Oldberg, Arne, 1874-1962

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Composed 1925. First performance Chicago, 18 March 1927, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Frederick Stock conductor.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Symphony #3, opus 41 / Arne Oldberg. [1925] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 53081686

Arne Oldberg (b. July 12, 1874, in Youngstown, Ohio; d. Feb. 17, 1962, in Evanston, Ill.) was a composer, musician and music professor. He joined the Northwestern University piano faculty in 1897, was appointed professor of music in 1899, and served as professor of piano and composition and director of the graduate department of the Music School until his retirement in 1941.

From the description of Arne Oldberg collection, circa 1887-1962. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71129951

Composed 1930. First performance Hollywood, 16 August 1932, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Frederick Stock conductor, Hilda Edwards soloist. Awarded prize in the Hollywood Bowl Competition, 1931.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Piano-concerto no. 2 / Arne Oldberg. [1930] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 53081664

Composed 1939.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of 4th symphony, op. 50 / Arne Oldberg. [1939]. (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 285300834

Originally composed for string orchestra, 1938; transcribed 1939.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Variations for orchestra, op. 49 / by Arne Oldberg. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 53081690

First performance Davenport, Iowa, 28 November 1953, Tri-City Symphony, Harry John Brown conductor, Helen Kotas horn.--Cf. Fleisher Collection.

From the description of Le son du cor / Arne Oldberg. [19--] (Franklin & Marshall College). WorldCat record id: 53081682

Biographical Note

  • 1874, July 12: Born Youngstown, Ohio
  • 1886 - 1890 : Studied with August Hyllested
  • 1890: Received George M. Pullman Diamond Medal for piano
  • 1892: Graduated with honors, Gottschalk Lyric School, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1893 - 1895 : Studied piano with Theodor Leschetizky, Vienna
  • 1895 - 1898 : Studied composition and orchestration with Wilhelm Middelschulte, Adolph Koelling, and Frederic Grant Gleason, Chicago
  • 1898 - 1899 : Studied composition with Josef Rheinberger, Akademie der Tonkunst, Munich
  • 1899 - 1941 : Professor of Music, professor of Piano and Composition, and director of the Graduate School, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
  • 1900: Married Mary Sloan
  • 1908: Dramatic overture, Paolo and Francesca, op. 21, premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Frederick Stock
  • 1909: Festival overture, op. 29, premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • 1911: Symphony, no. 1, op. 23, version 2, F minor received second prize for symphony, Biennial Prize Competition for American Composers sponsored by National Federation of Music Clubs
  • 1913: Theme and variations for orchestra, op. 19, premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Frederick Stock
  • 1914: Symphonic variations for organ and orchestra, op. 35, premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Frederick Stock
  • 1915: Elected to National Institute of Arts and Letters Symphony, no. 2, op. 34, C minor, received first prize in Biennial Prize Competition for American Composers sponsored by National Federation of Music Clubs Rhapsody, June premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Frederick Stock
  • 1916: Honorary M.A., Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
  • 1917: Fantasy, At Night, op. 38 premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Frederick Stock
  • 1921: Canzone, premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Frederick Stock
  • 1927: Symphony no. 3 in F minor, op. 41, premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Frederick Stock
  • 1929: Symphonic variations, op. 42, premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Frederick Stock
  • 1931: Received first prize, Hollywood Bowl Contest for Piano concerto, no. 2, op. 43, A major
  • 1937: Symphonic poem, The Sea, op. 47, premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Hans Lange
  • 1938: Fantasia in B minor, op. 48, premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Frederick Stock
  • 1939: Elected honorary member, Iota Chapter of Sinfonia Fraternity
  • 1940: Awarded Honorary Life Membership, Northwestern University Alumni Association
  • 1941: Retired from Northwestern University Andante cantabile, op. 50 premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Nicolai Malko
  • 1943: Symphony no. 4 in B minor, op. 50 premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Hans Lange
  • 1946: Concerto for violin in D minor, op. 46, premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Désiré Defauw
  • 1950: Symphony no. 5 in E minor, op. 54 premiered by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of George Szell
  • 1959: Awarded Ohioana Career Medal in Music for composing and teaching achievements
  • 1962, Feb. 17: Died, Evanston, Ill.

From the guide to the Arne Oldberg Collection, circa 1887-1962, (Music Division Library of Congress)

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.

From the guide to the Arne Oldberg scores, 1894-1953, (Music Library)

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.

