B1488. THOMAS RYAN. Recollections of an Old Musician. New York, Dutton, 1899. 274pp. Photos. Excellent, albeit sl.torn spine.
“Thomas Ryan (1827 – March 5, 1903) was an Irish-American musician, born in Ireland, he moved to the United States as a teenager in 1844, and pursued his studies in Boston. In 1849, he formed the Mendelssohn Quintette Club along with August Fries (1st violin), Francis Riha (2nd violin), Eduard Lehmann (viola and flute), and Wulf Fries (cello); Ryan played viola and clarinet. Ryan played with the Club for the next fifty years, by the end being its only remaining founding member.
He co-founded the National College of Music in 1872, headquartered at Boston's Tremont Temple. The college employed numerous musician instructors, and attracted a substantial student body. After the fire of November 1872, the college lost many of its students (no longer able to afford tuition), and closed in 1873. Ryan published his memoirs in RECOLLECTIONS OF AN OLD MUSICIAN (1899).
- Loyal Bluto