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Carl Friedberg Collection

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Abstract

Title:
Carl Friedberg Collection
Author/Creator:
Friedberg, Carl
Collection number:
0
Size:
4.00 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1905-1953
Inclusive dates:
1890-1957
Collection Area:
International Piano Archives at Maryland
Repository:
International Piano Archives, University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, MD 20742, Tel: 301.405.9224, Email: godowsky@umd.edu
Abstract:

A pianist and teacher, Carl Friedberg (1872-1955) was an active performer throughout his career. He gave many solo recitals, concerts with leading orchestras, and chamber music concerts with a variety of ensembles throughout the United States and Europe. Friedberg also was a teacher at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt, Germany and at the Institute for Musical Arts, which later became the Juilliard School. The collection consists of 4.00 Linear Feet of concert programs, reviews, correspondence, photographs, publicity materials, articles, recordings, scrapbooks, photographs, and other miscellaneous documents related to Friedbergs career, the ensembles and societies he was involved with, and his relationships with his close colleagues, including his teacher, Clara Schumann, his sister, Annie Friedberg, and his pupil, Leonard (Bruce) Hungerford.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

Carl Friedberg Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Summary: Carl Rudolph Hermann Friedberg was born September 18, 1872 in Bingen-am-Rhein, Germany. Friedberg took the first of many international excursions when he toured Spain (1891). This was followed by more European touring and appearances in the U.S. Friedberg was also a teacher at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt, Germany, and he later joined the faculty of the Institute for Musical Arts, which later became the Juilliard School. Friedberg's only studio recordings date from 1953 (two years before his death) and have now been reissued on CD by Marston Records. Friedberg died on September 9th, 1955.

Full History: Carl Rudolph Hermann Friedberg was born September 18, 1872 in Bingen-am-Rhein, Germany. He began studying music in 1876 and then moved to Frankfurt in the early 1880s for further study, including occasional lessons from Clara Schumann. He was also coached by Johannes Brahms in the performance of Brahms' piano works. Soon after, Friedberg became self-sufficient as a teacher in his own right and, within a few years, began performing.

In 1891, he took the first of many international excursions when he toured Spain. This was followed by more European touring, as well as a fortuitous stint as a teacher at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt. This position afforded him the chance to tour widely.

In 1914, Friedberg made his first appearance in the U.S. Soon thereafter, he joined the faculty of the Institute for Musical Arts, which later became the Juilliard School.

Friedberg's only studio recordings date from 1953 (two years before his death) and have now been reissued on CD by Marston Records together with additional live and studio performances.

Friedberg died on September 9th, 1955.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Carl Friedberg Collection covers the period from 1890-1957; the bulk of the materials date from 1905-1953, and the collection is 4.00 Linear Feet. The collection consists of programs, reviews, publicity materials, photographs, scrapbooks, guest books, articles, brochures, correspondence, and other memorabilia related to Friedbergs work as a pianist and teacher, including his performances with the Trio of New York, the Toledo Orchestra, and the Youngstown Music Teachers Association, as well as his work teaching and performing at the Hoch Conservatory of Music and the Juilliard School.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Hans Friedberg, Carl Friedberg's son, on February 1st, 1993.

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EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup created by Elizabeth J. Mason, April 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Performance Files, 1890-1954 (null)

