Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Harry P. Girard music manuscripts collection, 1906-1910 MS 208

creator Girard, Harry P.
Title: Harry P. Girard music manuscripts collection
Dates: 1906-1910
Identification: MS 208
Quantity: 2 Linear Feet
Language: English
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Harry Perrelet Girard, singer, voice teacher and composer, was a native of St. Louis, MO, born June 17, 1875. His early education was at the Military Academy at Stanford, CT, and then graduated from Yale University in 1893 with a BA degree. His first musical instruction was from William H. Plaff and later studied composition with Horatio W. Parker of Yale and piano with Raphael Joseffy. His vocal training was from Arthur Hartington and singer Charles W. Santley of London. At thirteen Girard was soloist at Trinity Church Choir, New York, and at sixteen he was organist and choir-master at Zabriski Memorial Church. He then went to Christ Church, Rye, NY, and following at Archdeaconry Church, New York City. At twenty-five he became organist at St. John's Church, Seattle, WA, where he also organized a Symphony Society and was director of the Ladies' Musical Club and the Glee Club. During this period he completed his light opera, "The Alaskan," in which he starred at the Knickerbocker Theater, New York. He became a member of Augustin Daly's Musical Comedy company as leading baritone. He appeared in "The Runaway Girl" and in English grand opera in leading parts as Tonin in "Pagliacci," Alfeo in "Cavalleria Rusticana," Count di Luna in "Il Travatore," Escamillo in "Carmen," Plunkett in "Martha," and the title role in "Rigoletto." In 1908 he organized the Imperial Opera Company of New York and the in Los Angeles as executive director of the Institute of Vocal Physiology. Girard also produced a second opera, "The Maid of Manalay." Under the nom de plume Victor Kemp, he published "Trend of Time" and "Lyrical Idyl" among others.

Scope and Contents

The Harry P. Girard Music Manuscript collection details two of his most well known light operas, "The Maid of Manalay," and "The Alaskan." Handwritten music manuscripts comprise the bulk of the collection along with published scores. There are also four folders of unknown manuscripts.


The collection is arranged in three series: "The Maid of Manalay," "The Alaskan," and unknown manuscripts.


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish from the Harry P. Girard Music Manuscripts must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Index Terms

manuscripts (document genre)
Girard, Harry P.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Harry P. Girard Music Manuscripts MS 208, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was given by Harry Girard's son, Louis J. Girard, to John F. "Grungy" Gladu, who donated it to Woodson Research Center.

Detailed Description of the Collection

The Maid of Manalay 1906

Box Folder
1 1 Script 1906
2 Chorus
3 Men's chorus
4 Women's chorus
5 "A-lo-ha-oe"
6 "Curtain music"
7 "Discretion Diplomatic"
8 Finale, Act I
9 "Gavotte"
10 "King Conch"
11 "The Lash"
12 "Lassie Lou"
13 "Manalay" or "Maid of Manalay"
14 "Mother Did"
15 "Naughty Little Lady O"
16 "The Man Behind the Guns"
17 Prologue
18 "Runaway Match"
19 "Sailors Hornpipe" & "Dixie"
20 "Signal Code"
21 "Story of the Bells"
22 "Sympathetic Bells"
23 "Texas"
24 "This & That"
25 "To Follow the Flag"
Box Folder
2 1 "The Trip on the Trolley"
2 "Whistling a Tune"

The Alaskan 1907

Box Folder
2 3 Vocal score
4 Chorus
5 "Arlee"
6 "Bah, bah, Black Sheep"
7 "Entre act music"
8 "Eskimo"
9 "Fooling"
10 "The Fossil Man"
11 "In Alaska"
12 "Indian Fantasy"
13 "Katie"
14 "Mother Love"
15 "Prairie Land"
16 Prologue
17 "Song of the Totem Pole"
18 "Sweetheart"
19 "There is Gold along the Rivers"
20 "The Trouble Tree"
21 "Wail of the Eskimo"


Box Folder
2 22-25 Unknown