Scope and Content
Title: Sigurd Frederiksen Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1926-1957
Collection number: ARCHIVES FREDERIKSEN 1
Frederiksen, Sigurd, 1881-1965
Extent: Number of containers: 4 boxes
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Shelf location: For current information on the location of
these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Gift from Mrs. Margaret T. Sechler of Wheat Ridge, Colorado, in March, 1977.
Collection is open for research.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in
writing to the Head of the Music Library.
[Identification of item], Sigurd Frederiksen collection, ARCHIVES FREDERIKSEN 1, The
Music Library, University of California, Berkeley.
FREDERIKSEN, SIGURD: Danish-American Composer and Violoncellist. Presently composing at
his home in Los Angeles. Born 28 February 1881 in Denmark to Erhard and Sigrid (Topsv)
Frederiksen. A Dane by birth, Icelander by descent, Sigurd was educated at the University
of Copenhagen, Graduate 1901. He studied violoncello in Copenhagen with Ernest Hvberg and
with Franz Neruda, and composition with Professor Matthison-Hansen. Having been solo
violoncellist with the Royal Carl Rosa Opera Company for four years, Mr. Frederiksen came
to America in 1912, and subsequently was a violoncellist with the Cincinnati Symphony
Orchestra for six years, the Detroit Symphony for two years, and the Los Angeles
Philharmonic for thirteen years.
Among Mr. Frederiksen's unpublished compositions which have been performed, principally
at the Hollywood Bowl and by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, are Saga of Leif Ericcson,
Norroena Suite, East of the Sun and West of the Moon Suite, Five Frescoes, Legend for
Bassoon, Rhapsody for Oboe, and concertos for piano, for flute, and for violoncello. He
has four piano pieces published by John Church, two orchestral works by Kalmus, and his
Minstrel Song by Schirmer.
On 2 December 1918 he married Antoinette Page, an accomplished violoncellist and gambist
who plays cello with the Glendale Symphony Orchestra and viola da gamba with the Pardo
Players of Ancient Instruments. Sigurd Frederiksen has blue eyes, sandy-red hair, weighs
150, and is 5'9" in height. Lutheran, and politically non-partisan, he is a member of the
A.F.M. (local 47). Mr. Frederiksen's recreations include reading and gardening.
Residence: 3348 Scarboro Street (CA-4328), Los Angeles 65, California.
(from The International Who is Who in Music, Fifth edition, 1951)
Scope and Content
Collection of manuscript scores and performance parts of orchestral and vocal music,
along with programs and reviews.