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Compositions by Harold Brown:

Scores and parts for these compositions
are available for rental:
  - Suite for Strings, 1937,
  - Introduction and Allegro, 1938,
  - Suite for Large Orchestra, 1940,
  - Divertimento for Small Orchestra, 1945.
For information, contact:
Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1116

Parts to the 1932+ quartet second movement and the 1930 woodwind trio are available from Sig Rosen; see "Contact Us" on our Home page.

Most of Harold's scores and parts are at the American Composers Alliance archive, at University of Md. College Park. To schedule an appointment to view the scores, contact:
Vincent J. Novara
Curator, Special Collections in Performing Arts
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
University of Maryland College Park
vnovara(at) (Change "(at)" to an At-sign)
tel 301-405-9220, fax 301-314-7170

Or you may contact at the same location:
Leahkim Gannett, Special Collections Manager
leahkim(at) 301-314-7614

Click here for List of ACA Harold Brown holdings at U.Md.

Click here for a complete description of the Harold Brown Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries. Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Please make an appointment with the curator: Vincent J. Novara Tel: 301.405.9220, Email:

Renaissance performance editions by Harold Brown:
Performance editions, many in Harold's hand, may be obtained from the Renaissance Chorus Assoc. To inquire about availability and cost, see "Contact Us" on our Home page.

Manuscript title page and page 1 in Harold's hand, said to be a transcription of a Frescobaldi Passacaglia and Fugue. Held by the Free Library of Philadelphia (see Links page).

Sample pages from Renaissance Chorus Series of Masses

Samples of sheet music by Joel during Vietnam war

Early performers of Harold Brown compositions:
Leonard Sharrow played in the first recording listed (1938) of "Two Experiments for Flute."
Ralph McLane was the Clarinetist for that 1938 performance.

Compact Disc

Music for Strings
by Harold Brown:

The two String Quartets and the String Quintet played by the Tessera Quartet with Louise Schulman are on a CD by ALBANY Records, TROY1352. Click here for Reviews and commentary.
Listen to the Music
Click on the underlined links

Harold Brown Compositions:

"Two Experiments for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon" (1931), performed by Katharine Flanders, flute, Joseph Stone, clarinet, and Dolores Rumore, bassoon, Dec. 9, 1979:
I  Andante sostenuto
II Scherzo

"Four Little Preludes for Piano" (1935), performed by Shirley Rhoads (now Perle), Dec. 9, 1979:
I    Simply
II   Fast
III  With easy motion (a la siciliano)
IV  Light and Fast

"Choral Setting No. 1" on Gerard Manley Hopkins text "No worst, there is none" (1940):
Musical Score:  JPG   PDF
Memorial Concert, Dec. 9, 1979, directed by Joel Meltz
Canby Singers, February 2002, directed by Sheila Schonbrun

Interlude from Orchestral Suite #1 (1940), directed by Howard Hanson October 28, 1943 at Eastman School of Music, with introduction by Mr. Hanson.

Divertimento for Small Orchestra (1945). directed by Howard Hanson October 23, 1946 at Eastman School of Music.

"Sylvia" (1948) on the poem by John Dryden, performed by Evelyn Simon, soprano, and John Van Buskirk, piano, Dec. 9, 1979

Four Symphonic Movements (1950). Also called "Second Symphony" - ACA #5036 at U.Md. The first three were recorded at a reading by Howard Hanson at Eastman School of Music Nov. 6, 1951. Because of illness, parts for the fourth movement were not ready for Hanson's reading; it has been realized in MIDI by Louis Lantz.
I    Slow
II   Variation
III  Variation II, Agitato
IV  Andante Sostenuto

Samples of Harold Brown's Compositions for Strings
played by The Tessera Quartet with Louise Schulman
from the Demo Disk sent to the Copland Fund:
String Quartet (1932) Part I Beginning
String Quartet Part II Beginning
String Quintet (1935) Part I Beginning
String Quintet Part II from [B] to [K]
String Quintet Part III from [D] to end
For the final performances, buy our CD, TROY1352 from ALBANY Records.

Follow Harold's Score as the Renaissance Chorus Sings:
Peter Randall shows you the score with Harold's markings along with the music.
Heinrich Finck: Missa de Beata Virgine. BAROQUE 9005 recording:
   Kyrie. Gloria. Credo.    Sanctus. Benedictus. Agnus Dei.   Harold's score PDF

Audio Recordings of the Renaissance Chorus:

December 20, 1954, recording for a broadcast on WFUV:
Adoramus te - Vincenzo Ruffo
Ave Maria - Louis Dietsch (1808-1865) based on Arcadelt's "Nous voyons que les hommes"
Adoramus te - Francesco Rosselli
Magnificat - Thomas Tallis
Adoramus te - Orlande de Lassus
Salve Regina - Orlande de Lassus
Nunc dimittis - Thomas Tallis
In principio - Josquin des Prez
Exsultate Deo - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
View record label

Martini: Salve Regina, recorded in stereo by John Blair, 1965.

Concert May 6, 1975 at General Theological Seminary, recorded in stereo by John Blair:
Binchois: Asperges me, transcribed by Richard Taruskin from Trent MSS. 87 f. 124-5, and 90, F.2'-3.
Chant: Tecum principium.
Fayrfax: Missa Tecum principium: Gloria; Credo; Sanctus; Agnus Dei.

BAROQUE 9002: Josquin: Missa Une musque de Biscaye: Kyrie; Gloria; Credo; Sanctus; Benedictus; Agnus Dei. View Liner Notes.

BAROQUE 9003: Martini: Magnificat secundi toni; Ockeghem: Credo Sine Nomine; Obrecht: Missa Je ne Demande: Gloria, Credo. View Liner Notes

BAROQUE 9004: Ockeghem: Missa Mi-Mi: Kyrie; Gloria; Credo; Sanctus; Agnus Dei. Jacob Obrecht: Missa Salve diva parens: Kyrie. View Liner Notes.

BAROQUE 9005: Finck: Missa de Beata Virgine. Kyrie; Gloria; Credo; Sanctus; Benedictus; Agnus Dei. View Liner Notes.

ESOTERIC/COUNTERPOINT/EVEREST 546: Isaac: Motets from Choralis Constantinus: Group 1; Group 2; Ruffo: Adoramus te; Tallis: Magnificat; Josquin: Misericordias Domini; Hassler: Ad Dominum cum tribularer; Palestrina: Exultate Deo. View Liner Notes