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Symphony Nova Scotia fonds

  • MS-5-14
  • Fonds
  • 1981-2006

Fonds consists of records created by Symphony Nova Scotia in the course of its regular business activities. The majority of the records were created during the process of concert-planning, including special concerts, annual concerts, tours, and concert series. These records include artist contracts, marketing and development documents, internal memos, and correspondence with artists and sponsors.

Records also consist of internal management records, including personnel records, office management files, and the files of the Board of Directors, Executive Director, and Chief Executive Officer. The financial administration of the Symphony is documented though budgets, statements, ledgers, and tickets sales data.

The fonds also contains concert programs and promotional material such as posters, advertisements, flyers, newsletters, and other publications. The final section of the fonds consists of audiovisual and graphic material. There are audio recordings of performances and interviews of Symphony personnel as well as video recordings of advertisements and performances. The graphic material includes promotional photographs and photographs of the orchestra.

Symphony Nova Scotia.

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

Nasca lines

Subseries contains the conductor’s score, instrumental, and vocal parts used for the premiere performance of Nasca Lines by Barry Guy. Nasca Lines is a one-hour, seven-part work that was commissioned by the Upstream Ensemble and premiered in collaboration with the Symphony Nova Scotia on June 3, 2001 at the Scotia Festival with conductor and composer, Barry Guy.

The composition is named after and inspired by the geoglyphs in the Nazca Desert, Peru, which include outlines of animals and various geometric shapes. Graphical representations of a selection of these geoglyphs are used in the graphic notation of this score, particularly in parts 3 and 7.

Nasca Lines is an atonal work that uses a combination of composed material, based on tone rows and pitch class sets, and guided improvisation. There are twenty instrumental parts and one vocal part.

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

Titania's waltz, Op. 12, no. 1

Item contains the first piece in Rubin Goldmark's composition "In the Forest: Four Piano Compositions." This piece is dedicated to Paolo Gallico.

Guia prático : [for piano]

File includes the second, third, fourth, fifth and tenth albums, dedicated to Julieta d'Almeida Strutt, Arnaldo Estrella, Magdalena Tagliaferro, Tomas Teran, and Ellen Ballon. The albums are copies of handwritten scores completed in New York and Rio between 1948 and 1949.

Villa-Lobos, Heitor

The empty cup : parts

File contains parts for Bauer's improvisational composition in five sections: Sitar Drone Atmosphere; Falling - Filling the Cup; The Streets of Calcutta; Ascension - Reaching Beyond Life; and Resolution. The composition is for violin, bassoon, piano, guitar, and oboe and lacks a clear tonal centre and meter.The last section is a canon between the violin and bassoon.

Bauer, Bob

Convoy HFX : [score]

File contains two copies of Paul Cram's composition in 12 sections, which combines common music notation and graphic notation. The composition's commission was funded by a SOCAN grant. The piece is for 10-20 performers on flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, percussion, guitar, accordion, tape, violin, viola, violoncello, and double bass.

Cram, Paul

Kafka's chair : row material

File contains the manuscript and four annotated copies of the tone row for "Kafka's Chair" by Paul Cram in prime, retrograde, inversion, retrograde inversion, and transposed forms. The manuscript also includes the "Entree" from Cram's "B-flat Restaurant" at concert pitch.

Cram, Paul

Kickers : [score]

File contains two annotated copies of Paul Cram's composition, "Kickers," in five parts. Each of the five parts is a short phrase. The composition was funded by SOCAN.

Cram, Paul

Silent movies : [score]

File contains nine annotated copies of "Silent Movies," a composition by Paul Cram in two parts written at concert pitch. The reverse side of one of the copies includes a set list for "Talk Show," which was part of the 1997 Open Waters Festival.

Cram, Paul

Strong and free : [score]

File contains two annotated copies of "Strong and Free," a composition by Paul Cram written at concert pitch, which improvises on motives from "O Canada."

Cram, Paul

Transfigured night : [parts]

File contains the instrumental parts for Paul Cram's compilation of arrangements entitled "Transfigured Night." The piece includes four arrangements: "Wie Lange Noch?" by Kurt Weill for soprano, accordion, and contrabass; String Quartet Op. 28, 2nd movement by Anton Webern for string quartet; "All the Things you Are" by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II for trumpet, alto saxophone, bass clarinet, and baritone saxophone; and a fugue by Johann Sebastian Bach for flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon. The piece also includes two newly-composed sections for guitar, bass, and drums, and piano and cello duet.

