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Digital Collections in the Friedheim Library

About this collection

The Arthur Friedheim digital collection contains manuscript scores, photographs, correspondence, and clippings related to pianist Arthur Friedheim and his wife, Madeleine.

 

Arthur Friedheim (1859-1932), born in St. Petersburg from German parents, was a pianist, conductor, pedagogue, and composer. He studied with Anton Rubinstein (1829-1894) from 1868-1869, graduated from the University of St. Petersburg, and in 1877, became a pupil of Franz Liszt (1811-1886). Friedheim left Liszt in 1879 for conducting engagements throughout Germany, but resumed studies during the last eight years of Liszt’s life. During this time, Friedheim lived with Liszt in Rome and Weimar, and acted as Liszt’s personal secretary. Friedheim's extensive work and contact with Liszt contributed to his reputation as a foremost Liszt scholar and musical interpreter.

 

Friedheim married Madeleine, a pianist and soprano, in London in 1888. Her singing debut was with her husband at the piano.

 

Arthur Friedheim taught and played in the United States with intermittent trips to London. Friedheim's career as a soloist was international, with performances before Queen Victoria and in famous venues around the world. He had a lengthy career as a piano pedagogue as well. His memoirs and many essays about Liszt were collected by his Canadian pupil Theodore Bullock, and published under the title Life and Liszt (New York: Taplinger, 1961).

 

An online finding aid to the Arthur Friedheim papers is available at http://aspace.library.jhu.edu/repositories/4/resources/1223.

 
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