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Strawn mss., 1959-1998

Papers, 1959-1998., of Richard R. Strawn at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Electronic finding aid encoded by Beth Benda.

Summary Information

Repository
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu
http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly

Creator
Strawn, Richard R., 1923-

Title
Strawn mss.,1959-1998

Collection No.
LMC 1997

Extent
ca. 750 items

Language
Materials are in English and French.

Abstract
Consists of correspondence, notes, and translations made primarily from French into English of opera libretti and translations of and relating to Francis Ponge. Most of the opera translations were made for or under commission of the Indiana University School of Music Opera Theater. Among the operas are Debussy's Pelléas and Mélisande (1977), Gluck's Orpheus and Eurydice (1992), Gounod's Faust, Manon by Massanet (1980), Mussorgsky's Boris Gudunov (1978), and Rimsky-Korsakov's Night before Christmas (1979). Translations of operas by Malipiero, Mozart, Orrego-Salas, Rameau, and Ravel are also included.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Professor at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana.

Arrangement/Organization

Arranged in two series: I. Opera translations; II. Translations of or relating to French poet Francis Ponge, 1899-1988.

Scope and Content Note

Consists of correspondence, notes, and translations made primarily from French into English of opera libretti and translations of and relating to Francis Ponge. Most of the opera translations were made for or under commission of the Indiana University School of Music Opera Theatre. Among the operas are Debussy's Pelléas and Mélisande (1977), Gluck's Orpheus and Eurydice (1992), Gounod's Faust, Manon by Massenet (1980), Mussorgsky's Boris Gudunov (1978), and Rimsky-Korsakov's Night Before Christmas (1979). Translations of operas by Malipiero, Mozart, Orrego-Salas, Rameau, and Ravel are also included.

  • Indexing Terms

  • The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.

    • Names
    • Indiana University Opera Theater.
    • Strawn, Richard R., 1923-
    • Ponge, Francis --Translations into English.
    • Debussy, Claude, 1862-1918. Pelléas et Mélisande.
    • Gluck, Christoph Willibald, Ritter von, 1714-1787. Orfeo ed Euridice.
    • Massenet, Jules, 1842-1912. Manon.
    • Gounod, Charles, 1818-1893. Faust.
    • Malipiero, Gian Francesco, 1882-1973. Capricci di Callot.
    • Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. Finta giardiniera.
    • Mussorgsky, Modest Petrovich, 1839-1881. Boris Godunov.
    • Orrego Salas, Juan. Retablo del rey pobre.
    • Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937. Enfant et les sortilèges.
    • Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay, 1844-1908. Noch’ pered Rozhdestvom.
    • Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937. Heure espagnole.
    • Ponge, Francis.
    • Topics
    • Translations.
    • Operas --Librettos.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Gift. 2003
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Strawn mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Series: Opera translations,

Debussy, Pelléas and Mélisande.

Trial work made in 1977, but not performed by Indiana University.


Box 1
Folder 1

Piano-vocal score with English written in.

Box 1
Folder 2

English libretto

Box 1
Folder 3

Notes, correspondence, etc.

Gluck, Orpheus and Eurydice.

Commissioned by Indiana University, performed in 1992.


Box 1
Folder 4

Piano-vocal score with English written in.

Box 1
Folder 5

English libretto

Box 1
Folder 6

Notes, documents, etc.

Gounod, Faust.

Commissioned by Indiana University, but not performed.


Box 1
Folder 7

Piano-vocal score with English written in.

Box 1
Folder 8

English libretto

Box 1
Folder 9

Notes, documents, etc.

Malipiero, Capricci di Callot. 1976 

Box 1
Folder 10

Piano-vocal score with English written in.

Box 1
Folder 11-12

Two copies of unmarked piano-vocal score, Milan: Zerboni, 1942 

Massanet, Manon.

Commissioned by Indiana University, performed in 1980.


Box 1
Folder 13

Piano-vocal score with English entered.

Box 1
Folder 14

English libretto

Box 1
Folder 15

Correspondence

Box 1
Folder 16

Worksheets

Mozart, La Finta Giardiniera.

Commissioned by Indiana University, performed in Bloomington and in New York in 1991.


Box 1
Folder 17

Notes, documents, etc.

Box 1
Folder 18

Piano-vocal score with English entered.

Box 1
Folder 19

Piano-vocal score with English entered.

Mussorgsky, Boris Gudunov.

Sample made for Ross Allen and Bryan Balkwill of Indiana University in 1978.


Box 1
Folder 20

Correspondence, notes, etc.

Orrego-Salas, El Rey pobre.

Commissioned by Indiana University, performed in 1990.


Box 1
Folder 21

Notes, documents, etc.

Box 1
Folder 22

Piano-vocal score with English entered.

Box 1
Folder 23

English libretto

Rameau, Castor & Pollus. Act II, scenes 1-4.

Made for Indiana University Opera Directors’ Workshop, Oct. 20, 1985.


Box 1
Folder 24

Notes, English libretto, etc.

Rameau, Dardenes

Box 1
Folder 25

Piano-vocal score with English entered.

Ravel, L’Enfant et les sortilèges.

Commissioned by Indiana University, performed in 1984.


Box 1
Folder 26

Piano-vocal score with English entered.

Box 1
Folder 27

English libretto

(draft)


Box 1
Folder 28

Libretto

(final)


Ravel, L’Heure espagnole.

Commissioned by Indiana University, performed with L’Enfant et les sortilèges in 1984.


Box 2
Folder 1

Piano-vocal score with English written in.

Box 2
Folder 2

Libretto, notes, draft.

Box 2
Folder 3

English libretto, later draft.

Box 2
Folder 4

Libretto, final.

Box 2
Folder 5

Correspondence, documents, etc.

Rimsky-Korsakov, Night Before Christmas.

Commissioned by Indiana University, performed in 1979. Translation prepared with Peteris Silins.


Box 2
Folder 6-7

Piano-vocal score.

Box 2
Folder 8

English libretto

Box 2
Folder 9

correspondence, literal translation of Act III, 1977-1997 

Box 2
Folder 10

Notes, etc.

Box 2
Folder 11

Printed – reviews, programs, etc.

Series: Translations of and relating to Francis Ponge

Box 2
Folder 12

Strawn - Ponge correspondence, et al., concerning translations, 1959-1998 

Box 2
Folder 13

Ponge, Le Parti pris des choses.

Photocopy of original French publication; "Siding with things," translation by Richard R. Strawn. T.D., 49 p.


Box 2
Folder 14

Ponge bibliography, notes, etc.

Box 2
Folder 15-21

Ponge/Black Swan project. texts, translations, notes, correspondence etc., concerning a possible publication by Black Swan Press of book by and about Francis Ponge and by Philippe Verdier and R. Strawn.