Irwin Freundlich (1908 - 1977) was an internationally recognized piano educator who taught at the Juilliard School in New York for more than 40 years.
He studied piano with James Friskin and Edward Steuermann at the Institute of Musical Art (parent school of the present Juilliard), and took further studies in musicology with Paul Henry Lang and Erich Hertzmann at Columbia University.
In 1935, he became a member of the faculty at Juilliard and continued to maintain a heavy teaching schedule there in the piano department. He was the co-author with James Friskin of "Music For Piano: A Handbook of Teaching and Concert Material," published in 1954 and currently available from Dover Publications.
His students have concertized throughout the world and have been prize winners in numerous prestigious national and international competitions, such as the Naumberg and Leventritt in New York, the Van Cliburn in Texas, the Mozart in Austria, the Busoni in Italy, the Enescu in Romania, the Liszt-Bartok in Hungary, the J. S. Bach in Washington, D. C. and the Kosciuszko in New York, among many others.
For thirteen summers (1953 - 1965), Irwin Freundlich held master classes on the campus of Bennington College in Vermont. He also performed recitals and conducted master classes, seminars and workshops at many institutions of higher learning throughout the United States, as well as serving on important juries for national and international competitions. He appeared in many recitals of music for one piano four hands with his wife, Lillian Freundlich.
Lillian Freundlich was a distinguished member of the Piano Department at the Peabody Conservatory of Music and was also a member, at times, of the faculties at Juilliard Summer School, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Aside from her performances with her husband, Lillian Freundlich also performed solo recitals in the U.S. and Europe.
SERIES I - PERFORMANCE FILES
Here are found programs, reviews, advertisements, and promotional materials that are related to specific performances of the Freundlichs. The materials are organized chronologically by performance date, and span the period 1935 through 1984. The numbers in parentheses represent the number of copies in that subdivision. This series is located in box 1 and has been divided into the following subseries:
Subseries 1 - Irwin Freundlich (1945 - 1968)
Subseries 2 - Lillian Freundlich (1935 - 1984)
Subseries 3 - Irwin & Lillian Freundlich (1968 - 1972)
SERIES II - IRWIN FREUNDLICH TEACHING FILES
Here are found students' programs, reviews, advertisements and promotional materials that are related to Irwin's teaching. This series is located in box 1 and all subseries are organized chronologically by performance date, except subseries 2:
Subseries 1 - Juilliard studio recitals (1947 - 1960)
Subseries 2 - Juilliard student recitals (A - Y)
Subseries 3 - Bennington recitals (1953 - 1965)
Subseries 4 - Irwin master classes (1950 - 1976)
SERIES III - LILLIAN FREUNDLICH TEACHING FILES
Here are found students' programs, reviews, advertisements and promotional materials related to Lillian's teaching. This series is located in box 1 and has been divided into the following four subseries. Subseries 1 & 3 are organized alphabetically by performer's name. Subseries 2 & 4 are organized chronologically by performance date .
Subseries 1 - Peabody student recitals (names in alphabetical order)
- 1st folder (A - H)
- 2nd folder (H - Z)
Subseries 2 - Peabody student recitals (1972 - 1989)
Subseries 3 - Private student recitals (F - W)
Subseries 4 - Lillian master classes (1968 - 1987)
SERIES IV - STUDENT ACTIVITIES
Here are found programs, reviews, and advertisements that are related to specific performances of the students. This series is located in boxes 2 and 3.
Subseries 1 - Names in chronological order (1953 - 1977)
Subseries 2 - Names in alphabetical order (B - W)
SERIES V - PROGRAM FILES
Here are found duplicate programs that are related to specific performances by the Freundlichs and their students. This series is located in boxes 3 and 4.
Box 3 contains 12 folders. Box 4 contains 26 folders.
SERIES VI - RECORDING FILES
Here are found reel-to-reel tapes containing performances of the Freundlichs and thei students. This series is located in boxes 5 through 7.
Subseries 1 - Irwin Freundlich (1954 - 1973)
Subseries 2 - Lillian Freundlich (1959 - 1976)
Subseries 3 - Juilliard student recitals (A - V)
This series is located in boxes 8 through 9 and is divided into three categories:
Subseries 1 - Irwin Files
- Letters to Irwin
- Letters from Irwin
- Bennington Correspondence
- Irwin foreign Correspondence
- Correspondence File
Subseries 2 - Lillian Files
- Letters to Lillian
- Letters from Lillian
- Correspondence File
- Professional Correspondence File
Subseries 3 - Third-Party Correspondence
SERIES VIII - SUBJECT FILES
This series is located in box 9 and is divided into two categories:
Subseries 1 - Irwin Freundlich
- Biographical Notes
- Biographical Files
- Juilliard courses outline
Subseries 2 - Lillian Freundlich
- Biographical Files
SERIES IX - ADDITIONAL SUBJECT FILES
This series is located in box 9 and is divided into four categories:
Subseries 1 - Competitions
Subseries 2 - Travel files
- Bennington Summer Program
- Travel Agency
Subseries 3 - Ralph Freundlich files
Subseries 4 - Friends' files
SERIES X - IRWIN'S WRITING
This series is located in box 10 and is divided into three categories:
Subseries 1 - Articles, Lectures, Notes
Subseries 2 - Incomplete Score Samples
Subseries 3 - Publisher Correspondence
This series consists of 260 photographs and is located in box 10.
Subseries 1 - Family Photographs (126)
- Lillian (33)
- Irwin (25)
- Family (56)
- Friends (12)
Subseries 2 - Students photographs (112)
- Photographs with students (19)
- Bennington photographs (45)
- Student photographs (48)
Subseries 3 - Personal collections (22)
- Miscellaneous (14)
- Postcards (6)
- Photos with frame (2)
This series is located in boxes 10 through 11 and is divided into two categories:
Subseries 1 - Journals, Magazines
Subseries 2 - Books, Programs
Subseries 3 - Other Materials (15 folders)