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Special Collections: Louis Victor Saar


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Biographical Sketch


Louis Victor Saar was born on Dec. 10, 1868 in Rotterdam, Holland. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, Munich in 1889 where he studied with Rheinberger and Bussmeyer. He then continued his studies in Vienna, Leipzig, and Berlin, including one winter with Brahms. From 1893-96, he was the accompanist for the Metropolitan Opera Company. Antonín Dvorák hired Saar to teach harmony and counterpoint at the National Conservatory from 1896-98. Saar also taught at the N.Y. College of Music, Institute of Musical Art of N.Y. from 1898-1906; Cincinnati College of Music from 1906-17; and at the Chicago Musical College from 1917-34. In 1934 he moved to St. Louis to join the faculty of the St. Louis Institute of Music where he remained until his death on November 23, 1937.

Finding list of the Louis Victor Saar Archive

(prepared 6/6/96)

Box 1 : Series I - VII
Box 2 : Series VIII

Series I: Photographs
  1. (Envelope) 3 photos of Saar with "The Harmony Class 1913-1914" taken Thursday May 14, 1914
Series II: Notes
  1. Several small loose title lists (composer unknown) in pencil
  2. Lecture notes in pencil on Hamburg musical history and Brahms biography (undated; letterhead: "Louis Victor Saar, College of Music, Cincinnati")
  3. Lecture notes in pencil on Brahms' Requiem (undated; on cover/wrap to Schirmer vocal score)
  4. Title list for several works, in ink and pencil, including "Six Valses" and "Silhouettes from the Mist" (both with movement titles) (undated; letterhead: Saar's signature in red, "Kimball Hall Chicago" with telephone numbers)
  5. Typewritten poem by Wordsworth, "As Night;" reverse: title list for several works by other composers (undated)
  6. List in ink of choral clubs and their directors from around the USA (undated; letterhead: College of Music of Cincinnati)
  7. List in ink of names and addresses (Episcopal choral directors?) in Cincinnati, Jacksonville (FL) (undated; letterhead: "Louis Victor Saar, College of Music, Cincinnati")
  8. List in ink of musicians and performing groups from around the USA (6p.; undated)
  9. Typewritten (with edits in ink) list of music institutions (colleges, conservatories) from around the USA (undated)
Series III: Works
  1. "Love," op. 17, no. 2 / Schubert, F. ; arr. Saar (G. Schirmer) (2 copies)
  2. "Vermeland" : cycle of Swedish folk-song / arr. Saar (Boston Music Co.) (2 copies)
  3. "Brahmsiana" : cycle of choral songs on the valses of Johannes Brahms / Saar (Oliver Ditson Co.)
  4. "Chopiniana" : cycle of choral songs on the valses of Frederic Chopin / Saar (Oliver Ditson Co.)
  5. "Hear My Prayer" / Mendelssohn, F. ; arr. Saar (Carl Fischer) (3 copies)
Series IV: Programs and Brochures
  1. Misc. Business Cards
  2. Programs:
    • 1911 February 14: Second private concert of the 45th season (1910-11) of the Mendelssohn Glee Club, featuring Saar's Algerian Lullaby
    • 1911 March 16: Saar-Hahn Chamber Musicale
    • 1911 March 28: Second private concert of the 5th season (1910-1911) of the St. Cecilia Club, featuring Saar's arrangement of R. Schumann's Der Nussbaum
    • 1913 December 11: MacDowell Society of Cincinnati program, featuring Saar's Norwegian Love Songs
    • 1912 April 30: Third private concert of the 46th season (1911-12) of the Mendelssohn Glee Club, featuring Saar's Venetian Love Song
    • 1914 March 4: Woman's Musical Club program, featuring Saar's Piano Suite
    • 1914 March 11: Norwood Musical Club program of compositions and performances by Saar (as well as his wife), including three piano duets, three suites for four-hand piano, and three trios for solo piano
    • 1914 May 1: College of Music of Cincinnati recital
    • 1916 January 13: Ladies' Choral Club of the Woman' Club, featuring Saar's arrangements of Schubert's Angel's Chorus and The Walnut Tree
    • 1917 February 19: Concert by the Treble Clef Club, featuring Saar's arrangements of Rameau's Hymn to Poseidon and Wagner's Dreams
    • 1918 April 11: Chicago Society of Ohio Women program, featuring Saar's The Noted Pianist
    • 1918 December 19: 1st concert, 18th season (1918-19) of the Chicago Madrigal Club
    • 1919 November 2: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, featuring Saar's Suite for Orchestra
    • 1920 January 3: New York Mozart Society Third Musicale, featuring Saar's The Ships