Cram, Paul

Broken chains : [score]

File contains two copies of the score for Sandy Moore's composition "Broken Chains" for flute, alto flute, alto saxophone, percussion, harp, piano, and hand clapping.

Moore, Sandy, 1944-

Clustrix : [score]

File contains three annotated copies of the score for Sandy Moore's composition "Clustrix" for piano, electric guitar, harp, bass clarinet, horns, and cymbal.

Moore, Sandy, 1944-

Echoes of time weeping : a dramatic solo for soprano and tape : [score]

File contains the score and text translation from Spanish to English. The Spanish translation was completed by Andreas Guibert, with consultation by Marcelo Arroyo. Evelyne Benais, Maral Perk, and Tony Tucker helped with the Flamenco rhythms, and Mary E. Moore did the cover artwork. The composition is based on the Mexican folkloric tale of La Llorana, The Weeping Woman.

Moore, Sandy, 1944-

Snowstream : [score]

File contains five annotated copies of Naylor's score for 11 instrumental parts. Each part includes melodic guidance for improvisation and performers are instructed to switch between parts freely.

Naylor, Steve

Flight 752 : [piano score]

File contains nine annotated copies of Jeff Reilly's composition, "Flight 752" in piano score format. The composition includes horns, cello, bassoon, drums, tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, and piano, and is notated in common music notation.

Reilly, Jeff

Ghost tracks : [parts]

File contains annotated parts for Reilly's composition "Ghost Tracks," for concert, E-flat, and B-flat instruments. According to one of the annotations, the composition was performed as an octet at the Pier 21 Museum in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Reilly, Jeff

Flight 753 : [piano score]

File contains four annotated copies of Jeff Reilly's composition, "Flight 753" in piano score format. The composition is a shortened version of "Flight 752."

Reilly, Jeff

Ghost tracks : [score]

File contains two annotated copies of the score for Jeff Reilly's "Ghost Tracks," one in concert pitch and one in B-flat. The concert pitch score was used by Susan (Sue) Sayles, a violist with the Upstream Ensemble. The score is in three large sections, each of which have various musical phrases notated in common music notation. The pitch material for the composition is derived from seven notes: F-sharp, G, G-sharp, B, C-sharp, D, and E (at concert pitch).

Reilly, Jeff

Muraille de Cayne : tenor saxophone

File contains two copies of the tenor saxophone part of a composition entitled "Muraille de Cayne." "Robert Leriche" is handwritten at the bottom of one of the parts, potentially indicating him as the composer.

Achtamar

Item is a copy of a manuscript composition by Alan Hovhaness, inscribed to Ellen Ballon. The composition is based on an Armenian folktale and is comprised of two movements, each of which imitates Armenian instruments (tmpoog for the first movement and the kanoon and oud in the second movement).

Hovhaness, Alan

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

6 of one : performance instructions

Item is the instructions for Norman Adams' improvisational composition, "6 of one," for performance by Adams (cello); Suzanne Lemieux (oboe); Jeff Reilly (bass clarinet and clarinet); and Paul Cram (tenor saxophone and clarinet). The composition has an approximate tonality of D and textual instructions regarding rhythm, entrances, intervallic relationships of parts, dynamics, range, and timbre.

Adams, Norman

Side steppin' 1 : [score]

Item is the score for a composition by Bauer. Bauer divided the instruments into three groups: (1) guitar, oboe, piano, violin; (2) violin, viola, cello, xylophone; and (3) bass clarinet, electric bass, and acoustic bass. The composition alternates between 3/8,4/8, 5/8, 6/8, 7/8, 8/8, 9/8, 10/8, and 12/8 at a tempo of 100 eighth-notes per minute. The score is printed on the back of Bauer's resume.

Bauer, Bob

B-flat restaurant : concert pitch part

Item is a copy of Paul Cram's composition, "B-flat Restaurant," dedicated to Don Palmer and composed for a SOCAN grant in 1993. The music is handwritten in common music notation and features long and frequent solo sections.

Cram, Paul

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