Guide to the Arne Oldberg scores

Collection Title: Arne Oldberg scores
Dates: 1894-1953
Identification: Oldberg
Creator: Oldberg, Arne, 1874-1962
Extent: 6 Boxes
Processing Information: Finding aid written by Nurhak Tuncer and Morris S. Levy, 2013.
Conditions Governing Access: Open to researchers under library restrictions. All access to these materials is strictly controlled.
Repository: Music Library
Deering Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL,
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/music
Email: musiclibrary@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3434

Biographical/Historical Information

Arne Oldberg was born July 12, 1874, in Youngstown, Ohio. He joined the music faculty of Northwestern University in 1897, eventually becoming the Director of the Graduate Music Department in 1924. Oldberg possessed a consuming interest in musical composition and wrote a large number of concertos, symphonies, quartettes and quintets for piano, string, and wind instruments. Oldberg was granted an emiratus appointment in 1941 and died in 1962.

With his parents, Oscar and Emma (Parritt) Oldberg (see Northwestern University Archives Series 61/1), he moved to Chicago in 1886. At a very early age Oldberg exhibited musical talents and his father taught him to play the piano. He studied music with several piano instructors at the Gottschalk Lyric School in Chicago and in 1892 was graduated with honors. He continued his musical education for two years with Theodor Leschetizky in Vienna. On his return to his family's home, now in Evanston, Illinois, Oldberg was occupied with composing, presenting piano recitals, and teaching piano in Chicago.

He joined the music faculty of Northwestern University in 1897. Oldberg traveled to Europe again in 1898 to study composition with Joseph Rheinberger at Munich's Royal Academy of Art. In 1899 Oldberg accepted an instructorship on the faculty of the School of Music at Northwestern. Subsequent appointments at Northwestern included: Professor of Piano and Composition (1901-1941), Director of the Piano Department (1919-1941), and Director of the Graduate Music Department (1924-1941). The University awarded Oldberg with an emeritus appointment in 1941.

Oldberg possessed a consuming interest in musical composition and wrote a large number of concertos, symphonies, quartettes and quintets for piano, string, and wind instruments. As early as 1908 his compositions were performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Oldberg attained widespread recognition by many of the great orchestras of the United States. For several summers in the 1930s he was a guest professor of composition at the University of California at Los Angeles. Oldberg also taught music at Mount St. Mary's College, again in Los Angeles. One of Oldberg's compositions won first prize at a Hollywood Bowl music contest in 1931.

Oldberg married Mary Sloan on July 2, 1900. Both were honored in 1941 when the City of Evanston named a park near Northwestern's School of Music after them. When this land was used for a University building another property was named in their honor. In 1976 Northwestern University sponsored a recital and reception dedicated to Oldberg s memory. Northwestern and Evanston joined in celebrating Arne and Mary Sloan Oldberg Day on December 10, 1976, a recognition of their many contributions to the community.

The Oldbergs had five children: Eric (see Northwestern University Archives Series 55/30), Karl, Elsa, Richard, and Robert. Oldberg died in Evanston on February 18, 1962. Mary Sloan Oldberg died in Evanston in April 1968.

Scope and Content

Manuscripts, diazotypes, published scores, and photocopies of Oldberg’s compositions.

Arrangement of Materials

Arranged in 5 series: 1. Orchestra music, 1909-1944. 2. Concertos, 1907-1953. 3. Chamber music, 1908-1952. 4. Piano music, 1894-1953. 5. Vocal music, 1905-1953. The contents of each series are arranged alphabetically.


