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Ada Richter Collection

Abstract

Title:
Ada Richter Collection
Author/Creator:
Richter, Ada
Collection number:
0
Size:
8.00 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1938-1977
Inclusive dates:
1908-1990
Collection Area:
International Piano Archives at Maryland
Repository:
International Piano Archives at Maryland, University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, MD 20742, Tel: 301.405.9224, Email: godowsky@umd.edu
Abstract:

A composer and lecturer, Ada Richter (a.k.a. Hugo Arnold, Wilma Moore, and Eileen Gail) composed many pieces throughout her career, including musical dramas, piano solos, piano and voice pieces, and arrangements of pieces by other composers. Richter also lectured both alone and with her husband, Alfred Richter throughout the world on piano instruction. Her husband was also a composer of piano pieces and writer on piano methods and is included in the collection. The collection consists of 8.00 linear feet of concert programs, reviews, correspondence, photographs, advertisements, articles, published and unpublished scores, scrapbooks, legal documents, sketches, awards, and brochures related to Richters career as a composer and lecturer, her involvement in the National Maier Musical Association, and her relationships with her close colleagues, including Florence Boutwell, Guy Maier, and her husband, Alfred Richter.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Ada Richter Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/24330
Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Ada Richter Summary: Ada Richter was born August 10, 1900. Richter taught oversized classes of disadvantaged children in a poor area of New Jersey for nine years. Later she began study music with Alfred Richter, who encouraged her to compose and publish music, and she married him in 1932. Her first publication was for Schirmer; her first songbook was published by Presser. Ada also began lecturing alone (early 1940s) and together with Alfred (1950s). Toward the end of Ada's career she met with music teachers privately who wanted to become acquainted with her method. She taught only one pupil personally, her great grandson. Ada Richter died in 1988.

Ada Richter Full History: Ada Richter was born August 10, 1900. She began studying piano at age five. Her first teacher was "a young girl who played very little but taught Ada the notes." After one year she could play everything the teacher could play.

She became class accompanist in grade school. Upon graduation from high school at age fifteen she attended Camden (N.J.) Normal School to become an elementary school teacher.

In the next nine years Richter taught oversized classes of disadvantaged children in a poor area of New Jersey. At this time she also studied piano with Camille Zeckwer and Leo Ornstein at the Zeckwer-Hahn Musical Adademy in Philadelphia (now the Philadelphia College of Music and Arts). In 1921 she married her first husband; they had two children.

Her brother Dick was a very big influence in her life. He would sing show-tunes to her accompaniment. This introduced her to a world of new music, and was directly responsible for her arrangements for Warner Brothers and others.

Later she began study with Alfred Richter, whom she married in 1932. He encouraged her to compose and to get her music published. Her first publication was for Schirmer; her first songbook was published by Presser. She was so prolific a writer she was advised to take on a "nom de plume." In addition to Ada Richter she became "Hugh Arnold," "Wilma Moore," and "Eileen Gail." She even wrote words to her own music under her pen names.

Her lecture years began in the early 1940s. For some time she lectured alone. Alfred and Ada began duo lectures in the 1950s. Together they made five transcontinental tours. This ended in 1976 with Alfred's death.

Toward the end of Ada's career she met with music teachers privately who wanted to become acquainted with her method. She taught only one pupil personally, her grea tgrandson. Ada Richter died in 1988.

Alfred Richter Biographical Summary: Alfred Richter was born on December 2 1902. For several years he was piano instructor and lecturer in music history at Columbia College in South Carolina. Alfred first met Ada when he was eleven years old and later taught her composition. He encouraged her to compose and get her pieces published. Ada and Alfred were married (1932) and began lecturing together (1950's). Together they made five transcontinental tours. Alfred died in 1976.

