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Marjorie Lawrence papers


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Adminstrative Information

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Awards and Certificates

SIU Material

Financial Matters

Music Scores


Printed Matter


Bound Music Scores

Free Standing Volumes


Other materials

Marjorie Lawrence papers, 1926-1977 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Marjorie Lawrence papers, 1926-1977Add to your cart.

ID: 1/3/MSS 127

Primary Creator: Lawrence, Marjorie

Extent: 98.0 Boxes

Arrangement: Arranged in eight series: (1) Correspondence, (2) Correspondence: Diaries, (3) Manuscripts, (4) Awards and certificates, (5) SIU material, (6) Financial matters, (7) Bound Music Scores, (8) Free standing volumes.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1975

Subjects: Lawrence, Marjorie., Opera, Sheet music, Southern Illinois University Summer Opera Workshop.

Forms of Material: Audiocassettes, Correspondence., Diaries., Manuscripts for publication., Photographs, Scrapbooks, Songs and music.

Languages: English, French, German, Italian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Lawrence Papers consists largely of correspondence, programs, and memorabilia documenting the impressive singing career of Marjorie Lawrence, as well as production material from the Opera Theatre documenting her influential teaching career. Also of note in the collection are manuscript versions of Interrupted Melody, numerous music scores, and taped performances of Lawrence as well as the Opera Theatre and her Southern Illinois University Summer Opera Workshop. There is a separate extensive photograph collection of images documenting Marjorie Lawrence and her stage career.  Although the inclusive dates of the collection are 1926 to 1977, the early records are scanty because some materials were lost in Paris during World War II.

Biographical Note

Marjorie Lawrence (February 17, 1907 - January 13, 1979) was an Australian soprano, particularly noted as an interpreter of Richard Wagner's operas. She later served on the faculty of the School of Music at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Lawrence was born at Deans Marsh, south of Winchelsea, Victoria. She won a number of vocal competitions when aged in her teens. In 1932 she made her operatic debut in Monte Carlo as Elisabeth in Wagner's Tannhäuser. On 25 February 1933, she made her first appearance at the Opera Garnier in Paris, playing Ortrud in Lohengrin.

Lawrence's physicality and beauty made her popular with audiences and she danced the Dance of the Seven Veils in Richard Strauss's Salome more convincingly than most other sopranos.

On 29 March 1941, at New York City's City Hall, she married Dr. Thomas King, an osteopath and Christian Scientist.

In 1941, in Mexico, Lawrence discovered that she had polio, and was left in a wheelchair as a result. During World War II, she performed in charity concerts in Australia, seated in a chair. A performance as Amneris in Giuseppe Verdi's Aida in Paris in 1946 was well received, but Lawrence retreated from the stage, and instead began to work as a teacher. She retired to her ranch, Harmony Hills, in Hot Springs Arkansas where she taught international students until her death in 1979.

Although best known for her Wagnerian interpretations, Lawrence played in a range of other works, including Salome and Georges Bizet's Carmen. She made a number of excellent recordings, mainly of works by Wagner.

In 1949, Lawrence wrote her autobiography Interrupted Melody. In 1955, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer produced a film based on her book, Interrupted Melody, starring Eleanor Parker as Lawrence; Parker mimed the voice of Eileen Farrell.

Subject/Index Terms

Lawrence, Marjorie.
Sheet music
Southern Illinois University Summer Opera Workshop.

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright.  Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection.  Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Physical Access Note: Due to preservation concerns, researchers are required to use digital copies of sound recordings.

Acquisition Source: Gift

Related Materials: Photographs are located in PH 01 Marjorie Lawrence photograph collection

Preferred Citation: [Item], Majorie Lawrence papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Programs],
[Series 3: Publicity],
[Series 4: Manuscripts],
[Series 5: Awards and Certificates],
[Series 6: SIU Material],
[Series 7: Financial Matters],
[Series 8: Music Scores],
[Series 9: Audiotapes],
[Series 10: Printed Matter],
[Series 11: Newsclippings],
[Series 12: Bound Music Scores],
[Series 13: Free Standing Volumes],
[Series 14: Packages],
[Series 15: Other materials],

Series 12: Bound Music ScoresAdd to your cart.

Leather Bound Set:

Score 1 Bach, Johann Sebastian.  Oratorio de Noel.

Score 2 Beethoven, Ludwig van.  Samtliche Lieder.

Score 3 Berlioz, Louis Hector.  Beatrice et Benedict.

Score 4 Benvenuto Cellini.

Score 5 Le Damnation de Faust.

Score 6 Bizet, Georges.  Carmen.

Score 7 Vingt Melodies.

Score 8 Brahms, Johannes.  Lieder 1.

Score 9 Lieder 3.

Score 10 Bruneau, Alfred.  L'Attaque du Moulin.

Score 11 Canteloube, J.  Vercingetorix.

Score 12 Chausson, Ernest.  Le Roi Arthus.

Score 13 Contralto Songs, Vol. I.

Score 14 Contralto Songs, Vol. II.

Score 15 Debussy, Claude Achille.  Pelleas et Melisande.

Score 16 Faure, Gabriel Urbain.  Melodies, 1-3.

