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Finding Aid for the Rudolf Friml Collection of musical compositions, 1905-1968
PASC-M 20  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Rudolf Friml Collection of musical compositions
    Date (inclusive): 1905-1968
    Collection number: PASC-M 20
    Creator: Friml, Rudolf, 1879-1972.
    Extent: 200 boxes (100 linear ft.)
    Abstract: The collection consists of scores and sketches, and ozalid reproductions of music for the stage and other compositions by Friml, as well as many sound recordings, and personal and business papers. The collection is currently being processed. Updates to the finding aid will be made periodically.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Rudolf Friml, 1968-1969.
    Gift of the Composer, 1971 (Boxes 1-3).

    Processing Note

    The majority of the collection is in the midst of being processed. The finding aid will be updated periodically.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Rudolf Friml Collection of musical compositions (Collection Number PASC-M 20). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography/History

    Charles Rudolf Friml was born on Dec. 7, 1879 in Prague, Czechoslovakia; studied composition with Antonín Dvořák and piano with Josef Jiránek at the Prague Conservatory (1900-3); was accompanist for the violinist Jan Kubelfk on tours of Europe and the US (1900-6); settled in the US in 1906, performing his First piano concerto with Walter Damrosch and the New York Symphony Orchestra; gained a reputation for his keyboard improvisations, character pieces, lyrical salon dances, etudes, violin and cello pieces and songs, some written under the pseudonym Roderick Freeman; wrote 30 operettas and revue scores; moved to Hollywood in 1925, adapting his works and writing new scores for films; compositions include The firefly (1912), Rose Marie (1924), The vagabond king (1925), and The three musketeers (1928); he died on Nov. 12, 1972 in Los Angeles.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of: scores and sketches, and ozalid reproductions of music for the stage and other compositions by Friml; printed sheet music and scores of Friml's compositions; commercial and non-commercial sound recordings, including improvisations by Friml at the piano; business and personal papers; and posters and ephemera relating to the composer's career.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    • Series 1. Business papers
    • Series 2. Clippings
    • Series 3. Correspondence
    • Series 4. Written Music
    • Series 5. Photographs
    • Series 6. Posters
    • Series 8. Sound recordings
    • Series 10. Works: The Firefly
    • Series 11. Works: The Vagabond King
    • Series 12. Works: Prelude to Vatican City
    • Series 14. Works: L'Amour Toujours
    • Series 15. Works: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra III
    • Series 16. Works: Oriental Fantasy
    • Series 17. Works: Lord I'm Glad
    • Series 18. Works: Scotch Archer's Song
    • Series 19. Works: Faster and Faster
    • Series 20. Works: Spirit of America
    • Series 21. Programs and Playbills
    • Series 22. Miscellaneous Paper Materials (unprocessed)
    • Series 23. Scripts
    • Series 24. Travel
    • Series 27. Works: Rose Marie
    • Series 28. Works: Mt. Matterhorn
    • Series 29. Works: Friml Fantasy
    • Series 30. Film
    • Series 31. Death and Tributes

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Friml, Rudolf, 1879-1972 --Archives.
    Composers --United States --Archival resources.
    Musicals.
    Music --Manuscripts.