ARNE OLDBERG COLLECTION

SC 1996.22

Ruth T. Watanabe Special Collections
Sibley Music Library

prepared by Samuel W. Tooley
Winter 1996

 

CONTENTS

 

 

DESCRIPTION OF COLLECTION

Location: M1B 6, 6-7
1.75 linear feet

 

Biographical Sketch

Arne Oldberg (July 12, 1874 – Feb. 17, 1962). He graduated from the Gottschalk Lyric School and then studied in Vienna for two years with Theodor Leschetzky. As a student of Joseph Rheinberger at Munich’s Royal Academy of Art, he completed a three year composition degree in one year. Oldberg joined the Northwestern University piano faculty in 1897, was appointed professor of music in 1899, and served as professor of piano and composition and director of the graduate department of the Music School until his retirement in 1941. Professor Oldberg composed chamber music, concertos for piano, violin, or horn with orchestra, piano pieces, sonatas, and some twenty-five orchestral works, including four symphonies. He was a favorite American composer of Chicago Symphony conductor Frederick Stock, and that orchestra, among others, played his works on a regular basis. On many occasions Oldberg played his own compositions with the orchestras.

 

Provenance

This collection of scrapbook pages, clippings, and memorabilia documenting Oldberg’s career was begun by his daughter, Elsa Oldberg Zettelman, and continued by an unnamed family friend. It was donated to the Sibley Music Library by Arne Oldberg’s son, Karl Oldberg, and granddaughter, Elizabeth Zettelman Goelz, over the period spanning 1982 to 1987.

 

Scope and Content

The collection is of particular interest to those studying American composers in the first half of the twentieth century. It contains 49 of Oldberg’s works, much of it printed: 29 with the composer’s opus number and 20 others cataloged by his son, Karl Oldberg. The collection includes works for piano, orchestra, violin, ‘cello, and horn. It also contains a scrapbook and newspaper clippings relating to his life and works. Also included are concert programs featuring his works.

 

Restrictions and Use

No Restrictions.

 

Associations

The Arthur Farwell Collection in Sibley Library’s Special Collections contains items of interest to those studying American composers, although there are no references to Oldberg in the collection. Oldberg was one of the American composers sponsored by Arthur Farwell early in the twentieth century, and some of his music was published by Farwell in the Wa-Wan Press, Newton Center, Massachusetts. Howard Hanson studied composition with Oldberg for two years at Northwestern University (1915-1916), but Sibley Library contains no materials pertaining to their association.

 

 

DESCRIPTION OF SERIES

 

Series 1: Music

Includes most of Oldberg’s works arranged by opus number. Some works are bound together and in consequence may be out of order. Note: Works catalogued by Oldberg’s son, Karl Oldberg, are referred to by KO number.

Series 2: Programs

This series consists of concert programs in which Oldberg’s music appears. Also included are programs from a few concerts Oldberg attended during his school days.

Series 3: Personal Papers

The main feature of this series is a scrapbook kept by Oldberg and containing concert programs and newspaper clippings featuring his life and works. In addition, there are similar materials in chronological files arranged by decade. Items relating to a portrait of Oldberg, obituaries of Oldberg and his wife, and a few other papers of unknown origin are included.

Three photocopies have been made of many of the clippings and programs in this collection. These have been included as a part of the collection.

 

 

