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Papers of Miriam Hyde, 1927-1996 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2622064
Format ManuscriptManuscript, OnlineOnline
Author
Hyde, Miriam, 1913-2005
 
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1927-1996] 
5.55m. (10 archives boxes + 4 ms boxes) + 7 fol. boxes. 
Summary

The two main components of MS 5260 are original music scores written by Miriam Hyde and over 140 detailed letters Hyde wrote to her family while studying at the Royal College of Music in London from 1932-1935. There are several files of general correspondence from members of the music profession or relating to it. Individual correspondents include John Carmichael, Selma Epstein, David Galliver, Ruth Gipps, Hilary and Charles Groves, Rex Hobcroft, Gordon Jacob, Derek Jones, Max Keogh, David Lockett, Mary Mageau, Joseph Rezits, Peter Sculthorpe, Victor Sangiorgio and Kendall Taylor.

Organisational correspondents include the Australian Broadcasting Commission, Australian Music Examination Board, Canberra School of Music, Music Teachers' Association and the National Film and Sound Archive. There are also notebooks containing drafts of Hyde's poetry, a detailed journal kept by Hyde on board ship while travelling from Adelaide to London, 1932, and correspondence with Currency Press regarding the publication of her autobiography, Complete accord (11 boxes, 3 fol. boxes).

Biography/History

Composer, musician and poet. Miriam Beatrice Hyde was born in Adelaide in 1913. In 1931, Hyde won the Elder Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music, London. During her time at the College, she won three composition prizes, performed two of her concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra and made several broadcasts with the BBC. She returned to Australia in 1936 and worked as a musical examiner with the Advisory Board of the Australian Music Examinations Board for 37 years, and was a councillor of the Music Teachers' Association of New South Wales.

In addition, she was a recitalist, lecturer and tutor at numerous workshops. She had three volumes of poetry published, The bliss of solitude (1941), A few poems (1942), and Dawn to dusk (1938-1947). Her autobiography, Complete accord, was published by Currency Press in 1991. In 1980, Hyde was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), and, in 1991, she was created an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Music, Australia (HonFMusA), by the Australian Music Examinations Board in 1995. Hyde died in Sydney in 2005.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 5260.

Associated materials: Correspondence of Miriam Hyde, 1997-2004 MS 9943.

MS 5260 copy Also available online https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-144170660

Related Material Miriam Hyde interviewed by Hazel de Berg in the Hazel de Berg collection; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1/847-848.  Miriam Hyde interviewed by Larry Sitsky; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 2559. 
Cited In

Guide to collections of manuscripts relating to Australia, D910.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Special Collections Reading Room and online at: http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-144170660 
Subjects Hyde, Miriam, 1913-2005 -- Archives.  |  Composers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Women composers -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Pianists -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Music -- Australia -- 20th century.
Time Coverage 1927-1996 
Occupation Composers.  |  Pianists.  |  Poets.

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