Dusberg-Tobias, Helen, Papers

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Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Abstract: Sheet music by Helen Tobias-Dusberg and one folder of sheet music by Rudof Tobias.
Quantity: 2 linear ft.
Language: Estonian, English, German
Collection ID: IHRC3803


Collection transferred to the IHRC from the Estonian Archives in the U.S.A. (EAU) in 2003-2005. It was processed as part of a collaborative project between the Estonian Archives in the USA (Lakewood, New Jersey), the National Archives of Estonia (NAE), and the IHRC in March 2011. Gerli Raadik and Peeter Väljas of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.


Helen, Tobias-Dusberg (also known as Tobias-Duesberg, maiden name was Tobias) was born on 11.07.1919 in New York, USA. She was a composer and an organist. 1943 she graduated Conservatory of Tallinn in organ, but her studies involved also music composition. 1943 she studied in Berlin University of Music in organ and composition. After this she stayed in Geislingen displaced persons camp and participated in concert activities of Estonian Music Troupes. 1949 emigrated to USA. 1951 graduated the Guilment Organ School in New York masters class and the Music School of Manhattan in composition. Since 1951 she worked as pedagogue in Music School of Manhattan. She has also performed as an organist. In Germany she married to Wilhelm Duesberg who was a linguist. Father: Rudof Tobias was born on 29.05.1873 in parish Käina, Hiiumaa and died 29.10.1918 in Berlin, Germany.



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The Dusberg-Tobias, Helen Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1. Sheet music by H.Tobias-Dusberg

Requiem, spiritual music ("The Lamb", Choral Preludes, "Domine Jesu Christe", 3 Psalms, "Jeesuse sünni ettekuulutus", "Maarja Kiituslaul", "Ta on oma käsivarrega", Spiritual Estonian Folk tunes, Christmas Kantata, "Koguduse alus", "Little Boy Lost", "Little Boy Found", "Little Lamb").

BOX 2. Sheet music by H.Tobias-Dusberg and R.Tobias

Children's songs for Taavo, songs from the poetry of J.Liiv, Trio on Fenno-Ugrian Folk tunes, "Chinese Letters" (a trilogy from the poetry of Li Tai To, Prelude on Estonian Folksongs, Sonatina, Sonata No.2, cantatas, preludes for piano, Trio in C, Suite for Woodwind Quartet, Classical Suite for the piano, Sinfonia for Brass Sextet, Choral Quartet, String Quartet by H.Tobias-Dusberg and Chorales by R.Tobias