Oldberg, Professor Arne



Composer, concert - pianist and teacher; born at Youngstown, Ohio. Removing to Chicago, he studied music under August Hyllested, Adolph Koelling and Wilhelm Middelschulte. He then went to Vienna, where he studied piano with Theodor Leschetizky from 1893 to 1895 and with Josef Rheinberger in Munich, and from 1898 to 1899 pursued a three-years' course in composition in one season. He returned to America in 1899 and became professor of composition and piano at Northwestern university School of Music at Evanston, Illinois, a position he has held ever since. From 1901 to 1903 he was president of the Chicago Manuscript Society. He is a member of the Cliff-Dwellers' Club of Chicago. Of his numerous piano compositions, the most important are an interesting concerto for piano and orchestra, marked Op. 17; a theme and variations for piano, Op. 25; a legend, for piano, Op. 26; chamber-music, including two quintets for piano and string quartet; a woodwind quintet; and a string quartet. His orchestral works include a symphony; a theme and twelve variations; an overture to Paolo and Francesca; and a concerto for French horn.