Reginald Beales scores

Reginald Beales scores

Dates: 1916-1969

Collection contains original manuscripts by Reginald Beales, and a collection of published scores for various composers, 1916-1969.

  • Extent: 8 cartons (8 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Beales, Reginald
  • Call Number: MSS 7838
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Music Special Collections; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open to public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Arranged into two series: 1. Reginald Beales original manuscripts, 1969; and 2. Reginald Beales collection of published scores, 1916-1962.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Reginald Beales scores must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7838; Reginald Beales scores; LDS Music Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7838, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by J. Landon Beales in May 1989.
Acquisition Information
Donated; J. Landon Beales; May 1989.
Subject Terms
Beales, Reginald; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Music
Genre / Form
Music--Manuscripts; Scores
Processing Information
Processed; Elizabeth West; May 2011.
Appraisal Information
Noteworthy LDS composer (Section IV. LDS Music Archives Collection Development Policy January 2011).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Beales (Reginald) scores
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth West
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-02-02T14:48-0700
Finding Aid Language
Biographical Info:

Biographical history

Reginald Beales (1898-1988) was a prominent Utah violonist.

Reginald Beales was born October 10, 1898 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. In 1915, he emigrated to Utah with his parents and two sisters after joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They settled in Lewiston, Cache County, Utah.

He began playing the violin when he was eight and performed background music for silent movies in England when he was 14. After coming to Utah, he went on a church mission to the Eastern states, then studied violin in New York City and came back to Salt Lake City to conduct the orchestra at the American Theater on Main Street.

He taught violin at the McCune School of Music for 25 years, until the school closed. In the aftermath of the Great Depression of the 1930's, he organized and conducted the Federal Music Project Symphony Orchestra, which traveled throughout Utah during the late 1930's and early 1940's, and was the forerunner and nucleus of the Utah Symphony.

After World War II, Mr. Beales played in concerts and on radio programs for many years and taught the violin. From 1966 to 1968 he and his wife, Artimesia Jensen, went on a church mission to Scotland. In 1973, he was honored by Governor Calvin L. Rampton and the University of Utah for his outstanding service to music in Utah.

Reginald Beales died on July 1, 1988.

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