List of works by William Henry Fry

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The principal collection of Fry holographs and manuscripts is in the collection of The Library Company of Philadelphia (abbreviated below as LCP) which is in the possession of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The collection which amounts to 18.5 linear feet of manuscripts was donated to the library by his brother Edward P. Fry. The collection is described in William Treat Upton, The Musical Works of William Henry Fry in the collections of The Library Company of Philadelphia (Philadelphia: The Free Library of Philadelphia, 1946) which can be viewed at Google Books. As of 2010 neither the Library's nor the Society's website, online catalog, or any online finding aids document the Fry collection. Biographical information about Fry is available in William Treat Upton, William Henry Fry: American Composer and Journalist-Critic (New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1954) which is available at Archive.org. Upton's 1946 guide to the Fry collection is included as an appendix in this volume. At least six of Fry's works for orchestra are available from the Edwin A. Fleisher Collection at the Free Libary of Philadelphia and are noted below.

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Stage Works

  • - The Bridal of Dunure (opera, unperformed, lost). The drinking song Whoever the bowl can deeply quaff survives in holograph in the collection of LCP (Fry considered it for use in the opera Notre Dame of Paris).
  • - Cristiana e Pagani (opera, unperformed, lost). Overture was used as the overture for Aurelia the Vestal. Manuscripts in the collection of LCP: vocal score of duet for soprano and tenor of 40 pages.
  • - Aurelia the Vestal: A Lyrical Tragedy in Three Acts (Joseph R. Fry, 1838-41). Manuscripts in collection of LCP: full score in 4 volumes totaling 823 pages, vocal score in 3 volumes totaling 537 pages, libretto of 72 pages. A manuscript score of 82 pages and manuscript orchestra parts for the overture are held by the Fleisher Collection.
  • - Leonora: A Lyrical Drama in Three Acts (Joseph R. Fry, 1845, first performance: Philadelphia June 4, 1845). Manuscripts in the collection of LCP: full score in holograph in 3 volumes totalling 635 pages (about 14 pages removed from act 2 representing cut made by the composer) and unknown amount of orchestral parts exist. Vocal score of 439 pages published (New York: E. Ferrett & Co., 1846). Revised as Giulio e Leonora (first performance: New York, March 29, 1858). Libretto for revised 4 act Italian version published (Philadelphia: P.E. Abel, 1858). Manuscripts in the collection of LCP: vocal score in Italian of 275 pages lacking the overture and nos. 1 and 2, full score holograph of 38 pages of duet for tenor and baritone from act 2 (with orchestra parts), full score manuscript of 61 pages of introduction and duet for contralto and tenor from act 4(with orchestra parts), unknown quantity of orchestra and choral parts.
  • - Notre Dame of Paris (after Victor Hugo, Joseph R. Fry, translated into Italian by E.C. Sebastiani, Jan.-Feb., 1862, first performance: Philadelphia, May 4 (or 9), 1864). Manuscripts in the collection of LCP: full score hologaph of 447 pages (missing 11 pages), full score of 501 pages with orchestra parts and text in both English and Italian, printed vocal score of 65 pages (act 1), holograph vocal score of 8 pages consisting of the ballet from act 2, libretto in Italian, libretto in English, chorus master's book, unknown quantity of orchestra parts, solo parts, and choral parts. The printed vocal score for act 1 is also available from Google Books. The opera was also identified as Esmeralda: A Lyrical Drama in Four Acts.
  • - Original Memoranda of the opera Joan of Arc. See first sketch of plot to which it refers. W.H.F.. Piano score of 2 pages in collection of LCP.

Choral Works

  • - Stabat Mater, or The Crucifixion of Christ. An oratorio for 4 soli, chorus, and orchestra composed in 1855. Manuscripts in the collection of LCP: full score holograph of 237 pages dated March 17, 1855, a fragmentary copy of the vocal score signed by Fry and dated January, 1855, an incomplete manuscript score in Fry's hand that differs from the holograph score and more closely resembles the version published by Ditson, complete manuscript orchestra parts, manuscript solo parts for tenor and bass, printed copies of chorus parts. Vocal score in Latin with English translation published as 12 separate numbers (Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1855).
  • - Mass in E flat major (Completed Santa Cruz, West Indies on December 12, 1864). A holograph vocal score of 38 pages with suggestions for orchestration is in the collection of the LCP.
  • - Kyrie Eleison (1864). A full score holograph of 10 pages is in the collection of the LCP.
  • - Hallelujah Chorus. For chorus, orchestra, and (apparently) organ. A 30 page full score manuscript and orchestra parts as well as a full score manuscript of another version of the work entitled The Lord God Omnipotent is in the collection of LCP.
  • - Ode. For chorus and orchestra (R.R. Wallace, first performance: Crystal Palace, New York, May 4, 1854). A full score holograph of 19 pages and manuscript orchestra parts are in the collection of LCP.
  • - Moses in Egypt. An oratorio existing as sketches. A 49 page full score holograph is in the collection of LCP.
  • - Each Merry Moss Trooper Mounted His Steed for male voices. A similar version of this chorus appears in act two of Notre Dame of Paris entitled Chorus of the Royal Scotch Archers. Both full score and vocal score manuscipts are in the collection of LCP.
  • - Laurels Twined Around the Warrior's Brow for mixed voices. A similar verison is found in act 1, scene 4 of Aurelia entitled Solemn March and Chorus. Both full score and vocal score manuscripts are in the collection of LCP.
  • - Trio for Three Soprano Voices (from King Lear). Incomplete. Three pages of vocal parts in collection of LCP.

