Carl Rudolph Hermann Friedberg was born September 18, 1872 in Bingen-am-Rhein, Germany. He began studying music in 1876 and then moved to Frankfurt in the early 1880s for further study, including occasional lessons from Clara Schumann. He was also coached by Johannes Brahms in the performance of Brahms' piano works. Soon after, Friedberg became self-sufficient as a teacher in his own right and, within a few years, began performing.
In 1891, he took the first of many international excursions when he toured Spain. This was followed by more European touring, as well as a fortuitous stint as a teacher at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt. This position afforded him the chance to tour widely.
In 1914, Friedberg made his first appearance in the U.S. Soon thereafter, he joined the faculty of the Institute for Musical Arts, which later became the Juilliard School.
Friedberg's only studio recordings date from 1953 (two years before his death) and have now been reissued on CD by Marston Records together with additional live and studio performances.
Friedberg died on September 9th, 1955.
SERIES I: PERFORMANCE FILES
This series comprises reviews, programs and publicity materials organized chronologically by performance date. The materials are located in Box 1 of the collection.
SERIES II: PHOTOGRAPHS
This series comprises photographs that are organized into three sub-series: A. Photographs of Carl Friedberg alone; B. Photographs of Carl Friedberg and others; and C. Photographs used as illustrations for the Carl Friedberg book written by Julia Smith. These photographs are located in Box 1 of the collection.
SERIES III: GUEST BOOK
This book appears to comprise names and possible appearance or performance dates of CF's students.
SERIES IV: SCRAPBOOKS: I AND II
These scrapbooks are two blue-cloth loose-leaf notebooks that contain newspaper articles, biographical brochures, and descriptive materials pertaining to CF and his master classes, to the Carl Friedberg Alumni Association, and to the recording CF made in his later years. Scrapbook II also contains articles about the death of CF and the subsequent formation of the Carl Friedberg Music Foundation, Inc. These scrapbooks are located in Box 1 of the collection.
SERIES V: SUBJECT FILES
This series consists of additional newspaper articles, brochures, and correspondence pertaining to CF over and above what is included in Series I, II, III, and IV. Also included here are personal memorabilia, and materials pertaining to performances by the students of CF. These materials are located in Box 1 and Box 2 of the collection.
SERIES VI: ADDITIONAL MATERIALS
Here are found materials which were added to the collection at a later date. They are located in Box 3.