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E. L. T. Mesens papers, 1917-1976 (bulk 1920-1971)

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Mesens (E. L. T.) papers
Series V. Mesens's manuscripts, ca. 1917-1967 ca. 2 lin. ft.
Series contains music, poetry and prose manuscripts written by Mesens. Manuscripts of scores composed by Mesens, many set to words written by others, date from 1917-1941, and undated. Some were composed for Radio Belgique, where Mesens worked while in London during World War II. Poetry manuscripts consist of handwritten and typed poems, several in multiple versions, and whole manuscripts for his published collections. Especially well documented are the poems for his books Troisième front, and Poèmes. Other manuscripts are of prose writings: lectures, reviews, appreciations of certain artists and a few miscellaneous journalistic pieces.
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16 1 Music manuscripts, 1917-1920, n.d. 12 items
Score of "Al zingen 't vrije lied" (1917), Text by A. Rodenbach, music by Mesens. Score of "Daar is maar één Vlaanderen" (1918), text by R. De Clercq, music by Mesens. Score of "Fruitje" (1918), text by A. Bogaers, music by Mesens. Score of "Zing niet te zoet..."(1918), text by Marc R. Breyne, music by Mesens. Score of "O Zoete Vreugd" (1919), text by Em. Hiel, music by Mesens. Score of "Wie bracht mij roode rozen?" (1919), text by Joannes Reddingins, music by Mesens. Score of "Chanson" (1919), text by Fr. Vandersmissen, music by Mesens. Score of "Moeder" (1919), text by L. Lambrechts, music by P. Gilson. Score of "In mijn land hebben de mensen ketenen aan de handen" (1920), text by Paul van Ostayen, music by Mesens. Score of "Avondliederke," "Nu of Nooit," "C'est le V sur le toit," "Five o'clock,"
16 2 Music manuscripts, 1921-1922 8 items
"Uit 'de Boodschap' by Wies Moens (1921),"Composities nr 1-4," "Péripéties," "Chansons Enfantines" (1922). A program for a musical evening in 1923.
16 3 Music manuscripts
Score of "Zoo spreekt Hendrik de Man". [See also folder 5.]
16 4 Music manuscripts
Score of "De Dode Dichter", "Zoodra de mei het dal begroet" (Dantzenberg and Benoit), "Heer Halewijn". Three unidentified scores.
16 5 Music manuscripts
Levy's Sound Studios Recordings 1943. Wartime patriotic broadcasts to Belgium, 1940s. Includes scores of "Theme 'Pays de Charleroi'," Valeureux liegeois," "les trois Borains," "Auprès de ma blonde qu'il me fait bon dormir," "la ducasse du Bos," "Al wie daar zegt de reus die komt, ze liegen er om," "Berg op Zoom," "Het daeghet in den Oosten," "Vers l'avenir," "Slaat op de trommele," "Carillon van Duinkerken," "Het lied der Vlamingen, "Sentimentale," "Tronique." Text of "Op den dood van Leon Degrel," "Keizer Degrel, Tzar van Rusland," "Gelukig is het land," "De Grelle I." Score of "Ik ben de Clercq," "De Grelle I," "De Grelle, Tzar van Rusland," "Degrelle II." Text and score of "Zoo spreekt Hendrik de Man," "Parasites" and "De Kwak de Man."
16 6 Music manuscripts
Score of "Zu arel op der knippchen," "Les Chansons du C.R.I," "8 fanfares" (written for International Youth Rally in October 1941).
16 7 Music manuscripts
Score of "Goedenmorgen Luisteraars" (Radio Belgium), "Pierlala," "Prélude" (Theme du xveme siècle flamand), "Sonnerie et Marche du Génie," "el doudou." Text of "Marche des petits mineurs." Score of opening French programs at Radio Belgique. Four unidentified parts of scores. [See also Box 30* for oversize mss of scores and verse.]
16 8 Manuscripts of poetry 4 items
Items are related to "Défense de pleurer."
16 9 Manuscripts of poetry 11 items
Items are related to "A perte de vue, la misère humaine" (1931). Includes sketches for cover and the mock-up.
16 10 Manuscripts of poetry 4 items
Items are related to Alphabet sourd aveugle and include a 40 pp manuscript and proofs.
16 11 Manuscripts of poetry 3 items
Items are related to Femme complète and include a manuscript.
