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Annetta Rosser Collection

(1938–2003)

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Annetta Hamilton Rosser (1913–8 October 2010) received a bachelor of music degree from Florida State University (1932) and then taught in the Florida public schools. As a violinist, she played with the Santa Monica Symphony in California (1949–1950), the Cornell University Orchestra (1948–1956), the Princeton Symphony (1959–1961), and the Madison Symphony Orchestra (1963–1982). She is the composer of over one hundred vocal and instrumental pieces.

Inventory

6 archival boxes (2 linear feet)

Box 1: Published scores

  • Folder 1: An Offering of Song: 48 Songs in English for Medium to High Voice, by Annetta Hamilton Rosser. Madison, Wisconsin: Gilbert Publications, 1977.
    • 2 copies, one autographed.
    • For voice and piano, except for titles marked *, scored for alto recorder or flute, and voice.
    • Dedication: “To Barkley, Edwenna, and Barkley, Jr.”
    1. SONGS OF LOVE
      • How Do I Love Thee? / Elizabeth Barrett Browning
      • Absence / Robert Bridges
      • Mother, I Cannot Mind My Wheel / Sappho (c. 600 BC)
      • A Girl’s Mood / Lizette Woodworth Reese
      • Wild Goats / Anice Page Cooper
      • Tears / Khans (7th c. Arabian)
    2. THE APPRECIATION OF NATURE AND BEAUTY
      • Loveliest of Trees / A. E. Housman
      • Spring Rondel / Charles d’Orleans (15th c.)
      • London Town / John Masefield
      • Miracle / Lizette Woodworth Reese
      • Afternoon on a Hill / Edna St. Vincent Millay
    3. SONGS FROM THE CHINESE
      • Sailing Homeward / Chan Fang-sheng (4th c.)
      • On the Birth of His Son / Su Tung-p’o (11th c.)
      • The Morning Glory / Confucius’ Book of Odes (c. 500 B.C.)
    4. ELIZABETHAN AND JACOBEAN SONGS
      • The Constant Lover * / Sir John Suckling
      • My True Love Hath My Heart * / Sir Philip Sidney
      • Advice to a Girl * / Thomas Campion
      • Why So Pale and Wan, Fond Lover? * / Sir John Suckling
      • Song to a Lute / Sir John Suckling
    5. SONGS OF WHIMSEY
      • A Silent Man / Emily Dickinson
      • Figs from Thistles / Edna St. Vincent Millay
      • Westphalian Song / Johann C. Walther (16th c.)
      • The Old Dream Comes Again / Heinrich Heine
      • The Unexplorer / Edna St. Vincent Millay
      • Who Was It? / Heinrich Heine
    6. SONGS FOR CHILDREN
      • The Little Turtle / Vachel Lindsay
      • Hopping / A.H.R.
      • The Caterpillar / Lillian Schulz Vanada
      • The Mysterious Cat / Vachel Lindsay
      • The Mouse / Hilda Conkling
      • Firefly / Elizabeth Madox Roberts
      • The Swing / Robert Louis Stevenson
    7. WINTER SONGS
      • Snow Toward Evening / Melville Cane
      • Dust of Snow / Robert Frost
      • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening / Robert Frost
      • Silver / Walter de la Mare
      • Fog — Lost / Carl Sandburg
    8. SONGS FOR CHRISTMAS
      • Herrick’s Carol / Robert Herrick
      • A Song of the Virgin Mother / Lope de Vega
      • Christmas is Coming / A.H.R.
      • December Roundelay / A.H.R.
      • Love Came Down at Christmas / Christina Rosetti
      • Sleep, Little Baby, Sleep / Christina Rosetti
    9. SONGS OF FAITH
      • Lord, Make Our Lives a Blessing / From Psalm 118, Phil. 4
      • A Prayer from the Psalms / Psalm 19:14 and 28:7
      • On Hearing the Birds Sing / Old Irish Poem
      • Symbol / David Morton
      • I Never Saw a Moor / Emily Dickinson
  • Folder 2: Another Offering of Song, by Annetta Hamilton Rosser. Madison, WI: Gilbert Publishing, 1998.
    • For voice and piano
    • Dedication: “for my family and the friends who sing my songs”
    The Road Not Taken / Robert Frost
    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening / Robert Frost
    Snow Toward Evening / Melville Cane
    Winter Tryst / Antonia Y. Mills
    Tears, Idle Tears / Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    Thinking of One Far Away / Chang Chiu-Ling (6th c.)
    Tears / Khans (7th c. Arabian)
    This World is Not Conclusion / Emily Dickinson
    When I Consider Life / Lizette Woodworth Reese
    Rondel / Charles D’Orleans
    Overtones / William Alexander Percy
    Voices / Clinton Scollard
    Hoppity / Witter Bynner
    December Roundelay / A. A. Milne
    The Oxen on Christmas Eve / A. H. R.
    The Beatitudes / Thomas Hardy
    For Lo, The Winter is Past / Matthew 5:3-10
    Adoration / Song of Solomon 2:11–13
    A Prayer of Robert Louis Stevenson / R. L. S.
    Psalm 91 (for two voices) / Verses from Psalm 91
    You and Song Are One / Clinton Scollard

Box 1: Manuscripts

FORMAT OF ENTRIES: Title, date and place of composition if indicated, (instrumentation), “dedication” [instrumentation] = implied by the score

Notebooks

Folder 3: NOTEBOOK #1 — 8 x 10.25", brown, “No. 832” on cover.

[All works in pencil; Lyrics are not always included with the score, but credit is given to the lyricist, suggesting the text was simply temporarily omitted. Instrumentation is voice and piano unless otherwise noted. Many works are incomplete, i.e. missing lyrics, parts, notes. The notes given below reflect the composer’s indications at the top of the work.]

Contents, in order of appearance in the notebook:

On the Birth of His Son, 1940 (piano)
Loneliest of Trees, 1940 Princeton
The Little Turtle, 1940
The Plaint of the Camel
Binker
The Mysterious Cat
None Other Lamb
Holy Innocents — Sleep, Baby, Sleep
You and Song Are One, “To Helen York”
Snow Toward Evening, “To Helen York”
Afternoon on a Hill
The Coin
Sailing Homeward
As Rain Upon the Town
Spleen
Lullaby (organ)
A Girl’s mood, May 1, 1943 Washington D.C.
Catkin, May 14, 1943 Washington D.C.
The Caterpillar, May 15, 1943 Washington D.C., “To Joanna Tousey”
The Mouse, Aug. 19, 1943 Washington D.C., “To Beth Palmer”
The Swing, June 10, 1943 Washington, “To Edwenna for Little Annetta”
Silver, August 18, 1943 Washington, “To Lib Palmer”
Firefly, Aug. 19, 1943 Washington, “To Edwenna”
Foreign Children, Aug. 20, 1943 Washington “To Elizabeth and Norma Quine”
December Roundelay, December 1, 1943 Washington “To Edwenna”
A Song of the Virgin Mother, December 1, 1943 Washington
Song to a Lute, March 23, 1944 “To Lib Palmer”

Folder 4: NOTEBOOK #2 — 8 X 10.25", red

Spring Rondel (flute)
Song to a Lute (flute or recorder)
The Morning Glory (flute)
A Prayer from the Psalms [piano]
Figs from Thistles [not specified, probably flute]
Love Came Down at Christmas (violin)
London Town (soprano & tenor or baritone)
Beloved, Let Us Love One Another [piano & solo voice]
Anthem (?) [SATB]
Fifth Word Thirst (flute)
Second Word: Thou Shalt Be With Me in Paradise (flute)
How Do I Love Thee? (flute, violin, voice)
Bagatelle (flute, violin, piano)
Loveliest of Trees (flute, violin)
Loveliest of Trees (cello)
Our Star’s Alight [SA]
Love Came Down at Christmas (Viola with mezzo in C [no mezzo part?])
Afternoon on a Hill (cello)
Meditations on the Cross: Song Cycle: First Word — Father, Forgive Them
Songs of the Nomad Flute: song cycle
    1. The Abduction of Wen-chi [flute]
   17. A Chinese City Comes in View (flute with voice)
I Never Saw a [Moor] (?) (flute with voice)
Longing for Home [solo & voice]
Winter Tryst, 1979 [piano & voice]
Fanfare for a Celebration (flute and violin) “To the Madison Civic Center”

Folder 5: NOTEBOOK #3 — brown, red spiral-bound, 9 x 12"

A F’s Dorothy, March 11, 1952 “To Dorothy Gibson”
A Joyful Song, March 1952 [piano & voice]
Winter Tryst, May 30, 1952 [piano & voice] “To Gladys Dummer”
Epigram to a Poetess, May 30, 1952 [piano & voice]
A Child’s Christmas Song, November 1952, November 1970 [voice & piano] “To My Children In Memory of Happy Christmas Days”
Nocturne, March 26-28, 1953 Ithaca, NY [piano & violin]
The First Forsythia, March 28, 1953 [piano & violin]
Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman?, May 1953 [voice and piano]

[The following have piano accompaniment:]

