Scope and arrangement
The Myra Russel Collection of Musical Settings of James Joyce consists of music scores for songs set to the words of the writer by a variety of contemporary composers, which were amassed by the Joyce scholar, Myra Teicher Russel. While most of the material is comprised of photocopies, the collection contains a few original printed scores, as well as some material that was inscribed to Russel or that included correspondence from the composer. Among these items are compositions by Peter Dickinson, Ross Lee Finney, and Gordon B. Ramsey. Many of the musical settings are to the poems from Joyceâ€™s early work, Chamber Music, but other texts are represented as well. The collection includes two photocopies of Geoffrey Molyneux Palmer's 1909 manuscript for Chamber Music, which Russel rediscovered in the early 1980s and later published as an edition with Indiana University Press (1993). Dates, when provided, are generally for the copyright date of a given piece.