Alfred Richter Full History: Alfred Richter was born in Wamsdorf, Austria December 2 1902. He was brought to America at age seven and studied piano with Walter Golz. Under Mr. Golz tutelage Alfred went on to win contests of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Later upon the request of his next teacher, Wilhelm Bachas, he was awarded a Scholarship to the Curtis Institute. He also studied the keyboard works of Bach under Wanda Landowska. For several years he was instructor of the piano and lecturer in music history at Columbia College in South Carolina.

Alfred first met Ada when he was eleven years old. The two re-met many years later in Philadelphia. At that time Ada began studying with Alfred. He taught her composition and encouraged her to compose and get her pieces published. Ada and Alfred were married in 1932 and began lecturing together in the 1950's. Together they made five transcontinental tours. Alfred died in 1976.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Ada Richter Collection covers the period from 1908 to 1990; the bulk of the materials date from 1938 to 1977, and the collection is 8.00 linear feet. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including published and unpublished music, lecture notes, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, magazine and newspaper articles, programs, awards, legal documents, advertisements, and brochures related to Richters work as a teacher and composer, including her musical dramas, piano solos, and arrangements of pieces by other composers, as well as her lectures and articles about trends in piano teaching. This collection also includes materials related to Alfred Richter, Ada Richters husband.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Elisabeth Richter, the daughter-in-law of Ada Richter, to International Piano Archives at Maryland on July 13th, 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by:

This collection was processed by Lincoln Cobbins under the direction of Neil Ratliff. It was revised and updated by Akiko Nakanishi.

Processing note:

Incorporating the Papers of Alfred Richter. An item-level inventory of photographs, published scores, manuscripts of arrangements , advertisements, brochures, and magazine articles about Ada Richter are available upon request.

Encoded by:

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

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Published music by Ada Richter, 1937-1979 (null)

This series contains published scores by Ada Richter and music published in magazines. This series, 68 items, is located in Box 1.

Subseries 1.1: Published scores, 1937-1979

This subseries contains published scores both written and arranged by Richter. Materials are arranged alphabetically by title of piece.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Published Scores -- A-D, 1938-1979series 1.1box 1folder 1
Published Scores -- E-H, 1941-1975series 1.1box 1folder 2
Published Scores -- I-L, 1938-1962series 1.1box 1folder 3
Published Scores -- M-P, 1938-1946series 1.1box 1folder 4
Published Scores -- O-R, 1939-1951series 1.1box 1folder 5
Published Scores -- S, 1937-1972series 1.1box 1folder 6
Published Scores -- T-V, 1935-1973series 1.1box 1folder 7
Published Scores -- W-Y, 1941-1972series 1.1box 1folder 8

Subseries 1.2: Music published in magazines, 1939-1955

This subseries contains music written and arranged by Ada Richter and music written by Alfred Richter that was published in Jack and Jill Magazine.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Music published in magazines -- Jack and Jill, 1939-1955series 1.2box 1folder 9

Series 2: Music manuscripts by Ada Richter, 1934-1950, and Undated (null)

This series contains unpublished manuscripts of Ada Richters original pieces and arrangements, as well as sketches and unused materials. Materials are arranged by subject.

Subseries 2.1: Manuscripts of original pieces, 1934, and Undated (2.00 Linear Feet)

This subseries contains manuscripts of original pieces, including piano pieces, musical dramas, orchestral pieces, and organ method books.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Sketches of pieces -- Untitled, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 1
Merry Christmas Mr. Snowman -- With orchestral parts. -- Musical drama, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 2
Winter Rhapsody, Mr. Vogel, and Four Little Foxes -- Three Stories with Music, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 3
Etude for a Broken Wrist -- Piano pieces -- Also various other sketches, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 4
Sketches and notes -- Daydreams; It's Always Fair Weather, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 5
Notes on sightreading book, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 6
Technic book -- MPCH first version, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 7
Fantasie Impromptu -- Notes and preparatory exercises, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 8
Sketches for organ method book -- For the older beginner, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 9
"First attempts at composing", Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 10
The Lion and the Mouse -- Musical drama, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 11
Winter scene -- Piano piece -- Sketch, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 12
Four Little Foxes -- Blue line print, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 13
Ten sketches of various songs for piano, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 14
Songs of America -- Sketches and notes, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 15
The Dinosaur & Frosty, The Snowman, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 16
Oscar the Puppet, Tumbling Clown, Chopin prelude Op. 28, No.7., Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 17
Symphony: Home Brew -- With orchestral parts, 1934series 2.1box 2folder 18
First Attempts, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 19
My Piano Book III, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 20
Presser's Music Writing Book -- Group of piano pieces, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 21
A Visit to Disneyland -- Story with music and pictures, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 22
Kindergarten Class Book -- Music dictation book, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 23
Mini solos -- Teaching Material, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 24
Compositions -- Hardbound book with cover, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 25
Various pieces, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 26
Ensemble book for teaching pre-school, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 27
Make your own music. (For the pre-school child) -- Book, Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 28
Notebook -- First attempts on "stones with music.", Undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 29

