Undated Works Series
nd (c1950-1980s)This series contains undated scores by Phyllis Tate. It includes both printed and manuscript copies of works for different ensembles.
Score: Bluebell Time Item
ndBluebell is written for solo voice (soprano) and piano. The words are thought to be by Constance Rich who was a relation to Phyllis by marriage.
Score: Songs From Scotland Item
ndThis is a collection of 5 traditional Scottish folk songs arranged by Phyllis Tate, dedicated 'To Jetta and the Scotia Ensemble', arranged for voice, flute and piano. There is one completed score and a rough copy of song 4 'The Brewer Lad' which has fewer melodic embellishments and slightly different phrasing from the final copy.
Score: Three Gaelic Ballads Item
ndThree Gaelic Ballads is a collection of Irish folk songs: 1- The Lake of Coolfin, 2- Hark! The Soft Bugle, 3- Hush Song. There is a rough copy, a working copy, a copy for a pianist with hand-written amendments, a folder of transparencies, a clean copy and a folder containing some lyric sheets with amendments and a brief description. The description states that the first in the collection uses an 'entirely original' setting while the others use words and tunes affiliated with the traditional versions, even if these particular settings are quite free. Although instrumentation is not stated, they seem to be written for voice and piano.
Score: Toccata Item
ndThis piece is believed to have been written for saxophone and piano due to the 'slap tongue' technique indicated in bar 2. It is unclear whether Toccata is part of a bigger work or stands alone.
Score: Greenwich Carols Item
ndGreenwich Carols is a collection of 2 carols arranged for SATB choir. The first is called Carol For Christmas Eve, and uses traditional SATB setting with an organ/piano accompaniment. The second, entitled Carol In Thanks, is unaccompanied, and the choir sings in 2 separate SATB groups with the words and tune by the first group, and soft repeated 'Ah's sung by the second.
Score: Handel in the Park Item
ndThis piece is written for a 5-part choir, and is subtitled as An Environmental Elegy. On the front, Tate has handwritten an exerpt from the poem Summer by Alexander Pope, which is the same exerpt used by Handel in his song Where 'er You Walk, hence the title. Tate's version, however, reworks the beautiful lyrics to depict ugly modern surroundings, talking of 'foul fumes', 'concrete' and 'pylons'. Instrumentation: Soprano, Also, Tenor, Baritone, Bass
Score: Invasion Item
ndInvasion is a 'Musical Drama' with libretto by William (Bill) Newton and music by Phyllis Tate. This copy had pencilled-in corrections/markings in the first scene, and is stamped as having belonged to Coventry School of Music. The full instrumentation is unknown as this copy only shows the vocal lines with a piano reduction.
Score: Israeli Folk Tunes (For Strings) Item
ndThis collection of Israeli folk tunes consists of 5 dances: Hora, Zadik Katamar, Hoi Harmonica, Erev Ba, Kuma Echa. This is a rough copy of the dances, which are written for Violin 1&2, Viola, Cello, Double Bass. As well as the score, there is a small collections of brief transcriptions of different Israeli folk tunes, some of which are re-written and included in the collection. Most of these seem to be written by a different hand so could have been the result of research she had done so to keep the work authentic. One of the clippings seems to have been cut out from a newletter (or similar) from the Society for Internation Folk Dancing, so this could have been one of the sources she used for research.
Score: Mary, Mary Magdalene Item
ndMary, Mary Magdalene is a song written for voice (soprano?) and guitar. It consists of 14 short verses, and is based on the words of a children's poem. On the accompanying lyric sheet, it explains that the Mary Magdalene referred to in the poem is in fact a granite figure which lies on the south wall of St. Mary Magdalene at Launceston in Cornwall which is said to bring good luck if stones are thrown on her back.