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Mark Hambourg Collection


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

Mark Hambourg (1879-1960) was a piano performer who gave numerous recitals and recorded many of his performances on gramophone records for the Gramophone Company (HMV). Hambourg also performed with several orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, and gave many concert tours. In addition, Hambourg was an author, writing various books and magazine articles about composers and about how to play the piano. This collection includes concert programs, correspondence, scrapbooks, books and magazine articles, and miscellaneous items related to Hambourgs career as a writer and performer, and related to his relationships with his friends and colleagues, including Theodore Leschetizky, Anton Rubenstein, and his wife, violinist Dorothea Muir Hambourg.

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Historical Note

Summary: Mark Hambourg was born in Russia on May 31, 1879. He gave many recitals (1888-1960) and recorded for the Gramophone Company. Hambourg died in Cambridge, England on August 26, 1960.

Full History: Mark Hambourg was born in Russia on May 31, 1879. He commenced performing in 1888, in Moscow, and soon began performing throughout the major cities of Europe. His principal piano studies were in Vienna with Theodor Leschetizky. Eventually Hambourg settled in London, England and, along with occasional orchestral engagements, he primarily focused on recital-giving. Between about 1909 and 1933, Hambourg recorded copiously for the Gramophone Company (HMV). Reissues of some of Hambourg's recordings have appeared on compact discs from the Pearl and Arbiter labels. Hambourg died in Cambridge, England on August 26, 1960.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Mark Hambourg Collection covers the period from 1890 to 1970; the bulk of the materials date from 1894 to 1961. The materials consist of concert programs, correspondence, manuscripts, books, magazine articles, itineraries, lists, and obituaries related to Hambourgs work as a piano performer and a writer, including his work with Etude Magazine, Theodore Leschetizky, the Gramophone Company, and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Michal Hambourg, daughter of Mark Hambourg. Materials were received through the offices of Allan Evans in 1999.

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This collection was processed by Max Brown.

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

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Concert Programs, 1905-1950, and Undated (null)

This series contains programs of Hambourgs and Anton Rubensteins performances. Materials are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Concert Programs, 1905-1950 and Undated series 1box 3folder 1

Series 2: Correspondence, 1896-1961, and Undated (null)

This series contains letters and postcards to the Hambourgs about appointments and publications of Hambourgs courses, lessons, books, and magazine articles. Materials are arranged alphabetically by subject.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence -- Miscellaneous, 1896-1961, and Undated series 2box 3folder 2
Correspondence -- Etude Magazine, 1950 series 2box 3folder 3

Series 3: Writings, 1909-1939, and Undated (null)

This series contains Hambourgs manuscripts and published books and magazine articles on Chopin, Bach, Brahms, Schubert, and other composers, as well as on miscellaneous topics such as how to play the piano. Materials are arranged alphabetically by composer. Articles and books not on a specific composer are arranged by subject.

Subseries 3.1: Manuscripts, circa 1920, and Undated

This subseries contains manuscripts on master lessons of well-known piano works and miscellaneous manuscripts on lessons in piano playing.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Manuscripts -- Master Lessons -- Well-Known Pianoforte Works, Undatedseries 3.1box 3folder 4
Manuscripts -- Schumann -- Papillons, Undatedseries 3.1box 3folder 5
Manuscripts -- Miscellaneous, circa 1920, and Undatedseries 3.1box 3folder 6

Subseries 3.2: Published Writings, 1909-1939, and Undated

This subseries contains Hambourgs published books and magazine articles, including those from Etude Magazine.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Books, 1909-1922series 3.2box 3folder 7
Articles -- Etude Magazine, 1928-1938series 3.2box 3folder 8
Articles -- Etude Magazine, 1924-1939, and Undatedseries 3.2box 3folder 9
Published Writings -- Miscellaneous, 1916-1935, and Undatedseries 3.2box 3folder 10

Series 4: Scrapbooks, 1890-1956, and Undated (null)

This series contains both music scores of various composers and scrapbooks of Hambourg's life that include press cuttings of his concert tours, newspaper articles about childhood music performances, and autograph letters. In addition, it contains books that he wrote. Materials are arranged chronologically by subject.

