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Talib Rasul Hakim papers

Talib Rasul Hakim papers

Hakim, Talib Rasul, 1940–1988

Papers, dated from 1965 to 1988, including personal papers, correspondence, scores, and performance notes for his compositions. A few recordings of performances are also included.

13 boxes

Received from Lorenzo Chambers, 1994–1995.

Biographical note:

Talib Rasul Hakim was born Stephen Alexander Chambers in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1940. He developed an interest in music in high school, studied clarinet and piano, and continued his education at the Manhattan School of Music (1958–1959) and the New York College of Music (1959–1963). Sometime in the 1960s he became interested in Sufism and assumed his Arabic name. He taught at several institutions and was the recipient of many awards and grants. His pieces “Sound-Gone” (1967), “Placements” (1970), and “Visions of Ishwara” (1970) were commercially recorded and published, and numerous other works received concert performances. His music often incorporated avant-garde compositional and performance techniques and also strongly reflect his interest in Islam and Eastern religions. He died in 1988.

Scope note:

The collection is in two series: papers and scores, with a few concert and rehearsal recordings as well. The papers mainly consist of notes and materials about his compositions and personal notes and fragments. His notes on the performance of his compositions will prove invaluable to performers and scholars. Some flyers and programs from his performances survive. The correspondence is sketchy and dates mainly from the years just before his death.

Not all of his scores are represented in the collection, which is particularly strong on early pieces (from the 1960s), although his major later works are present. Many scores are self-published ozalids, but the masters also survive. There are some manuscript sketches for later works. The published scores are present only in their published form. Hakim's important 1967 piano piece “Sound-Gone” had gone out of print but has recently been reprinted. A published copy is now available for study.