MS Mus 234.2
Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928. Eugene Gruenberg papers: Guide.
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Location: Harvard Depository
Call No.: MS Mus 234.2
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928.
Title: Eugene Gruenberg papers,
Date(s): 1865-1984 (inclusive), 1873-1928 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 collection (4 boxes (2 linear ft.).)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and German.
Abstract: Papers of the violinist and teacher Eugene Gruenberg collected by his pupil Louis
Krasner, including materials for a biography of Gruenberg's friend the conductor Arthur
*89M-63. Gift of Louis Krasner, 1501 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02148, and Mrs. Naomi Orenstein, 72 Nonantum St., Newton, MA 02158; received: 1981.
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Eugene Gruenberg Papers (MS Mus 234.2). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Eugene Gruenberg (1854-1928) was a graduate of the Vienna Conservatory where he was
a close friend of the later celebrated conductor Arthur Nikisch (1855-1922). In 1878
he joined the orchestra of the Leipzig opera under Nikisch, and in 1889 followed him
to Boston to play in the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After Nikisch left the BSO to
return to Germany in 1895, Gruenberg became head of the violin department at the New
England Conservatory of Music, where he remained for the rest of his life.
Organized into the following series:
- I. Correspondence.
- II. Compositions.
- III. Concert programs.
- IV. Photographs.
- V. Clippings and other printed material.
- VI. Correspondence of Krasner about Gruenberg and Nikisch.
Gruenberg planned to write a life of Nikisch, perhaps in combination with his own
memoirs, but he died suddenly leaving only some working papers. Part of these were
recovered by his pupil Louis Krasner and make up the present collection. Papers of
Gruenberg probably intended for his memoirs and a life of Nikisch, never published.
This collection is mostly shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions
below for additional information.
- Series: I. Correspondence.
- (1). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928. Letters to Morris Feldman, 1926, 1927. 1 folders
Date: 1926, 1927.
- (2). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928. Letters to members of his family, 1875, 1916. 1 folders
Date: 1875, 1916.
The 1875 letter is to his mother, with a postscript in the hand of Nikisch. Also with another note (to her?) from Nikisch. The 1916 letter is a typescript headed
"A letter left by Prof. Eugen Gruenberg, deceased in Boston to his brother Consul
A. S. Gruenberg of Vienna." It begins "My dear Stefan."
- (3). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928. Letter to Mrs. Krasner, 1928. 1 folders
The recipient was Louis Krasner 's mother.
- (4). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928, recipient. Letters to Gruenberg from various correspondents. 1898-1925 and undated. 1 folders
Date: 1898-1925 and undated.
Correspondents are Philip Hale,Arthur Hartmann,Mitja Nikisch and several who are unidentified.
- (5). Mohl, Felix. Letters, 1888. 1 folders
The letters, beginning "Lieber Freund!" are perhaps to Gruenberg.
- (6). Nikisch, Arthur, 1855-1922. Letters to Eugene Gruenberg, 1873-1921. 7 folders
Includes various postcards, notes, and telegrams. With a telegram from Nikisch to
Leo Gruenberg (1876). Undated items are at the end of the sequence. Most of the letters
are numbered by Gruenberg. For partial publications of these letters see items 63,
64; for Gruenberg's English translations see item 20.
- (7). Nikisch, Amélie. Letters to Eugene Gruenberg, 1922-1923. 1 folders
- (8). Nikisch, Augus. Letters to Eugene Gruenberg, 1873-1883. 1 folders
Eight letters, numbered by Gruenberg. For his translations see item 19.
- (8a). Schanzer, Carlo, b. 1865. Letter to Vittorio Gui, 1929. 1 folders
With a clipping.
- (9). Schlaraffia (Organization). Leipzig. Letters to a member, 1898. 1 folders
2 letters , perhaps to Gruenberg. One has the stamp of Ludwig Treutler.
- Series: II. Compositions by Gruenberg and Nikisch.
Translations made by Gruenberg are under his name. Within Gruenberg's compositions,
undated items are at the end, with German items before English.
- (10). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928. Plays, 1882 and undated. 2 folders
Date: 1882 and undated.
Three different plays, all in German, all in Gruenberg's hand, each in a single sewn
quire of leaves.
- (11). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928. Verses, 1885, 1890, 1900 and undated. 1 folders
Date: 1885, 1890, 1900 and undated.
Six different poems, five in Gruenberg's hand and one in typescript. Three are in
German and three in English.
