/27-28

Concert Programs

1957-1991

Box/Folder 10/29

Ocean Grove Auditorium Choir Festival Programs

1982-1989

Series 4: Correspondence

Series contains personal and business correspondence. Frequent correspondents include: Katherine K. Davis, Neil Kjos, Jr., George Zepp, Robert Alexander, Donald Malin, Barry O’Neal, Robert E. Foster, Delwyn Elliott, Alexey Teploff, John O’Reilly, Lisa Holliday, Harvey E. VanSciver, Donald S. George, Peter Salomone, Floyd Werle, and Walter Ehret.

Dates: 1933-1991

Extent: 2.5 linear feet (3 record cartons)

Container

Contents

Dates

Box/Folder
6/15-16, 6/31, 6/32

Correspondence between Ross and family members and colleagues.

1970-1972

Box/Folder 6/17

Correspondence between Ross Hastings and John Blegen.

1976

Box/Folder 6/18-28

Correspondence dealing with music clients, music and writing submissions, contracts Also includes a sheet music comparison to check for possible plagiarism on a Fleetwood Mac song.

1977-1985, 1991

Box/Folder 6/29-30

Assorted correspondence with colleagues.

1973-1975

Box/Folder 6/33

Assorted correspondence with colleagues.

1960-1967

Box/Folder 6/34

Assorted correspondence with colleagues.

1973-1986

Box/Folder 6/35

Correspondence – Letters between Marion and family members.

1991

Box/Folder 6/36

Correspondence between Ross and colleagues in the music business.

1982

Box/Folder 6/37

Correspondence between Ross and old friends.

1983

Box/Folder 7/1-6

Correspondence involving letters to colleagues, reviews of musical submissions, music compositions by Ross sent to schools, notifications of royalties, newspaper clipping about a performance of Hastings’ music, inquiries for composing music for various churches and schools, an opera program, a manuscript for an article advising aspiring composers on getting into the music business and a memo notifying the divestment of his music publishing business.

1973-1976, 1987-1989

Box/Folder 7/7

Correspondence between UWEC Foundation and University officials regarding changes to the annual Christmas program, authorization by the chancellor for a commissioned musical work, progress updates on the musical composition, summary of the composition called “The Joy of Christmas” and a thank you note.

1989

Box/Folder 7/8

Correspondence from Hastings’ old employer agreeing to publish part of The Joy of Christmas, Hastings’ response in which he refuses to the terms of the contract, letters of appreciation from colleagues, reviews of musical submissions and letters to editors.

1990

Box/Folder 7/9-7/17

Correspondence includes musical submissions from Hastings, his reviews of musical submissions to Bourne Co., letters to and from The Hollywood Bowl staff, music contest information and personal letter to friends and colleagues

1962-1969

Box/Folder 7/18

Correspondence concerning Wynn Music, including: Updates on a piece entitled “Kabalevsky,” acknowledgment of contracts and royalties, letters from Ross to his father and sheet music published by Wynn.

1972-1974

Box/Folder 7/21

Correspondence concerning the San Diego Symphony, including Hastings’, “Sonatina” and several other pieces to be performed at the symphony.

1958

Box/Folder 7/22

Correspondence concerning the agreement between Hastings and the Hollywood Bowl to compose, orchestrate and arrange music for the organization for the summer of 1958.

1958

Box/Folder
7/23, 7/25, 7/27

Correspondence regarding musical submissions, inquiries about compositions written by Hatsings, musical contests, personal correspondences with colleagues, a letter to the editor of the New York Times and inquiries for permission to use various prayers for a musical composition.

1958-1961

Box/Folder 7/24

Correspondence concerning various musical competitions and contests.

1959-1960

Box/Folder 7/26

Correspondence concerning the 1960 Albuquerque Competition

1960-1961

Box/Folder 7/28

Competition correspondence

1961

Box/Folder 7/29

Correspondence regarding royalties and inquiries of permission to use lyrics from an opera a poem in a musical piece, including a contract with WGN of Chicago.

1938-1981

Box/Folder 8/1

Correspondence with Scott & Shaw regarding “Choral Drama” and “And Jesus Spoke.”

