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Finding Aid for the Michael Pugliese Collection of Scores, circa 1976-1997

Mus. Arc. 15.2

State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library

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Collection Overview

Title: Michael Pugliese Collection of Scores, circa 1976-1997
Collection Number: Mus. Arc. 15.2
Creator: Pugliese, Michael
Extent: 7 boxes (107 items)
Language of Material: No textual materials are included in the collection.
Repository: State University of New York at Buffalo. Music Library
Abstract: Scores and parts for solo percussion and percussion with other instruments. Most of the items bear Pugliese's performance markings. Others bear inscriptions from the composers to Pugliese. The collection also includes works composed or arranged by Pugliese.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Specified item], Michael Pugliese Collection of Scores, 1976-1997, Music Library, The State University of New York at Buffalo.

Acquisition Information

Collection given to the Music Library in 2003 by the estate of Michael Pugliese; delivered by Jan Williams.

Terms of Access

Materials can be examined by qualified researchers in the Music Library during hours of operation during which Music Librarians are present. In order to insure access, researchers are advised to contact the Music Library in advance of visits.


Copyright for the materials in the collection does not reside with the Music Library. Therefore, patrons wishing to publish any item, or part of an item from this collection for any purpose, are responsible for securing requisite permissions.

Processing Information

Processed by John Bewley, 2003.

Accruals and Additions

No further accruals are expected to this collection.

Biographical Note

Michael Gabriel Pugliese was born Sept. 26, 1956 in Buffalo, N.Y. He studied percussion with Jan Williams at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1979. He then continued his studies at the Manhattan School of Music, completing a Master of Music degree in 1981. Once in New York City, Michael quickly established himself as a percussionist specializing in avant-garde music. He co-directed a 12-hour marathon of music by John Cage at Cooper Union in New York in 1982. His association with the music of John Cage continued, leading to his first performances of Cage's Etudes Boreales, Ryoanji, Voiceless Essay, Five Stone Wind, Sculpture Musicales, and Four3. This association with Cage also lead to work with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company as performer and composer. Pugliese toured extensively with the dance company beginning in 1985. He composed Peace Talks (1989) and Mixed Signals (1991) for the company. Other percussion works composed by Michael Pugliese include his Jinxed, June 22, Not Jinxed, Not Waves, and Peaceful Pond at Dusk. He also composed popular songs under the name of Mike Gabriel.

Pugliese made his solo debut at Merkin Hall in New York City in 1989 (the performance is available on a Mode compact disc under the title Perkin' at Merkin'). He appeared as a percussionist with the New Music Consort, the Bowery Ensemble, and the Michael Gordon Philharmonic. He also performed at several new music festivals, including the North American New Music Festival (Buffalo, N.Y.), the American Festival in 1985 (London), New Music America (Houston 1986 and Miami 1988), and the Los Angeles Festival in 1987. He was the founding member of the experimental percussion trio, Talking Drums. Pugliese also performed in the pit orchestras for musicals, including Miss Saigon, Nunsense, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Les Miserables. Michael Pugliese died Nov. 3, 1997 in New York City.

Scope and Content Note

The Michael Pugliese Score Collection consists of 107 scores and/or parts. Some items are also accompanied by additional copies or photocopies. The collection contains at least 22 works or arrangements by Pugliese, including compositions for percussion ensembles as well as popular songs written under his pen name, Michael Gabriel. The collection includes 22 compositions by John Cage. Two of these works, Etudes boreales and Three2, are dedicated to Pugliese. Among other significant works in the collection are five works by Morton Feldman, including a rare copy of the score to Samuel Beckett, words and music, written as incidental music for a radio play. Pugliese's career included performances in the pit orchestras for musicals. This is documented by inclusion of the marked percussion parts for Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar, and A Christmas Carol.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by composer name and then by title.

Container List

Box Item Contents
1 1 Albright, William
Take that
Jobert, 1974

For 4 drummers with 16 drums

Marked for performance

1 2 Berio, Luciano, 1925-2003
Universal Edition, 1961

For female voice, harp and 2 percussion players

Photocopy; heavily marked for performance

1 3 Boulez, Pierre, 1925-
Improvisation sur Mallarme
Universal Edition, 1958

For soprano and 7 instruments

Two photocopies of vibraphone part (ms.), marked

1 4 Brown, Earle, 1926-2002
December 52
Associated Music, 1961

For 1 or more instruments

Photocopy, marked

1 5 Cage, John
Henmar Press, 1960

For solo percussionist

Some markings p. 3-4

1 6 Cage, John
Henmar Press, 1993

For any instrument or combination of instruments

No markings; 1 leaf with timings inserted

1 7 Cage, John
49 waltzes for the five boroughs

For performer(s) or listener(s) or record maker(s)

one handwritten leaf of performers notes from “Dominic”, with three leaves containing addresses. One of these leaves marked with pitch choices.