1. Intercession Lent 1954 Paris, France [mezzo soprano or baritone & piano]
3. Remembrance, March 27-28 Lent 1954, Paris (soprano)
4. Loneliness, Lent 1954 Paris (baritone or alto)
7. Refuge, March 27 Lent 1954, Paris [mezzo, baritone, or alto]
2. Authority, Lent 1954, Paris (soprano, tenor)
6. Victory [mezzo]
5. Suffering, March 28 Lent, 1954 Paris (mezzo-soprano)
6. Victory, March 30 Lent 1954 Paris (soprano)
6. Victory: It is Finished, May 25-26, 1954 (soprano)

A High Hill, March 21, 1955 [solo & piano] “To the Carvers”
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening, March 21, 1955 revised Summer 1994, [mezzo and piano] “For the Ithaca Composer’s Club”
The Beatitudes, March 28, 1955; May 1955 [soprano & piano] “To Katherine Otterson”
Voices, November 18, 1956; 4/17/93 [soprano & piano]
Voices, Nov. 20, 1956 Ithaca, N.Y. [soprano & piano]
Prayer, 4/17/73 (violin solo)
[Untitled] Sept.-Oct. 1955, Ithaca [violin & piano]
The Road Not Taken, March 7, 1956 and Summer 1993 [mezzo & piano]

Folder 6: NOTEBOOK #4 — gray, 9 x 12"

Sonnet [soprano, alto, tenor or? sop, mezzo, alto]
Birds [piano & violin]
A Garland of Ancient Carols, December 17, 1961 [violin]
Advice to a Girl, Jan. 23, 1962 “Arranged for voice and recorder for Dorothy Fuchs”
The Constant Lover, Jan. 23 1962 Ithaca [soprano]
Snow Toward Evening (flute)
Absence (flute [& voice?]) Westphalian Song, late January 1962, “Arranged for voice & recorders for Dorothy Fuchs and Jean Kelly”
Stopping By Woods On a Snowy Evening (flute)
The Constant Lover [tenor and ?2 treble parts(unclear instrumentation)]
Stopping By Woods [voice and piano]
Elizabethan Song (recorder)
Easter Day [voice and piano]
Loveliest of Trees (flute [violin crossed out])
Second Word: With Me in Paradise (flute obbligato)
Fifth Word: [I?] Thirst (flute or violin obbligato)
The First Word [soprano & piano]
Herrick’s Carol (flute & voice)
None Other Lamb (flute)
A Song of the Virgin Mother (flute)
Sleep, Little Baby, Sleep (violin)
Afternoon on a Hill (flute)
From the Chinese Book of [Odes?]
Proverbs on Foolish Women (flute and voice)
You and Song Are One (flute)
A Girl’s Mood (flute)
A Song from the Chinese Book of Odes [voice]
Who Was It? (flute)
Entreat Me Not to Leave Thee (flute)
Song of Ruth and Naomi [voice and piano]
Who Can Find a Virtuous Woman? (flute, piano, voice)
Benediction (flute)
Prelude (flute & piano)
Winter Tryst [2 flutes]
The Oxen on Christmas Eve
A Song of the Virgin Mother [2 flutes]
Love Came Down at Christmas [voice and piano]
Silver (flute)

Folder 7: NOTEBOOK #5

Dedication (2 violins and piano)
Our Star’s Alight, 1st week in February 1951 (trio of women’s voices) “Dedicated to A.F. —P.E.O.”
A P.E.O. Song, Feb. 15, 1951 (For soprano solo (Lois McConnell)) “Dedicated to chapter A.F. — P.E.O.”
Symbol (violin)
I Never Saw a Moor, March 13, 1951 Ithaca, N.Y. [piano and voice] “For Ilse Van Lent”
[Untitled] [piano] June 17 and Sept. 10, 1951
A Silent Man, April 6-7, 1951 [piano and voice] “For Ilse Van Lent”
Let the Words of My Mouth, Pacific Palisades California, June 17, 1951 [SATB] “To the Choir of the First Presbyterian Church, Ithaca, N.Y.”
We Thank Thee, Lord, For This Day, June 18, 1951 Pacific Palisades, California [SATB] “For Thomas Tracy and the First Presbyterian Church Choir, Ithaca, N.Y.”
With Joy We Greet the Morning Light, June 18, 1951 [SATB]
Prayer, June 18-19, 1951 Pacific Palisades, California (organ) “To Dorothy Gragg”
More Things Are Wrought By Prayer, June 20, 1951 Pacific Palisades (soprano, SATB choir, organ) “For Isabelle Tarboux and the Choir of the First Presbyterian Church, Ithaca, N.Y.”
With Joy We Greet the Morning Light, Aug. 14, 1951 (response for choir)
Music for Three Friends, Summer 1951 Pacific Palisades [piano and 2 violins] “For Gratia, Natalie, and Patsy”
Let the Words of My Mouth, Sept. 12–13, 1951; Feb. 11, 1952 Pacific Palisades, California [piano and voice]
A Few Figs From Thistles [?]
The Oxen on Christmas Eve, Oct. 30, 1951 Ithaca, N.Y. [piano and voice] “To Margaret Randolph, Marion Hartwig, and Evelyn Dyce”
To Larkey: Whose Man Floud Out the Car, Nov. 2, 1951 Ithaca, N.Y. [piano and voice]
To Edwenna and Priscilla, Who Laughed, Nov. 7, 1951 Ithaca N.Y. [piano and voice]
Song to a Guest, November 25, 1951 Ithaca, N.Y. [soprano, tenor, piano]
Symbol, Nov. 27, 1951 [solo and choir] “For Della Cook Clark and the Ithaca Woman’s Club Chorus”
Edwenna’s Dolls, Jan. 21, 1952 Ithaca [piano and violin] “To Edwenna”
Song Without Words, Dec. 26–27, 1951 Ithaca [piano] “To Sally Jones”
(Sun Sparkling on Snow) Bagatelle, Dec. 27, 1951 Ithaca [piano] “To Bernice Schwandt”
A Day With Edwenna’s Dolls, Dec. 1951 [violin and piano]
Allelulia [her spelling], Christ is Risen!, Jan. 1952 Ithaca, N.Y. [organ]
Cantilena, Jan. 22, 1952 Ithaca, N.Y. [piano] “To Ann Agnew”
Gentle Alice Brown, January 23, 1952 Ithaca, N.Y. [piano and voice] “For Bob”
Easter Day, January 28, 1952 Ithaca, N.Y. [3-part choir and organ] “To Helene Wickstrom and the Youth Choir of the First Presbyterian Church, Ithaca, N.Y.”

Folder 8: NOTEBOOK #6

On Hearing the Birds Sing (flute)
Symbol (flute)
A Prayer from the Psalms (flute)
It Is Finished (flute)
Changes for Herrick’s Carol – solo
The Morning Glory (flute)
Advice to a Girl (voice and alto recorder)
London Town [piano and voice] “To Barkley”
Third Word: Behold Thy Mother (duet [voices])
First Word: Father, Forgive Them (duet [voices])
Seventh Word: Father, Into Thy Hand I Commend My Spirit (duet [voices])
London Town (duet [voices])
Seventh Word: Father, Into Thy Hands (duet [voices] and piano)
Fourth Word: Father, Forgive Them (duet [voices] and piano)
Songs of a Nomad Flute
    1. The Nomad Flute (flute alone)
    2. The Abduction of Lady Wen-chi [voice and piano]
    4. Longing for Home (soprano and flute)
    3. Departure from China [voice and piano]
    4. Encampment in the Desert [voice and piano]
    6. Dawn (flute and soprano)
    15. The Nomad Husband Turns Back [flute and voice?]
    5. Encampment By a Stream [voice and piano]
    7. Writing Home [voice and piano]
    12. Wen-chi Returns Home [voice and piano]
    9. Messengers Arrive [voice and piano]
    11. A Chinese City in View [voice and piano]
    10. The Farewell [piano and voice]
    6. The Constellation of the Dipper (flute and soprano)
    11. Watching Geese Fly South [voice]
How Do I Love Thee? [piano and 2 voices?]
The Constant Lover (soprano and flute)

Folder 9: NOTEBOOK #7

[instrumentation for piano and voice unless otherwise noted]

Mother, I Cannot Mind My Wheel, April 29, 1944
Song to a Lute, March 23, 1944; Nov. 7, 1944
Elizabethan Song, November 1944 - Thanksgiving Day “To Dr. Edward Demming”
Who Was It, June 7, 1945 “To Alice Price”
Thinking of One Far Away, July 12, 1945 Washington D.C.; 1st week in Feb. 1951
Hoppity, July 12, 1945 Washington “To Edwenna”
Fog, Sept. 17, 1945 Washington, D.C.
Miracle, October 2, 1946 Ithaca, N.Y.
Rondel, October 13-15, 1947 Ithaca
An April Lullaby, April 7, 1948
On Hearing the Birds Sing, March 25, 1947 Ithaca “To Alice Price”
Loveliest of Trees, February 1, 1949 Ithaca [3-part voices] “For Alice Price and the Campus Club Choral Group”
Sonnet, January 31, 1949 Ithaca [vocal trio]
[Untitled] [2 violins and piano]
Why So Pale and Wan?, January 31, 1951 Ithaca [voice and flute?] “For Kitty and Mark”
To Larky, 1951

Folder 10: NOTEBOOK #8

Turkestan [voice and violin]
A Spring Sigh [voice and violin]
On a Walk in Early Spring [voice and piano]
A Song of the Palace [voice and violin]
A Spring Sigh [voice and piano]
Thinking of One Lost in the tibetan War [voice and violin]
In the Pure Morning, Near the Old Temple [voice and violin]
Overtones, Oct.–Dec. 1980 [voice and piano] “To Carol Fosshage”
Stevenson’s Prayer — A Song of Blessings [voice and piano] “To Isabel Hubbard”
Thinking of One Far Away [violin and voice]
Flute Carol [flute and piano] “To Erica”
On the Yellow Brick Road: March for Bassoon [bassoon and piano] “To Alexander __”
Psalm 91 [2 voices and piano]
Duo for Violin and Viola, 1986 [violin and viola] “For Lola and Gladys”
Our Joyful Feast [voice and piano]
This World is Not Conclusion, Sept. 16 1989; Sept. 15, 1989 [voice and piano] “To Barkley”
Nocturne, 1990 [violin and piano] “To Barkley”
Father, Forgive Them, Feb. 10, 1991 [violin or flute] “For Jeanne Kiley with Kate Emerich, Sally Jamieson For Lenten Communion Feb. 30, 1991”
[Untitled] [piano]

Box 2

[Works in folders are copies of the score, in composer’s hand, loose-leaf format]

Folder 1: Instrumental music — (manilla, "Instrumental: Annetta Hamilton Rosser") Copies in composer’s hand, including separate parts.

