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Florence Levin Lockshin Papers, 1924-1995
14 boxes (6.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 405

Abstract:
Composer and pianist. The papers focus mainly on Lockshin's musical compositions and include scores; recordings of performances; plus files of correspondence, publicity and memorabilia related to performances of her work. There are also a series of unpublished poems written by Lockshin in her later life. Materials include writings, speech notes, correspondence, musical scores, and audio recordings.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the papers of Florence Levin Lockshin. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Biographical Note

Florence Helen Levin was born March 24, 1910 in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Samuel M. and Jennie (Klein) Levin. Levin had an early interest in music, winning competitions in concert piano in her teen-age years. She majored in music at Ohio State University, where she met, and in 1933 married, Samuel D. Lockshin. The couple had twin sons, Richard and Michael. After earning a B.S. in music in 1931, she continued to perform and was a founder of the Four Piano Quartet in Mansfield, Ohio. Most of Lockshin's early compositions were for the piano. She wrote and often arranged works to be played by the Quartet. In 1951, the Four Piano Quartet represented Ohio at the 26th Biennial Convention of the National Federation of Music Clubs.

In 1952, Lockshin moved to Northampton, Massachusetts, where she studied composition at Smith College (1952-55) under the tutelage of composer Alvin Etler. From this point, Lockshin turned her attention to larger ensembles, composing primarily for orchestra or chorus and orchestra. Her first such work was The Cycle (1956-57), a ballet commissioned by the Smith College Dance Department.

In 1959, Lockshin began to incorporate folk themes into her work in Annie Bradley's Tune, a piece based on a short melody sung to Lockshin's twin sons by their African-American nurse. Paean Santa Maria de Guadalupe (1962) is based on a hymn Lockshin heard penitents sing as they approached the basilica in Mexico City. When her husband's work as a management consultant took them to Arizona in the late 1960s, Lockshin's response to the music she heard there was the orchestral suite Scavarr (1969), based on Yuma and Mojave themes. After retirement, Samuel Lockshin worked for the International Executive Service Corps as a volunteer business consultant in Columbia, Venezuela, and Panama. ¡Cumbia! Fantasy on a Columbian Folk Dance (1977) was inspired by music heard during the Lockshins' many trips to various countries in Central and South America.

Interest in women composers spurred by the women's movement, plus interest in all things American connected with the country's bicentennial in 1976, led to a series of performances of Lockshin's work during the 1960s and 70s. Annie Bradley's Tune was the most-performed, both in the U.S. and in concerts of American music in Venezuela and Panama.

Florence Levin Lockshin died in Naples, Florida, on September 26, 1997.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Florence Levin Lockshin Papers consist of 6.25 linear feet of biographical material, subject files, photographs, student notes, speeches, writings, publicity, memorabilia, musical scores, and recordings.

The papers contain limited biographical and personal information, focusing primarily on Lockshin's musical compositions. The bulk of the papers consists of scores, dating from 1959 to 1982. In addition there are recordings of several of her works and files of correspondence, publicity, and memorabilia related to performances of the works. There is also a file which demonstrates Lockshin's tireless efforts to interest various musicians in performing her pieces. Subject files on music attest to the sudden interest in women composers fired by the women's movement.

Later in life, Lockshin turned to the written word, producing a series of poems. In addition to manuscript and typescript versions of the poems there is material related to Lockshin's efforts to find publishers for these works.


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

Restrictions on use:

The Sophia Smith Collection owns copyright to the papers of Florence Levin Lockshin. Copyright to materials created by others may be owned by those individuals or their heirs or assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights. Permission must be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use."

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

The Florence Levin Lockshin Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

History of the Collection

The Florence Levin Lockshin Papers were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Richard and Zahra Zakeri Lockshin and Michael and Jane Roberts Lockshin in 2000.

Processing Information

Processed by Maida Goodwin, 2002.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

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Language
English.
Sponsor
Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Series Descriptions
(1930-90, n.d.)
.25 linear ft.

This series consists of general biographical material, subject files on a variety of musical topics, photographs, and student notes.

(1961-91, n.d.)
.25 linear ft.

The speeches portion of this series contains a typescript and manuscript for undated talks to unidentified groups. The writings portion consists mainly of manuscript and typescript versions of poems by Florence Lockshin. In addition there are a few files of material related to Lockshin's attempts to find publishers for her poetry.

