A collection of papers and music manuscripts of the composer Cecil Armstrong Gibbs (1889-1960).
The collection encompasses the majority of Gibbs's music manuscripts, including his songs, choral, dramatic, orchestral, chamber and instrumental works, as well as a book of juvenile manuscripts. There are also some published editions of Gibbs's works.
The papers also include letters to Gibbs, 1918-1960, from various composers, writers, artists and other figures, including Walter de la Mare, Herbert Howells and Ralph Vaughan Williams. There are papers relating to 'Crossings' (a play by Walter de la Mare with incidental music by Gibbs) including music cues, song texts, a 1924 printed score with manuscript annotations, the play script with manuscript annotations, programme for the performance at Wick School 1919, an account by Gibbs describing the composition and first performance of the work, and a script of Crossings freely adapted for broadcasting by David Davis 1950.
Gibbs's 244 page unpublished autobiography entitled 'Common Time', 1958, is also held; this is typescript with annotations and corrections.
The collection also comprises manuscript texts of lectures by Gibbs, primarily on aspects of music and the history of music. The titles include; An historical retrospect, Leisure and the fine arts, The place of the festival movement in our national life, Some aspects and experiences of music in the theatre, Music as affected by social and political conditions, Modern music, Ancient and modern, Music in education, Music teaching and the modern world, The evolution of music, Musical radiolocation, Choral societies and The choir as a creative activity. There are also lectures concerning religion and episodes from Gibbs's own life, and a speech given at Appleby Grammar School prize giving day.
There are two printed lectures by Gibbs, 'Competition or non-competition?' given at Hastings Music Festival, and 'The trend of modern music' given at the Royal institution of Great Britain meeting on 25 Mar 1938 (from Proc. Roy. Inst. Vol.XXX, No.141.1938), as well as a copy of his publication 'The Festival Movement', London, 1946.