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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

Principle and convention in art

File contains a copy of an article by Logan, originally published in "The Volante," Vol. 13, no. 2, a semi-monthly magazine published by the Students' Association at The State University in Vermillion, South Dakota.

Autograph of Alma Gluck

File contains an autograph by the soprano Alma Gluck (1884-1938) of the Metropolitan Opera Company, signed on stationary from the King Edward Hotel in Toronto. Gluck was part of the Metropolitan Opera Company from 1909 to 1913.

Autograph of Leo Slezak

File contains the autograph of the tenor Leo Slezak of the Metropolitan Opera Company, signed on a piece of letterhead from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Autograph of Frederick Stock

File contains an autographed program by Frederick Stock, the conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The program is for a concert given by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, presented by the Milwaukee Orchestral Association. The program contains annotations in pencil by J.D. Logan.

Autograph of Louis Moreau Gottschalk

File contains an autograph of the American composer and pianist Louis Moreau Gottschalk, addressed to Mr. L.J. List(?). Included on the page are three measures of monophonic music in G minor. This autograph would have been purchased or given to John Daniel Logan as a gift.

Photographs of Esther Ferrobini

File contains two photographs of the operatic soprano Esther Ferrobini of the Montreal Opera Company that John Daniel Logan used for a press release about her performance in the title role of the opera "Zoza."

Correspondence from Edna F. Anderson

File contains a letter from Edna F. Anderson of the Boston Symphony Ensemble to John Daniel Logan concerning booking concerts in Yarmouth, Saint John, Moncton, Charlottetown, Sackville, Truro, Halifax, Wolfville, and Annapolis Royal. In her letter she included the proposed programs for two Halifax concerts. The folder also includes biographical information about the ensemble, its conductor Augusto Vannini, and their Canadian tour, as well as several programs for concerts by the Boston Symphony Ensemble.

Correspondence from Julie Opp Faversham

File contains a letter from Julie Opp Faversham (1871–1921), an American stage actress, thanking John Daniel Logan for a poem and his comments about a production of Julius Caesar that she acted in with her husband, William Faversham.

Correspondence from W.O. Forsyth

File contains four letters from the Canadian composer, teacher, and writer W.O. (Wesley Octavius) Forsyth. Three of the letters (dated from 1921) are written on letterhead from the Canadian Academy of Music in Toronto, where he taught from 1919 to 1924. The letters concern setting texts by John Daniel Logan to music and mentions its possible performance by their mutual friends Lucas and Gena Branscombe.

The file also contains a short biography of W.O. Forsyth from the Star Weekly (Toronto, July 1921); a program for a concert by Jessie McAlpine (a student of Forsyth's) at the Canadian Academy of Music; and a program for a concert by the Russian pianist Arthur Friedheim at Massey Hall.

Forsyth, W. O. (Wesley Octavius)

Correspondence from Boris Hambourg

File contains a letter from the Russian cellist Boris Hambourg concerning Ernest J. Farmer's "Fantasia for cello," the winner of a Canadian Composers competition. The file also includes a program for a series of five concerts given by Hambourg at The Hambourg Conservatory of Music in Toronto (April 14 to May 12, 1925).

Hambourg, Boris

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

Correspondence from Harry Irvine

File contains a letter from the English actor Harry Irvine in response to John Daniel Logan's criticism of his performance in "Othello" at an unidentified theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The letter mentions a future lecture at Dalhousie College on "William Shakespeare: A Human Being."

Correspondence from Marian MacDowell

File contains three letters from Marian MacDowell to John Daniel Logan. The letters concern her husband's death and work (the American composer and pianist Edward MacDowell) and Logan's poetry. The file also includes a compilation of press notices about a series of lectures that Marian MacDowell gave in 1910 on Edward MacDowell's music.

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

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

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."

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."

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.

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.

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.

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

Programs from the First Baptist Church

File contains the program from the First Baptist Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia for an organ recital by Joseph Bonnet (December 17, 1920) and three copies of an advertising pamphlet for the concert.

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 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."

Program from the University of Toronto

File contains two copies of a program from the "Address to the Graduating Classes and Opening of the Organ" (June 6, 1912). The program includes an organ recital by Mr. F.A. Moure, bursar of the university, as well as the organ's specifications and a picture. The organ was built by Cassavant Freres of St. Hyacinth, Quebec.

Promotional pamphlet for French Stories by Marguerite Clement

File contains a pamphlet advertising a series of records containing fairy tales in French recorded by the Educational Department of the Columbia Graphophone Company by Marguerite Clement, professor of French language and literature at the Lyceum of Marseilles and the University of Paris.

Little Bell biographies of master musicians

File contains a book published by The Bell Piano and Organ Co., Limited of Guelph, Ontario, written by John Daniel Logan, which contains short biographies of various composers and promotes the Bell pianos as an instrument for performing their works. The composers included are Johann Sebastian Bach, Joseph Hadyn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Felix Mendelssohn, Frederic Chopin, Franz Liszt, Arthur Rubinstein, Edvard Grieg, and Edward MacDowell.

The religious function of comedy

File contains an article by Logan, published by William Briggs (Toronto, 1907) based on a lecture that Logan delivered to the Philosophical Society of the University of Toronto.

Letter from John Philip Sousa

File contains an autographed letter from John Philip Sousa, written on his letterhead from the Marine Band and Orchestra, Washington, D.C. The letter is stored in a folder and includes a copy of a photograph of Sousa from 1895 .

Sousa, John Philip

Autograph of Mischa Elman

File contains an autographed program for a concert sponsored by the Halifax Community Concert Association at Capitol Theatre. Mischa Elman was accompanied by Carroll Hollister on the piano.

Autograph of John McCormack

File contains an autographed program by the tenor John McCormack. The program is from a recital McCormack gave at the Milwaukee Auditorium, accompanied by Lauri Kennedy (cello) and Edwin Schneider (piano). The program is annotated in pencil by J.D. Logan. The file also includes Logan's ticket stub from the concert.

Autograph of Leopold Stokowski

File contains an autographed program by Leopold Stokowski, the conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra. The program is for a concert given by the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Milwaukee Auditorium. File also contains J.D. Logan's ticket stub from the concert.

Photographs of Christie MacDonald

File contains three photographs of the opera singer Christie MacDonald of the Montreal Opera Company. One of the photographs shows her in costume for "The Spring Maid" by Heinrich Reinhardt, and another in costume as Marguerite for the "Jewel Song" in "Faust" by Charles Gounod for the Montreal Opera Company.

Correspondence from Edward Broome

File contains a letter from Edward Broome. His letter includes information about the activities and performances of the Toronto Oratorio Society and was sent to Logan to be published in the Toronto News.

Broome, Edward

Correspondence from Henry L. Gillespie

File contains a letter from Henry L. Gillespie of Werba and Luescher Attractions at the New York Theatre Building. The letter was written on behalf of his wife, Christie MacDonald, to inform Logan of her upcoming performance in a new opera "Sweethearts" by Victor Herbert, Harry B. Smith, and Robert B. Smith. The letter also mentions a photograph of MacDonald that Werba and Luescher would send to Logan.
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