- (12). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928.Die Tripsiade; oder Das Lied von der Concert-Tournée , 1891. 1 folders
Printed pamphlet of 15 pp. of verse. "G.G." - cover; "Eugenio Monteverde" - last page.
"Erste und letzte Auflage. Brünn 1890" - cover.
- (13). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928. Kunst and Geschmak [sic] in America [sic], 1891. 1 folders
Autograph manuscript by Gruenberg, of 26 leaves written on the rectos only, with a
preliminary leaf captioned "Vorwort" and dated Boston 1891. There are annotations
perhaps in other hands.
- (14). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928."The future of the violin," 1898. 1 folders
Typescript, annotated "Appeared in the Musical Courier, December 7, 1898". Gruenberg's
authorship is presumed but not stated on the typescript.
- (15). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928."Ein neuer Musik-Styl," [189-]. 1 folders
Manuscript of 4 leaves written on the rectos only in Gruenberg's hand.
- (16). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928. Other published articles and letters, 1897, 1919 and undated. 1 folders
Date: 1897, 1919 and undated.
"Stage-fright" (tear sheet from the Musical Quarterly for April 1919), and three letters to editors.
- (17). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928. Articles in the Musical Observer , 1920-1921. 1 folders
Tear sheets from the issues for Jan., Feb., Mar., Nov., Dec. 1920; Jan., Feb. 1921.
- (18). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928."The only meeting between Wagner and Nikisch related by Nikisch," [192-]. 1 folders
Manuscript in Gruenberg's hand. Translated from H. Chevalley ed., Arthur Nikisch Leben und Wirken (Berlin 1922).
- (19). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928. Letters from Augus Nikisch to Eugene Gruenberg, [192-]. 1 folders
Manuscript English translation in Gruenberg's hand of 8 letters 1873-1883. (See item
- (20). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928. Letters from Arthur Nikisch to Eugene Gruenberg, [192-]. 4 folders
Manuscript English translation in Gruenberg's hand of 46 letters 1873-1921. With another
manuscript in Gruenberg's hand summarizing the contents of the letters. The numbers
do not all correspond to those on the letters themselves (item 6).
- (21). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928."Die Theorie des Violinspiels," undated. 1 folders
German text in Gruenberg's hand. A subtitle is "The Theory of Violin-playing. Translation
by Dr. Charles Peabody." (The translation is not here, however.)
- (22). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928."Das Schicksal der Musik in Amerika," undated. 1 folders
Manuscript in Gruenberg's hand.
- (23). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928. Notes and drafts of compositions, 1873, 1878 and undated. 5 folders
Date: 1873, 1878 and undated.
Most are in German on single leaves and not further identified. Some concern Nikisch,
including an address presented to him in Vienna dated 1873. Included is the draft
of a facetious letter to an orchestra colleague Winkler dated 1878. Some other notes are on the versos of letters from violin pupils, or
of printed recital programs.
- (24). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928. Notes on Arthur Nikisch, undated. 1 folders
Leaves numbered 17-38, but not a connected composition. In German.
- (25). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928. Further notes on Arthur Nikisch, undated. 2 folders
Four separate sets of notes or draft compositions, one partly in English, the others
- (26). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928. Notes on Gustav Mahler, undated. 1 folders
Various notes and drafts of compositions, mostly in English.
- (27). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928."Arthur Nikisch in his younger years," undated. 1 folders
Manuscript of 6 leaves in Gruenberg's hand. With another set of 5 leaves about Nikisch entitled "Gambling."
- (28). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928. Other compositions, undated. 1 folders
Manuscripts in Gruenberg's hand entitled Prima Donnas (4 leaves, in English), "Amerikanische Orchester" (3 leaves), "60 years musician" (3 leaves), "Mr. Paur speaks" (8 leaves, in German) and an unidentified composition (6 leaves, in German).
- (29). Gruenberg, Eugene, 1854-1928. Notes of epigrams and jokes, undated. 1 folders
In English and German.
- (30). Nikisch, Arthur, 1855-1922."Drei Lieder aus Jul. Wolff's Dichtung 'Der wilde Jäger'" : printed score, undated. 1 folders
With an inscription in Nikisch's hand to Gruenberg.
- (31). Nikisch, Arthur, 1855-1922."Hochzeitswalzer zur Vermählungsfeier des Fräulein Marie Jacob mit Herrn Otto Säuberlich" : printed piano score, 1886. 1 folders
- Series: IV. Photographs and drawings.
- (48). Photographs of Arthur Nikisch, undated. 1 folders
11 photographs in various formats, including cartes-de-visite,card photographs, and autographed larger studio photographs.