1950-1954

Box/Folder 8/2

Correspondence to Donald McDonald and Alan Adams about, a biographical sketch, letters to music business colleagues.

1967-1988

Box/Folder 8/3

Correspondence with Bob Dutton regarding symphony and opera performances.

1971-1972

Box/Folder 8/4

Correspondence with George Zepp regarding musical arrangements, including the bicentennial piece, “Let Freedom Sing.”

1973-1976

Box/Folder 8/5-8/12

Correspondence with Bob Dutton regarding symphony and opera performances, with newspaper clippings.

1975-1989

Box/Folder 8/13 – 8/16

Correspondence with various clients and colleagues regarding musical contests, music reviews, music submissions and publishing agreements.

1972-1987

Box/Folder 8/17

Correspondence with Bob Boury, a professor of music at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, regarding family and musical compositions.

1988-1991

Box/Folder 8/18

Correspondence includes a letter of resignation by Hastings from Thearle Music Company, letters with colleagues about Verdi, and the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity.

1943-1971

Box/Folder 8/19

Correspondence with colleagues about Hastings’ new position as chief editor with Bourne Co., musical contests and soliciting musical contracts.

1958-1991

Box/Folder 8/20

Correspondence between Hastings and Donald McDonald.

1980-1988

Box/Folder 8/22

Correspondence with Cliff George of Park Falls, Wisconsin, about a musical composition and George’s return to college to become a conductor.

1982-1983

Box/Folder 8/23

Correspondence with Donald George, Band Director at UW-Eau Claire, about a musical composition.

1986-1991

Box/Folder 8/24

Correspondence with Guiseppe Creatore and William D. Livingstone

1933-1955

Box/Folder 8/25

Miscellaneous correspondence, including a note from Hastings to a colleague shortly after retiring and a letter to an editor at “The Instrumentalist” taking issue with a review of a Hastings arrangement.

1965-1979

Box/Folder 8/26 & 8/27

Miscellaneous correspondence from a wide variety of friends and colleagues.

1943-1990

Box/Folder 8/28

Correspondence with Deems Taylor, former composer and intermission commentator for the New York Philharmonic, who helped Hastings when he was a young man in Los Angeles. Also contains a letter from the daughter of Deems Taylor thanking Hastings for the beautiful letter. There is additional correspondence from 2002-2003 between the university and Marion Hastings about adding these correspondences to the Ross Hastings Collection.

1966 - 2003

Box/Folder 8/29

Correspondence with the Temple Baptist Church thanking the Hastings for their monetary donations. Hastings’ father was the organist for the church’s philharmonic orchestra. Also contains newsletters for the 80th anniversary celebration for the church.

1972-1984

Box/Folder 9/15

Correspondence to Donald McDonald regarding a book written by McDonald.

1984-1987

Box/Folder 11/40

Reviews and Written Responses

1969-1982

Box/Folder 12/1

Correspondence between Hastings and George Polhemus, about the composition of a hymn for the centennial celebration of the First United Methodist Church of Asbury Park.

1979-1982

Series 5: Photographs

Series contains photographs both given to Ross Hastings and of the Hastings family. Included are pictures from Hastings’ youth as he attended Alhambra Military Academy and many identified photographs of the family of Ross Hastings including Ray Hastings, Marion Hastings, Verdi, and Stephen. A large part of the photograph collection consists of pictures given to Ross Hastings by Otto Klemperer, Russell Bennett, Solon Alberti, Mary Costa, Pierre Monteux, and others.

Dates: ca. 1920s-1980s

Extent: 1.5 linear feet (1/2 record carton and 1 oversized box)

Container

Contents

Dates

Box/Folder 7/20

Miscellaneous photographs

undated

Box/Folder 10/20

Photographs given to Ross Hastings. Includes autographed photos from Otto Klemperer, Mary Costa, Katherine K. Davis, Jester Hairston and Walter Toscanini.

