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Merton's Correspondence with:

Peloquin, Charles Alexander; Charles Alexander Peloquin; C. Alexander Peloquin; Alex Peloquin

Peloquin, C. Alexander (Charles Alexander), 1918-1997  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1965, 1968
Volume: 12 item(s); 18 pg(s)

Scope and Content


C. Alexander Peloquin was a composer of liturgical music who was one of the earliest to begin to write in a style that reflected the changes brought about by the Second Vatican Council. He spent many years as composer-in-residence at Boston College and directed student choral ensembles. He composed music for some of Merton's "Freedom Songs", poems inspired by Negro spirituals. The songs were originally intended to be sung by African-American baritone Robert Williams. Merton and Peloquin had trouble at a time with claims that Williams made over copyright of the songs.

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Series List

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Container List

#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
 y/m/dMerton Scan ✉ 
1. 1965/04/28 other[x]   Thomas Merton to Write Words for 'Freedom Songs' PROVIDENCE, R. I. (Religious News Service) [photocopied news clipping (hand labelled "N.Y.T. 4-28-65" [New York Times]) discussing the collaboration between Thomas Merton and C. Alexander Peloquin] «detailed view»
2. 1965/04/30 other[x]   Monk, Composer Collaborate On Freedom Songs PROVIDENCE, R. I. (NC) - Church music composer [news clipping printed from the online edition of the Catholic Northwest Progress (Seattle, Washington) discussing the collaboration between Thomas Merton and C. Alexander Peloquin on freedom songs] «detailed view»
3. 1965/05/17 TL[c] from Merton Thanks for your note. June 26th will be perfectly fine. The afternoon will certainly be wide open, «detailed view»
4. 1968/02/22 HLS to Merton I've just been on the phone with the Liturgical Conference in Washington. «detailed view»
5. 1968/03/04 TL[c] from Merton Good to hear from you again. Certainly that is a fine idea about using one of the Freedom Songs «detailed view»
6. 1968/03/15 (#01) TL[c] from Merton Well, if Robert Williams gave you the rights to the songs, I think there is no problem. I would say «detailed view»
7. 1968/03/15 (#02) TL[c]  from Merton to Robert Williams Peloquin has written to me about the Songs. He is working on them for the Liturgical Conference «detailed view»
8. 1968/03/27 (#01) HLS to Merton I'm going ahead. But it's good to know you're with me. I feel relieved concerning Robt Williams «detailed view»
9. 1968/03/27 (#02) TL[c] from Merton My scrawled note of this morning is probably illegible, so I am typing this to clarify a little. «detailed view»
10. 1968/06/24 (#02) other to Merton This Agreement made this between GIA MUSIC CORPORATION, of Chicago, in the State of Illinois, [unsigned agreement concerning publisher and composer rights to Peloquin's score to Merton's "Freedom Songs"] «detailed view»
11. 1968/06/24? (#01) HLS to Merton Thank you for your reply. I was looking for it! By the way, I'm well on my way with Sundown! «detailed view»
12. 1968/08/13 TAL[c] from Merton Good news has been coming through, and I am happy to hear things are moving on so well. «detailed view»

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