Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954

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Frederick Caldecott Slee was a successful corporate lawyer in Buffalo, N.Y. While at Harvard pursuing his law degree, he also studied music theory, composition, and performance. He later furthered his music education by studying under Ernest Schelling and Walter Damrosch in New York City and Nadia Boulanger at the Sorbonne in Paris. An accomplished musician who played viola, violin, piano and cello, Slee formed a string quartet that performed locally in Buffalo. He composed more than three dozen works including several songs, works for string quartet and other chamber ensembles, a choral work, a work for solo organ, and an orchestral work.

From the description of Frederick Caldecott Slee Collection of Manuscript Scores, 1890-1954. (SUNY at Buffalo). WorldCat record id: 256949578

Frederick Caldecott Slee (1870-1954), was a successful corporate lawyer in Buffalo, N.Y. His two passions in life were sailing and Beethoven. While at Harvard pursuing his law degree, Mr.Slee also studied music theory and composition. He later furthered his music education at the Sorbonne, in Paris. Mr. Slee and his wife Alice were devoted fans of chamber music and the music of Beethoven, especially the string quartets. They built a special music room in their Saybrook Place home with a raised platform for performers. The room was used most Sundays for recitals with friends. Mr. Slee was an accomplished musician, playing viola, violin, piano and the cello. Alice Slee, née McDonald, was born August 20, 1875 in East Aurora, NY. She moved to Buffalo to attend business school. It was there that Alice met and married Frederick Slee in 1905. Mrs. Slee was active in many worthy causes, serving the Red Cross through the two World Wars. Mrs. Slee was honored as one of Western New York's outstanding citizens by the Buffalo News in 1952. Mrs. Slee was also devoted to the music of Beethoven and sponsored concerts for all of Buffalo to enjoy. Mrs. Slee passed away exactly two years after her husband on May 19, 1956. The Slee Bequest at the University at Buffalo provides for the annual performance of all of Beethoven's string quartets in an order prescribed by Frederick Slee. The concert series dates to 1955 and has featured some of the most renowned string quartets, including the Budapest, Guarnieri, Juilliard, Cleveland, Tokyo, Emerson, and Concord quartets. The Music Department at The State University of Buffalo administers the Slee Bequest and the annual series of concerts are held in Slee Concert Hall located at the University. The endowment also funds the Slee professorship in the Music Department.

From the description of Collection, 1893-1981 (SUNY at Buffalo). WorldCat record id: 54977600

