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Guide to the Thomas Sample Turner Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1935-1982
Creator: Turner, Thomas Sample (1914-1994)
Extent: 14.50 linear feet.
Collection Number: RG99.0133
Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Summary: University of Iowa composer and professor from 1942-1982. Founder of the Theory-Composition Section of the Iowa Music Teachers Association.

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Acquisition:

Preferred Citation: Thomas Sample Turner Papers, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: David McCartney
Email: david-mccartney@uiowa.edu
Website: http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/sc/archives

Thomas Sample Turner was born April 21, 1914 in Corning, Iowa. His parents were Alice (Sample) Turner, and Daniel W. Turner, Iowa's governor from 1930 until 1932. Turner attended high school in Corning, followed by the University of Chicago, where he was president of Chi Psi fraternity. Turner married Isabel Lambly in 1936, and they raised two children, Norman and Alice.

With his master's degree in hand, Turner became Professor of Music at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa, in June 1938. On September 18, 1939, professor Turner began working as a graduate assistant at the University of Iowa, earning his Ph.D. in 1942. "Symphonic Suite in F Major" was submitted as his dissertation, and was first performed by the University Symphony Orchestra at the Iowa Union on May 26, 1943. The piece was dedicated to the composer's mother and father.

Other compositions by Dr. Turner include: "Ground Bass and Fugue in G Minor," "Suite for Four Clarinets," "Fantasy for Violin and Piano," "Symphony in E Minor," "Quartet in E Minor for Strings," "Concerto for Wind Bands," and "$4000," an opera in one act, set by Turner.

Dr. Turner became a music instructor at the University of Iowa in 1942. He was enlisted in the army from May 1944 until January 1946, when he returned to Iowa as an assistant professor of Music. Turner was a Professor of Music from 1960-1982, and Professor emeritus 1982-1994. He was a member of the American Musicology Society. Dr. Turner was the founder and first chairman of the Theory-Composition Section of the Iowa Music Teachers Association. Thomas Sample Turner died on April 17, 1994.

The papers of Thomas Sample Turner relate to his career as a composer of music at the University of Iowa. His eight compositions span his career from the mid-1930s until his retirement in 1982. The collection fills nineteen boxes with musical scores, conductor's copies, audio reels, cassette tapes, microfilm, a songbook, handbooks, class lecture notes, playbills, B.A. and M.A. diplomas, and art work by Alice Turner.
Folder, "Turner, Thomas Sample," in Faculty and Staff Vertical Files Collection (RG01.0015.003)

Browse by Series:
Series 1: MUSICAL SCORES
Series 2: CORRESPONDENCE
Series 3: CONCERTO FOR WIND BANDS MUSICAL SCORES
Series 4: COMPOSITIONS
Series 5: GENERAL
Series 6: COPIES OF $4000
Series 7: COPIES OF CONCERTO FOR BAND
Series 8: COPIES OF SYMPHONY NO. 2
Series 9: COPIES OF SYMPHONY IN E MINOR, JOHN BROWN
Series 10: MISCELLANEOUS
Series 11: SCENES FOR $4000
Series 12: REEL TAPES
Series 13: AUDIO
Series 14: RECORDINGS

