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Emil Danenberg Collection


Emil Danenberg Collection
Danenberg, Emil
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International Piano Archives at Maryland, University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, MD 20742, Tel: 301.405.9224, Email:

A performer and music professor, Emil Danenberg (1917-1982) was extensively involved in chamber music, including performances with the New Hungarian Quartet, with violinists Matthew Raimondi and Andor Toth, and with cellist Pierre Fournier. Danenberg also gave numerous solo recitals and taught at both UNC Chapel Hill and Oberlin Conservatory. In addition, Danenberg was the president of Oberlin College and taught many master classes there. The collection contains concert programs, scrapbooks, recordings, photographs, correspondence, autographs, and other miscellaneous documents related to Danenbergs career, the ensembles he was involved in, and his relationships with his colleagues and friends, especially his wife, Mary Ann Danenberg, and his theory teacher, Arnold Schoenberg.

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Historical Note

Summary: Emil Danenberg was born in Hong Kong in 1917. He performed various concerts starting in 1950 and was active in chamber music. Danenberg also served as both Dean of Oberlin Conservatory of Music (1944) and President of Oberlin College. Emil Danenberg died in 1982.

Full History: Emil Danenberg was born in Hong Kong in 1917. His initial studies were with his father, a graduate of the Leipzig Conservatory. After his family emigrated to Los Angeles in 1926, Danenberg continued his piano studies with Abby De Avirett and Edward Steuermann while also studying theory with Arnold Schoenberg. Danenberg received B.A. and A.M. degrees from UCLA and honorary degrees from Marietta College and Franklin College. He made his New York debut in 1950 followed by a Town Hall recital in 1953 in which he played a diverse program ranging from Bach to Kirchner. Concerts followed in Darmstadt, Salzburg, Vienna, Graz and throughout the United States and Canada. Danenberg maintained an active chamber music career, collaborating with violinists Matthew Raimondi, Stuart Canin and Andor Toth, and cellist Pierre Fournier.

Danenberg commenced a long association with Oberlin College in 1944 by joining the piano faculty. He served as the Dean of the Conservatory of Music, and later was appointed President of Oberlin College. As an administrator, Danenberg was responsible for expanding and diversifying Oberlins curriculum to encompass new courses and majors in early music, jazz and ethonomusicology. Emil Danenberg died in 1982.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Emil Danenberg Collection covers the period from 1895 to 1994; the bulk of the materials date from 1957 to 1982. The collection consists of concert programs and reviews, letters, recordings, photographs, autographs, posters, and other miscellaneous documents related to Danenbergs performing career with various performers and ensembles, including the New Hungarian Quartet, violinist Matthew Raimondi, cellist Pierre Fournier, and violinist Andor Toth; his career as a music educator at UNC Chapel Hill and at Oberlin Conservatory; his presidency at Oberlin College; his childhood; and his relationships with various people and organizations, including his wife, Mary Ann Danenberg, his teacher, Arnold Schoenberg, and Marietta College, where he received an honorary degree.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Materials were received September 2008. Donation was made by Charles Timbrell, with the cooperation of Mary Ann Danenberg.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Concert Programs, 1953-1977, and Undated (null)

This series contains concert programs of Danenbergs performances at Oberlin Conservatory, UCLA Berkeley, and other universities, and of Schumann, Bach, Mozart, and Haydn pieces, among those of other composers. Materials are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Concert Programs, 1953-1959 series 1box 1folder 1
Concert Programs, 1960-1964 series 1box 1folder 2
Concert Programs, 1965-1969 series 1box 1folder 3
Lecture Recital, 1970 series 1box 1folder 4
Concert Programs, 1972-1977, and Undated series 1box 1folder 5

Series 2: Teaching/Administrative Activities, 1965-1992, and Undated (null)

This series contains materials related to classes Danenberg taught at UNC Chapel Hill, his presidency at Oberlin College, his honorary degree from Marietta College, recitals that his students gave, and materials related to his residencies at Oberlin Conservatory. Materials are arranged chronologically by category.