From the guide to the Arne Oldberg (1874-1962) Papers, 1917-1976, n.d., (Northwestern University Archives)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Oldberg, Arne, 1874-1962. Sinfonia F moll, op. 23. Northwestern University
creatorOf Oldberg, Arne, 1874-1962. Arne Oldberg collection, circa 1887-1962. Library of Congress
referencedIn Thomas Concert Class (Evanston, Ill.). Concert class diaries, 1910-1916. Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rosenthal Archives
creatorOf Oldberg, Arne, 1874-1962. Concerto all' antico, op. 46 / Arne Oldberg. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Oldberg, Arne, 1874-1962. Sonata / Arne Oldberg. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Oldberg, Arne, 1874-1962. St. Francis of Assisi : Prayer ; Hymn to creation. University of Southern California, USC Libraries
creatorOf Oldberg, Arne, 1874-1962. Piano-concerto no. 2 / Arne Oldberg. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Arne Oldberg scores, 1894-1953 Music Library
creatorOf Oldberg, Arne, 1874-1962. Ballade, op. 53 / Arne Oldberg. Northwestern University
creatorOf Oldberg, Arne, 1874-1962. Concertino, op. 24 / Arne Oldberg. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Oldberg, Arne, 1874-1962. Symphony #3, opus 41 / Arne Oldberg. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Oldberg, Arne, 1874-1962. Symphonic variations, op. 40 / Arne Oldberg. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Arne Oldberg Collection, circa 1887-1962 Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Oldberg, Arne, 1874-1962. Le son du cor / Arne Oldberg. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Oldberg, Arne, 1874-1962. Concerto, op. 17 / Arne Oldberg. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Arne Oldberg (1874-1962) Papers, 1917-1976, n.d. Northwestern University Archives
creatorOf Oldberg, Arne, 1874-1962. [Letter] 1918, August 6, Estes Park, Colorado [to] Editor, Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, New York City / Arne Oldberg. Northwestern University
referencedIn Susannah Armstrong Coleman Collection, 1912-1953, (bulk 1930-1949) Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Oldberg, Arne, 1874-1962. Concerto, op. 46. Eastman School of Music
referencedIn Coleman, Susannah Armstrong. Susannah Armstrong Coleman collection, 1912-1953 (bulk 1930-1949). Library of Congress
creatorOf Oldberg, Arne, 1874-1962. 4th symphony, op. 50 / Arne Oldberg. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Oldberg, Arne, 1874-1962. The sea : fantasy for orchestra, opus 47 / Arne Oldberg. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Oldberg, Arne, 1874-1962. Variations for orchestra, op. 49 / by Arne Oldberg. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
creatorOf Oldberg, Arne, 1874-1962. A legend / Arne Oldberg. Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Library
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correspondedWith Bloomfield-Zeisler, Fannie, 1863-1927 person
correspondedWith Cadman, Charles Wakefield, 1881-1946 person
associatedWith Chicago Symphony Orchestra. corporateBody
associatedWith Coleman, Susannah Armstrong. person
correspondedWith Farwell, Arthur, 1872-1952 person
correspondedWith Foote, Arthur, 1853-1937 person
correspondedWith Gleason, Frederic Grant, 1848-1903 person
correspondedWith Leschetizky, Theodor, 1830-1915 person
correspondedWith Liebling, Emil, 1851-1914 person
correspondedWith Middelschulte, Wilhelm, 1863-1943 person
associatedWith Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Music Library. General Manuscript Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Music Library. General Manuscript Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). School of Music corporateBody
correspondedWith Oldberg, Oscar, 1846-1913 person
correspondedWith Reiner, Fritz, 1888-1963 person
correspondedWith Stokowski, Leopold, 1882-1977 person
correspondedWith Szell, George, 1897-1970 person
associatedWith Thomas Concert Class (Evanston, Ill.) corporateBody
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Piano with orchestra--Scores and parts
Orchestral music, Arranged
Sacred songs (Medium voice) with organ
Chamber orchestra music--Scores and parts
Violoncello with orchestra--Scores and parts
Orchestral music--Scores
Instrumental ensembles--Scores and parts
Horn with orchestra--Scores and parts
Sonatas (Violoncello and piano)--Scores and parts
Violin with orchestra--Scores and parts
Piano with chamber orchestra--Scores and parts
Variations (Orchestra)--Scores and parts
Concertos (Violoncello)--Scores and parts
Symphonies--Scores
Concertos (Horn)--Scores and parts
Music--Manuscripts
Concertos (Piano)--Scores and parts
Composers--Correspondence
Concertos (Violin)--Scores and parts
Fantasia
Pianists--United States
Music--Manuscripts--United States
Composers--United States
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Birth 1874-07-12

Death 1962-02-17

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