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Radie Britain Collection : Orchestral Music

Instrumentation is indicated in the customary order. For a work for full orchestra, the number of wind players required is indicated by two groups of numbers: four for woodwind (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon), and four for brass (horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba). Other instruments are listed by name or abbreviation. A number before a named instrument indicates the number of players. A slash indicates alternate instrumentation. Thus the instrumentation for a work for 2 flutes, two oboes, English horn, 2 clarinets, 1 bassoon, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba, harp, percussion, and strings, would be described as:

2.2.2.1. English horn - 4.2.2.1. harp, percussion strings


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Angel Chimes

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1954 - Hollywood, California
Duration: 3 minutes
Instrumentation: 1.1.1.1. - 1.0.1.0 - cymbals, celesta/piano, strings.
Notes: Originally composed for piano solo (1951). Unpublished.
Holdings: Orchestral parts reproduced from manuscript.
Location: File 126.
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Cactus Rhapsody

Symphony Orchestra

Composed:1953 - Hollywood, California
Duration: 8 minutes
Instrumentation: 2.2.2.2. - 4.2.2.1. - timpani, percussion, strings.
Notes: Originally composed for solo piano (1953). Arranged for orchestra in 1953. Unpublished. Performance materials available from the Edwin A. Fleischer Music Collection. Also arranged for two pianos (1963), and for clarinet, cello, and piano (1977).
Holdings: Location: Bin 8.
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Canyon

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1939 - Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 5 minutes
Instrumentation: 3.2.2.2. English horn, bass clarinet, double bassoon - 4.3.3.1. timpani, percussion, harp, organ, strings.
Notes: Unpublished.
Holdings: Location: Bin 10.


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Chicken in the Rough

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1951 - Hollywood, California
Duration: 4 minutes
Instrumentation: 1.1.2.1. - 2.2.2.1. - timpani, percussion, strings.
Notes: Unpublished. Originally sketched for piano; photocopied piano arr. included
Holdings: Location: Bin 9.


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Chipmunks

Woodwinds, Harp, Percussion

Composed: 1940 - Hollywood, California
Duration: 3 minutes
Instrumentation: 3.2.2.2. English horn - 0.0.0.0. harp, percussion.
Holdings: Location: File 123.


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Cosmic Mist Symphony

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1962 - Hollywood, California
Duration: 24 minutes
Notes: Movements: In the Beginning -- Nebula -- Nuclear Fission. Performance materials are available from the Edwin A. Fleischer Music Collection. A suite for piano is extracted from this symphony. Unpublished.
Instrumentation: 3.2.2.2. - 4.3.3.1. - timpani, percussion, strings.
Holdings: Location: Bin 6.
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Cowboy Rhapsody

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1956 - Hollywood, California
Duration: 13 minutes
Instrumentation: 3.2.2.2. - 4.3.3.1. - timpani, percussion, strings.
Notes: "Dedicated to the pioneers of West Texas." Also arranged for piano solo. Unpublished. Performance materials available from the Edwin A Fleischer Music collection.
Holdings: Location: File 127.
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Drouth

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1939 - Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 6 minutes
Instrumentation: 3.2.2.2. - 4.3.3.1. - timpani, percussion, strings.
Notes: Unpublished. Also arranged for piano solo.
Holdings: Location: Bin 9.


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Earth of God

String Orchestra

Composed: 1984 - Hollywood, California
Duration: 9 minutes
Notes: Unpublished. Also arranged for piano solo.
Holdings: Score reproduced from manuscript. 2 copies.
Location: File 38.


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Les Fameux Douze = The Famous Twelve

Small Orchestra

Composed: 1965 - Hollywood, California
Duration: 5 minutes
Notes: Written after hearing a debate on the twelve-tone method; Also arr. for solo piano and solo violin. Unpublished.
Instrumentation: 1.1.1.1. - 0.0.1.1. - strings.
Holdings:Score (15 p.) reproduced from manuscript. 2 copies.
Location: Bin 9.


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Four Sarabandes

Small Orchestra

Instrumentation: 1.1.1.1. - 1.1.0.0. - timpani, strings.
Notes: Originally composed for piano solo. Also arranged for woodwind quintet.
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Heroic Poem

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1929 - Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 8 minutes
Instrumentation: 3.2.2.2. English horn, bass clarinet, double bassoon - 4.3.3.1. - timpani, percussion, harp, celesta, strings.
Notes:Published score: New York : American Music Center for the Juilliard School of Music, 1946. Performance materials available from the Edwin A. Fleischer Music Collection. In the manuscript piano score: "In memory of Col. Chas. Lindbergh's immortal transatlantic flight." Published score includes programmatic introductory notes.
Holdings: Location: Bin 9.
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In Living Ecstasy

Solo Voice with Orchestra

Composed: 1938 - Chicago, Illinois.
Lyrics by: Harold Skeath.
Instrumentation: 2.2.2.2. - 2.2.2.0. - timpani, percussion, harp, strings.
Notes: Originally for voice and piano.
Holdings: Location: File 82.


