Virginia Root Collection

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Music

Memorabilia



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Collection Overview

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ID: 12/9/55

Primary Creator: Root, Virginia (1894-1980)

Extent: 4.5 cubic feet

Arrangement: by type of material and alphabetically thereunder

Subjects: Concerts, Sousa, John Philip, Vocal Music

Formats/Genres: Papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

On Tuesday, 22 August 2000 the personal papers and performance collection of Sousa Band vocal soloist Virginia Root were acquired by the Sousa Archives for Band Research from Dr. John and Dr. Joan Dudd of Three Rivers, Michigan. Sousa biographer Paul E. Bierley provided a summary appraisal of the collection, which on accessioning comprised ca. 3 cubic feet. of materials including: manuscript and published vocal/piano music, much of which bears Root's signature and performance practice markings (381 published songs, vocal collections, and libretti) 5 published Sousa songs and the piano/vocal score to El Capitan inscribed by Sousa to Root a Sousa holograph (piano/vocal score, 2 p.; complete), a setting of "The Milkmaid" titled, "Hey, Dolly" [words from the song] photographs (i.e., Root; Sousa, his daughter Helen, Root, and other Sousa Band members in South Africa; Sousa Band at Willow Grove Park, and several other images) post cards of the Sousa Band in Willow Grove Park Sousa Band concert programs and route sheets (1915) numerous clippings (announcements and reviews of performances) two scrapbooks (clippings, concert programs) assorted concert and recital programs several volumes of the Musical Courier and Musical America that include journal articles related to Root.

Biographical Note

Eleanor Virginia Root, descendant of entrepreneur Cornelius Vanderbilt and American composer and music publisher George Root, studied voice and held leading roles in opera productions in Italy and the United States following her graduation from P.S. 157 (St. Nicholas Ave and 157th Street) in New York City on 25 June 1900. Miss Root toured with the Harry Lauder All Star Company, using the stage name, Virginia Vervelle, prior to serving as vocal soloist for the Sousa Band from 1909 through 1917. She was in demand as a soloist in the New York Hippodrome shows in 1916 and 1917, as well as in sacred and secular performances throughout her professional career.?  Root performed in the "Chapman Concerts" in 1905; those concerts are frequently addressed in clippings and represented by concert programs. Works by artistic director and conductor William Grafton Chapman are among the works in Root's performance collection.?  Virginia Root married New York Times columnist George T. Macadam. The family, including a son, George, lived in Scarsdale, New York. Root died at the age of 96 on June 2, 1980 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Subject/Index Terms

Concerts
Sousa, John Philip
Vocal Music

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: 8/22/2000

Acquisition Method: Gift


Box and Folder Listing


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Series 1: MusicAdd to your cart.
Choral Music, Libretti and Collections, Vocal/Piano Sheet Music
Box 1: Octavo Choral Music, Libretti, and Collections (Donizetti-Koven)Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Octavo Choral MusicAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: One Hundred Folksongs of All Nations, 1911Add to your cart.
Editor: Bantock
Folder 3: Carmen, 1879Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Bizet
Folder 4: Fifteen Vocalises for Soprano or Mezzo-Soprano, op. 12, 1894Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Concone
Folder 5: Fifty-eight Spirituals for Choral Use, 1924Add to your cart.
Editor/Arranger: Dann/Loomis
Folder 6: Fifty Mastersongs by Twenty Composers, 1903Add to your cart.
Editor: Finck
Folder 7: Faust and Gallia, 1906Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Gounod
Folder 8: Vocal Album Vol. 3, 1882Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Grieg
Folder 9: Album Leaves for the Young, op. 101, 1895Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Gurlitt
Folder 10: The CreationAdd to your cart.
Composer/Editor: J. Haydn/Novell
Folder 11: Gems from the Opera Robin Hood, 1891Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: De Koven
Box 2: Libretti and Collections (Leoncavallo-Sousa)Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Pagliacci (Punchinello), 1906Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Leoncavallo
Folder 2: Die Kunst der Kehlfertigkeit vol. 1, 1902Add to your cart.
Composer/Editor: Lutgen/Spicker
Folder 3: ElijahAdd to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Mendelssohn
Folder 4: Bastien and Bastienna, 1941Add to your cart.
Composer/Editor: Mozart/Guenther
Folder 5: Tosca, 1899Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Puccini
Folder 6: In Sunshine and Shadow: Six Songs, 1905Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Ronald
Folder 7: Stabat MaterAdd to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Rossini
Folder 8: Bride Elect, 1897Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Sousa
Folder 9: El Capitan, 1896Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Sousa
Folder 10: The Last Crusade, 1920Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Sousa
Folder 11: Sousa Songs, 1910Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Composer/Arranger: Sousa
Box 3: Libretti and Collections (Spinetti-Weckerlin)Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Treize Poesies de Ronsard, 1897Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Spinetti
Folder 2: AidaAdd to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Verdi
Folder 3: Requiem, 1895Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Verdi
Folder 4: Rigoletto, 1895Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Verdi
Folder 5: Lohengrin, 1897?Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Wagner
Folder 6: Siegfried, 1903Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Wagner/Klindworth
Folder 7: BergerettesAdd to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Weckerlin
Folder 8: Treasury of Modern Song: 35 Songs for Soprano or Tenor, 1902Add to your cart.
Editor: Baker
Box 4: Libretti and Collections (Items Lacking Attribution)Add to your cart.
Folder 1: American Patriotic Songs, 1893Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Collection of Opera ExcerptsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Collection of Traditional and Patriotic Songs, ca. 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Catologue of Vocal Music, Part 1, 1929Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Tindale Music Cabinet: Suggestions for Filing and Keeping Music by a New and improved Method, 1910Add to your cart.
Box 5: Vocal/Piano Sheet Music Composers A-EAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: A -- ComposersAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: B -- ComposersAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: C -- Composers (1 of 2)Add to your cart.
Folder 4: C -- Composers (2 of 2)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: D -- ComposersAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: E -- ComposersAdd to your cart.
Box 6: Vocal/Piano Sheet Music Composers F-LAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: F -- ComposersAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: G -- ComposersAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: H -- ComposersAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: J -- ComposersAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: K -- ComposersAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: L -- ComposersAdd to your cart.
Box 7: Vocal/Piano Sheet Music Composers M-SpeaksAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: M -- ComposersAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: N -- ComposersAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: O -- ComposersAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: P -- ComposersAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: R -- ComposersAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Saint-Saens -- SoderbergAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Sousa -- SpeaksAdd to your cart.
Box 8: Vocal/Piano Sheet Music Spilman-Z, Piano Music CollectionAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Spilman -- SullivanAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: T -- ComposersAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: U -- ComposersAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: V -- ComposersAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: W -- ComposersAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Y -- ComposersAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Songs without Words, vol. I, 1893Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Mendelssohn
Folder 8: Piano ScoresAdd to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Sousa

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