1928-1977

Box/Folder 10/21

Photographs of Ross Hastings

ca. 1920s-1980s

Box/Folder 10/22

Photographs of Ross Hastings Family

ca. 1920s-1980s

Box/Folder 10/23

Color Photocopies of Photographs

1959-1962

Box/Folder 10/24

Copy Prints

ca. 1950s-1980s

Box/Folder 10/25

Negatives for Copy Prints

ca. 1950s-1980s

Series 6: Musical Compositions

Series contains musical compositions by Hastings. Included are collections of choral music, consisting mainly of music arranged for choir, organ or piano. Also included are childhood harmony exercises, sheet music, manuscripts, duplicated scores, and conductor parts.

Dates: 1933-2001

Extent: 5.5 linear feet (2 record cartons and 2 oversized boxes)

Container

Contents

Dates

Box/Folder 9/8

“Baroque Celebration”

1985

Box/Folder 9/9

“Tune and Toccatella”

1975

Box/Folder 9/10

“Let Freedom Sing!”

1974

Box/Folder 9/11

“Consecration”

undated

Box/Folder 9/12

“Fa La La and All That”

1976

Box/Folder 9/13

“Overture to a Celebration”

undated

Box/Folder 9/22

“Little Madrigal”

1972

Box/Folder 9/32

“Concert Curtain Raiser”

1973

Box/Folder 9/43

Short Compositions

undated

Box/Folder 9/42

Miscellaneous Compositions

1948-1954

Box/Folder 9/44

“Miracle of Love”

undated

Box/Folder 9/45

“Christmas Fanfare”

1981

Box/Folder 9/46

“Lie Quiet, Soul”

1967

Box/Folder 9/47

Ray Hastings Compositions

undated

Box/Folder 11/30

“America Loves a Melody” Score

Box/Folder 10/1

“The Lord is a Mighty God”

1968

Box/Folder 10/3

“Immortality”

1997-2001

Box/Folder 10/6

“Doris”

1935

Box/Folder 10/7

“Prelude”

undated

Box/Folder 10/8

“Overture to a Celebration”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“Take, O Take Those Lips Away”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“O, Mistress Mine”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“Reconciled”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“Loves Philosophy”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“Love Not Me For Comely Grace”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“Come Away, Come Away Death”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“Remembrance”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“Worth While”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“Under the Harvest Moon”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“The Widest Land”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“October Night”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“Good Friday”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“Song of the Violet”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“Sea Song”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“The Two Sayings”, “The Look”, “The Meaning of the Look”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“Miracle”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“Why So Pale and Wan?”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“To Electra”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“Your Song”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“My Life Closed Twice Before Its Close”

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“Strengthen Us to Do Thy Will”

ca. 1975

Box/Folder 10/12

“Okinawan Folk Song

undated

Box/Folder 10/12

“The Rich Young Ruler” Score and Libretto

undated

Box/Folder 10/13

“George Washington’s Prayer for the Nation”

undated

Box/Folder 10/14

“Thou Hast Found Favor With God”

undated

Box/Folder 10/15

“We Know the Paths”

1968

Box/Folder 10/16

“The Prayer of Saint Francis”

undated

Box/Folder 10/19

Choral Music by Hastings

1957-1989

Box/Folder 10/32

“The Rich Young Ruler”

undated

Box/Folder 11/1

“And Jesus Spoke” – Voice and Piano

undated

Box/Folder 11/2

“And Jesus Spoke” – Band

undated

Box/Folder 11/3

“Ave Maria” (Otello)

undated

Box/Folder 11/4

“Christ the Victor”

undated

Box/Folder 11/5

“East Fanfare”

undated

Box/Folder 11/6

Fantasy, Fugue and Finale: on a well-loved hymn tune” – Organ

undated

Box/Folder 11/7

“For Those in Peril on the Sea”

undated

Box/Folder 11/8

“Four Sacred Songs”

undated

Box/Folder 11/10

“Miss Brevis in F”

undated

Box/Folder 11/11

“Music for Grace”

undated

Box/Folder 11/12

“Omaggio All’ Hemolia”

1988

Box/Folder 11/13

“Serenade Humoresque”

1953

Box/Folder 11/14

“Sleep, Love! Dream, Love!”

