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Bob D. Litterell collection of music for the Orpheus Harp Quintet, approximately 1900-2013

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8403 Series 6

Scope and Contents

Materials contain music associated with Bob D. Litterell's quintet Orpheus Harp Quintet which included harp, violin, flute, cello and viola. Some of the works are numbered indicating that they were part of a set list for performance. The series contains photocopied parts of classical and popular works composed or arranged for ensemble groups. Many of the scores are originally written for varying ensembles and would have been adapted by Litterell for the quintet. Often Litterell wrote a flute part for a pre-existing work for string quartet, or adapted a violin part for the flute. Some of the works are arranged entirely by Litterell. Among these are Litterell's transciptions for excerpts from Shostakovich's The Gadfly and Michurin, Prokofiev's War and Peace and Holst's Hymn from Rig Veda. Materials dated approximately 1900-2013.


  • approximately 1900-2013


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Bob D. Litterell collection on the harp must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Bob D. Litterell (1946-2013) was a Colorado harpist, arranger and composer.

Bob D. Litterell was born on September 10, 1946 in La Junta, Colorado. He studied the harp with Mary Bickford at Wichita State and Susann McDonald in California. Litterell was a soloist with the Kern Philharmonic. He was especially interested in rare harps and harp music, Egyptology and Egyptian culture. He traveled to Egypt to research harp music and visit the Cairo Conservatory. Litterell prepared editions of works by Parish Alvars, Eichner, Holst, Tchaikovsky and many other composers. He was a member a quintet and arranged music for the group. He performed at the Seventh World Harp Congress is Prague in 1999. In 2010 Bob Litterell was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and died as a result of the tumor on January 30, 2013.


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