1 8 Cage, John
Henmar Press, 1960

For piano and percussion

3 copies, all marked for performance

1 9 Cage, John
But what about the noise of crumpling paper which he used to do in order to paint the series of "Papiers froisses" or tearing up paper to make "Papiers dechires?", Arp was stimulated by water (sea, lake, and flowing waters like rivers), forests
Henmar Press, 1985

For 3-10 instruments or materials

Performance markings; 1 photocopy leaf inserted; 1 handwritten leaf " A layman’s guide, by John Cage" inserted.

1 10 Cage, John
c Composed improvisation
Henmar Press, 1990

For snare drum alone

4 copies; No markings; 1 leaf with timings inserted

1 11 Cage, John
Cartridge music

For amplified sounds

Two handwritten leaves with diagrams. For performance, Paris, 1988

1 12 Cage, John
Uniform title: Construction, no. 1
First construction (in metal)
Henmar Press, 1962

For percussion sextet

Score and parts marked for performance; Inscription by Cage

1 13 Cage, John
Uniform title: Construction, no. 2
Second construction
Henmar Press, 1978

For percussion orchestra (4 players)

Photocopied score has markings

1 14 Cage, John
Uniform title: Construction, no. 3
Third construction
Henmar Press, 1960

For 4 percussion players

Photocopy, 4 intro pages separate; score glued into booklet of construction paper.

1 15 Cage, John
Double music : parts 1-2 by John Cage; parts 3-4 by Lou Harrison
Henmar Press, 1961

For percussion quartet

Score and parts; marked for performance

1 16 Cage, John
Etudes boreales
Henmar Press, 1981

For a percussionist using a piano

Dedicated to Pugliese; two copies; 2nd copy heavily marked and bears inscription from Cage; includes photocopy of heavily marked score

2 17 Cage, John
Europeras 1&2
Henmar Press, 1987

Timpani part only; inscription by John Cage; no other markings

2 18 Cage, John
Five stone wind

Photocopies of score; performance instructions

2 19 Cage, John
A flower
Henmar Press, 1960

For voice and piano

Performance markings

2 20 Cage, John
Forever and sunsmell
Henmar Press, 1960

For voice and percussion duo

Marked for performance

2 21 Cage, John
Henmar Press, 1992

For for any way of producing sounds

Parts marked with number of part but no other markings; 1 leaf with timings inserted

2 22 Cage, John
Imaginary landscape no. 3
Henmar Press, 1961

For six percussion players

Few markings; Plus one photocopy, missing p. 7

2 23 Cage, John
Living room music
Henmar Press, 1976

For percussion and speech quartet

2 photocopies; larger one marked for performance

2 24 Cage, John
Music for
Henmar Press, 1984

For parts for voice and instruments without score

Percussion parts I, II, III, IV; Parts I, II and IV marked for performance

2 25 Cage, John
Henmar Press, 1990

For solo drummer

2 copies; one leaf with time bracket indications.

2 26 Cage, John
Radio music
Henmar Press, 1961

Inscription by John Cage, May 1956 – part of all copies; has a few markings

2 27 Cage, John
Edition Peters, undated

For single instrument and percussion

Indication of mallets on instruction page.

2 28 Cage, John
She is asleep
Henmar Press, 1960

For quartet, 12 tom-toms

4 copies, marked for performance

2 29 Cage, John
Sixty two mesostics re Merce Cunningham
Henmar Press, 1971

For amplified voice

Has some markings

2 30 Cage, John
Theatre piece, Part VII
Henmar Press, 1977

For 1-8 performers

Includes handwritten performance instructions mounted on two pieces of cardboard

2 31 Cage, John
Henmar Press, 1991

For three percussionists

For Michael Pugliese; 2 copies; 1 copy marked, other has no markings; 1 leaf with timings inserted

2 32 Cage, John
The wonderful widow of eighteen springs
Henmar Press, 1961

For voice and piano

Performance markings and text written out on one leaf.