INVENTORY

Series 1: Music

Box 1

folder 1 Op. 1. Preludium et toccata. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, c1896
folder 2 Op. 2. Fantasia fugata. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, c1896
folder 3 Op. 4. Petite gavotte. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, c1896
folder 4 Op. 6. Erinnerung. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, c1896
  Op. 7. A summer night: seven tone poems for the pianoforte. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, c1896
  Gavotte: from string quartett op. 10, arranged for the pianoforte. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, c1896
  Op. 7, #2. Song without words. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, c1896
folder 5 Op. 8. Suite characteristique, no. 2: for pianoforte. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, c1896
folder 6 Foerster, Alban. Flitting butterflies.
  Oldberg, Arne. Op. 9, no. 3. The garden mole. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, [no date]
folder 7 Op. 11. Tema con variazione. copy of manuscript
folder 8 Op. 13, no. 2. Trois Morceaux: Chanson triste.
  Op. 13, no. 3. Trois Morceaux: Capriccio. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, c1902
folder 9 Op. 13, no. 3. Trois Morceaux: Capriccio. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, c1902
folder 10 Op. 14. La coquette. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, c1902
folder 11 Op. 17. Symphonic concerto in G minor, for piano and orchestra. Edition for two pianos. Newton Center, MA.: The Wa-Wan Press, c1907
folder 12 Op. 21. Paolo e Francesca: dramatic overture for orchestra. New York: G. Schirmer, c1916
folder 13 Op. 24. Quintet in C# minor for piano, 2 violins, viola, and ‘cello. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, c1908
folder 14 Op. 25. Theme and variations. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, c1907
  Op. 12 (Oldberg). Bach, J. S. Fantasia et fuga, C moll; für Klavier übertragen von Arne Oldberg. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, c1907
folder 15 Op. 26. A legend: for pianoforte. Newton Center, MA: The Wa-Wan Press, c1907
folder 16 Op. 27, no. 1. Badinage (from Three miniatures for piano). New York: G. Schirmer, c1907
folder 17 Op. 27, no. 2. Intermezzo (from Three miniatures for piano). Newton Center, MA: The Wa-Wan Press, c1908
folder 18 Op. 27, no. 3. Carillon (from Three miniatures for piano). New York: G. Schirmer, c1907. 2 copies, 1 of manuscript
  Op. 5, no. 1. Praeludium. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, c1896
folder 19 Op. 28. Sonata in B flat minor for the pianoforte. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, c1910
folder 20 Op. 30, no. 2. Canzonetta. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, c1915
  Bach. J.S. Praeludium et fuga, A moll; transcribed for piano solo by Arne Oldberg. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, c1910
folder 21 Op. 32. Improvisation. New York: G. Schirmer, c1913. 2 copies
  Op. 5, no. 2. Praeludium. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy, c1896. 2 copies
folder 22 Op. 44. Improvisations. copy of manuscript
folder 23 Op. 44, no. 1. Andante, molto expressivo (A major version). Improvisations. copy of manuscript
folder 24 Op. 45. Sonata for ‘cello (or viola) and piano. 2 copies of manuscript
folder 25 Op. 48. Sonata for violin and piano. copy of manuscript
folder 26 Op. 51. Sonata for violin and piano in A minor. copy of manuscript
folder 27 Op. 53. Ballade (for orchestra), piano reduction. manuscript and copy
folder 28 Op. 54. Symphony no. 5: II Nocturne. manuscript

Box 2

 

folder 1 KO 1a. St. Francis of Assisi: Prayer; Hymn to creation
folder 2 KO 2. Valsette, 1937
folder 3 KO 3. Danza, all ‘antica
folder 4 KO 4. Prelude, 1945
folder 5 KO 4. Prelude, 1945
folder 6 KO 5. Sonatina
folder 7 KO 6. Arabesque, 1953
  KO 4. Prelude, 1945
  Moonlight
folder 8 KO 11. Trio A dur für Violine, Bratsche und ‘Cello
folder 9 KO 17. Fantasia, 1948
folder 10 KO 19. Sextet [for string quartet, horn, and piano]
folder 11 KO 19. Sextet [for string quartet, horn, and piano]
folder 12 KO 20. Le son du cor, for eight horns in F. Buffalo, NY: The Hornists’ Nest, c1978
folder 13 KO 21a, 21b. Beethoven. Two pieces for six horns in F: Adagio, op. 13; Allegretto, op. 27, #2. Arranged for horns by Arne Oldberg. Buffalo, NY: The Hornists’ Nest, c1978
folder 14 KO 22. Antonio Lotti. Crucifixus. arranged for 8-part horn choir by Arne Oldberg. San Antonio, TX: Southern Music, c1979
folder 15 KO 23. Bach, J.S. Prelude. arranged for 8-part horn choir by Arne Oldberg. San Antonio, TX: Southern Music, c1979.
folder 16 KO 25. Serenade for horn and piano (was Le Son du Cor)
folder 17 KO 26. The cricket, op. 9, #2. Chicago: Clayton F. Summy. 2 copies
folder 18 KO 28. Yesterday
folder 19 Improvisation, 1951
folder 20 Praeludium et fuga für Klavier, (A moll), 1913. (note at back says “München 22 March 1899”)
folder 21 II. Andantino cantabile. Piano reduction of movement of [Symphony?]

Series 2: Programs

Box 3

folder 1 Programs including Oldberg’s works
folder 2 Programs Oldberg attended (mostly from school days)
folder 3 Chicago Symphony Programs
folder 4 First set of copies of Programs in folders 50 and 51
folder 5 Second set of copies of Programs in folders 50 and 51
folder 6 Third set of copies of Programs in folders 50 and 51
folder 7 Repertoire Lists
folder 8 Inventory of Oldberg’s music produced by Sibley Rare Books Department

Series 3: Personal Papers

Box 4

folder 1 Chronological file 1: Before 1940. Clippings
folder 2 Chronological file 2: 1940s. Clippings
folder 3 Chronological file 3: 1950s. Clippings, Who’s Who certificate
folder 4 Chronological file 4: 1960s & 1970s. Clippings
folder 5 Chronological file 5: 1980s & 1990s. Clippings
folder 6 Advertisements for Oldberg’s music and studio teaching, photographs, Northwestern University syllabus pages featuring Oldberg.
folder 7 Memorabilia. Membership certificate for Pi Gamma Mu, Christmas gift booklet including composition “Moonlight” by Oldberg.
folder 8 Miscellaneous papers. Clippings, dinner program, poem, etc.
folder 9 Obituaries of Arne Oldberg and Mary Sloan Oldberg.
folder 10 Portrait. Photograph and information on Oldberg portrait by Walt Otto, 1944.

Box 5

  Scrapbook