Phyllis Tate Collection Subfonds
c1960-1989A collection of scores and a small amount of personal papers created/acquired by the composer Phyllis Tate. This collection was donated to the British Music Information Centre by Phyllis Tate's family. The scores include manuscript and printed versions of both published and unpublished musical works. This collection also includes personal files containing poems and articles acquired by Tate as well as administrative documents from her publisher, Oxford University Press,
Musical Works Subfonds
1955-1982This area contains a collection of Phyllis Tate's musical works. It includes dated and undated works, with the dated works spanning from c.1955-1982. There are works for a huge range of different ensembles, as well as published and unpublished works. The scores in this catalogue have been ordered by date, where a date is given, and alphabetically by title where no date is evident.
Dated Works Series
1955-1982This series contains dated scores by Phyllis Tate c1955-1982, including printed scores and handwritten manuscripts of both published and unpublished works.
Score: String Quartet in F Item
1955This file includes a set of uncorrected parts with extra parts for 2nd violin. Some of the parts have hand-written rehearsal marking and bow indications. Written for 1st Violin, 2nd Violin, Viola and Cello.
Score: Lady of Shalott, The Item
16/07/1956This file includes 2 complete copies of Tate's setting of Tennyson's poem The Lady of Shalott. There are also 2 typed copies of the poem.It is subtitled as a Cantata in Four Movements, and is written for tenor, viola, percussion, 2 pianos and celesta.
Score: London Fields Item
1958London Fields was comissioned by the BBC for the Light Music Festival of 1958. It is written for full orchestra (+harp) and is unpublished.
Score: Lodger, The Item
1960The Lodger is an opera in Two Acts, based upon the novel of the same name by Mrs Belloe-Lowndes. Adaptation and litbretto by David Franklin and music by Phyllis Tate. This collection holds 2 copies of each act and a book of corrected libretto. The opera is scored for double woodwind (including piccolo, cor anglais, bass clarinet), 4230 brass, timpani, percussion, piano, celeste and strings.
Score: Phoenix and the Turtle, The Item
1961Published in 1967, there is one rough score with amendments made and one clean copy. There is also some supporting papers including some background information about the work. It was written for choir, flute, piccolo, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, hotn, trombone, 4 cellos, harpsicord, piano and organ.
Score: Dark Pilgrimage Item
1962A full score and a copy of 'slumber song' in the front cover, which is 4 pages long from the original TV opera. Dark Pilgrimage is an opera for television with words by David Franklin and music by Phyllis Tate. There is a full score and 'Slumber Song' which is a short song from the opera re-written for voice and piano. The opera is scored for flute 1+2, piccolo, oboe 1+2, clarinets in A 1+2, bassoon 1+2, horn 1+2, trumpet in C, tenor trombone, tuba, percussion, violin 1+2, viola, cello and double bass. This item is unpublished.
Score: Song Without Words Item
c.1962Song Without Words is a trumpet and bassoon solo accompanied by reduced orchestra; there are only 2 desks of violins, violas and cellos. Unfortunately this item does not include the piece in its entirity. There is one of the movements, which lasts for 6.5 minutes, as a printed copy with hand-written amendments, and the other item is a set of negatives, part of the 4th movement, which was published separately by OUP. The overall duration of piece is 20 minutes.