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Carlisle Floyd Musical Score

An inventory of his item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: KM
Date: Dec 1996

Biographical History

Carlisle Floyd was born on June 11, 1926 in Latta, South Carolina to a Methodist minister. After earning a B.M. and M.M. in piano and composition from Syracuse University, Floyd pursued a career in teaching. Known for his operas and librettos, Floyd is best remembered for his opera Susannah, which was written during his tenure at Florida State University (1947-1976). Floyd left Florida State University in 1976 to accept an appointment to the M. D. Anderson Professorship at the University of Houston. His major works include:
1949 Slow Dusk
1955 Susannah
1958 Wuthering Heights
1962 The Passion of Jonathan Wade
1963 The Sojourner and Mollie Sinclair
1966 Markheim
1970 Of Mice and Men
1972 Flower and Hawk
1976 Bilby's Doll
1981 Willie Stark
2000 Cold Sassy Tree

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Carlisle Floyd Score is the musical manuscript for "Pilgrimage: five songs on Biblical texts for baritone and piano or orchestra." Dated 1955, the 19 page score is the original composition of the American composer.


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Subject Headings


Floyd, Carlisle.
Floyd, Carlisle. Pilgrimage.


Composers, United States.
Music, 20th century.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Carlisle Floyd Musical Score
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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