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Infant Suite

Small Orchestra

Composed: 1935 - MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire
Duration: 7 minutes
Instrumentation: 1.1.1.1. - 1.1.0.0. - timpani, percussion, celeste, harp, strings.
Notes: Originally for solo piano. "Infant Suite is dedicated to my little daughter, Lerae." Movements: The Infant -- Berceuse -- Toy Parade. The score includes programmatic notes for each movement. Performance materials available from the Edwin A. Fleischer Music Collection.
Holdings: Location: Bin 6.


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Jewels of Lake Tahoe

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1945 - Hollywood, California
Duration: 5 minutes
Instrumentation: 2.1.1.2. - 2.2.2.1. - timpani, percussion, harp, strings.
Holdings: Location: Bin 7.


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Kambu : A Legend of Angkor

Symphony Orchestra with Narrator

Composed: 1963 - Hollywood, California
Lyrics by: Kate Hammond.
Duration: 8 minutes
Instrumentation: 2.2.2.2. - 4.3.3.1. - timpani, percussion, strings.
Notes: Originally composed as a ballet for piano and narrator. In the narrator part: "To Roberto Blackstone Smith." Narrator text in the score is pasted over, indicating performance without narration.
Holdings: Location: Bin 5.


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Light

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1935 - Macdowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire
Duration: 8 minutes
Instrumentation: 3.2.2.2. English horn, bass clarinet, double bassoon - 4.3.3.1. - timpani, harp, strings.
Notes: Dedicated to Thomas Edison, "who illuminated the path of progress." Unpublished. Performance materials available from the Edwin A. Fleischer Music Collection.
Holdings: Location: Bin 3.


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Little Per Cent

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1963 - Aspen, Colorado; Hollywood, California
Duration: 8 minutes
Instrumentation: 2.1.2.1. - 2.3.3.1. - timpani, percussion, strings.
Holdings: Location: Bin 3.


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Barroso Neto, Joachim Antonio, 1881-1941. Minha Terra; arr.

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1958 - Hollywood, California
Duration: 4 minutes
Instrumentation: 2.2.2.2. - 4.2.2.1. - timpani, percussion, harp, strings.
Notes: Arranged from a work for piano solo by Brazilian composer Barrozo Neto. Britain's original arrangement is for two pianos.
Holdings: Location: File 132.
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Nocturne

Small Orchestra

Composed: 1934 - Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 8 minutes
Instrumentation: 2.2.2.1. - 2.2.2.0. - timpani, percussion, strings.
Holdings: Manuscript orchestral parts
Location: Bin 7.
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Ontonagon Sketches

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: July 13, 1939 - Ontonagon, Michigan
Duration: 20 minutes
Instrumentation: 3.3.3.3. - 4.3.3.1. - timpani, percussion, strings.
Notes: Movements: Sunset on Lake Superior -- Woods At Dusk -- Victoria Falls. Unpublished.
Holdings: Location: Bin 7.


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Paint Horse and Saddle

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1947 - Hollywood, California
Duration: 7 minutes
Instrumentation: 2.2.2.2. - 4.3.3.1. - timpani, percussion, piano, strings.
Notes: Originally sketched for piano. Unpublished.
Holdings:Manuscript orchestral parts (multiple string parts reproduced from manuscript).
Location: File 129.


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Pastorale

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1939 - Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 7 minutes.
Notes: Also arranged for two pianos.
Instrumentation: 2.2.2.2. English horn - 2.2.0.0. - timpani, percussion, strings.
Holdings: Location: Bin 5.


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Prelude to a Drama

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1928 - Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 6 minutes
Instrumentation: 3.2.2.2. - 4.3.3.1. - timpani, percussion, harp, strings.
Notes: Unpublished. Originally titled Overture to Pygmalion. Performance materials available from the Edwin A. Fleischer Music Collection.
Holdings: Location: Bin 10.
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Prison (Lament)

Violin and Small Orchestra

Composed: 1940 - Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 3 minutes
Instrumentation: 2.1.2.1. - 2.2.0.0. - timpani, strings.
Notes: Originally composed for violin and piano. Unpublished.
Holdings: Location: File 128.
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Pyramids of Giza

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1973 - Hollywood, California
Duration: 8 minutes
Notes: Originally composed as a movement of Egyptian Suite for piano.
Instrumentation: 1.1.1.1. - 1.1.0.0. - percussion, strings.
Holdings: Location: File 122


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Radiation

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1955 - Hollywood, California
Instrumentation: 3.2.2.0. - 4.3.3.1. - timpani, percussion, harp, strings.
Notes: Originally composed 1953 for solo piano. Arranged for orchestra 1955. Later titled Solar Joy. Caption title on parts is "Radiation". Unpublished.
Holdings: Orchestral parts reproduced from manuscript. 2 sets.
Location: File 124.