1960

Box/Folder 11/15

“Sonata in A Minor” (piano)

1938

Box/Folder 11/16

“Sonatina” (2 versions)

ca. 1950s-1960s

Box/Folder 11/17

“Song Without Words”, no. 1-6

1945

Box/Folder 11/18

“Three Miniatures for Quintet”

1947

Box/Folder 11/19

“[Six] Tunes”

undated

Box/Folder 11/20

“To Electra”

1956

Box/Folder 11/21

“Variations (for the piano”

1947

Box/Folder 11/22

“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

1950

Box/Folder 11/23

Art [?] Songs

ca. 1943-1961

Box/Folder 11/24

Miscellaneous Ross Hastings Compositions (smaller format)

ca. 1936-1946

Box/Folder 11/25

Miscellaneous Compositions – Religious

ca. 1955-1956

Box/Folder 11/26

Miscellaneous Compositions

ca. 1950s

Box/Folder 11/37

Lenten and Advent Anthem Projects

1974-1975

Box/Folder 12/3

“Our Times Are In Thy Hands.”

1980

Series 7: Arrangements

Series contains scores and sheet music that was arranged or edited by Hastings.

Dates: 1941-1996

Extent: 1.75 linear feet (1 record cartons and 1 oversized box)

Container

Contents

Dates

Box/Folder 9/1

“Days of Wine and Roses” songbooks arranged by Hastings.

1962-1963

Box/Folder 9/2

“Verdi Fanfare” songbook for 110 Piece Marching Band arranged by Ross Hastings.

1977

Box/Folder 9/3

“Marche Triomphale” songbook arranged by Ross Hastings.

1969

Box/Folder 9/8

“Baroque Celebration”

1985

Box/Folder 9/14

“Two French Carols”

1986

Box/Folder 9/18

“Les Bicyclettes de Belsize”

1968

Box/Folder 9/23

Miscellaneous Short Arrangements

1962-1969

Box/Folder 9/24

“Keyboard Creations” Forward

1956

Box/Folder 9/25

“Bomberg’s Celebrated Songs”

1941

Box/Folder 9/26

“Down to the Sea in Ships”

1969

Box/Folder 9/27

“Glider Pilot’s Reunion March”

1981

Box/Folder 9/28

“Baroque Motet”

1980

Box/Folder 9/29

“Echo Song”

1980

Box/Folder 9/30

“Christmas Pastorale”

1970

Box/Folder 9/31

“Emissary Fanfare”

1976

Box/Folder 9/33

“Little Christmas Suite”

1966

Box/Folder 9/34

“Onstage with Peter, Paul and Mary”

1966

Box/Folder 9/35

“Voices of the Young”

1964

Box/Folder 9/36

“Hum, Strum, Swing and Sing”

1965

Box/Folder 9/37

“Vanity Fare: A Cascade of Show Tunes”

1964

Box/Folder 9/38

“Folk n’ Rock n’ Country”

1967

Box/Folder 9/39

“Tunes and Counter Tunes”

1965

Box/Folder 9/40

“Two Part Tunes”

1964

Box/Folder 9/48

Miscellaneous arrangements.

1971-1990

Box/Folder 11/28, 10/11

Miscellaneous Arrangements

1965-1990

Box/Folder 10/2

“Honor and Praise”

1966

Box/Folder 10/4

“Ballad of Abe Lincoln”

1963

Box/Folder 10/5

Organ Solo Arrangements

1965-1968

Box/Folder 10/9

“The Place for Me”

1996

Box/Folder 10/10

“Contemporary American Folk Songs”

1964-1970

Box/Folder 10/33

“Tripoli”

undated

Box/Folder 10/17

Choral Music Arranged by Hastings, A-J

1961-1990

Box/Folder 10/18

Choral Music Arranged by Hastings, L-W

1963-1990

Box/Folder 10/3

“Immortality” – A piece commissioned by band members at Wentzville High School, Missouri for a deceased classmate.

1976

Box/Folder 11/27

Published Scores for Bands

1970-1984

Series 8: Writings

Series contains sheet music forwards, articles and program notes written by Hastings. The forwards and program notes often describe the historical context of the composer or music, or other notes pertaining to the performance of each piece.