Subseries 2.1: Miscellaneous Teaching Activities, 1965-1982, and Undated

This subseries contains materials related to Danenbergs "Advanced Techniques in Teaching Piano" class at UNC Chapel Hill, his installation as the eleventh president at Oberlin College, his honorary degree from Marietta College, his memorial service, and his student recitals.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
UNC Summer Session Course Catalog, 1969series 2.1box 1folder 6
Installation as Oberlin President, 1975 1975series 2.1box 1folder 7
Honorary Degree -- Marietta College, 1980, and Undatedseries 2.1box 1folder 8
Memorial Service, 1982series 2.1box 1folder 9
Student Recitals -- Oberlin Conservatory, 1965-1969series 2.1box 1folder 10

Subseries 2.2: Danenberg Residencies, 1984-1992, and Undated

This subseries contains materials related to concerts, master classes, and music festivals given during Danenbergs residencies.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Residencies -- Danenberg, 1984-1992series 2.2box 1folder 11
Master Classes -- André Watts, 1984series 2.2box 1folder 12
Concert -- André Watts, 1984-1985series 2.2box 1folder 13
Concert -- Rudolf Serkin, 1985series 2.2box 1folder 14
Master Classes and Concert -- Andre-Michel Schub, 1986series 2.2box 1folder 15
Master Classes -- Leon Fleischer, 1987-1988series 2.2box 1folder 16
Master Classes and Concert -- Sebok, Undatedseries 2.2box 1folder 17
Concerts -- Harbison, Stern, Electronic Music Festival, Johnson, 1988-1991, and Undatedseries 2.2box 1folder 18

Series 3: Correspondence, 1944-1994, and Undated (null)

This series contains letters to Danenberg and recommendation letters from Danenberg from colleagues, friends, and the Cleveland Womens Orchestra. Materials are arranged alphabetically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence -- A-R, 1944-1967 series 3box 1folder 19
Correspondence -- S-W, 1959-1994, and Undated series 3box 1folder 20

Series 4: Scrapbooks, 1895-1982 (2.00 Linear Feet)

This series contains concert programs and reviews, childhood photos and souvenirs, concert photos, studio portraits, and programs and articles related to Danenbergs installation as president at Oberlin College. Materials are arranged chronologically.

Subseries 4.1: Concert Activities and Childhood Photos, 1895-1950

This subseries contains concert programs and reviews covering Danenbergs earliest public performances, childhood photos related to Danenbergs fathers teaching activities, and souvenirs of his musical activities in Hong Kong.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Concert Activities and Childhood Photos, 1895-1950series 4.1box 9folder 1
Concert Activities, 1923-1950series 4.1box 9folder 1item 1.0
Childhood Photos, 1895-1920series 4.1box 9folder 1item 2.0

Subseries 4.2: Concert Activities, 1951-1976

This subseries contains concert programs, reviews, and articles for Danenbergs later concerts and concert tours and a dedication of Oberlins new conservatory building.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Concert Activities, 1951-1976series 4.2box 9folder 2
Concert Activities, 1951-1958series 4.2box 9folder 2item 1.0
Concert Activities, 1958-1964series 4.2box 9folder 2item 2.0
Concert Activities, 1964-1975series 4.2box 9folder 2item 3.0
Alice Tully Hall Concert, 1976series 4.2box 9folder 2item 4.0

Subseries 4.3: Miscellaneous, circa 1965-1982

This subseries contains programs, articles, and letters related to Danenbergs installation as president of Oberlin College, studio portraits, materials related to Danenbergs memorial, and miscellaneous photographs.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Scrapbooks -- Miscellaneous, circa 1965-1982series 4.3box 9folder 3
Installation as President of Oberlin College, 1975series 4.3box 9folder 3item 1.0
Portraits/Photographs of Danenberg, circa 1965-1982series 4.3box 9folder 3item 2.0

Series 5: Recordings, 1953-1982, and Undated (2.00 Linear Feet)

This series contains compact discs, cassettes, and LPs of Danenbergs recordings of various concerts, including recitals, quartet concerts, piano accompanist pieces, and memorial concerts. Materials are arranged chronologically by category.

