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Carl Friedberg Collection

 Collection 0019-IPAM
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 Friedberg’s 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.

Dates

  • 1890-1957
  • Majority of material found within 1905-1953

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Extent

4.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of 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 Friedberg’s 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.

Biography

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.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into seven series.
  1. Series 1: Performance Files
  2. Series 2: Photographs
  3. Series 3: Guest Book
  4. Series 4: Scrapbooks
  5. Series 5: Subject Files
  6. Series 6: Additional Materials
  7. Series 7: Recordings

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

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

Related Material

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Title
Carl Friedberg Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Processor of this finding aid is unknown.
Date
1993-02-01
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English
Sponsor
This collection was donated by Hans Friedberg, Carl Friedberg's son, on February 1st, 1993.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States