Dates: 1963-1976

Extent: 0.5 linear feet (7 folders)

Container

Contents

Dates

Box/Folder 11/35

Sheet Music Forwards written by Ross Hastings

1969-1970

Box/Folder 11/36

“So You Want to be a Composer” Article

1976

Box/Folder 9/5 – 9/7

Program Notes for various orchestral performances.

1970-1972

Box/Folder 9/6-7

Alfred Music Program Notes

1971

Box/Folder 9/20

“Blueprints for Understanding” Write-up

1963

Box/Folder 6/35

Miscellaneous Sheet Music Forwards

undated

Series 9: Sound Recordings

Series contains records and audio tapes of Ross Hastings’ compositions, Meredith Willson compositions, and several classical pieces by Verdi and others. The record albums consist of Ross Hastings’s compositions. Most of the recordings are originals; a few are commercial. There are also two Meredith Willson albums autographed for Hastings. Many of the recordings are from Hastings’ personal collection, and several materials that do include labels are listed as “not labeled.”

Dates: 1939-1998

Extent: 3.2 linear feet (1 record carton, 2 half cartons and 3 archives boxes)

Container

Contents

Dates

Box/Folder 9/41

“Moon in the Willow Tree” by Fortune and Clark

undated

Box/Reel 13/1

“Woodwind Quintetto”

undated

Box/Reel 13/2

“Ballad In White.” Al White. KCBS San Francsico.

1959

Box/Reel 13/3

“Verdi’s Lullaby.” Composed by Ross Hastings for his daughter, Verdi.

1962

Box/Reel 13/4

“Let Freedom Sing!” Band only.

undated

Box/Reel 13/4A

“Let Freedom Sing!” Band and chorus.

undated

Box/Reel 13/5

“Dorfmusik.” German Village Band.

1957

Box/Reel 13/6

“Episodes for Band”

undated

Box/Reel 13/7

“Sonatina for Orchestra.” San Diego Symphony.

1958

Box/Reel 13/8

“Tune and Toccatella”

undated

Box/Reel 13/9

“Sirtaki”

undated

Box/Reel 13/10

Brahms/Hastings

undated

Box/Reel 13/11

“Freedom Song” and “May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You.” Meredith Willson.

1964

Box/Reel 13/12

“Here is Love” Meredith Willson

1964

Box/Reel 13/13

Devol

undated

Box/Reel 13/14

“Let Freedom Sing” Band and Chorus

undated

Box/Reel 13/15

“Let Freedom Sing” Rough

undated

Box/Reel 13/16

Albuquerque Civic Symphony. Maurice Bonney, conductor.

undated

Box/Reel 13/17

“Impressions.” For Clarinet Choir.

1967

Box/Reel 13/18

“Rhapsody on 4 Notes” & “Tripoli”

undated

Box/Reel 13/19

“Sonatina for Harp”

undated

Box/Reel 13/20

Verdi

undated

Box/Reel 13/21

“Gil Warner Miscellany” or “An Evening of Madness”

undated

Box/Reel 13/22

“Moon in the Willow Tree” (piano)

undated

Box/Reel 13/23

“Moon in the Willow Tree” (vocal)

undated

Box/Reel 13/24

Laven Soevell.

1964

Box/Reel 13/25

“Man and Majesty” for Phi Mu Alpha.

undated

Box/Reel 13/26

Warner Pub. Part 1. “Southern Accent,” “La Bamboozle (Truncated),” “Marche Triomphale,” “Andannte and Fughetta in Ab,” “Rise ‘n’ Shine!”

undated

Box/Reel 13/27

Alfred

1972

Box 13/28

Ross Hastings Archive Tape #1-9 (10 cassettes)

undated

Box 13/29

Ross Hastings Archive

Tape #10-19 (10 cassettes)

undated

Box 13/30

Ross Hastings Archive Cassette #30

undated

Box 13/31

Unidentified 7 inch Tape

undated

Box 13/32

“Hastings” Cassette Recordings (6 cassettes)

undated

Box 13/33, 34

Unidentified 5 inch Tapes (2 tapes)

undated

Series 10: Special Projects

Series contains special projects completed by Hastings. These are broader dramatic and musical projects, such as the UWEC-commissioned Joy of Christmas and America Loves a Melody with which he won a contest sponsored by WGN Radio in Chicago.