Orchestral Works

  • - Symphony-A Day in the Country (ca. 1853). Movements: Adagio, Allegro, Andante Amoroso, Finale: stretto. Thought to have been lost a manuscript score of 53 pages, possibly a holograph, and 25 manuscript parts were among the scores belonging to Theodore Thomas that were donated to the Chicago Symphony Ochestra and are in the collection of the Rosenthal Archives. A copy(?) in manuscript of 63 pages is held by the Fleisher Collection.
  • - Santa Claus: Christmas Symphony (First performance: Jullien's Orchestra, New York December 24, 1853). A full score manuscript of 65 pages and an incomplete holograph of 39 pages are in the collection of LCP. Ms Score & Parts at the Fleisher Collection. (Published by Hall of Boston in 1992.)
  • - Niagara-A Symphony (Composed for the Musical Congress at the Crystal Palace of New York, June 15, 1854). Manuscripts in the collection of LCP: a full score holograph of 5 pages, a full score manuscript of 12 pages, and an unknown quantity of orchestra parts. 22 page score, plus parts, at Fleisher Collection (publisher given as "Philadelphia : Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music", 20th century.)
  • - Dramatic Symphony-The Dying Soldier. A full score manuscript of 14 pages is in the collection of LCP. A manuscript score of 43 pages and manuscript orchestra parts are held by the Fleisher Collection.
  • - Sacred Symphony No.3-Hagar in the Wilderness (Completed: July 4, 1854). A full score holograph of 14 pages is in the collection of LCP; score and parts are in the possession of the Fleisher Collection.
  • - Adagio Sostenuto. A full score holograph of 21 pages and a full score manuscript of 26 pages are in the collection of LCP. A manuscript score of 43 pages and manuscript orchestra parts are held by the Fleisher Collection. Upton speculated, and it now appears to be accepted, that this is in fact Fry's work entitled Symphony-The Breaking Heart.
  • - Grand Symphonie-Childe Harold (First performance: New York, May 31, 1854). Lost.
  • - Overture to The World's Own. (February 19, 1857). A full score holograph of this two-page sketch is in the collection of LCP. Per note on holograph the work was completed and performed but a complete manuscript never found.
  • - Overture to Evangeline (Completed March 16, 1860). A full score holograph of 20 pages and manuscript orchestra parts are in the collection of LCP. A manuscript score of 49 pages and manusript orchestra parts are held by the Fleisher Collection.
  • - Overture to Macbeth (Completed June 22, 1862). A full score holograph of 29 pages and a full score manuscript of 33 pages are in the collection of LCP. A manuscript score of 67 pages an manuscript orchestra parts are held by the Fleisher Collection.
  • - Witches' Incantation-Overture to Macbeth. A full score holograph of 22 pages is in the collection of LCP. This work is similar to the above overture.
  • - Ballad for Orchestra-Faust and Margaret. Fragmentary sketch (2 page piano score) in collection of LCP.
  • - Ball Scene. Five page full score in collection of LCP. Probably intended as the beginning of a Romeo and Juliet Overture.
  • - Mus. Memo for Kenilworth. W.H. Fry. Air for Amy Robsart. An Overture to the Opera of the Artist. Fry. Fragmentary Piano score of 8 pages in collection of LCP.
  • - Symphony in C. Parts of two movements in collection of LCP.
  • - Symphony in C minor. One page holograph in collection of LCP.
  • - Westminister Abbey-A Symphony. One page holograph in collection of LCP.
  • - Symphony in La for full orchestra. A holograph of the unfinished first movement in piano score with suggested instrumentation is in the collection of LCP.
  • - Fantastic Symphony. The Witches Dance. Scene: A Wild Heath. Time: Night. A 3-page manuscript piano score is in the collection of LCP. Possibly not a work by Fry.
  • - Incantation of the Witches (Macbeth). Holograph of fragment in collection of LCP.

Chamber Music

All Fry's surviving chamber music exists in a single, bound volume in the collection of LCP.

  • - String Quartet No.10 in C minor. Complete in 4 movements. 24 pages.
  • - String Quartet No.11 in A minor. Complete in 4 movements. 22 pages. An edition of this work (also ms.) prepared by J. Graziano ("trans. and ed.") is available at the Fleisher Collection.
  • - String Quartet in G minor. Four movement the last being unfinished. 23 pages.
  • - String Quartet in D. Four movements the last being unfinished. 20 pages.
  • - String Quartet in C sharp minor. Three incomplete movements. 11 pages.
  • - String Quartet in D flat major. Fragment.
  • - String Quartet in G minor. Fragment.
  • - Sextuor (2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos). Fragment.
  • - Piano Trio. Two completed pages with further sketches.

Songs (with piano accompaniment)

  • - The Dying Soldier. Words by J.R. Fry. A holograph score is in the collection of LCP.
  • - The Orphan's Lament. Words by William Henry Fry. A holograph score is in the collection of LCP.

Instrumental Works

  • - Metropolitan Hall March. (February 4, 1853). For wind band. The manuscript band parts are in the collection of LCP.
  • - Adieu-Song for the Piano (August 23, 1855). A one-page holograph is in the collection of LCP.
  • - Japanese Embassy March. Published (Boston: Oliver Diston & Co., ca.1859-62). 9 pages. Copy in the Thomas A. Edison Collection of American Sheet Music at the University of Michigan. Spurious/misattributed(?). Upton makes no mention of this work.
  • - Piano Sonata. Fragments in holograph are in the collection of LCP.
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