Subseries 2.2: Manuscripts of arrangements, 1949-1950, and Undated

This subseries contains manuscripts of Ada Richters arrangements, including popular and jazz vocal pieces, Japanese folk songs, stories with music, classical piano pieces, and analytical notes.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Pachelbel Canon -- Richter arr. and original version, Undatedseries 2.2box 3folder 1
Manuscripts of Arrangements -- Vocal Pieces, Undatedseries 2.2box 3folder 2
Manuscripts of Arrangements, Undatedseries 2.2box 3folder 3
Mini Solos by Ada Richter -- Group of short pieces, Undatedseries 2.2box 3folder 4
Manuscripts of Arrangements -- Piano Music and Story Pieces -- Thirteen Pieces, Undatedseries 2.2box 3folder 5
Analytical notes, Preparatory Exercises -- Liszt, Chopin, Undatedseries 2.2box 3folder 6
Manuscripts of Arrangements -- Romance, Sibelius; Menuet a /'antique, Paderewski., Undatedseries 2.2box 3folder 7
Songs You Remember -- Ada Richter arrangements of popular American songs, Undatedseries 2.2box 3folder 8
Sketches for Japanese Folk Song Book -- Two Japanese Folk Song books included, 1949-1950series 2.2box 3folder 9
Manuscripts of Arrangements -- "Shine on Harvest Moon", "Three Quarter Moon Time", "Seniorita"., Undatedseries 2.2box 3folder 10

Subseries 2.3: Sketches and unused material, Undated

This subseries contains Ada Richters musical sketches and unused materials, including sight-reading materials, materials for Richters kindergarten classes, and notes for American songs, operettas, and hymns.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Jack and the Beanstalk -- Piano Suite for Kindergarten Classes -- With Pictures, Undatedseries 2.3box 3folder 11
My Picture Book to Music -- Sight reading material -- Second draft, Undatedseries 2.3box 3folder 12
Notes to Christmas Operetta, Undatedseries 2.3box 3folder 13
Arrangements for MPH, Undatedseries 2.3box 3folder 14
How Great Thou Art -- Arr. Richter, Undatedseries 2.3box 3folder 15
Disney book, Undatedseries 2.3box 3folder 16
Sketches for Hymn book, Undatedseries 2.3box 3folder 17
Manuscript with musical sketches inside, Undatedseries 2.3box 3folder 18
Various Sketches -- Three Folders, Undatedseries 2.3box 3folder 19
Unused material, Undatedseries 2.3box 3folder 20
Titles and List -- American Songs, Yiddish Words, Undatedseries 2.3box 3folder 21
Various musical arrangements -- Sketches, Undatedseries 2.3box 3folder 22

Series 3: Writings by Ada Richter, 1942-1977, and Undated (null)

This series comprises published articles, lecture notes, and outlines of lectures. This series is located in Box 4.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Articles by Ada Richter, Undated series 3box 4folder 1
Philadelphia Lecture and Others, 1970-1977 series 3box 4folder 2
First class lecture notes -- Earlier Lectures, 1942-1970, and Undated series 3box 4folder 3

