Gordon Childs Collection on Fellow Violists

Gordon Childs Collection on Fellow Violists

Dates: 1782-2014, bulk 1900-2014

This series contains materials Gordon Childs collected and received from several prominent contemporary viola d'amore players and composers. The collection includes a rare piece of music given to him by the well-known composer, Vaclav Nelhybel, to perform. Dated 1782-2014 with the bulk being from 1900-2014.

  • Extent: 7 folders. -- 2 oversize 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 2
  • 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, Italian, German, and French.
Arranged into nine sub-series which are organized alphabetically by the last name of the musician: 1. Gordon Childs papers on Joseph Ceo, approximately 1900-2014. 2. Gordon Childs papers on Geoffrey Gibbs, 1989. 3. Gordon Childs papers on Robert Millett, 1998. 4. Gordon Childs papers on Vazgen Muradian, 1955-1998. 5. Gordon Childs papers on Vaclav Nelhybel, approximately 1919-1996. 6. Gordon Childs papers on Hans-Karl Piltz, approximately 1920-2014. 7. Gordon Childs papers on Daniel Thomason, 1782-1992. 8. Gordon Childs papers on Hugo Walter Voigtlander, approximately 1859-1933. 9. Gordon Childs papers on Carl Wunderle, approximately 1866-1944.
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 Collection on Fellow Violists; 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; Newspaper reading
Genre / Form
Scores; Letters; Articles; Manuscripts; Programs; Photocopies
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Finding Aid Title
Childs (Gordon) papers on the Viola d'Amore
Finding Aid Author
Caryn Jackson
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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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