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DANNREUTHER, Edward George (1844-1905)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 1249 Dannreuther and MS 1083
Held at: Royal College of Music
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Full title: DANNREUTHER, Edward George (1844-1905)
Date(s): 1900-1904
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 5 boxes and 1 volume
Name of creator(s): Dannreuther | Edward George | 1844-1905 | pianist, writer and teacher


Administrative/Biographical history:

Edward George Dannreuther, born in Strasbourg, 4 Nov 1844; family moved to Cincinnati, where his father established a piano factory, 1846; took lessons from Frederick L Ritter and entered the Leipzig Conservatory, 1860; made first complete performance in England of Chopin's F minor Piano Concerto and Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto to critical acclaim, 1863; toured USA with Carl Rosa and Euphrosyne Parepa and wrote an account of his travels for Charles Dickens' journal All the Year Round, 1865; with Karl Klindworth, Frits Hartvigson, Walter Bache and Alfred Hipkins, formed the Working Men's Society, 1865; founded the London Wagner Society, 1872; conducted two of its series of concerts, 1873-1874; became a close friend of Richard Wagner and did much to promote the London Wagner Festival, 1877; produced numerous writings and lectures on Wagner, 1870s-1880s; became President of the London Wagner Society, 1895; wrote numerous articles on German music, particularly that of Wagner; gave a series of semi-private chamber concerts held at his home at Orme Square, London, which introduced works by Brahms, Scharwenka, Sgambati, Tchaikovsky, Rheinberger, Stanford, Parry and Richard Strauss to English audiences for the first time, 1876-1893; taught Hubert Parry, J A Fuller Maitland, Frederick Dawson, William Hurlstone and James Friskin. took over from Ernst Pauer as a piano professor at the Royal College of Music, 1895; died in London, 12 Feb 1905.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Edward George Dannreuther, 1900-1904, including manuscript of 'Bach's chamber music', undated; typescript and manuscript notes of 'The Romantic movement from Weber to Wagner', published as 'The Romantic period', volume 6 of the Oxford History of Music (1905); manuscripts by Dannreuther of various works by Franz Liszt and part of 'L'enfance du Christ' by Hector Berlioz; manuscript music by James Friskin (1886-1967), student of Dannreuther; notebook of Edward Dannreuther, recording names of his pupils and pieces of music each was studying, 1900-1904 (MS 1083).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in series as given in scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Usual conditions of the Library of the Royal College of Music apply. See the RCM website or contact the RCM Library for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Photocopying is permitted at the discretion of the Archivist for research purposes only.

Finding aids:

Not known

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

MS 1083 was given to the RCM by the Hastings Museum and Art Gallery.

Allied Materials

Related material:

RCM also holds Dannreuther's music scores and related publications.

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Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Robert Baxter as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project. Sources: Article by Jeremy Dibble, Grove Dictionary of Music.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Mar 2001

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