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

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

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Folder], [Box], 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 1: Photocopies of Amy Beach Compositions by Opus Number

(9 boxes)
Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1Juvenilia, 1872-1885
Box 1, Folder 2Juvenilia, Exercises (Primo and Secondo)
Box 1, Folder 3Adrienne Fried Block’s notes on Beach’s juvenilia
Box 1, Folder 4Opus 1, 1-4 Four Songs
Box 1, Folder 5Opus 2, 1-3 Three Songs
Box 1, Folder 6Opus 3, Cadenza
Box 1, Folder 7Opus 4,Valse Caprice
Box 1, Folder 8Opus 5, Mass in Eb­ (complete)
Box 1, Folder 9Opus 5, Mass in Eb: Kyrie; Gloria
Box 1, Folder 10Opus 5, Mass in Eb­: Laudamus Te; Qui Tollis
Box 1, Folder 11Opus 5, Mass in Eb­: Quoniam Tu Sollis
Box 1, Folder 12Opus 5, Mass in Eb­: Credo; Sanctus
Box 1, Folder 13Opus 5, Mass in Eb­: Crucifixus; Agnus Dei
Box 1, Folder 14Opus 5, Graduale: Thou Glory of Jerusalem
Box 1, Folder 15Opus 7, O Praise The Lord, All Ye Nations
Box 1, Folder 16Opus 8, 1-3 Choral Responses
Box 1, Folder 17Opus 9, The Little Brown Bee
Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1Opus 10, No. 2 The Night Sea
Box 2, Folder 2Opus 11, 1-3 Three Songs
Box 2, Folder 3Opus 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 4Opus 13, Hymn of Trust
Box 2, Folder 5Opus 14, 1-4 Four Songs
Box 2, Folder 6Opus 15, No. 3 Dreaming
Box 2, Folder 7Opus 16, Rudolf (aka The Minstrel and the King)
Box 2, Folder 8Opus 17, Festival Jubilate (and notes)
Box 2, Folder 9Opus 18, Eilende Wolken, Segler Der Lufte (and notes)
Box 2, Folder 10Opus 19, 1-3 Three Songs
Box 2, Folder 11Opus 20 Villanelle: Across the World
Box 2, Folder 12Opus 21, 1-3 Three Songs (includes actual sheet music of “Extase”)
Box 2, Folder 13Opus 22, Bal Masque; Opus 23, Romance
Box 2, Folder 14Opus 24, Bethlehem
Box 2, Folder 15Opus 25, 1-6 Children’s Carnival
Box 2, Folder 16Opus 26, 2-4 Four Songs (includes actual sheet music for “Wouldn’t That be Queer?”)
Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1Opus 27, Alleluia, Christ is Risen
Box 3, Folder 2Opus 28, 1-3 Trois Morceaux Caracteristiques
Box 3, Folder 3Opus 29, 1-4 Four Songs
Box 3, Folder 4Opus 30, The Rose of Avon-Town
Box 3, Folder 5Opus 31, 1-3 Three Flower Songs
Box 3, Folder 6Opus 32, Symphony in E Minor: “Gaelic” (pp. 1-50 and notes)
Box 3, Folder 7Opus 32, Symphony in E Minor: “Gaelic” (pp.51-120)
Box 3, Folder 8Opus 32, Symphony in E Minor: “Gaelic” (pp.121-200)
Box 3, Folder 9Opus 32, Symphony in E Minor: “Gaelic” (pp.201-220 and notes)
Box 3, Folder 10Opus 33, Teach Me Thy Way
Box 3, Folder 11Opus 34, Sonata in A Minor (for piano and viola)
Box 3, Folder 12Opus 35, 1-4 Four Songs; Opus 36, Children’s Album
Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1Opus 37, Three Shakespeare Songs
Box 4, Folder 2Opus 38, Peace On Earth; Opus 39, Three Shakespeare Choruses
Box 4, Folder 3Opus 40, Three Compositions
Box 4, Folder 4Opus 41, 1-3 Three Songs
Box 4, Folder 5Opus 42, Song of Welcome
Box 4, Folder 6Opus 43, 1-5 Five Burns Songs
Box 4, Folder 7Opus 44, Three Browning Songs
Box 4, Folder 8Opus 45, Concerto for piano and orchestra in C# Minor (with many notes)
Box 4, Folder 9Opus 46, Sylvania: A Wedding Cantata
Box 4, Folder 10Opus 47, Summer Dreams
Box 4, Folder 11Opus 48, Four Songs
Box 4, Folder 12Opus 49, Songs of Liberty
Box 4, Folder 13Opus 50, Help Us, O God!