Meditation, January 1950 Pacific Palisades, “earlier pencil manuscript 1940’s” (violin or flute and piano) “To Lola Yde”
Nocturne, 1990 (violin and piano) “To Barkley In memory of the music, beauty, and love we shared”
Lullaby for an April Baby, April 1948 Ithaca N.Y. (violin and piano) “To John Barkley Rosser, Jr.”
Bird Song (flute)
Nocturne: Flute in the Night (flute and piano)
Dialogue for Flute and Violin (flute and violin)
Bagatelle (flute, violin, piano)
Atioso: Trio for Flute, Violin, and Piano, August–September 1991 “To Jeanne Kiley and Sally Jamieson”
Scherzo (flute quartet) “To Susanna Watling and the S.A.I. Flute Quartet”
Holy Innocents, Ithaca, N.Y. 1942
Alleluia, Sing and Rejoice, revised c. 1980 (organ) “To Dorothy Gragg”
In the Shadow of Thy Wings, June 18–19, 1951 Pacific Palisades California
(organ) “To Dorothy Gragg”
Duo For Violin and Viola “To Lola Yde and Gladys Kalal”
On the Yellow Brick Road: March for Bassoon (bassoon and piano) “To Alexander Werner”; “For my Grandson”
Flute Carol, 1984 (flute and piano) “For My Granddaughter Erica”
Music for Three Friends, August 10, 1951 Pacific Palisades California (violin, cello, piano) “To Natalie Jann, Gratia Lazier, and Patsy Taylor”

Folder 2 — “Music for Treble Trio SATB Anthems Responses: Annetta Hamilton Rosser”

Thy Blessings Are New Each Morning (SATB and keyboard) “To Lawrence Doebler and the Choir of Christ Presbyterian Church”
More Things are Wrought by Prayer, June 20, 1951 Pacific Palisades (soprano solo, SATB, keyboard) “For Isabel Tarboux and the Choir of the First Presbyterian Church, Ithaca N.Y.”
Create in Me a Clean Heart, June 18, 1951 (SATB) “For Thomas Tracy and the Choir of the First Presbyterian Church, Ithaca N.Y.”
We Thank Thee Lord, For This Day, August 14, 1951 (SATB) “Three Reponses for Thomas Tracy and the Choir of the First Presbyterian Church, Ithaca N.Y.”
Winter Tryst (SATB and piano) “For Ruth Polson and the Cornell Campus Club Choral Group”
Snow Toward Evening (3-part women’s chorus and piano) “For Ruth Polson and the Cornell Campus Club Choral Group”
Easter Day, January 28, 1952 [3-part women’s chorus and piano] “To the Ithaca Woman’s Club Chorus”
Sonnet (mezzo-soprano and piano) “To Barkley”
Sonnet (3-part women’s chorus) “For Margaret Randolph, Marion Hartwig and Evelyn Dyce”
A Song of the Virgin Mother (3-part women’s chorus) “For the Campus Club Choral Group”
Loveliest of Trees (voice and piano) “To Jennie Rice”
Loveliest of Trees (3-part women’s chorus) “For Alice Price and the Campus Club Choral Group”
The Oxen on Christmas Eve, October 30, 1951 Ithaca N.Y. (3-part women’s chorus) “To Margaret Randolph, Marion Hartwig, Evelyn Dyce”
The Oxen on Christmas Eve [voice and piano]
More Things Are Wrought by Prayer (3-part women’s chorus) “Arranged for the Ithaca Woman’s Club Chorus”; “With Soprano solo for Isabel Tarboux”
Our Star’s Alight, February 1951 Ithaca N.Y. (3-part women’s chorus) “To Chapter A.F. P.E.O.”

Folder 3 — “Songs of a Nomad Flute: Annetta Hamilton Rosser”

Program:
Service League of Christ Presbyterian Church, May 24, 1979
Synopsis
Full scores

Folder 4 — “Songs of the T’ang Dynasty: A Song Cycle for Soprano and Violin —Chinese Poems of the 7th to 10th c.”

Text sheet included, “To Bettina Bjorksten”
"Composed in 1983"

Folder 5 — “Meditations on the Cross: Lenten Song Cycle” Solo voice, flute, piano, Annetta Hamilton Rosser

Program:
Union Good Friday Services, April 8, 1966
Full score and parts

Folder 6 — “Think on These Things” for Soprano, Flute, Piano and Reader. Music by Annetta Hamilton Rosser

“Dedicated to the Women of Christ Presbyterian Church”
Text sheet included
Full score and parts

Folder 7 — “Programs of Music for Lent, Springtime and Christmas with poems chosen by the composer to be read between the songs and instrumental works. Performed for various women’s groups.”

Music for Christmas and Snowy Days — Altrusa Club, December 1975
A Lenten Canticle: Songs of Spring and Faith Renewed — Christ Presbyterian Church Women’s Association, March 11, 1969
P.E.O. Feb. 23, 1970 & March 28, 1972
Songs in Bloom - Christ Presbyterian Church, April 27, 1972
Love Came Down at Christmas - Chapter V, P.E.O., December 1970

Folder 8: Other unpublished scores — In composer’s hand, full score, bound

Meditations on the Cross: Solos & Duets with piano & flute
Christmas and Winter Songs
A Lenten Canticle

Box 3: Letters

FORMAT OF ENTRIES: Author of letter; Date written; works mentioned in letter

Folder 1 — “Letters of appreciation for Rosser music heard on various programs”

Charles Porter Melcher; October 11, 1977; An Offering of Song
Wendell Nelson; August 27, 1980; [An Offering of Song]
Susan Becker; January 17, 1987; [program at the Top Hat, AAUW ?]
Norma Jones [First United Methodist Church, Madison]; August 7, 1983; A Song of Blessings
George Neckerman; December 11, 1987; [program on Dec 9 at Oakwood by Therese Bauer]
Marion Anders _aton; Feb 10, 1988; no specific reference to music given
Shirley Sundquist; October 1, 1991; The Holy Innocents
Janice Lower; May 31, 1979; [Christ Church, song cycle]
Deri Cattelino; June 4, 1979; Songs of the Nomad Flute
Natalia Benjamin; Dec 29, 1980; An Offering of Song
Helen York; April 22, 1977; An Offering of Song
Jane Butterfield; Feb. 13, 1979; Songs of a Nomad Flute
SAI Composer’s Bureau; August 27, 1979; [invitation to submit a report]
Jean Lottridge; March 26, 1992; [vesper service, March 25, ’92]
Isabel Hubbard; May 27, 1992; [flute music at SAI, May 26]
Mrs. Howard [Seddell?]; May 9, 1977; [An Offering of Song]
Betty Kurtenacker; June 25, 1977; [P.E.O. Convention]
Perle Knope; June 10, 1977; Meditations on the Cross
Mary Hall; June 14, 1977; [Meditations on the Cross]
Lois Dick; June 21, 1977; [Meditations on the Cross]
Irene Snell; August 10, 1979; Star of P.E.O.
Marian Giessel; August 21, 1979; Meditations on the Cross
Betty Moorehead; June 2, 1978; Lullaby for an April Baby

Folder 2 — “Letters from musicians about programs and performances of Rosser’s compositions”

