Inventory of the Helen Viva Sadilek collection, 1883-1971

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Inventory of the Helen Viva Sadilek Collection, 1883-1971

Collection number: ARCHIVES SADILEK 1

The Music Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Helen Viva Sadilek Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1883-1971
Collection number: ARCHIVES SADILEK 1
Creator: Sadilek, Helen Viva, 1883-1971
Extent: Number of container: 1 box
Repository: The Music Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language: English.

Administrative Information


Mrs. Ruth Saphir Hardin (daughter of Helen Sadilek) in September, 1975.


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Music Library.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Helen Viva Sadilek collection, ARCHIVES SADILEK 1, The Music Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Scope and Content

Collection of photographic postcards and pictures, chiefly of musicians, some with inscriptions, notes, or greetings, and other memorabilia, including letters and Sadilek's musical diary, particularly as they pertain to her musical studies and friendship with Xaver Scharwenka, German pianist, composer, and pedagogue.

item 1.

Bulletin of the Konservatorium der Musik Klindworth-Scharwenka, Berlin. "Prospect 1910/1911 und Jahresbericht 1909/1910." Helen Sadilek is listed as pupil no. 512 (p. 38), a piano student of Xaver Scharwenka.

item 2-3.

Two printed invitations from Xaver Scharwenka and his wife to Helen Sadilek to attend musical events, November, 1909 to February, 1910.

item 4.

Helen Sadilek, Musical diary. Record of concerts attended (with comments) in Berlin from Dec. 30, 1910 to about June, 1911. References to Sergei Liapunov, Julia Culp, Coenraad V. Bos, Gustav Kobbe, Henri Casadesus, Olga Steeb, Josef Lhévinne, Raoul Pugno, Emil Saur, Ossip Gabrilowitsch, Marcella Sembrich, Arthur Nikisch, Mark Hambourg, and Lillian Nordica.


Letters from Xaver Scharwenka to Helen Scharwenka to Helen Sadilek, dated:

item 5.

June 12, 1913.

item 6.

July 15, 1916.

item 7.

May 2, 1920.

item 8.

February 4, 1921.

item 9.

January 18, 1924.


Letter from Lucie Scharwenka, daughter of Xaver, to Helen Sadilek:

item 10.

June 3, 1932.


Postcards from Xaver Scharwenka to Helen Sadilek:

item 11.

Indistinct date, Berlin.

item 12.

Indistinct date, Berlin.


Postcard from Lucie Scharwenka to Helen Sadilek:

item 13.

October 18, 1912, Washington, D.C.

item 14.

Photograph taken in Omaha, Nebraska of Amelita Galli-Curci and friends of the Sadilek family. Date: April 6, nd. Inscription: taken in front of our home Apr. 6th just before they left for the concert tour. Taken by (?) Homer.

item 15.

Postcard dated July, 1910 containing the autograph signatures of:


Zenaide Scharwenka (wife of Xaver), Toulde Scharwenka, Lucie Scharwenka, Xaver Scharwenka, and others.

item 16.

Memoir, Winter 1909-1910 (description of a "musical tea" held at the home of Xaver Scharwenka. This typescript account appears to have been written years after the event, perhaps as a newspaper interview).

Scope and Content Note

The memoir describes Marie Wieck, 1832-1916, the younger sister of Clara Schumann, wife of Robert Schumann, as the guest of honor. Scharwenka's Fourth Piano Concertowas played by Emil Frey, with the composer playing the orchestra part. Several evenings later Marie Wieck performed.

Collection of 51 postcards bearing excellent photographs of musicians; some have inscriptions and notes:

item 17.

d'Albert, Eugen.

item 18.

Barmas, Issay.

item 19.

Blech, Leo.

item 20.

Burmester, Willy.

item 21.

Culp, Julia.

item 22.-25.

Destinn, Emmy.

item 26.

Dohnanyi, Erno.

item 27.

Elman, Mischa.

item 28.

Elvyn, Myrtle.

item 29.

Farrar, Geraldine.

item 30.

Godowsky, Leopold.

item 31.

Gotze, Marie.

item 32.

Hempel, Frieda.

item 33.

Hildach, Eugen.

item 34.

Humperdinck, Engelbert.

item 35.

Isaye, Eugen.

item 36.

Klindworth, Karl.

item 37.

Kreisler, Fritz.

item 38.

Kunwald, Ernst.

item 39.

Labia, Maria.

item 40.

Lehmann, Lillie.

item 41.

Liszt, Franz.

item 42.-44.

Meyer, Minna E.

item 45.

Muck, Karl.

item 46.-48.

Munchhoff, Mary.

item 49.

Nikisch, Arthur.

item 50.

Ober, Margarete.

item 51.

Pauer, Max.

item 52.

Pugno, Raoul.

item 53.

Robitschek, Robert.

item 54.

Safonoff, Wassily.

item 55.

Schumann, Georg.

item 56.-57.

Schumann-Heink, Ernestine.

item 58.

Spiwakowsky, Jascha.

item 59.

Strauss, Richard.

item 60.

Sauer, Emil.

item 61.-62.

Scharwenka, Philip.

item 63.

Scharwenka, Xaver.

item 64.

Van Lier, Jacques

item 65.

Vecsey, Franz von.

item 66.

Widor, Charles-Marie.

item 67.

Wullner, Ludwig.

item 68.

Zadora, Michael.

item 69.

Busoni, Feruccio.

item 70-80.

Collection of 11 miscellaneous postcards and pictures, some with notes and greetings.