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Rhapsodic Phantasie

Piano and orchestra

Composed: 1933 - Chicago, Illinois.
Notes: Also arranged for two pianos.
Duration: 16 minutes
Instrumentation: 2.2.2.2. - 4.3.3.1. - timpani, percussion, harp, strings.
Holdings: Manuscript orchestral parts in ink (string parts are repruduced from manuscript).
Location: Bin 4


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Saint Francis of Assisi

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1941 - Coronado, California
Duration: 7 minutes
Notes: May be performed as the second movement of a two-movement suite titled Franciscan Sketches. Arranged in 1981 for organ solo. Also arranged for piano solo.
Instrumentation: 2.2.2.2. - 4.3.3.1. - timpani, percussion, strings.
Notes: Unpublished. Performance materials available from the Edwin A. Fleischer Music Collection.
Holdings: Location: Bin 7.
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Sam Houston

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1987 - Hollywood, California
Duration: 18 minutes
Instrumentation: 2.2.2.2. - 4.3.3.1. - timpani, percussion, strings.
Notes: Historical notes about Sam Houston included in score. Originally composed for piano solo (1986).
Holdings: Reproduction of manuscript score (80 p.). 2 copies.
Location: Bin 3.


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San Luis Rey

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1941 - Coronado, Colorado
Duration: 4 minutes
Notes: May be performed as the first movement of a two-movement suite titled Franciscan Sketches. Unpublished. Performance materials available from the Edwin A Fleischer Music Collection. Also arranged for piano solo.
Instrumentation: 3.2.2.2. - 4.3.3.1. - timpani, percussion, strings.
Holdings: Location: File 131.


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Saturnale

Symphony Orchestra with Tenor Solo ad libitum

Composed: 1939 - Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 18 minutes
Notes: Unpublished. Performance materials available from the Edwin A. Fleischer Music Collection.
Instrumentation: 3.2.2.2. English horn, bass clarinet, double bassoon - 4.3.3.1. - timpani, percussion, harp, strings.
Holdings: Location: Bin 3.
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Serenata Sorrentina

Small Orchestra

Composed: 1946 - Hollywood, California
Duration: 3 minutes
Instrumentation: 2.1.1.2. - 2.2.2.0. - timpani, percussion, strings.
Notes: Also arranged for piano solo
Holdings: Location: File 125.


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Southern Symphony

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1936 - MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire
Duration: 23 minutes
Notes: Dedicated to the pioneers of West Texas; Second movement dedicated to Edgar Charles Britain, Radie Britain's father. Movements: Maestoso Allegro -- Adagio -- Rhumbando -- Allegro. Unpublished. At end of photocopy score: "Sketch made at MacDowell Colony summer of 1936; Orchestration completed at Palo Duro Studio, Amarillo, Texas, August 12, 1937." Performance materials available from the Edwin A. Fleischer Music Collection.
Instrumentation: 3.2.3.2. English horn, double bassoon - 4.3.3.1. - timpani, percussion, strings.
Holdings: Location: Bin 5.


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Suite for Strings

String Orchestra

Composed: 1940 - Coronado, California
Duration: 16 minutes
Notes: Movements: Nostalgia -- Serenade -- Consecration. Unpublished. Also arranged for string quartet.
Holdings: Location: Bin 7.


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Symphonic Intermezzo

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1928 - Chicago, Illinois
Duration: 7 minutes
Notes: For orchestra. "Opus 20." Also arranged (1950) quintet of flute, oboe clarinet, bassoon, and piano.
Instrumentation: 2.2.2.2. - 4.2.3.0. - timpani, percussion, harp, strings.
Notes: Britain's first orchestral composition. Also arr. for piano solo
Holdings: Location: Bin 8.


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Texas

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1988 - Hollywood, California
Duration: 18 minutes
Notes: In the manuscript score: "Sketch begun Jan 1987." "First sketch for orch. Sept. 21 -87." "First sketch for orch. Oct. 23 87." Orchestral copy completed Feb 15 1988." "Edited completed Mar 10 - 88."
Instrumentation: 2.2.2.2. - 4.3.3.1. - timpani, percussion strings.
Holdings: Location: Bin 3.


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This is the Place

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1958 - Hollywood, California
Duration: 5 minutes
Instrumentation: 2.2.2.2. - 4.3.3.1. - timpani, percussion, harp, strings.
Notes: Inspired by Brigham Young's exclamation upon reaching Utah after crossing the continent in covered wagons. Unpublished.
Holdings: Location: Bin 2.


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Umpqua Forest

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1946 - Hollywood, California
Duration: 8 minutes
Instrumentation: 3.2.2.2. double bassoon - 4.3.2.1. - timpani, percussion, harp, strings.
Notes: Unpublished.
Holdings: Location: Bin 6.


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We Believe

Symphony Orchestra

Composed: 1942 - Hollywood, California
Duration: 6 minutes
Instrumentation: 3.2.2.2. English horn, double bassoon - 4.3.3.1. - timpani, percussion, strings.
Holdings: Location: Bin 6.


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