Series 4: Correspondence, 1946-1990, and Undated (null)

Here are found 18 letters. Some are to Ada Richter from publishers, others are from Ada Richter to publishers. Letters from family members are also included. This series is located in Box 4.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Letters to Ada Richter, 1946-1990, and Undated series 4box 4folder 5

Series 5: Performance files, 1925-1981, and Undated (null)

This series comprises programs of Ada Richter music perfonned by other musicians, including Alfred Richter. Ada Richter seldom perfonned as a solo concert artist, therefore no programs of hers are in this file. This series is located in Box 4.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Programs, 1925-1981, and Undated series 5box 4folder 4

Series 6: Photographs, 1925-1957, and Undated (null)

Here are found 21 photographs, some of children performing Ada Richter musical dramas; others are portraits of Ada and Alfred. This series is located in Box 5.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Photographs -- Twenty Photographs, 1925-1957, and Undated series 6box 5folder 1
Photograph Album, Undated series 6box 5folder 2

Series 7: Writings about Ada Richter, 1935-1989, and Undated (null)

Here are found various writings about Ada Richter, Ada and Alfred Richter, and the music of Ada Richter. This series is found in Boxes 6 and 7. Materials are arranged by subject.

Subseries 7.1: Magazine articles, 1937-1989, and Undated

This subseries contains magazine articles about Ada Richter, including articles from New Jersey Music and Arts, The Etude, and New Jersey Music.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
New Jersey Music and Arts, 1966series 7.1box 6folder 1
New Jersey Music and Arts, "Ada Richter Pieces Popular", pp. 21-23, 1966series 7.1box 6folder 1item 1.0
Magazine Articles about Ada Richter -- Twenty-one magazine articles, 1937-1989, and Undatedseries 7.1box 6folder 3

Subseries 7.2: Newspaper articles, 1935-1988, and Undated

This subseries contains newspaper articles about Ada Richter, including articles from Courier and The Philadelphia Bulletin. It also contains letters to and from Florence Boutwell, the editor of Clavier, to and about Ada Richter.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Articles about Ada Richter, 1935-1988, and Undatedseries 7.2box 6folder 2

Subseries 7.3: Reviews of Richter Music, 1965-1986

This subseries contains reviews of Ada Richters music in Clavier and The Music Teacher. Materials are arranged alphabetically by magazine that the review is published in.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Reviews on Ada Richter Music, 1965-1986series 7.3box 7folder 1

Subseries 7.4: Advertisements and brochures, 1938-1976, and Undated

This subseries contains advertisements and brochures about Ada Richter, including advertisements in Etude and American Music Teacher, and twenty-six brochures on Ada Richters music

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Advertisements and brochures -- Forty-one advertisements and brochures, 1938-1976, and Undatedseries 7.4box 7folder 2

Series 8: Miscellaneous, 1908-1959, and Undated (null)

This series, located in Box 8, contains various documents relating to the personal life of Ada Richter. Materials are arranged by subject.

Subseries 8.1: Legal Documents, Undated

This subseries contains Ada Richters legal documents related to her passport, birth certificate, and marriage certificates, as well as Alfred Richters death certificate.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Legal Documents, Undatedseries 8.1box 8folder 1

Subseries 8.2: Awards, 1917-1953

This subseries contains awards that Ada Richter has received, including diplomas, certificates, testimonials, and honorary memberships.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Awards, 1917-1953series 8.2box 8folder 3
Diploma from Manual Training and High School, 6/28/1917series 8.2box 8folder 3item 1.0
Diploma from Philadelphia Musical Academy, 6/5/1923series 8.2box 8folder 3item 2.0
Diploma from Normal Training School, 6/25/1919series 8.2box 8folder 3item 3.0
Certificate from American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, 1/25/1944series 8.2box 8folder 3item 4.0
Honorary Membership to Eugene Field Society. National Association of authors and Journalists., 1939series 8.2box 8folder 3item 5.0

