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Inventory of the Edward Faber Schneider musical compositions, [ca. 1893-1934]
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Edward Faber Schneider Musical Compositions,
    Date (inclusive): [ca. 1893-1934]
    Collection number: ARCHIVES SCHNEIDER 1
    Creator: Schneider, Edward F. (Edward Faber), 1872-1950
    Extent: Number of containers: 3 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


    Former Owner:
    Edward Faber Schneider.
    The Schneider Family, March, 1981.


    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], Edward Faber Schneider musical compositions, ARCHIVES SCHNEIDER 1, The Music Library, University of California, Berkeley.


    appeared in the Oakland Tribune, Sunday, July 2, 1950, p. 14a.
    Edward Faber Schneider, 77, Dean of Music at Mills College for 30 years, (sic) and world famous composer of tone poems, died yesterday [i.e., Saturday, July 1, 1950] in a Santa Clara County rest home.
    Noted as a pianist and as a teacher of piano, Mr. Schneider has been in ailing health. He was active as teacher, however, until recent years.
    Mr. Schneider established his home in San Jose in 1910. Even during the period he was at Mills, he continued to live in the Santa Clara County city. His house on Stockton Avenue was known for its large library of music manuscripts, and many musical figures of the era visited Mr. Schneider there.
    Numbered among his friends were Charles Wakefield Cadman, Rudolf Ganz, Pierre Monteau, Henry Hadley and other noted musicians.
    Two of Mr. Schneider's best known works were Sargasso Sea and Thus Spake the Deepest Stone, introduced by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and played by many other symphonies.
    A native of Omaha, Nebraska, Mr. Schneider studies in Berlin under Xaver Scharwenka. He was a member of the Bohemian Club and wrote the music for three Bohemian Grove shows.
    Mr. Schneider is survived by a daughter, Elsa, of San Jose and three sons, Bonfield, an army sargent in Japan; Herbert, of Las Vegas; and Edward Jr., of San Jose. Services will be held tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. at the Amos O. Williams chapel, San Jose.

    Brief Biography

    Schneider, Edward F(aber) (b Omaha, 3 Oct 1872; d Santa Clara, California, 1 July 1950). Teacher, pianist, and composer. He received his early musical training at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California and with Louis Lisser in San Francisco. Later he studied with Xavier Scharwenka in New York (piano and composition), and Karl Heinrich Barth (piano) in Berlin. In 1901 Schneider joined the music faculty at Mills College and held the post until 1919.
    Schneider's principal form of musical expression was the programmatic symphonic poem. His musical language was conservative and exuded post-Wagnerian sentimental qualities. It was dominated by lyrical melodies, tonal harmonies with carefully resolved dissonances, and the judicious use of chromaticism. During the 1920's, especially, there were frequent performances of his works on the West Coast. Schneider composed incidental music to three San Francisco Bohemian Club "Grove" plays. his autograph compositions are held by the Music Library at the University of California at Berkeley.
    WORKS (selective list)
    Symphony "In Autumn Time," 1909-13;

    Legend of the Sargasso Sea, 1923;

    Nocturne, 1926;

    Thus Spake the Deepest Stone, 1927-34;

    Crossing the Lake, 1931.
    Bohemian "Grove plays -The Triumph of Bohemia, 1907;

    Apollo, 1915; Nanda, 1928.
    Sonata, vn, pf, 1897;

    Sextet, 1906;

    Romantic Fantasy, vn, pf, 1907;

    Midwinter Idyl, vn, pf, 1924.
    • Pacific Coast Musical Review, xix:3 (13 Oct 1910), 5; xxiii:22 (1 March 1913), 1; xlix:5 (20 Dec 1925), 28.
    • History of Music in San Francisco. Vol. 8: A Handbook of San Francisco Composers (San Francisco, 1942), 257-60.
    • Obituary: Oakland Tribune (2 July 1950), 14a.
    by John A. Emerson University of California at Berkeley

    N.B.; This biographical sketch of Edward F. Schneider will appear in the forthcoming American Supplement to The New Grove's Dictionary.

    Scope and Content

    Collection of manuscript scores and some parts for music by Edward F. Schneider. Includes songs, symphonic poems, and incidental music for several Bohemian Grove plays. Also in the collection are his notebooks with sketches and drafts, and some miscellaneous material.