Dates: 1942-1989

Extent: 2.25 linear feet (1 record cartons and 1 oversized box)

Container

Contents

Dates

Project/Folder 9/50

“America Loves a Melody” Voice and Piano

ca. early 1940s

Box/Folder 11/28

“America Loves a Melody” Proposal

ca. early 1940s

Box/Folder 11/29

“America Loves a Melody” Score

ca. early 1940s

Box/Folder 11/30

“America Loves a Melody” Script [draft?]

ca. early 1940s

Box/Folder 11/31

Transcript from WGN Grand Award Operetta Night

1942

Box/Folder 11/32

“America Loves a Melody” Script Proposal for performance at Hollywood Bowl

ca. 1950s-1960s

Box/Folder 12/1

Asbury Project: Correspondence

1979-1982

Box/Folder 12/2

Asbury Project: Church bulletins & newsletters

1979-1980

Box/Folder 12/3

Asbury Project: Our Times in Thy Hands Score

1979

Box/Folder 12/4

Items Found Around “Easter Sunday” Scores

1974-1975

Box/Folder 12/5-6

Easter Sunday Score

ca. 1974

Box/Folder 12/7

First through Fifth “Sunday in Lent” Scores

ca. 1974

Box/Folder 12/8

Items found in Conductor’s Full Score of “A Little Child Shall Lead Them”

1949-1952

Box/Folder 12/9

“A Little Child Shall Lead Them” (Cantata)

ca. 1940s-1950s

Box/Folder 12/10

“A Little Child Shall Lead Them” (Sacred Cantata) – Piano

ca. 1940s-1950s

Box/Folder 12/11

“The Loaf of Bread” Project: Script drafts and correspondence

1960-1961

Box/Folder 12/12

“The Loaf of Bread” Score and Drafts

1961

Box/Folder 12/13

Magnificent Servant (dramatic work)

undated

Box/Folder 12/14

“Peasant from Parma” Operetta: Journal

undated

Box/Folder 12/15

“Peasant from Parma” Operetta: Early synopsis

undated

Box/Folder 12/16

“Peasant from Parma” Operetta: Early draft of synopsis

undated

Box/Folder 12/17

“Peasant from Parma” Operetta: Draft of synopsis

undated

Box/Folder 12/18

“Peasant from Parma” Operetta: Correspondence and synopsis

1955

Box/Folder 12/19

“Peasant from Parma” Operetta: Script

undated

Box/Folder 12/20

“Peasant from Parma” Operetta: Working Score

undated

Box/Folder 12/21

“Peasant from Parma” Operetta: Additional Scores

undated

Box/Folder 12/22

“The Rich Young Ruler” (RYR): Notes

undated

Box/Folder 12/23

RYR: Libretto

undated

Box/Folder 12/24

RYR: Libretto Scripts

undated

Box/Folder 12/25

RYR: Percussion part

undated

Box/Folder 12/26

RYR: Scene I – Offstage Male Chorus

undated

Box/Folder 12/27

“The Rich Young Ruler: An Operetta in Two Scenes” – Full Score

ca. 1970

Box/Folder 12/28

RYR: Ruler part

ca. 1970

Box/Folder 12/29

RYR: Harpist’s part

ca. 1970

Box/Folder 12/30

RYR: Organist’s part

ca. 1970

Box/Folder 12/31

RYR: Script Inserts

ca. 1970

Box/Folder 12/32

(Listen to the) Rocking Bird (RB): Condensed Score

undated

Box/Folder 12/33

RB: SATB with combo accompaniment and optional flute obbligato

undated

Box/Folder 12/34

RB: SATB with combo accompaniment

undated

Box/Folder 12/35

RB: Instrument Parts

undated

Box/Folder 12/36

“So Red the Ears” Operetta: Sketches

1942

Box/Folder 12/37

Choir Festival Brochure: from “The Word” envelope

1989

Box/Folder 12/38

“The Word” Correspondence

1980-1981

Box/Folder 12/39-40

“The Word” Performance Parts

ca. 1982

Box/Folder 12/41

“The Word” Percussion Part addition

undated

Box/Folder 12/42

“The Word” Parts for 8-Part Brass Section

undated

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