Gordon Childs papers on the Viola d'Amore

Gordon Childs papers on the Viola d'Amore

Dates: 1602-2014, bulk 1935-1997

The collection contains materials pertaining to Gordon Childs’ research on, experience with, and study of, the viola d’amore. It includes his personal collection of viola d'amore music, his research on the viola d'amore, and other materials related to well-known contemporary viola d’amore players and composers. Dated 1602-2014 with the bulk being from 1935-1997.

  • Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.). -- 2 oversize boxes (3.32 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Childs, Gordon. -- Ceo, Joseph. -- Gibbs, Geoffrey, 1940. -- Millett, Robert. -- Muradian, Vazgen. -- Nelhybel, Vaclav. -- Piltz, Hans-Karl. -- Thomason, Daniel. -- Voigtlander, Hugo Walter, 1859-1933. -- Wunderle, Carl
  • Call Number: MSS 8507
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Music Special Collections; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials in English, German, and Italian.
Arranged into 16 series: 1. Gordon Childs' Arrangements and Edits, Approximately 1700-1999, bulk 1935-1999. 2. Gordon Childs Collection on Fellow Violists, 1782-2014, bulk 1900-2014. 3. Gordon Childs Collection on "In The Pasha's Garden", 1934-1986. 4. Gordon Childs Complete Photocopies, 1602-1987, bulk 1890-1987. 5. Miscellaneous Excerpts from Gordon Childs' Musical Library, 1690-1947, bulk 1879-1947. 6. Gordon Childs Performance and Publicity papers on the Viola d'Amore, 1954-2014. 7. Gordon Childs papers on Ancient Instruments, 1971. 8. Gordon Childs Correspondence on the Viola d'Amore, 1969-2014. 9. Gordon Childs papers on the International Viola d'Amore Congresses, 1926-2014, bulk 1996-2014. 10. Gordon Childs collection of visual material on the International Viola d'Amore Congresses, 1982-2006. 11. Gordon Childs photographs of Viola d'Amore performances in Wyoming and Utah, 1990-1997. 12. Gordon Childs papers on the discovery of Walter Voigtlander's Viola d'Amore and music, 2001-2009. 13. Gordon Childs Viola d'Amore papers from Karl Stumpf, 1968-2005. 14. Gordon Childs papers on the Viola d'Amore Society Newsletters, 1977-2014. 15. Gordon Childs papers on the research of the Viola d'Amore for master's thesis, 1952-1954, bulk March 1952-July 1952. 16. Miscellaneous Excerpts from Gordon Childs' Musical Library, approximately 1661-2006, bulk approximately 1913-2006.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Gordon Childs papers on the Viola d'Amore 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 8507; Gordon Childs papers on the Viola d'Amore; Music; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8507
Custodial History
Donated by Gordon Childs in 2014.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Gordon Childs; 2014.
Subject Terms
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Music; Letters; Biography; Opera; Newspaper reading; Viola d'amore; Viola--Congresses; Viola d'amore--Congresses; Childs, Gordon; Ceo, Joseph; Gibbs, Geoffrey, 1940-; Millett, Robert; Muradian, Vazgen; Nelhybel, Vaclav; Piltz, Hans-Karl; Thomason, Daniel; Voigtlander, Hugo Walter, 1859-1933; Wunderle, Carl
Genre / Form
Scores; Certificates; Programs; Contracts; Articles; Advertisements; Newspapers; Manuscripts; Photocopies; Viola music; Viola d'Amore music
Processing Information
Processed; Caryn Jackson, student manuscript processor, and David Day, curator; 2014.
Appraisal Information
Prominent Violist, (Section IV Primrose International Viola Archive Collection Development Policy January 2011).
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Finding Aid Title
Childs (Gordon) papers on the Viola d'Amore
Finding Aid Author
Caryn Jackson
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-05-18 14:16:27 -0600.
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Biographical History

Dr. Gordon Childs (born 1927) is a well-known viola d'amore performer and teacher and was one of the co-founders of the International Viola d'Amore Society/Congress.

Born on October 22, 1927 in Springville, Utah, Gordon B. Childs has B.A. and M.A. degrees in Music Education and Musicology from Brigham Young University and the Ed.D. degree in Music Administration from the University of Montana.

A violist and violinist, he was introduced to the Viola d’Amore by Professor Homer Wakefield in a music history class at BYU in the fall of 1951. He subsequently wrote his master’s thesis on the History, Technique and Literature of the Viola d’Amore, and played a graduate recital of viola d’amore music using Professor Wakefield’s instrument.

From solo to chamber music to concerti, he has given solo recitals, chamber music concerts and played concertos with symphony orchestras in most of the mid-west and western states in America and in Mexico, Poland and Germany.

Assisted by Dr. Myron Rosenblum of New York and Dr. Daniel Thomason of California, the directors of the Viola d’Amore Society of America, Dr. Childs hosted the first International Viola d’Amore Congress in 1982 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie where he was on the music faculty. Since the success of this first Congress, others have been held every other year in many cities in the United States, in England, Germany, and Poland including two he organized in Utah after retiring there in 1993.

Even after 21 years of retirement in Orem, Utah, Dr. Childs still teaches and performs on this beautiful “Viola d’Amore, Viole d’Amour, Viola of Love.”

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