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Sheet music for William Bailey
Piano/Keyboard - Intermediate to Advanced
Intermediate to Advanced Level. Composed by William L. Gillock. Willis. Solos, Recital. Softcover. 160 pages. Published by Willis Music (HL.201747).
4-part voices (2-part, Opt. SSA) - Difficulty: medium
A Collection for Group Singing for All Occasions. By Mitch Miller. P/V/C Mixed Folio. Traditional Pop. Vocal score book. With vocal score notation and chord names. 128 pages. Alfred Music #00-CN0027. Published by Alfred Music (AP.CN0027).
Piano/Keyboard - Mid to Late Intermediate
All 15 Original Piano Solos Included. Composed by William L. Gillock. Willis. Solos, Jazz, Recital. Softcover Audio Online. 32 pages. Published by Willis Music (HL.416922).
Composed by Various Artists. Everybody's Favorite Series. Classical. Book Only. Wise Publications #MUSAM967450. Published by Wise Publications (HL.14024783).
Library of Series. By Amy Appleby. By Various Artists. Edited by Amy Appleby. Arranged by Amy Appleby. Music Sales America. Jazz. Book Only. Amsco Publications #MUSAM985325. Published by Amsco Publications (HL.14001784).
The Group Singing Songbook. Composed by Various. Edited by Peter Blood & Annie Patterson. Vocal. Spiral Bound. Folk. Songbook. 290 pages. Published by Hal Leonard (HL.740330).
William Bailey wrote over 130 compositions, including orchestral works, childrens’ piano pieces, choral works, songs, a string quartet and pieces for violin and for cello. The childrens’ pieces are particularly charming.
Bailey studied music theory and performance at Pomona College, Pasadena, California, graduating in 1929. He continued his studies at USC under Arnold Schoenberg while supporting himself as a free-lance musician. In 1936 he received a Master of Music degree from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he studied composition with Howard Hanson and Bernard Rogers.
He then began his teaching career at Stetson University in Deland, Florida but military service soon interrupted that. He spent the war years teaching radio at the Naval Radio Training Center in Moscow, Idaho, where Bailey met his wife Mary. They married in 1939 and had three children.
After the war he accepted a one-year appointment at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. He never left, retiring in 1975 with many honors. He also conducted the Walla Walla Symphony from 1945 to 1970, all the while continuing to compose.
William ailey was a very generous man who freely lent out his music, much of which was composed for specific occasions and people. He also sometimes didn’t write out accompaniments that he planned to perform himself. As a result not all of his works have survived intact. What does remain can be reviewed at the link below to an archive at Washington State University.