2 33 Cardew, Cornelius
The great learning

For chorus with various accompaniments


2 34 Carter, Elliott, 1908-
Eight pieces for timpani
Associated Music, 1968

Marked; with additional photocopied pages

2 35 Colquhoun, Michael
Das Guiro

Includes letter from the composer, explanatory notes, prose score?

3 36 Cowell, Henry, 1897-1965
Music for Percussion, Inc. , 1971

For percussion (6 players)

Marked for performance

3 37 Creston, Paul, 1906-1985
Concertino for marimba and orchestra
G. Schirmer , 1962

Marimba part marked for performance

3 38 Davidovsky, Mario, 1934-
Synchronisms no. 5
E.B. Marks , 1974

For five percussion players and tape

Photocopy of percussion II part; marked for performance

3 39 Dlugoszewski, Lucia, 1931-
Complex suchness concert

For timbre piano

Photocopy (1 leaf) of prose performance instructions

3 40 Feldman, Morton, 1926-1987
Crippled symmetry
Universal Edition , 1983

For flute/bass flute, piano/celesta, vibraphone/glockenspiel

Photocopy of ms. score; marked for performance

3 41 Feldman, Morton, 1926-1987
Instruments 1
Universal Edition , 1977

For alto flute, oboe, trombone, celesta, and percussion

Score marked for performance; includes ms. percussion part (6 leaves) also marked.

3 42 Feldman, Morton, 1926-1987
King of Denmark
Peters , 1965

For percussion (1 player)

Includes two photocopies; 1 marked for performance; 2nd copy of score cut and mounted on folder-stock; marked for performance

3 43 Feldman, Morton, 1926-1987
Samuel Beckett, words and music
Universal Edition , 1987

For chamber orchestra

incidental music for a radio play; photocopy of ms.; marked for performance

3 44 Feldman, Morton, 1926-1987
Why patterns

For flute, piano, glockenspiel

Photocopy of ms.; marked for performance; signed from Feldman to Pugliese; “This score belongs to Jan Williams”—p. 15

3 45 Foss, Lukas, 1922- 2009
Curriculum vitae with time bomb

For percussion solo with taped or live accordion

Photocopy of ms.; marked for performance

3 46 Foss, Lukas, 1922-2009
Ni bruit ni vitesse
Editions Salabert , 1972

For for piano keys and piano strings

Marked for performance

3 47 Foss, Lukas, 1922-2009
Time cycle
Carl Fischer , 1960

For soprano, clarinet, cello, percussion, piano-celesta

Score and parts; percussion part marked for performance

3 48 Glass, Philip
Modern love waltz

For piano?

Photocopy of ms. vibraphone part

3 49 Gordon, Michael, 1956-
Strange quiet

For for clarinet, percussion, synthesizer, violin, viola, and electric guitar

Ozalid copy; marked for performance

3 50 Gordon, Michael, 1956-
Thou shalt!/Thou shalt not!

For clarinet/amplified bass clarinet, electric organ, electric guitar, amplified percussion, amplified violin, and amplified viola

Ozalid copy; marked for performance

3 51 Harrison, Lou, 1917-2003
Song of Queztecoatl
Music for Percussion Inc. , 1962

For percussion ensemble (11 parts)

Score and parts; marked for performance

3 52 Hiller, Lejaren, 1924- 1994
Machine music
T. Presser , 1967

For piano, percussion, two-channel tape recorder

2 scores; marked for performance

3 53 Ives, Charles, 1874-1954
Circus band ; Housatonic at Stockbridge ; He is there

Ink ms. percussion part

3 54 Kernis, Aaron Jay
Death fugue

For bass/baritone, percussion, double bass

photocopy of ms.; “For Michael Pugliese”

3 55 Kondo, Jo, 1947-
Luster gave her the hat and he and Ben went on across the back yard

For three marimbas

Photocopy of ms.; no markings

3 56 Kondo, Jo, 1947-
Standing Parts I, II, and III
Zen-On Music , 1973

For three instruments of different families

Performance markings in Part III

3 57 Kondo, Jo, 1947-
Under the umbrella

For 5 percussionists

Photocopy of ms.; marked for performance

3 58 Kurka, Robert, 1921-1957
Concerto for marimba and orchestra, op. 34
Weintraub Music , 1960

