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Inventory of the Sigurd Frederiksen collection, 1926-1957
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sigurd Frederiksen Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1926-1957
    Collection number: ARCHIVES FREDERIKSEN 1
    Creator: Frederiksen, Sigurd, 1881-1965
    Extent: Number of containers: 4 boxes
    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


    Gift from Mrs. Margaret T. Sechler of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, in March, 1977.


    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], Sigurd Frederiksen collection, ARCHIVES FREDERIKSEN 1, The Music Library, University of California, Berkeley.

    Biographical sketch

    FREDERIKSEN, SIGURD: Danish-American Composer and Violoncellist. Presently composing at his home in Los Angeles. Born 28 February 1881 in Denmark to Erhard and Sigrid (Topsv) Frederiksen. A Dane by birth, Icelander by descent, Sigurd was educated at the University of Copenhagen, Graduate 1901. He studied violoncello in Copenhagen with Ernest Hvberg and with Franz Neruda, and composition with Professor Matthison-Hansen. Having been solo violoncellist with the Royal Carl Rosa Opera Company for four years, Mr. Frederiksen came to America in 1912, and subsequently was a violoncellist with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for six years, the Detroit Symphony for two years, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic for thirteen years.
    Among Mr. Frederiksen's unpublished compositions which have been performed, principally at the Hollywood Bowl and by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, are Saga of Leif Ericcson, Norroena Suite, East of the Sun and West of the Moon Suite, Five Frescoes, Legend for Bassoon, Rhapsody for Oboe, and concertos for piano, for flute, and for violoncello. He has four piano pieces published by John Church, two orchestral works by Kalmus, and his Minstrel Song by Schirmer.
    On 2 December 1918 he married Antoinette Page, an accomplished violoncellist and gambist who plays cello with the Glendale Symphony Orchestra and viola da gamba with the Pardo Players of Ancient Instruments. Sigurd Frederiksen has blue eyes, sandy-red hair, weighs 150, and is 5'9" in height. Lutheran, and politically non-partisan, he is a member of the A.F.M. (local 47). Mr. Frederiksen's recreations include reading and gardening. Residence: 3348 Scarboro Street (CA-4328), Los Angeles 65, California.
    (from The International Who is Who in Music, Fifth edition, 1951)

    Scope and Content

    Collection of manuscript scores and performance parts of orchestral and vocal music, along with programs and reviews.