File MS-5-1, Box 3, Folder 23 - Correspondence from W.O. Forsyth

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Correspondence from W.O. Forsyth

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MS-5-1, Box 3, Folder 23

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  • 1921, 1927 (Creation)
    Forsyth, W. O. (Wesley Octavius)

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8 pages + 4 envelopes

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W.O. Forsyth was a Canadian composer and teacher. He spent most of his life in Toronto, Ontario, where he taught piano and theory at the Toronto College of Music (1889-94, 1924-1937). He was also the director of the Metropolitan School of Music (1895-1912), and taught at Upper Canada College, several ladies' colleges in Toronto, Hamilton College of Music, and the Canadian Academy of Music (1919-1924). Most of his compositions, excluding those he wrote as a student, were short piano pieces and songs.

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File contains four letters from the Canadian composer, teacher, and writer W.O. (Wesley Octavius) Forsyth. Three of the letters (dated from 1921) are written on letterhead from the Canadian Academy of Music in Toronto, where he taught from 1919 to 1924. The letters concern setting texts by John Daniel Logan to music and mentions its possible performance by their mutual friends Lucas and Gena Branscombe.

The file also contains a short biography of W.O. Forsyth from the Star Weekly (Toronto, July 1921); a program for a concert by Jessie McAlpine (a student of Forsyth's) at the Canadian Academy of Music; and a program for a concert by the Russian pianist Arthur Friedheim at Massey Hall.

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  • English

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The John Daniel Logan fonds also contains correspondence from Gena Branscombe (see MS-5-1, Box 3, Folder 16). W.O. Forsyth is also mentioned in a letter from Logan to Clarence Lucas (see MS-5-1, Box 3, Folder 33). For photographs of Forsyth, see MS-5-1, Box 2, Folder 3.

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