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Michael C. Viens papers (M251)

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Title:
Michael C. Viens papers
Creator:
Viens, Michael C., 1953-
ID:
M251
Date [inclusive]:
1967-2014
Extent:
6.0 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
The collection contains drafts of musical compositions (parts and scores), poems, correspondence, copyright agreements, programs, clippings, ephemera, and sound recordings documenting Michael Viens' career as a composer between ca. 1972 and 2014.
Provenance:

Gift of Michael C. Viens, 2003-2016.

Preferred Citation:

Michael C. Viens Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.

Michael C. Viens, composer and pianist, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, on August 3, 1953. Encouraged by his father, Normande, to pursue music at a young age, Viens attended St. John's Preparatory School and then Bowdoin College (Class of 1975). Viens studied composition and theory with Elliot Schwartz at Bowdoin and then completed his Masters in Music at the University of Illinois School of Music. Following his graduate work in Illinois, Viens spent five years in Paris studying under Nadia Boulanger at the Conservatoire Americain at Fountainbleu. While in Paris, several of Viens' works were performed and choreographed at Le Centre d'Art Choreographique de l'Essonne and his song cycle ColorScope was broadcast twice on French National Radio. Mr. Viens' compositions have been featured at concerts throughout the United States, including a June 1994 premiere at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall of his song cycles Sundown Voyager, StarBlaze, and ColorScope. In 1995 ColorScope for baritone and orchestra was recorded by the Slovak National Radio Orchestra, and in 1997 Les Insectes Dansants was recorded by the Seattle Symphony. Viens' CDs include York, Maine: fin de siecles (1992), Song Cycles (1996), Sundown Voyager (1996), ColorScope (1998) and a self-titled CD with William Thomas McKinley (1998)

The collection contains drafts of musical compositions (parts and scores), poems, correspondence, copyright agreements, programs, clippings, ephemera, and sound recordings documenting Michael Viens' career as a composer between ca. 1972 and 2014. Final versions and sound recordings of many of these compositions are available in the Bowdoin College Authors Collection. The collection also includes biographical information about Viens, poetry collected by Viens to be used in his compositions, and newspaper clippings concerning the lives of other composers.

Organized in seven series: Compositions, 1972-1997; Poems, 1972-2002; Correspondence and Agreements, 1979-2001; Programs, 1967-2014; Notebooks, Clippings and Ephemera, 1967-2001; Recordings, 1976-1998; Publications (software), 1982-1984.

Subject(s):
  • Composers -- United States.
  • Composition (Music)
  • Music -- Scores.
  • Performing Arts

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Series Description:

Material documenting Michael Viens' career as a composer. Includes draft and final versions of "Autumnal Triptych," "ColorScope," "Entretiens," "Hummingbirds," "In Loving You," "Interlude," "Kladdenklangen," "Les Insectes Dansants," "Mongol 482," "Pareil-non-Pareil," "Perpetuum Mobile," "Phases of the Heart," "Seasons of Love," "StarBlaze," "Summer Fare," "Thune," "Twilight," "Ukanos," "Voices in the Still," "Voli in Primavera and Winter Night." Final versions and sound recordings of many of these compositions are available in the Bowdoin College Authors Collection. Also included are works dedicated to Michael Viens by other composers.

