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Wienhorst Collection

Identifier: sc.1997.03.31

Scope and Contents

The collection contains 10 boxes of catalogued scores composed by Richard Wienhorst. There are an additional 14 boxes of unprocessed materials.


  • 1920 - 2010


Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is in accordance with the policies of the Valparaiso University Archives and Special Collections, Valparaiso University.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests to reproduce material from the collection should be directed to the Valparaiso University Archives and Special Collections, Valparaiso University.

Biographical / Historical

Richard Wienhorst was born in Seymour, Indiana, on April 21, 1920 and died on March 31, 2010. Wienhorst, Professor Emeritus of Composition, Music Theory, and Electronic Music, received his AB from Valparaiso University, the MM from The American Conservatory of Music, and a Ph.D from the Eastman School of Music. He also studied at the Ecoles D'Art Americaines du Fontainebleau, Albert-Ludwigs Universitaet in Freiburg, Germany, and at Southern Illinois University. His composition teachers were Leo Sowerby, Nadia Boulanger, Bernard Rogers, and Howard Hanson. He received an honorary Doctor of Sacred Music degree from Valparaiso University in 1996. He retired at the end of the academic year in 1984 after having served on the Valpo faculty for 38 years.

Dr. Wienhorst served as Band Leader of the 45th Armored Regiment Band during World War II and joined the faculty of Valparaiso University in 1946. He served as Executive Secretary to the University Composers Exchange, president of the Indiana Music Teachers Association, member of the music committee of the Indiana Arts Commission, and as Music Department Chairman at Valparaiso University. He received a composition award from the Ecoles d'Art Americaines, a Danforth Teacher Fellowship, a Central States College Research Grant, and an Eli Lilly Foundation Open Faculty Fellowship. Valparaiso University honored him with a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1995 and an honorary Doctor of Sacred Music degree in 1996. His Missa Brevis (W.VI.2) and Magnificat for Chorus and Orchestra (W.III.5) are listed in Herford and Decker's approximately one hundred "core" 20th-Century choral works(1).

More than 200 of his compositions have been published. His compositions have been performed by the Indianapolis Symphony, Det Norske Soloistkor, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, the Dutch Radio Chorus and Orchestra, and by leading choirs and ensembles in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He is author of Harmonic Perception: A Programmed Approach and Handbook to 16th-Century Counterpoint. Recordings include Richard Wienhorst: Sacred Music published by ECS Music's Arsis Records division.

Dr. Wienhorst was a member of the Society of Composers, the American Music Center, the American Composers Alliance, and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians. His music is licensed by BMI.

(1)Choral Conducting: A Symposium, Herford & Decker, eds.; New York, Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1973, p. 144.


12 Linear Feet (10 boxes of cataloged musical scores; 14 boxes of unprocessed materials )

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Contents List

Box 1: I Operatic Works II Works for Theater III Choral Compositions with Full Orchestra

Box 2: IV Large Chorale Compositions with Chamber Groups

Box 3: V Large Choral Compositions with wind ensemble VI Large Choral Compositions a cappella VII Works for Orchestra VIII Works for Band IX Chamber Works

Box 4: X Ballets XI Solo Works for Voice or Instruments XII Works for Organ 1-10

Box 5: XII Works for Organ 11-36

Box 6: XIII Choral works with Instruments a. Hymn, Chorale, and Carol… b. Psalm Settings c. Introit Settings d. Offertory Settings e. Verse Settings W.XIII Choral Works with Instruments f. Responsory Settings XIV Choral Works a cappella a. Hymn, Chorale, and Carol… b. Psalm Settings c. Introit Settings

Box 7: XIV Choral Works a cappella d. Offertory Settings e. Verse Settings f. Responsory Settings g. Miscellaneous and other Lit. h. Gradual Settings

Box 8: XV Works for Chorus and Electronic Tape XVI Works Edited

Box 9: VII Works for Orchestra 1. Allegro for Orchestra 3. concerto for Piano and Orchestra 4. The Congo 5. The Hobo Clown 6. Music for Piano and Orchestra 9. Three Parodies for Trumpet and Orchestra

Box 10: VIII Works for Band 3. The Mystical Trumpeter 4. Overture to “The Marriage of Figaro” W.IX Chamber Works 15. Suite for Cello and Piano 16. Trio for Violin, Alto Saxophone, and Piano

Wienhorst Collection
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Many thanks to Tom Oram for compiling the current catalog of the collection and the biographical information.

Repository Details

Part of the Valparaiso University Special Collections Repository

1410 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso IN 46383 United States