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Guide to the Adrienne Fried Block (Amy Cheney Beach) Papers, 1872-1960

Collection number: MC 227

Size: 28 boxes (9.33 cu.ft.)

About Adrienne Fried Block (1921-2009)

Adrienne Fried Block (1921-2009) was born on March 11, 1921, in New York City. She grew up in Manhattan and attended the New York City public schools. In the 1930s, she began work on a BA at Hunter College, but left school to pursue a career as a musician. While raising two young daughters, she completed her degree in 1958 with a major in music. She earned an MA in Musicology from Hunter College 1967 and a Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center in 1979. In addition to her groundbreaking scholarly work in musicology, she taught/conducted at several schools including the Dalcroze School of Music, Hunter College, and the CUNY Graduate Center, where she was an Adjunct Professor of Music and Co-Director of the research project “Music in Gotham: The New York Scene 1862-1875″ at the Graduate Center/CUNY, a documented history of music in performance. She taught, lectured and published articles on women in American music, including two prize-winning books, Women In American Music: A Bibliography of Music and Literature (with Carol Neuls-Bates) (1979) and Amy Beach, Passionate Victorian: The Life and Works of an American Composer (1998). She died on April 5, 2009.

About the Adrienne Fried Block Papers [partially processed]

The Adrienne Fried Block papers consist of background research materials for the book Amy Beach, Passionate Victorian: The Life and Works of an American Composer published by Oxford University Press in 1998.

Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Adrienne Fried Block Papers, 1872-1960, MC 227, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation: Linda and Barbara Fried, August 14, 2009 (Accession number: 2009.14)

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged into two series. The first is made up of photocopies of Amy Cheney Beach music and is organized by opus number. The second series serves as a box list for the unprocessed materials found in boxes 11-28. The folder headings come from notes Block and others wrote and have not been further described.

Collection Contents

Series I: Photocopies of Amy Beach Compositions by Opus Number

(9 boxes)

