Hopekirk, Helen

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Scots-American composer and pianist Helen Hopekirk (1856-1945) was considered one of the great concert pianists of her generation. She taught at the New England Conservatory in Boston, and in 1900 she premiered her Piano Concerto in D with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Her recitals often included her own compositions which demonstrated the strong influence of Celtic folk music on her work.

From the description of Helen Hopekirk collection, 1875-1930. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71129962

Pianist, composer, and educator; born in Edinburgh, Scotland, 1856; married William Wilson; died in Massachusetts, 1945.

From the description of Papers of Helen Hopekirk, 1885-1894. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 82780283

Helen Hopekirk (May 20, 1856-November 19, 1945) was a concert pianist, composer and teacher who was born in Scotland. She studied with many well-known artists, including Karl Muck, who later conducted the Boston Symphony, as well as American composer George Whitefield Chadwick. In 1882 Hopekirk married William A. Wilson, who became her manager. Hopekirk traveled throughout Europe, and made her American debut in 1883 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. One of Hopekirk's most notable works is her edition of Seventy Scottish Songs (1905), which reflects her interest in folk material. She became an American citizen in 1918, and made her last public appearance in 1939 in Boston.

From the description of Papers of Helen Hopekirk, 1880-1945. (University of Arizona). WorldCat record id: 57359628

From the guide to the Helen Hopekirk papers, 1880-1945, (University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Ives, Charles, 1874-1954. The Charles Ives papers, 1874-1983 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Johnson, Frances H. Frances H. Johnson Papers, 1885-1947. Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Out But Not Down (Organization). Out But Not Down Club records, 1952-1998. Smith College, Neilson Library
creatorOf Ward, Lydia Avery Coonley, 1845-1924. Autographs collected and letters received by Lydia Avery Coonley Ward, 1705, 1785, 1848, 1861-1922 (bulk 1861-1922). University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Starbuck, Walter F. Walter F. Starbuck collection, 1894-1940. New England Conservatory of Music, Harriet M. Spaulding Library
creatorOf A.P. Schmidt Company. A.P. Schmidt Company archives, 1869-1958 (bulk 1895-1920). Library of Congress
referencedIn Starbuck, Walter F. Walter F. Starbuck collection, 1894-1940 [microform]. New England Conservatory of Music, Harriet M. Spaulding Library
referencedIn Chadwick, G. W. (George Whitefield), 1854-1931. George Whitefield Chadwick collection, 1873-1936, (bulk 1885-1930). New England Conservatory of Music, Harriet M. Spaulding Library
creatorOf Hopekirk, Helen. Helen Hopekirk collection, 1875-1930. Library of Congress
creatorOf Hopekirk, Helen. Papers of Helen Hopekirk, 1880-1945. University of Arizona Libraries
referencedIn Nicolas Slonimsky Collection, 1873-1997, (bulk 1920-1990) Music Division Library of Congress
creatorOf Helen Hopekirk papers, 1880-1945 University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
creatorOf Sharp, William, 1855-1905. Autograph letter signed "Fiona Macleod" : Murrayfield, Midlothian, to Helen Hopekirk, [no year]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn The Charles Ives Papers, 1874-1983 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
creatorOf Hopekirk, Helen. Papers of Helen Hopekirk, 1885-1894. Library of Congress
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associatedWith A.P. Schmidt Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Chadwick, G. W. (George Whitefield), 1854-1931. person
correspondedWith Dodge, Mary Mapes, 1830-1905 person
correspondedWith Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-1894 person
associatedWith Ives, Charles, 1874-1954. person
associatedWith Johnson, Frances H. person
associatedWith Out But Not Down (Organization) corporateBody
associatedWith Richter, E. F. (Ernst Friedrich), 1808-1879. person
associatedWith Sharp, William, 1855-1905. person
associatedWith Slonimsky, Nicolas, 1894-1995 person
correspondedWith Starbuck, Walter F. person
associatedWith Ward, Lydia Avery Coonley, 1845-1924. person
associatedWith Washington, Booker T., 1856-1915. person
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Birth 1856-05-20

Death 1945-11-19

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