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ApIvor, Denis, manuscripts

Reference code(s): GB 0210 MSDENAP

Held at: National Library of Wales

Title: Denis ApIvor MSS

Short Title: ApIvor, Denis, manuscripts

Creation date(s): 1935-1995

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 29 volumes

Name of creator(s): Denis ApIvor

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: Denis ApIvor, composer, was born in 1916 in the Republic of Ireland, where he was brought up until his family moved to Wales in 1921. In 1925 ApIvor left the family home in Caernarfon to become a chorister at Christ Church, Oxford where, by the age of ten, he was already showing compositions to his music master Henry Ley. He later transferred to Hereford Cathedral, where his father was by now chaplain. At Hereford ApIvor learnt the clarinet, piano and organ and played in local orchestras while also continuing to compose. It was as a medical student, however, that ApIvor entered University College, London in 1934; however, with the help of Cecil Gray, who had written a biography of the composer Peter Warlock, ApIvor became the pupil of the composer and Cambridge University professor Patrick Hadley. He would later work with Alan Rawsthorne, who was to become an important figure in the contemporary music of the 1930s. ApIvor fulfilled his war service at hospitals in India, all the while continuing to compose music. He returned to London in 1945; in 1987, he took up residence near Llanidloes. Amongst ApIvor's most noted works are the operas She Stoops To Conquer, Yerma, Ubu Roi and Bouvard et Pécuchet and his ballets A Mirror For Witches and Blood Wedding, the latter based on the work of Federico García Lorca, for whose poetical works ApIvor showed great enthusiasm. He also produced numerous solo and choral works, chamber music and songs and numbered Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, Alban Berg and Anton Webern amongst his greatest influences.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Music manuscripts, 1935-1995, of Denis ApIvor, including those of his operas She Stoops To Conquer, Yerma, Ubu Roi and Bouvard et Pécuchet, as well as solo and choral works (including The Hollow Men), songs, concertos, chamber music, etc.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English.

System of arrangement: Arranged according to NLW MSS reference numbers: NLW MSS 22648-22665, 22882-22886, 23465-23470.

Conditions governing access: Readers consulting modern papers in the National Library of Wales are required to abide by the conditions noted on the 'Modern papers - data protection' form issued with their readers' tickets.

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright laws apply.

Finding aids: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Vol. VIII (Aberystwyth, 1999); Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Vol. IX (Aberystwyth, 2003).

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Accruals: No accruals expected.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: NLW MSS 22648-22665 were purchased from Denis ApIvor, Llanidloes, in 1989; NLW MSS 22882-22886 were purchased from Denis ApIvor, Saltdean, in 1991; and NLW MSS 23465-23470 were purchased from Denis ApIvor, Saltdean, in 1995.

ALLIED MATERIALS

Related material: See also NLW Facs. 775, which contains a typescript catalogue of the composer's works.

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title based on contents.

Archivist's note: Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Vol. VIII (Aberystwyth, 1999); Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Volume IX (Aberystwyth, 2003); MusicWeb International WWW site

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: March 2009


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Ballets | Great Britain | 20th century | Scores
Chamber music | Great Britain | 20th century | Scores
Operas | Great Britain | 20th century | Scores
Orchestral music | Great Britain | 20th century | Scores
Vocal music | Great Britain | 20th century | Scores

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