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 Juvenilia, 1872-1885
Box 1, Folder 2 Juvenilia, Exercises (Primo and Secondo)
Box 1, Folder 3 Adrienne Fried Block’s notes on Beach’s juvenilia
Box 1, Folder 4 Opus 1, 1-4 Four Songs
Box 1, Folder 5 Opus 2, 1-3 Three Songs
Box 1, Folder 6 Opus 3, Cadenza
Box 1, Folder 7 Opus 4,Valse Caprice
Box 1, Folder 8 Opus 5, Mass in Eb­ (complete)
Box 1, Folder 9 Opus 5, Mass in Eb: Kyrie; Gloria
Box 1, Folder 10 Opus 5, Mass in Eb­: Laudamus Te; Qui Tollis
Box 1, Folder 11 Opus 5, Mass in Eb­: Quoniam Tu Sollis
Box 1, Folder 12 Opus 5, Mass in Eb­: Credo; Sanctus
Box 1, Folder 13 Opus 5, Mass in Eb­: Crucifixus; Agnus Dei
Box 1, Folder 14 Opus 5, Graduale: Thou Glory of Jerusalem
Box 1, Folder 15 Opus 7, O Praise The Lord, All Ye Nations
Box 1, Folder 16 Opus 8, 1-3 Choral Responses
Box 1, Folder 17 Opus 9, The Little Brown Bee
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 Opus 10, No. 2 The Night Sea
Box 2, Folder 2 Opus 11, 1-3 Three Songs
Box 2, Folder 3 Opus 12, 1-3 Three Songs (“Wilt Thou be My Dearie?,” “Ye Banks and Braes o’Bonnie Doon,” and “My Luve is Like A Red, Red Rose”)
Box 2, Folder 4 Opus 13, Hymn of Trust
Box 2, Folder 5 Opus 14, 1-4 Four Songs
Box 2, Folder 6 Opus 15, No. 3 Dreaming
Box 2, Folder 7 Opus 16, Rudolf (aka The Minstrel and the King)
Box 2, Folder 8 Opus 17, Festival Jubilate (and notes)
Box 2, Folder 9 Opus 18, Eilende Wolken, Segler Der Lufte (and notes)
Box 2, Folder 10 Opus 19, 1-3 Three Songs
Box 2, Folder 11 Opus 20 Villanelle: Across the World
Box 2, Folder 12 Opus 21, 1-3 Three Songs (includes actual sheet music of “Extase”)
Box 2, Folder 13 Opus 22, Bal Masque; Opus 23, Romance
Box 2, Folder 14 Opus 24, Bethlehem
Box 2, Folder 15 Opus 25, 1-6 Children’s Carnival
Box 2, Folder 16 Opus 26, 2-4 Four Songs (includes actual sheet music for “Wouldn’t That be Queer?”)
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 Opus 27, Alleluia, Christ is Risen
Box 3, Folder 2 Opus 28, 1-3 Trois Morceaux Caracteristiques
Box 3, Folder 3 Opus 29, 1-4 Four Songs
Box 3, Folder 4 Opus 30, The Rose of Avon-Town
Box 3, Folder 5 Opus 31, 1-3 Three Flower Songs
Box 3, Folder 6 Opus 32, Symphony in E Minor: “Gaelic” (pp. 1-50 and notes)
Box 3, Folder 7 Opus 32, Symphony in E Minor: “Gaelic” (pp.51-120)
Box 3, Folder 8 Opus 32, Symphony in E Minor: “Gaelic” (pp.121-200)
Box 3, Folder 9 Opus 32, Symphony in E Minor: “Gaelic” (pp.201-220 and notes)
Box 3, Folder 10 Opus 33, Teach Me Thy Way
Box 3, Folder 11 Opus 34, Sonata in A Minor (for piano and viola)
Box 3, Folder 12 Opus 35, 1-4 Four Songs; Opus 36, Children’s Album
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1 Opus 37, Three Shakespeare Songs
Box 4, Folder 2 Opus 38, Peace On Earth; Opus 39, Three Shakespeare Choruses
Box 4, Folder 3 Opus 40, Three Compositions
Box 4, Folder 4 Opus 41, 1-3 Three Songs
Box 4, Folder 5 Opus 42, Song of Welcome
Box 4, Folder 6 Opus 43, 1-5 Five Burns Songs
Box 4, Folder 7 Opus 44, Three Browning Songs