Box 4, Folder 14Opus 51, 1-4 Four Songs (and notes)
Box 4, Folder 15Opus 52, Hymn of Freedom
Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1Opus 53, Jephthah’s Daughter
Box 5, Folder 2Opus 54, 1-2 Scottish Legend and Gavotte Fantastique
Box 5, Folder 3Opus 55, Invocation (for the violin)
Box 5, Folder 4Opus 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 5Opus 57, 1-2 Only A Song, and Once Summer’s Day
Box 5, Folder 6Opus 59, The Sea-Fairies
Box 5, Folder 7Opus 59, The Sea Fairies
Box 5, Folder 8Opus 60, Variations on Balkan Themes
Box 5, Folder 9Opus 60, Variations on Balkan Themes
Box 5, Folder 10Opus 61, Give Me Not Love
Box 5, Folder 11Opus 61, When Soul is Joined to Soul
Box 5, Folder 12Opus 63, Service in A: “Te Deum”
Box 5, Folder 13Opus 63, Service in A: “Benedictus,” “Jubilate Deo,” “Magnificat,” and “Nunc Dimittis”
Box 5, Folder 14Opus 64, Eskimos: Four Characteristic Pieces
Box 5, Folder 15Opus 65, Les Rèves de Colombine: Suite Française
Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1Opus 66, The Chambered Nautilus/1
Box 6, Folder 2Opus 66, The Chambered Nautilus/2
Box 6, Folder 3Opus 66, The Chambered Nautilus/3 (and notes)
Box 6, Folder 4Opus 68, After
Box 6, Folder 5Opus 69, 1-2 Two Mother Songs
Box 6, Folder 6Opus 71, 1-3 Three Songs
Box 6, Folder 7Opus 72, 1-2 Two Songs
Box 6, Folder 8Opus 73, 1-2 Two Songs
Box 6, Folder 9Opus 74, All Hail the Power of Jesus’s Name
Box 6, Folder 10Opus 74, Panama Hymn (Alternate Text for “All Hail the Power of Jesus’s Name”)
Box 6, Folder 11Opus 75, 1-4 “The Candy Lion,” “A Thanksgiving Fable,” “Dolladine,” and “Prayer of A Tired Child”
Box 6, Folder 12Opus 76, The Lotos Isles
Box 6, Folder 13Opus 77, Two Songs: “I” and “Wind O’ the Westland”
Box 6, Folder 14Opus 78, Canticles
Box 6, Folder 15Opus 79, Three Songs: “Meadowlarks,” “Night Song at Amalfi,” and “In Blossom Time”
Box 6, Folder 16Opus 80, Theme and Variations for flute and string quartet
Box 6, Folder 17Opus 80, Theme and Variations for flue and string quartet (Block’s Notes)
Box 7
Box 7, Folder 1Opus 81, Prelude and Fugue; Opus 82, Dusk in June; Opus 83, from Blackbird Hills; Opus 84, Te Deum
Box 7, Folder 2Opus 85, In the Twilight; Opus 86, May Eve; Opus 87, Fantasia Fugata; Opus 88, Spirit Divine
Box 7, Folder 3Opus 89, Quartet for Strings in One Movement
Box 7, Folder 4Opus 89, Quartet for Strings (Block’s notes)
Box 7, Folder 5Opus 90, “Pastorale” and “Caprice, the Water Sprites”
Box 7, Folder 6Opus 91, The Fair Hills of Eire, O!