    • 1920 February 4: Carl D. Kinsey Artist Recital by Edward Collins and Rudolph Reuter, featuring Saar's Gavotte
    • 1920 February 8: Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert program, including an ad for Baldwin Piano Co., with a photo of L V Saar
    • 1920 June 29, 30, July 1: Washington State Music Teachers' Association program
    • 1920 September 9: George Barrere and his Little Symphony, feauturing Suite op. 27 by Louis V Saar
    • 1920 November 9: Phi Beta Sorority, Beta chapter, recital featuring Saar's Little Gray Dove, Rapture of Spring, The Ships, The Voyager, Tears and Smiles, Prayer, and Rose Immortal, and his arrangements of Southern plantation melodies (2 versions, 4 copies)
    • 1920 December 2: Piano recital by Margaret Wilson, featuring Saar's Toccatina
    • 1920 December 15: Men's Glee Club of Mount Vernon, NY, winter concert, featuring Saar's Arbutus Tree, and When Love is Kind
    • 1920 December 16, 7 April 1921: St. Lawrence Choir, Cincinnati, recital, featuring "arrangements of folk songs" by Saar
    • 1921 July 21: Program of vocal music at Ziegfeld Theatre, featuring works by Saar
    • 1923 April 24: Eurydice Club, featuring Saar's Vermeland and Cradle Song (2 copies)
    • 1923 June 7: St. John's College commencement exercises, featuring Saar's Gondoliera
    • 1923 October 4: Columbia Damen-Club Gäste-Tag und Monatliche Versammlung, featuring compositions by Saar, including Bluette Dialogue, Valse Tendre, and Toccatina, performed by the composer, and Flower of Beauty, Indian Summer, Abendgang, and Sonata for Violin and Piano (3 copies)
    • 1923 October 13: Street, Knowlton, Trotter Studios student recital, featuring a performance of Saar's Bluette, Toccatina, and Caprice
    • 1923 December 4: Jessie McAlpine piano recital, featuring Saar's Gavotte Intermezzo
    • 1923 December 11: Recital by Lillian Kaufer (voice) and Julia Linn (soprano)
    • 1923 December 15: Louise M. Jacobsen recital, featuring Saar's Ballade, Chanson d'amour, and Capriccio
    • 1924 January 9: Concert given by Alpha Chapter Mu Phi Epsilon, featuring Saar's Ode to Mu Phi Epsilon
    • 1924 March 1: Women's Musical Club program
    • 1924 May 20: Chicago Artists' Association "Composer-Members-Manuscript" program, featuring songs and arrangements by Saar
    • 1929 July 19: University of Idaho Summer School recital, featuring works by Saar, performed by the composer (2 copies)
    • 1929 July 25: Hollywood Conservatory of Music and Arts, featuring Saar's works, performed by the composer
    • 1929 July 31: "Salon" recital at Hollywood Plaza Hotel, featuring Saar
    • 1931 January 19: Senior High School Choral Groups, Sixth Annual Competition Festival, featuring Saar's A Note of Golden Song (2 copies)
    • 1931 March 1: Musicale given by The Chicago Alumnae Club of Phi Beta Sorority
    • 1931 April 7: 52nd concert, 25th Season of the Saint Cecilia Club, featuring Saar's The 128th Psalm (2 copies)
    • 1931 August 11: College of Fine Arts recital, performed by the composer (6 copies)
    • 1932 February 9: recital of the composer's works, performed by the composer: Three Dances, Four Romances, Three Landscape Pictures, Two Cappriccios [sic] in B minor, Five Valses, Five Etudes
    • 1932 February 23: College of Mount St. Joseph-On-The-Ohio recital, of works by Saar performed by the composer (6 copies)
    • 1932 March 30: Columbia School of Music, School Chorus concert, featuring Saar's arrangements of Swedish folksongs
    • 1932 April 7: Chicago Woman's Musical Club concert, featuring Saar's Rigaudon and Pastorale, Romancette, As Spring Comes, Valse Ponky, and Valse Alice, performed by the composer (3 copies)
    • 1932 April 16: Sherwood Music School recital, featuring Saar's arrangements of Greig's March of the Dwarfs and Seeboeck's Minuet a l'Antico
    • 1932 April 19: Second concert of the 38th season (1931-32) of the Chicago Mendelssohn Club, featuring Saar's Most Glorious Lord (2 copies)
    • 1932 April 25: Pilgrim Choir, Edward Boatner (6 copies)
    • 1932 May 13: University School of Music, Women's Glee Club, featuring Saar's The Nightingales
    • 1932 May 17: Chicago Artists' Association concert, featuring Saar's Romancette, Toccatina, A Texan Notturno, Valse Marie, Dansons La Valse, and Valse Alice, performed by the composer
    • 1932 July 1: Progressive Series Teachers College, featuring Saar in concert, of a recital of his own works (3 copies)
    • 1933 January 17: Seattle Orpheon concert
    • 1933 January 24: 55th Concert, 27th Season of the Saint Cecilia Club, featuring Saar's The Nightingales