  • Series 1: MUSICAL SCORES
  • Sub-Series: $4000 musical scores
  • Box 1:
  • Bass, stand 1
  • Bassoon I
  • Bassoon II, Contrabassoon
  • Clarinet I, Bb and Eb
  • Clarinet II, Bb; Bass Clarinet, Bb; Contrabass clarinet, Eb
  • Flute I, Piccolo
  • Flute II, Alto flute in G
  • Box 2:
  • Horn I
  • Horn II
  • Horn III
  • Horn IV
  • Oboe I
  • Oboe II, English Horn
  • Orchestral Piano
  • Percussion I
  • Piano Coach and Conductor, Mr. Dixon
  • Saxophone I
  • Saxophone II
  • Box 3:
  • Trombone I
  • Trombone II
  • Trombone III, bass
  • Trumpet I
  • Trumpet II
  • Tuba
  • Viola, stand 1
  • Violin I, stand 1
  • Violin II, stand 1
  • Violoncello, stand 1
  • Vocal Score, First Poker Player, No.8, sect. 1
  • Sub-Series: Unlabeled
  • Box 4:
  • Pencil scores
  • Sub-Series: Symphony No. 2 Musical Scores
  • Box 5:
  • Bass 1
  • Contrabass
  • 1st Bassoon
  • 2nd Bassoon
  • 3rd Bassoon
  • 4th Bassoon
  • Cello 2 copies
  • 1st Bb Clarinet
  • 2nd Bb Clarinet
  • 3rd Bb Clarinet
  • 1st Flute
  • 2nd Flute
  • 3rd Flute
  • 1st Horn in F
  • 2nd Horn in F
  • 3rd Horn in F
  • 4th Horn in F
  • Kettle Drums
  • 1st Oboe
  • 2nd Oboe
  • 3rd Oboe and English Horn
  • 1st Trombone
  • 2nd Trombone
  • Bass Trombone
  • 1st Bb Trumpet
  • 2nd Trumpet Bb
  • 3rd Bb Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Viola I, 2 copies
  • 1st Violin I, 2 copies
  • 2nd Violin II, 2 copies
  • Xylophone, Chimes, Triangle, Cymbals, Gong or Tam Tam, Glockenspiel, Piano
  • Sub-Series: Symphony in E Minor, John Brown musical scores
  • Box 5:
  • Cellos
  • Double Basses
  • Violas
  • 1st Violins
  • 2nd Violins
  • Bass Drum
  • Bassoon 1
  • 2nd Bassoon
  • Contrabassoon, interchangeable with Third Bassoon
  • 1st Clarinet in Bb
  • 2nd Clarinet in Bb
  • Eb Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, and 3rd Bb Clarinet, interchangeable
  • Bass Clarinet in III, extra part
  • Cymbals
  • Flute 1
  • Flute 2
  • Flute 3 and Piccolo, interchangeable
  • 1st Horn in F
  • Horn 2
  • 3rd Horn in F
  • 4th Horn in F
  • Kettle Drums
  • Oboe 1
  • Oboe 2
  • Oboe 3, and English Horn, interchangeable
  • Small Bells, may be played by Bass drummer
  • Snare Drum, may be played by Bass drummer
  • Tam Tam, may be played by triangle player
  • Triangle
  • Tenor Trombone 1
  • Tenor Trombone 2
  • Bass Trombone
  • 1st Trumpet Bb
  • Trumpet II Bb
  • 3rd Trumpet Bb
  • Tuba
  • Series 2: CORRESPONDENCE
  • Box 6:
  • Correspondence, Dmitri Mitropoulos - 1949-1959
  • Correspondence - 1959-1982
  • OPERA, $4,000
  • Correspondence, July 20-August 8 - 1969
  • Miscellaneous photos and slides
  • Playbill
  • Press releases and reviews, June-November - 1969
  • Sketches and play parts
  • Correspondence and interviews of libretto writer Vance Bourjaily, September 17-December 30 - 1976
  • Series 3: CONCERTO FOR WIND BANDS MUSICAL SCORES
  • Box 7:
  • 1st Baritone
  • 2nd Baritone
  • 3rd Baritone
  • 4th Baritone
  • 1st Bassoon
  • 2nd Bassoon
  • 3rd Bassoon
  • Contra Bassoon
  • Castanets
  • Celesta
  • Chimes
  • 1st Bb Clarinet
  • 2nd Bb Clarinet
  • 3rd Bb Clarinet
  • 4th Bb Clarinet
  • Eb Alto Clarinet
  • Bass Clarinet in Bb
  • Contra Bass Clarinet in Bb
  • Eb Clarinet
  • 1st Bb Cornet
  • 2nd Bb Cornet
  • 3rd Bb Cornet
  • English Horn
  • Field Drum
  • 1st C Flute
  • 2nd C Flute
  • 3rd C Flute
  • Glockenspiel
  • Harp
  • Harpsichord
  • High Gong
  • Low Gong and Bass Drum
  • 3 High Kettle Drums
  • 1st Horn in F
  • 2nd Horn in F
  • 3rd Horn in F
  • 4th Horn in F
  • 3 Low Kettle Drums
  • 1st Oboe
  • 2nd Oboe
  • 3rd Oboe
  • Pianoforte
  • C Piccolo
  • 1st Alto Sax in Eb
  • 2nd Alto Sax in Eb
  • Eb Baritone Sax
  • Bb Bass Saxophone, Bb Tenor Saxophone
  • Snare Drum
