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Programs from St. Matthew's Presbyterian Church

File contains two programs for organ recitals given at St. Matthew's Presbyterian Church, one by Charles M. Courboin of Antwerp, Belgium and the other by Joseph Bonnet of Paris, France. The file also includes a newspaper clipping of a review for Bonnet's organ recital with quotes from John Daniel Logan.

Program from the Universalist Church

File contains a program from a recital, "Gems from the Oratorios," given at the Universalist Church on Brunswick Street, Halifax by the church choir and various members of the congregation: J.A. Cumming, Miss. L. Collins, Mr. A. Penny, Mr. Ruffell, Mr. A.L. Smith, Mrs. T.L. Covey, Allan M. Reid, Mrs. S. Stead, Mrs. Croucher, Miss. Ouseley, Mr. Herbert Walker, Mrs. Covey, Mr. Abbott Cumming, and Mr. Alexander.

Program from Truro Cathedral

File contains a program for the carol service given at the Truro Cathedral on Holy Innocents Day (December 28, 1910), as arranged by the late Archbishop Benson.

Program from St. Mary's Cathedral

File contains two copies of a program for an organ and choral recital at St. Mary's Cathedral by the church organist, Edwin C. Helsby, and choir, directed by Rev. Gerald B. Phelan.

Requiem for solo voices and chorus

Item is a reduced piano score of the English version (translated by C.I. Kenney) of Verdi's Requiem, written in memory of Alessandro Manzoni. The flyleaf of the book was signed for J.D. Logan by the soloists of the Philharmonic Spring Musical Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia: Grace Kerns (soprano), Judson House (tenor), Fred Patton (baritone), and Nevada Van der Veer (contralto). The file also includes a newspaper clipping of Logan's review of the concert from the Halifax Herald (April 26, 1922).

Verdi, Giuseppe

Mother's flag : [sheet music]

File contains the sheet music for a song by Paul Heinrich with words by Dr. Charles H. Baltzer (published in 1910). The front cover is autographed by Baltzer and a note on the last page indicates that it was sent from Baltzer of Middleton, Nova Scotia. The file also includes 7 poems by Baltzer (not set to music): "Charity," "Apostrophe to the Sun," "The Tree," "To Next Summer,""A Bachelor's Lament,""Frost Ere Roses," and "Greed." Some of the poems are from newspaper clippings and others indicate that they were published in the Halifax Chronicle and the Halifax Herald.

Autographs

Subseries contains autographs of musicians, some of which are on concert programs. These concert programs also frequently contain annotations by J.D. Logan about the music performed. Most of the autographs would have been obtained from the musician directly by John Daniel Logan, with the exception of the autograph of the American pianist and composer Louis Morceau Gottschalk (1829-1869) and that of the French operatic soprano Marie Rôze Mapleson (1846-1926).

A Nocturne : [manuscript vocal score]

Item is a manuscript of Edith J. Archibald's song for solo voice and piano in F Major entitled "A Nocturne," including the score and a separate typed sheet with the poem in English and French, also written by Archibald.

Archibald, Edith Jessie

Fill every glass : from The Beggar's Opera

Item is a copy of a manuscript version of an adaptation of "Fill Every Glass" from "The Beggar's Opera" by John Gay (1728). The arrangement was made by "C.B.C." and "J.F.W" for the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto and is for solo voice (for the character of Matt of the Mint) and chorus.

God be with our boys tonight : [sheet music]

Item is the sheet music for a song with music by Wilfrid Sanderson and words by Fred G. Bowles. The piece was given to John Daniel Logan by "The Little Rainbows" of Mount St. Bernards, as indicated on the front cover of the music. The piece is for solo voice and piano accompaniment and is in A-flat Major.

Rest Christian calmly : [choral score]

Item is the manuscript for a hymn "Rest Christian Calmly," with words by Jessie P. MacKay and music by Addie MacKay. The music is for four-part chorus (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) and is in F Major with four verses.

Song of the silver night, Op. 34, no. 2

Item is the sheet music for a solo piano romance dedicated to Miss Duxie McMillan. The piece is the second in a set of two solo piano compositions, the first of which is a sketch entitled "Though the Fields." The sheet music is autographed by the composer and addressed to Dr. Logan.