Marion Paton; August 23, 1988; [no music specified]
Alice Hansen; August 25, 1979; Loveliest of Trees, Afternoon on a Hill, Advice to a Girl, Why so Pale and Wan, My True Love Hath My heart, Fog — Lost, I Never Saw a Moor, Symbol, Snow Toward Evening, Sleep Little Baby Sleep, Meditation, Lullaby to an April Baby
Elizabeth Wulfsberg; Feb 12, 1993; Meditation
Nancy Becknell; Feb 28, 1993; [Program of Women in American Music: Models of Creativity at UW–Madison]
Marion Paton; Feb 9, 1993; [no music specified]
Marcella Curtiss; July 7, 1993; Father Forgive Them, Holy Innocents
Marcella Curtiss; March 11, 1993; Meditation
Annette De Boer; November 17, 1982; Wild Goats
Annette De Boer; November 14, 1978; [no music specified]
Jane; February 20, 1996; Lenten Cycle
Irnegard [?] Roenheld; August 18, 1978; [no music specified]
Carol Fosshage; March 4, 1980; [An Offering of Song]
Peggy Faden; September 1, 1995; [no music specified]
Ellen Mott; Feb. 27, 1995; Mother I cannot Mind My Wheel, On the Birth of His Son, London Town, My True Love Hath My Heart, London Town
Jane; May 16, 1995; Lenten Cycle
Therese Bauer; June 22, 1990; [no music specified]
Therese Bauer; Sept 18, 1990; Westphalian Song, Morning Glory, Who Was It?, How Do I Love Thee?, Tears, I Never Saw a Moor, This World Is Not Conclusion
Carol Fosshage; Oct 17, 1981; [recent program of music]
Carol Fosshage; Feb 10, 1989; Easter Day
Carol Fosshage; Sept. 5, 1985; Tears, Idle Tears, Loveliest of Trees, Meditations
Carol Fosshage; Sept. 30, 1981; Meditation, the Bird Song, [song dedicated to author]
Carol Fosshage; May 5, 1986; Thy Blessings are New Each Morning
Peggy Faden; June 14, 1983; Figs from Thistles, Mother I Cannot Mind My Wheel
Isabel Hubbard; Jan 21, 1986; [SAI program previous Mon evening]
Isabel Hubbard; August 17, 1985; [no music specified]
Esther Pleyte; Aug. 11, 1974; Symbol
Phila Poff; Aug. 1, 1998 [program on WORT radio]
Betty Bittner; July 1, 1998; The oxen on Christmas Eve
Jane Horswill; March 13, 2001; Lenten song cycle
Casper Sunn; Oct. 14, 1998

Folder 3 — “Letters from musicians about programs and performances of Rosser’s compositions”

Ruberta Weaver; June 7, 1980; P.E.O. Star
Ruberta Weaver; April 29, 1980; [no music specified]
Patricia Duros; June 5, 1980; Meditations [on the Cross ?]
Jacqueline Roberts; June 11, 1980; Meditations on the Cross
Betty Jean Covell; July 15, 1980; Star of P.E.O., An Offering of Song, Meditations on the Cross
Marian Soule; June 1980; [no music specified]
Patricia Duros; May 18, 1980; Meditations on the Cross
Carol Fosshage; June 16, 1986; None Other Lamb
Marian Giessel; August 11, 1978; Meditations on the Cross
Lola; April 25, 1978; [no music specified]
Mrs. Wendell Ramsey; August 8, 1983; Meditation
Peggy Faden; August 26, 1983; [no music specified]
Martha Snyder; January 14, 1985; Flute Carol
Ellen Mott; March 23, 1994; An Offering of Song
Carol Fosshage; July 21, 1986; [no music specified]
Carol Fosshage; January 24, 1982; Afternoon on a Hill, Miracle, Silver, Meditations, Bird Song
Carol Fosshage; April 26, 1987; [no music specified]
Carol Fosshage; Feb 9, 1982; Meditations
Beth Pledger; Dec 28, 1981; [no music specified]
Maggie Marquis; July 27, 1982; [no music specified]
Annette De Boer; Feb 13, 1980; [no music specified]
Carol Fosshage; Feb 17, 1986; [no music specified]
Carol Fosshage; Feb 24, 1986; [no music specified]
Carol Fosshage; March 14, 1987; Easter Day
Carol Fosshage; March 7, 1985; Meditations on the Cross, Songs of the T’ang Dynasty
Carol Fosshage; March 8, 1985; Meditations [on the Cross]
Carol Fosshage; April 6; [Meditations on the Cross]
Peggy Faden; Dec 1984; A Lute Caroll
Dorothy Elisabeth Danielson; Feb 9, 1983; Miracle, Dust of Snow
Dorothy Elisabeth Danielson; January 29, 1985; Dust of Snow, On Hearing the Birds Sing
Peggy Faden; May 14, 1986; Spring Rondel, The Prayer of Robert Louis Stevenson

Folder 4 — “Orders for book ‘An Offering of Song’ or for various works not published, many with interesting letters“

[Unless specified, the order indicated in letter was for “An Offering of Song”]

Baudhuin; April 24, 1991
Ruth Bauer; July 6, 1981
Anna McArthur; Sept 26, 1977
Elizabeth Young; July 13, 1990
Elizabeth Axley; May 4, 1977
Betty Usher; May 3, 1977
Virginia McLinden; May 9, 1977
Alice Holden; May 23, 1977
Thelma Young; May 15, 1977
Helen Thompson; May 31, 1977
Patricia Duros; July 21, 1979
Marian Giessel; July 30, 1978; An Offering of Song and Meditations on the Cross
Mary Alice Rieder; April 25, 1978; flute and violin obligatos for Offering of Song
E. Dwight
Robert Strozier Library, Florida State University; July 1978
Maxine Turquette; October 27, 1977
Louise Langer; October 31, 1977
Mrs. R.L. Barnes; May 10, 1977
Avrina Pugh; May 11, 1977
Di Fenske; May 19, 1977
Ellen Waldon
Jeanette Brown; Oct 3, 1977
Patricia Turner; Oct 28, 1977
D.W. Speed; Nov 25, 1977
Jerry Stavrum; May 5, 1977
Gladys Kalal (Women’s Committee of Civic Music Association)
Dot Fittz; April 30, 1977
Madison Public Library; June 1977
Cornell University Library; May 1977
UW–Madison, Mills Music Library; July 1977
Gladys Ekman; July 12, 1977
Barbara Rutledge; June 1977
Ruth Parter; June 1977
Tommy and Jerry Morris; June 19, 1977
Josephine Mitchell; July 18, 1977
Betty Bittner; June 1977
Ethel Bullard, SAI; June 10, 1977
Mrs. W.M. Young; May 1977
Jessie Gaus; May 22, 1977
Della Clark; May 19, 1977
C.H. Coleman; May 19, 1977
Jane Bartell; May 16, 1977
Virginia Curry; May 22, 1977
Helen Peters
Judith Vilter; May 16, 1977
Josephine Fitschen; January 7, 1978
Lorna Milgram; January 22, 1979

Folder 5 — “Orders for book ‘An Offering of Song’ or various other manuscripts, many with interesting letters“

Gallery Shop, Pat Crocker, Madison Art Center; May 5, 1977
Gallery Shop, Pat Crocker, Madison Art Center; June 11, 1977
Madison Public Library; Oct 21, 1977
Brown’s Book Shop; May 2, 1977
Cornell University Library; August 4, 1977
New York Public Library, May 23, 1978 [gift acknowledgement]
Women’s Committee of Civic Music Association; May 23, 1977
Betty Halloran; Oct 1978
Mrs. Darline Marcotte; March 13, 1978
Grace Kassilke; May 6, 1977
Maxine; Jan 20, 1978
Mrs. Wm Griffis; Jan 1978
Mary Rieder; Obbligatos for Offering of Song; May 22, 1978
Eugenia Petway; June 7, 1979
Mrs. Carl Brooks, Jr. Jan 15, 1978
Betty Halloran; Jan 2, 1979
Marion Rauschenberger; Feb 14, 1978
Ward-Brodt Music Company; April 24, 1982
Eleanor Ramsey; Oct 25, 1982
Walker Music; March 24, 1987
Eleanor Ramsey; Oct 10, 1982 [letter about manuscripts requested: where performed, etc]
Eleanor Ramsey; Sept. 9, 1982; A Song of the Virgin Mary, Herrick’s Carol
Elizabeth Dunne; Feb 18, 1986
Mrs. Duane Carnes; April 25, 1977
Madison School of Music; April 26, 1977
Ann Stanke; April 27, 1977
Mary Lou Weiss;
Mrs. C. S. DeLong; April 29, 1977
Matthew Borden; 1977
Fran Kivlin; April 1977
Martha Renk; April 25, 1977
Mrs. Richard Bradley; April 21, 1977
Edna Koenig; April 29, 1977
Nelle Weiss; April 26, 1977
Florence Greville; April 28, 1977
Jane Butterfield; April 27, 1977
Fritz Herzog; April 1977
Charles Hockett; April 30, 1977
Mrs. Hubert James; May 2, 1977
Helen York; April 22, 1977
Helen Warriner; April 29, 1977
Claire Mangasarian; May 7, 1977
Mrs. Archie Palmer; May 2, 1977

Folder 6 — “Notes from friends about the Univ. League Scholarship Benefit Concert, Feb. 2, 2003“

