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Guide to the Ray Martin Music Scores Collection, 1950-1972
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  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Ray Martin Music Scores Collection
    Dates: 1950-1972
    Identification: SC/RMMS
    Creator: Martin, Ray, 1918-1988
    Physical Description: 65.00 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Special Collections
    Abstract: Ray Martin (1918-1988) was a composer, arranger, and conductor for BBC-TV, Columbia Records, RCA, and motion pictures. The collection contains the original manuscript scores in the composer's hand, and are numbered 1 through 342. There are nearly 600 pieces, including the unnumbered songs written for twenty-one of Martin's ablums.

    Biographical Information:

    Ray Martin was a composer, arranger, and conductor for BBC-TV, Columbia Records, RCA, and scored numerous motion pictures. He was born in Vienna, Austria, and attended the Vienna Academy for Music and Dramatic Arts where he studied violin and majored in music theory. In 1938, Martin moved to London and earned a living performing with Caroll Levis’ amateur talent shows and with various revues.
    Ray Martin worked at BBC Radio from 1946-1955. During his tenure, he was the resident conductor-arranger for BBC Radio and BBC TV. He also worked for Columbia Records as Artists and Repertoire Director from 1950-1958. At Columbia, he produced over two thousand records, including thirty albums and singles as an artist. He was assistant head of the Music Department for the Associated British Picture Corporation in Elstree, England from 1956-1958, sometimes writing under the pseudonyms Tony Simmonds and Lester Powell during that time.
    Ray Martin immigrated to the United States in 1957, and settled in New York. He was Artists and Repertoire Producer and advisor on European products for RCA from 1960-1962, Vice President of Music Production at RPM Associates, Inc., and half owner of RPM Associates, Inc. from 1960-1968. RPM produced music for commercials and industry films. In 1968, Martin moved to Los Angeles, where he composed and arranged music for RCA and other labels.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Paper records
    Publications

    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Tony Gardner and Serena Vaquilar

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], [date], Ray Martin Music Scores Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

    Scope and Contents

    The Ray Martin Collection contains original manuscript scores in the composer's hand that are numbered 1 through 342. There are nearly 600 pieces, including the unnumbered songs written for twenty-one of martin's albums. Ray Martin assigned unique sequential numbers to his scores. Boxes 1 through 37 include Martin's numbered scores in sequence; the number Martin assigned is listed in the title of each item.  Boxes 38 and 39 contain unnumbered scores.