Autumnal Triptych drafts, 1988

Box 1 Folder 1

Autumnal Triptych drafts, 1988

Ovsz-Box Box 1 Folder 1

Autumnal Triptych penultimate, 1991

Box 1 Folder 2

Bittersweet, 1989

Box 1 Folder 3

ColorScope - Amber Ale, 1992

Box 1 Folder 4

ColorScope - Consolation, 1992

Box 1 Folder 5

ColorScope - Consolation, 1992

Ovsz-Box 1 Folder 2

ColorScope - drafts

Ovsz-Box Box 1 Folder 2

ColorScope - Epilogue, 1992

Box 1 Folder 6

ColorScope - Peach-tart, 1992

Box 1 Folder 7

ColorScope - Prologue, 1992

Box 1 Folder 8

Compositions Dedicated to Michael Viens

Ovsz-Box Box 1 Folder 3

Consolation, 1992

Box 1 Folder 9

Entretiens, 1979, copy 1

Box 1 Folder 10

Entretiens, 1979, copy 2

Ovsz-Box Box 1 Folder 4

Hummingbirds, 1997

Box 1 Folder 11

In Loving You

Box 1 Folder 12

Interlude - The Hour, 1989

Box 1 Folder 13

Kladdenklangen, 1979

Ovsz-Box Box 1 Folder 5

Lament, 1990

Box 1 Folder 14

Les Insectes Dansants, 1994

Box 1 Folder 15

Lonely Twilight

Box 1 Folder 16

Mongol 482

Ovsz-Box Box 1 Folder 6

Pareil-non-Pareil, 1976 rev. 1978

Box 1 Folder 17

Pareil-non-Pareil drafts

Ovsz-Box Box 1 Folder 7

Pentaphonia for Woodwind Quintet

Ovsz-Box Box 2 Folder 1

Perpetuum Mobile, 1979, copy 1

Box 1 Folder 18

Perpetuum Mobile, 1979, copy 2

Ovsz-Box Box 2 Folder 2

Phantasmagoria

Ovsz-Box Box 2 Folder 3

Phases of the Heart, 1989

Box 1 Folder 19

Seasons of Love, 1989, copy 1

Box 1 Folder 20

Seasons of Love, 1989, copy 2

Box 1 Folder 21

Seasons of Love, 1989, with stage directions

Box 1 Folder 22

SoundScapes, 1977

Box 1 Folder 23

StarBlaze, 1990, copy 1

Box 1 Folder 24

StarBlaze, 1990, copy 2

Box 1 Folder 25

StarBlaze, 1990, penultimate

Box 1 Folder 26

Storm, 1992

Box 1 Folder 27

Summer Fare, 1991

Box 1 Folder 28

The Mustard Seed

Ovsz-Box Box 2 Folder 4

Thune

Ovsz-Box Box 2 Folder 5

Tone Sketch for Guitar Solo

Ovsz-Box Box 2 Folder 6

Twilight - Hymn to the Night, 1991

Box 1 Folder 29

Twilight - Song, 1992

Box 1 Folder 30

Twilight - Spring (sketch)

Box 1 Folder 31

Twilight - Winter, 1991

Box 1 Folder 32

Ukanos, 1980

Ovsz-Box Box 2 Folder 7

Voices in the Still, 1991

Box 1 Folder 33

Voices in the Still drafts

Box 1 Folder 34

Voices in the Still - Acceptance, 1991

Box 1 Folder 35

Voices in the Still - Bereft, 1990

Box 1a Folder 1

Voices in the Still - Come In, 1991

Box 1a Folder 2

Voices in the Still - Desert Places, 1990

Box 1a Folder 3

Voices in the Still - Mezzo soprano, 1991

Box 1a Folder 4

Voices in the Still - Reluctance, 1991

Box 1a Folder 5

Voies Disparates

Ovsz-Box 2 Folder 7

Voli in Primavera, 1991

Box 1a Folder 6

Winter Night, 1991, drafts

Box 1a Folder 7

Winter Nights, 1991, penultimate copy 1

Box 1a Folder 8

Winter Nights, 1991, penultimate copy 2

Ovsz-Box Box 2 Folder 9

Score inventory

Box 1a Folder 9

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Series Description:

Includes poetry written by Michael Viens and poems collected by Viens for use in his compositions. His poems are titled "A Fontainebleau," Aeolus," "Aiaie," "Amber Ale," "Awesome Winds," "Bees," "Beguiled," "Color-Scope," "Consolation," Danza macabra," "Early Fantaines," "Elan Vital," "Epilogue," "Femmes Fatales," "Kilaeuea," "Leaping Beauties," "Limelight," "Lustral Waters," "Miami Reverie," Needlepoint," "Oceanus," "Oiseaux lyriques a Fontainebleau," "Peach-Tart," "Pele," "Prolgue," "Ruckus," "The Struggle," and "Yellow-Black Buzz and the Mari-Gold." Also included are undated poems to Rachel and Reverend Brother Nicodemus. Some poems are handwritten, while others are printed copies.

Authors of poems collected by Michael Viens include: e.e. cummings, Emily Dickinson, Hilda Doolittle, Robert Frost, Roland Labrie, Amy Lowell, Edgar Allen Poe, James Whitcomb Riley, Carl Sandburg, Sara Teasdale, Edward di Valli, and Walt Whitman.

Poems authored by Viens

Box 2 Folder 1

Poems collected by Viens

Box 2 Folder 2

Poems, floppy disk backups

Box 3

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Series Description:

Consists primarily of Viens' correspondence with publishing houses and authors seeking permission to use copyrighted materials in his compositions and copyright applications for Viens' compositions. Also includes correspondence with William Thomas McKinley and Maine Composers' Forum director Nick Humez, as well as letters to his parents during his time at Bowdoin and while in France.