Concert introduction
University League, Inc.; 2003 [invitation]
Roma E. Lenehan; Feb 24, 2003
Helen Rupp; Feb 13, 2003
Donald D. & Elizabeth Willink; Feb 3, 2003
University League Board; Feb 13, 2003 [includes photograph of concert performers]
Debbie & Ron Konkol; Feb 14, 2003 (?)
Sally Lorenz; Feb 11, 2003 [includes concert introductions]
Jane Scharer; March 11, 2003
Helen Thompson; March 24, 2003
Marian Bolz; Feb. 22, 2003
Tyrone & Janet Greive; March 7, 2003
Jane Scharer & University League Board; Dec. 20, 2002
Betty Alexander; Feb. 2, 2003; “Lullaby for an April baby”
Sally Jamieson; Feb. 10, 2003
Phyllis Reisdorf; Feb. 3, 2003; “Alleluia, sing and rejoice,” “Holy innocents,” “Lullaby for an April baby,” “Psalm 91”
Claire & Olvi Mangasarian; Jan. 26, 2003
Barbara Vogelsang; Feb. 5, 2003
Norman Paulu; Jan. 25, 2003
Shirley Inhorn; Feb. 6, 2003
Mary Hall; Feb. 2, 2003
Barkley, Marina & Sasha; n.d.
Beatrice Kabler; Jan. 12, 2003
Melissa Hinz; Feb. 25, 2003
Hiram Pearcy; Feb, 3, 2003; “Songs of the T’ang Dynasty”
Lenore Coberly; Feb. 10, 2003 [envelope only]
Margaret & Collin Schroeder; Feb. 6, 2003
Mary Ellen Peters; Feb. 4, 2003
Debbie & Ron Konkol; Feb. 12, 2003
Joan [Tousey?]; n.d. [Valentine’s Day card]
DeEtte Beilfuss-Eager; Jan. 23, 2003
Catherine Bryan; Feb. 4, 2003
Kathy Otterson; March 26, 2003
Kathy Otterson; Feb. 10, 2003

Box 4: Biographical Materials

Folder 1: Biography: The Life of Annetta Rosser. Written by Sue Emerich, a “member of our church choir & friend of Annetta.” 41 pages

Interview: Interviewed by Kathleen Otterson in Madison, Wisconsin May 29, 1997. Audio cassette, 60 minutes

Box 4: Final Versions of Works

FORMAT OF ENTRIES: Title, date and place of composition if indicated, (instrumentation), “dedication”
Instrumentation is for piano and voice, unless otherwise indicated.
All items in the following folders represent [final versions] of works. They are copied manuscripts in the composer’s hand including parts when appropriate.

Folder 2 — “I. Songs Not In An Offering of Song”

The Road Not Taken, “To Marion Anders Paton”
Tears, Idle Tears
Thinking of One far Away; July 12, 1945
Voices
This World is Not Conclusion, Sept. 15, 1989 “To Barkley”; “For my beloved husband of 54 years September 7, 1935 to September 5, 1989”
For Lo, The Winter Is Past, “To Sally Jamieson”
The Beatitudes, “To Katherine Otterson”
Overtones, final revision, May 1996, originally composed 1981, “To Carol Fosshage”
The Oxen on Christmas Eve
Adoration, “To Helen York”
Proverbs on Foolish Women, (soprano and flute)
Psalm 9, “To Alice Hansen”
As Rain Upon the Town, Ithaca 1941 and Washington 1943 April
Spleen, Ithaca 1941

Folder 3 — “II. Songs Not Included in An Offering of Song”

Winter Tryst, May 30, 1952 Ithaca, N.Y., “To Gladys Dummer”
The Coin, “For Tommy Morris”
You and Song Are One, (flute) “To Helen York”
Tears; Princeton, 1960, “For Miss Ethel in memory of Father Rosser”
Four Winds
Epigram to a Poetess; “To Gladys Dummer”
Our Joyful Feast, first version 1987, revised version 1988, “To Fern Lawrence”
Star of P.E.O.; February 15, 1951; “To Lois Dick and all my P.E.O. Sisters”
Advice to a Girl; Ithaca, Winter 1938
The Constant Lover; “For Dorothee Fuchs and Esther Stocks”
Westphalian Song; “For Dorothy Fuchs and Jean Kelly”
Elizabethan Song
Dream of the First Home; “To Mother Rosser”
Ten Year Olds Who Laughed; November 1951, Ithaca, N.Y.; “To Edwenna and Priscilla, Who Laughed”
Hoppity; July 12, 1945, Washington D.C.; “To Barkley, Jr.”
To Larky: “Whose Man Floud Out the Car,” November 2, 1951, Ithaca, N.Y.
The Plaint of the Camel; “To Ann and Jimmy”
Binker; Princeton, 1939–1940; “To Ann and Jimmy”

Folder 4 — “I. Manuscripts of songs in my book AN OFFERING OF SONG Obbligatos for Flute, violin and recorder are included”

How Do I Love Thee?; (piano, voice, optional flute and violin) “To Barkley”
Absence; (flute, piano, voice)
Mother, I Cannot Mind My Wheel; “To Ruth Polson”
Wild Goats; “For Helen York”
Tears; (piano and voice)
Loveliest of Trees; (piano and voice, flute or violin ad lib) “To Jeanie Rice”
Rondel; (piano, voice, flute)
London Town; “To Barkley”
Miracle; “To Anne Agnew”
Afternoon on a Hill; (piano, voice, flute ad lib) “To Aileen Jensen”
Sailing Homeward; Ithaca, April 1941; “To Virginia Malmquist”
The Morning Glory; (piano, voice, flute ad lib)
On the Birth of His Son
The Constant Lover; (voice, and flute or recorder); “For Dorothy Fuchs and Esther Stocks”
My True Love Hath My Heart; ( voice and flute or recorder) “To Kitty and Mark Kac”
Advice to a Girl; [flute and voice] “To Thomas Tracy”
Why So Pale and Wan, Fond Lover? (voice and flute or alto recorder); “To Genevieve Gersbach”
Song to a Lute; (voice and flute ad lib) “To Lib Palmer”

Folder 5 — “II. Manuscripts of songs in my book AN OFFERING OF SONG with optional flute and violin obbligatos”

A Silent Man; “To Ilse Van Lent”
First and Second Figs from A Few Figs from Thistles; [flute and piano and voice] “To Isabelle Tarboux”
Westphalian Song; Ithaca 1939
The Old Dream Comes Again to Me
The Unexplorer; Princeton, Winter 1940; “To Ann and Jimmy York”
Who Was It?; (piano and voice and flute ad lib)
The Little Turtle; “To Ann and Jimmy York”
The Caterpillar; May 15, 1943; “To Joanna Tousey”
The Mysterious Cat; “To Ann York and her cat Suki”
Two Songs for Children from ‘Songs Sung Under the Silver Umbrella’: The Mouse; “To Beth Palmer” Firefly; August 19, 1943 Washington D.C. “To Edwenna”
The Swing; June 10, 1943 Washington D.C. “To Edwenna for Little Annetta”
Snow Toward Evening; Ithaca, April 1941; “To Helen York”
Dust of Snow; Washington D.C. April 15, 1943; “To Helen York”
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening; (piano and voice and flute ad lib) “To Charlotte Newton”
Silver; August 18, 1943 Washington D.C.; (piano and voice and flute ad lib) “To Lib Palmer”
Fog — Lost; “To the Ithaca Composers Club”
Herrick’s Carol; (flute or violin ad lib, piano and voice) “To Margaret Randolph”
A Song of the Virgin Mother; (piano and voice, flute ad lib)
Christmas Is Coming; “To Barkley, Jr.”
December Roundelay; December 1, 1943; “To Edwenna”
Love Came Down at Christmas; (piano and voice, flute or violin)
Sleep, Little Baby, Sleep; (piano and flute and voice)
Lord, Make Our Lives a Blessing; “To Isabel Hubbard”
A Prayer from the Psalms; (piano and voice and flute ad lib)
On Hearing the Birds Sing; Easter Sunday, 1947; (piano, voice, flute) “To Alice Price”
Symbol; (flute or violin and voice and piano) “To Helen York”
I Never Saw a Moor; “To Tommy Morris”

Folder 6 — “Violin, flute, cello, viola obligatos”

Folder 7 — “Duets”

Scored for soprano, alto, and piano, unless otherwise noted.

Psalm 91; “For Carol Fosshage”
A Song of the Virgin Mother; (with flute ad lib)
Herrick’s Carol; (with flute)
London Town; “For Ilona and David”
London Town; “To Barkley”
How Do I Love Thee?; (piano, voices, violin ad lib); “To Barkley”
None Other Lamb; (piano, voices, flute ad lib)
Easter Day; (2 sopranos, piano)

Box 5: Programs

[The following folders are of programs and bulletins of performances of Rosser’s works.]

