Compositions and papers of Frederic Lamond, 1868-1948, pianist and composer

Scope and Content

Autograph scores by Frederic Lamond. This small collection of his musical compositions all date from around the last decade of the 19th century. It comprises an opera, two overtures, a symphony and a few instrumental and chamber music works, all in manuscript, and there is in addition a published score of one of Lamond's overtures and the symphony. There are also programmes and reviews of Lamond's concerts, photographs and drawings, a number of letters to him including one from the composers Tchaikovsky and one from Franz Liszt, letters relating to the honorary doctorate conferred on him by the University of Glasgow in 1937 and some correspondence between Lamond's widow and Henry Farmer, through whom Glasgow University Library acquired the collection.

Administrative / Biographical History

Frederic Lamond achieved an international reputation as an outstanding concert pianist, especially as an interpreter of Beethoven. Born in Glasgow in 1868, he worked as a church organist while developing his technique as a pianist. He left Glasgow for Frankfurt, Germany, where he studied piano with Max Schwarz and Hans Von Blow (1830-1894). He was also closely acquainted with many of the main musical people of his time, including Johannes Brahms, Richard Strauss and Anton Rubenstein and above all Franz Liszt (1811-1886) with whom he studied. Liszt was a particular influence upon Lamond, with Lamond being one of the last and most famous exponents of Liszt's musical style. Lamond was particularly highly thought of in Germany where he lived for many years. From 1917 he taught in Berlin, Germany and The Hauge, Netherlands before returning to his native Scotland shortly before the outbreak of Second World War. In Scotland, he taught at the Royal Scottish National Academy of Music (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) giving master classes until his death in Stirling in 1948.

Source : Grace Matchett and Frank Spedding, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama: The First 150 Years (RSAMD: Glasgow, 1997)


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Gift : W Heffer & Sons : 1949 : ACCN 4629

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Conditions Governing Use

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Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 247 procedures

Custodial History

Presented by W Heffer & Sons, Cambridge through Henry G Farmer, at request of Irene Lamond, March 1949. Previously purchased by Heffer from Mrs Lamond, 1948


  • Gift : Henry Farmer : 1949 : ACCN 4631
  • Gift : Henry Farmer : 1951 : ACCN 4632
  • Purchase : Sophie Dupré : 1996 : ACCN 4672

Related Material

GB 246 Papers of Frederic Lamond (Glasgow City Archives)

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