Edwin Litchfield Turnbull scores
Scope and Contents
The Edwin Litchfield Turnbull scores (1888-1919) contain original manuscript and published scores composed by Turnbull, as well as Turnbull's manuscript arrangements of music by other composers.
- 1888 - 1919
- Turnbull, Edwin Litchfield (Person)
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The collection is open for use at the Peabody Archives.
Conditions Governing Use
Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright. All requests for permission to publish or perform materials in this collection must be submitted in writing to the archivist of the Arthur Friedheim Library.
Biographical / Historical
Edwin Litchfield Turnbull was born in Baltimore on November 14, 1872, the son of Frances Litchfield and Lawrence Turnbull. His early education was under the direction of his parents at their home where the concentration was on music, literature and poetry. As a boy he published a magazine called the "Acorn", whose contributors included John Bannister Tabb and Mark Twain, in addition to other talented young contemporaries.
After receiving his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1893, Turnbull studied music in London, Florence and Munich. He became an exceptionally proficient violinist but soon directed his talents toward orchestral conducting and composition. He began the Beethoven Terrace Amateur Orchestra with a few childhood friends, and this soon grew to an organization of about 30 members which met regularly, and under Turnbull's leadership gave numerous concerts. For many years Turnbull directed the musical programs for various celebrations at The Johns Hopkins University. In 1919 he realized his plan for a university orchestra, and the Johns Hopkins Musical Association, of which he was the first president, was formed.
Because of his ability and experience as a conductor he was invited to lead well-known orchestras such as the Marine Band, and some of his orchestrations were played by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He was an active promoter of the Florestan Club which for many years aided the social and artistic life of the musicians of Baltimore, both amateur and professional. He took great interest in the public band concerts in the Baltimore parks, often serving as conductor, and he was a prime mover in the establishment of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Turnbull's devotion to music and the arts did not prevent him from pursuing an active and successful business as a real estate broker from 1895 to 1920. He also maintained a lively interest in public and civic problems, contributing frequently to the public press. In 1923 he married Rebecca Trueheart of Galveston, Texas. Edwin Litchfield Turnbull died in Cazenovia, New York on Sept. 22, 1927.
1.94 Cubic Feet (6 medium flat boxes)
Language of Materials
A Baltimore native and Johns Hopkins University graduate, Edwin Litchfield Turnbull composed, arranged, and conducted music for the Johns Hopkins Musical Association and other local ensembles. The Turnbull scores contain manuscript and published scores composed or arranged by Turnbull.
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Processed by Scott A. Miller in 2015.
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