FORMAT OF ENTRIES:
Name of organization or concert; place, date; works performed

Folder 1 — “Programs 1939–1963”

Ithaca Music Club; Ithaca, 1996; Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
Ithaca Composers Club; Cornell Univ. 1939; Four Settings of Carl Sandburg’s poem, Lost
Ithaca Composers Club; Cornell Univ. 1941; Loveliest of Trees, Sleep, Baby, Sleep
Campus Club Choral Group; Ithaca, N.Y. 1949; Loveliest of Trees
Ithaca Composer’s Club; Ithaca, N.Y. 1957; Snow Toward Evening, Easter Day
Ithaca Composer’s Club; Ithaca, N.Y. 1955; The Seven Last Words of Christ
1958 Biennial Convention of the New York Federation of Music Clubs; Ithaca, N.Y.; Song of the Virgin Mother, Snow Toward Evening, Easter Day
Cornell University; 1951; full program of Rosser music
Ithaca Branch of the American Association of University Women, Music by Annetta Hamilton Rosser; Feb. 18, 1959; full program of Rosser music
Ithaca Woman’s Club Spring Musicale: Compositions of Annetta Hamilton Rosser; 1952; full program of Rosser music
P.E.O. Banquet; Cornell University, 1958; "Songs" [no titles listed]
Ithaca Music Club; April 2, 1956; The Seven Last Words of Christ, Fog, Stopping By woods on a Snowy Evening
Organ recital by Edwenna Rosser; Ithaca, N.Y. 1959; Maestoso
The Council of Church Women; Ithaca, N,Y, 1953; Spring Nocturne, First Forsythia
Campus Club Contemporary Music Group; Ithaca, N.Y. 1953; [unspecified music]
Woman’s Club Spring Musicale; Ithaca, N.Y. 1959; Symbol
Campus Club Choral Group; Ithaca, N.Y. 1956; Winter Tryst, Snow Toward Evening
Ithaca Music Club; 1963; My True Love Hath My Heart, The Constant Lover, Why So Pale and Wan, Advice to a Girl, Elizabethan Song

Folder 2 — "1963–2003 Programs in Madison”

A Concert of Music by Wisconsin Women Composers; Isthmus Playhouse, March 23, 1980; Songs of a Nomad Flute
Sigma Alpha Iota; Madison, November 22, 1994; [Selections from] An Offering of Song
UW-Madison Faculty Concert Series; UW–Madison, November 14, 1993; Meditation, Nocturne Music By and Comments About Women Composers; UW–Madison, September 18, 1987; Mother, I Cannot Mind My Wheel, London Town
Voice Recital by Laurine Grace St. Pierre; UW–Madison, May 15, 1976; A Prayer from the Psalms, I Never Saw a Moor
“An Offering of Song”: the Music of Annetta Hamilton Rosser; Christ Presbyterian Church, July 19, 1992; full program of Rosser music
Sunday Afternoon at the Elvehjem: Music by Annetta Hamilton Rosser; May 31, 1981; full program of Rosser music
Musicians’ Forum of Dane County: “Music of Madison”; State Historical Society, October 30, 1979; Nocturne, Bird Song, Dialogue, Bagatelle
P.E.O. Wisconsin State Chapter Convention; Edgewood College, June 1977; Meditations on the Cross
The Madison Federated Music Club Present music by Annetta Hamilton Rosser; Covenant Presbyterian Church, Madison, February 20, 1977; full program of Rosser music
Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs Convention; Madison, April 1978; full program of Rosser music
A Festival of Lakes Organ Recital featuring American Music; St. John’s Lutheran Church, Madison, September 20, 1986; Alleluia! Sing and Rejoice, Holy Innocents
SAI Madison Alumnae Chapter: Showcase of Women in Music; First United Methodist Church, April 23, 1977; Alleluia, Sing and Rejoice
SAI Women in American Music: Models of Creativity; UW–Madison, February 26, 1993; Adoration, Tears, This World is Not Conclusion
Good Friday Services in the Capitol Rotunda; Madison, April 1966; Meditations on the Cross
Madison Branch American Association of University Women; Madison, February 3, 1971; full program of Rosser music
Madison Diocesan Choir; Edgewood Choir, May 16, 1982; Why So Pale and Wan, Fond Love
Afternoon of Music, by Allegro, Euterpe and Schubert Music Clubs; Covenant Presbyterian Church, November 16, 1976; Song to a Lute, Figs From Thistles, Absence, Spring Rondel The Appoggiaturas; [no date or place]; full program of Rosser music
Madison Federated Music Club; Madison, March 5, 1985; Songs of the T’ang Dynasty
Madison Federated Music Club, music by American Women Composers; Covenant Presbyterian Church, Madison, February 11, 1979; Songs of a Nomad Flute
Madison Federated Music Club’s Parade of American Music; Madison, February 4, 1992; Nocturne
Musicians’ Forum of Dane County: Music of Madison; Oakwood Village Auditorium, October 5, 1986; Nocturne, Bird Song
Madison Diocesan Choir; First United Methodist Church, June 8, 1982; Why So Pale and Wan, Fond Love
Service League of Christ Presbyterian Church; Madison, May 24, 1979; Songs of a Nomad Flute
Women’s Committee, Madison Civic Music Association; Madison, October 14, 1976; full program of Rosser music
Euterpe Club; Madison, December 8, 1976; full program of Rosser music
Madison P.E.O. Reciprocity Board; Madison, September 30, 1975; full program of Rosser music
Madison Branch, AAUW Music Appreciation Group; Madison, May 7, 1973; full program of Rosser music
John Bell Chapter DAR; Madison, April 14, 1972; full program of Rosser music
Music for Christmas; Christ Presbyterian Church Couples’ Club, December 1, 1972; full program of Rosser music
SAI Founders’ Day; Madison, May 18, 1971; full program of Rosser music
Madison Branch American Association or University Women; Madison, February 3, 1971; full program of Rosser music
Wisconsin Chapters of Sigma Alpha Iota Present State Day; Madison, May 3, 1969; Afternoon on a Hill
Schubert Club; Madison, May 20, 1969; Afternoon on a Hill, Loveliest of Trees
First Unitarian Society; Madison, December 8, 1985; Snow Toward Evening, Dust of Snow
The Randall School Fourth Grade Choir, Madison; April 16, 1993; The Little Turtle
Music for Christmas by Annetta Hamilton Rosser; Madison, December 13, 1984; full program of Rosser music
Chapter V, P.E.O.: Love Came Down at Christmas; Madison, December 14, 1970; full program of Rosser music
Madison Federated Music Club: A Program of Music by Women Composers; Madison, October 6, 1981; Fog — Lost, Dust of Snow, Mother, I Cannot Mind My Wheel, On the Birth of His Son, Tears, Idle Tears
SAI Alumnae Chapter; Madison, January 18, 1971; full program of Rosser music
Women of Christ Presbyterian Church: Songs in Bloom, Music by Annetta Hamilton Rosser; Madison, April 27, 1972; full program of Rosser music
A Lenten Canticle: Songs of Spring and Faith Renewed; Christ Presbyterian Church Service League, March 28, 1968; full program of Rosse music
An Easter Celebration; First Congregational Church, Madison, March 26, 1989; On Hearing the Birds Sing, Loveliest of Trees, Symbol
Sigma Alpha Iota; Madison, March 15, 1976; full program of Rosser music
A Voice for Christmas; St. Paul’s University Chapel, December 11, 1983; Snow Dust, Snow Toward Evening
A Voice for Christmas; Madison, December 9, 1988; Herrick’s Carol, A Song of the Virgin Mother
AAUW Music Appreciation Program; Madison, May 7, 1984; Songs of the T’ang Dynasty Madison Federated Music Club, Parade of American Music; Madison, February 3, 1987; Duo for Strings
Rho Chapter, Sigma Alpha Iota; Madison, October 27, 1977; full program of Rosser music
Music of Annetta Hamilton Rosser, University League Scholarship Benefit Concert; Unitarian Meeting House, Feb. 2, 2003; full program of Rosser music
Services at Westminster Presbyterian Church; June 24, 2001; “Meditation”
Student Voice Recital, St. Francis House; May 2, 2003; “Hoppity,” “The caterpillar,” “On the birth of his son,” “Westphalian song”
Services at Christ Presbyterian Church; Aug. 24, 2003; “Lord, make our lives a blessing”
Services at First Baptist Church; Feb. 9, 2003; “Adoration”
Services at Christ Presbyterian Church, Dec. 12, 2001; “Song of the virgin”
Sigma Alpha Iota Plans Founders” Day; May 18, 1971; [full program of Rosser voice and flute music]
Euterpe Music Club; March 28, 2000; “This world is not conclusion,” “For lo, the winter is past”
Sigma Alpha Iota, St. John’s Lutheran Church; Sept. 23, 2002; “Alleluia, sing and rejoice,” “Holy innocents”

Also included: letters from third graders thanking Rosser for a visit to their school

Folder 3 — “Compositions performed in services at First Presbyterian Church Ithaca, N.Y., 1942-1959”

Lullaby; November, 1942
Lullaby; January, 1943
Holy Innocents; August, 1947
Holy Innocents; May, 1951
Prayer; October, 1951
Prayer, With Joy We Greet the Morning Light, Holy Innocents, More Things Are Wrought By Prayer; March, 1952
Alleluia, Christ is Risen; April, 1952
Music for Meditation; June 1952
We Thank Thee Lord, for This Day; July, 1953
Prayer, Holy Innocents, Alleluia; September, 1953
Alleluia, Christ is Risen; April, 1954
Prayer, Holy Innocents; February, 1957
Lenten Song Cycle; 1957
Maestoso, Holy Innocents; 1959

Folder 4 — “Performances of Compositions in places other than Madison & Ithaca”