Container List / Contents

  • Orchestra music, 1909-1944
    • Ballade for orchestra, op. 53 (Score), 1944Box 1, Folder 1
        Note:  Manuscript score (62 p.) ; performance markings in red and black pencil
    • Ballade for orchestra, op. 53 (Piano score), 1944Box 1, Folder 2
        Note:  Diazotype piano score (16 p.)
    • Festival overture : choral finale, op. 29 (Chorus score), 1909Box 1, Folder 3
        Note:  Published score (11 p.) (Place of publication not identified : Arne Oldberg)
    • Paolo and Francesca : dramatic overture for orchestra, op. 21, 1916Box 1, Folder 4
        Note:  Published score (77 p.) (New York : G. Schirmer)
    • The sea : symphonic poem, op. 47, 1934Box 1, Folder 5
        Note:  Manuscript piano score (21 p.) ; performance markings in pencil
    • Second movement of an unidentified symphony (Piano score), undatedBox 1, Folder 6
        Note:  Diazotype score (8 p.)
    • Symphony no. 1 in F minor, op. 23, 1911Box 1, Folder 7
        Note:  Manuscript score (266 p.) with performance markings in blue pencil ; additional score to be inserted following p. 48 (7 p.) ; short score sketch in pencil (1 leaf)
    • Symphony no. 3 ("Lyric") in F minor, op. 41, 1st mvt., 1925Box 1, Folder 8
        Note:  Manuscript piano score sketch (19 p.) ; has performance notes, additions and markings in red and black pencil
    • Symphony no. 3 ("Lyric") in F minor, op. 41, 2nd mvt. ("Canzone"), 1921Box 1, Folder 9
        Note:  Manuscript piano score sketch (9 p.) ; has performance notes, additions and markings in red and black pencil
  • Concertos, 1907-1953
    • Concertino for piano and small orchestra, op. 24a (Score), undatedBox 1, Folder 10
        Note:  Manuscript score (49 p.)
    • Concertino for piano and small orchestra, op. 24a (2-piano score), undatedBox 1, Folder 11
        Note:  Photocopy of manuscript for 2-piano score (25 leaves)
    • Concerto for piano and orchestra in G minor (Symphonic concerto), op. 17 (Schirmer), 1907Box 1, Folder 12
        Note:  Manuscript (93 p.) (New York : G. Schirmer) ; page numbers changed, handwritten part additions and corrections, arranged for two pianos, score has piano soloist Hilda Edwards' name
    • Concerto for piano and orchestra in G minor (Symphonic concerto), op. 17 (Wa-Wan), 1907Box 1, Folder 13
        Note:  Published score (73 p.) ; (Newton Center, MA : Wa-Wan Press) (2 copies) ; includes performance notes
    • Concerto no. 2 for piano and orchestra, op. 43, approximately 1931Box 2, Folder 1
        Note:  Manuscript piano score (97 p.) ; performance notes, ommissions, and additions
    • Concerto no. 3 for piano and orchestra, op. 52, 1942Box 2, Folder 2
        Note:  Diazotype piano score (51 p.)
    • Concerto for violin or cello and orchestra, op. 46, approximately 1946Box 2, Folder 3
        Note:  Diazotype piano score (66 p.) ; performance notes, page additions, corrections
    • Le son du cor for horn and orchestra, approximately 1953Box 2, Folder 4
        Note:  Diazotype score of piano reduction (29 p.) ; Diazotype horn part (5 p.)
    • Symphonic variations for two pianos and orchestra, op. 40 (Score), 1927Box 2, Folder 5
        Note:  Manuscript score (116 p.) ; handwritten notes, markings in colored pencil (final draft)
    • Symphonic variations for two pianos and orchestra, op. 40 (2-piano score and parts), 1927Box 3, Folder 1
        Note:  Manuscript piano score (47 p.) and 2 piano parts ; handwritten notes, fingerings in pencil (1st draft)
  • Chamber music, 1908-1952
    • Quintet for piano and strings in C# minor, op. 24, 1908Box 3, Folder 2
        Note:  Published score (43 p.) and 4 parts (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.) ; performance markings in red and blue pencil on violin parts
    • Quintet for piano and strings, op. 49, approximately 1935Box 3, Folder 3
        Note:  Diazotype score (87 p.) and 4 parts
    • Sextet for horn, piano and strings, approximately 1952Box 3, Folder 4
        Note:  Diazotype score (103 p.) and 5 parts
    • Sonata for cello and piano, op. 45 (Score), undatedBox 4, Folder 1
        Note:  Diazotype and manuscript piano score (35 p.) ; 3 copies in different editions
    • Sonata for cello and piano, op. 45 (Part), undatedBox 4, Folder 2
        Note:  Diazotype cello part (8 p.) ; 4 copies in different editions ; p. 3 and p. 5 have corrections
    • Sonata for viola and piano, op. 45b, undatedBox 4, Folder 3
        Note:  Diazotype viola part (7 p.) ; 2 copies in different editions
    • Sonata for violin and piano, op. 48, undatedBox 4, Folder 4
        Note:  Diazotype piano score (41 p.) ; 2 copies of piano parts in different editions and one violin part
    • Sonata for violin and piano, op. 51 (Score), 1942Box 4, Folder 5
        Note:  Diazotype score (29 p.) ; p. 28-29 include corrections and performance notes