AIDS project correspondence

Box 2 Folder 3

Bowdoin Bicentennial Concert correspondence

Box 2 Folder 4

Copyrights, compositions, A-P

Box 2 Folder 5

Copyrights, compositions, Q-Z

Box 2 Folder 6

Copyrights, poetry, A-G

Box 2 Folder 7

Copyrights, poetry, H-S

Box 2 Folder 8

Copyrights, poetry, T-Z

Box 2 Folder 9

Les Insectes Dansants correspondence

Box 2 Folder 10

Letters of recommendation

Box 2 Folder 11

McKinley correspondence

Box 2 Folder 12

Mailing list

Box 2 Folder 13

Maine Composers' Forum correspondence

Box 2 Folder 14

Pareil-non-Pareil correspondence

Box 2 Folder 15

Personal correspondence

Box 2 Folder 15

University of Illinois correspondence

Box 2 Folder 16

Winter Night correspondence

Box 2 Folder 17

York, Maine: fin de siecles correspondence

Box 2 Folder 18

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Series Description:

Consists chiefly of printed programs for Michael Viens' musical concerts, ca. 1967-2002, including materials from France, the University of Illinois, the University of Wisconsin, the University of Southern Maine, Bates College, Bowdoin College, and the Weil Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall.

1967-1979

Box 2 Folder 19

1988-1991

Box 2 Folder 20

1992-1995

Box 2 Folder 21

1996-2014

Box 2 Folder 22

Oversized Programs, 1988-2014

Ovsz-Box 2 Folder 16

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically.

Series Description:

Consists primarily of clippings about Michael Viens, including reviews of his live musical performances and recordings. Also included are miscellaneous clippings collected by Viens concerning the lives of composers and friends, as well as several short biographical sketches of Viens and ephemera relating to his trip to Bratislava, Slovakia.

Biographical Materials

Box 2 Folder 23

Clippings about Viens

Box 2 Folder 24

Clippings collected by Viens

Box 2 Folder 25

Edward di Valli life celebration

Box 2 Folder 26

James Bowdoin Scholar Award

Box 2 Folder 27

Master Musicians' Collective

Box 2 Folder 28

Photographs

Box 2 Folder 29

Robert Casadesus biography

Box 2 Folder 30

Notebooks: harmony lessons with Nadia Boulangier (1 of 3)

Box 2 Folder 31

Notebooks: harmony lessons with Nadia Boulangier (2 of 3)

Box 2 Folder 32

Notebooks: harmony lessons with Nadia Boulangier (3 of 3)

Box 2 Folder 33

Seasons of Love guestbook

Box 2 Folder 34

Travel to Bratislava, Slovakia

Box 2 Folder 35

Arrangement:

Arranged by format, then alphabetically by title.

Series Description:

This series contains audio and video recordings made between 1976 and 1998 of Viens' compositions and concerts. Formats include: cassette, CD, DAT, reel-to-reel, and VHS. Published recordings are available in the Bowdoin College Authors Collection.

Cassette: Les Insectes Dansantes, 1995 May 4

Box 2

Cassette: Les Insectes Dansantes, 1995 October 13

Box 2

Cassette: Premiere of works, tape 1

Box 2

Cassette: Premiere of works, tape 2

Box 2

CD: Michael C. Viens and William Thomas McKinley

Box 2

Song Cycles

Box 2

CD: Sundown Voyager Song Cycles by Michael C. Viens

Box 3

CD: York, Maine: fin des siecles

Box 2

DAT: Live takes, 1990 February 4

Box 2

DAT: Live takes, 1990 May 1

Box 2

DAT: Sequenced dub master

Box 2

Reel-to-reel: ColorScope

Box 2

Reel-to-reel: Phantasmagoria

Box 2

Reel-to-reel: Recital - Fondation des Etats-Unis, 1976 February 3, copy 1

Box 2

Reel-to-reel: Recital - Fondation des Etats-Unis, 1976 February 3, copy 2

Box 2

Reel-to-reel: Recital - Fondation des Etats-Unis, 1976 February 3, copy 3

Box 2

Reel-to-reel: Recital - Fondation des Etats-Unis, 1976 February 3, copy 4

Box 2

VHS: Bonjour!, 1996

Box 2

VHS: Boston concert

Box 2

VHS: Bowdoin bicentennial concert

Box 2

VHS: Olin Arts Center concert

Box 2

VHS: Portsmouth concert

Box 2

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically

Series Description:

Consists of commercial software publications including childrens' learning programs.

Spinnaker Delta Drawing Learning Program

Box 3

Spinnaker Kids on Keys

Box 3

Spinnaker Kidwriter

Box 3

Spinnaker Kidwriter drafts

Box 3

Spinnaker Kinder Comp

Box 3

Spinnaker Kindercomp

Box 3
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