Title: Ivan Langstroth Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1910-1968 (bulk 1945-1968)
Collection number: ARCHIVES LANGSTROTH 1
Langstroth, Ivan, 1887-1971
Extent: Number of containers: 7 boxes
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
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Collection is open for research.
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[Identification of item], Ivan Langstroth collection, ARCHIVES LANGSTROTH 1, The Music
Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Ivan Shed Langstroth, American composer, pianist, and teacher, was born in Alameda,
California on October 16, 1887. He received his early musical training in San Francisco
with Theodore Vogt, then in Berlin at the Hochschule fur Musik. His teachers were Paul
Juon and Engelbert Humperdinck in composition and Josef Lhevinne in piano.
After his student days he remained on the continent. In 1915 he was a coach at the Kiel
opera, and in 1916 he served as organist at the American Church in Berlin. Between 1917
and 1920 he toured Scandinavia as a concert pianist, then settled in Vienna where he
taught composition and theory at the Neue Wiener Konservatorium from 1921 until 1928.
Returning to the United States he taught at Chatham Square Music School in New York, City
College, and Brooklyn College. Langstroth died in New York City on April 18, 1971.
Just before his passing, Langstroth gave all of his works to Henriette de Saussure
(Blanding) Lehman, his friend and patroness, who lived in Palm Springs, California, with
the understanding that they would be deposited with a California institution.
In January, 1974, Benjamin H. Lehman, emeritus Professor of English at Berkeley, who
carried out Henriette's trust, presented the Langstroth papers to the Music Library.