P.E.O. Illinois State Convention; Peoria, IL, 1979; Meditations on the Cross
P.E.O. State Convention, KY; Lexington, 1980; Meditations on the Cross
Wisconsin Federation of Music Clubs; Pewaukee, WI, April 1985; Meditation
23rd University of Wisconsin Seminar in the Lands of the Bible; Madison, January 14, 1985; Flute Carol
Southwest Regional Synod — AELC; Great Bend, KS, August 1983; Meditation
University of Regensburg, Germany, School of Music Education; February, 1993; Mother I Cannot Mind My Wheel
Women Composers from 1700 to the Present; Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, IA; Mother, I Cannot Mind My Wheel, London Town
Marion Anders Paton, recital, Pfeiffer College, N.C.; October 1988; Mother I Cannot Mind My Wheel, London Town
Women Composers from 1700 to the Present; Geneva College, Beaver Falls, PA, October, 1988; Mother, I Cannot Mind My Wheel, London Town
Recitals Hour; San Sosa State University, San Jose, CA, September 1989; Mother I Cannot Mind My Wheel, London Town
Women Composers from 1700 to the Present; Clarke College, Dubuque, IA, September, 1987; Mother I Cannot Mind My Wheel, London Town
The Warren County Music Club; Lebanon Ohio, February, 1988; The Unexplorer, On the Birth of His Son
Peggy Faden in Concert; Randall, Iowa, July 30, 1995; Voices
It’s a Winter Wonderland!; Ames, Iowa, January 14, 1994; Dust of Snow, Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
Iowa State University, Modern Literature - FWC; December 11, 1989; A Song of the Virgin Mother
Music for the Holidays, Iowa State University; December 14, 1992; A Song of the Virgin Mother
A Morning in December; AAUW, Ames, Iowa, December 5, 1992; A Song of the Virgin Mother, Dust of Snow, Stopping By Woods
The Harp Weaver: Edna St. Vincent Millay; Ames Iowa, March 3, 1985; Figs from Thistles, Afternoon on a Hill
Let now the harp and voice unite; Ames Iowa, January 17, 1983; Mouse, Silver, Fog — Lost
Iowa State University, Modern Literature — FWC; Ames Iowa, December 12, 1988; Sleep, Little Baby, Sleep, Love Came Down at Christmas
Two Voice Recitals; Ames, Iowa, May 1990; The unexplorer, On the Birth of His Son
Three Voice Recitals; Ames, Iowa, May 17, 1985; Wild Goats, Tears, On the Birth of His Son
A Voice Recital; Iowa State University, May 22, 1983; Miracle, Fog — Lost, Afternoon on a Hill
The Seven Arts Society; Milwaukee, November 12, 1978; Symbol, Afternoon on a Hill, I Never Saw a Moor, Fog — Lost, Dust of Snow, Mother, I Cannot Mind My Wheel, On the Birth of His Son, Tears, Idle Tears
Seven Arts Society; Milwaukee, November 1982; Wild Goats
Milwaukee Alumni Chapter, SAI; February 11, 1980; An Offering of Song [selections]
SAI Epsilon Province, State Day; Milwaukee, April 24, 1971; Loveliest of Trees, On the Birth of His Son, Sleep Little Baby Sleep, Symbol, Herrick’s Carol
Annetta Hamilton Rosser Day; Janesville, WI, October 15, 1981; full program of Rosser music
The Life and Works of Annetta Rosser; Janesville, February 9, 1982; Meditations, Bird Song
The Treble Clef; Janesville, March 16, 1989; Easter Day
Seven Arts Society, Wisconsin Composers’ Program; Milwaukee, November 12, 1978; Symbol, Afternoon on a Hill, I Never Saw a Moor, Fog-Lost, Dust of Snow, Mother, I Cannot Mind My Wheel, On the Birth of His Son, Tears Idle Tears
Holiday musicale, Ames Branch, AAUW; Dec. 4, 1999; “Dust of snow,” “Stopping by woods on a snowy evening”

Folder 5 — “Rosser Compositions in Church Services, Christ Presbyterian Church, Madison, WI 1966–1996“ [and 1997–]

Format of Entries:
Date, song titles performed

February 1996, I Never Saw a Moor
August 1995, Psalm 91
January 1995, A Prayer From the Psalms
December 1995, Song of the Virgin Mother
February 1995, For Lo, the Winter Is Past
February 1994, Meditations on the Cross
March 1994, violin performance [no music specified]
March 1994, Meditations on the Cross
March 1993, Symbol; Father, Forgive Them; For Lo, the Winter Is Past
March 1992, Holy Innocents
August 1989, Holy Innocents
March 1992, violin performance [no music specified]
March 1992, violin performance [no music specified]
December 1992, violin performance [no music specified]
March 1992, Holy Innocents
February 1991, Quiet Meditation
February 1991, Meditation; Father, Forgive Them
December 1991, A Song of the Virgin Mother
August 1986, A Prayer of Robert Louis Stevenson
June 1986, Psalm 91
June 1986, Prayer, Psalm 91, Holy Innocents
February 1983, Lord, Make Our Lives a Blessing
April 1981, My God, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?
October 1980, Lord, Make Our Lives a Blessing
December 1979, Sleep, Little Baby, Sleep
September 1979, Prayer from the Psalms
August 1978, On Hearing the Birds Sing
July 1978, Alleluia, Sing and Rejoice
February 1977, The Blessings Are New Each Morning, More Things Are Wrought By Prayer
February 1977, Holy Innocents
February 1977, Alleluia, Sing and Rejoice
May 1976, [Andante con moto]
October 1976, I Never Saw a Moor, A Prayer from the Psalms
August 1975, Lord, Make Our Lives a Blessing
July 1975, Prayer, A Prayer from the Psalms, Holy Innocence, Alleluia
March 1975, Holy Innocents
November 1972, A Prayer from the Psalms
May 1970, Meditation
December 1970, [various Christmas songs]
October 1969, Holy Innocents
April 1966, Easter Day
November 1992, Arioso for Flute, Violin, and Piano
December 1972, [no music specified]
March 1997, Meditations on the Cross
Piano Dedication and Celebration, September 1998, full program of Rosser music
August 1996, The Beatitudes

Folder 6 — “Compositions performed in various churches 1944–1994”

Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, Washington D.C.; Oct 1944; Holy Innocents
Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, Washington D.C.; Dec 1945; A Song of the Virgin Mother
Riverside Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, FL; April 1944; Prayer
Riverside Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, FL; Sept 1968; Prayer
Riverside Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, FL; Nov 1956; Holy Innocents
Riverside Presbyterian Church, Jacksonville, FL; March 1952; Prayer, Holy Innocents
Princeton Methodist Church, Princeton, NJ; 1955; Meditations on the Cross
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames, Ames, IA; 1983; Afternoon on a Hill
The Congregational — United Church of Christ, Cable, WI; July 1983; Tears
Faith Lutheran Church, Janesville, WI; Feb 1982; Thy Blessings
St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ardmore, PA; January 1993; Meditation
Saint Mark Lutheran Church, Janesville, WI; April 1985; Meditations on the Cross
Trinity Episcopal Church, Janesville, WI; July 1986; None Other Lamb
St. Mark’s Lutheran, Janesville, WI; Feb 1986; Psalm 91
Orchard View Alliance Church, Janesville, WI; Nov 1981; Thy Blessings Are New Each Morning
Lutheran Church of St. Mark the Evangelist, Janesville, WI; May 1986; Thy Blessings Are New Each Morning
Saint Mark Lutheran Church, Janesville, WI; [no date]; Easter Day
Collegiate Presbyterian Church, Ames, IA; April 1986; A Prayer of Robert Loius Stevenson, A Prayer on Hearing the Birds Sing
First Unitarian Society, Madison, WI; May 1991; Alleluia, Sing and Rejoice
Bethany United Methodist, Madison, WI; June 1986; Symbol
Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Madison, WI; Sept 1991; Holy Innocents, Alleluia, Sing and Rejoice
Saint John’s Lutheran Church, Madison, WI; Nov 1985; Holy Innocents
Holy Name Seminary, Madison, WI; 1990; Sleep, Little Baby, Sleep
Bethany United Methodist, Madison, WI; August 1974; Symbol
First Congregational Church, Madison, WI; A Prayer From the Psalms, Lord Make Our Lives a Blessing
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Madison, WI; Oct 1978; Lord, Make Our Lives a Blessing
Lakeview Moravian Community Church, Madison, WI; July 1976; Meditation
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Madison, WI; November 1971; The Oxen
First United Methodist Church, Madison, WI; August 1992; Meditation
First United Methodist Church, Madison, WI; February 1986; Psalm 91
First United Methodist Church, Madison, WI; August 1983; A Song of Blessings
First United Methodist Church, Madison, WI; July 1977; Meditation
Bethel Lutheran Church Women, Madison, WI; April 1995; Meditation, Bird Song, Nocturne
First Congregational Church, Madison, WI; May 1976; Nocturne, Bird Song
Wedding; June 1980; How Do I Love Thee
Wedding; May, 1988; Andante Expressivo
Alleluia, Sing and Rejoice; November 1985, Madison, WI; Alleluia, Sing and Rejoice
Memorial Service; January 1992; Meditation
St. John’s Lutheran Church; December 1997, Madison, WI; Holy Innocents
St. Paul United Methodist Church, Cincinatti, OH; October 1996; Meditation

Box 6: Clippings and Articles

Folder 1 — “Recognition and Awards” [clippings, articles, etc.]