Box 7, Folder 7Opus 92, The Hermit Thrush at Eve; The Hermit Thrush at Morn
Box 7, Folder 8Opus 93, Message (S. Teasdale); Opus 94, A Song For Little May/The Arrow and The Song
Box 7, Folder 9Opus 95, Constant Christmas; Opus 96, The Lord is My Shepherd
Box 7, Folder 10Opus 97, From Grandmother’s Garden
Box 7, Folder 11Opus 98, I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes
Box 7, Folder 12Opus 99, Four Songs
Box 7, Folder 13Opus 100, Two Songs
Box 7, Folder 14Opus 101, Peter Pan
Box 7, Folder 15Opus 102, Two Songs: Farewell Summer, Dancing Leaves
Box 7, Folder 16Opus 103, “Benedictus Es, Domine” and “Benedictus”
Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1Opus 104, Suit for Two Pianos
Box 8, Folder 2Opus 104, Suit for Two Pianos (Block’s notes)
Box 8, Folder 3Opus 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 4Opus 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 5Opus 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 6Opus 121, Benedicite, Omina Opera; Opus 122, Communion Responses
Box 8, Folder 7Opus 123, Canticle of the Sun
Box 8, Folder 8Opus 124, Springtime; Opus 125/1, Lento Espressivo (Spirit of Mercy); Opus 125/2, Evening Hymn: The Shadows of the Evening Hours
Box 8, Folder 9Opus 126, Sea Fever; Opus 127, When the Last Sea is Sailed
Box 8, Folder 10Opus 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 1Opus 133, God is Our Stronghold; Opus 136, Fire and Flame; Opus 137, May Flowers
Box 9, Folder 2Opus 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 3Opus 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 4Opus 149, Cabildo
Box 9, Folder 5Opus 149, Cabildo
Box 9, Folder 6Opus 149, Cabildo (Background material)
Box 9, Folder 7Opus 149, Cabildo
Box 9, Folder 8Opus 150, Trio for Piano, Violin and Violincello
Box 9, Folder 9Opus 151, Pastorale
Box 9, Folder 10Opus 152, Though I Take the Wings of Morning
Box 9, Folder 11Other 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 12Other 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 2: Miscellaneous Material

(19 boxes)
Box 10
Box 10, Folder 1Recordings, my liner notes
Box 10, Folder 2Negatives, contact sheets
Box 10, Folder 3Small glossies (photographs)
Box 10, Folder 4Copies (before 1910)
Box 10, Folder 5Music Theory papers
Box 10, Folder 68×10 glossies (photographs)
Box 11
Box 11, Item 1Amy Cheney Beach Manuscript Collection finding aid from the University of Missouri Kansas City
Box 11, Folder 1Correspondence with UNH
Box 11, Folder 2Correspondence, misc.
Box 11, Folder 3Attic Club file
Box 11, Folder 4Marcella Craft
Box 11, Folder 5Associates, A-G
Box 12
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 13
Box 13, Folder 1Dvořák, recent articles
Box 13, Folder 2WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition): Music
Box 13, Folder 3Dvořák, early articles
Box 13, Folder 4H.E. Krehbiel articles
Box 13, Folder 5Music – Anglo-American
Box 13, Folder 6Music – Scottish-Irish folk
Box 13, Folder 7Anthropology and Social Darwinism
Box 13, Folder 8Music – black, ragtime, jazz
Box 13, Folder 9Folk music
Box 14
Loose materials: Primarily consists of photocopies, printed materials, and hand written notes. Subject: Dvořák
Box 15
Box 15, Folder 1Responses to Adrienne Block
Box 15, Folder 2The orchestra history, 1862-1865
Box 15, Folder 3Chamber, solo, vocal, and instrumental
Box 15, Folder 4The orchestra as icon
Box 15, Folder 5Abstract
Box 15, Folder 6Copyright data
Box 15, Folder 7PPIE; PCIE
Box 16
Box 16, Folder 1WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition): Correspondence
Box 16, Folder 2WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition): Blacks
Box 16, Folder 3WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition): Lecture handouts
Box 16, Folder 4WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition): Native Americans
Box 16, Folder 5WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition): Buildings and grounds
Box 16, Folder 6WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition): Bibliography articles
Box 16, Folder 7WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition): Midway
Box 16, Folder 8WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition): General
Box 16, Folder 9Indianist materials (ethnomusicology)
Box 17
Box 17, Folder 1Interviews
Box 17, Folder 2WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition): Blacks
Box 17, Folder 3B. & M.’s workbook
Box 17, Item 175th Anniversary scrapbook
Box 18
Box 18, Folder 1Beach, income 1926-1944, source diaries
Box 18, Folder 2Wills and deeds
Box 18, Folder 375th Anniversary concert
Box 18, Folder 4Work lists made by Amy B.
