Inventory of the Andrew Imbrie Papers, 1955-1998

Processed by Cynthia Golembeski and revised by Judy Tsou; machine-readable finding aid created by Susana Franco
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Inventory of the Andrew Imbrie Papers, 1955-1998

Collection number: ARCHIVES IMBRIE 1

The Music Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Contact Information

  • Music Library
  • 240 Morrison Hall
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • Berkeley, California, 94720-6000
  • Phone: (510) 642-2623
  • Fax: (510) 642-8237
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Processed by:
Cynthia Golembeski
Revised by:
Judy Tsou, 1995, Atsuko Tanida 1998
Date Completed:
November 14, 1995
Date Revised:
Jan. 1999
Encoded by:
Susana Franco and Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1999 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Andrew Imbrie Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1955-1988
Collection number: ARCHIVES IMBRIE 1
Creator: Imbrie, Andrew, 1921-
Extent: Number of containers: 1 document box, 1 carton

Linear ft.: 1.5
Repository: The Music Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information


All material collected by Andrew Imbrie.


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Music Library.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Andrew Imbrie Papers, ARCHIVES IMBRIE 1, Music Library, University of California, Berkeley.


Andrew Welsh Imbrie (b. New York, April 6, 1921). Composer. He began piano studies at the age of four with Ann Abajian, and continued with Pauline and Leo Ornstein. At Princeton (BA 1942), he studied composition with Roger Sessions. After serving in the U.S. Army (1942-6), he followed Sessions to Berkeley, where he received an M.A. in 1947 and the same year was appointed an instructor. He postponed his teaching career to accept a fellowship at the American Academy in Rome (1947-9), to which he later returned as composer-in-residence. At Berkeley, Imbrie was rapidly promoted, becoming professor of music in 1960, and in the course of his long association with the University he has acquired the reputation of a distinguished teacher; his pupils have included Larry Austin and David Del Tredici. In 1970 he was also named chairman of the composition department at the San Francisco Conservatory, and in 1982 Jacob Ziskind Visiting Professor of Music at Brandeis University. He has contributed articles to Perspectives of New Musicand other periodicals. Imbrie has received many awards, including the Alice M. Ditson Fellowship (1946-7), two Guggenheim Fellowships (1953-4, and 1960-61), a Brandeis University Creative Arts Award (1958), and a Naumburg Recording Award (1960). In 1969 he was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters and in 1980 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received commissions from the Naumburg Foundation (for Three Campion Songs), California State University, Hayward (A Song for St. Cecilia Day), the San Francisco Opera (Angle of Repose)and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (Requiem: In Memoriam John H. Imbrie 1962-1981). [From The New Grove Dictionary of American Music ].
Professor Imbrie retired from the University of California, Berkeley in Spring, 1991. He was named the Faculty Research Lecturer the same year, a prestigious campus-wide award.

Scope and Content

The collection is arranged into five series: biographical materials, pedagogical materials, correspondence and notes, audio materials, and miscellany. The range of materials are from 1955 to 1988, with the bulk of the materials in the late 50s to the late 70s. There is a series of "Bio-Bibliography Annual Supplement" forms from 1955 to 1972, chronicling his compositional output and administrative involvement during those years. The pedagogical materials include mostly class assignments from his years of teaching, arranged by class numbers and years. There is also a body of materials that students and others have sent to him, apparently for evaluation.

Container List


Series I. Biographical Material

Box Box 1, Folder 1


Folder 2


Folder 3


Folder 4


Folder 5


Folder 6


Folder 7

Sabbatical Leave Reports

Folder 8

Notes and Analysis

Folder 9

Concert Programs [1955-

Folder 9

Lists of Works


Series II. Pedagogical Material

Box Box 1, Folder 1

Musicianship [1955]

Folder 2

Music 1ABC [1976-1977]

Folder 3

Music 1ABC [1978-1979]

Folder 4

Music 2A [1955-1957]

Folder 5

Music 2A [1958-1960]

Folder 6

Music 2A [1962-1965]

Folder 7

Music 2B [1958-1966]

Folder 8

Music 2B [1963-1965]

Folder 9

Music 2C [1958-1964]

Folder 10

Music 2C [1970]

Folder 11

Music 2C [1971]

Folder 12

Music 2D [1959-1963]

Folder 13

Music 3ABCD

Folder 14

Music 105B

Folder 15

Music 109

Folder 16

Music 119A [1956]

Folder 17

Music 127C [1956]

Folder 18

Music 127C [1959]

Folder 19

Music H195 [1965]

Folder 20

Music 204 [1971]


Series III. Correspondence and Notes

Box Box 1, Folder 1

Score and Notes (Curt Veeneman)

Box Box 2, Folder 2

Submitted Works

Folder 3

Submitted Works

Box Box 1, Folder 4

American Musicological Society [December 1962]

Folder 5

Berg Society [1968-1971]

Folder 6

International Society of Contemporary Music [1960]

Folder 7

International Society of Contemporary Music [1967-1968]

Folder 8

Japanese Music

Box Box 2, Folder 9

Legend - Program Notes

Box Box 1, Folder 10

May T. Morrison Festival [1958]

Folder 11

MTNA-Portland [1951]

Folder 12

MTNA-Dallas [1952]

Folder 13

Research Grant-Symphony #1 [1965-1966]

Folder 14

Rockefeller Foundation [1957-1965]

Folder 15

Rockefeller Foundation [1966-1972]

Folder 16

Elston [1970-1972]

Folder 17

Here We Stand

Folder 18

Hoffman-Schonberg Edition

Folder 19

Sessions Cantata [1970]

Folder 20

Milton Salkind [1980-1982]

Folder 21

Music Department [1982-1985]

Folder 22

Sessions Memorial Concerto [Spring 1986]

Folder 23

Publication Project [1962]

Folder 24

Thesis Committees (Works Completed) [1958-1962]

Folder 25

W. J. Dowling - Thesis: Scale and Contour[1977]

Folder 26

Peter Van Den Toorn - Thesis: Stravinsky Re-Barred[1986]

Folder 27

Virginia Samuel - Dissertation: Symphony [1988]

Folder 28

UC Press [1987]

Folder 29

UC Press contemporary Music Series [1969-1974]

Folder 30

Merchant of Venice

Folder 31

Research Grant [1957-1959]

Folder 32

Research Grant - Three Against Christmas [1961-1962]

Folder 33

Research Grant - Symphony No. 3 [1970]

Folder 34

Research Grant - Symphony No. 2 [1968-1969]

Folder 35

Research Grant - Sabbatical Year-Chamber Symphony [1968]

Box Box 2, Folder 36

East West Music Encounter Conference

Box Box 1, Folder 37

Lecture: "Composing Music: The Bonfire of the Categories"


Series IV. Audio Materials

Box Box 2, Folder 1

Chamber Music of Andrew Imbrie, Old First Church; January 27, 1985

Physical Description: (2-tape Set)

Series V. Miscellaneous

Box Box 2, Folder 1

Other music programs