Constructing a Relevant Past: Mel Powell's String Quartet of 1948

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Constructing a Relevant Past: Mel Powell’s
String Quartet of
1948


Jeff Perry

Louisiana State University

jperry@lsu.edu

From the Register to the Mel Powell Papers, Yale University Library:


Series I contains an extensive collection of Powell's music from the mid
-
'
40
s to the early '
90
s,
variously in the form of sketches, masters, photocopies, and publications. Powell's manuscripts
are themselves a history of the technology of music reproduction. Up through the
1960
s, Powell
made master copies in
india

ink on transparent paper, and then produced blueprints from these
masters. By the early
1980
s, improved photocopiers enabled him to write his master copies with
pencil on ordinary paper. Just a few years later, he began using a Macintosh computer; the
voluminous sketches for "Duplicates" are mostly computer printouts. Some of Powell's published
works have been professionally engraved, but many are reproductions of his own impeccable
calligraphy
.

[…]

[
Quartets, strings. Beethoven analogs
]
Quartet
for two violins, viola and 'cello / Mel
Powell.


1
ms. score (
35
p
.) ;
36
cm
.


Holograph (photocopy)

Cover: "String Quartet" crossed out; "Beethoven Analogs" written in orange ink.




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Classical Form: A Theory of Formal Function for the
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Norms, Types, and Deformations in the Late Eighteenth
-
Century Sonata.

(Oxford University Press, 2006.)

Neumeyer
, David.
The Music of Paul Hindemith.

(Yale University Press,
1986.)

Perry
, Jeffrey. “Mel Powell and the String Quartet
.
” In
Intimate Voices: The
Twentieth Century String Quartet,
Vol. 2. (University of Rochester Press,
2009).

Register to the Mel Powell Papers MSS 70. Irving S. Gilmore Music Library,
Yale University. http://
www.library.yale.edu/musiclib/muslib.htm

Straus, Joseph N.
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the Tonal Tradition.

(Harvard University Press, 1990.)

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, Joseph N.,
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-
Tonal Theory,
3
rd

edition. (Prentice
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