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Ellen Ballon fonds

  • MS-5-2
  • Fonds
  • 1725-1972, predominantly 1898-1972
Fonds contains correspondence, musical scores (piano and orchestral), photographs, a sketch, harmony notebooks, fliers, programs, newspaper clippings, academic journals, a press book, scrapbooks, and letters of composers. The musical scores include several first edition copies and autograph manuscripts. All personal correspondence is incoming correspondence; no outgoing correspondence is included in this fonds.

Ballon, Ellen

Letter from Walter de Mouilpied Scriver to Ellen Ballon

File contains a letter from Walter de Mouilpied to Ellen Ballon, written on September 30, 1952. The letter thanks Ballon for a performance she gave at an honorary dinner. Item is accompanied by the stamped envelope in which Ballon received the letter. The postage stamp has been removed from the envelope.

Scriver, Walter de Mouilpied

Letter from Yehudi Menuhin to Ellen Ballon

File contains a letter from Yehudi Menuhin to Ellon Ballon written on December 2, 1957. The letter concerns a performance by Ellen Ballon in Montreal. Item is accompanied by the Ritz Carlton Montreal envelope in which Ballon received the letter.

Menuhin, Yehudi, 1916-1999

Douglas Clarke, Ellen Ballon, Frank Cyril James, and unknown man : [photograph]

File contains a photograph of Douglas Clarke (Dean of the Faculty of Music at McGill University from 1930 to 1955), Ellen Ballon, Frank Cyril James (Principal and Vice Chancellor of McGill University from 1939 until 1962), and an unknown man, standing in front of three microphones for radio stations: CKVL, CFCF, and CKAC. The photograph may have been taken at one of the concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of the McGill Conservatorium.

Piano suite

File contains a copy of a manuscript for Alexander Brott's piano suite, which includes "Sacrilege," "Remorse," and "Conviction."

Brott, Alexander

Newspaper clippings concerning concerts and other topics

File contains newspaper clippings that mention Ellen Ballon. Topics range from concert reviews, her favourite recipes, lifestyle, the death of her mother (Charlotte Ballon, nee Klein), and her contributions during the Second World War. One of the articles reports on her premiere performance in Rio de Janeiro of Heitor Villa-Lobos' first piano concerto.

Passacaglia : piano solo

File includes a copy of Duchow's piano composition, accompanied by a note to Ellen Ballon from [Guanni?].

Duchow, Marvin

Photograph of R.A. Delahaye, Adhemar Raynault, Rosalie Phillips, Isidore Ballon, and David H. Ballon

Item is a photograph of Ellen Ballon's brother, Dr. David H. Ballon, speaking at the Montreal ceremony where he turned over the Ballon family home to the Canadian Jewish Congress for the duration of World War II to be used as a servicemen's hostel. Also included in the photograph are Group Captain R.A. Delahaye of the Royal Canadian Air Force; Mayor Adhemar Raynault of Montreal; Mrs. Rosalie (Lazarus) Phillips, the head of the Canadian Jewish Contress Women's Division; and Isidore Ballon, K.C.

Photograph of Ellen Ballon touring the West Point museum with cadets

Item is a press photograph of Ellen Ballon touring the West Point Military Academy, where she performed as a guest soloist with their symphonic band. Pictured with her are cadets, R.B. Dean, Jr. of Forest Hills, New York; Gordon Gould, Jr. of Mobile, Atlanta; and J.A. Martell of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Photograph of Ellen Ballon with West Point Military Academy cadets

Item is a press photograph of Ellen Ballon with three cadets from the West Point Military Academy, where she performed as a guest soloist with their symphonic band. Pictured with her are R.B. Dean, Jr. of Forest Hills, New York; Gordon Gould, Jr. of Mobile, Atlanta; and J.A. Martell of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Suite

File is a manuscript with three numbered pieces by Alfred La Liberté: "Pensée Tendre" (D-flat Major), dedicated to Katherine Sneed; "Prière (Choral)" (D Major), dedicated to Marcel Dupré; and "Dance-Song" (b minor).

La Liberté, Alfred

La paimpolaise : chanson du pêcheurs d'Islande

Item is a vocal score with the melody and lyrics for "La Paimpolaise" by the French singer-songwriter Théodore Botrel (1868-1925). The score and lyrics were handwritten by L. Coyteux Preouèl(?) in Ottawa on April 29, 1908.

Botrel, Théodore

Newspaper clippings

Series contains newspaper clippings about Ellen Ballon. Clippings include articles about a variety of subjects, including Ellen Ballon's life in general, concerts, and her hobbies.