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Stefans Grové correspondence

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: PIMS-0054

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of one folder of letters and postcards from Grové to his friend, Peabody music librarian Bradshaw (Brad) O'Keefe, from 1972 to 1974. At the time, Grové had recently left Peabody and began working at the University of Pretoria. The letters contain mention of Grové's professional interests as well as personal matters. Most items are original autographs, but some are photocopies.


  • Creation: 1972 - 1974


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for use at the Peabody Archives. Contact for more information.

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

Stefans Grové (1922-2014) was a South African composer who wrote in a variety of genres and incorporated traditional African musical elements into his later works. He studied at the College of Music in Cape Town with William Henry Bell and Erik Chisholm.

In 1953 Grové became the first South African to be awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, which allowed him to obtain a master’s degree at Harvard University, studying with Walter Piston. He also studied with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood. Grové taught music theory and composition at the Peabody Conservatory from 1956 to 1972, where one of his students was the musicologist Ray Sprenkle. After returning to South Africa, he taught at the music department of the University of Pretoria from 1973 to his retirement in 1987.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 expanding legal folder)

Language of Materials



The collection contains letters and postcards from composer Stefans Grové to Peabody music librarian Brad O'Keefe from 1972 to 1974, shortly after Grové had stopped teaching at the Peabody Conservatory and returned to his native South Africa.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Brad O'Keefe.

Processing Information

Processed by Matt Testa in 2017.


Guide to the Stefans Grové correspondence
Matt Testa
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Repository Details

Part of the Peabody Archives Repository

Peabody Institute
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