    • 1933 February 2: Columbia Damen-Club Monatliche Versammlung, featuring compositions by Saar, including Prelude, Toccatina, Konzert-Etude, In glückliche Gefilden, Caprice Humoresque, Romance Melodique, Valse-Marie, A la Valse, Valse-Poesie, Aus der Sonata, Allegro con brio
    • 1933 February 19: Chicago College of Music, Faculty concert, featuring Saar's Three Valses (3 copies)
    • 1933 March 3: Belhaven Conservatory, duo piano recital, featuring Saar's arrangement of Mozart's Scherzo
    • 1933 March 22: Columbia School of Music, school chorus concert, featuring Saar's Schlummerliedchen and his arrangement of The Twelve Days of Christmas
    • 1933 March 22: Cosmopolitan School of Music and Dramatic Art, song recital, featuring Saar's The Ships and Abendstaendchen
    • 1933 May 8: Ladies' Night Banquet of the Suckling Pig Society, featuring Saar's Duo Piano (2 versions)
    • 1933 May 9: Tenth National Music Week, Illinois Federation of Music Clubs, featuring Saar's Mystic Procession, Valse Marie, Valse Pumpky, Romancette, and Toccatina, and his arrangement of Jensen's Murmuring Zephyrs
    • 1933 May 11: Tenth National Music Week, Illinois Federation of Music Clubs, featuring Saar's Gay as the Rose
    • 1933 May 21: Third annual spring concert of the Mundelein College Glee Club, featuring Saar's arrangement of J. Strauss' Dreams of Spring
    • 1933 May 28: Spring concert and commencement of Jasinski School of Music (2 copies)
    • 1933 June 2: Chicago School of Music, Eva Marshall recital, featuring Saar's Festive Procession, First Waltz, Where the Boats Go, and his arrangement of Brahms' Waltz
    • 1933 June 19: Chicago Conservatory commencement exercises,
    • 1933 December 17: Honolulu Academy of Arts, featuring Saar's arrangement of Joseph Dearest, Joseph Wild
    • 1934 May 25: Concert at Holy Trinity, featuring "original composition" by Saar
    • 1934 May 29: Sherwood Music School recital, featuring Saar's arrangements of Mozart, Suite for Two Pianos and Double Concert for Two Pianos
    • 1934 June 7: Clyde Winkfield recital at Lincoln Memorial Congregational Church, featuring Saar's Capriccio
    • 1934 June 27: Chicago School of Music, Commencement exercises, featuring an address by Saar
    • 1934 August 3: Phi Beta National Professional Fraternity program, featuring Saar's The Little Gray House and Dansons La Valse (2 copies)
    • (no year) January 11: Stell Andersen and Silvio Scionti recital, featuring Saar's arrangements of Bach's Preludium E major and Chaconne (2 versions)
    • (no year) February 28: Stell Andersen and Silvio Scionti recital
    • (no year) March 4, 25, April 1: Three Recitals by Louis Victor Saar featuring several arrangements by Saar on each
    • (no year) March 18: Stell Andersen and Silvio Scionti recital
    • (no year) March 18: An Afternoon of Piano Readings and Melologues, performed by the composer (3 copies)
    • (no year) March 15: Columbia School of Music, school chorus, featuring Saar's arrangements of Brahms' When Love Hath Entangled and Love will find a way, and various Swedish folksongs
    • (no year) April 25: Columbia School of Music, school chorus, featuring Saar's arrangements of the French folksong Tambourin
    • (no year) May 17: Typewritten program (no Saar works clearly featured)
    • (no year) May 27: Boguslawski College of Music, A program of melologues, performed by Saar (7 copies)
    • (no year) June 21: Chicago College of Music, Addiefie Cruikshank recital, featuring Saar's Romancette, Dansons La Valse, Poem, Capriccio, and Toccatina (2 copies)
    • (no year) July 16: Recital by Lillian Wiesike (soprano) and Hazel Jean Kirk (violin)
    • (no year) September 25: W. W. Kimball Company recital, featuring works by Saar, performed by the composer (5 copies)
    • (no year) November 5: Pot-Pourri, featuring Saar's work, performed by the composer: Prelude, Toccatina, A Texan Notturno, Danse Coquette, Dansons La Valse, At the Lake of the Melted Jade, Mystic Procession, The Wivaxi Peaks, Valse Marie, Valse Aimable, Valse-Poesie, Valse Pumpky, Valse Alice
    • (no year) December 1: Piano recital by Karl Reckzeh, featuring Saar's Toccatina
    • (no year) December 2: Cameo Salon program
    • (undated): "Recitalogue" of composer's works
    • (undated) Chicago College of Music, Saar in concert, performing his own works
  3. Brochures:
    • Lists of compositions by Louis Victor Saar published by The John Church Company (14 copies), Carl Fischer (7 copies), multiple publishers (1 copy)