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creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Navaro's [i.e. Navarro's] danse espagnole / Slee. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Dein Bildniss wunderselig : for tenor voice, 2 vln, viola, cello / of a poem by Eichendorff ; [music by Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Air and variations / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Sun of the sleepless / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Romance in G : for violin and piano / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Reminiscence / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Bagatelle / Caldecott. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Monody / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Last night I stole away alone / [text by] Celia Thaxter ; [music by Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Ritournelle / [text by François Coppée ; music by Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. The sea / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Cocoon / [music by Frederick Caldecott Slee ; text by] Kathleen Millay. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Eclogue / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Frederick Caldecott Slee Collection of Manuscript Scores, 1890-1954. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Gavotte / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Sarabande / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Navarro's danse espagnole / Slee. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Cocoon / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Variations on an old Dutch melody: (1626) / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Lay of the fascinating midget / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Scherzo / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Five idylls : for piano / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Madrigal for two voices / [text by] Austin Dobson ; [music by Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Romance in G : piano & violin / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Last night I stole away alone / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Fantasia for violin alone / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
referencedIn Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750. Largo : de la 5'' sonate pour violin seul / J.S. Bach ; trans. par Gaston Choisnel [and Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Pastoral / [text by] François Coppée ; [music by Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Collection, 1893-1981 SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Golden myth / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. [Air and variations / Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
referencedIn Recorder lesson. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Quartette in C / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Dialogue : poem from the Russian ; music adapted for soprano, mezzo soprano, violin and viola, from Grieg's orchestral version of a folk-song / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. [Untitled musical sketch / Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Romance in G : violin & piano / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Poet / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Phantoms / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Madrigal for two voices / [text by] Austin Dobson ; [music by Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Facets : trio for piano, violin and cello / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Bravery / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Haydn, Joseph, 1732-1809. J. Haydn trio #6 / [music by] J. Haydn ; [transcribed by Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Music for tenor voice and strings / poem by Eichendorff ; [music by Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Sarabande / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Air varié : for cello / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Prelude and fugue / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Two Spanish dances by Navarro : (B) "Pienso en ti" / arranged by Frederick Slee. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Metaphor / [text] after Shakespeare ; [music by Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Facets : various aspects of the same theme / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Chorale / Caldecott. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Last night I stole away alone : for voice and orchestra / [text by] (Celia Thaxter) ; setting by Slee ; orchestration by Frederick W. Krafft. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Gulf stream / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Monody / Cal de Cott. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. Mozart trio #2 / [music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ; transcribed by Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Love ye the Lord : (Psalm XXXI) / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Variations on a hymn tune / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Fête galante = Garden party / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Litany / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Reminiscence : organ / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Piano trio in A / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Air and variations / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
referencedIn Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937. The night light : Limousin folk-song / harmonised by Ravel ; adapted by Cal de Cott. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Bravery / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Gavotte / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Music for tenor voice and strings / based on a poem by Eichendorff ; [music by Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Last night I stole away alone / text by Celia Thaxter ; music by Fred'k Caldecott Slee. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Haydn, Joseph, 1732-1809. J. Haydn trio #4 / [music by Joseph Haydn ; transcribed by Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Variations on a hymn tune / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Slee, Frederick Caldecott, 1870-1954. Variations for viola solo on a hymn tune / [Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
referencedIn Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937. The night light : Limousin folk-song / harmonised by Ravel ; adapted by Cal de Cott. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
creatorOf Fielitz, Alexander von, 1860-1930. Six songs by Alexander von Fielitz, op. 26 : 6 "Auf dunklen Wogen weil 'ich allein" / [transcribed by Frederick Caldecott Slee]. SUNY at Buffalo, University at Buffalo
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associatedWith Bach, Johann Sebastian, 1685-1750. person
associatedWith Brooks, Eugene, 1921-2001 person
associatedWith Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824 person
associatedWith Coppée, François, 1842-1908 person
associatedWith Davidson, Gustav, 1895-1971 person
associatedWith Dobson, Austin, 1840-1921 person
associatedWith Eichendorff, Joseph, Freiherr von, 1788-1857 person
associatedWith Fielitz, Alexander von, 1860-1930. person
associatedWith Franck, César, 1822-1890. person
associatedWith Frost, Robert, 1874-1963 person
associatedWith Gianakoulis, Theodore person
associatedWith Grieg, Edvard, 1843-1907. person
associatedWith Haydn, Joseph, 1732-1809. person
associatedWith Heine, Heinrich, 1797-1856. person
associatedWith Krafft, Frederick W. person
associatedWith Millay, Kathleen, d. 1943 person
associatedWith Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus, 1756-1791. person
associatedWith Ravel, Maurice, 1875-1937. person
associatedWith Rice, Ethel. person
associatedWith Rogers, Robert Cameron, 1862-1912. person
associatedWith Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 person
associatedWith Simpson, Louis Wright. person
associatedWith Slee, Alice, 1875-1956. person
associatedWith Slee family. family
associatedWith Stephen, Walter W. person
associatedWith Thaxter, Celia, 1835-1894 person
associatedWith Valerius, Adriaan, d. 1625. person
associatedWith Verlaine, Paul, 1844-1896 person
associatedWith Villa, José García person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Ontario, Lake (N.Y. and Ont.)
Subject
Songs with piano
Piano trios--Scores and parts
Sailing
Songs (High voice) with piano--Scores and parts
Musical sketches
Instrumental ensembles
Variations (String quartet)--Scores and parts
Violin music
Songs (High voice) with instrumental ensemble--Parts
Songs (High voice) with instrumental ensemble
String quartets--Parts
Piano trios
Songs (medium voice) with piano--Scores and parts
Songs (medium voice) with piano
Folk songs, Dutch
Dance music
Psalms (Music)--31st Psalm
Music--Manuscripts
Violin and piano music, Arranged--Scores and parts
Viola music
Scherzos (string quartet)--Scores and parts
Violin and piano music--Scores and parts
Logbooks--1911-1920
Songs (High voice) with piano
String quartets
Vocal duets, Unaccompanied
Canons, fugues, etc. (String quartet)--Scores and parts
Piano music
Choruses, Sacred (Mixed voices, 4 parts) with organ--Scores and parts
Vocal duets with violin and viola--Scores and parts
Songs (Medium voice) with orchestra, Arranged--Scores and parts
String quartets--Scores and parts
Romances (Music)
Organ music
Songs (High voice) with instrumental ensemble--Scores and parts
Instrumental ensembles--Parts
Variations (Viola)
Sarabands
Violoncello and piano music--Scores and parts
Occupation
Function

Person

Birth 1870-09-25

Death 1954-05-19

German,

English,

French

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