File contains each of the three Op. 71 polonaises by Frédéric Chopin, published posthumously under the guidance of Julian Fontana. Each Polonaise includes a note from Fontana regarding their publication (dated May 1855, in Paris).
Item is a first-edition publication of Chopin's first Impromptu, published by Maurice Schlesinger in Paris, a subsidiary company to A.M. Schlesinger of Berlin. The composition was dedicated to Caroline de Lobau.
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.
File contains a letter written by Franz Liszt to an unidentified person, accompanied by a typed transcription. The letter addresses the publication of some of his songs by Schott, and his cousin, Mlle. Liszt.
File contains a first edition publication of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 23, including the solo piano part and parts for each orchestral instrument (violins, horn, viola, cello, double bass, bassoon, flute, clarinet). The edition was published by J. André of Offenbach.
File contains an autographed letter from Jacques Offenbach as Director of the Theatre des Bouffes Parisiens, addressed to "Monsieur le Baron" (likely Georges-Eugène Haussmann, commonly known as Baron Haussman).
File contains two programs from a series of "Popular Concerts" on Saturday afternoons, directed by S. Arthur Chappell. Each of the programs includes musical excerpts and analytical remarks. The concerts featured a variety of performers, all conducted by Mr. Benedict. Performers included M.M. Joachim, L. Ries, Straus, Piatti, Miss. Carola, Arabella Goddard, Annie Edmonds, Henry Blagrove, Zerbini, Paque, Edith Wynne, and Clara Schumann. The programs are from the ninth and twelfth seasons at St. James's Hall in London, England.
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.
Item is a letter from Edvard Grieg to an unidentifed person. Grieg wrote the letter at his Troldhaugen residence in Bergen Norway on February 10, 1902. It reads: "Dear Sir! Permit me, in bad English, to thank you for your songs & for your essay on my musical work. Both has [sic] given me much pleasure. I also congratulate you to your reputation in America as teacher and composer and beg you kindly to receive from me and my wife our best compliments. Yours faithfully, Edvard Grieg."
File contains a copy of the 1906 publication of Anna Magdalena's 1725 Notebook with various short piano compositions, edited by Dr. Richard Batka. The book is inscribed to Ellen Ballon by Clara Lichtenstein, her teacher at McGill Conservatorium of Music, and dated April 7, 1910 in Montreal.
Item is a copy of the second tale in Medtner's Two Tales, Op. 14, for piano. It was published by P. Jurgenson and distributed in Leipzig by Robert Forberg in 1907 and includes an inscription to Ellen Ballon from Alfred La Liberté.
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.
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.
Item is a postcard with a black and white photograph of Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945), an Italian opera composer. The postcard has various signatures on the front, including Francesco Marconi (1855-1916, operatic tenor from Rome) and four other illegible signatures. The postcard is addressed to Frau Dr. Lehnsern(?) of Berlin.
File includes a postcard with a black and white photograph of Pietro Mascagni (1863-1945), an Italian opera composer. The postcard has various signatures on the front, including Francesco Marconi (1855-1916, operatic tenor from Rome) and four other illegible signatures. The postcard is addressed to Frau Dr. Lehnsern(?) of Berlin. File also includes the incipits of three pieces by Ignaz Moscheles (1794-1870), signed at dated October 3, 1844. There are also five letters written by the following composers: Jacques Offenbach (1879), Gustav Mahler (1899), Edvard Grieg (1902), Maurice Ravel (1921), and Ignacy Paderewski (n.d., 1860-1941).
File contains a pamphlet with biographical information on the Aeolian Singers, commendations, and press reviews. The Aeolian Singers included Lynndale Byers (alto); Frank Odell (tenor); James Logue (baritone); and Jack George (bass).
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.