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.
Item contains a letter from Mary Goldie, Princess Alice's private secretary, asking Ellen Ballon to forward an enclosed letter to Frank Cyril James in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the McGill Conservatorium.
Item is a transcription to English of the twenty-eighth paragraph in a letter that Richard Wagner wrote to his publisher in 1872. This transcription was presumably sent by William Somerset Maugham to Ellen Ballon with a letter.
File contains three letters from Heitor Villa-Lobos and one letter and a telegram from Arminda Villa-Lobos. Letters primarily concern Ellen Ballon's performance of Villa-Lobos' music. File also includes four envelopes with Brazilian postage stamps.
Item is a typed letter from Heitor Villa-Lobos to Ellen Ballon written on December 17, 1946. The letter acknowledges a letter Ballon wrote on December 5, 1946 and asks if Ballon performed the world premier of Villa-Lobos's first piano concerto with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Item is accompanied by the stamped air mail envelope in which Ballon received the letter. Two Brazilian postage stamps are affixed to the envelope.
Item is a typed letter from Heitor Villa-Lobos to Ellen Ballon written on September 9, 1947. The letter details some potential performances of Villa-Lobos' compositions and his desire to have Ballon perform his music. Item is accompanied by the stamped air mail envelope in which Ballon received the letter. Two Brazilian postage stamps are affixed to the envelope.
Item also includes a memo, performance information, and a note regarding the composition's publication by Max Eschig. The score was copied by Henrique Martins and is dedicated to Arminda Neves d'Almeida (Mindinha).
Item is a copy of an autograph version of Heitor Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasileiras No. 3, including performance notes. The score was reproduced and bound by Independent Music Publishers of New York City.
Item is a copy of Joseffy's composition, dedicated to his friend Moriz Rosenthal, and inscribed to Ellen Ballon. File includes a copy of handwritten piano scale exercises, presumably by Joseffy for Ballon.
File contains copies of each of the four compositions: "Titania's Waltz"'; "Weeping Willows"; "In the Rushes"; and "Soughing Pines." The work was dedicated to Paolo Gallico (1868–1955). Each piece bears an inscription to Ellen Ballon, Goldmark's student in 1909. The pieces were published by the Oliver Ditson Company in Boston in 1908.
Item is a copy of the first edition of Igor Stravinsky's piano arrangement of his ballet, "The Firebird." The ballet was written for the Ballets Russes in Paris, under the direction of Sergei Diaghilev. The piano arrangement was published shortly after the premiere performance on June 25, 1910 at the Théâtre National de l'Opéra.
Item is a copy of the first separate edition of Marche funèbre from Chopin's Piano Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor. The separated third movement was played as Chopin's body was conveyed to the mausoleum on October 30, 1849, and was subsequently released as a separate publication, using the original plates (891) by Troupenas. The file includes a folder and brief description of the work from Scribner.
Item is a piano arrangement of one of the folk songs from "Huits Chants Populaires pour Orchestre" by Anatoly Lyadov (also spelled Liadov), which was originally written in 1905. The score is dated August 15, 1916 at San Sebastien and accompanied by a note from Scribner's publishing house that the score is an original manuscript of the composer's arrangement for pianoforte solo. However, Liadov died August 28, 1914. The publisher's note also indicates that it was previously part of the collection of Serge Diaghileff (Diaghilev).
Item is an unsolicited manuscript reproduction of a piano sonata by David Willens, sent to Ellen Ballon by the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Music on December 18, 1959. File includes a letter from the Society to Ellen Ballon. The composition was "dedicated to the memory of Alexander Guroff."
File contains copies of the manuscripts for two untitled pieces by George Barati (born Gyorgy Braunstein), written at the MacDowell Colony between June 19 and June 22, 1948. The first composition is dedicated to his wife, Ruth.
File contains the sheet music for "Keep on Hopin'" with words by Frank Stanton and piano music by Kathleen Heron-Maxwell. The score is inscribed to Ellen Ballon and dated June 18, 1935. The score was published in three keys, C Major, E-flat Major, and F-Major. This version is in E-flat Major.
File includes liner notes, recording timing notes, and notes for corrections to the score, all for the recording of Heitor Villa-Lobos' first piano concerto. The liner notes were written by Ralph Gustafson, a friend of Villa-Lobos and Ellen Ballon, to whom the concerto is dedicated and who performed the concerto for its recording in 1948. The concerto was written in Rio de Janeiro in 1945. The file includes directions for transcribing Villa-Lobos' piano concerto from the records of its American premiere in Dallas, Texas with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Antal Dorati.