(1924-95, n.d.)
5.75 linear ft.

This series is organized into four subseries: General, Performances, Scores, and Recordings.

General contains Lockshin's descriptions of her musical compositions, research materials, and miscellaneous correspondence related to some of the compositions.

Performances consists primarily of correspondence, news clippings, memorabilia, programs, and publicity related to specific performances of her works. These are arranged alphabetically by title of work and then chronologically by performance date. There is also one folder of material related to Lockshin's efforts to interest other musicians in performing her music.

Scores consists of various versions of Lockshin's compositions from manuscript fragments to master sheets to full scores with performance and revision notes. They are arranged alphabetically by title of the work. Scores of student work and unidentified fragments are filed at the end of the scores. There is also one box of duplicate scores available for loan.

Recordings consists of phonograph records, and cassette and reel-to-reel audiotapes of various performances of Lockshin's pieces. They are arranged by format and then alphabetically by title of the work. There are also a few cassettes of Cumbia music used as research for her work by that name.

Contents List
SERIES I. BIOGRAPHICAL AND MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS
(1930-90, n.d.)


Biographical articles,
1970-90, n.d.

Box 1: folder 1
Correspondence,
1960-87, n.d.

Box 1: folder 2
Curriculum vitae,
circa 1973, n.d.

Box 1: folder 3
Memorabilia,
1930-58, n.d.

Box 1: folder 4
Music subject files



General,
1982-88, n.d.

Box 1: folder 5
American Composers Alliance,
1975

Box 1: folder 6
American Music Center,
1963-82

Box 1: folder 7
Women composers,
1975-85, n.d.

Box 1: folder 8
WYNC radio show "Overture to Women,"
1978

Box 1: folder 9
Photographs,
1976, n.d.

Box 1: folder 10
Smith College,
1954

Box 1: folder 11
Student notes (probably Ohio State University)



Miscellaneous,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 1
Music 603, "Music in France,"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 2
SERIES II. SPEECHES AND WRITINGS
(1961-91, n.d.)


Speeches



"The Jew in the Field of Art,"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 3
Modern Music and Musicians,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 4
Writing



General,
1961-85, n.d.

Box 2: folder 5
Publication contacts, ideas, and leads,
1980-87, n.d.

Box 2: folder 6
"Aye Cumbia,"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 7
"Muriel,"
n.d.

Box 2: folder 8
"Shrewsbury Shottische,"
1987

Box 2: folder 9
"Small Vehicle,"
1990, n.d.

Box 2: folder 10
Poetry



Correspondence re: publication,
1984-91, n.d.

Box 2: folder 11
Lists,
n.d.

Box 2: folder 12
Manuscripts,
1956-89, n.d.

Box 2: folder 13
Manuscript notebooks,
1983-85

Box 2: folder 14-15
Typescripts,
1983-85, n.d.

Box 2: folder 16
SERIES III. MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS
(1924-95, n.d.)


General



Descriptions of compositions,
1957-77, n.d.

Box 2: folder 17
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night text copyright: correspondence,
1975

Box 2: folder 18
Independent Music Publishers, Inc.,
1947-81, n.d.

Box 3: folder 1
Indian project,
1969-72, n.d.

Box 3: folder 2
Notes and fragments,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 3
Paean Santa Maria de Guadalupe: notes and research,
n.d.

Box 3: folder 4
Scavarr: research,
1932, 1968, n.d.

Box 3: folder 5
Performances



Contacts, ideas, and leads,
1953-95, n.d.

Box 3: folder 6
Correspondence, clippings, programs, memorabilia, and publicity



Annie Bradley's Tune



Columbus Symphony Orchestra (1960),
1957-60, n.d.

Box 3: folder 7
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (1961),
1958-61, n.d.

Box 3: folder 8
Brooklyn Philharmonia (1967),
1966-67, n.d.

Box 3: folder 9
Westchester Symphony Orchestra (1967),
1967, n.d.

Box 3: folder 10
Orquesta Sinfonica de Panama (1975),
1975, n.d.

Box 3: folder 11
Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela (1976),
1976, n.d.

Box 3: folder 12
The Cycle, Smith College (1957),
1956-57, n.d.

Box 3: folder 13
Paean, Stockton Symphony (1976),
1976, n.d.