Subseries 8.3: Guy Maier workshops, 1972, and Undated

This subseries contains letters, itineraries, and brochures related to Guy Maiers workshops, including correspondence between Ada Richter and Guy Maier.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Literature on Guy Major Convention, 1972, and Undatedseries 8.3box 8folder 2

Subseries 8.4: Scores of other composers, 1908-1959

This subseries contains scores that Ada Richter owned by other composers, including scores by Hugh Arnold and Edvard Grieg. Materials in this subseries are arranged alphabetically by composers last name.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
"Two Serenades transcribed for piano solo." -- Transcribed by Wilhelm Bachaus, 1924series 8.4box 8folder 4
Canciones Populares -- Book of Spanish songs (not written by Ada Richter), 1935series 8.4box 8folder 5
"Golliwog's Cake-Walk" -- Debussy, Claude, 1908series 8.4box 8folder 6
"The Teakettle's Song" -- Young, Victor, 1944series 8.4box 8folder 7
"Neapolitan Holiday" -- Taylor, Edna, 1959series 8.4box 8folder 8
"At Dawning I Love You." -- Cadman, Charles Wakefield, 1940series 8.4box 8folder 9
Music of Today -- Moore, Wilma, 1953, and Undatedseries 8.4box 8folder 10
Music of Today, Book Three, Undatedseries 8.4box 8folder 10item 1.0
Music of Today, Book Four, Undatedseries 8.4box 8folder 10item 2.0
Music of Today, Book Seven, 10/28/1953series 8.4box 8folder 10item 3.0
Hugh Arnold Scores, 1940-1943series 8.4box 8folder 11
Arnold, Hugh. "In A Jinricksha" Philadelphia, PA: Theodore Presser Co., 1940series 8.4box 8folder 11item 1.0
Arnold, Hugh. "Ten Step" Philadelphia, PA: Theodore Presser Co., 1941series 8.4box 8folder 11item 2.0
Arnold, Hugh. "Spinning Around" New York: Century Music Publishing Co., 1943series 8.4box 8folder 11item 3.0
Grieg, Edvard. Theme from the piano concerto in A minor, arr. by Hugh Arnold. Philadelphia, PA: Theodore Presser Co., 1942series 8.4box 8folder 11item 4.0

Series 9: Published Music of Alfred Richter, 1945-1977 (null)

This series contains published music written by Alfred Richter, including piano solos and pieces for voice and piano.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Published Works by or Edited by Alfred Richter, 1945-1977 series 9box 9folder 1

Series 10: Music manuscripts by Alfred Richter, Undated (null)

This series contains unpublished manuscripts written by Alfred Richter, including Love Came a Beggar, Variations on the Chromoretta, and a tone poem for symphony orchestra based on a poem by Margaret Stewart.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Alfred Richter Unpublished Manuscripts, Undated series 10box 9folder 2

Series 11: Writings by Alfred Richter, Undated (null)

This series contains articles and lecture notes by Alfred Richter about intuition and piano methods, among other subjects.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Writings by Alfred Richter, Undated series 11box 9folder 3

Series 12: Letters of recommendation (at beginning of career), 1928 (null)

This series contains letters of recommendation written for Alfred Richter at the beginning of his career from various professors, including chamber music and psychology professors.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Letters of recommendation (at beginning of career), 1928 series 12box 9folder 4

Series 13: Musical genealogy, 1925-1926, and Undated (null)

This series contains information about Alfred Richters musical family tree, including photographs of Alfred Richter and Ada Richter, photocopies, and newspaper clippings.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Ada and Alfred Richter Musical Geneaology, Undated series 13box 9folder 6
Etc.--Photo, Curtis Catalogue, Concert Program, 1925-1926, and Undated series 13box 9folder 7

Series 14: Scrapbooks, Undated (null)

This series contains two scrapbooks of pictures, photographs, programs, and other documents related to Alfred Richters life.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Scrapbook #1, Undated series 14box 10folder 1
Scrapbook #2, Undated series 14box 10folder 2

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