Score and part; score containsmarkings

3 59 Kyrkostas, Mark

For concerto for piano and orchestra

Photocopy of ms. percussion part; marked for performance

3 60 Kyrkostas, Mark

Photocopy of ms. bass part; marked for performance by percussionist

3 61 Kyrkostas, Mark
In oasis

Photocopy of ms. treble melody part; marked for performance by percussionist

3 62 Kyrkostas, Mark
Shifting sands

Photocopy of ms. percussion part; marked for performance

4 63 Lang, David (David A.)
Anvil chorus
Novello , 1991

For solo percussion

Inscription from composer to Pugliese

4 64 LeBaron, Anne
The Rite of the black sun

For percussion quartet

Photocopy of ms. score; heavily marked

4 65 Lloyd Webber, Andrew, 1948-
Jesus Christ Superstar

Photocopy of ms. percussion part; “arr. M. Pugliese”

4 66 Lockwood, Larry Paul
Duets (1974)
Paul Price Publications , 1974

For 2 percussionists

Marked for performance

4 67 Mancini, Henry
Theme from Peter Gunn

Ink and pencil ms.; arr. by M. Pugliese

4 68 Menken, Alan
A Christmas carol

Photocopy of ms. percussion part; marked for performance

4 69 Miranda, Anthony
Eleven solos for the drum set

Ozalid copy; Inscription from composer to Pugliese

4 70 Newman, Chris, 1958-
After the bath

For xylophone

Photocopy of ms.; marked for performance

4 71 Nørgård, Per, 1932-
I ching
W. Hansen , 1987

For percussion solo

Marked for performance

4 72 Nørgård, Per, 1932-
Waves : for 4 congas, big tam-tam, tuned gongs, marimba, cymbal, tom- tom, 2 timpanis
W. Hansen , 1972

Marked for performance

4 73 Poulenc, Francis, 1899-1963
Suite française

Ink ms. percussion art; Arr. by Nils Vigeland

5 74 Pugliese, Michael
The beat won’t stop

“Words and music by Mike Gabriel; words and music by Bongo”; Music, texts, and instrumental parts; Ms. and typescript

5 75 Pugliese, Michael
Boy girl

“Words and music by Mike Gabriel”; Chord changes and text, no melody line

5 76 Pugliese, Michael
Hand of fate

“Words and music by Mike Gabriel”; Chord changes and text, no melody line

5 77 Pugliese, Michael

For percussion quartet

Pencil ms.

5 78 Pugliese, Michael
June 22

For 5 percussionists, 2 speakers, magnetic tape

Ink and pencil mss.; Score and parts, also includes reel-to-reel tape

5 79 Pugliese, Michael
Not jinxed
1991, rev. 1997

For percussion quartet

Photocopy of ms.

5 80 Pugliese, Michael
Not waves
Oct. 1978

For 8 timpani (2 players), 2 mark trees, narrator, tape delay

Pencil ms. and photocopy;Text by Tim Cooper

5 81 Pugliese, Michael
Peace talks
1989, 1992

For 6 percussionists, sitar

Photocopy of ms.

5 82 Pugliese, Michael
Peaceful pond at dusk

For 2 percussionists, double bass

Ink ms.

5 83 Pugliese,Michael
Songs. Selections

“Words and music by MikeGabriel”; Texts and chord changes, no melody lines Big world(1992) ; Cats and dogs (1992) ; Dangerous day (1992) ; Goodbye today ; I see a world ; I’m feelin’ alive; I’m feelin’ down (1992) ; It’s a heartache; The pain is alive ; Saturday night (1992) ; Save yourself (1992) ; Trouble.

5 84 Pugliese, Michael
Unidentified work (All whisper?)

Ms. notebook, with parts

5 85 Rzewski, Fredric
Moutons d’Panurge

For any number of melody instruments

Photocopy of ms. part; marked for performance

5 86 Satoh, Somai, 1947-
Heavenly spheres are illuminated by lights
Japan Federation of Composers, 1979

For female voice, percussion, piano

Photocopy of ms.; marked for performance

5 87 Schmidt, 1934-
Zangezi poems

Texts marked for percussion accompaniment

5 88 Schonberg, Claude Michel
Miss Saigon

Percussion part; photocopy of ms.; marked

5 89 Shibata, Minao, 1916-1996
Imagery for marimba
Ongaku no tomo, 1979

Marked for performance

6 90 Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
Academic graffiti
C. Fischer, 1983