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17 Manuscripts of poetry by Mesens
17 1 Manuscripts of poetry for Troisième front 27 items
Several with sketches. Includes poems such as: "Pour mettre fin à l'âge des machines les poètes anglais font de la fumée," "l'arbre de science déraciné, la péché original déménagé," "Errements," "Rêve du 10 mars 1943." Some English translations by Roland Penrose are included.
17 2 Proof of Troisième front suivi de pièces détachées 1 item
17 3 Items related to Troisième front 4 items
A copy of Troisième front (nr. 449, with signature of Mesens) and two mock-ups of the book.
17 4 Manuscripts of poetry 10 items
Poems: "Ton nom ô Sommella," "Ciel et Terre," "Violette Nozières," "Poème de Guerre," "Le Dimanche la radio annonce toujours de bonnes nouvelles," "Goujaterie moraliste," "Paysage Impressionnistre," "A la gloire d'Erik Satie."
17 5 Manuscripts of poetry for Poèmes 1959 20 items
Includes Plan général of Mesens's poetry, a mockup of Poèmes and several poems that belong to the section "Mots rares pour salons louches" of Poèmes.
17 6 Copy of Poèmes 1923-1958
With 10 illustrations by Magritte. This is nr. 100 (personal copy) and signed by Mesens.
17 7 Manuscripts of poems published in Poèmes 1959 12 items
17 8 Manuscripts of poetry 17 items
Miscellaneous poems. Some poems date from 1923.
17 9 Manuscripts of poetry 40 items
Miscellaneous poems.
17 10 Manuscripts of poetry 25 items
3 copies of "L'Etude du Langage" (1939), also "Reve du 10 mars 1943," "Vu dans une esquisse d'Eileen Agar" and other poems.
17 11 Twelve poems by Mesens
Some from the 1920s.
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18 Manuscripts of prose texts by Mesens, 1927-1967
18 1 Manuscripts 1927-1939 3 items
"Maladie" (1927, 7 pp); text by "Complices de René Magritte" (1p.); "La Poésie Transfigurée" (1932), text by Magritte/ Mesens/Nougé/Souris.
18 2 Manuscripts of assorted texts 13 items
Text on pubs in England (17 pp); text on Petrus Van Assche (2 pp); Maurice Jadot prospectus with text by Mesens (1959); text on Dada (1 p); translation of "the minutes of memorial sand" by Alfred Jarry (2 pp); text on De Chirico; "La Pensée dans la Révolution" (4 pp typed and handwritten). Mesen's handwritten letter to an editor,"Some Pointillism on Kurt Schwitters," 8 pp; short texts on artists in 10 pp, including Chagall, Dali, de la Fresnaye, Engel-Pak, Masson, Picabia, Ernst, and Wifredo Lam.
18 3 Manuscripts of assorted texts 13 items
"Les apprentis magiciens au pays de la pléthore," "Petit panorama de la peinture Surréaliste" (17 pp). Two items related to Tony del Renzio who was the center of a dispute in surrealistic circles. Letter to VandePerre about the aesthetics of the collage (4 pp). Several unidentified texts.
18 4 Manuscripts 13 items
Includes: historical outline for book on surrealism (1 p handwritten); document on copyright, Tristan Tzara 1924; interview by Mesens with Shiela Lesser with letter (2 pp); "lettre au percepteur des taxes," February 1942 (1 p). 2 printed letters from the Libertarian Discussion Group (1944). Assorted notes, mss. fragments.
18 5 Manuscripts 9 items
" Les Paroles et les actes," "Style Carte Postale," "Alphabets" "Enterrement de 1 ere classe," text on Erik Satie, "Auditions d'oeuvres vocales de Raymond Moulaert," and other assorted mss. fragments.
18 6 Manuscripts 7 items
Homage to P.G. van Heche, ca. 1967 (3 pp), Radiodiffusion-Belge, 1962 (1 p), "Les Collage de E.L.T. Mesens" (c. 1960), "And now its Winter again" in 2 versions, 4 pp (n.d.). Plus 3 small assorted mss.
18 7 Lecture on new music 1922
2 versions, ca. 60 pp, handwritten. [See also Box 30* folder 1.]
18 8 Lecture, "a Louviere," for the opening of Tendances contemporaines, 1935
18 9 Talk on James Ensor 1946 18 pp.
18 10 Lecture at the I.C.A 1954
18 11 Radio Belgique scripts ca. 40 pp


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