- (49). Prints of Arthur Nikisch, undated. 1 folders
Two prints, one an etching, the other a lithograph.
- (50). Photographs of Nikisch's family, 1873, 1879 and undated. 1 folders
Date: 1873, 1879 and undated.
Nine cartes-de-visite, a few identified and dated. The unidentified photographs seem
to belong with them.
- (51). Photographs of Eugene Gruenberg, undated. 2 folders
10 photographs of Gruenberg in various groups, some family. Appearing are Leopold Gruenberg (as a child), Stefan Gruenberg,Louis Krasner,Franz Kneisel,Felix Winternitz, and " Petri ." With a photograph of the Boston Symphony Orchestra annotated "1900 ... im alten Saal" (photocopy).
- (52). Photographs of members of Gruenberg's family, 1906, 1909 and undated. 2 folders(Housed at Houghton as PF)
Date: 1906, 1909 and undated.
Three photographs: Carlo Schanzer (1909, inscribed to "Meinen lieben Onkel Eugen"), Julius Gruenberg, " Otto Gruenberg & Señora" (1906)
- (53). Photographs of others, 1889 and undated. 4 folders
Date: 1889 and undated.
16 photographs, mostly cabinet photographs, all apparently of people known to Gruenberg.
Some are signed. Those appearing include Eugen d'Albert, the Kneisel Quartet, and two sons of Emil Paur.
- Series: V. Clippings and other printed material.
- (54). Wiener akademischer Richard Wagner-Verein. Printed announcements, 1873. 1 folders
- (55). Newspaper clippings listing the cast of operas performed in Vienna, [ca. 187-]. 1 folders
- (56). Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien.Jahres-Bericht des Konservatoriums, 1879-1875. 2 folders
Printed catalogue. Four issues: 1870-1871, 1871-1872, 1873-1874, 1874-1875.
- (57). Festzug zur Feier der silbernen Hochzeit des Kaiserpaares Franz Josef und Elisabeth , 1879. 1 folders
Printed book in oblong format 9 x 26 cm.
- (58). Legge, Robin Humphrey, 1862-1933."Six songs for a medium voice," 1889. 1 folders
Printed score inscribed to Eugene Gruenberg by the composer and dated 1889.
- (59). Pfohl, Ferdinand, 1862-1949.Arthur Nikisch als Mensch und Künstler , [ca. 1900]. 1 folders
Printed book of 54 pp. With the signature of Eugene Gruenberg on the title page.
- (60). Clippings from Leipzig newspapers about Eugene Gruenberg , 1881-1889. 1 folders
- (61). Clippings from Boston newspapers about Eugene Gruenberg , [189-]. 1 folders
With a copy of the Boston Weekly Amusement Bulletin with Gruenberg's picture on the cover (1891); and a tear-sheet (1904) and typescript
press release (ca. 1896) about Gruenberg.
- (62). Miscellaneous printed matter about Arthur Nikisch, 1889-1925. 1 folders
Includes a menu for a dinner of the Bohemian Club, Boston, in honor of Nikisch with a signed photograph on the front (1912) .
- (63). Paulsen, Frederick."Arthur Nikisch, der Freund," 1930. 1 folders
Tear-sheet from Die Musik 33/1 (Oct. 1930): 35-40.
The article prints some letters from Nikisch to Eugene Gruenberg .
- (64). Floch, Siegfried."Der Aufsteig eines grossen Dirigenten," 1930. 1 folders
Tear-sheets from a Dresden newspaper dated 23 Mar. 1930 (three sheets, one a photocopy).
The article prints some letters from Arthur Nikisch to Eugene Gruenberg .
- (65). Obituaries of Arthur Nikisch , 1922. 1 folders
- (67). Addresses made at a supper to Mr. and Mrs. Edward J. De Coppet and the Flonzaley Quartet, New York, March ninth, 1914 : printed book, 1914. 1 folders
- (68). Miscellaneous printed material, undated. 2 folders
- Series: VI. Correspondence of Louis Krasner about Gruenberg's papers.
- (69). Letters to Louis Krasner, 1930. 1 folders
The letters are from Edward Joseph Dent,Ernst Rychnovsky, and Bernhard Schuster. Also with a letter from Schuster to Robert Oboussier, and a manuscript by Krasner
(1 leaf, perhaps of this date) about the collection.
- (70). Correspondence of Louis Krasner, 1975-1984. 1 folders
Krasner's correspondents are Herbert Cahoon at the Pierpont Morgan Library,Felix Greissle,Rudolf F. Kallir, and Rodney Dennis.