This series comprises reviews, programs and publicity materials organized chronologically by performance date. The materials are located in Box 1 of the collection.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Dr. Hoch's Conservatorium, Frankfurt, Germany -- Student Group Recital, 1890 series 1box 1folder 1
Dr. Hoch's Conservatorium, Frankfurt, Germany -- Student Group Recital, 1891 series 1box 1folder 2
Dr. Hoch's Conservatorium, Frankfurt, Germany -- Student Group Recital, 1898 series 1box 1folder 3
Germany Performances, 1905 series 1box 1folder 4
The Concert Chamber Hall, Mecklenburg, Germany -- Solo Concert, 1913 series 1box 1folder 5
Performances, 1914 series 1box 1folder 6
Aeolian Hall, NYC -- Solo Recital, 1924 series 1box 1folder 7
New York City Performances -- Town Hall and Carnegie Hall, 1926 series 1box 1folder 8
Beethoven Hall, Berlin, Germany -- Solo Recital, 1927 series 1box 1folder 9
Town Hall, NYC -- Chamber Recital, 1927 series 1box 1folder 10
New York City Ensemble Performances -- Roxy Symphony, Marianne Kneisel String Quartet, 1928 series 1box 1folder 11
New York City Performances -- Town Hall and Carnegie Hall, 1929 series 1box 1folder 12
Carnegie Hall, NYC -- American Orchestral Society, 1930 series 1box 1folder 13
Town Hall, NYC -- Beethoven Association Concert featuring Friedberg, 1932 series 1box 1folder 14
Germany Performances, 1933 series 1box 1folder 15
Town Hall, NYC -- Solo Recital, 1934 series 1box 1folder 16
Federal Music Theater, NYC -- WPA Federal Music Project, Federal Symphony Orchestra, 1937 series 1box 1folder 17
The Trio of New York, NYC -- Trio concert featuring Friedberg, 1937 series 1box 1folder 18
Town Hall, NYC Concerts -- The Trio of New York -- Trio concerts featuring Friedberg, 1938 series 1box 1folder 19
Juilliard School of Music, NYC -- Artists' Concerto Course, 1940 series 1box 1folder 20
Center School Auditorium, NYC -- National Mana-Zucca War Bond Concert Committee -- Solo Recital, 1942 series 1box 1folder 21
Performances -- NYC; Detroit, Michigan, 1943 series 1box 1folder 22
Performances -- NYC; Detroit, Michigan; Toledo, Ohio, 1945 series 1box 1folder 23
Performances -- Solo Recitals -- Community Christian Church, KA; Juilliard School of Music, 1946 series 1box 1folder 24
Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio -- The Friends of Music Orchestra, 1947 series 1box 1folder 25
Performances -- Solo Recitals -- Nelson Gallery of Art, KA; Juilliard School of Music, 1948 series 1box 1folder 26
Performances -- Solo Recitals, 1949 series 1box 1folder 27
Performances -- Toledo, OH; University of Kansas City, KA, 1950 series 1box 1folder 28
Performances -- NYC, OH, KA, 1951 series 1box 1folder 29
Raven School Auditorium -- Youngstown Music Teachers Association, Youngstown, Ohio, 1952 series 1box 1folder 30
Performances -- Solo Recitals, 1953 series 1box 1folder 31
Ohio Orchestral Performances -- The Toledo Orchestra, Youngstown Philharmonic Orchestra, 1954 series 1box 1folder 32

Series 2: Photographs, 1902-1950, and Undated (null)

This series comprises photographs that are organized into three subseries: A. Photographs of Carl Friedberg alone; B. Photographs of Carl Friedberg and others; and C. Photographs used as illustrations for the Carl Friedberg book written by Julia Smith. These photographs are located in Box 1 of the collection.

Subseries 2.1: Carl Friedberg alone, Undated

This subseries includes photographs of Carl Friedberg alone, including photographs of Friedberg holding a book, holding a cigar, and seated at the piano.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Carl Friedberg Photos 1-10 -- Carl Friedberg alone, Undatedseries 2.1box 4folder 1

Subseries 2.2: Carl Friedberg and others, 1913-1947, and Undated

This subseries includes photographs of Carl Friedberg with other people, including Elizabeth Schumann, his sister, Annie Friedberg, and his master class students.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Carl Friedberg Photos -- Friedberg and others -- B; 25-37 (21-36?), 1913-1947, and Undatedseries 2.2box 4folder 2