    • List: Piano, vocal, choral, and violin music by Louis Victor Saar, Selected from the Catalogues of The Leading Publishers
    • Promotional flyers for Saar and Dorothy Ellen Ford (6 copies)
    • Promotional flyers for Saar (17 copies)
    • Promotional flyer for Edmund Vance Cooke
  4. Announcements:
    • 1922: Scholarships for Saar's Five Weeks Summer Course in Portland, OR
    • 1934-35: Chicago College of Music, announcing new faculty (2 copies)
    • (no year) July 11-20: University of Idaho Summer School, featuring Saar's piano master class
    • (undated) Wisconsin College of Music, announcing the retention of L.V. Saar as Guest Teacher (8 copies)
    • (undated) Newspaper clipping announcing performance of the St. Cecilia Musical Club, including Saar's Catina and La Savoyarle
    • (undated) Estelle Ayer Johnson, dramatic reader, director, teacher
  5. Organizational Documents
    • 1915-16: MacDowell Society of Cincinnati; Saar listed as Active Member
    • 1922: Chicago Musical College summer sessions
    • 1926: Normal Course for Progressive Series Teachers and Advanced Students, YWCA Seattle
    • 1929-30: By-laws of The Bohemians of Chicago
    • 1930-31: Chicago College of Music, Requirements for the Term and Final Examinations
    • 1931-32: Membership Directory of The Chicago Artists Association
    • 1932: Boguslawski College of Music Summer Master School brochure
    • 1933: Boguslawski College of Music Summer Master School brochure
    • 1933-34: Membership Directory of The Chicago Artists Association
    • (undated): list of Circulating Library of Illinois Composers
    • (undated): "Louis Victor Saar" ; unknown German newspaper article
  6. Miscellaneous
    • Christmas cards
    • Typewritten repertoire list for bookable recitals, with durations
    • 1924: Rep list for Schroeder and Gunther
Series V: Articles
  1. (Envelope)
    • Notices of concerts, concert reviews
    • Saar's professional and personal activities
Series VI: Correspondence
  1. Inserted into Canada Chap-book no. 1 : A Canadian Calendar / by John Murray Gibbon (a cycle of poems on each month of the year)
    • 1926 April 27: From J. M Gibbon, General Publicity Agent for Canadian Pacific Railway Company, on negotiations of (hotel?) rates and inquiry about compositions
    • 1926 May 13: From J. M. Gibbon, discussing a poem to be set to music
    • 1926 May 28: From J. M. Gibbon, on the possibility of publishing songs around Christmastime
    • 1926 May 29: From J. M. Gibbon, on recently received songs
    • 1926 June 4: From J. M. Gibbon, on the receipt of completed songs
    • 1926 June 9: From J. M. Gibbon, on being unable to meet in NY
    • 1926 June 9: From J. M. Gibbon, on having arranged for half-rate accommodation at Emerald Lake hotel
Series VII: Publications
  1. (Envelope)
    • 1920 July, Music and Musicians: connection to Saar unknown
    • 1931 June 19, Music News: cover photo of Saar, first article: "Louis Victor Saar: Master Musician of Three Cities"
Series VIII: Miscellaneous Saar Material
  1. (Envelope)
    • [Examples for the first grade of harmony] / by Louis Victor Saar (Cincinnati : Willis Music Co., c1912): 68 p. Collection's copy missing covers. (OCLC 13859330) -- standard elementary music theory (scales, keys, intervals, triads and other chords, figured bass)
    • Final Examinations, Chicago Musical College
      • 1920, Post Graduation Class: composition
      • 1924, Seventh Grade: musical theory (scales, triads, intervals, etc.) (2 copies)
      • 1924, Senior Diploma Class: harmony
      • 1924, Graduation Class (Vocal): counterpoint (2 copies)
      • 1924, Graduation Class: composition
      • 1924, Post Graduation Class: advanced counterpoint, canon, fugue
      • 1924, Post Graduation Class: composition (2 copies)
      • 1925, Post Graduation Class: advanced counterpoint, canon, fugue
    • Bound volume of the Art Publication Society's Progressive Series of Music Lessons Lesson no. 1-72, owned by Saar (signed and dated by Saar April 1919, with some annotations)
    • Bound volume of the Art Publication Society's Progressive Series of Music Lessons Lesson no. 73-144, owned by Saar (signed and dated by Saar February 1919)

List of manuscripts

Note: Manuscript titles are transcribed from the items themselves and are not necessarily consistent throughout the list.
  • Never star was in the sky [voice and piano]
  • "Roccoco" Suite [orchestra]
  • When you are near [voice and piano]