Box 18, Folder 5Inventories
Box 18, Folder 6B.’s autograph album
Box 19
Box 19, Folder 1Mostly reviews of Block’s book
Box 19, Folder 2Beach Conference I Papers
Box 19, Folder 3AFB: 80/0 1st Fe Quartet (?)
Box 20
Box 20, Folder 1Photocopies from archives; second folder inside “labeled Beach 1940-1944”
Box 20, Folder 223 Photos – Bostonians
Box 20, Folder 323 Photos – Musicians
Box 20, Folder 4Photos – AFB
Box 20, Folder 523 Photos – HHAB
Box 20, Item 1Loose 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 21
Box 21, Folder 1L & W to 1885
Box 21, Folder 2L & W 1930-1944
Box 21, Folder 3Buxbaum correspondence
Box 21, Folder 4Buxbaum correspondence, undated letters
Box 22
Box 22, Folder 1Correspondence, DLC-APS, 1883-1910
Box 22, Folder 2Correspondence, DLC-APS, 1941-1944
Box 22, Folder 3Correspondence, DLC-APS, 1917-1920
Box 22, Folder 4Correspondence, DLC-APS, 1911-1914
Box 22, Folder 5Correspondence, DLC-APS, transcriptions
Box 22, Item 1Binder containing slides
Box 23
Box 23, Folder 1Dz – 1931-1936 (copies of handwritten diary)
Box 23, Folder 2B’s diary, 1941-1944
Box 23, Folder 3Musical visitors, 1909-1910
Box 23, Item 1Loose material: Caller sheets for dances; binder-clipped typed copy of diary
Box 24
Box 24, Folder 1HHAB
Box 24, Folder 2Beach’s Self Concept as Composer
Box 24, Folder 3Genealogical material from Sanborn
Box 24, Folder 4Beach: Chronology/Performances
Box 24, Folder 5Ruth Shaffner/PEO
Box 24, Folder 6R. Crawford
Box 24, Folder 7Folk music Beach owned
Box 25
Box 25, Folder 1Boston: people, places, institutions
Box 25, Folder 2MacDowell Colony
Box 25, Folder 3Associates: H-Z
Box 25, Folder 4Cheney
Box 25, Folder 5MacDowell Colony
Box 26
Box 26, Folder 132/0
Box 26, Folder 245/0
Box 26, Folder 3Correspondence: DLC-APS, 1931-1940
Box 26, Folder 4Correspondence: DLC-APS, 1921-1930
Box 26, Folder 5Correspondence: DeSayn
Box 26, Folder 6Correspondence: E.S. Coolidge
Box 27
Box 27, Folder 1Correspondence: DLC 2nd set
Box 27, Folder 2Correspondence: Dengel
Box 27, Folder 3Arnold Schwab
Box 27, Folder 4Correspondence: NYPL
Box 27, Folder 5Correspondence: Amy Beach to Ruth Schaffner, 1930-1933
Box 27, Folder 6Correspondence: Amy Beach to Ruth Schaffner, 1934-1936
Box 27, Folder 7Correspondence: Amy Beach to Ruth Schaffner, 1937-1960 and fragments
Box 27, Folder 8Correspondence: Amy Beach to DLC Strickland (?)
Box 27, Folder 9Correspondence
Box 27, Folder 10WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition) photos
Box 27, Folder 11Nationalism articles
Box 27, Folder 12WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition), Board of Lady Managers
Box 27, Folder 13WCE (World’s Columbian Exposition), Ethnology
Box 27, Folder 14Recordings
Box 27, Item 1Loose materials: concert programs, photocopies of sheet music, correspondence
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