For voice, clarinet, percussion, piano, violoncello

Marked for performance

6 91 Smit, Leo, 1921-1999
In woods
C. Fischer, 1980

For oboe, harp, percussion

Marked for performance

6 92 Smit, Leo, 1921-
In woods

For oboe, harp, percussion

Photocopy of ms.; marked for performance

6 93 Speach, Bernadette, 1948-

For trombone, percussion, piano

Photocopy of ms.; “For Michael”; marked for performance

6 94 Stockhausen, Karlheinz, 1928-2007
Universal Edition, 1960

For oboe,bass clarinet, percussion, piano

Has small number of markings

6 95 Stravinsky, Igor, 1882-1971
L’histoire du soldat

For narrator, trombone, clarinet,bassoon, double bass, cornet, violin, percussion

Percussion part; marked for performance

6 96 Varèse, Edgard, 1883-1965
Colfranc Music, 1967

For percussion ensemble (13 players)

Marked for performance

6 97 Vigeland, Nils
Eleven pages

For glockenspiel

Photocopy of ms.; marked for performance

6 98 Vigeland, Nils

For flute, piano, trombone, glockenspiel

Photocopy of ms.; marked for performance

6 99 Vigeland, Nils

For flute, trombone, percussion, piano

Photocopy of ms., different opening than above; marked for performance

6 100 Vigeland, Nils

For 2 pianos, percussion (?)

Photocopy of ms.; missing p. 17-18; marked for performance

6 101 Vigeland, Nils
A line and its shadow

For four marimbas

3 photocopies of ms.; marked for performance; c. 3 missing p. 10

6 102 Vigeland, Nils

For solo percussion and tape

Photocopy of ms.; marked for performance

6 103 Vigeland, Nils
Transparent things

For alto flute, percussion, piano

Photocopy of ms. mounted on cardboard sheets for performance; also heavily marked.

6 104 Vigeland, Nils
Unidentified work

For trombone, flute, piano, percussion

Photocopy of ms.; marked for performance

7 105 Wolff, Christian, 1934-

For percussion ensemble

Photocopy of ms. and typescript; marked for performance

7 106 Xenakis, Iannis, 1922-2001
Editions Salabert, 1976

For percussion solo

Marked and contains ms. inserts; additional photocopy, also marked

7 107 Latin drum techniques and examples

compilation of photocopies of ms.

Search Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog.


Percussions music--Scores and parts
Pugliese, Michael--Archives



Associated Material

Separated Material

The following scores did not contain any markings by Michael Pugliese. The scores were removed to the general collection of the Music Library.

Cage, John 0’00” Henmar Press , 1962
Cage, John Ear for EAR Henmar Press , 1983
Cage, John Four4 : percussion 1 part Henmar Press , 1991
Cage, John Imaginary landscape [no. 1] Henmar Press , 1960
Cage, John She is asleep : duet (voice and prepared piano) Henmar Press, , 1960
Cage, John Trio : for three percussion players Henmar Press , 1977
Camilleri, Charles 1 percussion: solos/duos/trios Peter McKee Music , 1977
Corner, Philip Gong Peters , 1977
Crumb, George Music for a summer evening (Makrokosmos III) Peters , 1974
D’Angelo, James Toccata for solo percussionist Music for Percussion Inc. , 1967
Dahl, Ingolf Duettino concertante: flute and percussion Broude , 1968
Feldman, Morton Vertical thoughts I Peters , 1963
Gibson, David 182 Norwood Paul Price Publications , 1975
Harrison, Lou Canticle no. 1 Music for Percussion Inc. , 1965
Harrison, Lou Canticle no. 3 Music for Percussion Inc. , 1960
Harrison, Lou Fugue for percussion Music for Percussion Inc. , 1962
Harrison, Lou Suite Music for Percussion Inc. , 1969
Hiller, Lejaren Machine music T. Presser , 1967
Hovhaness, Alan Fantasy on Japanese woodprints
Kondo, Jo Luster gave her the hat and he and Ben went on across the back yard : for three marimbas 1975
Korf, Anthony Blue rhythm quintet Paul Price Publications , 1972
Marcus, Bunita Adam and Eve 1989 (rev.)
Newman, Chris Final X 1985
Ruders, Poul Cha cha cha W. Hansen , 1981
Stockhausen, Karlheinz Zyklus Nr. 9 Universal Edition , 1960
Varèse, Edgard Dance for Burgess, 1949
Wuorinen, Charles Janissary music Peters , 1967
Wuorinen, Charles Percussion duo Peters , 1979
Xenakis, Iannis Dmaathen : for oboe and percussion soloists Editions Salabert , 1976

Related Resources

The Michael Pugliese Papers consist of copies of his curriculum vitae, a small selection of programs of concerts in which he performed, reviews and clippings, and correspondence.