Subseries 2.3: Illustrations for the Carl Friedberg book, 1902-1950, and Undated

This subseries includes photographs used as illustrations for the Carl Friedberg book written by Julia Smith, including photographs of Friedbergs teacher, Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Friedberg with his master classes, and Friedberg with his various chamber ensembles.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Carl Friedberg Photos -- Illustrations for Book -- C; 12-24, 1902-1950, and Undatedseries 2.3box 4folder 3
Loose Photographs -- Five Loose Photographs, Undatedseries 2.3box 4folder 4

Series 3: Guest Book, Undated (null)

This book appears to comprise names and possible appearance or performance dates of CF's students. This book is located in Box 1 of the collection.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Guest Book, Undated series 3box 1folder 33

Series 4: Scrapbooks, Undated (null)

These scrapbooks are two blue-cloth loose-leaf notebooks that contain newspaper articles, biographical brochures, and descriptive materials pertaining to CF and his master classes, to the Carl Friedberg Alumni Association, and to the recording CF made in his later years. Scrapbook II also contains articles about the death of CF and the subsequent formation of the Carl Friedberg Music Foundation, Inc. These scrapbooks are located in Box 1 of the collection.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Scrapbook 1, Undated series 4box 1folder 34
Scrapbook 2, Undated series 4box 1folder 35

Series 5: Subject Files, 1920s-1957, and Undated (null)

This series consists of additional newspaper articles, brochures, and correspondence pertaining to CF over and above what is included in Series I, II, III, and IV. Also included here are personal memorabilia, and materials pertaining to performances by the students of CF. These materials are located in Box 1 and Box 2 of the collection.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Carl Friedberg Memorial Library File -- 3 Folders, Undated series 5box 1folder 36
Carl Friedberg students' performance file, Undated series 5box 1folder 37
German calendar, Undated series 5box 1folder 38
Dr. Hoch's Conservatorium Booklet, Undated series 5box 1folder 39
Small German Book, Undated series 5box 1folder 40
Newspaper reviews of performances by Friedberg -- Germany, Pre-1920 series 5box 2folder 1
Newspaper reviews of performances by Friedberg -- Germany and the U.S., Late 1920s series 5box 2folder 2
Newspaper reviews of performances by Friedberg, 1930s series 5box 2folder 3
Newspaper reviews and copies of performances by Friedberg, 1940s-1950s series 5box 2folder 4
Reviews of performances by Friedberg, Undated series 5box 2folder 5
Publicity flyers and articles, Undated series 5box 2folder 6
Biographical articles, Press Notices of Death, 1955, and Undated series 5box 2folder 7
Correspondence -- Written to Friedberg by friends and admirers, Undated series 5box 2folder 8
Correspondence -- Written to and by Hans Friedberg -- Son of Friedberg, Undated series 5box 2folder 9
Recordings, Reviews, Undated series 5box 2folder 10
Teaching -- Lists, brochures and articles, Undated series 5box 2folder 11
Student Recital Programs and Reviews -- After Friedberg's Death -- Alumni Association, Undated series 5box 2folder 12
Carl Friedberg Music Foundation Papers -- Programs of Music Foundation Concerts, 1957, and Undated series 5box 2folder 13
Friedberg Management -- Annie Friedberg -- Photos, Passport, Papers, Undated series 5box 2folder 14
Miscellaneous, Juilliard -- Writings, Correspondence, Newspaper Print, 1928, and Undated series 5box 2folder 15

Series 6: Additional Materials, 1905-1956, and Undated (null)

Here are found materials which were added to the collection at the later date. They are located in Box 3.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Materials sent by Elenor Barefoot, Sander Gallery, Undated series 6box 3folder 3
Materials sent by Leonard (Bruce) Hungerford, 1948-1956, and Undated series 6box 3folder 4
Large Scrapbook, 1905 - 1935 series 6box 3folder 5

Series 7: Recordings, Undated (null)

This series contains CDs of Carl Friedbergs lessons with Hungerford lessons. Materials are on the shelf, not in boxes and are arranged chronologically by performance date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
CDs -- Contains 37 CDs, Undated series 7box 5folder 1
Transcripts, Undated series 7box 5folder 2

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