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Ray Fitch Memoirs

Identifier: PA012I

Scope and Content Note

These memoirs were written by Fitch's son, Raymond W. "Bill" Fitch and are subtitled, "A Musical Biography." In this 481-page, double-spaced typescript (unpublished), Fitch recorded anecdotes and recollections of his father's career arranged chronologically by conductor. In addition to telling his father's story, Fitch also sought to "humanize" musicians and to show a glimpse of their "fascinating and diversified personalities."


  • undated: ca. 1925-1972

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Restrictions on Access

The collection is open and available for use by researchers in the Andersen Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use

The author retains copyright to these memoirs.

Biographical Note

Ray Fitch studied the bass with musicians from the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra during his youth in St. Paul. He began his career with the M.S.O. in 1925 as a bass player at the young age of 17. He also played first saxaphone in the Symphony. In 1938-39 he became principal bass player, a post he retained until 1970. He retired from the Orchestra in 1972.


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These memoirs, written by Ray Fitch's son, document Fitch's career as a bass player with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra/Minnesota Orchestra from 1925 to 1972.

Physical Location

Zone B, R6, D4, S15


Transferred to the archives in the mid 1990s.

Processing Information

The collection was processed and the finding aid written by Leslie Czechowski in April 2001.

Ray Fitch Memoirs
Finding aid created by Leslie Czechowski
13 May 2003
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Collecting Area Details

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