  • String Bass
  • Tambourine, Suspended Cymbals
  • Triangle, Plate Cymbals
  • 1st Trombone
  • 2nd Trombone
  • 3rd Trombone
  • Bass Trombone
  • 1st Trumpet in C
  • 2nd Trumpet in C
  • 3rd Trumpet in C
  • Tuba
  • Xylophone
  • Series 4: COMPOSITIONS
  • Box 8:
  • Fantasy for Violin and Piano
  • Ground Bass and Fugue in G Minor
  • Passacaglia and Fugue, arrangement
  • Psalm XX II
  • Quartet in E Minor, two copies
  • Quintet in D Major
  • Suite for Four Clarinets
  • Suite for Small Orchestra
  • Fantasy for violin and piano, tape
  • Series 5: GENERAL
  • Box 9:
  • Art work by Alice Turner
  • Non-opera. Chronicles of Clovis, Acts I-III, sketches and play parts
  • Opera. Incomplete vocal score with lyrics
  • Correspondence of Henry Reese. Chronicles of Clovis libretto writer, June 19-April 4 - 1975-1984
  • Handbook of Musical Forms. Tom Turner and Eldon Obrecht
  • Handbook of Musical Forms. Original typed manuscript with revisions
  • Handbook of Musical Forms. Handbook of Tonal Forms, revised copy
  • He is despised, beginning of lyrics to a musical score
  • Mountain Meadows musical score
  • New Musical Theories and Phantasies, Part III: Free Composition, by Heinrich Schenker
    Translation to English by Oswald Onas and T. Howard Krueger 1956-1960
  • 2nd draft with revisions
  • 2nd draft with revisions
  • Non-chord tones
  • Box 10:
  • American Society of University Composers
  • B.A. and M.A. diplomas
  • Background, education, etc.
  • Carlo Tresca, memorabilia
  • Center for New Music
  • Class lecture notes and reserved book lists
  • Miscellaneous
  • Poor Old Harmony Book, original manuscripts
    2 edited copies
  • Playbills for operas and concerts
  • Programs
  • Series 6: COPIES OF $4000
  • Box 11:
  • Complete production copy, vol.1-3
  • Box 12:
  • Original conductor's copy
  • Final conductor's copy
  • Series 7: COPIES OF CONCERTO FOR BAND
  • Box 13:
  • Original conductor's copy
  • Final conductor's copy
  • Performance lay-out
  • Series 8: COPIES OF SYMPHONY NO. 2
  • Box 13:
  • Pencil score
  • Revised conductor's copy
  • Final conductor's copy
  • Series 9: COPIES OF SYMPHONY IN E MINOR, JOHN BROWN
  • Box 13:
  • Conductor's copy
  • Series 10: MISCELLANEOUS
  • Box 14:
  • Pages of Chronicles of Clovis musical score
  • Musical score for Baker's Dozen, Act I
  • Miscellaneous unlabeled and incomplete compositions
  • Songbook, Songs of Gentility
  • Series 11: SCENES FOR $4000
  • Box 15:
  • 7 ½-inch audio reels
  • Piano
  • Scene I, original tape
  • Scene I, copy 1-3
  • Scenes II and III, original tape
  • Scenes II and III, copy 1
  • Scenes II and III, copy 2
  • Scenes II and III, copy 3
  • Scenes IV and V, original tape
  • Scenes IV and V, copy 1
  • Scenes IV and V, copy 2 or 3 No. 1
  • Scenes IV and V, copy 2 or 3 No. 2
  • Series 12: REEL TAPES
  • Box 15:
  • Concerto for Band 7 ½-inch audio reels
  • Reel tape, I through Air
  • Reel tape, II the rest of the piece
  • Deteriorating reel tape of Quartet - 1955
  • Series 13: AUDIO
  • Box 16:
  • $4000, parts I and II, cassette tape
  • Chronicles of Clovis, cassette tape
  • Band piece I, 7 ½-inch audio reel
  • Band piece II, 7 ½-inch audio reel
  • Band piece Code III, 7 ½-inch audio reel
  • Band piece Code IV, 7 ½-inch audio reel
  • Microfilm labeled Bravo!, number 1
  • Microfilm labeled Bravo!, number 2
  • The Craft of Musical Composition: Book I, Theoretical Part, by Paul Hindemith
  • Quartet in E Minor, 7 ½-inch audio reel
  • Symphony, 7 ½-inch audio reel - 1958
    2 copies
  • Symphony in E Minor, microfilm
  • 3 unmarked cassette tapes
  • Series 14: RECORDINGS
  • Box 17:
  • Sound Recordings
  • Box 18:
  • Sound Recordings

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