Box 4, Folder 8 Opus 45, Concerto for piano and orchestra in C# Minor (with many notes)
Box 4, Folder 9 Opus 46, Sylvania: A Wedding Cantata
Box 4, Folder 10 Opus 47, Summer Dreams
Box 4, Folder 11 Opus 48, Four Songs
Box 4, Folder 12 Opus 49, Songs of Liberty
Box 4, Folder 13 Opus 50, Help Us, O God!
Box 4, Folder 14 Opus 51, 1-4 Four Songs (and notes)
Box 4, Folder 15 Opus 52, Hymn of Freedom
Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1 Opus 53, Jephthah’s Daughter
Box 5, Folder 2 Opus 54, 1-2 Scottish Legend and Gavotte Fantastique
Box 5, Folder 3 Opus 55, Invocation (for the violin)
Box 5, Folder 4 Opus 56, 1-4 Four Songs (“Autumn Song”; “Go Not Too Far”; “I Know Not How To Find The Spring” and “Shena Van”)
Box 5, Folder 5 Opus 57, 1-2 Only A Song, and Once Summer’s Day
Box 5, Folder 6 Opus 59, The Sea-Fairies
Box 5, Folder 7 Opus 59, The Sea Fairies
Box 5, Folder 8 Opus 60, Variations on Balkan Themes
Box 5, Folder 9 Opus 60, Variations on Balkan Themes
Box 5, Folder 10 Opus 61, Give Me Not Love
Box 5, Folder 11 Opus 61, When Soul is Joined to Soul
Box 5, Folder 12 Opus 63, Service in A: “Te Deum”
Box 5, Folder 13 Opus 63, Service in A: “Benedictus,” “Jubilate Deo,” “Magnificat,” and “Nunc Dimittis”
Box 5, Folder 14 Opus 64, Eskimos: Four Characteristic Pieces
Box 5, Folder 15 Opus 65, Les Rèves de Colombine: Suite Française
Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1 Opus 66, The Chambered Nautilus/1
Box 6, Folder 2 Opus 66, The Chambered Nautilus/2
Box 6, Folder 3 Opus 66, The Chambered Nautilus/3 (and notes)
Box 6, Folder 4 Opus 68, After
Box 6, Folder 5 Opus 69, 1-2 Two Mother Songs
Box 6, Folder 6 Opus 71, 1-3 Three Songs
Box 6, Folder 7 Opus 72, 1-2 Two Songs
Box 6, Folder 8 Opus 73, 1-2 Two Songs
Box 6, Folder 9 Opus 74, All Hail the Power of Jesus’s Name
Box 6, Folder 10 Opus 74, Panama Hymn (Alternate Text for “All Hail the Power of Jesus’s Name”)
Box 6, Folder 11 Opus 75, 1-4 “The Candy Lion,” “A Thanksgiving Fable,” “Dolladine,” and “Prayer of A Tired Child”
Box 6, Folder 12 Opus 76, The Lotos Isles
Box 6, Folder 13 Opus 77, Two Songs: “I” and “Wind O’ the Westland”
Box 6, Folder 14 Opus 78, Canticles
Box 6, Folder 15 Opus 79, Three Songs: “Meadowlarks,” “Night Song at Amalfi,” and “In Blossom Time”
Box 6, Folder 16 Opus 80, Theme and Variations for flute and string quartet
Box 6, Folder 17 Opus 80, Theme and Variations for flue and string quartet (Block’s Notes)
Box 7
Box 7, Folder 1 Opus 81, Prelude and Fugue; Opus 82, Dusk in June; Opus 83, from Blackbird Hills; Opus 84, Te Deum
Box 7, Folder 2 Opus 85, In the Twilight; Opus 86, May Eve; Opus 87, Fantasia Fugata; Opus 88, Spirit Divine
Box 7, Folder 3 Opus 89, Quartet for Strings in One Movement
Box 7, Folder 4 Opus 89, Quartet for Strings (Block’s notes)
Box 7, Folder 5 Opus 90, “Pastorale” and “Caprice, the Water Sprites”
Box 7, Folder 6 Opus 91, The Fair Hills of Eire, O!
Box 7, Folder 7 Opus 92, The Hermit Thrush at Eve; The Hermit Thrush at Morn
