William Berwald papers.

Finding aid prepared by Carlota Ramirez, Student Processing Assistant.
Special Collections & University Archives
The UCR Library
P.O. Box 5900
University of California
Riverside, California 92517-5900
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Descriptive Summary

Title: William Berwald papers
Date (inclusive): 1864-1948, undated
Collection Number: MS 078
Creator: Berwald, W. (William), 1864-1948
Extent: 0.42 linear feet (1 box)
Repository: Rivera Library. Special Collections Department.
Riverside, CA 92517-5900
Abstract: This collection contains several items related to composer William Berwald, including photocopies of several of his compositions, performance programs, articles, and a copy of a manuscript remembrance of Berwald written by his daughter.
Languages: The collection is in English.


The collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[identification of item], [date if possible]. William Berwald papers (MS 078). Special Collections & University Archives, University of California, Riverside.

Acquisition Information

Provenance unknown.

Processing History

The collection was processed by Carlota Ramirez, Student Processing Assistant, in 2017.
Processing of the William Berwald papers was completed by undergraduate students from the University of California, Riverside as part of the Special Collections & University Archives Backlog Processing Project started in 2015. This project was funded by the UCR Library and administered by Jessica Geiser, Collections Management Librarian.

Biographical Note

Born in Germany in 1864, William Berwald became the head of the Department of Music Theory at Syracuse University in New York, where he taught for 52 years. He published over 400 compositions, ranging from orchestral works to pedagogical pieces for piano, and was the winner of numerous prizes including the Clemson Gold Medal in 1913, the Prosser Etude prize in 1915, and the Estey Organ Prize in 1928. He also served as the conductor of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra from 1922 to 1925.

Collection Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials related to composer William Berwald, including photocopies of several of his compositions, performance programs, articles, and a copy of a manuscript remembrance of Berwald written by his daughter.
Compositions found in the collection include: Dramatic Overtude, Hawaiian Isles, From Old Japan, Eros and Psyche, Dreams, Voice of Fate, The Way of the Cross, and Symphonic Prelude. A few of the compositions in the collection are poorly photocopied and may prove difficult to read.

Collection Arrangement

The collection is arranged topically.

Indexing Terms

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


Composers -- United States -- 20th century
Composers, German

Genres and Forms of Materials

Sheet music

Box 1, Folder 1

William H. Berwald articles 1864-1948

Box 1, Folder 2

William Berwald memories by daughter undated

Box 1, Folder 3

"Dramatic Overtude" undated

Box 1, Folder 4

"Hawaiian Isles" 1928

Box 1, Folder 5

"From Old Japan" undated

Box 1, Folder 6

"Eros & Psyche" 1944

Box 1, Folder 7

"Dreams" 1928

Box 1, Folder 8

"Voice of Fate" 1904

Box 1, Folder 9

"The Way of the Cross" 1917

Box 1, Folder 10

"Symphonic Prelude" - Organ and orchestra 1928

Box 1, Folder 11

"Symphonic Prelude" - All instruments 1928

Box 1, Folder 12

Unknown music sheets undated