Subseries 4.1: Scores, 1895-1908, and Undated

This subseries contains scores of piano pieces by various composers, including Bach, Beethoven, Liszt, and Chopin, among other composers.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Scores, 1895-1908, and Undatedseries 4.1box 1folder 1

Subseries 4.2: Press-Related Materials, 1905-1961, and Undated

This subseries contains newspaper articles about concerts in Hambourgs adult life, including his Australian and Indian tours, his last concert, and his memorial service. It also contains lists of gramophone records and photos of music events.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Press-Related Materials, 1905-1961, and Undatedseries 4.2box 1folder 2
Press, with Lists of Concert Tours, 1905-1907series 4.2box 1folder 2item 1.0
Press Notices, Photographs about Music Events, 1920-1928 and Undatedseries 4.2box 1folder 2item 2.0
Cuttings of Books--Piano to Forte, Etc., 1931-1952series 4.2box 1folder 2item 3.0
Press Cuttings--Australian and Indian Tour, 1932-1933series 4.2box 1folder 2item 4.0
Press Cuttings--1935 Onwards, 1934-1936 and Undatedseries 4.2box 1folder 2item 5.0
Last Concert and Memorial Service, Lists of Complete Records of Gramophone Recordings and Programs, 1913-1961 and Undatedseries 4.2box 1folder 2item 6.0

Subseries 4.3: Childhood Scrapbooks, 1890-1897

This subseries contains concert programs and newspaper articles related to Mark Hambourg's childhood.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Childhood Scrapbooks, 1890-1897series 4.3box 1folder 3
Mark Hambourg Scrapbook--Childhood Newspaper Articles, 1890-1897series 4.3box 1folder 3item 1.0
Mark Hambourg Scrapbook 2--First Press Book, 1894-1896series 4.3box 1folder 3item 2.0

Subseries 4.4: Miscellaneous Scrapbooks, 1896-1956, and Undated

This subseries contains autograph letters, Hambourgs book on Tales of an Artists Life, and a scrapbook of concert programs.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Miscellaneous Scrapbooks, 1896-1956, and Undatedseries 4.4box 1folder 4
Autograph Letters: Sir Alexander Fleming, Sir Henry Woor, Theodore Leschetigky, and Margot Asquith, 1896-1956 and Undatedseries 4.4box 1folder 4item 1.0
Tales of an Artist's Life, Told by Mark Hambourg, 1936series 4.4box 1folder 4item 2.0
Concert Programmes, by Mark Hambourg, 1915-1917series 4.4box 1folder 4item 3.0

Series 5: Miscellaneous, 1890-1970, and Undated (null)

This series contains Hambourgs tour itineraries, lists of repertoire, obituaries, and miscellaneous related material, as well as materials unrelated to Hambourg. Materials are arranged by subject.

Subseries 5.1: Itineraries and Lists, 1895-1908, and Undated

This subseries contains itineraries of Hambourgs music tours and lists of Hambourgs repertoire of pieces and gramophone records.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Itineraries and Lists, 1895-1908, and Undatedseries 5.1box 3folder 11

Subseries 5.2: Obituaries, 1960, and Undated

This subseries contains obituaries on Hambourg in newspaper articles, a bulletin for his memorial service, and the text for his eulogy.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Obituaries -- Newspaper Clippings, Undatedseries 5.2box 3folder 12
Obituaries -- Memorial Service and Eulogy, 1960 and Undatedseries 5.2box 3folder 13

Subseries 5.3: Miscellaneous Related Material, 1890, and Undated

This subseries contains a copy of To the Sorcerer and the list of The Films of John Baxter.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Miscellaneous Related Materials, 1890, and Undatedseries 5.3box 3folder 14

Subseries 5.4: Not Related to Hambourg, 1919-1970

This subseries contains programs, articles, and a Christmas card on various dinners and celebrations that are unrelated to Hambourg, but related to his family and to interesting places that he has been.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Not Related to Hambourg, 1919-1970series 5.4box 3folder 15

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