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ADOLPH M. FOERSTER (1854 - 1927)


Contents   Scrapbooks containing articles and programs, many pertaining to the history of music and musicians in Pittsburgh

Time period  1870 - 1925


    A composer, music teacher and music historian, Foerster was born and resided most of his life in Pittsburgh. He studied at the Royal Conservatory at Leipzig, and his compositions belonged to the "Old German School." They were well received in his day by major orchestras of America and abroad. He taught at the Pittsburgh Female College and privately. As a music historian (especially about Pittsburgh), his articles were featured in The Musical Forecast and other national music periodicals. In 1879 he succeeded Carl Retter as conductor of the Symphonic Society and in 1882 was elected conductor of the Musical Union.


    Oliver Room, qr 780 S43 volumes 1 6. Volumes 4, 5, & 6 are folio sized.
    Oliver Room, r 927.8 F68 (photograph album)

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Scrapbooks (qr 780 S43 volumes 1 6):

Volume 1 -

    Programs, newspaper articles and reviews originating in Pittsburgh, Boston, New York and other select cities from 1870-1872. Includes the Commencement program from Western University of Penna., June 28, 1872 at Third Presbyterian Church (12 graduates and the titles of their orations.)

Volume 2 see link

Volume 3 see link

Volume 4 -

    Scrapbook dated May 16, 1907. In general, this large scrapbook contains numerous articles, concert programs, and photos surrounding his success as composer and teacher, his professional associations, and his productive life as a Pittsburgh musician. Latest date noted is 1925. (His death date is August 1927.)

Volume 5 see link. Collection of Newspaper Articles, many about the history of music in Pittsburgh.

Volume 6 see link. Scrapbook of Programs.

Photograph Album (r 927.8 F68):

A handsome dark leather photograph album containing 60 formal photographs of well-known international musicians from the late 19th and early 20th century.

Also included:

  • photo of informal gathering of men in a room (restaurant)? in Detroit, Michigan in 1890. The men are identified in writing on the reverse side of photo, including Edward MacDowell and Adolph Foerster.
  • photo of a bronze bust of Franz Abt on a marble pedestal in Darmstadt

Album presented to the archival collection of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh by Adolph Foerster (1854-1927).