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Mabel Rosenthal Collection on Edwin Franko Goldman

 Collection 0084-SCPA
Edwin Franko Goldman (1878-1956) was a bandmaster, author, composer, and founding member and first president of the American Bandmasters Association. He received his musical training at the National Conservatory in New York, and from 1899-1909 he held the position of solo cornet with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In 1911, he formed the Goldman Band, and by 1918, the band was performing a free summer concert series, which later became known as the Guggenheim Concert Series. Goldman conducted this series until his death in 1956. This collection was compiled by Mabel Rosenthal, a family friend of Goldman's, and consists of newspaper clippings, programs, correspondence, photographs, medals, and scores related to Goldman's career as a conductor and composer.

Dates

  • 1930-1955
  • Majority of material found within 1927-1980

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Mabel Rosenthal Collection on Edwin Franko Goldman covers the period from 1927-1980; the bulk of the materials date from 1930-1955. The collection consists of newspaper clippings, programs, correspondence, photographs, medals, and scores related to Goldman's careers as a bandmaster and as a composer.

Biography

Edwin Franko Goldman (1878-1956) was a bandmaster, author, and composer. At age eight he was enrolled in the National Conservatory in New York, where he studied composition with AntonĂ­n Dvoand#345;and#225;k, and the cornet with J. Levy. From 1899-1909, Goldman held the position of solo cornet with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

In 1911, he formed the Goldman Band. By 1918, the band began performing free summer concerts at Columbia University. Later, they moved to the Mall in Central Park where their performances became known as the Guggenheim Concert Series. Goldman conducted this series for thirty-eight seasons until his death in 1956. The series was taken over by his son Richard until 1979, and the series continued until 2005. Goldman was known for reviving forgotten band music as well as premiering new band music and his band was famous for its extensive repertoire. Goldman composed over one hundred marches, which were extremely popular. His most famous was "On the Mall."

In 1928, Goldman's enthusiasm for the concert band led to the founding of the American Bandmasters Association, and he became its first President. Following John Phillip Sousa, he became the organization's second Honorary Life President. Known also as an author, Goldman wrote The Foundation of Cornet Playing, Band Betterment, and The Goldman Band System. Goldman died in 1956, leaving behind an incomplete and unpublished autobiography, "Facing the Music," which is housed at the Library of Congress.

Mabel Rosenthal was a long-time family friend of Goldman's. She and her husband, Sol, were regular recipients of Goldman's newly published compositions, and they also assembled scrapbooks and collected press-clippings pertaining to Goldman's career. Rosenthal lived in New York.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into six series.
  1. Series 1: Scrapbook Materials
  2. Series 2: Correspondence
  3. Series 3: Photographs
  4. Series 4: Books
  5. Series 5: Medals
  6. Series 6: Scores and Manuscripts

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Myrna (grandchild of Mabel Rosenthal) and Jack Golden, July 2010.

Related Material

This collection is part of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) Research Center.

Note: All books, scores, and recordings listed are works by or about Edwin Franko Goldman, or are works to which he contributed. Unless otherwise noted, they are housed in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library at the University of Maryland, College Park, and can be located using the libraries' online catalog.

Books:
  1. Goldman, Edwin Franko. The amateur band guide and aid to leaders; a reference book for all wind instrument players, describing the construction and maintenance of bands, their organization, instrumentation, and all other complete information that is necessary or desirable. Chicago: C. Fischer, 1916.
  2. Goldman, Edwin Franko. Band Betterment; suggestions and advice to bands, bandmasters, and band-players. New York: C. Fischer, 1934.
  3. Goldman, Edwin Franko. "Facing the Music." (This is the manuscript of Goldmans incomplete unpublished autobiography, held at the Library of Congress.)
  4. Zajec, Victor W. (compiled by). Edwin Franko Goldman Memorial Citation: a history, 1998.
Scores:
  1. Goldman, Edwin Franko. Foundation to cornet or trumpet playing: an elementary method. New York: C. Fischer, 1936.
  2. Goldman, Edwin Franko. The Goldman exercises for double and triple tonguing on the cornet, trumpet and other brass instruments in treble clef. New York: C. Fischer: 1912.
  3. Goldman, Edwin Franko, arr. Erik Leidzen for cornet solo with piano accompaniment. Introduction and Tarantella, cornet and band. New York: Mercury Music Corp., 1950.
  4. Goldman, Edwin Franko, arr. Erik Leidzen. Danny: march: introducing the Irish song "Londonderry air." Bryn Mawr: Presser, 1951.
Recordings:
  1. 1. The Sound of the Goldman band, 1 sound disc, 33 1/3 rpm. 12 in.
  2. 2. Greatest band in the land!, 1 sound disc, digital, stereo. 4 in.
  3. 3. Brass andamp; percussion/ Sousa, Goldman, Gould, and others, 1 sound disc, digital, stereo. 4 in.
  4. 4. Favorites for trumpet and band, 1 sound disc, 33 1/3 rpm. 12 in.
  5. 5. Sousa marches in hi-fi, 1 sound disc, 33 1/3 rpm, mono, 12 in. Program notes by R.F. Goldman.
  6. 6. The Pride of America; [the golden age of the American march], 1 disc. 33 1/3 rpm. Stereo. 12 in. Program notes by R.F. Goldman.
  7. 7. Golden March Favorites/The Goldman Band, 1 sound disc, analog, 33 1/3 rpm, 12 in.
  8. 8. Cavalcade of the American band, 1 sound disc, 33 1/3 rpm, microgroove, 12 in. The Goldman Band, Richard Franko Goldman conducting.
  9. 9. America Marches, 1 sound disc, analog, 33 1/3 rpm, 12 in. The Goldman Band, Edwin Franko Goldman conducting.
  10. 10. Band Masterpieces, 1 sound disc, analog, 33 1/3 rpm, 12 in. The Goldman Band, Richard Franko Goldman conducting.
See also the Edwin Franko Goldman Collection in Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, University of Maryland, College Park.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
Mabel Rosenthal Collection on Edwin Franko Goldman
Status
Completed
Author
Amy Grossnickle, July 2010.
Date
2010-12-13
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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