Lee Pattison/Carl Baermann

Photograph of a letter penned by Lee Pattison

Carl Baermann (9 July 1839 in Munich-17 January 1913) was a pianist who studied with Franz Lachner and Peter Cornelius in Munich and later became a pupil and friend of Franz Liszt. He moved to the Boston area in America in 1881 where he became a successful pianist and teacher; Amy Beach and Frederick Converse were among his pupils. Baermann was on the faculty of New England Conservatory from 1897-1913. He also composed a number of works for piano solo and with orchestra.

Lee Pattison (July 22, 1890, Grand Rapids, Wisconsin - December 22, 1966, Claremont, California) was a noted American pianist, composer, arranger, opera director, and teacher. Pattison studied under Carl Baermann and graduated from the New England Conservatory in 1910. From about 1919 until 1931 he was a member of the popular two-piano team of Guy Maier and Lee Pattison.] Lee Pattison Recital Hall at Scripps College in Claremont, California, is named for him.

Physical description

This Pattison/Baermann Papers consist of 1 folder (containing 19 items) and one scrapbook.


Mrs. Gladys M. E. Pattison, wife of NEC alumnus Lee Pattison (Class of 1910) donated this collection to NEC in 1967-1968.


Access to the Pattison/Baermann Papers is through the Archivist. There are no restrictions pertaining to this collection. The item level index is available online. Pattison/Baermann Index


This collection should be cited as NECA 18.23. Lee Pattison/Carl Baermann Papers, New England Conservatory Archives, Boston, MA. Consult the New England Conservatory Archivist regarding copyright restrictions.

Scope and Content Note

The Pattison/Baermann Papers consist of letters from esteemed German pianist and teacher Carl Baermann to his pupil Lee Pattison. There are a few letters from Baermann's wife, Beatrice, to Lee Pattison as well. The letters from the Baermanns date from 1909-1913. The collection also includes business cards, a memorial concert program for Baermann, and obituaries for Carl and Beatrice Baermann. The collection also includes an exchange of letters from 1967-1968 between President Gunther Schuller and Mrs. Pattison concerning the Baermann Society, as well as the donation of this collection to NEC.  Lastly is a scrapbook which was compiled by Lee Pattison's mother during his time at NEC.