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Papers of Professor Frederick Niecks

Identifier: Coll-1086

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of a variety of typescript and manuscript material. This includes:

  1. Lectures on the history of music
  2. Lectures in counterpoint and harmony
  3. Contrapuntal compositions for analysis
  4. Compositions, loose sheet music
  5. Note-books
  6. Notes on history and form
  7. Lectures on accompaniment, modulation and tonality
  8. Minute book of the Faculty of Music, 1894-
  9. Address by Niecks, 31 January 1900, to a meeting of Edinburgh music teachers
  10. Introductory lecture, 14 October 1901: A music school for Scotland
  11. Talk: The place of music in education
  12. Talk: General culture and musicians
  13. Laureation address: For Hon.Degrees of Doctor of Music 1910
  14. Testimonials and additional testimonials in favour of Niecks, candidacy for the Chair of Music, 1891
  15. Extracts from the Proceedings of the Musical Association, 16th Session, 1889-1890
  16. Extracts from the Proceedings of the Musical Association, 26th Session, 1899-1900


  • Creation: 1890-1901

Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Friedrich (Frederick) Niecks - son of an orchestral musician, teacher and conductor - was born in Duesseldorf, Germany, on 3 February 1845. He was educated privately in Duesseldorf and at the age of thirteen he made his first appearance as a violinist at a concert of the Musikverein in the city. Until 1868 he was a violinist and teacher of music, still in his home city, and then on the encouragement of the Scottish composer and conductor Alexander Mackenzie (1847-1935) he settled in Scotland where he played viola in Mackenzie's Edinburgh quartet. Niecks was also an organist and teacher of music in Dumfries. By 1875 he had begun writing music and contributing to music journals and between 1877 and 1878 he studied at Leipzig University. In 1880 he took British nationality. In 1891 Niecks became Reid Professor of Music, and Dean of the Faculty of Music, at Edinburgh University. In 1907 he married Christina Struthers. His publications includeA Concise Dictionary of musical terms(1884),Chopin as a man and musician(1888), andProgramme music in the last four centuries(1907), and Struthers edited hisRobert Schumannfor posthumous publication in 1925. He retired in 1914. Professor Frederick Niecks died on 24 June 1924.


3 boxes

Physical Location


Papers of Professor Frederick Niecks (1845-1924)
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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