Franz C. Bornschein papers
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22.08 Cubic Feet (4 record center boxes, 2 card file boxes, 3 large flat boxes, 19 medium flat boxes, 16 full size letter boxes, 5 full size legal boxes, 1 half size legal box)
1.05 Gigabytes (2 computer files)
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Franz Bornschein studied violin at Peabody with J.C. Van Hulsteyn, theory and composition with Asger Hamerik, and music history, composition, and acoustics with Philip Kahner and Otis Bardwell Boise. He was awarded a diploma in composition and harmony in 1902.
After graduation, Bornschein became a member of the teaching staff of the Peabody Preparatory Department, where he was a violin instructor and coordinator of student orchestras from 1903 to 1919. From 1919 until his death in 1948, Bornschein was a full-time professor at the Peabody Conservatory, where he taught violin, violin pedagogy, harmony, composition, and conducting.
Bornschein wrote more than 200 compositions, which included secular and sacred vocal scores, solo songs, cantatas for large chorus with orchestra, symphonic pieces, and grand operas. For some vocal works, Bornschein wrote his own texts under the pseudonym Frank Fairfield.
On August 12, 1907, Bornschein was married in Hamilton, Maryland, to Hazel Knox, daughter of Julius William Knox. She was a singer and actress who became well known in Philadelphia and New York. She became a member of the Peabody faculty and served as a teacher of voice, dramatics, and diction.
Bornschein gained distinction as a music critic and a writer on pedagogical subjects. He was a music critic for The Baltimore Sun from 1910 to 1913 and served as the Baltimore correspondent for Musical America from 1915 to 1948. Franz Carl Bornschein died on June 9, 1948, in Baltimore.
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