    • Sonata for violin and piano, op. 51 (Score and part), 1942Box 4, Folder 6
        Note:  Diazotype score (29 p.) and part (7 p.) ; score is later edition with earlier corrections incorporated into score
    • Trio for violin, viola and cello in A major, undatedBox 4, Folder 7
        Note:  Manuscript score (24 p.) and 3 parts ; score has corrections and ommisions in pencil, written on different types of papers
  • Piano music, 1894-1953
    • Arabesque, op. 31, 1913Box 5, Folder 1
        Note:  Published score (13 p.) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.) ; 2 copies, 1 copy is very worn out and includes performance notes
    • Arabesque, 1953Box 5, Folder 2
        Note:  Two copies of manuscript score (p. 2-9) ; diazotype score (8 p.) with fingerings and some performance notes in pencil and pasteover correction on p. 6
    • Canzone, undatedBox 5, Folder 3
        Note:  Diazotype score (6 p.)
    • Canzonetta, op. 30, undatedBox 5, Folder 4
        Note:  Photocopy of manuscript score (10 p.) ; fingerings in pencil and some corrections, written for two pianos, includes two sections
    • Canzonetta, op. 37, no. 2, 1915Box 5, Folder 5
        Note:  Published score (9 p.) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.) ; includes 2 complimentary editions, one with performance notes
    • Carillon, undatedBox 5, Folder 6
        Note:  Manuscript score (2 parts (p. 2-5, p. 2-6)) ; for two pianos
    • La coquette, op. 14, 1902Box 5, Folder 7
        Note:  Photocopy of published score (7 p.) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.)
    • The cricket, op. 9, no. 2Box 5, Folder 8
        Note:  Photocopy of published score (1 p.) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.)
    • Danza, all' antica, undatedBox 5, Folder 9
        Note:  Manuscript score (5 p.) ; only existing copy, some performance notes, must be one of his earliest works (sketch of the third movement of a symphony)
    • "Day" Rhapsody, op. 36, no. 2, approximately 1913Box 5, Folder 10
        Note:  Manuscript score (8 p.) for solo piano
    • Erinnerung, op. 6, 1896Box 5, Folder 11
        Note:  Published score (7 p.) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.)
    • Fantasia, 1948Box 5, Folder 12
        Note:  2 manuscripts (10, 9 p.) ; 2nd manuscript includes fingerings in pencil
    • Fantasia et fuga, op. 2, 1896Box 5, Folder 13
        Note:  Published score (9 p.) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.)
    • Fantasia et fuga, op. 12, 1907Box 5, Folder 14
        Note:  Published score (11 p.) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.) ; transcription of J. S. Bach's piece to piano
    • Fantasie, op. 3, 1896Box 5, Folder 15
        Note:  Reversed photostat of published score (15 p.) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.)
    • For Mary and sing high, sing low, undatedBox 5, Folder 16
        Note:  Photocopy of manuscript (3 p.)
    • Gavotte from string quartet op. 10, 1896Box 5, Folder 17
        Note:  Photocopy of published score (5 p.) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.)
    • Improvisation, op. 32, 1913Box 5, Folder 18
        Note:  Published score (9 p.) (New York : G. Schirmer) ; includes performance notes in blue pencil
    • Improvisation, 1951Box 5, Folder 19
        Note:  Diazotype and manuscript score (3 p. each) ; four sharps
    • Improvisations, op. 44, 1941Box 5, Folder 20
        Note:  Diazotype and manuscript score (11 p. each)
    • Improvisation [op. 44. No. 1], approximately 1941Box 5, Folder 21
        Note:  Manuscript score (3 p.) ; transcribed one step higher
    • In the country, undatedBox 5, Folder 22
        Note:  Diazotype score (5 p.) ; 4 short piano pieces : The clock, The lazy millwheel, The quiet river, Moonlight
    • A legend, op. 26, 1907Box 5, Folder 23
        Note:  Published score (14 p.) (New York : G. Schirmer) ; some performance notes
    • Nocturne, undatedBox 5, Folder 24
        Note:  Manuscript score (6, [1] p.) ; p. 1-6 in black ink with additional notation for later orchestration; p. [7] in pencil to be inserted following the end of the first system of p. 6
    • Oesterreichische Folks Melodie, 1894Box 5, Folder 25
        Notes:  A sketch of Austrian folk melody arranged for piano in pencil with fair copy in ink below (1 p.)
    • Petite gavotte, op. 4, 1896Box 5, Folder 26
        Note:  Photocopy of published score (5 p.) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.)
    • Praeludium, op. 5, no. 1, approximately 1896Box 5, Folder 27
        Note:  Manuscript (2 p.) score
    • Praeludium, op. 5, no. 1, 1896Box 5, Folder 28
        Note:  Photocopy of published score (5 leaves) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.)