Forsyth, W. O. (Wesley Octavius)

Come unto me : [sheet music]

Item is the sheet music for a solo voice and piano composition in D Major by Molly MacDonald of the MacDonald Music Co. in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She published her music under the pseudonym of "Elza Doun."

If love were all : [sheet music]

Item is the sheet music for a song in E-flat Major for solo voice and piano by William Axt. The words are from a poem of the same name by Martha Lois Wells. It is stamped and signed with the name "Marry Thomas."

Lover's meeting : [lyrics]

Item is the lyrics for a song by Edith J. Archibald entitled "Lover's Meeting," which was written at her house on Inglis Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The music is not included. The lyrics are typed with edits added in pen.

Archibald, Edith Jessie

Going West : [manuscript vocal score]

Item is a manuscript of Edith J. Archibald's song for solo voice and piano in G Major entitled "Going West." The text for the song was written by Rev. Mrs. Ross(?) of Hamilton, Ontario.

Archibald, Edith Jessie

Exiled : a Serbian lament : [manuscript vocal score]

Item is a manuscript of Edith J. Archibald's song for solo voice and piano in C Major entitled "Exiled: A Serbian Lament." A separate author for the lyrics is not indicated, so they are likely also written by Archibald.

Archibald, Edith Jessie

The town is decked flags today : [manuscript vocal score]

Item is a manuscript of the third verse of an untitled song that begins "The town is decked flags today." The song is for solo voice and piano accompaniment in d minor. The first two verse of the song are missing. The author of the text is not indicated, but may have also been written by Archibald.

Archibald, Edith Jessie

In Flanders Fields : [manuscript vocal score]

Item is a manuscript of "In Flanders Fields" by Edith J. Archibald, which sets the words of the poem of the same name by Colonel John McCrae. The piece is for solo voice and piano in F Major and was written at Archibald's home on Inglis Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The piece is 5 pages long with extra blank pages.

Archibald, Edith Jessie

God bless our Canada : A national anthem : [choral score]

File contains the sheet music for Edith J. Archibald's "God Bless Our Canada" and a manuscript version of the English lyrics for the anthem by Archibald. The song is written in F Major for four-voice chorus (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) and piano with lyrics in English and French.

Archibald, Edith Jessie

Mater coronata : an ode with lyrical interlude

File contains two copies of "Mater Coronata," a poem written by John Daniel Logan "commemorating the founder, preceptors, scholars, and heroes of the University of Dalhousie College." It was recited at the reunion of the alumni on August 21, 1924 and published by the Alumni Association. One of the copies is inscribed to "Captain John S. Roper, B.A., M.A., LL.B., M.C." with a poem from Logan.

Academic publications and manuscripts

Series contains literary manuscripts, academic offprints, and periodical publications written by John Daniel Logan as part of his work on poetry, philosophy, literary criticism, and literary history.

Song of the Maritimes : [sheet music]

File contains the sheet music for a piece for solo voice and piano accompaniment in C Major with words by Neil Herman of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and music by Forsyth de Fronsac of Halifax, Nova Scotia. The sheet music was self-published by Herman and Fronsac. The file also includes a note to Dr. Logan from "W.H.D." to review the sheet music enclosed.

Britain calls : [lyrics]

File contains a newspaper clipping and letters to Edith J. Archibald concerning her song "Britain Calls," which was written for the Royal Canadian Regiment during World War One. The newspaper clipping includes the text, but not the music, of the song. The letters are from G.A. LeCain, Lieutenant-Colonel of the Commanding 25th Battalion; George Murray, Provincial Secretary; and Evelyn Starr, professional violinist of New York City. An inscription by Edith J. Archibald at the top of the letters reads, "This song, dedicated to the Royal Canadian Regt. has made their 'marchpost' and I am told by an officer of that Regt. that is was played and sung daily during the war. He himself said it had keeped [sic] the men when on the tramp, 'over many a weary mile.'"

Archibald, Edith Jessie

John Daniel Logan fonds

  • MS-5-1
  • Fonds
  • 1850-1932

Fonds contains music manuscripts and published scores, photographs, and autograph letters written by well-known composers such as Jacques Offenbach, Giuseppe Verdi, and John Philip Sousa.