Box 7, Folder 8 Opus 93, Message (S. Teasdale); Opus 94, A Song For Little May/The Arrow and The Song
Box 7, Folder 9 Opus 95, Constant Christmas; Opus 96, The Lord is My Shepherd
Box 7, Folder 10 Opus 97, From Grandmother’s Garden
Box 7, Folder 11 Opus 98, I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes
Box 7, Folder 12 Opus 99, Four Songs
Box 7, Folder 13 Opus 100, Two Songs
Box 7, Folder 14 Opus 101, Peter Pan
Box 7, Folder 15 Opus 102, Two Songs: Farewell Summer, Dancing Leaves
Box 7, Folder 16 Opus 103, “Benedictus Es, Domine” and “Benedictus”
Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1 Opus 104, Suit for Two Pianos
Box 8, Folder 2 Opus 104, Suit for Two Pianos (Block’s notes)
Box 8, Folder 3 Opus 105, Let This Mind Be in You; Opus 106, The Old Chapel By Moonlight; Opus 107, Nocturne; Opus 108, A Cradle Song of the Lonely Mother; Opus 109, Lord of the Worlds Above; Opus 110, Greenwood
Box 8, Folder 4 Opus 112, Jesus, My Savior; Opus 113, Mine Be the Lips; Opus 114, By the Still Waters; Opus 115, Around the Manger; Opus 116, Tyrolean Valse-Fantaisie
Box 8, Folder 5 Opus 117, Three Songs; Opus 118, Two Children’s Choruses; Opus 119, From Six to Twelve; Opus 120, Rendez-Vous (and Block’s notes)
Box 8, Folder 6 Opus 121, Benedicite, Omina Opera; Opus 122, Communion Responses
Box 8, Folder 7 Opus 123, Canticle of the Sun
Box 8, Folder 8 Opus 124, Springtime; Opus 125/1, Lento Espressivo (Spirit of Mercy); Opus 125/2, Evening Hymn: The Shadows of the Evening Hours
Box 8, Folder 9 Opus 126, Sea Fever; Opus 127, When the Last Sea is Sailed
Box 8, Folder 10 Opus 128, Three Pianoforte Pieces; Opus 129, Drowsy Dream-Town; Opus 130, Out of The Depths; Opus 131, Dark Garden; Opus 132, Christ in the Universe
Box 9
Box 9, Folder 1 Opus 133, God is Our Stronghold; Opus 136, Fire and Flame; Opus 137, May Flowers
Box 9, Folder 2 Opus 139, Hearken Unto Me; Opus 140, We Who Have Sung Walk In Glory; Opus 141, O Lord god of Israel; Opus 142, I Sought The Lord
Box 9, Folder 3 Opus 143, I Shall Be Brave; Opus 144, This Morning Very Early; Opus 145, April Dreams; Opus 146, Lord of All Being; Opus 147, I Will Give Thanks; Opus 148, Five Improvisations for Piano
Box 9, Folder 4 Opus 149, Cabildo
Box 9, Folder 5 Opus 149, Cabildo
Box 9, Folder 6 Opus 149, Cabildo (Background material)
Box 9, Folder 7 Opus 149, Cabildo
Box 9, Folder 8 Opus 150, Trio for Piano, Violin and Violincello
Box 9, Folder 9 Opus 151, Pastorale
Box 9, Folder 10 Opus 152, Though I Take the Wings of Morning
Box 9, Folder 11 Other Works: R. Strauss, Ständchen, transcription (Opus 49 Bis); Indian Lullaby; On A Hill; A September Forest; Franz Schubert, Serenade; Birth; Franz Schubert, Ihr Bild; Schumann, Ich Stand in Dunklen Träumen
Box 9, Folder 12 Other Works: Du siehst das ist nicht so; A Bit of Cairo; Come Ye Faithful; Friends; Singing Joyfully; The Icicle Lesson; If Women Will Not Be Inclined; A Bumblebee Passed By My Window; Time Has Wings and Swiftly Flies; Evening Song; Pax Nobiscum

