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Harold Bauer papers, 1925-1976 | University of Miami Special Collections

By María R. Estorino

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Title: Harold Bauer papers, 1925-1976Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:194-1951

ID: ASM0025

Creator: Bauer, Harold (1873-1951)

Extent: 1.0 Boxes. More info below.

Formats/Genres: Clippings, Letters, Memorandums, Photographs, Programs (documents), Sheet music

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Harold Bauer Papers consist primarily of correspondence between the University of Miami School of Music and Bauer regarding his master piano classes. The letters are primarily between Bauer and Bertha Foster, Dean of the School of Music until 1944, and Joseph Tarpley, School of Music Secretary from 1944 to 1951 and Assistant Dean until 1967. Correspondence files also include memoranda amongst University administration regarding Bauer's classes as well as with prospective students.

The collection also contains a few photographs, concert programs, and clippings.

Biographical Note

Harold Bauer was born in Kingstson-upon-Thames, England, on 28 April 1873. After attempting a career as a violinist, Bauer focused his musical talents on the piano and became one of the most beloved pianists of the first half of the 20th century. After successful appearances throughout Europe, he debuted in the United States in 1900 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. In 1917, he became an American citizen. Bauer founded the Beethoven Association of New York in 1919 and was vice president of the Manhattan School of Music.

Harold Bauer's association with the University of Miami School of Music began through his friendship with Marie Volpe, wife of School of Music faculty and University Orchestra founder Arnold Volpe. Mrs. Volpe invited Bauer to the University in 1940. Bauer taught his fist master classes in January and February of 1941, attracting students from around the country. Bauer discontinued his association with the University in 1943 but resumed his winter visits in 1946.

His association with the University deepened as he advised the School of Music on the standards of its piano education component. Harold Bauer also offered concerts for the South Florida community at the University. With his wife, concert pianist Winnie Pyle, Harold Bauer visited spent his winters at the University of Miami until he died at the age of 77 at Jackson Memorial Hospital on 12 March 1951. For a time, supported by gifts from Mrs. Winnie Bauer, the School of Music offered the Harold Bauer Awards to students demonstrating greatest progress and outstanding achievement.

Subject/Index Terms

Bauer, Harold, 1873-1951
University of Miami. School of Music

Administrative Information

Accruals: Transferred from the Albert Pick Music Library, 1983.

Alternate Extent Statement: 0.50 linear ft. (1 box)

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Harold Bauer Papers Finding Aid © 2004 University of Miami. All rights reserved. Requests to reproduce or publish materials from this collection should be directed to

Preferred Citation: Harold Bauer Papers, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida

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María R. Estorino, 2004

Retrospectively converted from HTML to EAD XML September, 2008 by Lyn MacCorkle and Kyle Rimkus based on a crosswalk by María Estorino.

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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Concert Programs, 194?, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1940-1942Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1945-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence, 1947-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence, 1949-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1952-1962, 1975-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Music Score: "A Simple Primer for Practical Keyboard Modulation," by Harold Bauer, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Photographs, n.d., 1925, 194?Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Promotional Materials and Clippings, n.d., 1941-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 10: University of Miami School of Music Harold Bauer Awards, n.d.Add to your cart.

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