Riley, James Rex Papers, 1971-1983 *JMU Faculty Papers*

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Summary Information

Repository:
Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University
Creator:
Riley, James Rex, 1938-1987
Title:
James Rex Riley Papers
Collection No.:
SC 0181
Date:
1971-1983
Extent:
5 boxes, 2.03 Cubic Feet
Language of the Material:
English
Abstract:
This collection contains five boxes. The bulk of the collection consists of manuscripts of Dr. Riley's compositions and recordings of performances of his works.

Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [box #, folder #], James Rex Riley Papers, SC 0181, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

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Bio/Historical Note

James Rex Riley was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1938. He graduated from Centenary College, then studied composition with Samuel Adler and Hunter Johnson at North Texas State University and the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his doctorate. He taught at the University of Texas, Mississippi State University and Wichita State University, and came to James Madison University in September 1981. He won a number of prizes, including three ASCAP awards, and received commissions from such organizations as the San Antonio Chamber Music Society as well as James Madison University. He died March 29, 1987, after several years of struggling against a brain tumor.

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Scope and Content

This collection contains five boxes. The bulk of the collection consists of manuscripts of Dr. Riley's compositions and recordings of performances of his works.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Audio recordings are not accessible pending reformatting. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk. (library-special@jmu.edu).

Acquisition Information

These materials, most of which had been in Dr. Riley's office at the time of his death, were donated to the Music Department by his widow, Susan Riley.

Processing Information

In order to streamline the process of applying collection numbers, Special Collections staff completed a large-scale renumbering campaign in 2017-2018. This collection was previously cataloged as SC 5003.

Location

Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

880 Madison DriveMSC 1704Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807library-special@jmu.eduURL: https://www.lib.jmu.edu/special/

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Index Terms

Subject

  • James Madison University. Music Dept

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Collection Inventory

Title/Description Instances
Dedicatory Hymn and Fuguing Tune James Riley, Concerto #4 - Handel, Prelude and Allegro - W. Piston, May 6, 1978 box 1
Concert Music for Winds & Percussion James Riley, Cincinnati Conservatory Wind Ensemble, Robert Rustowicz, Conductor, May 27, 1977 box 1
Mississippi State University, Department of Music Education presents a Faculty Recital of compositions by James Rex Riley, February 11, 1970 box 1
James Riley, Concert Music for Winds and Percussion, Cincinnati Conservatory Wind Ensemble, R. Rustowicz, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 27, 1977 box 1
James Riley, Concert Music for Winds & Percussion, UTSA Wind Ensemble, Rustowicz, April 15, 1981 box 1
Riley - concert Music for Winds & Percussion, March 17, 1981 box 1
James Riley, Four Essays for Brass Quintet, Recorded by: San Antonio Symphony Brass Quintet, 1981 box 1
JMU Contemporary Music Festival, Virginia Composers, 1982 box 1
James Riley, Stick Games, ISU Percussion Ensemble, undated box 1
James Riley, Tangents, Tape Part, undated box 1
Riley, Textures for Trombone & Piano, April 19, 1974 box 1
Jazz Improvisation Class (play-a-long), undated box 1
Riley - TV Music, undated box 1
Two Choruses from Five Satirical Madrigals, James Riley, WSU Chamber Singers, April 19, 1971 box 1
James Riley, Visiones, March 15, 1975 box 2
Woodwind Quintet - James Riley, April 2, 1974 box 2
JMU Alma Mater, undated

Notes by Dr. Riley & various scores.

box 2 folder 1
Published compositions, 1973-1983

Conversation piece for trumpet, Tenuto, 1983. Dialogue for trumpet and percussion, Elkan-Vogel, 1974. Three acts for five trombones, Brass Press, 1973. Stick games, Southern Music, 1980. Visiones, Southern Music, 1976.

box 2 folder 2
Personal, undated

Includes a resume, copy of the funeral program, and clippings.

box 2 folder 3
Large manuscripts, undated

Most are originals; a few are photocopies in files. Titles are: Celebration for band Sun-song; Concert music for winds & percussion; Superstar (folder); Masquerade (folder); Three songs for the day; Spheres (folder); String of pearls (folder); Tropical latitudes (folder); Valley ayres (3 copies)

box OV 1
Small manuscripts, undated

Most are originals; a few are photocopies in files. Titles are: Dedicatory hymn and fuguing tune Preludes & fugues (folder); Devil's dirge Sassy Sam (folder); Four scenes for orchestra (3 cop.); Second string quartet; Gemini (folder); Third string quartet (3 cop.); Pastime (2 copies)

box OV 2
Performances of Dr. Riley's compositions, 1971-1983

18 5 inch reel to reel tapes of performances of Dr. Riley's compositions: Concert music for winds and percussion, WSU Wind Ensemble, 1975; Concert music for winds and percussion, Cincinnati Conservatory Wind Ensemble, 1977; Conversation piece, solo - Charles Bergine, 1979, 3 copies; Dedicatory hymn and fuguing tune, 1978, 2 copies; Dialogue, WSU, 1972; Four scenes for orchestra, WSU, 1973, 2 copies; Pastime. San Antonio Symphony Woodwind Quintet, 2 copies; Pirouettes, 1 copy 1982, 1 copy 1983; Second string quartet, WSU, 1974; Stick games, ISU Percussion Ensemble; Third string quartet, Concord Quartet, 1977; Textures, 1971.

20 cassette tapes, of which some are Dr. Riley's work, others are by various composers, and some are commercial orchestras for classroom use; and Dr. Riley's card file of items in his files.

box OV 3