The Fragale collection consists primarily of scores and recordings, and secondarily of programs, photographs, articles and
materials on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?s libretto.
Frank Fragale (1894-1955), a native of Sciara , Italy, received his music education at the Bellini conservatory in Palermo.
He continued his studies in New York with Julius Gold, a teacher he felt very indebted to. In 1915 he joined the San Francisco
Symphony and Opera as a bass-clarinetist. He combined a performing and composing career. His most important compositions were
the Fantasia for cello and piano which won him an honorary recognition at the Third International G. B. Viotti Competition,
and his opera Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with a libretto by W. Erich. The opera was premiered in 1953 at the Berkeley Garfield
Theater with Earl Bernard Murray and Marsden Argall as conductors of the orchestra and chorus. The performers were volunteers
from the Berkeley Opera Workshop and the local Musicians Union.
11 linear ft. (17 boxes)
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