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Grant, Parks (1910-1988)


Alternate Names:

Grant, William Parks

LC Authority:

Grant, Parks




January 4, 1910, Cleveland, OH, US – April 5, 1988, Oxford, Lafayette County, MS, US


Composer, Arranger, Music Educator, University Professor


        Solo & Piano:

• Integrated Concerto: For Double-Bass.


Integrated Concerto: For Double Bass. N.Y.C: Whitney Blake Music Publishers, 1949. (bass and piano) – Record Link


May 1, 1947 – Laura Bohle Blide, double bass, and Rhoda Shapiro, pianist, at Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY. Premiere took place as a part of  Ms. Bohle Bilde’s Graduation Recital  – Program


        Solo & Ensemble:

• Integrated Concerto: For Double-Bass and Orchestra, Op. 17. (1946)


Solo db. – 2 fl. (picc.) – 2 ob. – 2 cl. – 2 bsn. / 3 hrn. – 2 tpt. – 1 tbn. – 1 tba / tymp. – perc. / strings


Original Sketch. Special Collections, Sibley Music Library, Eastman School of Music, Call no. – ML 96 G763 Vol. 24 ; piano draft score with orchestration markings.

Indicated Dates:

Original sketch: July 2, 1945 / Written: December 17, 1945 to February 16, 1946.


Grant, Parks. Concerto: For Double-Bass and Orchestra. New York, N.Y: Independent Music Publishers,1945-46. (orchestral score) – Record Link

Grant, Parks. Integrated Concerto: For Double-Bass and Orchestra, Op. 17. New York, N.Y: Whitney Blake Music Publishers, 1950. (orchestral score) – Record Link


Albright, Philip H. Original Solo Concertos for the Double Bass. Rochester, N.Y: University of Rochester Press, D.M.A. Thesis, University of Rochester, 1969. pp. 40-41. Download Page


No record of an orchestra performance has been located yet, which offers a unique opportunity for contemporary bassists to present a full version of this concerto.

Associated with:

Laura Bohle Blide, double bass



Lloyd, James B. Lives of Mississippi Authors, 1817-1967. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1981. p. 202 – Online View


American Composers Allieance – Parks Grant

        Thematic Catalog:

Komara, Edward, and Lynda McNeill. William Parks Grant: A Catalogue of His Works. Unpublished archival finding aid, University of Mississippi, February 1997.


William Parks Grant Collection – The University of Mississippi


Oxford Memorial Cemetery, Oxford, MS, US – Dr. William Parks Grant

Page Development Assistance:

ABP expresses sincere gratitude to Mr. David Peter Coppen, Sibley Music Library and the Eastman School of Music for providing a copy of Laura Bohle Bilde graduation recital program, with the premiere date of Dr. Grant’s concerto – updated February 20, 2017

ABP expresses sincere gratitude to Prof. James Vandemark and Mr. David Coppen for providing dates of concerto conception and composition, as indicated on Eastman’s autograph draft – updated January 14, 2017

ABP expresses sincere gratitude to Mr. Edward Komara for providing additional information on concerto soloist Ms. Laura Bohle Bilde and Dr. Grant’s estate at The University of Mississippi archives  – updated January 6, 2017

Last Update: February 20, 2017

Posted: January 4, 2017