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The unpublished choral compositions of Robert Morton Beadell (1925--1994): A conductor's guide

Joshua L Norris, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


The unpublished choral compositions of Robert Beadell span the entirety of the composer's admirable and successful career as an educator at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Beadell's unpublished choral oeuvre includes short octavos that are accessible for the developing choral ensemble, short compositions that are technically challenging enough for the advanced ensemble, and extended works suitable for even the most advanced choral ensembles. This diverse collection of choral music has not been widely performed. In fact, even the majority of Beadell's works that were written, premiered and subsequently published after performances in Nebraska during his lifetime, are no longer available in print or have long been neglected by American choral conductors. The accessibility, beauty, historical context and unique learning opportunities present in the composer's unpublished works indicate that a renewal in the interest of all of Robert Beadell's works is long overdue. ^ This study presents an accurate list of the unpublished choral compositions of Robert Beadell. In addition to this task, editions of these works have been prepared via Finale to provide accessibility of these works to choral directors. Furthermore, a general guide to Beadell's compositional style is included to assist the choral conductor who plans to perform his choral compositions.^

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Norris, Joshua L, "The unpublished choral compositions of Robert Morton Beadell (1925--1994): A conductor's guide" (2011). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3487266.