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Gilbert Trythall Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-3523

The Gilbert Trythall Collection encompasses work from Trythall's career as a composer and professor. The collection includes a range of materials including scores, books, photographs, tapes, and audio reels. The collection also includes many programs and promotional materials from the Electronic Music Plus Festival, a festival founded by Trythall and hosted at universities across the United States.

Series I: Research, Scores, and Teaching, 1948-1998, undated. This series contains scores, performance instructions, concert programs, academic materials, and media materials associated with Trythall and the Electronic Music Plus Festival. Scores and Materials (Subseries A) contains many of Trythall's compositions as well as copyright requests, text copies, and compositional notes. Performance Instructions and Materials (Subseries B) detail the specifics of works with no score extant in the series. Photographs (Subseries C) features images ofTrythall, fellow musicians, and music technology. Other Research, Scores, and Teaching (Subseries D) consists of media clippings and academic materials associated with Trythall. Programs (Subseries E) includes programs and promotional materials for the first eighteen Electronic Music Plus Festivals and programs from other concerts in which Trythall was the composer or conductor. Books (Subseries F) includes Trythall's book and textbooks written during his time as a professor.

Series II: Media and Recordings, 1957-1999, undated. This series contains an assortment of audio recordings on different mediums. Cassettes (Subseries A), VHS (Subseries B), Audio Reels (Subseries C), Vinyl (Subseries D), and Oversized Audio Reels (Subseries E) each contain recordings of compositions by Trythall and others performed by various individuals and groups. This material is arranged first by format and then alphabetically by title of piece.

Series III: Oversized Scores, 1954-1970, undated. This series includes oversized scores and parts for Trythall's original compositions. Many of the parts have hand-written markings and notes.

Dates

  • 1948-1999

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

12 Linear Feet (9 record boxes, 12 flat boxes)

Abstract

The Gilbert Trythall Collection encompasses work from Trythall's career as a composer and professor. The collection includes a range of materials including scores, books, photographs, tapes, and audio reels. The collection also includes many programs and promotional materials from the Electronic Music Plus Festival, a festival founded by Trythall and hosted at universities across the United States.

Biographical/Historical Note

Gilbert Trythall (b. 1930) is a composer, professor, author, and conductor most known for his developments in electronic music. A Knoxville, Tennessee native, Trythall studied under David Van Vactor at the University of Tennessee where he earned his undergraduate degree in 1951. He went on to complete a master's degree at Northwestern and earned his doctorate from Cornell University in 1960. As a professor, Trythall taught at Knox College, George Peabody College for Teachers, and West Virginia University. He wrote several textbooks during his time in academia outlining theory instruction and electronic techniques.

A majority of Trythall's compositions utilize electronics and media, as well as synthesizers. In 1973, Trythall published his book, The Principles and Practice of Electronic Music, which details many of the techniques used in his compositions. Trythall retired in 1999 but continues to develop electronic music education programs.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480