    • Praeludium, op. 5, no. 1, 1906Box 5, Folder 29
        Note:  Published score (5 p.) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.)
    • Praeludium, op. 5, no. 2, 1896Box 5, Folder 30
        Note:  Published score (2 copies) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.) ; includes 1 complimentary copy (5 p.) and 1 regularly published copy (7 p.)
    • Praeludium et fuga, 1899Box 5, Folder 31
        Note:  Manuscript score (8 p.) ; includes notes
    • Praeludium et fuga, 1913Box 5, Folder 32
        Note:  Transcription of J. S. Bach's piece to piano : 2 copies of published score (19 p. each) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.), one with performance notes
    • Praeludium et toccata, op. 1, 1896Box 5, Folder 33
        Note:  Reversed photostat of published work (11 p.) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.)
    • Prelude, 1945Box 6, Folder 1
        Note:  Four copies of score : 2 manuscripts, (10 p., 13 p.), 2 diazotype (13 p. each) ; manuscripts include fingerings in pencil
    • Prelude a la russe, op. 33, 1913Box 6, Folder 2
        Note:  Published score (9 p.) (New York : G. Schirmer)
    • Sonata in B flat minor, op. 28, 1910Box 6, Folder 3
        Note:  2 copies of published score (39 p.) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.) ; 2nd copy formerly owned by Hilda Edwards with performance markings in pencil
    • Sonatina, undatedBox 6, Folder 4
        Note:  Manuscript score (11 p.)
    • Song without words, 1896Box 6, Folder 5
        Note:  Photocopy of published score (3 p.) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.)
    • Suite characteristique no. 2, op. 8, 1900Box 6, Folder 6
        Note:  Published score (13 p.) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.) ; five short piano character pieces : Au revoir, White caps, Revery, Song to the moon, Le retour
    • Suite for two pianos, 1924Box 6, Folder 7
        Note:  Manuscript score for two pianos (44 p.) ; later orchestrated as "Symphonic variations for 2 pianos and orchestra, op. 40 (1927)" ; includes performance notes, markings in pencil
    • A summer night : seven tone poems for the pianoforte, op. 7, 1896Box 6, Folder 8
        Note:  Published score (14 p.) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.) ; seven short piano character pieces : Twilight, Song without words, The elf, Will o'the wisp, On the lake, Dance of the brownies, Sunrise
    • Tema con variazione, op. 11, undatedBox 6, Folder 9
        Note:  Manuscript score (18 p.) ; includes notes
    • Theme and variations, op. 25, 1907Box 6, Folder 10
        Note:  Published score (18 p.) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.) ; 2 copies, one copy with performance notes
    • Three miniatures. Badinage, op. 27, no. 1, 1907Box 6, Folder 11
        Note:  2 copies: Published score (5 p.) (New York : G. Schirmer) ; Reversed photostat of published score (5 leaves) (Newton Center, MA : Wa-Wan Press)
    • Three miniatures. Intermezzo, op. 27, no. 2, 1908Box 6, Folder 12
        Note:  Published score (5 p.) (Newton Center, MA : Wa-Wan Press)
    • Three miniatures. Carillon, op. 27, no. 3, 1907Box 6, Folder 13
        Note:  Published score (5 p.) (New York : G. Schirmer)
    • Trois morceaux. Scherzino, op. 13, no. 1, 1902Box 6, Folder 14
        Note:  Published score (5 p.) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.)
    • Trois morceaux. Chanson triste, op. 13, no. 2, 1902Box 6, Folder 15
        Note:  Published score (3 p.) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.)
    • Trois morceaux. Capriccio, op. 13, no. 3, 1902Box 6, Folder 16
        Note:  Published score (5 p.) (Chicago : Clayton F. Summy Co.) ; 2 copies, includes 1 complimentary edition
    • Valsette for two pianos, 1937Box 6, Folder 17
        Note:  2 copies: 1 manuscript (11 p.) with performance notes ; 1 diazotype score (11 p.) with performance notes
    • Yesterday, undatedBox 6, Folder 18
        Note:  Photocopy of printed score (1 p.)
  • Vocal music, 1905-1953
    • Adoration and praise, 1905Box 6, Folder 19
        Note:  Reversed photostat of published work (1 p.) (New York : Eaton & Mains)
    • Insomnie (Marc See), undatedBox 6, Folder 20
        Note:  Manuscript score for soprano (7 p.)
    • Praise the Lord, 1946Box 6, Folder 21
        Note:  Printed score (15 p.) ; (anthem for S.A.T.B., Organ Acc.) ; (Chicago : Neil A. Kjos Music Co. Publisher) ; includes a letter about the piece from Karl Oldberg
    • Sa chanson, undatedBox 6, Folder 22
        Note:  Manuscript score for piano and soprano (4 p.)
    • St. Francis of Assisi : Prayer and hymn to creation, 1953Box 6, Folder 23
        Note:  Diazotype score for baritone (piano reduction, 13 p.) and orchestra (23 p.) ; includes corrections, markings