Subseries 5.1: Compact Discs, 1956-1982, and Undated

This subseries contains compact discs of works performed by or in memory of Danenberg.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Compact Discs, 1956-1982, and Undatedseries 5.1box 6folder 1

Subseries 5.2: Cassettes, 1953-1982, and Undated

This subseries contains cassette tapes of works performed by or in memory of Danenberg. It also contains cassette tapes of his interviews.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Cassettes, 1953-1967series 5.2box 7folder 1
Cassettes, 1969-1996, and Undatedseries 5.2box 8folder 1

Subseries 5.3: LP Records, 1982

This subseries contains an LP tape of one of Emil Danenbergs memorial concerts, consisting of pieces composed by Schubert, Beethoven, and Faure.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
LP Record -- Emil Danenberg: In memoriam: Performance at Oberlin College. Schubert, Fauré, Beethoveen. Nashville, TN: Gasporo Co., 1982series 5.3box 10folder 1

Series 6: Framed Photos and Documents, circa 1905-1982, and Undated (3.75 Linear Feet)

This series contains framed photos and documents, including photographs of Danenberg at the piano, portraits of Danenberg, photographs of Danenberg reading a book, posters, doctorate degrees, and other miscellaneous framed photographs and documents. Materials do not seem to be arranged in any particular order.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Photographs and Documentation of Degrees -- Danenberg, circa 1975-1980, and Undated 1975-1980, and Undated series 6box 3folder 1
Photographs -- Danenberg, circa 1960-c.a. 1970 series 6box 4folder 1
Photographs -- Danenberg, circa 1924-1950, and Undated series 6box 5folder 1

Series 7: Miscellaneous, 1932-1979, and Undated (null)

This series contains Danenbergs academic degrees, autographs from and photos of various composers, passports, posters, and other miscellaneous materials. Materials are arranged alphabetically by category.

Subseries 7.1: Academic Degrees, 1942-1944

This subseries contains Danenbergs music degrees from UCLA.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Academic Degrees, 1942-1944series 7.1box 2folder 10

Subseries 7.2: Miscellaneous, circa 1949-1979, and Undated

This subseries contains a poster of Danenbergs concert at Miami University, a portrait of Schoenberg, and materials about Liszts hair.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Hair -- Liszt, Undatedseries 7.2box 2folder 1
Realia, circa 1949-1979series 7.2box 2folder 11
Danenberg Concert at Miami University Poster, 1979series 7.2box 2folder 11item 1.0
Schoenberg Portrait, circa 1949series 7.2box 2folder 11item 2.0

Subseries 7.3: Autographs, 1932-1944, and Undated

This subseries contains scores autographed by various composers, as well as two photos of Percy Grainger immediately following his autograph.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Autograph -- Cadman, Undatedseries 7.3box 2folder 2
Autograph -- Gabrilowitsch -- Beethoven Fascimile, 1932series 7.3box 2folder 3
Autographs -- Gershwin/Grainger, 1944, and Undatedseries 7.3box 2folder 4
Autographed Photograph -- Grainger, 1944series 7.3box 2folder 5

Subseries 7.4: Kapell/Reisenberg, 1944-1953

This subseries contains posters, articles, and programs related to Kapells and Reisenbergs concerts.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Posters -- Kapell -- Oberlin Cohort, circa 1945series 7.4box 2folder 6
Kapell/Reisenberg, 1944-1953series 7.4box 2folder 7

Subseries 7.5: Liszt Photos, Paintings, Undated

This subseries contains 10 photographs and paintings of Liszt.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Photographs/Paintings -- Liszt, Undatedseries 7.5box 2folder 8

Subseries 7.6: People Magazine, 1976

This subseries contains the March 29th, 1976 issue of People Magazine featuring an article about Danenberg.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Article -- People Magazine, 1976series 7.6box 2folder 9

Subseries 7.7: Passports, 1953-1965

This subseries contains the passports of Emil Danenberg and Mary Ann Danenberg.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Passports, 1953-1965 1953-1965series 7.7box 1folder 29

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