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Reginald Gerig Collection

 Collection 0005-IPAM
Reginald R. Gerig (1919-2018) is Professor of Piano Emeritus at Wheaton College and a music researcher, perhaps best known for writing Famous Pianists and Their Techniques. Gerig also taught piano at both Wheaton College and Eastman School of Music and gave many lectures on piano technique at places such as Brigham Young University Summer Piano Festival, Peabody Conservatory, and the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy. The collection contains manuscripts, research notebooks, articles, lectures, correspondence, and other miscellaneous materials related to Gerig’s career as a music researcher and professor, his involvement in the American Liszt Society and the Illinois State Music Teachers Association, and his relationships with various publishers, authors, and pianists, including Otto Ortmann, Carola Grindea, and Irwin Freundlich.

Dates

  • 1593-2003
  • Majority of material found within 1968-1991

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Extent

16.75 Linear Feet

Biography

Summary: Reginald R. Gerig (1919--) is Professor of Piano Emeritus at Wheaton College and a music researcher, perhaps best known for writing Famous Pianists and Their Techniques. Gerig also taught piano at both Wheaton College and Eastman School of Music and gave many lectures on piano technique at places such as Brigham Young University Summer Piano Festival, Peabody Conservatory, and the National Conference on Piano Pedagogy.

Full History: Reginald R. Gerig is Professor Emeritus of Piano at Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL), where he served on the faculty from 1952 to 1987 and was chairman of the college's piano department for fourteen years. He is past president of Wheaton College Scholastic Honor Society and a member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, the Illinois State Music Teachers Association, and the Music Teachers National Association.

Born in Fort Wayne, IN, Mr. Gerig won the state piano competition at Indiana University at the age of fifteen. He was granted a Bachelor of Music degree with highest honors from Wheaton College, and went on to The Juilliard School where he earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in piano. Before returning to Wheaton in 1952, he taught for two years on the piano faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He has appeared frequently as both pianist and lecturer.

Mr. Gerig has been widely praised for his 1974 book, Famous Pianists and Their Techniques, originally published by Robert B. Luce and now available in an expanded edition from Indiana University Press. This exhaustive study describes the history of various approaches to piano technique, from the era of C.P.E. Bach to present-day theorists and practitioners. The book has long been regarded as the standard reference on the topic and it continues to serve as a unique resource for students, teachers, and performers.

Arrangement

The collection is organized as four series.
  1. Series 1: Famous Pianists and Their Techniques
  2. Series 2: Research Materials
  3. Series 3: Correspondence
  4. Series 4: Miscellaneous

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Reginald Gerig in 2005.

Related Material

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Title
Reginald Gerig Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Max Brown.
Date
2011-07-15
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 Reginald Gerig in 2005.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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