Box 3: folder 14
Scores



Annie Bradley's Tune: Fantasy on a Negro Folk Song for orchestra,
1959


Full score



Manuscript


Box 4: folder 1
Original version


Box 4: folder 2
With performance notes and revisions


Box 4: folder 3
Revised


Box 4: folder 4
Anniversary (Yahrzeit) song,: manuscript scores
1949

Box 4: folder 5
Aural: Verse for Orchestra (original title Rallentando),
1962-63


Piano score (manuscript)


Box 4: folder 6
Full score



Original version


Box 4: folder 7
Revised


Box 4: folder 8
Master sheets


Box 4: folder 9
Instrumental parts



Manuscript


Box 4: folder 10
Master sheets


Box 4: folder 11
Based on Blues for Mixed Quintet (clarinet, horn, trumpet, trombone, and piano),
1978


Full score



Manuscript


Box 5: folder 1
Master sheets


Box 5: folder 2
With handwritten revisions


Box 5: folder 3
Revised


Box 5: folder 4
Cowboy Waltz (song), : manuscript scores
n.d.

Box 5: folder 5
¡Cumbia! Fantasy on a Columbian Folk-Dance (based on two themes by Efrain Mejia) for Orchestra,
1977


Full score



Manuscript


Box 5: folder 6
Original version


Box 5: folder 7
"Final Simple Version"


Box 5: folder 8
Master sheets


Box 5: folder 9
Instrumental parts: master sheets


Box 5: folder 10
The Cycle: Ballet for Orchestra,
1956-57


Full score



Manuscript


Box 6: folder 1
With notes for revision


Box 6: folder 2
Revised


Box 6: folder 3
Master sheets


Box 6: folder 4
Instrumental parts



Manuscript


Box 6: folder 5
Master sheets


Box 6: folder 6-7
"Changes in Orch" with performance notes


Box 6: folder 8
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night for Men's Chorus with Instrumental Accompaniment (Dylan Thomas),
1959


Full score



Manuscript


Box 7: folder 1
Original version


Box 7: folder 2
Master sheets


Box 7: folder 3
Instrumental Parts: master sheets


Box 7: folder 4
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night for Men's Chorus with Instrumental Accompaniment (Dylan Thomas), revised version (lower),: manuscript, full score, and vocal score
1978

Box 7: folder 5
Dusty Baby (song, music and lyrics by FLL), : manuscript scores
circa 1982

Box 7: folder 6
Introduction, Lament and Protest (Memorial to Fay August Bender) for Orchestra,
1964-67


Manuscript drafts


Box 8: folder 1
Full score



Manuscript


Box 8: folder 2
Original version


Box 8: folder 3
With handwritten corrections


Box 8: folder 4
Master sheets


Box 8: folder 5
Instrumental parts: master sheets


Box 8: folder 6
Lament (from Introduction, Lament and Protest): corrected score


Box 8: folder 7
Paean Santa Maria de Guadalupe for Orchestra,
1962


Manuscript drafts


Box 9: folder 1
Full score



Manuscript


Box 9: folder 2
Original version


Box 9: folder 3
With handwritten corrections and performance notes


Box 9: folder 4
Master sheets


Box 9: folder 5
Instrumental parts: master sheets


Box 9: folder 6
Prospice for Mixed Chorus and Orchestra (text Robert Browning), (to Gonzalo Castellanos Y.)
1980


Manuscript and drafts


Box 9: folder 7
Score (master sheet transfer)


Box 9: folder 8
Scavarr (Songs of the Yuma and Mojave Indians) Suite for Orchestra, (Earlier name: Yuma County Impressions)
1969


Manuscript drafts


Box 10: folder 1
Full score



Manuscript


Box 10: folder 2
Original (master sheet transfer)


Box 10: folder 3
With handwritten corrections


Box 10: folder 4
Master sheets


Box 10: folder 5
Instrumental parts: master sheets


Box 10: folder 6
Sonata for Four Pianos, : manuscript score
n.d.

Box 10: folder 7
Sonata for Two Pianos, : manuscript score
n.d.

