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

Scope and Content

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 (1868-1948) achieved an international reputation as an outstanding concert pianist, especially as an interpreter of Beethoven. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1869 , 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 Scottish Academy of Music) giving master classes until his death in Stirling, Scotland, 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

private records deposited by the owners


Acquisition Information

Gift : Henry Farmer : 1948 : ACCN 4629

Gift : Henry Farmer : 1951 : ACCN 4632

Other Finding Aids

Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at  searching by the call number MS Lamond

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Archivist's Note

Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 14 March 2002

No alterations made to date

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Head of Special Collections

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

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

Custodial History

Held by the family of Frederick Lamond and W. Heffer & Sons, Cambridge on behalf of the family. Purchased from the Lamond family by Henry Farmer


None expected

Related Material

GB 246 Papers of Frederick Lamond (Glasgow City Archives)

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Frederic Lamond, , Op. 4Aus dem schottischen Hochland. Conert Overtire fur grosses Orchester (Steyl & Thomas: Frankfurt am Main, c1900)