Series II: Box List of Unprocessed Material

(19 boxes)

Box 11
Box 11, Folder 1 Recordings, my liner notes
Box 11, Folder 2 Negatives, contact sheets
Box 11, Folder 3 Small glossies (photographs)
Box 11, Folder 4 Copies (before 1910)
Box 11, Folder 5 Music Theory papers
Box 11, Folder 6 8×10 glossies (photographs)
Box 12
Box 12, Item 1 Amy Cheney Beach Manuscript Collection finding aid from the University of Missouri Kansas City
Box 12, Folder 1 Correspondence with UNH
Box 12, Folder 2 Correspondence, misc.
Box 12, Folder 3 Attic Club file
Box 12, Folder 4 Marcella Craft
Box 12, Folder 5 Associates, A-G
Box 13
Loose materials: Primarily consists of photocopies from newspapers, periodicals, and books, and hand written notes. Subjects include: ethnomusicology and women composers. Also copies of music, bound and loose.
Box 14
Box 14, Folder 1 Dvořák, recent articles
Box 14, Folder 2 WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition): Music
Box 14, Folder 3 Dvořák, early articles
Box 14, Folder 4 H.E. Krehbiel articles
Box 14, Folder 5 Music – Anglo-American
Box 14, Folder 6 Music – Scottish-Irish folk
Box 14, Folder 7 Anthropology and Social Darwinism
Box 14, Folder 8 Music – black, ragtime, jazz
Box 14, Folder 9 Folk music
Box 15
Loose materials: Primarily consists of photocopies, printed materials, and hand written notes. Subject: Dvořák
Box 16
Box 16, Folder 1 Responses to Adrienne Block
Box 16, Folder 2 The orchestra history, 1862-1865
Box 16, Folder 3 Chamber, solo, vocal, and instrumental
Box 16, Folder 4 The orchestra as icon
Box 16, Folder 5 Abstract
Box 16, Folder 6 Copyright data
Box 16, Folder 7 PPIE; PCIE
Box 17
Box 17, Folder 1 WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition): Correspondence
Box 17, Folder 2 WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition): Blacks
Box 17, Folder 3 WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition): Lecture handouts
Box 17, Folder 4 WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition): Native Americans
Box 17, Folder 5 WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition): Buildings and grounds
Box 17, Folder 6 WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition): Bibliography articles
Box 17, Folder 7 WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition): Midway
Box 17, Folder 8 WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition): General
Box 17, Folder 9 Indianist materials (ethnomusicology)
Box 18
Box 18, Folder 1 Interviews
Box 18, Folder 2 WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition): Blacks
Box 18, Folder 3 B. & M.’s workbook
Box 18, Item 1 75th Anniversary scrapbook
Box 19
Box 19, Folder 1 Beach, income 1926-1944, source diaries
Box 19, Folder 2 Wills and deeds
Box 19, Folder 3 75th Anniversary concert
Box 19, Folder 4 Work lists made by Amy B.
Box 19, Folder 5 Inventories
Box 19, Folder 6 B.’s autograph album
Box 20
Box 20, Folder 1 Mostly reviews of Block’s book
Box 20, Folder 2 Beach Conference I Papers
Box 20, Folder 3 AFB: 80/0 1st Fe Quartet (?)
Box 21
Box 21, Folder 1 Photocopies from archives; second folder inside “labeled Beach 1940-1944”
Box 21, Folder 2 23 Photos – Bostonians
Box 21, Folder 3 23 Photos – Musicians
Box 21, Folder 4 Photos – AFB
Box 21, Folder 5 23 Photos – HHAB
Box 21, Item 1 Loose materials: Concert programs, photocopies of sheet music, photocopies of a handwritten diary; Bound materials: The Federal Cylinder Project, Vol. 8; Amy Marcy Cheney Beach: Music for Piano, Hildegard Publishing Company
Box 22
Box 22, Folder 1 L & W to 1885
Box 22, Folder 2 L & W 1930-1944
Box 22, Folder 3 Buxbaum correspondence
Box 22, Folder 4 Buxbaum correspondence, undated letters
Box 23
Box 23, Folder 1 Correspondence, DLC-APS, 1883-1910
Box 23, Folder 2 Correspondence, DLC-APS, 1941-1944
Box 23, Folder 3 Correspondence, DLC-APS, 1917-1920
Box 23, Folder 4 Correspondence, DLC-APS, 1911-1914
Box 23, Folder 5 Correspondence, DLC-APS, transcriptions
Box 23, Item 1 Binder containing slides
Box 24
Box 24, Folder 1 Dz – 1931-1936 (copies of handwritten diary)
Box 24, Folder 2 B’s diary, 1941-1944
Box 24, Folder 3 Musical visitors, 1909-1910
Box 24, Item 1 Loose material: Caller sheets for dances; binder-clipped typed copy of diary
Box 25
Box 25, Folder 1 HHAB
Box 25, Folder 2 Beach’s Self Concept as Composer
Box 25, Folder 3 Genealogical material from Sanborn
Box 25, Folder 4 Beach: Chronology/Performances
Box 25, Folder 5 Ruth Shaffner/PEO
Box 25, Folder 6 R. Crawford
Box 25, Folder 7 Folk music Beach owned
Box 26
Box 26, Folder 1 Boston: people, places, institutions
Box 26, Folder 2 MacDowell Colony
Box 26, Folder 3 Associates: H-Z
Box 26, Folder 4 Cheney
Box 26, Folder 5 MacDowell Colony
Box 27
Box 27, Folder 1 32/0
Box 27, Folder 2 45/0
Box 27, Folder 3 Correspondence: DLC-APS, 1931-1940
Box 27, Folder 4 Correspondence: DLC-APS, 1921-1930
Box 27, Folder 5 Correspondence: DeSayn
Box 27, Folder 6 Correspondence: E.S. Coolidge
Box 28
Box 28, Folder 1 Correspondence: DLC 2nd set
Box 28, Folder 2 Correspondence: Dengel
Box 28, Folder 3 Arnold Schwab
Box 28, Folder 4 Correspondence: NYPL
Box 28, Folder 5 Correspondence: Amy Beach to Ruth Schaffner, 1930-1933
Box 28, Folder 6 Correspondence: Amy Beach to Ruth Schaffner, 1934-1936
Box 28, Folder 7 Correspondence: Amy Beach to Ruth Schaffner, 1937-1960 and fragments
Box 28, Folder 8 Correspondence: Amy Beach to DLC Strickland (?)
Box 28, Folder 9 Correspondence
Box 28, Folder 10 WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition) photos
Box 28, Folder 11 Nationalism articles
Box 28, Folder 12 WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition), Board of Lady Managers
Box 28, Folder 13 WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition), Ethnology
Box 28, Folder 14 Recordings
Box 28, Item 1 Loose materials: concert programs, photocopies of sheet music, correspondence

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