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Otto Frohlich Collection

Identifier: SC-016

Scope and Contents

Series I: Music Scores, 1897-1969, Undated. Contains music scores that are published by Otto Frohlich. Materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Series also holds one published book called "Logengrin: a Romantic Opera in Three Acts" written and composed by Richard Wagner.


  • Created: 1897, 1956-1969


Conditions Governing Access

The entire collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical or Historical Information

Otto Frohlich was born in Czechoslovakia on April 10, 1905. He received his bachelor's degree from the College of Ostrava in 1926 and earned a degree as a composer and conductor at the Austrian State Academy of Music in Vienna in 1930. He conducted his first opera in Prague before the World War II started. He became a conductor of the Slavenska-Franklin Ballet Company and the Agnes de mille Dance in 1952.

Otto Frohlich was a victim of the Holocaust and lost all his family except his brother during the pre-World War II Nazi purge and in 1938, he fled to France. His wife's first cousin, Edith Buxbaum, and her husband sponsored Otto, his wife Herta and two daughters, Renee and Elizabeth to live in the United States. He was also included in a publication "International Biographical Archives and Dictionary of Central European Emigres, 1933-1945" which lists Jewish Immigrants of the Nazi Period in the United States. Publication also provides information for historians concerning emigration during the Nazi period.

After emigrated from Europe, Otto continued to practice his profession and was invited multiple times as a guest conductor to conduct concerts and ballet orchestras all over the World including New York, Cincinnati, Hawaii, Manila, Hong Kong and Japan. In 1963 and 1965, he earned first-price honors in competitions sponsored by the National Orchestra Association. He was also named recipient of Miami University Summer Appointments for full-time work in composition in 1959 and 1964. Otto Frohlich was a member of Miami University as a faculty from 1957 to 1973 served as a Professor of Music and Conductor of the Miami University Symphony Orchestra and Opera for 12 years.

After retirement, Otto moved to Orlando with his wife and started teaching at Valencia Community College. He served as musical advisor for Encore Opera, a non-profit group associated with the Florida Symphony Orchestra. On September 14, 1976, he was presented with an award in recognition of his achievements in the arts by the Council of Arts and Sciences for Central Florida.

Otto died on November 16, 1988 at the age of 88 and the funeral service was held at Colonial Carey Hand Guardian Chapel, Orlando, Florida.


4.5 Linear Feet (7 Boxes)


The collection comprises published 25 music scores produced by Otto Frohlich and a book called "Logengrin: a Romantic Opera in Three Acts" written and composed by Richard Wagner, published by G. Schirmer, New York in 1897. Frohlich composed more than 35 compositions during his long career as a professor of music and composer, only selected scores were donated to the University of Central Florida Libraries which include Andantino, Badinage, Composer's Birthday-Party, Divertimento, Edelweiss Symphonic Poem, Essay for String Orchestra, Festival Overture, Happy Birthday, Homage to Miami - Academic Overture, Intermezzo, Invocation, Legende Poem, Little Serenade, Lohengrin a Romantic Opera, Lotos, Flower Lotosblume, Lullaby and Scherzo, Melody, Oxford String Quartet, Pax Aeterna, Prelude, Romantic Suite: Petite Suite, Serenade, Sugar and Sprice, The Loreley, and Vision.

Arrangement Note

Materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Oversized score books are housed in separate archival boxes.

Method of Acquisition

Materials donated to the University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives in 1989 (CFM1989_01).

Related Materials

Related materials may be found in the UCF Library Online Catalog.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Suphi Burak Ogreten; finding aid prepared by Suphi Burak Ogreten. Extra copies have been discarded; rusty staples, metal paper clips, and plastic spiral bounds removed from each score. Items are housed in an acid-free archival folders and boxes.
Otto Frohlich Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the UCF Special Collections Repository

Special Collections & University Archives
University of Central Florida Libraries
P.O. Box 162666
Orlando Florida 32816-2666 US
(407) 823-2576