Gordon Childs arrangements and edits

Gordon Childs arrangements and edits

Dates: approximately 1700-1999, bulk 1935-1999

This series contains Gordon Childs' personal arrangements and edits of viola d'amore pieces. The materials are in the form of printed music scores, Gordon Childs’ personal handwritten manuscripts of his arrangements, and photocopied music scores. Many of the scores have added annotations and markings by Childs. Dated circa 1700-1799 with the bulk being between 1935-1999.

  • Extent: 8 folders
  • 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 Series 1
  • 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.
The materials are arranged alphabetically by last name of composer.
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
Gordon Childs arrangements and edits; MSS 8507; Gordon Childs papers on the Viola d'Amore; L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Music Special Collections; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
Subject Terms
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Music; Viola d'amore
Genre / Form
Viola d'Amore music; Manuscripts; Scores; Photocopies
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Childs (Gordon) papers on the Viola d'Amore
Finding Aid Author
Caryn Jackson
Finding Aid Creator
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Biographical Info:

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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