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Guide to the Frank Fragale Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Frank Fragale Collection
    Dates: 1941-1958
    Collection number: ARS-0007
    Creator: Frank and Josephine Fragale
    Collection Size: 11 linear ft. (17 boxes)
    Repository: Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound
    Stanford University Libraries
    Stanford, California 94305-3076
    Abstract: The Fragale collection consists primarily of scores and recordings, and secondarily of programs, photographs, articles and materials on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?s libretto.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Collection is open for research. Listening appointments may require 24 hours notice. Contact the Archive Operations Manager.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with repository. Publication and reproduction rights reside with the creators or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Head Librarian of the Archive of Recorded Sound.

    Preferred Citation

    Frank Fragale Collection, ARS-0007. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Frank Fragale (1894-1955), a native of Sciara , Italy, received his music education at the Bellini conservatory in Palermo. He continued his studies in New York with Julius Gold, a teacher he felt very indebted to. In 1915 he joined the San Francisco Symphony and Opera as a bass-clarinetist. He combined a performing and composing career. His most important compositions were the Fantasia for cello and piano which won him an honorary recognition at the Third International G. B. Viotti Competition, and his opera Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with a libretto by W. Erich. The opera was premiered in 1953 at the Berkeley Garfield Theater with Earl Bernard Murray and Marsden Argall as conductors of the orchestra and chorus. The performers were volunteers from the Berkeley Opera Workshop and the local Musicians Union.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Frank Fragale Collection consists mainly of scores. These are divided in three groups: the opera, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (111 folders), chamber music (61 folders) and orchestral music (21 folders). Most of the materials in the collection relate to his opera, such as the sixteen photographs. Among the libretto materials are versions in English and Italian. The ten programs range from 1941 to 1958. In addition there are twenty-two articles, six reel to reel tapes, fifty-five instantaneous lacquer discs, and five commercial discs documenting Fragale?s work.


    The collection is arranged in seven series: I. Scores. II. Libretto materials. III. Programs. IV. Photographs. V. Articles and newspaper clippings. VI. Miscellaneous documents. VII. Recordings.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Fragale, Frank, 1894-1955