PITTSBURGH MUSIC - ARCHIVAL MATERIAL
ADOLPH M. FOERSTER (1854 - 1927)
- 6 Scrapbooks containing articles and programs, many pertaining to the history of music and musicians in Pittsburgh
- Photograph Album
- Handwritten manuscripts of songs composed by Foerster, bound in 2 volumes
- Published sheet music of compositions by Foerster, bound in 5 volumes
Time period 1870 - 1925
Adolph Martin Foerster, an internationally known composer, music teacher, music historian, and conductor, was born and resided most of his life in Pittsburgh. He taught privately and at the Pittsburgh Female College. His articles about music history, especially about Pittsburgh, were featured in The Musical Forecast and national periodicals. He became the conductor of the Symphonic Society in 1879, and was elected conductor of the Musical Union in 1882. After 1883 he devoted himself to teaching and composition.
The William R.
Oliver Special Collections Room
Scrapbooks: qr 780 S43 volumes 1–6. Volumes 4, 5, & 6
are folio sized.
Photographic Album: r 927.8 F68
Manuscripts: qr 780.8 F68cc and qr 780.8 F68co
Published Sheet Music Collections: qr 780.0 F68c volumes 1-5
- Baynham, Edward G., A History of Pittsburgh Music, 1758-1958. rq ML200.8 .P6 B39 1970x
- Musical Forecast
- Link to author entry in online catalog - Foerster, Adolph M. (Martin), 1854-1927
- Dallmeyer Russell - Pittsburgh Music Archive #27
- Carl Retter - Pittsburgh Music Archive #11
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 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.
- 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.
Manuscripts - qr780.8 F68cc and qr 780.8 F68co
Music manuscripts of songs composed by Adolph M. Foerster.
Handwritten in Foerster's own hand in pencil, fountain pen, pen, or marker.
The 2 volumes contain many separate pieces bound together. The pieces include piano/vocal and choral songs in English and/or German, and piano solos.
Dates on some of the pieces are from the late 1800's and early 1900's.
Published Sheet Music Collections - qr 780.0 F68c volumes 1-5
Published sheet music of songs composed by Adolph M. Foerster, bound in 5 volumes.