Through his work as a music critic and journalist in Toronto, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Logan communicated with many prominent Canadian musicians in the early twentieth century. Many of the scores, photographs, and autographs included in this collection are a result of his contributions to music criticism. The music and theatre programs are frequently annotated with comments for reviews, and most of his correspondence with musicians and actors relates to his work as a music and theatre critic. Some of the scores were given to Logan as gifts from performers while others were sent to him for review or publication in newspapers. The fonds includes several manuscripts of songs by Edith Jessie Archibald, a prominent social activist and suffragist in Halifax.

Letters sent to Logan also concern his poetic contributions, and the manuscript of one of his books, "Preludes: Sonnets and other Verses," (1906) is part of the fonds.

Logan, John Daniel

Program from Massey Hall

File contains programs from concerts given at Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario: Columbian Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by Alfred Bruce with E.H. Painty on piano; the Mendelssohn Choir, conducted by A.S. Vogt; the Mendelssohn Choir, directed by H.A. Fricker; Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Frank S. Welsman with Margaret Huston (soprano); Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Louise Homer (contralto); Toronto Symphony Orchestra with Mischa Elman (violin); John McCormack (tenor) with Edwin Schneider (piano); and the Oratorio Society of Toronto, conducted by Edward Broome, with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nikolai Sokoloff.

File also contains a compilation of all of the programs from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's 1911-1912 season, inscribed to John Daniel Logan. File also contains some newspaper clippings of concert reviews by "A.E.S.S."

Correspondence from Frank S. Welsman

File contains a letter from Frank Squire Welsman. The letter concerns the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and requests John Daniel Logan's help in promoting and supporting their endeavours.

Welsman, Frank

Correspondence from A.S. Vogt

File contains a letter from A.S. (Augustus Stephen) Vogt, thanking John Daniel Logan for his review of a performance by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

Vogt, Augustus Stephen

Correspondence from Kathleen Parlow

File contains two letters from the Canadian violinist Kathleen Parlow concerning reviews of her performances by John Daniel Logan and Logan's poetry. One of the letters (dated April 19, 1912), mentions the sinking of the Titanic in passing. One of the letters originally contained two photographs of Parlow, one for the press and one for Logan.

Parlow, Kathleen

Correspondence from R.S. Pigott

File contains a letter from R.S. Pigott of the Toronto Conservatory of Music concerning John Daniel Logan's book, presumably "Preludes: sonnets and other verses" (1906).

Correspondence from Minnie Parlow

File contains a letter from Minnie Parlow, the mother of the Canadian violinist Kathleen Parlow. The letter concerns reviews of her daughter's performance in Toronto.

Correspondence from Clarence Lucas

File contains five letters from the Canadian composer Clarence Lucas of the Musical Courier Company concerning his and John Daniel Logan's respective writing, music, and research on Canadian music. Two of the letters thank Logan for sending Lucas poems, and one letter mentions their mutual acquaintance W.O. Forsyth.

Lucas, Clarence

Correspondence from Edouard Hesselberg

File contains an announcement from the Russian pianist, composer, and teacher Edouard Hesselberg sent to John Daniel Logan as the Musical Critic of The Star (in Toronto). The announcement concerns his recent appointment as editor and contributor to the staff of the "International Music and Musicians." The letter was sent in an envelope from The Hambourg Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

Hesselberg, Edouard

Music scores

Series contains manuscripts and printed music given to or acquired by John Daniel Logan for his personal collection or in his capacity as a music writer with newspapers in Halifax and Toronto. Most of the music is for solo piano and voice.

Correspondence from Anna Frery

File contains a letter from the actress Anna Frery, thanking John Daniel Logan for his critique of her performance in Aida by Giuseppe Verdi. The letter is written on letterhead from the Grand Union Hotel Co., Limited.

Photographs

Subseries contains photographs of famous musicians, composers, and actors, many of which are autographed. The photographs were obtained by John Daniel Logan in his capacity as a concert reviewer and for his personal collection. Many of the photographs were sent by the musicians and actors at his request, as evidenced by his correspondence with them.
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