Score 17 Penelope.

Score 18 Gluck, Christoph Willibald.  Alceste.

Score 19 Armide.

Score 20 Iphigenie an Tauride.

Score 21 Gounod, Charles Francois.  Sapho.

Score 22 Greig, Edvard.  Album.

Score 23 Halevy, F.  La Juive.

Score 24 Handel, George Fredrick.  The Messiah.

Score 25 Twelve Songs.

Score 26 Honnegger, Arthur.  Judith.

Score 27 Lalo, Edouard Victor Antoine.  Le Roi d'Ys.

Score 28 Loewe, Johann Karl Gottfried.  Album I-II.

Score 29 Album III-IV.

Score 30 Mascagni, Pietro.  Cavelleria Rusticana.

Score 31 Massenet, Jules Emile Frederic.  Herodiade.

Score 32 Thais.

Score 33 Werhter.

Score 34 Mendelssohn, Felix.  Elijah.

Score 35 Meyerbeer, Giacomo.  L'Africaine.

Score 36 Les Huguenots.

Score 37 Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus.  Don Juan.

Score 38 Parisotti, Alessandro.  Arier Antiche.

Score 39 Ponchielli, Amilcare.  La Gioconda.

Score 40 Puccini, Giacomo.  La Faniculla del West.

Score 41 La Fille du Far-West.

Score 42 Madame Butterfly. 2 copies.

Score 43 La Tosca.  2 copies.

Score 44 Reyer, Louis Etienne Ernest.  Sigurd.

Score 45 Saint Seenes, Camille.  Henry VIII.

Score 46 La Lyre et Harpe.

Score 47 Samson Et Dalila.

Score 48 Schubert, Franz Peter.  50 Melodies.

Score 49 Gesange I.

Score 50 Gesange II.

Score 51 Schumann, Robert.  50 Melodies.

Score 52 Melodies I-II.

Score 53 Melodies III-IV.

Score 54 Standard Vocal Album - Contralto Songs.

Score 55 Strauss, Richard.  Album I-VI.

Score 56 Lied der Frauen.

Score 57 Salome.  2 Copies.

Score 58 Verdi, Giuseppe.  Aida.  2 copies.

Score 59 La Forza del Destino.

Score 60 Le Trouvere.

Score 61 Wagner, Richard.  Le Crepsucles des Dieux.

Score 62 Lohegrin.  2 copies.

Score 63 Parsifal.

Score 64 Siegfield.

Score 65 Tannhauser.

Score 66 Tristan et Isolde.

Score 67 La Valkyrie.  2 copies.

Score 68 Wiltowski, G.M.  La Princesse Lointaine.

Score 69 Wolf, Hugo.  Gedichte.

Score 70 Italienisches Spanisches.


Other bound music scores:

Score 71 Alfano, Franco.  Risurrenzione.

Score 72 Bach, Johann Sebastian.  Johannes-Passion.

Score 73 Beethoven, Ludwig van.  Fidelio.  2 copies.

Score 74 Boito, Arrigo.  Mefistofele.

Score 75 Botsford Collection of Folk Songs.

Score 76 Brahms, Johannes. Ein Deutsches Requiem.

Score 77 Bruch, Max.  Album.

Score 78 Canteloube, J.  Vercingetorix.

Score 79 Catalani, Alfredo.  La Wally.

Score 80 Chansons et Rondes Enfantines.

Score 81 de Weber, C.M.  Oberon.

Score 82 D'Indy, Vincent.  L'Etranger.

Score 83 Dukas, Paul.  Ariane and Blue Beard.

Score 84 Gound, Charles Francois.  Cinq-Mars.

Score 85 Sapho.

Score 86 Vingt Melodies.

Score 87 Lomax, John A. (comp.).  Our Singing Country.

Score 88 Massenet, Jules Emile Frederic.  Don Quixote.

Score 89 Sapho.

Score 90 Melodies Modernes.

Score 91 Mendelssohn, Felix.  Elias.

Score 92 Rameau, Jean-Phillippe.  Castor et Pollux.

Score 93 Reyer, Louis Etienne Ernest.  Salanmmbo.

Score 94 Schumann, Robert.  Scenen aus Goethles Faust.

Score 95 Songs of England.

Score 96 Songs of Ireland.

Score 97 Strauss, Richard.  Elektra.

Score 98 Tremisot, Edouard.  Stamboul.

Score 99 Verdi, Giuseppe.  Falstaff.

Score 100 Macbeth.

Score 101 Othello.

Score 102 Wagner, Richard.  Hollander.

Score 103 The Mastersingers of Nuremberg.

Score 104 Parsifall.

Score 105 Walkure.

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[Series 2: Programs],
[Series 3: Publicity],
[Series 4: Manuscripts],
[Series 5: Awards and Certificates],
[Series 6: SIU Material],
[Series 7: Financial Matters],
[Series 8: Music Scores],
[Series 9: Audiotapes],
[Series 10: Printed Matter],
[Series 11: Newsclippings],
[Series 12: Bound Music Scores],
[Series 13: Free Standing Volumes],
[Series 14: Packages],
[Series 15: Other materials],

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