Box 10: folder 8
Song for Women's Chorus with Instrumental Accompaniment (text Christina Rosetti),
1980


Manuscript and drafts


Box 10: folder 9
Master sheet transfer


Box 10: folder 10
Song Form for Orchestra, (former name: Song and Blues)
1961


Manuscript and drafts


Box 11: folder 1
Full score



Manuscript


Box 11: folder 2
Master sheet transfer


Box 11: folder 3
Master sheets


Box 11: folder 4
Instrumental parts: master sheets


Box 11: folder 5
Trilogy: Poems of Prospice (consists of Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Song, and Prospice): score,
1981

Box 11: folder 6
Variations on Five Notes for Four Pianos,: manuscript score and drafts
1951-53

Box 11: folder 7
Waltz for Four Pianos,: manuscript score and drafts
1953

Box 11: folder 8
Student pieces,
1924, n.d.

Box 11: folder 9
Student pieces, Smith College


Box 11: folder 10
Fragments and miscellaneous manuscripts,
n.d.

Box 11: folder 11-12
Scores-Loan Copies



Annie Bradley's Tune


Box 12: folder 1
Aural


Box 12: folder 2
Based on Blues


Box 12: folder 3
¡Cumbia!


Box 12: folder 4
The Cycle


Box 12: folder 5
Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night


Box 12: folder 6
Introduction, Lament and Protest


Box 12: folder 7
Propice


Box 12: folder 8
Song


Box 12: folder 9
Trilogy


Box 12: folder 10
Recordings



Phonograph records



Annie Bradley's Tune



Columbus,
1960

Box 13
Indianapolis,
1961

Box 13
The Cycle (?)


Box 13
Variations on Five Notes for Four Pianos, rehearsal, Mansfield, OH,
n.d.

Box 13
Waltz for Four Pianos,
24 Apr 1951

Box 13
Audiotapes: cassette



Annie Bradley's Tune



Columbus Symphony rehearsal tape,
1960

Box 13
Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela, "taken at concert by Sam"
11 Jul 1976


Complete concert


Box 13
Annie Bradley's Tune only


Box 13
Panama City,
1975

Box 13
WNYC,
2 Jul 1978

Box 13
"not clear"


Box 13
Once de Novembre Cumbia (Efrain Mejia) by Siglo XX, Hotel el Prado,
1972

Box 13
Cumbia Columbiana, "native group"
11 Nov,

Box 13
Cumbia groups,
1972

Box 13
Audiotapes: reel-to-reel



Annie Bradley's Tune



Columbus Symphony Orchestra,
1960


Monophonic
1960

Box 13
Stereophonic


Box 13
Monaural, edited version


Box 13
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra,
5 Nov 1961 1960

Box 14
Panama City,
1975

Box 14
Orquesta Sinfonica Venezuela,
11 Jul 1976

Box 14
Unknown performers


Box 14
The Cycle,
n.d.

Box 14
Florence Levin Lockshin Musical Compositions



Annie Bradley's Tune: Fantasy on a Negro Folk Tune for Orchestra
(1959)


Anniversary (Yahrzeit) (song,
1949)


Aural: Verse for Orchestra
(1962-63)


Based on Blues for Mixed Quintet
(1978)


Cowboy Waltz (song,
n.d.)


¡Cumbia! Fantasy on a Columbian Folk Dance for Orchestra
(1977)


The Cycle: Ballet for Orchestra
(1956-57)


Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night for Men's Chorus with Instrumental Accompaniment (, text: Dylan Thomas)
1959


Dusty Baby (song,
1982)


Introduction, Lament, and Protest for Orchestra
(1964-67)


Paean Santa Maria de Guadalupe for Orchestra
(1962)


Prospice for Mixed Chorus and Orchestra (, text: Robert Browning)
1980


Scavarr (Songs of the Yuma and Mohave Indians) Suite for Orchestra
(1969)


Sonata for Four Pianos
(n.d.)


Sonata for Two Pianos
(n.d.)


Song for Women's Chorus with Instrumental Accompaniment (, text: Christina Rossetti)
1980


Song Form for Orchestra
(1961)


Trilogy: Poems of Prospice (consists of Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Song, and Prospice)



Variations on Five Notes for Four Pianos
(1951-53)


Waltz for Four Pianos
(1953)



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Subjects
  • Women composers--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Women musicians--United States--History--20th century--Sources
  • Composition (Music)--History--20th century--Sources
  • Lockshin, Florence Levin, 1910-1997
  • Music--Manuscripts--United States
  • Pianists--United States--Sources


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