It has been more than three years since 54 boxes containing all of Richard Proulx musical holdings arrived at Saint John’s. “Shortly before he died, Richard was planning to send what he considered his most important manuscripts and archives to St John’s. But due to his unexpected death, what ended up coming here was everything!” explained Michael Silhavy, who will be presenting on the collection at the Collegeville Conference of Music, Liturgy and the Arts this summer.
Receiving Proulx’s unmitigated collection turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Alcuin Library at Saint John’s University, is now the proud guardian of over 400 published works and 1000 unpublished ancillary arrangements, psalm settings, harmonized Anglican chant tones, hymn reharmonizations, descants, and Eucharistic acclamations and other short works which Proulx used on a day to day basis in his work at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. Alcuin also received all of Proulx personal copies of hymnals, liturgical books, organ and choral music which contain Proulx’s doggie-eared pages and annotations such as personal notes to self, rehearsal markings used with his choir, and organ registration to pieces.
This remarkable collection will make its public appearance for the first time at CCMLA. Learn how the Proulx collection came to be, what gems have been unearthed from the collection, and hear inspiring personal stories about the man himself from Michael Silhavy, who worked closely with him on his hymnary collection and cataloging his manuscripts before his sudden passing. Participants will also get an opportunity to peruse the entire Proulx collection themselves.
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