Small archive of material relating to the virtuoso German organist Fritz Heitmann containing a biographical statement in Heitmann's autograph, letters, programs, a published biography, and associated documents. From the collection of the American organist and scholar Professor William A. Little. Fritz HEITMANN.

Small archive of material relating to the virtuoso German organist Fritz Heitmann containing a biographical statement in Heitmann's autograph, letters, programs, a published biography, and associated documents. From the collection of the American organist and scholar Professor William A. Little.

- Autograph statement in Heitmann's hand with biographical details. Addressed to Professor Adolph Strube, editor in chief of Der Kirchenmusiker. According to a manuscript note at the foot of the page by Professor Little, this manuscript account was written by Heitmann in the All Souls Room of the Church of the Advent in Boston in 1953, on the occasion of his last visit to Boston.

- Der Kirchenmusiker (2. Heft, 4. Jahrgang, März-April 1953), with article by Little entitled Fritz Heitmann in den Vereinigten Staaten.

- Typed letter signed. Dated January 16, 1953. 1 page of a "Lustpostbrief." To Little, thanking him for his letter and article.

- Typed note signed by Strube. Dated January 6, 1953. Thanking Little for sending the manuscript of his article on Heitmann. With envelope.

- 5 programs for organ recitals by Heitmann:
Eaton Auditorium, April 17, 1939
Philipps Academy, April 24, 1939
The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston, October 20, 1952
German Museum, Harvard, April 26 [no year]
The Church of The Advent, Boston, November 19 [no year, in all likelihood 1953]

- Printed notice in appreciation of condolences sent on the occasion of Heitmann's death, with manuscript note to lower margin, most likely in the hand of Heitmann's wife. With envelope

- Voge, Richard. Fritz Heitmann: Das Leben eines Deutschen Organisten in verbindung mit Elisabeth Heitmann dargestellt von Richard Voge. Octavo. Original dark ivory linen-backed publisher's olive green boards. Berlin, Merseburger, ©1963. 1f. (recto half-title, verso tipped-in bust-length frontispiece portrait of Heitmann), 1f. (recto title, verso copyright), 1f. (contents), 7-166, 1f. (recto index, verso blank). This is the primary published biographical account of Heitmann.

Heitmann studied with Karl Straube, Josef Pembaur (a pupil of Liszt) and Reger (composition). " ... in 1925 he was elected professor of the Akademie für Kirchen- und Schulmusik in Berlin. He became organist of Berlin Cathedral in 1930 ... He exerted a considerable influence in the first half of the century through his many pupils, and by his enthusiasm for neglected music, particularly that of Reger. A brilliant virtuoso, he made numerous recordings, broadcasts and international concert tours." Gerhard Wienke in Grove Music Online.

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