Format of entries:
Headline (or description); date; publication; works mentioned

Annetta Rosser in Concert Sunday; Feb 15, 1977; Capital Times; Thy Blessings Are New Each Morning
Alumna of the Quarter [biographical information]; Fall 1952; Florida State University Bulletin; [no specific music mentioned]
YWCA honors five from Madison as 1980 Women of Distinction; June 11, 1980; The Capital Times; [no works mentioned]
[Speech presented at YWCA awards ceremony]; June 10, 1980
Program, Madison YWCA Women of Distinction Luncheon; June 10, 1980
Meet Your Musician Annetta Rosser; Spring 1993; Civic Music News [Madison]; [biographical information, no music mentioned]
Senior Service Guest — Annetta Hamilton Rosser; February 1994; The Madison, Wisconsin Rotary News; [biographical information, no music specified]
Entry in Who’s Who in America 1995
Entry in Who’s Who of American Women 1993-1994
Entry in “P.E.O. Authors” section; March 1978; The P.E.O. Record; [announces publication of] An Offering of Song

Folder 2 — “Clippings About Performances of Compositions, Annetta Rosser and other Women Composers”

Rosser’s heart, life work are in ‘Offering of Song’; May 19, 1977; The Capital Times; Offering of Song
Anders Paton to Sing; September 1987; Wisconsin State Journal; [Rosser’s works on the program, no music specified]
Musical Heritage; October 1986; Wisconsin State Journal; [no music specified]
Music of Madison Paints history of city’s cultural life; October 1986; Wisconsin State Journal; Nocturne, Bird Song
Events Calendar, Announcement of performance of Rosser works; October 12, 1986; Wisconsin State Journal; [no music specified]
“Voice for Christmas” Benefit Recital; December 8, 1985; [local paper]; Snow Dust
Madison Civic Chorus to present Spring Concert; May 14, 1966; The Capital Times; [photo and caption of Annetta, J. Barkley, and J. Barkley Jr]
Fine Arts Club To Have Annual Parade of Music; February 5, 1982; The Janesville Gazette; full program of Rosser music
YW Offers Art Afternoon [brass rubbings exhibition]; Feb 17, 1966; [local paper]; Sonnett, On the Birth of His Son, The Old Dream Comes Again to Me, Symbol
Social Activities of Ithacans: Music Program Presented; May 23, 1951; The Ithaca Journal; full program of Rosser music
Music is a Source of Pride; May 27, 1976; Wisconsin State Journal; [general information about latest activites, concerts, includes photo]
Religion Digest: City Composer’s Work Performed; June 21, 1986; Wisconsin State Journal; Psalm 91
Women Composers to Be Showcased; Jan 27, [????]; Capital Times; Songs of a Nomad Flute
Music Club Fetes Women Composers; February 25, 1964; Ithaca Journal; [no music specified]
Convention Features Recitals; April 21, 1978; Wisconsin State Journal; [no music specified]
La Creperie Restaurant [ad]; May 28, 29 [????]; [The Appogiaturas performance]
Social Activities: Club to Have Spring Musicale; April 8, 1952; The Ithaca Journal; [full program of Rosser music]
Composers 50 Years Apart; [????] [The Ithaca Journal]; Snow Toward Evening, Easter Day, The Road Not Taken
Music Review; May 1957; Cornell Daily Sun; Easter Day
Ithacan Writes Special Music; April 20, 1957; [?]; The Seven Last Words
Composers Draw Freely on Musicians in Area; May 13, 1957; [?]; [no music specified]
Good Friday Service Set by Pastors; [?]; [?]; Seven Last Words
Music Program Presented; [?]; [?]; [full program of Rosser music]
Good Friday; 1960; [?]; Seven Last Words of Christ
Ithaca’s Compositions Heard; [?]; [?]; [no music specified]
Officers Reelected by Music Club; [?]; [?]; [no music specified]
Woman’s Club Has Meeting; [?]; [?]; Easter Day
Alumnae Group Elects; [?]; [?]; Music For Three Friends
State Federation of Musicians Meet; May 1958; [?]; [no music specified]
Patroness-Alumnae musical Held; [?]; [?]; [no music specified]
Ithaca Composers to Be Featured; March 30, 1956; [?]; [no music specified]
Variety of Styles Shown in Concert; November 15, 1982; Milwaukee Sentinel; Wild Goats
Compositions by Ithacans Presented; April 3, 1956; [?]; The Seven Last Words of Christ
Music: Ithaca Composers’ Club; May 9, 1955; [?]; The Seven Last Words of Christ
39 From Ithaca Listed in Women’s 'Who’s Who'; [?]; [?]; [no music specified]
For opera fans in area, a double treat [article about soloists David Williams and Gregory Schmidt, who sang Meditations on the Cross]; 1992
State Group Hears Pastor; June 21, 1958; [?]; [no music specified]
Clubs Hear Compositions By Ithacans; 1963; [?]; [five Elizabethan Songs]
AAUW to Sponsor Musicale; [?]; [?]; [no music specified]
First Presbyterian; [?]; [?]; With Joy we Greet the Morning Light, More Things Are Wrought By Prayer; Prayer; Holy Innocents
First Presbyterian Choir; [?]; [?]; Alleluia, Christ Is Risen
First Presbyterian; [?]; [?]; Alleluia, Christ Is Risen
Chapter Holds Yule Party; [?]; [?]; [no music specified]
First Presbyterian; [?]; [?]; Create in me a Clean Heart
Ithaca Music Club; Nov 27, 1961; [?]; Song of the Virgin Mother
Choral Club Takes Part in Musical; [?]; [?]; A Song of the Virgin Mother
SAI Unit Schedules Musicals; Jan 14, 1971; Wisconsin State Journal; [full program of Rosser music]
AAUW to Have Musicale; May 6, 1973; [?]; ["Songs in Bloom" Springtime Music]
AAUW Will Have Midwinter Luncheon; Jan 31, 1971; Wisconsin State Journal; [full program of Rosser music]
Egg Decorating Talk Scheduled; March 19, 1971; Wisconsin State Journal; [no music specified]
Sigma Alpha Iota Plans Founders’ Day Program; May 16, 1971; Wisconsin State Journal; [full program of Rosser music]
Tea party for foreign students, wives planned; [?]; [?]; [no music specified]
[Ad for Attic Angel Tower Christmas Tea and Musicale]; Nov 28, 1976; Wisconsin State Journal; [full program of Rosser music]
U-League Newcomers List Interest Group Schedule; May 1, 1964; [Wisconsin State Journal]; [no music specified]
Prayer, Song Echo in a Stately Hall; April 8, 1966; Wisconsin State Journal; Seven Last Words
Ithaca Music Club Observes 20th Anniversary; Dec 4, 1972; [?]; [no music specified]
Elvehjem concert; May 28, 1981; Wisconsin State Journal; [selections from] An Offering of Song
Rosser music in Elvehjem concert; May 28, 1981; Capital Times; [selections from] An Offering of Song
Showcase: Music of Madison; December 1, 1979; Wisconsin State Journal; [no music specified]
Showcase: Women’s Concert Scheduled; Feb 7, 1979; Wisconsin State Journal; Songs of a Nomad Flute
Musicians’ Forum gives concert of Madison music; October 28, 1979; Wisconsin State Journal; [no music specified]
Women composers’ work proves to be impressive; March 24, 1980; The Capital Times; Songs of a Nomad Flute
YWCA will honor five Madison women; June 4, 1980; Wisconsin State Journal; [no music specified]
Concerts, stage, and art exhibits; [?]; [?]; [no music specified]
Program Weaves Adventure, Kitsch; November 13, 1978; Milwaukee Sentinel; [no music specified]
Concertmaster Keeps Life-With-Music Pact; 1964; Wisconsin State Journal; [no music specified]
Wisconsin Women In Music; February, 1980; The University League-Letter; [no music specified]
Music of Madison Composer Annetta Hamilton Rosser; July 17, 1992; The Capital Times; [no music specified]
Ithaca Music Club Observes 20th Anniversary; Dec 6, 1972; [?]; [no music specified]
Works of Wasal’s Annetta Hamilton Rosser To Be Perfomed; February 1977; Academy Triforium; [no music specified]
Music of Madison: A Multi-Media Presentation; 1986; [no music specified]
January Programs: An Evening of the Arts; November 1986; AAUW Bulletin; [no music specified]
Review of 'An Offering of Song;' Wisconsin Academy Review; September 1978; An Offering of Song
Madison Federated Music Club Presents Music of Annetta Hamilton Rosser [poster]; Feb 20, 1977
Music By and Comments About Women Composers [poster]; September 18, 1987
Parade of American Music Concert; Feb 1977;
This Is Madison Magazine; An Offering of Song Musicians’ Forum [concert poster]; October 30, 1979
La Creperie presents The Appoggiaturas; May 28, 29, 30
Special Joint Activity and Reception; March 1980; AAUW Newsletter; Songs of a Nomad Flute
Madison Civic Center Opening Festival Calendar [poster]; [?]; [no music specified]
A Concert of American Women Composers [poster]; February 11, 1979
An Offering of Song [brochures]; [3 samples]
Good Friday; April 8, 1966; Tidings (Christ Presbyterian Church); Meditations on the Cross
Member News; May 1994; WAC Newsletter; Meditations on the Cross
Annetta Hamilton Rosser; Winter 2004; Pan pipes; “Adoration,” “The mouse,” “The mysterious cat,” “Dust of snow,” “Silver,” “Quartet for flutes,” “My true love hath my heart,” “Lord, make our lives a blessing”

Folder 3 — “Other interests, photographs”

Folder 4 — “Copyright permissions for An Offering of Song

Folder 5 — “Manuscript for book Another Offering of Song

Folder 6 — “Misc. programs, letters and clippings”

Recordings

Box 5, Folder 7: There are sixteen cassette tapes of performances of Rosser’s music; accompanying folder with performance information and an inventory prepared by Casper Sunn.

See also Mills Music Library’s Preservation Master number PM 279 for additional recordings of Rosser’s music.

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This inventory was prepared by Amy Harrell.


Last update on 22 December 2010
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