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Phippen, Joshua, 1857-1955
Joshua Phippen (1857-1955)
3 linear feet (7 boxes)
The Joshua Phippen paper
document his career as a composer, pianist, and organist in Winchester,
SERIES I. Personal and Biographical Papers SERIES II. Joshua Phippen Compositions SERIES III. Joshua Phippen Arrangements SERIES IV. Other Composers
A. Published Music – Piano and Instrumental
B. Published Music – Vocal
Scope and Content Note
The Joshua Phippen paper document his career as a composer, pianist, and organist in
Winchester, Massachusetts. The collection is divided into four series.
Series I. Personal and Biographical Papers includes
programs and newspaper clippings, lists of compositions, publicity on some of his
artist friends, and a scrapbook containing newspaper clippings (1879-1903 and
Series II. Joshua Phippen Compositions includes
published music (1894-1901), manuscript music (1873-1937), some undated music, and
manuscripts of his Piano Concerto in C minor, which was
awarded first prize in a New York competition. For a complete list of the published
works of Joshua Phippen's manuscript music (arranged chronologically), see Appendix
Series III. Joshua Phippen Arrangements includes
arrangements and transcriptions of music by other composers for various combinations
of instruments. These are all in manuscript form. Music of several composers appears
on one sheet of music and is listed by the name of the first composer on the sheet.
The Lalo Intermezzo from the Cello Concerto, Rubenstein's Four
Songs arranged for string trio, Wagner's Siegfried
Idyll, lyrics for an anthem by Joshua Phippen, "Bow Down Thine Ear," and
various arrangements for clarinet in B flat were received in individual envelopes
and have been retained in this same arrangement for this collection. See Appendix I
for a complete list of Phippen's arrangements and transcriptions, which have been
arranged alphabetically by the original composer's name.
Series IV. Other Composers consists of published
piano, instrumental and vocal music. A complete list of these works will be found in
Appendix II, also arranged alphabetically by the original composer's name. This
series is divided into two subseries: Piano and Instrumental and Vocal.
Joshua Phippen, the son of Joshua and Eunice (Daniels)
Phippen was born on October 22, 1857 in Salem, Massachusetts, where he received his
Upon his marriage to Addie Greely of Winchester, Massachusetts, in 1891, he
moved to that town and resided there for the rest of his life. Phippen studied piano
with B[enjamin] J[ohnson] Lang, and for many years played both the piano and organ
professionally, being a church organist who played at several churches in
Phippen composed as well as played, having many compositions to his credit. A
piano concerto he composed in the 1890s was awarded first prize in a New York
competition as the best in the country. From 1879 to 1939 he served as curator of
music at the Essex Institute, and at the time of his death was honorary curator.
Joshua Phippen died at the age of 98 in Arlington, Massachusetts, on August 3,
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World's Peace Jubilee and International Musical Festival (1872 : Boston, Mass.)
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in
writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex
The bulk of this collection was donated in 1992 by William G. Phippen. Four envelopes
of music manuscripts, recital announcements, and newspaper clippings were donated by
Thomas B. Wheeler in 1984; those items have been marked in pencil with the date.
Other items were removed from the print collection and have been marked in pencil as
well. Copies of four photographs and a negative were donated by William G. Phippen
in 1995 (acc #1995.038).
Collection processed by Marion Clark, September 1993. Updated by Tamara Gaydos,
Greeley, George Hiram. Genealogy of the Greely-Greeley
Family. Boston, MA: F. Wood, Printer, 1905.
"Joshua Phippen." The Winchester Star 5 Aug. 1955:
Joshua Phippen Minor Piano Concerto (CD of minor piano concerto plus
transcript), undated, Acc 2012.044
The bulk of this collection was donated in 1992 by William G. Phippen. Four envelopes of music manuscripts, recital announcements, and newspaper clippings were donated by Thomas B. Wheeler in 1984. Copies of four photographs and a negative were donated by William G. Phippen in 1995 (acc #1995.038).