Richard Danielpour Music Manuscript

Identifier: MSS.0926

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Scope and Contents

The Richard Danielpour Music Manuscript (2 linear feet) consists of one autograph of “An American Requiem” in the form of two music manuscript notebooks (12x16 sq in). Danielpour is a renowned American composer. He collaborated with The Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt in 2013-2014, writing songs for composition students to perform in their annual concerts.

The manuscripts are titled "An American Requiem for Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor and Baritone, Chorus (SATB), and Orchestra" dated 2000-2001. - Part I: Kyrie thru the beginning of the Sanctus - Part II: Sanctus

This piece is scored for mezzo-soprano, tenor, baritone, SATB chorus, 3 flutes (one doubling piccolo, one doubling alto flute), 3 oboes (one doubling English horn), 3 clarinets (one doubling bass clarinet), 3 bassoons (one doubling contrabassoon), 4 horns (two doubling Wagner tubas in F), 3 trumpets in C, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, timpani, 5 percussion instruments, piano (doubling celeste), harp, string orchestra, and 6 offstage trombones.

This is the final draft of the complete work incorporating numerous erasures, corrections, and cancels in both lead and red pencil and includes significant corrections and additions to both notation and dynamics. Danielpour also added performance markings to the score in red pencil.

These two spiral bound folios measure 303 x 403 mm. There are 62 + 32 pp. for a total of 95 pp. One additional leaf is laid down to rear inner cover of first volume. It is notated in pencil on 18-stave orchestral paper. There is titling in red pencil in the composer's hand to upper wrappers of both volumes.

The work includes text derived from the Latin mass, Walt Whitman, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Michael Harper, Hilda Doolittle, and an anonymous Afro-American spiritual. The work was recorded by the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Chorale with soloists Stephanie Blythe, Marc Oswald, and Hugh Smith, with Carl St. Clair conducting.


  • 2000 - 2001

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Biographical / Historical

Richard Danielpour is an American composer born January 28, 1956.


2 Linear Feet (1 flat box)

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This collection consists of two autographed music manuscripts by Richard Danielpour. The manuscripts are titled "An American Requiem for Mezzo-Soprano, Tenor and Baritone, Chorus (SATB), and Orchestra".

Physical Location

Offsite Storage, Special Collections & Archives

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Revision Statements

  • October 2022: Scope and content note revised by Nawat Masavisut and Elizabeth Batiuk.

Repository Details

Part of the Vanderbilt University Special Collections Repository

Special Collections Library
1101 19th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37212 United States


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